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Links for 8.24.09: Motivation, MP3s, American excess and slang…

*Video: I’ve been thinking for hours about how to get you to watch this video. I’ve got nothing.

*Technology: Pitchfork publishes a social history of the MP3. Whoa; this is the kind of essay the Daily Swarm should start publishing. But with better pacing.

*Food: One thing I love about America is its ingenuity. (Click that link only if you love Kentucky Fried Chicken. And excess. And think that the Famous Bowl is a marvel of the imagination.)

*On language: Slang is one of my favorite topics to think about. If I were ever to get off my ass (and out of my day job) and do a web project, it would be around the front lines of language. [ypulse]

*Voices: Sasha Frere-Jones writes about Leonard Cohen old and new in the New Yorker. I have not seen the documentary in question, but the prospect of seeing Mr. Cohen in his boxer shorts has compelled me to add it to the queue.

*Reviews: I love these one-star reviews from Amazon. On Moby Dick: “Too nautical for me.”

*Hip-hop: Being your guide to Russian hip-hop fashions. [buzzfeed]

*Books: If you need to buy a book of tweets, do it through this link. (The affiliate money goes to @TheDayHasCome and his family. Or just donate money instead.)

*Local: Listenerd co-worker No Bird Sing have an album coming out soon. You can listen to it, even though MySpace is putting the kibosh on autoplay. [chuckles]

Links for 2.5.09: David Simon, Jonathan Coulton and Avril Lavigne (no idea)

*Business: More music labels are finding success (or at least seeing opportunity) licensing their music to mobile games. FACT: I can’t stop playing BrickBreaker on my BlackBerry. And I hate my BlackBerry. And BrickBreaker. And myself.

*Magazines: The Wire‘s David Simon is writing Talk of the Town pieces for the New Yorker now, I guess? His recent blurb about the death of William Zantzinger, the killer of Hattie Carroll was decent, but felt more unfocused than his trademark “novelistic,” given the context.

*Don’t Be Evil: Is Google disappearing the posts of some MP3 bloggers? (I love the Russian-era feel of “disappearing” as a verb. Though I guess you could argue that it feels more New Jersey mob. ) [medialoper]

*Superstardom: Jonathan Coulton tells you how to become a world-famous musician in Popular Science. I saw him play at a Hodgman reading and with all due respect to Mr. Coulton, his on-stage wattage didn’t hold a candle to that of the pale, pudgy one. [lhb]

*Blips: ContentNext revisits 10 songs that have reshaped the digital world, from Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend” (the top-watched video on YouTube) to Radiohead’s freebies. [daily swarm]

*Twitter: Twiturm is another little application that allows you to share your music via Twitter. (I don’t like to use Twitter this way!!!! I’m an idiot!) Also, you may want to check out Drowned in Sound’s guide to musicians on Twitter. Everyone is a comedian. Or a blogger. Or what the fuck ever.

Video: Motion-controlled MP3 player

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Links for 11.10.08: McSweeney’s distills, M.I.A. eats, celebrity urination…

*Things: This McSweeney’s list is kind of like what the listenerd would be if the listenerd were distilled down into nothing but awesomeness, then baked on a sheet of rad and peppered with cardamom. (I don’t know what cardamom is. And I don’t really like the word rad.) [daily swarm]

*Crowdsourcing: At The Next Big Sound, you listen to demos of unsigned bands, pick the ones you think will become popular, then reap the social benefits of being smarter than everyone else. I can’t make the explanation any simpler than that. I’m sorry. [mashable]

*Free music!: eMusic is offering free music through Pizza Hut. The crossover in customers between these two brands cannot be high. IT CANNOT.

*Riders: Do you want to know what M.I.A. likes to eat? You can find out at the Smoking Gun. [stereogum]

*Hardware: Dell is scrapping its plans to build an MP3 player, and will instead focus on software that will compete with iTunes.

*Maximum incontinence: I am a huge public urination fan. Not sure if you knew that. Or if you wanted to know.

*Local: FiveThirtyEight.com looks at the Minnesota Senate race recount. Holy fucking awesome breakdown!

*Parties: You should at least consider attending the Switchblade Comb 1st anniversary party on Friday, November 28 at the Nomad World Pub. I know I would consider it if I weren’t old. And bald.

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 8.12.08: Mog’s ad network, NIN’s HBO show, Napster’s fall, Snot’s demise…

*Social media: MOG has added Rick Rubin to its board and has also created a music blog ad network. For me, MOG has always been in a weird in-between space that I couldn’t connect to on any level. Not social enough to be a good social media tool, not enough stats to compete with last.fm. I still have found no good reason to log on.

*NIN: Trent Reznor’s Zero may become an HBO series? I think Ian McShane should star.

*Business: Napster subscriptions are down 52,000 subscribers in Q2 over Q1. Tough times. I still think someone will crack subscription music. I can’t stand managing files; it’s a waste of my time. (Though I still have found no better alternative.)

*Local: Snot, of Puke and Snot, has died. One half of the most famous Renaissance Festival pair of all time has passed away at the age of 57. First Bernie Mac, now this. Ugh.

*Celebrities: TMZ has dug up some Ryan Seacrest beefcake photography. BEFORE he was bitten by that shark.

*Toys: The Teddy Bear MP3 player makes it easy to listen to digital music. Even if you are 12-18 months old.

*Local: If you don’t want to go to a Rage Against the Machine concert during the Republican National Convention, you could consider putting up an Unconvention yard sign. [metblog mpls]

*Hello: It’s my brother’s birthday. Happy birthday, Ian. You are almost as old as Jesus.

Links for 8.2.08: Raising McCain, Sa Dingding, Amazon’s MP3s…

*Profile: The Christian-Science Monitor highlights China’s biggest pop star, Sa Dingding, whose music is described as synthy electronica, quirky and sometimes experimental. She’s currently making a push into the West, and has gotten some attention via the BBC.

*Healthcare: Amy Winehouse has been released from the hospital. What was she in for, you ask? Being Amy Winehouse. And now I’m sad.

*Clips: The Wall Street Journal looks at Conor Oberst’s new album, Conor Oberst.

*The Times profiles Sub Pop on the occasion of its 20th birthday. “Their last anniversary bash in 2003 was promoted as ‘Sub Pop’s 15th Anniversary – Ten Years of Great Music’.” [largehearted boy]

*Politics: Country singer John Rich of Big & Rich has written a song, “Raising McCain,” in support of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Mr. Rich also has a writing credit on the politically charged Big & Rich polemical, “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy).” [daily swarm]

*Money matters: CNNMoney looks at the Amazon MP3 store, and analyzes its chances against Apple and iTunes, with specific attention given to Amazon’s deal with the imminent MySpace Music initiative. I’m a huge Apple fan, but the Amazon MP3 store’s overall user experience and value is currently superior to that of iTunes. Best of luck in your future endeavours.

Links for 7.1.08: Rhapsody MP3, 50 gayest songs, Jay-Z’s Brazilian wax…

*Rhapsody has launched an MP3 store. [lots of people]

*Also: HOT TOPIC is launching an MP3 store. No word yet from my grandma. [daily swarm]

*Also: The (RED) campaign will begin to sell MP3s (with proceeds going to African causes). No word yet from Bono.

*Great New York Times blurb from over the weekend: Bob Dylan is the popular musician most often cited in judicial opinion. He has the 80+ demo LOCKED.

*Warner Music Group signs on for Nokia’s Comes with Music service. [mediaeater]

*The 50 Gayest Pop Songs. Full list here, from Rhapsody. Heavy on the ABBA. [chum bucket]

*GROOMING: Jay-Z and P. Diddy both get Brazilian pubic waxes. Also, they both have letters as parts of their names. COINCIDENCE?

*Soundchaser: Using old vinyl to make rad model train tracks. Video here. [waxy]

*Make your own Elvinator robot Elvis impersonator. If you are crazy. [bb gadgets]

Links for 6.20.08: Girl Talk samples, Toby Keith’s movie, Diesel’s pants…

*Has the music industry abused us? “To me, Apple’s success with iTunes and its ability to sell 5 billion songs since its launch is an awful event.” Also: Who is “us”? [medialoper]

*Top 45 free music sites: Free, unless you consider the time you have to waste wading through the ads peppering this list a form of payment. Which I do. [red ferret]

*The Wikipedia page for Girl Talk’s new, name-your-own-price album “Feed the Animals” already contains a wealth of information on the samples used.

*Marketing: Diesel will be selling mud-resistant jeans and giving out free underwear at some European musical festivals this year. Mud-resistant jeans. [psfk]

*Listen to the oldest recordings of computer-generated music. Recorded in 1951, “Baa Baa Black Sheep” is every bit as powerful today. [waxy]

*The composer of some of the music John McCain is using for his ads is getting annoyed. Also: Who knew McCain was using videogame music?

*Toby Keith: Screenwriter.

*Semi-related: Why does your voice sound different when you hear it from a recording? [magnetbox]

*Off topic: The long-awaited video game Spore started releasing some teases the other day with a Creature Creator download. Within 48 hours users were creating porn creatures.

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.

Links for 6.17.08: Biggie movie blog, Heart concerts, eMusic money…

*The producer of the new Notorious BIG biopic has been blogging. [pop candy]

*Words: A tag cloud from the manuscript of John Hodgman’s new book, “More Information Than You Require.” To me, this is very calming.

*eMusic is raising subscription rates. I dropped eMusic more than a year ago; with the introduction of Amazon’s MP3 store, I don’t miss it a bit.

*MP3 blog ad networks: That sentence looks like word salad. Predictably, music blogs are loving the idea, though.

*Artsy: The Heart Chamber Orchestra: Listen to the heartbeats of 12 musicians hooked up to ECG sensors. Videos are here. [neural]

*Off topic: BB Gadgets has video of a Teddy Ruxbin hacked to recite Twitters.

Links for 6.4.08: Lemmy action figure, Last.fm expansion, Joy Division Zune…

*First and foremost: Lemmy has an action figure. [metalhammer]

*Last.fm in a box: The musical social network is syndicating. Think of it as a musical mega-widget.

*For the fashion impaired: The MP3 t-shirt. I have one Threadless t-shirt (an attempt to retain my “relevance”). It features a goat pinata. It does not play music.

*Meme watch: 2 girls, 1 birthday cake. Yum?

*Aaliyah’s uncle leaked the R. Kelly tape to Chicago journalist Jim Derogatis? I felt like a perv just typing that.

*Check out the Joy Division Zune design! Trying to figure out some kind of “known displeasures” wordplay.

*Pandora releases a desktop application. I left Pandora long ago, but I still think about it every few months or so.

*Lily Allen got very drunk the other night! At the Glamour Women of the Year Awards. Ms. Allen’s own take here. Confession: I also got drunk the other night. In my house. (No pics.)

*FanDoodle: How fans can get paid to distribute music via their blogs, email, etc. I’m no MBA, but: Low margins. [hypebot]

*Off topic: Ricky Gervais has a production blog for his forthcoming movie, “The Other Side of the Truth.” Also, here is video of Gervais and John Hodgman. Double the pasty! [videogum]

* Off topic: They make sneakers specially for the NBA finals? Celtics.com has KG specials. [complex]

Links for 5.4.08: JazzFest’s costumes, dancing robots, Boredom’s frogs…

*Phonofone II is a pseudo-phonograph designed by Tristan Zimmermann for use by iPod owners. It is white and gorgeous, but alas, has no soothing spinning motion. Also, the online NYT design magazine is a bitch to browse.

*Also: If you are sick of iPods (and I am; at least my own), you could have a dancing robot (in this case, WALL-E) play your MP3s. While capering. Unless you are also sick of dancing, MP3-playing robots. [popgadget]

*The New York Times ArtsBeat blog on JazzFest. I went there many years ago, and some guy stole our beer.

*The A.V. Club reviews “When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold” by Minneapolis’ Atmosphere.

*TAVC also interviews Boredoms. On the influence of frogs: “In the fields of rice patties, there’s a leader frog in each one. The leader will start making the sound, then all of them will start making their noises. It starts to build up, and once it builds, it becomes a rhythm. Then it all stops.

*The Wall Street Journal asks Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard what his playlist consists of. Mr. Gibbard lies thusly: She and Him, The Hollies, Emitt Rhodes. Where do they train these publicists?

Links for 5.3.08: Soundamus’ recos, spam’s anniversary, Santogold’s vomit…

*Soundamus recommends upcoming music releases based on your Last.fm data. After 12 minutes, I still don’t know what it wants me to listen to. [waxy]

*Tech: The story of spam. It’s 30 years old! [3 quarks daily]

*Techish: Anti-YouTube site Hulu has a channel on YouTube. A 30 Rock clip from said. [watching tv online]

*OK: RCRD LBL is pushing the Santogold. WordPress said they were going to kick me off if I didn’t say it. (Update: WTF? Did wordpress just auto-correct my lack of midcap in the word WordPress in the previous sentence?? YES!)

*HIPSTER RUNOFF on the Dan Deacon live experience: “Others say that Dan Deacon concerts are breeding grounds for organisms born out of the sweat of heavy-set men, overbearing 17-year-old female indie music fans, and greasy bros who like the crappy kind of electronic music.” With graphs! What’s with all the all-caps sites?

*Is the packaging of Beck’s 8-bit release “experimental” or just blurry? [spin city]