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Links for 9.17.08: Journey in Mpls, top gay albums, R. Kelly’s insanity…

*Concerts: PEOPLE! LISTEN! Journey was in town last night. Review here, but word on the street is that a very young-looking Arnel Pineda “ran his fingers through his hair for 1.5 hours straight.” [jenna]

*Infographics: “The Gay Plot” shows the venn diagram of Out‘s Top 25 Gay Albums, Rolling Stone‘s Top 25 Greatest Albums and The Guardian‘s Top 25 Albums. Hint: The Velvet Underground. [tobs]

*Television: R. Kelly is a nutball. 19-year-old girls are inbounds, he reminds us via an interview with BET.

*Wi-fi: Zune owners get free wi-fi under the Golden Arches. I don’t got to McDonald’s and I don’t own a Zune. I’m just telling you this so you don’t think I only blog about shit I like. [medialoper]

*Reviews: Soulja Boy reviews the videogame Braid. New dances, videogame reviews – the man is indefatigable. And also, rich. And he has a lot of time on his hands.

*Internet stupidity: Rick Astley comments on rickrolling. [urlesque]

*E-mail: Sarah Palin uses Yahoo! mail. Weird? Also, I have it on good authority that she has a one-armed dentist. (Not kidding.) Related.

*Local: Husker Du’s Bob Mould is working on his autobiography. Additionally, I am too lazy to figure out umlauts. [earfarm]

Links for 7.29.08: Jay-Z’s ring, a shark’s failure, a Zimmerman release…

*Good music: The Walkmen’s new album, “You & Me,” is available on Amie Street for $5. That is pretty cheap. [universal]

*SHARK ATTACK: American Idol’s Ryan Seacrest was bitten by a shark recently. On the toe. He took some aspirin to treat the wound.

*Jewelry: Jay-Z has been spotted wearing a wedding ring. Unrelated: He is married.

*If you would be interested in taking a leak: A new R. Kelly album (12 Play: 4th Quarter) has leaked. You can maybe go find a torrent of it. Leaked. Heh. [digital music news]

*Art: Banksy is Robin Gunningham according to Time magazine. Also, how about that feces painting!? Wild! [mediaeater]

*Musicals: The von Trapp family villa is finally open! Now considering a “Sound of Music”-themed vacation to Salzburg for late August. (Not kidding.)

*Intertwined industries: Ars Technica on Rock Band, Guitar Hero and music sales. [ypulse]

*Local: Peefork reviews St. Anthony Park barista Haley Bonar’s “Big Star.” 7.1!

*Local: Robert Zimmerman rarities released! Watch for Tell Tale Signs. Where was this local singer/songwriter when I was a child?

*Geek instruments: Zelda ocarina’s on sale for $40 at ThinkGeek. [geekologie]

*I have been getting up around 5:15 am. FUCKERS.

Links for 6.28.08: No long tail, Waits’ honor, Madonna’s divorce…

*Madonna’s talking to divorce lawyers.

*The Long Tail: The Harvard Business Review hates it. Also: don’t you dare consider less prestigious universities as your information source. First, second, or forget about it. [dailyswarm + spincity]

*Microsoft is giving Zunes to students in exchange for their usage data. Information = currency. [wiredset]

*Tom Waits has been given the key to the city of El Paso. What will he do with it? [medialoper]

*Conde Nast might be buying Rolling Stone! I just recently learned that some Rolling Stone staffers know how to use the World Wide Web. [huffpo]

*Touring bands can find a place to crash (with their fans) on Better Than the Van. [listening post]

*Beck has launched a website in support of his new album, “Modern Guilt.” Also: Scientology. [indieblogheaven]

*Twitter for Musicians: The Complete Guide. AVOID. [twitter]

*Michel Gondry’s 25 Favorite Music Videos. The most recently created video is R. Kelly’s “Trapped in the Closet” – I have to agree with that. I have been linking to Universal Music Group a lot lately. And for that I feel shame.

*iDial video: Give your iPhone rotary phone functionality.

*Off topic: Cartier has a MySpace page. [ypulse]

*Redacted: Off topic.

Links for 6.13.08: Kelly’s free, Weezer’s wired, Idol’s sued…

*Is American Idol screwing the backup musicians out of money they’ve rightfully earned? Well, those dudes are suing the show. On a semi-related note: I may be the only person in America who is fascinated by Ryan Seacrest.

*R. Kelly was acquitted of all child pornography charges on Friday. Hmmf.

*If you are interested in the mainstream media, you may wish to check out Rolling Stone‘s Bonnaroo 2008 coverage.

*Weezer invites fans to jam with them on their current tour. From the internet celeb viral to the use of manga for marketing to the jam-with-us invite – somebody in the Weezer camp has been paying attention.

*Video: My buddy in the former Soviet Union recorded video of traditional Sukhishvili Georgian Dance. It gets pretty crazy when the swords come out.

*Tim Russert died. Sucks.

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 5.17.08: Musicians nude, Radiohead’s data, Ludacris’ green…

*Who are the Top 50 Nude music stars? I don’t really know what this even means, but it’s an irresistible headline, right? (NSFW) [getty images]

*Awesomeness: Radiohead 2008 Tour Statistics. [urlesque]

*MTV has released a list of the hottest MCs. Kanye is at the top. [nah right]

*The Chicago Tribune covers the R. Kelly trial: “Yesterday, he looked rough, a couple of weeks worth of fuzz on his braids. And his beard? Well, it had more naps than a preschool.” It’s been too long since this blog mentioned beards. Thank you, Chicago Tribune. [good]

*Conde Nast acquires Ars Technica. (Obvs, CBS bought CNET earlier in the week.)

*Ludacris and Tommy Lee (mentioned previously on this blog for their participation in a green-themed reality show) are playing an L.A. concert May 28th to kick off the show, Battleground Earth. I think it would be funny to see the riders for this show. [treehugger]

*Shephard Fairey uses Zipcar? Interesting in that Banksy is an outspoken I-GO user. [not really]

*Off topic: I don’t know who plays The Sims 2, but those who do can now buy IKEA furniture for their game selves. I’m not sure if it comes pre-assembled in-game, or not.

Links for 5.7.08: Lil Wayne’s sex advice, Korn’s literary chops, Dictionaraoke…

*Lil Wayne will be writing a love advice column for VH1. Use condoms! (That’s me, not Lil Wayne. I’m not sure how seriously you should take Lil Wayne’s advice yet.) [pee-fork]

*Would you like to read the biography of Korn? No, I’m not talking about Michael Pollan’s “The Omnivore’s Dilemma.” [metal sucks]

*R. Kelly’s trial is starting. MTV has a timeline. [idolator]

*Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are married. I could have sworn they were faker than Rihanna and Chris Brown. Or at least as fake. [concrete loop]

*The Walkmen write food reviews? Click through and follow the Reviews tab. [earfarm]

*MiRoamer: Customize your internet radio experience. I haven’t tried it. [venture beat]

*M.I.A. has a clothing line coming out. I’m pretty sure I could pull off none of it. [buzzfeed]

*Hoodies with Mp3s: Pretty sure I could not pull them off. [psfk]

*Is Miley Cyrus’ back hurting her ratings?

*A violinist honors the cabdriver who returned his $4M violin with a concert.

*Listen: Dictionaraoke. [mefi]

*Off topic: Manbabies. [neatorama]

Video: Oh, hello, R. Kelly

[sasha frere-jones]

Links for 11.17.07: Barack’s YTMND, Slacker’s machine, Kelly’s insanity +

*OurStage lets rich hipsters listen to top indie tunes on their iPhones. [techcrunch]

*The identity of a presidential candidate, delivered to you in an easy-to-consume, YTMND format: Barack Until the Break of Dawn. [triumph of bullshit]

*8-bit + hip-hop = Super Barrio Bros. [kotaku]

*Slacker releases its handheld player. [digital music news]

*Toilet Tunes: The finest in On-Toilet music delivery (plays automatically when the lid is up, shuts off when the lid is down). [boing boing gadgets]

*R. Kelly’s PR agent of 14 years bids adieu. “Mr. Kelly crossed a line that forever altered the scope of our relationship.” Oy. [xrrxf] Also, Vulture interviews Mr. Kelly here.

*Salon tells you “What You Missed While Watching ‘Project Runway.‘” Doubly painful to link to, since I’m not a Salon fan (long story) and think Rob Walker’s work in the Times is both painful and execrable (though his murketing stuff seems pretty awesome). [murketing deli.cio.us]

*Bob Dylan and Jack White are working on cranking out tunes from Hank Williams’ old never-produced lyrics? [peefork]

*Remember how Ben Bridwell and Band of Horses were all like “Eff the indie man, we’re taking money from the Man Man,” but then they decided to say “Eff the man,” and embrace the indie man, and ditch Wal-mart licensing at the last second? Well, Of Montreal isn’t doing that. They talk about the art of selling out on Stereogum.

*Videoville: A wiki for all your “cool music video” needs. Huh. Nothing yet. [fimoculous]

*GigaOm reviews music games (Phase and Musica) for the iPod. Tangentially: 183 point streak on iLike on Facebook. That is all.

*Take the Mental Floss lyrics quiz. I will not be destroyed (not part of this quiz – as far as a I know – but a sort of lyrics quiz nonetheless).

Links for 10.27.07: Bowie’s voice, R. Kelly’s sales, Guitar Hero’s triumph +

*David Bowie will appear in a Spongebob Squarepants TV movie. [the playlist]

*Guitar Center – a store that normally sells musical instruments – will be selling Guitar Hero III this holiday season. [kotaku]

*R. Kelly is the top-selling artist among U.S. troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan this year. [daily swarm]

*Forget DDR: Dancing with the Stars for the Wii and PS2. [geeksugar]

Video: R. Kelly’s “Real Talk”

R. Kelly continues to shock, enlighten and mystify. Except for the enlighten part. In his latest video for the conversational Trapped in the Closet-esque “Real Talk,” he begins by musing on the nature of profanity (a subject also considered in the listenerd’s links this morning).

There are nearly a dozen quotable lines in this video, which is NSFW, though should probably be watched at least 5 times for true understanding and appreciation to sink in.

[byron crawford]