*Polls: One of the most important questions of our time – Are beards metal? (I voted “not metal.” The results may shock the fuck out of you.)
*Feed readers: Two very goodposts about the future of RSS feeders and idea recommendation. I obviously have a lot to say about these matters and not a lot of free time to say it. The interesting thing about my previous statements that I considered twitter a recommendation engine for ideas is that the people I follow don’t ever link to anything.
*The Future: You can’t throw a neon disc without hitting a blog talking about upcoming Tron-themed Daft Punk events. Or maybe that’s just among the blogs I read. Hmf.
*Green: Carrotmobbing is gimmicky. It’s also been one of my favorite ideas since I first saw it for the day job way back.
*Local: Recently deceased St. Paul musician Jeff Hanson’s autopsy showed that he died of a drug overdose. UGH. [tds]
*Local: The Telegraph on Bob Dylan and the Hibbing High School class of ’59 reunion. [mnspeak]
*Discovery: I used to cover a lot more Web 2.0 music discovery recommendation engine shit on this blog. Then I got bored with it. Still, Ghostly (for the iPhone) looks pretty cool. Well. It has a ghost. [notcot]
Note: The listenerd is physically ill right now, but will return in full force tomorrow. Unless something is horribly, horribly wrong. In which case this blog will simply go blank forever. OKOKOK. Some links. Consider this half force.
*Photos: Some dude has been sleevefacing the present. With the past. That sentence made sense. To like 8 people. Next up: Taking old photographs of family members and sleevefacing our own faces with those of our ancestors? [coudal]
*Nudity: The Swiss enjoy naked hiking (with fantastically hilarious picture). Have I told you about my own fondness for cold-air baths? I probably shouldn’t. Especially not in graphic detail.
*Retro-tech: Check out these cassette-themed envelopes. That little post-it note says “Now also in green.” Yup. 8 years of college German. In fact, one of the first things I ever published was a short story about liver noodle soup, written in German. I’m an idiot. [swissmiss]
*Picture: Look! An AIG executive wearing a Che t-shirt! Surely God will smite him for this transgression. [eyeteeth]
*Heavy metal: If you need a visual guide to Satan Fingers, how metal are you?
*Food: A Hamburger Today: A blog about hamburgers. I know one guy who can eat a double double in like a minute.
*Swapping: The RIAA is going to stop suing filesharers and start bugging ISPs. People talk about this like it’s such a great thing. Who knows where ISPs will land… Additionally, it looks like WMG has started pulling its videos off YouTube. Uh BOY.
*Wilco: Long ago, I linked to a story in which Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy talked about the prospect of his son someday reading about his drug use on Wikipedia. Now Tweedy’s son is blogging. [stereogum]
*Names: The A.V. Club’s Year in Band Names rounds up some of the worst band names of the year. My favorites are the fecal ones. And the emo ones. I don’t know what that says about me.
*Streaming: YouTube’s the streaming king for the record labels – it’s been reported that Universal Music Group will make $100M from streaming video this year – most of it from YouTube. Google’s video site, however, isn’t making squat…yet.
*Recording: If you still have a telephone, you can record a song with Elvis Presley himself by going to Sing with the King, calling the number provided, then getting back an ecard with your recorded tune. Apparently, it’s legit, though it sounds like the kind of app that was created to bilk old people out of their money. [miami herald]
*Records: Waxy links to the Universal Records Database, which records some of humanity’s stupidest activities. You may run across such music-related records as the fastest accordion player and the most times whistling happy birthday in one minute.
*Radio: Minnesota Public Radio’s Weekend America got cancelled. I didn’t like it.
*Metal: You probably heard. Headbanging is bad for your health. Or maybe you didn’t hear, if your inner ears are already too damaged.
*Twitter: These Venn diagrams of Twitter terms are attractive. If you are attracted to circles. I tried “whipping,shitties,” but it wasn’t as spectacular as I was expecting it to be. [waxy]
*Rumors: Venture Beat passes on the news that iLike, the Facebook application and social music service that everyone tolerates, is looking for a buyer. Who isn’t?
*Rumors: If anyone is looking to help liquidate – or, in other words buy, – the listenerd, you know EXACTLY where you can go! (To the About section, sub-section – “contactual obligations.” Or call my cell. Or IM me. Even if it’s red or invisible-looking.)
*Charts: Metal Sucks has consolidatedRolling Stone‘s list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time down to just the metal men. RONNY DIO tops the list.
*Drawing: Old Navy sells Charley Harper shit now? I make pot roast from a 50s/60s cookbook that Harper illustrated sometimes. What can I say? It’s an effing recession.
*Sound FX: Put this up next to the sad trombone and the drum roll in your single-serving site arsenal. [april]
*Voting: If you have been wondering who voted for Lizard People in the Minnesota Senate race, the man has stepped forward. And he looks just like you’d expect him to look.
*Obits: The head of Def Jam records, Shakir Stewart, killed himself. He was 34. I’m 34. Ugh.
*Retail: This is where I will be spending the next four years if the election goes badly. “At 12:01 A.M. on October 20th, Wal-Mart opened a temporary 3,000-square-foot store on Hollywood Boulevard devoted entirely to AC/DC’s new album, Black Ice.” It is what they call “all in,” motherfuckers. [licensing plate]
*Bono: The U2 Tower, a dockside development in Dublin that includes a recording studio and some sort of edifice, has been put on hold due to the worldwide economic meltdown. The tower, as it was known, was to have been built to resemble Bono’s sunglasses.
*Money: MTV will soon offer rights holders an option: They can have copyright-protected materials that are user-uploaded removed OR they can have revenue-generated ads placed around those videos.
*Automotive: I blogged previously about Neil Young trying to take his car clean tech. More on his efforts at Linc Volt, via Venture Beat. If anyone wants to steal my grease for biodiesel, I’d appreciate being informed ahead of time. And THAT IS a euphemism.
*Sleep: The Boston Globe offers up a diagram full of hints on napping. I notice there is no mention of Benjamin Franklin’s cold-air bath. Disappointingzzzzzzz. [swiss miss]
*Fashion: Converse will roll out Black Sabbath-brandend shoes in time for the holiday season. Because who doesn’t appreciate the gift of satanic footwear?
*New Yorker: Sasha-Frere Jones writes about the rise of country music’s Taylor Swift, visiting St. Paul’s Excel Energy Center in the process. Oh, and he came dangerously close to hating on St. Paul while he was here, too! Weee!
*Band names: From Metal Sucks comes the best band name the listenerd has run across since The Sweatpant Boners of the early 2000s. Yes, it’s Hot Buttered Anal.
*Ideas: HAAAAAAAAAAA. Mixtube lets people make playlists out of audio scraped from YouTube (making it much closer to legal than previous Mixtape apps like Muxtape). I blogged about a similar idea a while ago. Also: I am an idiot. [readwriteweb]
*Slots: SlotMusic – this nearly universally maligned plan is to sell albums not as CDs or MP3s, but on SD memory cards. The idea may well not be a good one at all, however, the attitude and authority with which so many people claim to know the music business and what’s good for it is appalling and depressing. Whoa. Where did that come form?
*MySpace: TechCrunch has screenshots from the much-awaited MySpace Music. The MySpace is still too ugly for me! I’m over 30!!111 OMG. And bald. Ugh.
*Mobile: Will Google’s Android phone be equipped with a client for Amazon’s MP3 store?
*Fashion: The Guardiangives props to Andre 3000 for giving props to British style. According to the article, Benjamin also went to a high school where a preppy street gang called the Stray Cats wore Benetton and beat on people with tennis raquets. What the fricking fuck? [licensing plate]
*Interviews: P-fork talks to David Byrne. Seems like someone talk to David Byrne every couple weeks, doesn’t it? Anyway: “Things that might have alienated me in the past, now I just figure, well, that’s the way that person is or that’s just the way things are. I’m not going to let that bother me too much. And maybe it’s because being older there’s a certain kind of don’t-give-a-shit attitude.” I think I would like to, if this description is any indication, be old, but without the baldness.
*Video: Dave Eggers talks to Chris Elliott. (It’s 32 minutes, and there’s some earnestness, but still.)
*Meta: WTF? WordPress is fucking with my shit? Maybe it’s time to find a new thing. If I can muster the energy.
*Business: The evolution (or devolution?) of the Napster mission and public image is about as interesting as a brand history can be. It was announced today that Best Buy is buying Napster for $121M.
*Money: The Wiggles are Australia’s top-earning performers. Take that, Russell Crowe. (I also have a 30-Odd Foot of Grunt quip prepared, but it is inappropriate to share in this context. I’m sorry.) [parent dish]
*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.