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Links for 12.18.08: MySpace’s Swift love, being late, typewriters…

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*Lists: MySpace’s releases its list of top tunes on the network over the past year – and as Mashable notes, you can see obvious differences in the ages of users of that social network compared to iTunes. Popular are Taylor Swift, T.I., and Chris Brown. No Coldplay in sight. [why i failed]

*Green: The New York Times calls Neil Young “a figure of blunt efficiency.” Blunt. Heeeeeeeee.

*What They’ve Learned: Alice Cooper is a pretty sharp dude. A few things he’s learned – “My mom taught me that everything causes lockjaw. But I’ve never met anybody who got tetanus.” And – “Never be late. When you’re late, what you’re saying is that your time is more important than the other person’s time. That’s pretty egotistical.”

*Headphones: Check out this set of Head(banger)phones; they’re tricked out with an accelerometer, so the listener can alter the music as he or she bops his or her head to the beat. [gizmodo]

*Interviews: Jack White interviews Cate Blanchett. Says White, “Erotomania: A rare disorder in which a person holds a delusional belief that another person, usually of higher social status, is in love with him or her.” Also, there is a picture of Cate Blanchett dressed kind of like a hot robot. [indieblogheaven]

*Movies: Baz Luhrmann is slated to direct “The Great Gatsby” next. Rafe Fiennes is the only one American enough to play Jay Gatsby, in my opinion. And Daisy should obviously be played by Daisy Fuentes.

*Errata: Funny mistake in the execrable Star Tribune, as dummy text makes it to print. [s4xton]

*Two things: Kottke links to the periodic table of awesomeness (which is pretty awesome), but also talks some sense about the most overhyped animal product of our time: delicious bacon.

*Typewriters: Here is a LOVELY collection typewriters. They aren’t mine. The one above is. And, in fact, I type all of my blog posts on it. Even though I’m now an intuitive Dvorak layout user. [spincity]

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Links for 6.22.08: Dylan’s radio show, eMusic’s TV shows, MN’s white people show…

*More beef: Ice T and his son respond to Soulja Boy with one more video. I swear to God, this is my last post on the topic. On a merely linguistically related note, it’s a great day for some ice tea. Or maybe an Arnold Palmer.

*Are TV downloads coming to eMusic?

*The Wall Street Journal profiles Bob Dylan’s satellite radio show Theme Time Radio Hour. “To listen to “Theme Time Radio Hour” is to rediscover the sense of musical adventure that old-fashioned disc jockeys with strongly individual personalities offered in the days before big-money stations pinned their fiscal hopes to the rigid Top 40-style playlists that took the fun out of radio.” Also, I think Bob Dylan should start twittering.

*Brothers and sisters: A Guardian profile of siblings who rock together. [largehearted boy]

*Professional musicians try their hand at teaching junior high school kids in Brooklyn.

*I did not Rock the Garden yesterday with Bon Iver, Cloud Cult, Andrew Bird and New Pornographers. Because I am old. But this person did. And from the execrable Star Tribune: “Not only is the Current/89.3 FM-derived lineup for this Rock the Garden less ethnically diverse than the NHL, but even for white-boy rock it’s a narrow niche of pasty-skinned, parka-wearing, bookwormy indie rock.” Pretty right. And the first sentence I’ve read from the Strib in a long, long time!

*Off topic video: Playboy has released its own version of the Wii Fit girl – snowboarding. [underwire]

Links for 4.21.08: Apple’s IM Conversation, Rolling Stone’s fall, the BBC’s Sound Index

*Music magazines are not doing well at all. I guess everyone is reading the Daily Swarm. [ypulse]

*Scarlett Johansson’s cover of Tom Waits’ “Falling Down.” [Universal Music Group]

*The perfect song length: 2:42 (worth reading for the third line of the essay alone). Also, here is a Muxtape on the matter.

*Local: Billy Bob Thornton (the old man who is supposedly one of my hideous doppelgangers) will be playing MUSIC as part of the Minnesota Zoo concert series. [switchblade comb]

*American Top 40? Hardly. Check out the BBC’s Sound Index, a music popularity chart based on scans (every 6 hours) of iTunes, MySpace, Google, Bebo, Last.fm and YouTube. [million music]

*An execrable Star Tribune mini-review of the Minneapolis (well, Maplewood) Kraftwerk show. [mediation]

*MyStrands wants to invest $100k in somebody who has a really smart recommendation engine idea. [duke listens]

*Of the top 25 YouTube search terms for March 2008, 16 were musical, including: Lil Wayne, Low, Chris Brown, No Air, Soulja Boy, Jonas Brothers, Usher, Hannah Montana, Miley Cyrus and others. The others were mostly porn. [del.icio.us/mediaeater]

*Is Apple about to start kicking ass in the instant messaging space with Apple Conversation? Some quasi-celebrities say yes.

*What? A Google project that helps you track what music you may be missing from your personal collection. [mediaeater]

*Off topic: An interview with Nicholas Felton, the dude with the personal annual report. [swissmiss]

*I am annoyed by the serif font used for posts in this new layout.