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Links for 11.26.08: MySpace Music’s boss, extreme beer, lists, lists, lists!

*Social music: MySpace Music has finally named a boss, and it’s Courtney Holt. Weeee!!! [idolator]

*Downsizing: If I didn’t mention this before, Buzznet – publisher of Stereogum, Idolator, and Absolute Punk – cut 13% of their staff.

*Just whoa: If you have skills, you can now scrobble anything you listen to. And if you don’t know what scrobbling is, you don’t have skills. (That’s nothing to be ashamed of.) [waxy]

*Lists: Fimoculous’s annual, year-end list of lists is starting.

*Beer: The New Yorker does a profile of Dogfish breweries and outlines the possibilities of extreme beer. Beer beer beer beer beer beer beer beer. Oh, I should also note that we wrote about BEERSHAKES for my day job a while back.

*Drinking: A co-worker directs me to this fantastical flickr photo set of people trying a drink called Jeppson’s Malort for the first time. Almost as good as those 2 Girls, 1 Cup reaction videos. And significantly less off-putting. The drink is apparently favored by one JOHN HODGMAN. (The drink in question being, of course, Jeppson’s Malort.) Ick. [charlotte]

*The circle of life: As soon as my new anonymous Twitter self (see this twittercide thingy for an explanation) gains 100 followers, I will out him. And we can begin this circle of life all over again. Shanti.

Links for 11.22.08: Lizard People, the Top Ten beards, Radiohead vids…

*Beards: Here are the Top 10 beards of all time. Ever. This is the final list. Putting Lincoln as low as #8 is a slap in the face to every red-blooded American. [coudal]

*Video: YouTube will be holding its first-ever live event tonight. Will.i.am will be there, in all probability “getting retarded.” [hypebot]

*Listicles: Bone up on Paste’s Top 50 Albums of 2008. Abraham Lincoln didn’t even make this list. Ugh. [stereogum]

*Radiohead: That one band will be debuting three new music videos on MySpace Music over the next couple of weeks. I linked to “Weird Fishes” yesterday. Look it up. [licensing plate]

*Word Jazz: This is a few years old, but listen anyway. A Ken Nordine podcast taken from a “Best of Word Jazz” radio show on Chicago Public Radio. Also, I just contacted Ken Nordine asking him to join twitter. I’ll let you know what happens.

*Lizard People: By now, everyone knows about a certain Minnesota voter casting his or her vote for “Lizard People.” Who, I would like to know, is willing to track this voter down and make him famous? Does he have anything to do with David Icke (referenced in this Wired story?) More about the serpent race, our overlords, here.

Links for 10.5.08: MySpace Music’s billionth, Latifah’s Touch, Weird Al’s iTunes…

*Streaming: MySpace Music streamed a billion songs within days of its launch. Whatever this MySpace Music monster is, it is LARGE. I had a fake MySpace page once. I thought I should admit that.

*Success: Classical music is kicking ass. Among other numbers on the rise: “Ticket-sale income from orchestra performances grew almost 18%, to $608 million, between the 2004-’05 and 2005-’06 seasons.”

*Videogames: Queen Latifah is obsessed with playing mah-jongg on her iPod Touch. And that is NOT a euphemism, assholes.

*Crowdsourcing: Another experiment in putting elements of the music business directly in the hands of the people, SongVest lets fans invest in the works of songwriters. [licensing plate]

*Politics: Jay-Z is doing (did?) a free concert in support of Barack Obama in Miami tonight.

*Rights: Rhapsody grabbed the exclusive rights to sell Kid Rock’s catalog online. Bawitaba. (That’s lobotomenglish for “I don’t know what further to say in this context.” Look it up.) [coolfer]

*Weird Al: Weird Al Yankovic will begin releasing his songs on iTunes as soon as he’s done recording them. Or so he says on his MySpace. Yes, Weird Al blogs on MySpace. [waxy]

*Art (or whatever): The New York Times profiles Shepard Fairey: “I don’t need to do street art anymore. But I enjoy it. It’s not insidery. It’s an opportunity to ire or inspire. And it’s free.”

Links for 9.22.08: Obama’s soundtrack, hot buttered band names, slot music…

*Band names: From Metal Sucks comes the best band name the listenerd has run across since The Sweatpant Boners of the early 2000s. Yes, it’s Hot Buttered Anal.

*Ideas: HAAAAAAAAAAA. Mixtube lets people make playlists out of audio scraped from YouTube (making it much closer to legal than previous Mixtape apps like Muxtape). I blogged about a similar idea a while ago. Also: I am an idiot. [readwriteweb]

*Slots: SlotMusic – this nearly universally maligned plan is to sell albums not as CDs or MP3s, but on SD memory cards. The idea may well not be a good one at all, however, the attitude and authority with which so many people claim to know the music business and what’s good for it is appalling and depressing. Whoa. Where did that come form?

*Politics: Obama releases a campaign soundtrack, Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement. Songs by Kanye, Adam Levine, Jackson Browne and Los Lonely Boys. [largehearted boy]

*MySpace: TechCrunch has screenshots from the much-awaited MySpace Music. The MySpace is still too ugly for me! I’m over 30!!111 OMG. And bald. Ugh.

*Mobile: Will Google’s Android phone be equipped with a client for Amazon’s MP3 store?

*Fashion: The Guardian gives props to Andre 3000 for giving props to British style. According to the article, Benjamin also went to a high school where a preppy street gang called the Stray Cats wore Benetton and beat on people with tennis raquets. What the fricking fuck? [licensing plate]

*Interviews: P-fork talks to David Byrne. Seems like someone talk to David Byrne every couple weeks, doesn’t it? Anyway: “Things that might have alienated me in the past, now I just figure, well, that’s the way that person is or that’s just the way things are. I’m not going to let that bother me too much. And maybe it’s because being older there’s a certain kind of don’t-give-a-shit attitude.” I think I would like to, if this description is any indication, be old, but without the baldness.

*Video: Dave Eggers talks to Chris Elliott. (It’s 32 minutes, and there’s some earnestness, but still.)

*Meta: WTF? WordPress is fucking with my shit? Maybe it’s time to find a new thing. If I can muster the energy.

Links for 9.16.08: Yo Gabba guests, Internet meme attack, vinyl spins again…

*Social networks: The New York Times talks MySpace Music, including offering brief comparisons to Last.fm and Imeem.

*Video: Internet Meme Scratch Attack – a sampling of internet video cuts to soothe your savage work day. Also applicable if you are bored at any other time. [buzzfeed]

*Strokes: Nate Dogg had another stroke. He is now in stable condition. Two strokes, a car chase and an arrest this year. It’s time to regulate. It has to be.

*Vinyl: The WSJ talks records, saying “World-wide sales of LP records doubled in 2007.” And thus it is decreed: there will be a major media story about the revival of vinyl every two weeks until Armageddon. Or until AIG goes bankrupt. Whichever comes first.

*Videogames: Guitar Hero is the game played most by teens. The game I played most as a child was a miniature arcade version of Qbert. Usually in a moving car. FYI. [ypulse]

*Television: Whacked out kids’ show “Yo Gabba Gabba” (which I covered for the day job a bajillion years ago) will feature The Roots, MGMT, Mates of State and Jack Black, among other guests this coming season. [daily swarm]

*Literature: David Foster Wallace appears on Charlie Rose in 1997. I had respect for Mr. Wallace’s ability to make any topic its own intricate, interesting world. However, I have always been skeptical of dudes who wear head coverings.

*Food: I haven’t mentioned this in a while, so I feel I should say something a public service. Avoid black mead. Really, mead in general. It is an alcoholic beverage that tastes like mushrooms (in a bad way). AVOID. Thank you.

Links for 9.15.08: Best Buy’s Napster, Dylan poems, ugly metal men, fat guy shirts…

*Business: The evolution (or devolution?) of the Napster mission and public image is about as interesting as a brand history can be. It was announced today that Best Buy is buying Napster for $121M.

*Money: The Wiggles are Australia’s top-earning performers. Take that, Russell Crowe. (I also have a 30-Odd Foot of Grunt quip prepared, but it is inappropriate to share in this context. I’m sorry.) [parent dish]

*Poetry: The New Yorker publishes some new poems by Bob Dylan. They are short!!!!1 [universal music group]

*Metal: Who are the 10 Ugliest Dudes in Metal? I honestly believe that Lemmy should be #1, and I will go to my grave thinking so. [metal sucks]

*Punditry: Giga Om’s take on why MySpace Music will fail: “The reason I call it mission impossible is because I think the labels and MySpace are trying to win yesterday’s war.”

*Talk: Peefork goes on a Coney Island tour with Girl Talk’s Greg Gillis. But do they talk to him about live, on-stage concert sex? OK, well maybe they should have.

*Royalty: Last.fm streams the new Kings of Leon album, “Only By the Night.” [licensing plate]

*Internet culture: Twitter is penis is a service that republishes certain twitters, replacing some of the words with the inherently comical word “penis.” I don’t know why. [tobs]

*Fashion: This has made the rounds, but you need to read it anyway – Fat Guy Shirts. [kate]

Links for 9.10.08: Girl Turk, The Kramer, M.I.A. blogs…

*Cool: Waxy uses a mechanical turk to crunch some numbers around Girl Talk’s “Feed the Animals. Google spreadsheets tell the tale…

*Hate: The Village Voice explains Why MySpace Music Won’t Succeed. Basically, the article reads like a history of errors.

*Favorites: Will Sheff of Okkervil River lists some of his favorite shit in an interview with Pee-fork, including a song by Wale called “The Kramer.” [via largehearted boy. Is it odd that I am so diligent in crediting conduits through which I come by information — like Largehearted Boy — when they are so lax in doing so themselves? No; it is not.]

*Local: The City Pages has come out with its Picked to Click local music issue (for Minneapolis / St. Paul) once again. And the winner is…Lucy Michelle & the Velvet Lapelles.

*Pornography: Complex magazine captures a round-up of porn stars singing and rapping.

*Sports: The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn chats baseball with ESPN. [idolator]

*Fashion: M.I.A.’s long-awaited fashion line is due out this week. [music slut] Also, here she is blogging about terrorism.

*Off topic video: A really inappropriate playground slide. [scanner via mojo]

*Off topic: So I have a regular job. With all the weird things that come with that.

*Also: Here’s camping.

Links for 8.13.08: Kanye’s burgers, MySpace’s music woes, iTunes’ radio foray…

*Hurry: You can buy Bon Iver’s “For Emma, Forever Ago” from the Amazon MP3 store for just $3 today!

*Social media: MySpace Music is struggling. In a couple words: they’re having a tough time finding a CEO and their tech development timelines are slipping. I MAY BE ABLE TO HELP WITH THE FORMER HINT HINT. [hypebot]

*Radio: iTunes is launching a radio show on Premiere Radio Networks. It will spin 30 of the most downloaded iTunes songs, plus interviews and other radioish stuff.

*Retro tech: Listening Post highlights Cliff Bolling, a 57-year-old Portland dude who is doggedly digitizing and uploading his old-format, vinyl music collection, to the tune of 3,700+ uploaded MP3s so far. It would enough for me if the guy simply posted videos to YouTube of his old vinyl playing.

*Interview: P-fork talks to OutKast’s Big Boi. “I might be borderline schizophrenic sometimes.”

*Kanye: Kanye West is going to open a Fatburger in Chicago. Have I mentioned that I need to lose like 2.3 lbs? And that I’m bald? (Both true.)

*Fashion: If you can wear a shirt that says “floppy inches” on it, you are more man than I am.

*Sharing: PlayLouder lets UK users pay a fee (and, therefore, royalties) and trade files within the confines of the ISP.

*Off topic: I want cigar pillows. I could also use a rolling papers blanket. [uber review]

Links for 4.3.08: iTunes sales, MySpace Music, Akon’s phone call…

*iTunes has moved ahead of Wal-mart as the top music retailer in the United States. Of America. [techmeme]

*MySpace Music finally offers users the chance to buy DRM-free music.

*From Pee-fork: Natalie Portman to star in an upcoming Devendra Banhart video? Hopefully, she gets the Wes Anderson treatment. What?

*You may have heard: Jay-Z signed a far-reaching $150M deal with Live Nation.

*Waxy > Sasha-Frere Jones > Idolator > An animated video of Akon calling T-Pain.

*For all my lasagna lovers: the Garfield MP3 player.

*This is the sound of an Icelandic glacier melting. I don’t care for it. [mefi]

*Off-topic: I want Pac-Man shoes. [wonderland]

Links for 4.2.08: MySpace Music, Soulja Boy analysis, Kanye Travel…

*MySpace settles with Universal Music; is now readying a launch its own music service. [silicon alley insider]

*Kanye Travel: Yes, Kanye West has a travel site. But he still does not offer full RSS feeds.

*Are you ready for an iPod that holds 20 million songs? I happen to be. [hypebot]

*Guitar Hero: The guitars look different now.

*PopMatters analyses the Soulja Boy phenomenon: “Like Peanuts, the panes of Soulja’s comic world are eerily absent of parental figures.” [ypulse]

*Perez Hilton is boycotting SonyBMG. [listening post]

*There will be a sequel of MTV’s Tila Tequila’s dating series.

*The New Kids on the Block: They release a group photo, it makes news?

*Chocolate Rain in Mario Paint Composer. [fimoculous]

*Madonna goes to bed with her Blackberry. (Maybe she’s trying to rehab her image? Because this is a sign of normality.) [huffpo]

*From Waxy comes Porn for the Blind.

*Right now, Dolly Parton is singing about Jesus on American Idol, in front of probably the largest television audience of the week.