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Video: A Microsoft store and the Black-Eyed Peas

Possibly your worst nightmare. If you have a good job and healthcare. And a loving family.

[daring fireball]

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Links for 1.29.09: Bob Dylan’s Super Bowl, new Sufjan tune, gold farming boom!

*Sports: A miniature football stadium made out of snack foods may be the height of American gluttony. Or the height of American GENIUS?!!? [medialoper]

*Cola: There’s a rumor going around that Bob Dylan will be pitching Pepsi with Will.i.am during the Super Bowl. I don’t know what it means, in the grand scheme of things. Probably more unemployment.

*Dudes: I don’t really know why I didn’t link earlier to the Silver Jews’ David Berman’s resignation and online Oedipal anger. But I didn’t. Now Mr. Berman comments on the music business: “The anti-major label discourse has taken focus off the weirdness of expecting musicians to follow an entrepreneur’s model. Self-aggrandizement. Postures of vanity. It all goes uncriticized.” Wait. Is he talking about me?

*Music: You can stream Sufjan Stevens’ new “You Are the Blood” here.

*Economy: I’ve linked to nearly dozens of depressing economics story by now, from unemployment news to the real estate market. I have never though, to this point, linked to an article about a World of Warcraft gold farming business (a company that deals in virtual goods) that has been purchased for $10M.

*Travel: Iron Maiden has opened a luxury hotel in London, Sanctum Soho.

*MP3 Players: Rumors of the Zune’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. Well, maybe not “greatly,” but exaggerated. There will be new models out this year.

*Twitter: MTV says bands are beginning to use Twitter to break news to their fans. Welcome. [ypulse]

*Dudes: Check out these great pics of Carrot Top and Gene Simmons hanging out. [buzzfeed]

*Fitness: If you want to fit into those skinny jeans, use Cardio for Indie Rockers. Or just smoke a lot.

Links for 1.26.09: Concert layaway, Zune go away? and other items

*Records: Did you know that the White House Record collection includes Led Zeppelin IV? Side note: I used to skip school to play pick-up basketball with the car door open and “The Battle of Evermore” blaring out of the cheap-ass speakers. I’m not proud of it, I’m just reporting it. Assholes.

*Devices: Microsoft’s Zune apparently has recorded a $100M drop in revenue over last year, causing some to speculate that the device everyone but Barack Obama loves to hate will find itself under the falling axe of MSFT budget cuts.

*Economics: Given the brutal economic climate, music festivals like Coachella are starting to offer layaway plans, allowing fans to commit to tickets and start paying in advance, so they’re sure to make the shows.

*Fashion: Kanye West designs Louis Vuitton sneakers. They are reddish. “The inspiration came from a jacket with a huge collar in the movie ‘Dune.'”

*Hardware: Lightbulbs that are also speakers. HOLY, would I ever like to bust up these things somehow. [bb gadgets]

Links for 12.31.08: Kunstler’s future, The Todd’s Thong, Zune’s day of the dead

*Zunes: All the 30 gig Zunes froze at 2 a.m. today. This is the kind of story that needs no comedic embellishment. [techmeme]

*Hip-hop: Did YouTube really kill rap battles? Speaking only for myself, I haven’t seen a decent rap battle in almost 35 years. [licensing plate]

*Comics: This Flickr group collects real-life reenactments of The Far Side cartoons. YES, YES, and YES. [laughing squid]

*Nostalgia: Crimes Against Music compares the sounds of the top bands of 2008 to the sounds of bands from yesteryear – for instance, 2008’s Fleet Foxes = 2003’s My Morning Jacket. (It’s more interesting than my dumb description of it.) [mbv]

*2009: Here’s what James Howard Kunstler says will happen over the next year. “We’ll turn around early in 2009 and discover that we are a much poorer nation than we thought because from now on credit will be extremely hard to get for anyone for anything.” And the rest is equally unpretty.

*Television: Long-time NBC sit-com Scrubs is moving to ABC with the strange stipulation that The Todd can never, ever appear in a thong. “A popular character nicknamed the Todd is no longer allowed to wear the thong-style swimsuit he occasionally wore on NBC. ‘That was an actual edict from the head of standards at Disney.'” WHAT?

*Local: Maybe I’m just late to notice, but The Current Music Blog seems to be attempting to put up some content again (it looked like it was just weird lists of songs for awhile there…) Good luck! This org has a rare opportunity – both content and a built-in brand to do good things, though they seem determined not to.

Links for 11.20.08: …

*Sexy men: Salon says that one of those preppy Ivy League dudes from Vampire Weekend is one of the sexiest men alive. I really liked that “Oxford Comma” song. But not THAT much. I mean. Not even close to that much. [largehearted boy]

*Multimedia: BuzzFeed highlights Paintings on Books, which I liken to people recording videos of their phonographs playing old records, then posting those videos on YouTube. Which is to say, LOVE.

*Videogames: The wondrous Waxy offers a collection of videos of Meta-Musicians, real rockers playing their own songs on Guitar Hero and Rock band. A few weeks ago, I sang Corinne Bailey Rae on Sing Star, though I am not Corinne Bailey Rae myself.

*Digital Rights Management: Apple is talking to more labels about offering their music through the iTunes store without digital rights management.

*Chinese Democracy: You are just three days away from claiming your free Dr. Pepper. Three days. Do not miss this or you will have to pay up to $1.25 for a Dr. Pepper in the future.

*Retail: I did not know that customer service wizards Zappo’s moved their slow-moving stock to 6pm, but now I do.

*Microsoft: Zune has cut prices. I would here like to make a bold stand and say that I prefer saying the word ZOON to saying the word EYEPOD. I’m just sayin’.

*Trends: New York Times columnist (and former Slate columnist) Rob Walker on some of my (and my day job’s) ideas. [Everything redacted.]

*Holidays: First Avenue will hold its second annual “Too Much Turkey” Thanksgiving dinner. [mfr]

*Economics: Perhaps you should listen to Nouriel Roubini on the state of world economics. And then cry. For almost ever. [3 quarks daily]

Video: Girl Talk’s “I’m a PC” commercial

[waxy]

Mini-links for 8.10.08: Colonel Sanders, Dan Deacon and the Zune

*Peter Gabriel looks like Colonel Sanders. Also, he is attempting, as regular readers (if any) of this blog may know, to make a digital music model that works. [mediaeater]

*Concerts: Imagine sitting in a music venue surrounded by a half dozen or more bands, who alternate songs. Or something. This is Dan Deacon’s plan for a series of round-robin concerts. If I could explain it, I would be in journalism. Or something. GOODBYE.

*MP3 players: In this week’s NYT Magazine Consumed column, Rob Walker explores the motivation of the world’s most enigmatic consumer, the Zune buyer.

Links for 7.28.08: Indie labels rule, 8tracks emerges, Zune tatts farewell…

*BusinessWeek: Veteran indie record labels are kicking the asses of the majors. (They have decided not to take names at this time.) [medialoper]

*Speaking of Faith: Is Bono the Godfather of Brangelina’s twins? I have on many occasions professed my hatred for Bono, but it has never been so strong as it is today. Except for that one day when he was wearing those sunglasses and swaggering around all prickishly.

*Music 2.0: 8tracks – “is a simple way for people to share and discover music through an online mix — a short playlist containing at least 30 minutes, roughly 8 tracks, of music. People can do 2 things on 8tracks: listen to a mix, or create a mix. Listeners can search for a mix by artist or genre, stream it in a legal, radio-style manner, and follow others who make compelling mixes.” OK. I will try.

*Sad video: This one has made the music blog rounds. The Zune Tattoo guy says goodbye via YouTube. Unrelated: Should I get a tattoo of an anchor or a tiny chicken wearing a party hat and carrying a cane? Or neither? Please vote.

*Tomorrow: Get your Tom Waits “Live in Concert” stream from a recent performance at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre July 29th at NPR Music. [p-fork]

*Releases: Bonnie Prince Billy puts out a new 7-inch (Notes for Future Lovers, Donde Esta Prufrock). (Notice how I refuse to accede to the prince-in-quotation-marks convention!) [catbirdseat]

*Television: The song from the “Mad Men” intro is “A Beautiful Mine” by RJD2. I thought you would want to know more about this television program because you are most probably a male human of some means and are almost certainly on the internet and conversant in the popular ideas currently circulating on it.

Links for 7.2.08: Jeezy’s candidate, Will.i.am’s success story, Kobe’s ass…

*Young Jeezy’s insightful political analysis of the current American presidential race: “Barack, he has a lot of things going for him.” [daily swarm]

*Speaking of: Will.i.am tells the story behind the “Yes, We Can” video. If Will.i.am is half the storyteller he is a songwriter, we are in for a world of hurt. And I mean that in as loving a manner as I can muster.

*Does Madonna have a thing going with A-Rod? Also: Who here is more disgusted than me?

*Zune is launching webisodes featuring N.E.R.D., Nelly, and Linkin Park.

*Download: “Kobe, tell me how my ass taste?” ringtone. [listening post]

*Video: Bjork plays with Sigur Ros. [brooklyn vegan]

*Fashion: Soulja Boy sneakers from Yums. I just supersoaked myself. [ypulse]

*Off topic: This handkerchief has moustaches on it! [uncrate]

Links for 6.28.08: No long tail, Waits’ honor, Madonna’s divorce…

*Madonna’s talking to divorce lawyers.

*The Long Tail: The Harvard Business Review hates it. Also: don’t you dare consider less prestigious universities as your information source. First, second, or forget about it. [dailyswarm + spincity]

*Microsoft is giving Zunes to students in exchange for their usage data. Information = currency. [wiredset]

*Tom Waits has been given the key to the city of El Paso. What will he do with it? [medialoper]

*Conde Nast might be buying Rolling Stone! I just recently learned that some Rolling Stone staffers know how to use the World Wide Web. [huffpo]

*Touring bands can find a place to crash (with their fans) on Better Than the Van. [listening post]

*Beck has launched a website in support of his new album, “Modern Guilt.” Also: Scientology. [indieblogheaven]

*Twitter for Musicians: The Complete Guide. AVOID. [twitter]

*Michel Gondry’s 25 Favorite Music Videos. The most recently created video is R. Kelly’s “Trapped in the Closet” – I have to agree with that. I have been linking to Universal Music Group a lot lately. And for that I feel shame.

*iDial video: Give your iPhone rotary phone functionality.

*Off topic: Cartier has a MySpace page. [ypulse]

*Redacted: Off topic.

Links for 6.26.08: Neil Young’s enemies, P2P traffic, Prince’s mania…

*P2P traffic accounted for 44% of all internet traffic in May? So says Digital Music News.

*Starbucks is ditching much of its highly hyped music initiative. A pretty big move considering just months ago they were heavily pushing on the super-vanilla music front.

*What is on Barack Obama’s iPod: Stevie Wonder, Yo-Yo Ma, Sheryl Crow, Bob Dylan. BUT CAN HE LOAD THE IPOD HIMSELF? [indieblogheaven]

*Read: Some tips for cleaning and organizing your iTunes. My personal philosophy (for iTunes and everything else) is to instead become part of the chaos. But to each his own. [jimray]

*”Red State fans” wanted to kill Neil Young during his concerts in support of the “Living With War” album. I have always been a closeted fan of Greensboro. (Is that a state?)

*Prince tries to kill a Norwegian tribute album of his work. I would have done the same if I were in his place. (No idea.)

*The special Joy Division Zune has been UNBOXED. Also, there is such a thing as the “Zunerama forum.”

Links for 6.19.08: Wrestling sells music, hot bachelors, Kid Rock vs. Steve Jobs…

*eMusic offers up the Pitchfork sampler, a free selection of MP3s for your listening pleasure. [getty images]

*Guns N’ Roses’ “Chinese Democracy” is starting to leak! God, I could use a Dr. Pepper. [daily swarm]

*Want to sell music: Get in the ring with the WWE: “The labels will stumble over themselves to get on MTV, but no one’s watching MTV.” [koar]

*Want to sell music: It’s hard. Worldwide sales of tunes have fallen to the lowest level since 1985. [mathew ingram]

*Microsoft will not make a Zune phone that no one wants. Was that a double negative? Or a triple?

*There are lots of places to watch music videos online, you may say. But how many of them are named after an ancient martial arts discipline, like JukeBo? [mashable]

*Kid Rock hates iTunes and won’t sell his music through them. (Note I did not put music in “quotations.” Restraint.) Though he advocates the use of P2P networks, Mr. Rock doesn’t steal because he’s rich.

*Read: The L.A. Times on the decline in the value of the album. [hypebot]

*14 songs you should never play in a bar. [pop candy]

*Motorola India launches Motomusic, a mobile music download service.

*American Idol‘s David Cook is one of the world’s hottest bachelors. That’s not People magazine saying that, it’s me. Wait, strike that / reverse it. [vulture]

*Goodbye.

Video: N.E.R.D.’s Zune ad

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Links for 4.23.08: Music for Oldsters, gay hip-hop, robot orchestra conductors…

*Too funny: GetBack Media focuses on music fans who are 35+, concentrating on American pop culture from 1968-1990. Those were the days? [musicweek]

*More on the Take-Away Shows tip: They Shoot Music, Don’t They?: tiny concerts, for the people. Not a lot of huge names, but check out Shout Out Louds. [psfk]

*Read Cracked’s Top 10 Unintentionally Gay Rap Lyrics: Tupac’s “Ever since you was a pee-wee, down by my knee with a wee-wee.” [the rap up]

*I’m predicting only niche acceptance: The Ouija board guitar. [bb gadgets]

*A robot, in the form of a Honda Asimo, is going to conduct the Detroit Symphony. [listening post]

*Recommended: Finally, the video for “Smell Yo Dick” is available. NSFW. [lots and lots of places]

*Slightly off-topic: Interview with Craigslist’s CEO. Lots of transcript here: Love it.

*If you bought music from MSN Music back in the day, you will probably be screwed as of August 31, 2008. Due to DRM. You were warned. Many, many times. [ars technica]

*If you enjoy data visualization: Read this list. [kottke]

*Happy 60th, Pops!