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Links for 3.30.09: Beer, Hunch, The Jayhawks, sound ears…

*Homes: The Ramp House, a home designed for skateboarding. I am perhaps the worst skateboarder you have ever met. [coudal]

*Graffiti: “America is dying.”

*Beer: What could be better than a keychain that replicates the physical sensation of opening a beer? Besides a real can of beer. Related: The best beer in America.

*Leftovers: Sound mirrors, listening ears, whatever you want to call them, I like them. [neural]

*Electricity: Here’s what Earth Hour looked like; a story in photographs. Well, kind of a story. [waxy]

*Recommendations: Hunch. Try it.

*Twitter: If you are daring, check out this video and series of links about musicians using Twitter. I’ve said it a million times: Be human.

*Local: The Jayhawks are reuniting to play the Basilica Block Party in July.

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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.

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.

Musicians who Twitter

(*Updated November 3, 2009.)

I made Twitter list here.

As everyone knows, Twitter’s people search was non-existent until just recently, and is mediocre even now. Given that, I compiled a VERY SHORT LIST (NOT THE TRADEMARKED KIND) of musicians who Twitter.

I have tried following most of them, and I’ll be honest with you: the majority of them are very, very, very bad at Twittering. I had to quit them. I’m sorry. Shaq is the least musician among them, but perhaps the second-best Twitterer (Jonathan Coulton is easily the best), in a fucked-up zen sort of way.

(If you would rather just follow people who are smart and/or hilarious, go here and scroll to the bottom.) Lil Wayne and Chris Brown and some others did some Twittering for the VMAs a couple years ago and were awful, then quit, so I didn’t include them. Also, I cannot guarantee the authenticity of all of these accounts. There are a lot of fakesters out there, and it’s not difficult to impersonate inanity.

(Also, of course, you can always follow a REAL HUMAN BEING. Just saying.)

Another list here, from Mashable.

AC/DC
Lily Allen
Band of Horses
Sara Bareilles
Bjork
Bloc Party
The Cardinals
Nick Cave
Coldplay
Common
Jonathan Coulton
Rivers Cuomo
Ani Difranco
Snoop Dogg
Lady GaGa
MC Hammer
Imogen Heap
Hot Hot Heat
Talib Kweli
Lil Wayne
Mates of State
Dave Matthews
John Mayer
Muse
Willie Nelson
Oasis
Yoko Ono
Pearl Jam
Shaquille O’Neal
QTip
Questo of the Roots
The Raconteurs
Jay Reatard
John Roderick
Edward Roste
Soulja Boy
Britney Spears
Regina Spektor
John Tesh
John Vanderslice
Patrick Wilson
Tay Zonday

Also: you may visit this ever-expanding spreadsheet for new Twitter musicians.

Here are some other guides to Musicians on Twitter:

Pop Junikie now has a large list of bands on Twitter.
COED magazine has 406 Bands Who Twitter.
Each Note Secure
Drowned in Sound
Pitchfork
Music Twitters

Links for 10.24.08: The Hudsons, The Smiths and Weird Al vs. Steve Jobs…

*Obit: Jennifer Hudson’s mother and brother were found dead from gunshot wounds on the South Side of Chicago this afternoon. Devastating and depressing.

*Rumor: Are the Smiths reuniting? I know nearly nothing about the Smiths, having spent the last five years trying to keep up with the Joneses. [largehearted boy]

*Professionals: The Musician’s Twitter Roadmap. Personally, I recommend being hilarious. Or really famous. Or a hot chick. (Not in that order.)

*On again / off again: Weird Al is PISSED at iTunes. I would NOT want to have this dude mad at me. Perhaps there are some Steve Jobs vs. Weird Al mashups that could add humor to this situation. Or parody songs. Maybe involving heart attacks.

*Video: John Hodgman’s brief digression on matters of lost time. That is my last John Hodgman link. Of the day. [bb]

*Trailers: Maybe you would like to watch the latest trailer for the Biggie Smalls biopic “Notorious.” It is in WIDE format. (That’s not a fat joke!) [You never know.]

*Fashion: You love Crocs. You love Uggs. Winter Crocs offer the best of both worlds. (Those worlds being an overlapping geography of various hells.)

*Tidbit: We are undergoing a worldwide economic meltdown. Please send links.