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Video: Rihanna’s “Disturbia” rendered in sign language

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Links for 2.6.09: Obama hightops, Aesthetic Apparatus tour, NO JOBS

*Shoes: Barack Obama hightops are sure to CHANGE your game. You probably didn’t see what I did there. Because it was SO subtle it crossed over into the realm of laziness. FUCK.

*Culture mashing: Rihanna has one of her fingernails painted with a portrait of Barack Obama done in the style of Shepard Fairey’s iconic poster. I wonder what a 50-year-old person living in 1961 would think upon reading that sentence.

*Images: I don’t know if this is Falco’s grave or not, but I would like to dance on it nonetheless.

*Employment: Job losses are really bad. The fundamentals of our economy aren’t strong. I know you don’t come here to read this, but I thought I would write it again. And again. And again. And again. “No sign that worst is over.”

*Interviews: A Vibe talk with Kanye West yields this nugget: “I don’t want to take a loss because touring is my livelihood. But I’ll definitely sacrifice. Maybe I’ll make half of what someone else will make. But I think I’ll make history at the same time. Or change people’s minds about hip hop culture, about black culture. And do something that people will remember for the rest of their lives. That’s more important than money.” Huh. Nothing about bisexual porn.

*Twitter: I think Pete Yorn and Rainn Wilson should be twitter friends. Writing that sentence only heightens the disgust I have for myself.

*Local: The Post Family takes a tour of Minneapolis poster boys Aesthetic Apparatus. I may have mentioned this before but I have Shrinkin’ Lincoln in my living room. (That’s not a euphemism; it’s a print.)

Links for 12.30.08: Defriending, Retweeting, Gibbarding and Metal Beef

*Love: All the bloggers have told you this – Ben Gibbard and Zooey Deschanel are engaged. That dude must have some smooth game, because even I think he is unattractive. And that’s like the pot calling the kettle horribly disfigured.

*Metal Beef: It’s Kip Winger vs. Lars Ulrich. God, I love a good beef. Side beef: Tila Tequila vs. Rihanna. Eh.

*Comments: The post most commented-upon over at Stereogum this year was one discussing VH1’s Top 100 Songs in Hip-Hop list. I used to comment on Stereogum. God, that’s weird to think about.

*Musical obits: The Times has put together a musical montage from musicians who passed away in 2008.

*Concerts: Kraftwerk will be playing with Radiohead on the latter band’s Latin American tour, kicking off March 2009.

*Blogs: Fimoculous’ 30 most notable blogs of 2008. This list – a new version of which comes out yearly – is usually very good! It feels more mainstream this year! Waxy, Gawker, the NYT. Maybe it’s not the list who’s changed, it’s ME. It usually is. It usually. Effin’. Is.

*Social media: The Wall Street Journal takes on the unsavory topic of DEFRIENDING. I have long been a staunch advocate of defriending, and defriend at least once a week. I have to tell you, without fail it feels great. I’d guess that I eventually refriend about 15% of the people I defriend. [ypulse]

*Ugh: Is Steve Jobs ok?

*Dumb: This post on Retweets as a primary metric in Twitter authority rank (whaa???) made me finally unsubscribe from TechCrunch. I can’t take the time to explain why it annoyed me so much, but at the heart of things is a profound lack of perspective.

*Security: Check out the Top 100 passwords. “Fuckyou” slides in at #49, but what’s really surprising (and effed up) is #5. [can’t remember]

Links for 11.17.08: Hank Jr. hits politics, Last.fm data vizzies, Rihanna’s tats…

*Vizzies: Holy. This Last.fm data visualization makes me wish I still used Last.fm. Except for it messing with all my shit and being a total pain in the ass. And embarrassing me with my own bad taste. [duke listens]

*Politics: Hank Williams, Jr. is ready to run for U.S. Senate as a Republican. Say what you want about the guy’s politics, fashion sense, singing, and choice of eyewear — he has a great beard. Or at least he did at one point. [9513]

*Rap: Eminem’s new album, “Relapse” will be released in early 2009. For me, Eminem will always be equated with Dave Chappelle’s chant of “Spaghetti, spaghetti, spaghetti, spaghetti.” [daily swarm]

*Grooming: Sean Combs comments on his genital grooming, “I shave and groom my private areas. It’s a better presentation for me.” Pretty sure one of Moses’ laws was “Thou Shalt Not Present to Thyself.”

*Enigmas: Prince is anti-gay. And spells things his own way. But some people still want to have soup with him. Of his knocking on doors as a Jehovah’s Witness, he says “Sometimes people act surprised, but mostly they’re really cool about it.”

*Tats: Rihanna has the word “Shhh…” tattooed prominently on one of her fingers. It seems ill-advised, though I have myself been considering getting a chicken wearing a birthday hat and holding a cane on my deltoid for the past 1.5 years.

*Ideas: The Boston Glob‘s [sic] Ideas section, if I remember correctly, was the only part of the paper really worth reading. Here’s a recent exploration of what Depression 2.0 might look like. [waxy]

*Tech: Jerry Yang will step down as Yahoo’s CEO as soon as the company’s board can replace him. In punctuation style, Jerry was the lowercase yang to Kanye’s capped YIN.

*Politics: Hillary to accept Obama’s offer of Secretary of State post, according to the Guardian. Who do I think I am? C-fucking-N-N? [huff po]

*Kids: In an out-of-touch article by Joan Acocella, the New Yorker posits that there’s an overparenting epidemic in America. Working mothers, of course, are to blame. The Wall Street Journal‘s The Juggle has extensive commenting on the matter. [Who do I think I am? Dr. Fucking Spock?]

*Maps: Old maps of human brains. We didn’t know shit about not knowing shit back then.

*Hey, look: It’s Bon Iver at the Turf Club! [s4xton]

Links for 11.15.08: Kanye’s anti-rant, monetizing P2P, Obama art…

*Kanye: Kanye brings the rhetoric in an open letter calling out the haters. He never made out with Rihanna. And I like how he explains his punctuation choices at the end. (I really do.)

*Visual arts: Sound Wave is a crashing wave of vinyl. From 2007, but how have I not seen this before? Have I seen this before? [neural]

*Ideas: Music Think Tank ponders the possibilities of monetizing P2P filesharing. Maybe you could add your ideas instead of being such a negative asshole all the time. Oops, that was supposed to be internal monologue.

*Politics: As you may have heard, Barack Obama’s weekly radio addresses will be put up on YouTube. (I wonder if there’s any way they could show a nearly static video of an old-timey radio while the sound plays in these things.) Here’s the video of the first address.

*Also: For Obama-inspired art, check out the Obama Art Report. This is sort of weird. [largehearted boy]

Links for 11.13.08: Jacko signs away Neverland, Live Nation stock drops, Van Damme talk politics…

*Real Estate: Michael Jackson transfers ownership of the Neverland ranch to a company he partly owns. There was a special on MJ several years ago on which he ran around buying huge gold pots and insanely garish statues. It haunts me to this very day.

*Covers: Listen to Swede popper Jens Lekman cover Boyz II Men’s “Water Runs Dry” at stereogum.

*The Markets: Live Nation says that concert ticket sales won’t go down next year. Analysts disagree. Live Nation stocks fall 27%. [licensing plate]

*Children: Apparently, Mates of State is the sole voice of touring bands who are also parents. Also, they have nothing to say that is not parental in nature. EVER. [largehearted boy]

*Behind the scenes: Aziz Ansari takes you behind the scenes of Kanye’s and Rihanna’s “Glow in the Dark” tour. “After the show in Notre Dame, Kroll and I were hanging out in the hotel lobby about to head to bed early to take it easy. I’m reading an op-ed in the New York Times by Paul Krugman. I feel a tap on my shoulder. It’s Paul Krugman.”

*Urination: As you may know, the listenerd is “optimized for maximum incontinence.” With that in mind, I find it necessary to pass on to you the fact that Videogum is running some fan fiction about Hugh Jackman peeing his pants. This may be the biggest news in celebrity incontinence since Fergie wet herself onstage several years ago.

*Interviews: I know you have been waiting almost five years to read a Jean-Claude Van Damme interview. Wait no more. “Who won? Obama?

Links for 10.14.08: Ringo hates, Opus dies (?), Rihanna throbs…

*The Beatles: Ringo Starr will stop answering fan mail and stop signing autographs in 6 days. People are writing fan mail to Ringo? [earfarm]

*Comics: Will Opus die?? I haven’t read a physical newspaper in months. But still. [loper]

*Music Reviews: Why critics drop the names of indie bands in their reviews? Neutral Milk Hotel is pretentious? WHAAAA????

*Clones: Everyone thinks the new Rihanna song, “Sexuality,” sounds just like a Prince tune. (Please note: a simple mention of Rihanna does not mean you will find here images of Rihanna naked. Apologies.

*Social Media: The U.S. government is twittering? And they’re better than me at it? [medialoper]

*TV: Wow. I love The Wire, but in watching The Last Word segment following the series finale, creator David Simon comments that newspapers made a mistake about the internet – they all thought it was advertising for their product. This is a complete misinterpretation of not only the decision newspapers have had to make, but the forces shaping both the online and internet business worlds. And it has shaken my faith in what drug dealing and Baltimore are really like. Also, gay gangsters with shotguns.

*Retail: Apparently, the way I have been coming about my old-school records has a name. That name is CRATE DIGGING.

*Zeitgeist: Social Mention aggregates search of the minutiae of social media – comments, microblogs, bookmarks, events, and more. [mediaeater]

*Toys: Daft Punk Bearbricks.

*Food: Bacon today. And, hopefully, tomorrow. And the next day. And the next day. And the next day. [kate]

Links for 9.30.08: Dylan’s album, Lou Reed’s street, Wal-mart’s music label?

*Zimmerman: You can stream Bob Dylan’s “Tell Tale Signs” on NPR now. I drove on highway 61 a couple weeks ago while wearing a camouflage baseball cap. True story.

*Retailers: Wal-mart is the exclusive seller of AC/DC’s Rock Band videogame and AC/DC’s album. As noted previously, Best Buy seems to have secured exclusive rights to Guns N’ Roses’ “Chinese Democracy.” How long until Wal-mart has a label? Or Best Buy? Or Target? Or Old Country Buffet?

*Cartography: Does Lou Reed want to have a New York street named after him?

*Tours: The Hold Steady cancels its European tour because bassist Tad Kubler has pancreatitis. I’m bald and you don’t see me canceling world tours, do you? Ok. (My pancreas is fine, though – thanks for asking.)

*Fashion: Everyone probably knows this by now, but Rihanna is working on a fashion line. My bet is that it will have heels and sunglasses. And possibly quasi-bondage gear.

*Thinslice this: Judgeby lets you, using Amazon user reviews, judge books by their covers. Kind of like Facestat for literature, I guess. [largehearted boy]

*Crack: And then Wham! George Michael was all of a sudden arrested in a London bathroom for crack possession. [loophole]

*The Internet: Alec Baldwin gets the Chuck Norris treatment. And by that I do NOT mean a roundhouse kick to the head. Or a full daily chest wax. [hinto]

Video: Rihanna covers Madonna’s “Vogue” for Fashion Rocks

This post contains a number of key elements, including: video, Rihanna, Madonna, and fashion.

Links for 8.26.08: Coldplay’s clothes, Blippr, Rihanna + Numa Numa…

*After Muxtape: Muxtape was shut down by the RIAA last week; OpenTape and 8tracks are alternatives for those who cannot live without their playlists. [mashable]

*Shortness: Blippr is a twitter-like platform enabling micro-reviews of albums (and movies and games and books) – all reviews must be 160 characters or fewer. [idolator] Rather than lambaste the lobotomization of our list-loving, bullets-and-brevity culture, I prefer to embrace the rigor and rhetorical discipline engendered by services with character limitations such as twitter or blippr. It’s like sonnets or whatever, mfers.

*Politics: Bands playing at or around the Democratic National Convention include Rage Against the Machine, Death Cab for Cutie, the Black Eyed Peas and Kanye West.

*Fashion: Coldplay makes their own clothes.

*Hip-hop: Karl Lagerfeld loves rap. This makes me want to dress up. And I never want to dress up.

*Samples: T.I. and Rihanna sample the Numa Numa song on their latest single.

*Obit: Dr. Dre’s son, Andre Young, Jr. was found dead on Saturday; age 20. [spinner]

*Social Media: Everybody loves FriendFeed’s new Fake Follow. I would also like an algorithm that left innocuous, ambiguous (and seemingly relevant) comments on friends’ items at irregular intervals. [techcrunch]

*Trash talking: If you are employed and disgruntled, Glass Door lets you spout off. [psfk]

Video: Rihanna’s “Umbrella” remixed with Tay Zonday’s “Chocolate Rain”

Uploaded last year, but pointed at recently by the indefatigable Waxy.

Links for 7.31.08: Kanye’s clothes, Aussie pirates, Rihanna’s outerwear…

*Fashion: Kanye West makes Vanity Fair‘s best-dressed list. Must have been the sunglasses? You know? With the shutters? Hello? Hi.

*Alternative fuels: The New York Times highlights young rockers riding biodiesel busses.

*Hip-hop and hops: ?uestlove’s Air Force 1 shoes.

*Mascots: OK, first listenerd favorite Soulja Boy beefs with Ice T. Then listenerd mascot Fergie agrees to play a prostitute in her feature film debut. And now listenerd emerging artist Rihanna is seen sporting a nipple ring through her see-through shirt. Next up: the listenerd adopts Amy Grant.

*Fashion: The geekini is a Nintendo controller-inspired bikini.

*Travel: If you go to Australia, they may check your gear for pirated music. THAT YOU HAVE STOLEN.

*The internet: The Daily Star points out KissThisGuy, a site for misheard lyrics. (There are few better than “Yellow Ledbetter.”) Because kids used to learn lyrics by reading the CD liners. [fark]

Video: Rihanna’s “Disturbia”

You may not know this, but Rihanna is the listenerd’s new Fergie.

Also: Zombie shit.

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.