the listenerd

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Tag: music

Video: Doomtree’s “Bangarang”

I think I have a new video. Har Mar Superstar interprets Doomtree.

Video: Korean kids do Daft Punk

[coudal]

Video: Taiwanese garbage trucks play music

Video: Iron and Wine’s “Godless Brother in Love” video

“It kind of reminds me of a Levi commercial.” – YouTube commenter.

The song itself is strangely centerless! Like THE WORLD ITSELF!

Links for December 7, 2011: When should one STOP blogging?

Thinking: This project, by Gaelan Kelly, has my attention! (And that’s saying something at this point.) It’s called “NPR: How the Voices Look in My Head,” and as you might guess, it consists of drawings of radio personalities based only on what the artist IMAGINES they look like. What I like is that it takes what we all do daily – make only somewhat informed judgments based on limited input – to a logical extreme. I’ve thought about this in a bunch of other contexts, and I think it’s related to a project/idea I started (but still want to explore) in which people attempt to recall the plots of books read long ago (or never read). What do they actually know? What do they make up to fill in an important blank? I think it’s even related to this (sorta classic?) video of a girl who holds forth on the plot of Star Wars having never seen the movies.

The question, basically: How does the brain decide what is necessary to conjure? And then, once it has decided that some certain set of things needs to be conjured, how does it go about filling in those slots? Through memory? Association? Through cultural context? Is this exactly what imagination is? [coudal]

Gifts: These lineposters, which depict cities as line representations of their transit systems, might make for good gifts? If you are purchasing gifts for urban nerdbaits? I would like a Twin Cities version. It would have one line, from the sternum to three inches above the sternum. (Seriously, though, they’re sort of lovely?)

Edifices: I think this site – Buildings Listening to Dubstep – should actually be called Dancing by Architecture. And they should be listening to Martin Mull instead of dubstep? (I don’t know what I’m talking about.) [liquidchroma]

Sports: This series by John Branch of the New York Times on hockey enforcer Derek Boogaard is worth your three clicks. Be ready to weep, question your values and give up your last lingering support of nearly any major sport, though. Devastating.

Markets: Indie capitalism. It smells good? “Good things come from and are made locally by people you can see and know.”

Lists: McSweeney’s “Band Math” is a confection. A handmade confection, but a confection nonetheless. Do you even know what I MEAN by that? (I don’t.) [pop loser]

Music: You KNOW the guy holding a ukulele that looks like a Transformer’s head in an Etsy photo HAS to have a scraggly beard. (Sorry, scraggly beard.)

Running: The race at the bottom of the world. Watch 36 athletes run a marathon at the South Pole. Their workout gear is great. Apropos of nothing, it’s very cold here in Minnesota and while running (which I still despise) I have been experimenting with a third sock.

Today’s links: F.

Video: Justin Townes Earle performs “Harlem River Blues” on The Current

Links for December 2, 2011: The godfather of the straw, and other sucky tales

Sports: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers owns a record label? [daily swarm]

Visuals: This one goes out to all of you penis lovers! Peruse – and re-order! – the 9 greatest penis moments in movie history. This seems like something Mark Lisanti should have written! (I don’t know.)

Local: Who Is Bon Iver?: A tumblr of ignorance and shame. (Subtitle mine.)

Television: David Milch is going to be developing some of Faulkner’s work for HBO. I loved Milch’s “Deadwood,” though, LIKE SO MANY, was completely annoyed with the way the series ended. To this day, I hold a little bit of Al Swearingen in me (his greasy hair).

Question: Is this a Spaghetti-Os pizza or a pizza crust that has been vomited on? (Consider this question to be like a captcha.)

Videos: NME has compiled a list of the worst videos ever. I guess I don’t know anything anymore. About anything. [spincity]

Sound: If you don’t have fun playing with this sound board, The Rap Board, then you are not a human being. I will never not love DMX barking. [coudal]

Innovation: Read about the history of the bendy straw. “Stone refined it by building a machine to wind paper into a tube and coat the outside with a paraffin wax to keep it from melting in bourbon. He patented the product in 1888. Today, Marvin Chester Stone is considered the godfather of the straw.”

Today’s links: F. I have so much more to give. So much more. To give. (But no time to sort it.)

Video: Polica performs “Wandering Star” live on The Current

Do I never shut the hell up?

Video: Incredibly fast “Look at Me Now” kitchen rap by Mac Lethal

Links for November 16, 2011: Double shower head, single dog’s head and how to name your novel

Running: I have begun running and I loathe myself for it. Utterly. (Close readers of the listenerd (ha) may recall having read a little something about this.) No one – and I mean NO ONE – captures the nouveau runner’s mix of addiction, wonder and self-hatred like Charlie Brooker. “I have been murdered and replaced with a suspicious facsimile. In running shoes.” Please read that. Furthermore, Charlie Brooker, much to his credit, is trying to plant the idea that the PACKAGE in this heart-rending John Lewis (a UK retail chain) advertisement contains a dog’s head. (It might.)

Showers: Rob Walker explores a thoroughly modern hotel signage phenomenon, one in which the hotel attempts to initiate a game of chicken with its guest to see who will eventually blink and ruin the entire planet by using/providing too many towels or using/offering incredible water pressure. Also, there is a HUGE dual shower head involved. HOWEVER, Mr. Walker does not answer the question of whether the dual-shower head thing was worth using.

Minneapolis: Minneapolis’ Craig Finn talks about the first time he heard Minneapolis’ The Replacements. All this story needs is Minneapolis’ Prince to make it complete and as obnoxious as is possible. And possibly a bike lane. (Maybe Prince is winter cyclo-commuting via it.)

Gimmicks: These musical business cards by Katharina Hölzl are incredibly cool. Watch the video or read more here.

Self-help: NPR helps you name your first novel. Mine was The Black Black Delphinium of Vatican City!

“News”: Google dropped a new music service today. I will play with it, though it is rare that I find people ready and willing to spend time and energy even entertaining the idea of sharing something with me via Google+.

Local: Normally, I’m not a fan of Bob Collins and NewsCut! (I listened to him on the radio once.) It’s entirely possible that he touches my shadow. HOWEVER, I enjoyed his Letter to the East Coast. “Where you come from, you don’t change as much as merely assimilate — you’ve been around for almost 400 years. Here, the culture is changing and watching it change is about the most exciting thing you can imagine.”

Graphics: Check out these classic albums, their covers reimagined. Whenever I reimagine my own cover, I am no longer bald. And am perhaps a bit thinner. And I have a more symmetrical face. Maybe less of a harsh jaw line. My bulbous forehead recedes. The pain in my right knee subsides. My posture improves significantly. My heart begins pumping more blood, through thick, wide veins, more quickly, delivering much-needed nutrients to all of my bodily tissues.

Among other things.

Today’s links: F. My queue overfloweth.

Video: Some dude playing the celeste

I mean, it’s not Polica, but this is pretty lovely?

[pocketmonsterd]

I want an Instapaper for everything

They other day on Twitter, I plaintively (well, kinda) begged the cosmos for something: Maybe this already exists, but I’d like a Tivo queue for cultural events. I want a media-agnostic way to “stack” stuff than I want to see/do.

I make lame jokes about a lot of things on that Twitter account, but here I was starting to articulate a real need I’ve been feeling. Having thought more about it over the past couple of days, I think a better way to say what I think I need is in this headline: I want an Instapaper for everything.

What does that mean? It means I’d like a tool that’s NOT first and foremost about sharing or displaying things (like Pinterest is, and like some dozens of social shopping sites are), but is instead a stripped-down tool focused on and optimized for ME. I want it to allow me to save and sort any kind of media – from granular articles like Instagram does now – to TV shows on Hulu, specific podcasts through the iTunes store, books through Amazon, to even live shows by bands playing at the Turf Club down the road.

I don’t even care if it recommends anything for me (though I assume someday, after this thing exists in a sufficiently usable format, people will want recommendations like that). Right now, I finish my podcast-informed commute and have half a dozen things I WANT to remember to look at: An album by Allen Toussaint. Some dumb fitness app. An old television series starring Alec Guinness.

But I am not one to make spreadsheets. And I don’t want to send myself dozens of disconnected emails of movies to remember to watch or albums to buy when I get the chance. And I don’t want to set up dead to-do lists where buying some milk sits next to seeking out, evaluating and purchasing (or not!) an app or an e-book.

Does this service exist already? Am I being dense? If anyone gets where I’m coming from, and if this does not exist, is there any way you can PLEASE wield your vast powers to make this happen? Please? Can you, for once, use your authority for GOOD?

Video: Polica performs “Wandering Star” at the Turf Club

Skinny version. I have a post on a burgeoning “Slow Autotune” movement (Polica, Gayngs, Bon Iver) that I’m going to write tonight. Or tomorrow night. I don’t remember.

Video: Prince on American Bandstand at 19

[snarkmarket]