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Links for 12.15.09: Honest to God, don’t look at those embroidered pillows.

*Shows: Metallica, Anthrax, Megadeth and Slayer will be playing together at a run of concerts in Poland and the Czech Republic in June.

*Marketing: Seth Godin has compiled an ebook called “What Matters Now.” It’s made up of very short musings on apparently hot topics. The ones I’ve read have been bad, but the design is nice. And maybe some of them will be ok? Remember Squidoo? Ugh.

*Twitter: Read up on the top Twitter trends of 2009. Twitter’s trending topics was an atrocity. I derive much less joy out of the platform than I once did. It’s sad to say that.

*Stock stuffers: Warning, these embroidered pillows are SUPER dirty. Really; they’re NSFW. And that phrase before the colon there was sort of a euphemism, not a suggestion. Please; just don’t click on the link. [c-monster]

*Cessation: MC Frontalot uses Dungeons and Dragons to quit smoking. “Name your character. Mine’s Breathorr Inflatagon, a level 2 Lung Elf.” I have never played Dungeons and Dragons (not even once), but I have smoked about three cartons of cigarettes in my life. I don’t advise it. [waxy]

*Sports: Watch the top 10 hockey fights of the past decade. I do not condone fighting. Or hockey. [via a canadian, as it should be]

*Watch: The Fluid Piano is an acoustic instrument with microtonal tuning for every note. Sorry about the pre-roll ad. [coudal]

*Design: Check out these web services as seen through the aesthetic of retro manuals. That sentence may be gibberish now, but trust me on this one. There you go. Easy. [laughingsquid]

*Today’s links: F

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Links for 12.30.08: Defriending, Retweeting, Gibbarding and Metal Beef

*Love: All the bloggers have told you this – Ben Gibbard and Zooey Deschanel are engaged. That dude must have some smooth game, because even I think he is unattractive. And that’s like the pot calling the kettle horribly disfigured.

*Metal Beef: It’s Kip Winger vs. Lars Ulrich. God, I love a good beef. Side beef: Tila Tequila vs. Rihanna. Eh.

*Comments: The post most commented-upon over at Stereogum this year was one discussing VH1’s Top 100 Songs in Hip-Hop list. I used to comment on Stereogum. God, that’s weird to think about.

*Musical obits: The Times has put together a musical montage from musicians who passed away in 2008.

*Concerts: Kraftwerk will be playing with Radiohead on the latter band’s Latin American tour, kicking off March 2009.

*Blogs: Fimoculous’ 30 most notable blogs of 2008. This list – a new version of which comes out yearly – is usually very good! It feels more mainstream this year! Waxy, Gawker, the NYT. Maybe it’s not the list who’s changed, it’s ME. It usually is. It usually. Effin’. Is.

*Social media: The Wall Street Journal takes on the unsavory topic of DEFRIENDING. I have long been a staunch advocate of defriending, and defriend at least once a week. I have to tell you, without fail it feels great. I’d guess that I eventually refriend about 15% of the people I defriend. [ypulse]

*Ugh: Is Steve Jobs ok?

*Dumb: This post on Retweets as a primary metric in Twitter authority rank (whaa???) made me finally unsubscribe from TechCrunch. I can’t take the time to explain why it annoyed me so much, but at the heart of things is a profound lack of perspective.

*Security: Check out the Top 100 passwords. “Fuckyou” slides in at #49, but what’s really surprising (and effed up) is #5. [can’t remember]

Video: Cover of Metallica’s “Fade to Black” on piano

[vvc]

Video: Metallica performs “The Day That Never Comes”

On Jools Holland.

[culture bully]

Links for 9.18.08: Metallica beard, Twitter song, Search Engine Rap, and UTTERZ…

*Pictures: Some time in 2006, Blackmocco promised not to shave his beard until Metallica released a new album. He offers the world this Flickr photoset as evidence of his devotion, and has recently shaved his beard. [seriouslyomg]

*Songs: Ze Frank wrote a children’s song for adults. He is tall and has more hair than I do.

*Listening: Yahoo! Music, thanks to a partnership with Rhapsody, now lets curious searchers listen to entire songs for free after searching for tunes. Limits include 25 per month (for more, you have to sign up for Rhapsody) and a limit of 4 songs per artist.

*Blogging: Sergey Brin launches a personal blog (and is at risk for Parkinson’s). [techmeme]

*Video: Entertainment Weekly offers a preview of the Ting Tings on kids’ show Yo Gabba Gabba. [music slut]

*Quiz: Do you know your fictional bands? (Too heavy on the nerdy and nostalgic, rather than the strange and fascinating. [neatorama]

*Geekery (and video): Search Engine Rap Battle – the web site. It’s MSN vs. Google. Are you going to bludgeon me for boring you? Sometimes I worry about that as I’m posting links. [buzzfeed]

*Song: “You’re No One If You’re Not On Twitter.” Also, you’re only 3/5 of a person if you have under 300 followers. Or that is what I’m told. [waxy]

*Followup: Way back in the early days of the Listenerd, I called out a startup called out UTTERZ as having a questionable (though amusing) name, even shouting out (somewhat jokingly) to the Name Inspector (a site run by a dude who helps name companies) for a critique. The Name Inspector obliged, giving the name a mild review, then everyone forgot about Utterz. Now, it turns out Utterz has thought better of their name, and will henceforth be known as Utterli.

Links for 8.30.08: Metallica ages, criticism busts, more music crowdsourcing

*Play: JavaScript Rock Star. (Personally, I can no longer see a blue dot without thinking about David Cross. Or Brett Ratner.) [tobs]

*Criticism: What is the future of the music critic? (Is it 160 characters?) [largehearted boy]

*Juxtaposition: The New York Times reflects on the occasion of Trent Reznor playing at the Izod Center. Guys: Everyone is getting old.

*Crowdsourcing: Bandstocks allows fans to invest in bands, funding production of their music. One of a host of services aimed at crowdsourcing all aspects of the music biz, from A&R to distribution. [chasing lions]

*Elecs: The wristband MP3 player. (Oh, and it has GPS, too.) [crave]

*Metal: The Times follows Metallica to Romania, talks about how old they are and offers some clips from their latest album, “Death Magnetic.”

*Politics: Daddy Yankee will be kicking off the RNC on Monday, and has officially endorsed John McCain as his presidential pick.

Links for 8.23.08: Bjork v. P-fork, Coltrane’s house, Metallica streams…

*Video: Chromeo plays Live from Daryl Hall’s House. Who’s next? Daft Punk playing at his house? [waxy]

*Haterade: Bjork hates Pitchfork even more than you do. “just read that pitchfork.com credited nico muhly for the choir arrangement of “hidden place” from vespertine . also that he has done string arrangements for me . this is not true . journalists : please read the creditlist before you write your articles” [music slut]

*Jazz: Second-graders fall in love with jazz legend John Coltrane. Then they try to save the house in which he wrote “A Love Supreme.” [fark]

*Streaming: You can listen to Metallica’s new single, “The Day That Never Comes,” on MySpace legally, without being sued. [pop candy]

*Local: Minneapolis nightclub First Avenue has redesigned their website. Now with 50% more pulsating! The history section is worth a read. They also twitter when shows are announced or sold out.

*Viral video: Rob Walker looks at Blendtec’s “Will It Blend?” YouTube series. Personally, my favorite part is when a lot of toxic dust comes wafting out of the blender.

*Namaste.

Links for 7.11.08: Metallica’s spendy album, the Beatles’ iPod, Johnny Cash’s hip-hop…

*Rumors: Word is, there is a Beatles-branded iPod on the way. [getty images]

*Wait: So Metallica is trying to charge $25 per download of its latest album, Death Magnetic? In my opinion: a lot.

*Jennifer Hudson’s new album cover is photoshopped. People. If it were up to me, I would be photoshopped at all times.

*Remixes: Johnny Cash + Snoop Dogg = Johnny Cash Remixed. It comes out on October 14. [p-fork]

*Scientology: Parade interviews Beck: “Right now I’m listening to the sound of Norwegian traffic outside my hotel window.” [indieblogheaven]

*Videogames: Guitar Hero publisher Activision Blizzard (that sounds weird) may be prepping to launch an iTunes rival music store.

*Movies: Is there a chance that there will be a Deadwood movie after all? It may not speak well of me, but Al Swearengen is my single favorite TV character ever. Cocksucker.

*Bump news: 9 months later (well, almost), and Fergie STILL might be pregnant…

*Bikinis: Perhaps you would like to see Carrie Underwood, the singer of “Jesus, Take the Wheel” in one. (Let me know if it’s any good. Personally, I’m too chaste to click through.)

*Luxury: Louis Vuitton sweatbands – Approved by hip-hop artist The Game! Personally, I like to do my sweating in my underwear. (No idea.)

Video: Interview w/ Metallica on 25th anniversary of “Kill ‘Em All”

[metal hammer]

Links for 6.12.08: NASA’s tunes, Lily Allen’s despair, Disney’s big music $$$…

*Music sales are down in general, at Walt Disney Records, though, music revenues are up 40%. Thanks, Hannah! [ypulse]

*The USB Mix Tape puts a flash memory stick into an old-school cassette-like case. For all your adolescent wooing needs. In additional USB retro-tech news: Behold the USB-powered vinyl-to-CD phonograph. Nice. [neatorama]

*The NASA crew is listening to Calexico these days. [listening post]

*Watch: shaky video from last night’s Minneapolis Kanye West show. First: He addresses a heckler. Second: He does “Don’t Stop Believin’.” Kanye is no Arnel Pineda. [nah right + the office]

*You may have asked yourself what a Beatles tag cloud looks like. [duke listens]

*Lily Allen is a human being: “If I’m honest, it’s probably because part of it is true these days I am more known for being a train wreck than a musician, and it does hurt.” Now I’m sad again, everyone.

*Off topic: Twitter anonymously with SecretTweet. I want to do this on a daily basis. [via spincity]

*You will notice that I did not mention Metallica. Goodbye.

Links for 5.12.08: Hype’s payday, Banksy’s face, Metallica’s clips…

*Maybe Viacom will buy Hype Machine for a lot of money, or maybe someone else will. But still, do they know that people like the Hype for the stealing?

*TechCrunch posits that Blip is Twitter for music.

*The New Yorker on American Idol. On the flip side, NYer editor David Remnick offers up 100 Essential Jazz Albums.

*Earlier, I linked to a short Metallica video. Check out also the band’s new site: Mission: Metallica.

*Banksy uncovered!? It might be kind of nice, so we can move on…

*Video: Would you like to hear 50 Cent talk for an hour or more? Now you can! [getty images]

*Last.fm partners with Lollapalooza. They’ll have a Lolla channel and stream some tunes.

*Sort of off topic: On blogging and attribution. I have been waiting until I build up enough goodwill to write an angry screed about proper attributions and etiquette. At this rate, we’re looking at an early 2018 rollout. So read this and this instead.

Video: Clips of new Metallica songs

From Metal Sucks. Clips of new material at the end.

Vodpod videos no longer available. from www.metalsucks.net posted with vodpod

Links for 5.8.08: Bob Seger tattoos, Gravy’s B.I.G. performance, Dave Grohl’s angry letter…

*Your online repository for all Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band-related tattoos. [Hotdogsladies]

*”Gravy is killin’ it.” P. Diddy on the performance of the actor playing Biggie in his upcoming biopic.

*Dave Grohl writes a letter to Metallica: “Good luck. And don’t release it until it’s kick-ass.”

*Mobile music revenue is down 17.6% for WMG.

*How do you slap someone around with a Blackberry? Ask Foxy Brown. [nah right]

*Video: Rock Band hates this man. Watch it. [waxy]

*Perez Hilton is launching a clothing line. Pretty sure I couldn’t pull any of this stuff off, either.

*Also: Britney loves Radiohead. Weird that she didn’t go with the digital, pay-what-you-want version?

*If you still love Facebook, you can stream your iTunes playlist through it via nuTsie. [listening post]

*DMX got arrested for speeding. Woof!

*Local (Minneapolis): First Ave is twittering. [switchblade comb]

*30 Rock quote: Lemon: “You had a three-way with Roseanne and Tom Arnold.” Blonde chick: “That was two years ago.”

*Facestats: The world thinks I’m 42 years old.

Play with this: Gracenote’s Music Maps

Gracenote offers up a flash tool, this Music Map, which allows users to zoom in on geographic regions and examine the locals’ musical tastes.

Where I’m at: The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Jack Johnson, U2, Metallica. (Despite what the data may here show, I am in Minnesota [2008], NOT the bedroom of my 15-year-old self [well, sans Jack Johnson].)

Compare to top artists for Kazakhstan: Linkin Park, Enigma, Britney Spears and Avril Lavigne.