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Links for 11.1.09: Tape ties, rats, and matches

*Fashion: Whoa. Sonic Fabric Neckties. Ties made from 50% polyester thread and 50% cassette tape. That you can listen to. WHAT? [ohgizmo]

*Language: All Sorts has a collection of collective nouns, including “a fixie of hipsters,” which I could have sworn was an old neologism.

*Books: Who are the 10 best rats in literature? I agree with the Orwell and Camus, of course, but no rats of NIMH? Also, there was a dead rat in the basement of our building the other day. I didn’t go look at it. [shorties]

*Games: You can now play Rock Band on your iPhone. You could also technically create a robot to play Rock Band on your iPhone. Like this guy did. Not very sporting. [neural]

*Consumerism: Matches are everywhere. “In remote rural communities, where television, radio or even street names are almost non-existent, relaying information is a pressing issue. Matchboxes may contain the solution.” [marginal revolution]

*Booze: They make whisky flavored condoms. I’m drinking an old-fashioned right now! Actually, those two things have nothing to do with each other. At all. [buzzfeed]

*Things: If you’re marvelously pithy, you can enter this Significant Objects contest, wherein you need to right a story of a thing in 6 words or fewer.

*Twitter: Read these four things.

*Today’s grade: F.

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Links for 8.12.09: Pizza faces, brand Carles, Wii Spray, vandals, lobster and champagne…

*Games: Daniel Radosh writes about The Beatles – Rock Band for the New York Times. “We’re on the precipice of a culture shift around how the mass market experiences music.” Still?

*Images: World leaders’ faces depicted in pizza. The potential on this one is VERY HIGH. Especially if they start using barbecue sauce instead of tomato sauce. [animal]

*Music: Pew Research looks at a declining generation gap, even when it comes to music.

*Branding: Hipster Runoff’s Carles helps you become more like Carles one $30 t-shirt at a time, bro. Or alt. Or whatever. [murketing]

*Profiles in courage: Red Squared Twitter savant Remiel offers a near-comprehensive fivepart guide to twitter profiles. Highly recommended. I, if you are interested, am probably a The Unexpected Imperative. Also, that’s the second post in a row in which I’ve used “a the.” Also, one possible addition to the list is: The Unclassifiable: “I don’t really fit into any one category… Im just me!” [SIC]

*Links: I have not seen the Virginia Quarterly Review’s generous Weekly Highlights link round-up before, but so far it is very good.

*Literacy: Silent Conversation tries to make reading into a game. Not like a Starfall thing, though. Like, with angry wizards. And broadswords. [waxy]

*Words: “The four most over-rated things in life are champagne, lobster, anal sex and picnics.” However his politics turned out, Hitchens can/could turn a phrase. [via md]

*Happiness: One of thousands of stories about happiness and happiness monitoring to appear over the past several months, this brief post points out that Gallup’s Well-Being Poll is out. I’m thinking about starting a tumblr about happiness. It would be made up of about 80% Boner Party posts and 20% studies and redefinitions of happiness.

*Vandalism: WiiSpray attempts to put graffiti online (with video). [neural]

*Vandalism II: Moss Art. Fantastic. [eyeteeth]

*Local: The Heavy Table tells you why you should drink local beer. (It mostly seemed kind of obvious. But then again I am drunk right now. On life. And very strong booze.)

*Notes: Happy birthday, little bro.

Video: One Man Rock Band

[waxy]

Links for 10.29.08: Footloose rises, the Beatles may return, Bjork weeps…

*BIG NEWS: Zac Efron is going to do a Footloose remake. My favorite scene from Footloose was the one with the dancing. And the hay.

*Rumors: Is a Beatles’ Rock Band coming out tomorrow? Also, is a global economic meltdown threatening our very way of life? Seriously. It’s something to think about. [daily swarm]

*Auctions: Christie’s is selling off some serious rock memorabilia, including stuff from Patti Smith, the Velvet Underground, the Ramones, and Bowie. By the way, thanks a lot for all the help on that Cat Power-Bowie cover, too. Assholes.

*Social commentary: Bjork comments on Iceland’s economy and environment – “Usually I don’t notice politics. I live happily in the land of music-making. But I got caught up in it because politicians seem bent on ruining Iceland’s natural environment.” [daily swarm]

*P2P: LimeWire to sell content from Comedy Central records through its legit P2P store.

*Time: A boombox watch from Flud. Seriously, if this thing were only 100X larger, I would be all over it. Also, Kanye’s blog does a shitty job of linking to the actual product or item posted about. Just saying. [kanye]

*Infographics: The History of the United States economy from GOOD magazine. It’s pretty. And pretty scary. Ha?

*Blogging: Blogging makes me tired. Here is the Twittercide thing I wrote for the day job.

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]

Links for 8.30.08: Metallica ages, criticism busts, more music crowdsourcing

*Play: JavaScript Rock Star. (Personally, I can no longer see a blue dot without thinking about David Cross. Or Brett Ratner.) [tobs]

*Criticism: What is the future of the music critic? (Is it 160 characters?) [largehearted boy]

*Juxtaposition: The New York Times reflects on the occasion of Trent Reznor playing at the Izod Center. Guys: Everyone is getting old.

*Crowdsourcing: Bandstocks allows fans to invest in bands, funding production of their music. One of a host of services aimed at crowdsourcing all aspects of the music biz, from A&R to distribution. [chasing lions]

*Elecs: The wristband MP3 player. (Oh, and it has GPS, too.) [crave]

*Metal: The Times follows Metallica to Romania, talks about how old they are and offers some clips from their latest album, “Death Magnetic.”

*Politics: Daddy Yankee will be kicking off the RNC on Monday, and has officially endorsed John McCain as his presidential pick.

Links for 7.18.08: MTV’s discovery, Waits <3’s Elliot, Barack headed to Lolla?

*Discovery: MTV launches its own music discovery tool, SoundTrack. In approximately 1.5 years, I will be beyond the age of discovery, and will only listen to the songs of my youth. [ypulse]

*Lists: 25 Things You May Not Know About Tom Waits – “His favourite contemporary artist is Missy Elliot.” [largehearted boy]

*Politics: Barack Obama to appear at this year’s Lollapalooza?

*Videogames: Rock Band will offer more than 500 songs by the end of the year.

*Videogames: Carriers prepare to roll out cellphone versions of Guitar Hero. [textually]

*Social: Last.fm gets a makeover. Forgive me; it has been almost a year since I last scrobbled.

*Journey: The Las Vegas Review-Journal profiles listenerd obsession Arnel Pineda. Yes, I am verifiably insane.

*Off topic: What are the 10 greatest misspelled tattoos? “Only God will Juge Me.” [mefi]

*Gone: I am going into the Northwoods, to the land of the Watersmeet Nimrods, where blogs dare not go. I will return at a later date, filled with beer and cheese, and wearing camouflage.

Links for 7.14.08: iPhone music apps, Guns n’ games, Snoop’s smarts…

*iPhone: Pandora and Last.fm introduce apps for the new iPhone.

*Videogames: Guns ‘n Roses is putting one of the tunes from the forthcoming Chinese Democracy, “Shackler’s Revenge,” on Rock Band 2. [daily swarm] I want my free Dr. Pepper.

*Money: For rockers, the money isn’t in the album, it’s in the old crap. (Rock memorabilia prices surge.) [pop candy]

*Localish: Pitchfork gives The Hold Steady’s Stay Positive an 8.4. I didn’t even know they were still doing these score things!

*Food: Make your own guitar lunchbox. Or lunchbox guitar.

*Speakers: Who doesn’t want stereo system components shaped like nuts? Peanuts, people. Peanuts.

*Wisdom: Esquire’s What I’ve Learned column by Snoop Dogg. Esquire needs help with their web strategy. They also need a music blogger. I’m just saying.

*Off topic: Apparently, the city in which I attended high school is the best place to live in the country. If that’s the case, though, why am I so bald?

Links for 6.18.08: Mayer’s cruise, Method’s book, gas prices suck…

*You can take a cruise with John Mayer if you like. On a ship. With no easy way to get off. [daily swarm]

*Listen: A piece from NPR’s “All Things Considered” on rocking CEOs. And I do mean “rocking.” With the “g.” [whyifailed]

*How high gas prices crush touring bands: “Covering the 635 miles to San Francisco takes about 37 gallons of gas each way. With gas well over $4, that’s more than $300 for a round trip.” [idolator]

*Games: JamsMatch is like playing online concentration, but with album covers. [mefi]

*Play: Rock Band through Facebook. NOTHING gets you further away from the experience of actually rocking. Or your money back. (But not your private data.)

*Read: Method Man wrote a graphic novel: “If you’re trying to appeal to 13-year-olds and 12-year-olds, that’s cool — make a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie! Which they did, and I liked that movie.” [pop candy]

*Now playing: Watch music videos from Universal Music Group artists on Last.fm.

*Festivals: The full Lollapalooza lineup here.

*Off topic: George Takei is getting gay married.

*I don’t know why, but the fact that the Olsen Twins like Cat Power brings me pleasure.

*Goodbye.

Links for 5.8.08: Bob Seger tattoos, Gravy’s B.I.G. performance, Dave Grohl’s angry letter…

*Your online repository for all Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band-related tattoos. [Hotdogsladies]

*”Gravy is killin’ it.” P. Diddy on the performance of the actor playing Biggie in his upcoming biopic.

*Dave Grohl writes a letter to Metallica: “Good luck. And don’t release it until it’s kick-ass.”

*Mobile music revenue is down 17.6% for WMG.

*How do you slap someone around with a Blackberry? Ask Foxy Brown. [nah right]

*Video: Rock Band hates this man. Watch it. [waxy]

*Perez Hilton is launching a clothing line. Pretty sure I couldn’t pull any of this stuff off, either.

*Also: Britney loves Radiohead. Weird that she didn’t go with the digital, pay-what-you-want version?

*If you still love Facebook, you can stream your iTunes playlist through it via nuTsie. [listening post]

*DMX got arrested for speeding. Woof!

*Local (Minneapolis): First Ave is twittering. [switchblade comb]

*30 Rock quote: Lemon: “You had a three-way with Roseanne and Tom Arnold.” Blonde chick: “That was two years ago.”

*Facestats: The world thinks I’m 42 years old.

Links for 3.22.08: Kanye’s video, Zonday’s reign, the beauty of cassette tapes…

*Kanye West rolled a bunch of accompanying video at the big launch party for his album Graduation last summer. Now, he’s running them for the public. Watch: Good Morning 2001. Stronger.

*In today’s New York Times, Billy Bragg says that social networks like Bebo and MySpace should pay musicians for the rights to play their music.

*[New to me.] A gorgeous site for the cassette tape enthusiast: Tapedeck.org. Now all they need is a YouTube channel that features each of these tapes playing (preferably blank ones). [cocaine blunts]

*Rock Band has sold 6 million song downloads since its November release. It is a video game. [hypebot]

*Local: Tay Zonday’s Chocolate Rain named as one of YouTube’s best. [ypulse]

*Stereogum continues with the Bon Iver love fest, posting video of fanny pack fan Mr. Vernon wailing and singing at SXSW.

*Brainiacs: If you would like to know how music is processed. [murketing]

Links for 2.16.08: Hulu for music? Kareem blogs? Tweens buy?…

*A Hulu for music? MySpace and NBC are working to strike a deal to offer ad-supported tunes. [paidcontent] (Do enough people even know what Hulu is to re-use it like this?)

*The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle talks writing with The Guardian: “Well, first I studied hard drugs. Then at the end of that period of time I went to nursing school.”

*Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is blogging for the L.A. Times. [mefi]

*Look here: Vizzies of Last.fm’s friend network. I don’t friend on Last.fm. [magnetbox]

*My Old Kentucky Blog posts local boys’ Tapes ‘n Tapes’ latest, “Hang Them All.”

*The NPD group says tweens prefer iTunes to filesharing. Soon they will prefer the Amazon MP3 store to filesharing. [hypebot]

*The next release of the videogame Rock Band will include tunes by Weezer, Stone Temple Pilots and Garbage. [kotaku]

Video: Darth Vader playing Rock Band

[kotaku]

Links for 1.18.08: Notflixing, GH3’s boost, Big Superpoking bucks…

*Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore has recorded a soundtrack for a pornographic film, Extra Action (And Extra Hardcore). Ba-dang-daaaaaannng. [listening post]

*SuperPoking: more value than I ever dreamed. Facebook widget-making startup Slide has been valued at $500M. SEEMS LIKE A LOT. [giga om]

*The ‘nerd reported previously that Nate Dogg had suffered a stroke. Now comes news that he’s partially paralyzed. [earsucker]

*Guitar Hero III and Rock Band have helped move more than 7 million songs online since their release at the end of last year. [getty images]

*Rumor: Is Yahoo going to buy FoxyTunes? (I stopped using F-tunes a few months ago, but very interesting!) [muSick in the head]

*MP3 player to watch: The Insignia Pilot. [popgadget]

*Neologism watch: Notflixing (mailing back DVDs received from Netflix without watching them) and Waitflixing (moving movies lower and lower on your queue without getting them). [pop candy]

MORE WORDS: More on “yo.”

*Deja vu: The Cassette MP3 Player works as a standalone MP3 player, and also can be played when inserted into a cassette deck. If you can find a cassette deck. [geekologie]