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Links for 12.10.10: The way of all flesh

*Delirium in prose: It seems like there’s been a wealth of compelling writing floating around in front of my eyes in recent days. This thing from Pitchfork Reviews Reviews goes three different ways on you. You should read it! Fuck Yeah Menswear has been killing it, modern poetry style. As far as purely comedic writing goes, anything by Fireland deserves a read.

*Talking: Jay-Z has been making the rounds in support of his book, “Decoded.” He’s entertaining pretty much every time he talks. Here he is on Howard Stern, and here on Charlie Rose. [various]

*Condensation: Gawker has smashed the year’s best videos into a one-time, under-three-minute mashup.

*Film: On Barry Lyndon. Note: Barry Lyndon was the first film I failed to recall in conversation. (I once had a prodigious memory. I forgot when it slipped away.)

*Game: The Awl’s Abe Sauer asks if Sarah Palin really knows how to hunt. I’ve already told you about the time I shot all those decoys with a BB gun.

*Literature: Hemingway and the Cocktail includes one part Earnest, three parts spirits. Nicely done. [coudal]

*Movies: Here’s a video of “Inception” in real-time (with the various dream-levels overlapped). If you’d like to know what I think happened, read some Borges.

*Topography: If you like heavy metal (or any of several other mini metal genres), navigate your way through the Map of Metal. [eyeteeth]

*OMG: Maura Johnston did a LISTICLE? Some might call the typical listenerd format a listicle, but please note that my groupings of bullets have no unifying theme. EVER.

*Hands: John Lennon (Lenon?) had terrible handwriting. And her really hated McCartney for a while there.

*Weather: There is a huge storm rolling in. Here’s what I was doing for the Minneapolis Halloween storm of 1991. Good times. Also, I have gray hairs now?

*Twitter: Some tweets I enjoyed reading.

*Today’s links: F. Don’t ever speak of this again.

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Links for 12.9.09: “Big pimpin’ on B-L-A-Ds”

*Podcasts: I linked to it via Twitter previously, but I can’t recommend enough this Sound of Young America interview with rapper Bun B. This examination of some Jay-Z lyrics from The Awl is pretty good, too. [dailyswarm]

*Weather: The Atlantic offers up an annotated version of Sarah Palin’s recent Washington Post op-ed on global warming. I call it a glop-ed. Secretly.

*Shopping: I recommend this impressive gallery of photographs of “dead malls.” One mall I frequented as a young man, Brookdale, is very close to being dead now. It’s holding on due to a Sears store that has a very good car battery replacement service. [harper’s]

*Roads: US Ends – This web site about the endpoints of American highways is multi-colored in the old-timey way. That’s a feature, not a bug.

*Music: I know people like lists due to their clarity, levity and brevity, so here’s a list of the Top 10 Overhyped Bands of the 2000s. Sadly, I listen to some of these bands. Because I am an unthinking clown. [fluxtumblr]

*Metal: The most metal piece of classical music is “The Iron Foundry” by Alexander Mosolov. Due to the metal in its name. [metalsucks]

*Inventions: Musical instrument inventor Trimpin “designed giant marimbas that translate tremors into ever-shifting compositions.” You had me at giant marimbas. You had me at giant marimbas. [wired]

*Food: A Scotch MegaEgg is like an egg version of a rat king. And that’s the highest compliment I give.

*Today’s links: F

Links for 10.19.09: Dude, Sarah Palin, Bono

*Language: Esquire’s “State of Modern Language for Men” has many points with which I disagree. Firstly, “dude” has not been retired. It has been made so ubiquitous that it’s utility is approaching infinity. Learn the difference, assholes.

*Consumption: The American List helps you buy American. I guess. [joshspear]

*Bono: Bono thinks it’s time to rebrand America. Even his attempts at striking a self-deprecating tone reek of smugness. And eelpout.

*Sport: Parahawking is skydiving with hawks. Sure, but I would like to see this done by a person wearing a suit made out of meat. [neatorama]

*Networking: Sarah Palin has a profile on LinkedIn. It doesn’t look like we’re that closely connected. [jimray]

*TV: I struggle to NOT link to The Mad Men Power Rankings on a weekly basis. And if you think THAT sounds like an internal battle, ask me about my love for getting really fat and talking about how bald I am.

*Today’s grade: Weak.

Links for 7.29.09: Music mags, rock auctions, Coen films…

*Oft-linked: Slate asks why music magazines are dying. I ask why they are living. (See what I did there?) More on the matter of music magazines from Vulture. You will note that despite being 34 years old and writing a quasi-music blog, I have only once subscribed to a music magazine, and it was for my job.

*Film: The Walker will do a Coen Brothers retrospective in October. [mnspeak]

*Buy: The Rock and Roll Pop Art Auction. It is on. It is so on. (I don’t really know what that means.)

*Prose: Movieline is written very well. “Hey, do you like nudity and outlandish blood spurting? Haha, trick question, we all like those things.”

*Staycations: My colleague Abelardo (who runs LatinoLA) wrote about his musical staycation for the day job.

*Video: Everyone has linked to this, but it doesn’t mean William Shatner’s version of Sarah Palin’s resignation speech doesn’t deserve some respect.

*I will return. I swear it.

Links for 11.19.08: Palin as poet?, Snoop as chef?, Playgirl R.I.P….

*Politics and literature: Should Sarah Palin be the country’s Poet Laureate? In my opinion, she should not be. [largehearted boy]

*Video: Snoop Dogg appears on Martha Stewart, here making a world-famous version of “Cognac Mashed Potatoes.” Presumably to be paired with Gin and Juice.

*Wait: Current.com has partnered with The Take Away Shows for some stuff? How did I not know this before or what am I missing?

*Obits: Sorry, everyone. Playgirl has closed its doors. (The link has a hilarious pic of dudes wearing neckties.) [spin city]

*Yahoo!: Yahoo!, as you may recall, has scrapped its online music store, but they are pressing hard to create a music community. Though apparently not by contacting insanely prolific bloggers directly.

*Guns: If you want Guns n’ Roses’ long-awaited album “Chinese Democracy,” the bloggers say it’s up and around. Chuck Klosterman reviews the album. And wears a crazy beard.

*Beards: Best Week Ever graciously collects a photo montage of some of the beards that appeared at the premiere for the movie Milk.

*More hair: Pete Wentz comments on his grooming habits: “The manscaping? Honestly, I felt slightly overgrown in those pictures. If I had taken them for public consumption, I would have done it differently – groomed a little closer, better lighting.” Sean Combs, take note.

*Note: One thing I despise (mostly about myself) is going through my feed reader in the morning, starring a bunch of items as “To Be Blogged” than finding that the world has blogged them all repeatedly by the evening. It’s tragic, really.

Links for 10.20.08: iLike pays, Palin winks, Pandora cuts…

*Business models: iLike is going to start paying artists when their music gets listened to. [mashable]

*Hustle and/or flow: NPR talks to Terrence Howard, who just put out his first album. “My dream was to be a physicist.” I should say that I have always dreamt of being retired.

*Finance: Russell Simmons is advising that the residential real estate market is a BUY. [dailyswarm]

*Excuse me?: Secret Society is an 18-piece steampunk jazz ensemble. They’re recording their first album in December. [3quarksdaily]

*Recession: Pandora lays off 14% of its staff.

*Politics: Sarah Palin winking depicted in LEGOs. It is appropriately grotesque!

*Global Financial Meltdown: Natalie Portman and Rashida Jones frolicking for finance. FROLICKING, I TELL YOU.

*Philanthropy: Local music blog Culture Bully is doing a 60-hour blogathon for charity. I don’t have any idea what a blogathon is.

*I saw Diane Keaton at dinner last night.

Video: Hank Williams Jr. performs “McCain-Palin Tradition”

[buzzfeed]

Links for 10.13.08: M.I.A.’s child, AC/DC’s pop, Beastie votes…

*The circle of life: M.I.A. is pregnant. All of the retirement / engagement / etc. stuff makes sense now. If I may here loosely define “sense.”

*Money: AC/DC is second only to the Beatles in album sales (with 26.4 million total), ahead of the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. They’re also doing the digital music thing on their own (weird) terms. Unrelated: Who’s got the biggest balls of them all? Kellen Winslow, Jr., apparently. (Grapefruits?)

*Literature: The Pitchfork 500: Our Guide to the Greatest Songs from Punk to Present comes out on November 11th. After Chinese Democracy, you will note. (I have the 1001 Albums book. I hope there is some overlap, or I am in real trouble.)

*Recession sell-off: Diamond encrusted iPod earbuds. They cost $60k.

*Cooking: Mario Batali’s personal playlist includes Cesaria Evora, Tom Waits and R.E.M. I think a blog that aggregated celebrity playlists, allowing users to visually make connections between and among them, would be a good idea. Also, it would be too much work for me to undertake.

*Rap: The Beastie Boys have announced a series of Get Out and Vote shows. Because, apparently, the 40-year-old white guy needs a kick in the ass to get out to the polls.

*Fashion: Lupe Fiasco helps design a Converse sneaker for next year’s (RED) campaign. Still? (With the Lupe Fiasco AND the RED?) Available in January.

*Words and politics: The New Yorker‘s James Wood on Sarah Palin

“She may claim, as she did in last Thursday’s Vice-Presidential debate, that ‘Americans are cravin’ that straight talk,’ but they are sure not going to get it from the Governor––not with her peculiar habit of speaking only half a sentence and then moving on to another for spoliation, that strange, ghostly drifting through the haziest phrases, as if she were cruelly condemned to search endlessly for her linguistic home.”

Links for 10.6.08: Bizkit’s back, KISS has shoes, Coolio cooks…

*E pluribus unum: Limp Bizkit is reuniting. Take a lesson from Fred Durst and don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.

*Twist and shout: There’s a contest to remix Sarah Palin: “Help Sarah Make Sense.” What nonsense!

*Products: Coolio has a cookbook coming out and KISS has some Vans rolling. When I was a kid, Coolio was a rapper, not a cook. And KISS was a bunch of old men, NOT a bunch of decrepit corpses. [licensing plate]

*Covers: Cat Power has 10-inch EP coming out upon which she covers The Pogues, Aretha, and CCR. Meow.

*Videogames: Buzzfeed rounds up songs form Mario Paint. For the nerds out there among us.

*Media: Tina Brown launches The Daily Beast. It’s no daily swarm, but it does incorporate a lot of red. Ms. Brown, if you need an editor, you know how to click on the ABOUT THE LISTENERD button. [listening post]

*Video: Harder Better Barack Obamer [urlesque]

*Streaking: Tennis shoes, a gas mask and a sombrero. Goodbye.

Video: VP debate set to song

You should really watch this. And I’m not just saying that because I took the time to post it.

[waxy]

Links for 10.3.08: In what respect, Charlie?, Andre 3k and MORE

*Phrases: “In what respect, Charlie?” is this year’s “Heckuva job, Brownie.” I have zero doubt about this. Zero. This is a STRONG BUY. Buzzfeed that, mfers.

*Punk: Moby goes punk with the help of a Craigslist ad. Remember when he did that song with Gwen Stefani? Good. Effing. Times.

*Fashion: Andre 3000 gets into the clothing business, and the New York Times is there. Of the fashion line, the Gray Lady says “It looked like Ralph Lauren having a Steampunk moment.” I misread that as “Steampunk movement” the first time I saw it.

*Metal: I love it when Metal Sucks gets all political and impassioned and shit.

*Correspondence: It seems like Dear Assholes could be a popular and potentially lucrative sub-genre of passive-aggressive letter all on its own. (I have written at least three of this type of letter.) Note to self: Follow up on this if/when you are unemployed.

*Saramago: I previously mentioned Blindness – a film adaptation of a book by Nobel-winning novelist Jose Saramago (whose “The History of the Siege of Lisbon” should be required reading for anyone in the editorial profession). It now comes to my attention that blind people hate Blindness and that the first 5 minutes of the film are now available online.

*Personalization: Idiomag a personalized music magazine, based on your taste in music from such services as Last.fm, Pandora, iLike and a few more. What, the listenerd isn’t good enough for you?

Really?

Effers? [readwriteweb]

Links for 10.2.08: Nintendo’s music machine, Clown calendars, KFC rocks…

*Videogames: A next-gen Nintendo DS that takes pictures and plays music is ready to launch in Japan. I almost bought a DS a couple months ago, but I felt like too much of a 12-year-old girl in doing so.

*The Years: The 2009 Naked Clown Calendar will break your heart if it doesn’t break your eyeballs first. It’s not safe for work. And it’s not safe for posterity. [best week ever]

*Age: Lil Wayne thinks Brett Favre is 3900 years old.

*Product placement: KFC will appear in the Guitar Hero World Tour game with “cameo” appearances. I don’t know what this means, but I do think the Famous Bowl is the most depressingly genius invention of the 21st century.

*Politics: John Hodgman handicaps tonight’s vice presidential debate in a post called ADVANTAGE PALIN. The guy knows how to write a kicker.

*More politics: Obama (iPhone app) vs. Palin (ringtones) [licensing plate and fimoculous]

*Local: Poetry has been embedded in my neighborhood. Originally, we thought it was ambitious graffiti artists, but apparently this is state sanctioned verse. (You will note that the “Advice for Gardeners” poem featured in the above link is an acrostic.)

Video: Sarah Palin plays the flute

[urlesque]

Links for 9.24.08: MySpace music launch, Sigur Ros, Bono sucks! vlog…

*Music: MySpace Music launches tonight. I defriended Tom, everyone. It was time. [daily swarm]

*OH NICE: Sigur Ros has a vlog? Watch it. There are small, non-motorized vehicles involved. [the slut]

*Mainstream media: The Houston Press digs chicks at music festivals. Overtly, no less! [digg]

*Organs: Is a 27-year-old one of the best to EVER play the organ? Personally, I like the guy at the Metrodome who does the Gary Glitter stuff. Chipper!

*Celebrity: Wired’s Listening Post reviews celebrity bands. A few notes: if you are not INTO celebrities, please don’t wander aimlessly into this realm. To begin with, no KEVIN BACON? 2nd: It is 30 ODD FOOT OF
GRUNT
(not GRUNTS!). GAWD. [earfarm]

*U2: Bono and Sarah Palin didn’t meet today, despite a scheduled appointment. Sad. For anyone who hates to see the forces of evil all marshaled in one place. (Not sure.)

*Politics: If you wish to stay informed, read this point / counterpoint regarding Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

*Copy: GooseGrade is a widget for blogs that allows readers to submit copyediting corrections.

Readers – if you exist – please know that clean copy (on this blog) is not my specialty. Because I usually write these two-line bullets after heavy drinking.

Also, if you click through on the GooseGrade link above you will find a promo video of Vampire Weekend singing “I Stand Corrected,” which sounds a little Walkmen-like to me.

Speaking of which, here’s an interview with The Walkmen. [buzzfeed]