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Links for 8.24.09: Motivation, MP3s, American excess and slang…

*Video: I’ve been thinking for hours about how to get you to watch this video. I’ve got nothing.

*Technology: Pitchfork publishes a social history of the MP3. Whoa; this is the kind of essay the Daily Swarm should start publishing. But with better pacing.

*Food: One thing I love about America is its ingenuity. (Click that link only if you love Kentucky Fried Chicken. And excess. And think that the Famous Bowl is a marvel of the imagination.)

*On language: Slang is one of my favorite topics to think about. If I were ever to get off my ass (and out of my day job) and do a web project, it would be around the front lines of language. [ypulse]

*Voices: Sasha Frere-Jones writes about Leonard Cohen old and new in the New Yorker. I have not seen the documentary in question, but the prospect of seeing Mr. Cohen in his boxer shorts has compelled me to add it to the queue.

*Reviews: I love these one-star reviews from Amazon. On Moby Dick: “Too nautical for me.”

*Hip-hop: Being your guide to Russian hip-hop fashions. [buzzfeed]

*Books: If you need to buy a book of tweets, do it through this link. (The affiliate money goes to @TheDayHasCome and his family. Or just donate money instead.)

*Local: Listenerd co-worker No Bird Sing have an album coming out soon. You can listen to it, even though MySpace is putting the kibosh on autoplay. [chuckles]

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Links for 3.10.09: Prince, the Dead, No Dig gardening…

*Album covers: The New Yorker‘s Sasha Frere-Jones asks “What Would Prince Do?” He would most probably hit on Salma Hayek in song. That’s what he would do.

*Music: The New York Times talks Grateful Dead concerts, collecting pics and anecdotes from hardcore fans. I never went to a Dead concert. I can do that…

*Plants: No Dig gardening sounds like a hell of a lot of work. And it can’t be as delicious as Lasagne Gardening.

*Documentaries: Check out this 12-part documentary on Philip Glass. [pop candy]

*Dental health: I have never tried cupcake-flavored dental floss. If I still have teeth after Easter, I might have to. [babble]

*Internet: More on the ATTRIBUTION debate (regarding which I linked to posts from Waxy and Kottke previously) from Anil Dash and Merlin Mann. This is weird for the listenerd to link to because if you don’t know it, you probably won’t read it. But if you know it, you probably don’t need to be told it. But I’m telling you, it’s worth reading if you care about what you read. Best of luck in your future endeavours and I am an idiot.

*Today’s links: D. Let’s try harder next time. A lot harder.

Links for 1.11.08: New Yorker on Bon Iver, Bono in the Times, gamers in Poetry, me home…

*Report: I stepped away for a bit, so apologies if any of this is old news.

*Articles: The most enjoyable read waiting for me upon my return from the vast halls of hell was this piece by Sasha Frere-Jones in the New Yorker about Bon Iver (aka Justin Vernon). In it, Frere-Jones writes “The songs from “For Emma,” which Vernon once described as merely “demos” to his friends, feel complete, now that he has had more than a year to play them live.”

Frere-Jones goes on to interview Vernon for a site video, and mentions the new Bon Iver EP, “Blood Bank” in a blog post.

*Articles: The least enjoyable read upon my return from the vast halls of hell was this article by Bono, which appeared on the op-ed page of the New York Times. Because it’s Bono. Also, because “Glasses clinking clicking, clashing crashing in Gaelic revelry: swinging doors, sweethearts falling in and out of the season’s blessings, family feuds subsumed or resumed.”

*Poetry: From “The First Line is the Deepest” by Kim Addonizio in Poetry

“Why does one month have to be the cruelest,
can’t they all be equally cruel? I have seen the best

gamers of your generation, joysticking their mi tanks through
the sewage-filled streets.”

*2008: Hype Machine ran its Music Blog Zeitgeist of 2008 list. MGMT tops the artist list, ahead of Radiohead.

*Nuptials: Fergie got married to that Dude from Las Vegas. Remember when Fergie was the Listenerd familiar? Back when she was performing regularly with the Black Eyed Peas? And becoming incontinent on stage?

*Twitter: Do you want to follow Karl Rove on Twitter? Also, Ray Pruit. (You should know who Ray Pruit is. If you’re old.)

*TV: Look at these pictures of the abandoned soundstage from HBO’s The Wire. While listening to Bon Iver. And being a big, emotional baby. [medialoper]

*Posters: Shepard Fairey issues an Obama Inauguration poster. I’m looking forward to the Obama 100 Days poster and the Obama Bought a Dog poster. Also, $$$$$. [coolhunting]

Links for 11.29.08: 70s rock homes, 93X’s Pablo, videogame addictions…

*More lists: Each year Largehearted Boy keeps an impressive collection of year-end Best Of music lists. Here’s the aggregated list of music lists for 2008.

*Addiction: The vast majority of people who think they’re addicted to videogames – at least enough to seek treatment for it – aren’t. I had a bad Desktop Tower Defense habit for about 6 days, but I broke it when the new Surly seasonal came out. [neural]

*Piano: The New York Times profiles Chinese piano man Lang Lang. I can’t remember ever having been to a Times Topics page before. Does that make me retarded?

*Dwell: Take a little tour of the homes of 70s rock musicians and their parents.

*Genre: Sasha Frere-Jones in the New Yorker on hip-hop artist Steven Ellison, “Reckoner” remixes and fractal hip-hop.

*Holiday weekend question: What would you name your imaginary band? (A: The Sweatpant Boners.)

*Local: Now seems as good a time as any to tell you this – 93X’s Pablo, famous for his Get Trashed Tuesdays, I understand – lives on my block. He has a nice boat.

Links for 11.1.08: Jacko’s non-reunion, Efron’s eyebrows, time’s own lapse…

*Tours: Michael Jackson says he will not be taking part in a Jackson Five reunion tour. Note how I refrained from calling him “noseless pop star Michael Jackson.”

*YouTube: The New Yorker‘s Sasha Frere-Jones on Gorillaz on YouTube. Watch Gorillaz’ “Monkey Bee.” And be terrified.

*Movies: More New Yorker linkage, but I can’t help but love Anthony Lane’s turns of phrase. Of High School Musical‘s Zac Efron he writes, “Troy is still at East High, with his wistful determination and his killer eyebrows, like a younger and more huggable Leonid Brezhnev.”

*Festivals: The Wall Street Journal covers CMJ. I don’t really know what the article says, but at least there’s a short, ill-functioning slideshow.

*Time: Fall back.

Links for 10.7.08: Weezer’s records, Rock Band merch and dead mammals…

*Merch: T-shirts for Rock Band bands. You can upload your own band logo. I have never played Rock Band, and in fact, I might be retarded. [pop candy]

*Nerds: You can now put Pandora on your Chumby. Wait. Pandora is still around? It’s not illegal yet? WHAT? (Also, that was not supposed to be a euphemism.)

*Video: Kanye rolls out his “Love Lockdown” music video.

*Videos: Weezer rounds up a bunch of world record wannabes for their latest video, for their song “Troublemaker.” Also, that Weezer dude has a MOUSTACHE and doesn’t seem to be embarrassed about it.

*Gear: Would you like a guitar amp in a toaster? Also, it’s decorated with flames.

*Fashion: Oh, and Sasha Frere-Jones is thinking up his own Neighborhoodies. [twitter]

*Books: Thomas Pynchon has a new book coming out in August 2009. I haven’t even finished not reading “Gravity’s Rainbow” yet.

*Also: Oh yeah, and one in four mammals faces extinction. Side note: HOLY SHIT, I AM A MAMMAL OH NOOOO!!!!!11

Links for 9.29.08: Timbaland roars, Britney bangs, and the coming DEPRESSION?

*Green: Conscientious bands are putting out carbon neutral CDs. I have long thought that a network of biodiesel fuel providers with pumps at regional nightclubs is one of the few winning business models in the music business (at least in the mid-term).

*Music: Totally coincidentally to my posting an item about them yesterday, Mates of State recently did an in-studio thing with local radio station 89.3 The Current. You can listen here. Maybe I felt the vibes.

*Disturbing: I guess Britney has a sex tape with that paparazzi dude from a few months back. Guys! This makes me really depressed! Guys?

*Toys: If you thought that The Epidermits toy was scary, check out the 12′ Katy Perry doll.

*Crossover: Sasha Frere-Jones names the most important music producer of our times, DJ Timmy Tim. Oh wait; it’s Timbaland. Whew.

*Interviews: Geek guitar god Jonathan Coulton gets a talking-to from Ars Technica. The man on his business plan: “I will put music on the Internet, something will happen, and then I will make money.”

*Politics: Ebert brings the pain on McCain. Ouch. This is a dude (Ebert) who gave a thumbs up to “The Brown Bunny.” (Not a euphemism.)

*Winners and losers: The only company on the S&P 500 that gained today was Campbell’s soup. BUY CANNED FOOD, EVERYONE. Also, some Jim Beam might not hurt. And maybe shotgun shells.

Links for 9.11.08: Kanye’s bust, DMX’s interests, album art cartography…

*Maps: Word magazine’s Album Covers Map gives you the cartographic low-down on where iconic album cover photographs were shot. [magnetbox]

*DMX: Complex interviews DMX. Q: “What’s your favorite body part on a woman? DMX: Well, it would have to be the coochie.” After that, it starts getting REALLY deep. [lots of places]

*Experimental: The New York Times on Mercury Rev’s use of an electroencephalograph: “A rock band using a primitive EEG to come up with ever more out-there guitar sounds might seem to be parody, or worse.” BUT NO.

*Mashups: Have I mentioned the New Yorker‘s Sasha Frere-Jones’ article on Girl Talk yet? It seems like I would have. To wit: “To protect his Panasonic Toughbook, Gillis covers it in Saran Wrap and uses a mouse rather than the track pad.”

*Law: Kanye West got arrested for getting into it with a paparazzi cameraman. For once, I am on Kanye’s side. (Well, I am also on his side when it comes to all that weirdo alien bullshit.) [xrrf]

*Metrics: Band Metrics helps music become businesses by giving them the tools to crunch numbers and understand costs. (Your lead singer is getting paid too much.)

*Media: Good magazine asks readers to name their price (Paste did this previously, as well). [ypulse]

*Data: Cragslistindex crunches number for Craigslist sites across cities. You should probably play with this. [mefi]

Links for 6.29.08: Beck tunes, bad rap names, Craig Finn’s old…

*An open letter from Sasha Frere-Jones to Kanye West. I like Mr. Jones’ magazine articles better than his twitters.

*The Whitburn Project: View a cloud of the top 100 words used in the 37,000 songs that have been on the Billboard charts. Tops: Love.

*EMI is suing Hi5, VideoEgg and other companies (to be named) for copyright infringement.

*Beck has put two new songs from his “Modern Guilt” album on his MySpace page. [absolutepunk]

*Aquarium Drunkard interviews Craig Finn of The Hold Steady: “The record’s really about aging gracefully and I keep coming back to that because rock ‘n’ roll is a tough business to age gracefully in. It’s tough being thirty-six and doing it for a living, and wanting to be an adult and a respectable person who’s able to communicate with other people in other parts of society and not just be rock ‘n’ roll all the time, you know?” This is the part where I remind all of you that I am bald. [rawkblog]

*Read: The Guardian’s love letter to Leonard Cohen.

*The 25 Worst Rap Names: Uncle Murda, Matlock…weird that DJ Jazzy Jeff has been once again snubbed?

Links for 6.7.08: Last.fm’s loss, Girl Talk’s deal, KISS’ funeral…

*Warner Music Group has pulled its music from Last.fm. I’m sad.

*In the New Yorker, Sasha Frere-Jones writes about pitch-correcting Auto-Tune. Cher’s “Believe” was Auto-Tune’s coming out party. Who knew? Get it? With the “coming out” thing? Hi.

*The next Girl Talk album, “Animals” will be a pay-what-you-want affair. He’s stealing, you can, too? [daily swarm]

*The KISS coffin: This isn’t just for Gene Simmons. You can buy one, too. [metalsucks]

*Chuck D: “Governments are the cancer of civilization.”

*The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra schedules a video game symphony. Don’t call it pandering. Unless you like classical music or something. [kotaku]

*This is what an indie music grudge match looks like. From the comments: “You guys should meet up for brunch on Sunday in your best NorthFace jackets to discuss this.”

*Local: Nick Swardson, of “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan” fame, gets covered by Vulture and the NYT. Side note: I worked with his mom, who was a freelance editor. Not uproarious, but ok.

As we speak: Sasha-Frere Jones is twittering American Idol

American Idol twitters as the event happens, from the New Yorker music writer. They are not wittily epigrammatic, but he IS famous.

Links for 5.12.08: Hype’s payday, Banksy’s face, Metallica’s clips…

*Maybe Viacom will buy Hype Machine for a lot of money, or maybe someone else will. But still, do they know that people like the Hype for the stealing?

*TechCrunch posits that Blip is Twitter for music.

*The New Yorker on American Idol. On the flip side, NYer editor David Remnick offers up 100 Essential Jazz Albums.

*Earlier, I linked to a short Metallica video. Check out also the band’s new site: Mission: Metallica.

*Banksy uncovered!? It might be kind of nice, so we can move on…

*Video: Would you like to hear 50 Cent talk for an hour or more? Now you can! [getty images]

*Last.fm partners with Lollapalooza. They’ll have a Lolla channel and stream some tunes.

*Sort of off topic: On blogging and attribution. I have been waiting until I build up enough goodwill to write an angry screed about proper attributions and etiquette. At this rate, we’re looking at an early 2018 rollout. So read this and this instead.

Links for 1.19.08: DRM’s death, Sean Paul’s power, Debbie Gibson’s camp…

*This we have long known: Sean Paul causes seizures.

*Sasha Frere-Jones takes on Kate Nash and the MySpacification of music marketing. [murketing]

*Tons of people writing (or filming) “DRM is Dead” rhetoric. It’s almost enough to get me to write my flaming, 500-dragon screed about punditocratic myopia. Almost.

*Deborah Gibson has launched Camp Electric Youth, a training ground for aspiring young performers. (Is it just me, or is the opening imagery for her site…scary?) [ypulse]

*Tangential: the MyStrands blog reminds me that I need a Nokia N95 phone. Which reminds me that I need a lot of money.