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Musicians who Twitter

(*Updated November 3, 2009.)

I made Twitter list here.

As everyone knows, Twitter’s people search was non-existent until just recently, and is mediocre even now. Given that, I compiled a VERY SHORT LIST (NOT THE TRADEMARKED KIND) of musicians who Twitter.

I have tried following most of them, and I’ll be honest with you: the majority of them are very, very, very bad at Twittering. I had to quit them. I’m sorry. Shaq is the least musician among them, but perhaps the second-best Twitterer (Jonathan Coulton is easily the best), in a fucked-up zen sort of way.

(If you would rather just follow people who are smart and/or hilarious, go here and scroll to the bottom.) Lil Wayne and Chris Brown and some others did some Twittering for the VMAs a couple years ago and were awful, then quit, so I didn’t include them. Also, I cannot guarantee the authenticity of all of these accounts. There are a lot of fakesters out there, and it’s not difficult to impersonate inanity.

(Also, of course, you can always follow a REAL HUMAN BEING. Just saying.)

Another list here, from Mashable.

AC/DC
Lily Allen
Band of Horses
Sara Bareilles
Bjork
Bloc Party
The Cardinals
Nick Cave
Coldplay
Common
Jonathan Coulton
Rivers Cuomo
Ani Difranco
Snoop Dogg
Lady GaGa
MC Hammer
Imogen Heap
Hot Hot Heat
Talib Kweli
Lil Wayne
Mates of State
Dave Matthews
John Mayer
Muse
Willie Nelson
Oasis
Yoko Ono
Pearl Jam
Shaquille O’Neal
QTip
Questo of the Roots
The Raconteurs
Jay Reatard
John Roderick
Edward Roste
Soulja Boy
Britney Spears
Regina Spektor
John Tesh
John Vanderslice
Patrick Wilson
Tay Zonday

Also: you may visit this ever-expanding spreadsheet for new Twitter musicians.

Here are some other guides to Musicians on Twitter:

Pop Junikie now has a large list of bands on Twitter.
COED magazine has 406 Bands Who Twitter.
Each Note Secure
Drowned in Sound
Pitchfork
Music Twitters

Links for 11.13.08: Jacko signs away Neverland, Live Nation stock drops, Van Damme talk politics…

*Real Estate: Michael Jackson transfers ownership of the Neverland ranch to a company he partly owns. There was a special on MJ several years ago on which he ran around buying huge gold pots and insanely garish statues. It haunts me to this very day.

*Covers: Listen to Swede popper Jens Lekman cover Boyz II Men’s “Water Runs Dry” at stereogum.

*The Markets: Live Nation says that concert ticket sales won’t go down next year. Analysts disagree. Live Nation stocks fall 27%. [licensing plate]

*Children: Apparently, Mates of State is the sole voice of touring bands who are also parents. Also, they have nothing to say that is not parental in nature. EVER. [largehearted boy]

*Behind the scenes: Aziz Ansari takes you behind the scenes of Kanye’s and Rihanna’s “Glow in the Dark” tour. “After the show in Notre Dame, Kroll and I were hanging out in the hotel lobby about to head to bed early to take it easy. I’m reading an op-ed in the New York Times by Paul Krugman. I feel a tap on my shoulder. It’s Paul Krugman.”

*Urination: As you may know, the listenerd is “optimized for maximum incontinence.” With that in mind, I find it necessary to pass on to you the fact that Videogum is running some fan fiction about Hugh Jackman peeing his pants. This may be the biggest news in celebrity incontinence since Fergie wet herself onstage several years ago.

*Interviews: I know you have been waiting almost five years to read a Jean-Claude Van Damme interview. Wait no more. “Who won? Obama?

Links for 9.29.08: Timbaland roars, Britney bangs, and the coming DEPRESSION?

*Green: Conscientious bands are putting out carbon neutral CDs. I have long thought that a network of biodiesel fuel providers with pumps at regional nightclubs is one of the few winning business models in the music business (at least in the mid-term).

*Music: Totally coincidentally to my posting an item about them yesterday, Mates of State recently did an in-studio thing with local radio station 89.3 The Current. You can listen here. Maybe I felt the vibes.

*Disturbing: I guess Britney has a sex tape with that paparazzi dude from a few months back. Guys! This makes me really depressed! Guys?

*Toys: If you thought that The Epidermits toy was scary, check out the 12′ Katy Perry doll.

*Crossover: Sasha Frere-Jones names the most important music producer of our times, DJ Timmy Tim. Oh wait; it’s Timbaland. Whew.

*Interviews: Geek guitar god Jonathan Coulton gets a talking-to from Ars Technica. The man on his business plan: “I will put music on the Internet, something will happen, and then I will make money.”

*Politics: Ebert brings the pain on McCain. Ouch. This is a dude (Ebert) who gave a thumbs up to “The Brown Bunny.” (Not a euphemism.)

*Winners and losers: The only company on the S&P 500 that gained today was Campbell’s soup. BUY CANNED FOOD, EVERYONE. Also, some Jim Beam might not hurt. And maybe shotgun shells.

Links for 9.28.08: Ivy league elitists and donuts dipped in ice cream

*Interview: LAist interviews David Berman of the Silver Jews – “I’ve never done much to try to build an audience. If this isn’t doing it , then it’s natural that i should move on to something more lucrative, like screen writing, in order to survive old age.” You and me both, motherfucker. You and me both. [largehearted boy]

*Politics: Ivy League elitists Vampire Weekend will be holding an Obama rally in Pennsylvania on October 4th. I somehow doubt this will move the independent vote much. [music slut]

*Relationships: Professional singer Scarlett Johansson got married to Ryan Reynolds, who once almost got married to Alanis Morissette. Tom Waits presided over an intimate ceremony. (Not really.) [huffpo]

*Reiteration: Mates of State = married people who are in a touring pop band. And who are blogging about it. Predictably, Yo Gabba Gabba comes up often.

*Digital Rights Management: If you bought DRM’d music from Wal-mart, you need to start burning CDs of it, because it’s going away. Who is buying digital music from Wal-mart?

*Food: If you don’t want to dip Krispy Kreme donuts in ice cream, you aren’t an American. Also, I feel like we’re headed the way of the Famous Bowl here. And that’s a good thing.

Links for 9.16.08: Yo Gabba guests, Internet meme attack, vinyl spins again…

*Social networks: The New York Times talks MySpace Music, including offering brief comparisons to Last.fm and Imeem.

*Video: Internet Meme Scratch Attack – a sampling of internet video cuts to soothe your savage work day. Also applicable if you are bored at any other time. [buzzfeed]

*Strokes: Nate Dogg had another stroke. He is now in stable condition. Two strokes, a car chase and an arrest this year. It’s time to regulate. It has to be.

*Vinyl: The WSJ talks records, saying “World-wide sales of LP records doubled in 2007.” And thus it is decreed: there will be a major media story about the revival of vinyl every two weeks until Armageddon. Or until AIG goes bankrupt. Whichever comes first.

*Videogames: Guitar Hero is the game played most by teens. The game I played most as a child was a miniature arcade version of Qbert. Usually in a moving car. FYI. [ypulse]

*Television: Whacked out kids’ show “Yo Gabba Gabba” (which I covered for the day job a bajillion years ago) will feature The Roots, MGMT, Mates of State and Jack Black, among other guests this coming season. [daily swarm]

*Literature: David Foster Wallace appears on Charlie Rose in 1997. I had respect for Mr. Wallace’s ability to make any topic its own intricate, interesting world. However, I have always been skeptical of dudes who wear head coverings.

*Food: I haven’t mentioned this in a while, so I feel I should say something a public service. Avoid black mead. Really, mead in general. It is an alcoholic beverage that tastes like mushrooms (in a bad way). AVOID. Thank you.

Links for 7.26.08: Oil prices and vinyl, Jobs’ health, satellite radio’s future…

*Oil is in everything: Petroleum prices rise, vinyl gets more expensive, too. (Oil isn’t in everything. Well. Not exactly.) [coolfer]

*DRM: Yahoo is turning off support for Yahoo Music in September. If you bought DRM’d music, you should listen to it now. Sad. [medialoper]

*Letters: Billy Bragg keeps writing opinion pieces on the music biz. In his latest, for the Guardian, he suggests a music tax. [another coolfer]

*Video: Mates of State perform on The Interface. These people are PARENTS. Goodbye.

*Video: Exploring True Norwegian Black Metal (the 1st in a 5-part series) and the evil band Gorgoroth. [mefi]

*Apple: Steve Jobs talks about his health to the New York Times. “You think I’m an arrogant [expletive] who thinks he’s above the law, and I think you’re a slime bucket who gets most of his facts wrong.” What I would like to know is what expletive Mr. Jobs chose to use.

*Video: Bill O’Reilly shows of his knowledge of hip-hop. Also, he does not like the rapper Nas. [nah right via getty images]

*Deals: The $3.6B Sirius-XM satellite radio merger has been approved by the FCC.

Video: Mates of State perform “You Are Free” in the KEXP studio

Links for 6.16.06: Bonnaroo downloads, Miley’s MySpace, Tupac’s eats?

*Check out Largehearted Boy’s 2008 Bonnaroo Downloads and Streams page for music from the festival. Largehearted boy is a good blog. [understatement]

*Metalseek: A search engine for ALL your heavy metal web content needs. [simplespark]

*Tupac Shakur would have been 37 today. Also, he apparently runs a restaurant in an Indonesian food court.

*Esquire collects the best t-shirts at Bonnaroo. Also, Esquire has a lot to learn about retarded ads. I am crying. On the inside. And outside.

*Slate examines network news shows’ theme music. [snarkmarket]

*Miley Cyrus has been posting pics of herself hanging out with a BOY on her MySpace page. Uh oh. [buzzfeed]

*The New York Timesreview of the Hold Steady’s new album, “Stay Positive”: “[a] lean, unstoppable fourth album.”

*Video: New Mates of State video, for “My Only Offer.” HAS PARENTING KILLED THIS BAND? [getty images]

*Local: Hyder Ali is a Minneapolis hip-hop group. I’m just saying.

Links for 5.25.08: Suburban slumps, crowdsourcing the pie, booming female DJs…

*I’ve written about or mentioned the crowdsourcing of various elements of music many times in the past, including linking to SlicethePie, a site that allows fans to finance bands they think can make it. The Telegraph reports on SlicethePie’s progress. [largehearted boy]

*In Europe: Rise of the female DJ?

*The A.V. Club pans Mates of State’s newest album, and blames it on a “suburban slump” (aka having a kid).

*Muxfind: Find tunes you want to hear on Muxtape. I guess I should finally make one of those things. [vc]

*Sneakers: If you want to wear designer metal shoes, it will cost you around $225. [hypebeast]

*Sorta off topic: DoesFollow.com – a simple tool that lets you check who’s listening to whom on Twitter. [mediaeater] Also, Crowdstatus allows you to create Twitter groups. I haven’t tried to use it yet. Generally, I dislike large groups.

Jeff Tweedy, Wikipedia accuracy, parenting and smoking dope

Yesterday, I mentioned that pop band Mates of State is once again blogging on Babble about the challenges of parenting while on tour. Today, another story of rock and roll ‘renting. Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy talks about telling his kid about his past drug use (and resetting the little dude’s expectations around Wikipedia accuracy):

“Well, you know Spencer is 11, and awhile back, he said ‘I just read on Wikipedia that you started smoking pot when you quit drinking in nineteen-whatever. That makes me so mad. Wikipedia is always so wrong. It’s just like, so stupid.’ And I had to take him aside and say ‘Spencer, I didn’t think I was going to have to have this discussion with you at this age, because it is not something that has really entered your world, but I don’t want to lie to you. That Wikipedia thing, there are probably a lot of wrong things on there, but that is not one of them. That happened.'”

Mates of State are ‘rent-blogging again

Catchy popsters Mates of State are blogging again on Nerve Media’s wannabe-hip parenting blog Babble. Only a couple updates in November, but watch Band on the Diaper Run for a taste of what it’s like to tour and parent simultaneously.

See also: “Low in Europe.”