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Links for 6.27.10: Summertime, and the abs are not so easily obtained

*Anatomy: Rasputin’s penis has its own Wikipedia entry. Entry. Heh. [via]

*Religion: Dudes. The Swedenborgian national convention was held here last week. Please read up on Swedenborgianism, as there is no other religion in existence (not even Zoroastrianism) that is more fun to say aloud.

*Blogging: Of the book publishing industry and bloggers – Are readers the new mommies? (I write that sentence not with relish, but with sadness.)

*Covers: Watch this video (poor in quality) of Jeff Tweedy doing a cover of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.” [vulture]

*Reading: “The Importance of Tweet Cred” from The National. The piece briefly outlines the usual Shirkian versus anti-Shirkian factions.

*Social media: If you’re still using Facebook, you may run into Neil Young. Making comments, liking statuses, and, I have to assume, poking people.

*Brands: Here’s an image of Mickey Mouse made out of bugs. It’s not as disgusting as it sounds. [neatorama]

*Cities: Is it possible to design your way toward more pleasant urban noise?

*Pride: Has everyone seen the album cover for the Scissor Sisters’ latest, “Night Work“?

*Twitter: Read these four links. Also, Mary Karr and Gary Louris are both tweeting. I guess.

*Note: I don’t really know where I’m going with the abs advice thing either.

*Today’s links: F.

Links for 4.2.09: Band names, incorrect futures, random word stimulation…

*Twitter: That’s our new band – A twitterstream of band names. [buzzfeed]

*The Future: Wrong Tomorrow is a database of predictions (often by high-profile experts) along with their outcomes. I bet this thing goes HUGE! (SEE WHAT I DID THERE?) [magnetbox]

*Ideas: Most of the listenerd content is generated through use of “Random Word Stimulation.” Safe for Motherfucking Work.

*Music 2.0: Read MediaFuturist for a take on why Google’s move into music in China is a big one. Platforms. Clouds. You know the drill here.

“Google will simply provide the platform where music can be turned into money, by connecting the user with the content they want right where they already are (i.e. the search page), while gradually but aggresively monetizing their presence and their clicks via 3rd party payments – and this does not mean just ads.”

*Analysis: If you were a fan of MGMT’s “Kids,” or even if you’re just a fan of remixing it or blogging about it, possibly over and over again, you may enjoy reading this compositional analysis of the song. [earfarm]

*Vinyl: Record fans should consider checking out Vinyl Frontier on Etsy for old-school journals that integrate vinyl. [josh spear]

*Streaming: Neil Young’s “Fork in the Road’ is streaming on MySpace now. He sings about his car a lot. I drive a 2000 Honda Civic. When I don’t take the bus. FYI. [pop candy]

*Followup: Here’s a longer article from Billboard about the Jayhawks reuniting, which I mentioned (and linked to a Decider story) the other day.

*Today’s links: C-. Not enough focus.

Links for 3.24.09: Hipster Depression, vodka gummis, Neil Young…

*Economy: Forget the recession, there’s a Hipster Depression. With beards. And toenails, I’m sure.

*Photographs: Wired snapped a bunch of pictures at SXSW. Now they’re asking you to guess – Band or Fan? Poor parallelism! [murketing]

*Cooking: If you like vodka and gummi bears, you will love making your own vodka gummi bears. You could also just buy a huge bag of gummi bears and a bottle of vodka. [neatorama]

*Newspapers: Examine this NYT visualization of newspapers size and indicating the dire straits some are in. Also, here’s a list of newspapers the Silicon Alley Insider thinks will survive the financial meltdown. I don’t mean to sound unappreciative, but I don’t appreciate the Star Tribune at all. OK, I meant to say that. [waxy]

*Twitter: A song about Twitter. On a blog. Reading those words, I hate the English language for its flexibility. And myself. [shorties] Also, check out this list of the 50 Best Rock Star Twitters from Stereogum. Also, I’ve been following @arjunbasu, one of the subjects of this article, for several monhts. What he’s doing works.

*Music: The Neil Young Archives, long talked about, will open up for superfans in early June. The details are here. [daily loper]

*Today’s links: D+. Not enough quips. Or interesting shit. Pass the gummi bears.

Links for 3.3.09: Snoop’s allegiances, Prince’s Target, Twitter’s sonnets…

*Hip-hop: Is Snoop Dogg a member of the Nation of Islam? There goes his Senate run. Also, what does DMX think about this political misstep?

*Art: See what it’s like to be standing, surfing inside a wave. Not only do I not know how to surf, I can’t even swim. Or read. [neatorama]

*Royalty: Prince is selling his next three albums as a bundle exclusively through Target. Apropos of Target, I’ve bought the wrong sized furnace filter twice in a row now. Can’t we just decide on a standard?

*Covers: Neko Case covers Neil Young’s “Dreamin’ Man.” A strange proportion of listenerd readership (which now numbers in the dozens) has a crush on either or both of these parties. And by that, I mean a SEXUAL crush.

*Camo: Urban camouflage: How to disguise your appearance in city settings. (This smells old to me, but I’ll link to anything having to do with Post-Its.) [swissmiss]

*Sponsorships: Dolly Parton is now the face of Cracker Barrel.

*Online music: LaLa’s performance encourages music labels. CEO Bill Nguyen spoke on a Music 2.0 panel at CES this year and he seemed like he had his shit together. I, on the other hand, loathed being there. [via gonze]

*Beats: How to tell which drummers brought a metronome into the studio. Like CSI, but for drummers. Who haven’t murdered people. [bb gadgets]

*Twitter: If Twitter is a “poor man’s e-mail system,” is a sonnet a beggar’s epic poem?

*Related: Now here’s a man (Brian Eno) who knows how to Twitter. [tds]

*Religion: Consider reading this mini-piece for the day job, which is about the Mall of America adding a space for Muslims to pray.

*Scrabble: From a recent letter to the New Yorker: “As the word list has grown, certain letters have become overvalued and others undervalued. “X,” an eight-point letter, is now far more easily played than “C,” a three-point letter. When “za” and “qi” were added to the official word list a few years ago, no adjustment was made to the ten-point values of the “Z” and “Q” tiles. The result is that the current game encourages players to exploit the inefficiencies of an outdated scoring system.”

Exactly! WHERE ARE YOUR PRECIOUS ALGORITHMS NOW?!!?!? (I don’t know what that last part means, but I’ve been wanting to yell it for a long time now.)

*Booze: For the 3rd year in a row, Minneapolis bar The Local sold more Jameson than any other bar in the world.

*Today’s links: C+. Ugh. GOODBYE.

Video: Neil Young’s “Fork in the Road”

I also have a potbelly.

Video: The Neil Young Archives Vol. 1 trailer

I know some people out there love Neil Young. And trailers – this one is longish; 5 minutes.

[well done]

Links for 12.18.08: MySpace’s Swift love, being late, typewriters…

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*Lists: MySpace’s releases its list of top tunes on the network over the past year – and as Mashable notes, you can see obvious differences in the ages of users of that social network compared to iTunes. Popular are Taylor Swift, T.I., and Chris Brown. No Coldplay in sight. [why i failed]

*Green: The New York Times calls Neil Young “a figure of blunt efficiency.” Blunt. Heeeeeeeee.

*What They’ve Learned: Alice Cooper is a pretty sharp dude. A few things he’s learned – “My mom taught me that everything causes lockjaw. But I’ve never met anybody who got tetanus.” And – “Never be late. When you’re late, what you’re saying is that your time is more important than the other person’s time. That’s pretty egotistical.”

*Headphones: Check out this set of Head(banger)phones; they’re tricked out with an accelerometer, so the listener can alter the music as he or she bops his or her head to the beat. [gizmodo]

*Interviews: Jack White interviews Cate Blanchett. Says White, “Erotomania: A rare disorder in which a person holds a delusional belief that another person, usually of higher social status, is in love with him or her.” Also, there is a picture of Cate Blanchett dressed kind of like a hot robot. [indieblogheaven]

*Movies: Baz Luhrmann is slated to direct “The Great Gatsby” next. Rafe Fiennes is the only one American enough to play Jay Gatsby, in my opinion. And Daisy should obviously be played by Daisy Fuentes.

*Errata: Funny mistake in the execrable Star Tribune, as dummy text makes it to print. [s4xton]

*Two things: Kottke links to the periodic table of awesomeness (which is pretty awesome), but also talks some sense about the most overhyped animal product of our time: delicious bacon.

*Typewriters: Here is a LOVELY collection typewriters. They aren’t mine. The one above is. And, in fact, I type all of my blog posts on it. Even though I’m now an intuitive Dvorak layout user. [spincity]

Video: Neil Young driving around in his Lincvolt car

With “Mustang” playing in the background.

[daily swarm]

Links for 11.3.08: Def Jam’s loss, AC/DC’s Wal-mart, Bono’s stall…

*Obits: The head of Def Jam records, Shakir Stewart, killed himself. He was 34. I’m 34. Ugh.

*Retail: This is where I will be spending the next four years if the election goes badly. “At 12:01 A.M. on October 20th, Wal-Mart opened a temporary 3,000-square-foot store on Hollywood Boulevard devoted entirely to AC/DC’s new album, Black Ice.” It is what they call “all in,” motherfuckers. [licensing plate]

*Bono: The U2 Tower, a dockside development in Dublin that includes a recording studio and some sort of edifice, has been put on hold due to the worldwide economic meltdown. The tower, as it was known, was to have been built to resemble Bono’s sunglasses.

*Money: MTV will soon offer rights holders an option: They can have copyright-protected materials that are user-uploaded removed OR they can have revenue-generated ads placed around those videos.

*Automotive: I blogged previously about Neil Young trying to take his car clean tech. More on his efforts at Linc Volt, via Venture Beat. If anyone wants to steal my grease for biodiesel, I’d appreciate being informed ahead of time. And THAT IS a euphemism.

*Sleep: The Boston Globe offers up a diagram full of hints on napping. I notice there is no mention of Benjamin Franklin’s cold-air bath. Disappointingzzzzzzz. [swiss miss]

*Fashion: Converse will roll out Black Sabbath-brandend shoes in time for the holiday season. Because who doesn’t appreciate the gift of satanic footwear?

*New Yorker: Sasha-Frere Jones writes about the rise of country music’s Taylor Swift, visiting St. Paul’s Excel Energy Center in the process. Oh, and he came dangerously close to hating on St. Paul while he was here, too! Weee!

*Notice: Americans, there is an election tomorrow. You know what to do.

Video: Radiohead covers Neil Young’s “Tell Me Why”

Live at the Hollywood Bowl, sure. But why the clapping, people? Why the clapping?

[indie blog heaven]

Video: Neil Young on Charlie Rose

Vodpod videos no longer available.

[daily swarm]

Links for 7.3.08: Neil Young’s music platform, Radiohead’s streams, Springsteen’s fortune teller…

*Neil Young wants to launch a music platform? And doesn’t like iTunes sound quality? (Mainstream consumers don’t care about sound quality, FYI.)

*You can now stream Radiohead’s In Rainbows for free on Last.fm. If you haven’t already stolen it. Which you should have. [pop candy]

*The Wall Street Journal reports on how indie bands are best selling out today. I would recommend movie soundtracks or Gap commercials. But that’s just me.

*The Wackness, a new movie featuring one of the tiny Olsens, is using a purple 90s mixtape as a promotional tool. And, apparently, that is enough to get a link from me? [complex]

*The fortune teller featured by Bruce Springsteen back in the day, Marie Costello, has died. [spinner]

*The 30 Most Adorable Album Covers: What, no little bee? Also, no Sugar Ray? (Hello?)

*The finest site I have run across in years: Men Who Look Like Zach Braff. This blog will change your life. [best week ever]

*Kinetic energy: The Sustainable Dance Floor. (Once again, covered this kind of thing for the day job back in the day.) [fresh creation]

*Shakira slowly moving toward deal with Live Nation? If you want to know how this will turn out, I recommend watching the hips. They don’t lie.

*Very much off topic: Christopher Hitchens gets waterboarded. As a gimmick, not (explicitly) for his bombast.

*Assorted: Happy birthday, little bro. Also: You would not believe how many people come to this blog searching for Rihanna naked. I don’t know why.

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 6.14.08: K-fed’s pride, Neil Young’s fuel, hippie dancing!

*Kevin Federline has been named Father of the Year by Prive, a Las Vegas nightclub. Responded Federline: “I’m surprised.”

*For all the wealthy listenerds: Wilson Audio Alexandria X-2 stereo speakers cost $135,000. I don’t know what they sound like. Hopefully like breasts against the window. (No idea.) [GQ 5.08]

*Billboard talks to Neil Young about the upcoming documentary, “CSNY: Deja Vu.” Young says “I’m not really focused on music right now, as far as new music. I have a couple songs in the back of my head, and if they come to the front of my head, I’ll write ’em. But as far as my life goes, I’m totally focused on eliminating roadside refueling.” [largehearted boy]

*The New York Times writes up My Morning Jacket and their new album, “Evil Urges.” The band’s bassist on their success: “Once we played outside of Kentucky I felt like everything was icing on top of a really nice cake.”

*Video: Rolling Stone, with the help of MGMT, is offering up a guide to hippie dancing. Admission: I still don’t know how to hippie dance.

*Zune has opened an exclusive music club in Los Angeles, Zune L.A.

*How to Kill an Earworm: Listen to the whole song or do some math. [lifehacker]

*How it will end for this blog, when the end comes.