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Links for May 9, 2011: Time stands still

*Music?: The Wall Street Journal says that Google will roll out an online music service as early as tomorrow. Speculation is that it will be another cloud-like storage device. In other big-media Google news, YouTube is closing in on major expansion of its movie rental business. (Did I just link to a TechCrunch article?)

*Update: I have been doing much more link-tweeting at my Iconojosh twitter account these days. I also sometimes tumble things on the alternate ‘nerd. What I’m trying to say here is that I’m still alive. In theory.

*Notes: Speaking of alternate modes of output, I already linked to this post, Time’s Inverted Index, by Paul Ford on F-train, but it’s worth linking to again. Read it? (One of the tradeoffs of linkblogging via twitter is that I don’t have room for my signature “semi-scrutable possibly trapped in a jar of amber or pickled in a bottle of gin” commentary that faithful listenerd readers (5) have gotten used to over the years.

*Privacy: I haven’t finished reading it yet, but I can’t imagine that a danah boyd paper on teens and privacy is somehow not going to be good? I will warn you that that link you may or may not have just clicked on is a pdf. Best regards.

*Fashion: Kanye West has debuted a new line of scarves. Great? Anyway, remind me to post some embarrassing photos of myself during a stage of my life when I would wear a scarf on a cold winter day. CHILLING.

*Films: Why is it so amusing to me that Sufjan Stevens had a panic attack while watching “Fantastic Mr. Fox”? Because I’m a terrible person?

*Headgear: Check out these American fire helmets through the years. Makes me wish something was on fire. [coudal]

*Today’s links: F.

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Video: The National play with Sufjan and Nico Muhly

I don’t even know what I’m posting anymore.

[drownedinsound]

Links for 6.22.09: Sleevefacing time, beer pouches, Sufjan Stevens…

This is all Jell-O.

This is all Jell-O.

*I’m going to try to be more discerning about posting. It probably won’t last long. My mind is a perpetual ice cube, the internet an uncoolable ocean.

*Photos: This flickr photo pool called “Looking Into the Past” is like sleevefacing with time itself. If you know what I’m saying. (If you do not know what I’m saying: One takes a photograph of an old picture in the place where it was originally snapped, thus overlaying an image of the past on the real present to create a new melding of the two.) [buzzfeed]

*Animation: This tumblr of animated gifs has me feeling all gooey. My brain says no, but my body says yes. Then seizures, followed by a prolonged period of medication, loss of job and healthcare benefits and precipitous mental decline. Wow, that took an abrupt left turn. Ouch. [mediaeater]

*Metaverse: “No hugs and no sleep” – a story of being homeless in the Sims. “Alice’s teddy is more than her only possession in the world. It’s the only thing that’s ever hugged her.” This is like some sort of beautiful, unnecessary reverse-engineered graphic novel machinima. [waxy]

*Old times: Tim O’Reilly talks about his Classical Education. (I majored in history, studying ancient Rome and Greece extensively, and I’m basically worthless these days. COUNTERPOINT. AND CHECKMATE.)

I do, however, like this clip: “I believe that I’ve consistently been able to spot emerging trends because I don’t think with what psychologist Eugene Gendlin called “received knowledge,” but in a process that begins with a raw data stream that over time tells me its own story.” [short shrift]

*Quotes: “I saw Sufjan Stevens last year, and I was like, how is his singing that good?” -Trent Reznor in Newsweek [fluxtumblr]

*Beverages: I love beer. I love pouches. I have created a pouch on my body that’s made primarily of beer. Do you see where I’m going with this? No? Well, look at this beer in a pouch and then try to answer. (Hint: Beer pouches.)

*Vizzies: Peruse this infographic depicting murders in New York. Well executed, gray lady. Well executed. (I had to say that, under penalty of death. OK, I’m exaggerating.) [harper’s]

*Apple: This Daring Fireball post about the Wall Street Journal’s sourcing in a recent story that broke the news of Steve Jobs’ liver transplant is not sexy, but it is meticulous and well written and deserving of some sort of acknowledgement.

*Video: I won’t give it its own post since it made the rounds extensively last week, but this video of John Hodgman speaking at the Radio and TV Correspondents’ Dinner is amusing. [everyone]

*Please note: I might start reading books again. That is a warning. To all of you.

Links for 1.29.09: Bob Dylan’s Super Bowl, new Sufjan tune, gold farming boom!

*Sports: A miniature football stadium made out of snack foods may be the height of American gluttony. Or the height of American GENIUS?!!? [medialoper]

*Cola: There’s a rumor going around that Bob Dylan will be pitching Pepsi with Will.i.am during the Super Bowl. I don’t know what it means, in the grand scheme of things. Probably more unemployment.

*Dudes: I don’t really know why I didn’t link earlier to the Silver Jews’ David Berman’s resignation and online Oedipal anger. But I didn’t. Now Mr. Berman comments on the music business: “The anti-major label discourse has taken focus off the weirdness of expecting musicians to follow an entrepreneur’s model. Self-aggrandizement. Postures of vanity. It all goes uncriticized.” Wait. Is he talking about me?

*Music: You can stream Sufjan Stevens’ new “You Are the Blood” here.

*Economy: I’ve linked to nearly dozens of depressing economics story by now, from unemployment news to the real estate market. I have never though, to this point, linked to an article about a World of Warcraft gold farming business (a company that deals in virtual goods) that has been purchased for $10M.

*Travel: Iron Maiden has opened a luxury hotel in London, Sanctum Soho.

*MP3 Players: Rumors of the Zune’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. Well, maybe not “greatly,” but exaggerated. There will be new models out this year.

*Twitter: MTV says bands are beginning to use Twitter to break news to their fans. Welcome. [ypulse]

*Dudes: Check out these great pics of Carrot Top and Gene Simmons hanging out. [buzzfeed]

*Fitness: If you want to fit into those skinny jeans, use Cardio for Indie Rockers. Or just smoke a lot.

Links for 7.8.08: Metal real estate, bikini bloggers, Nickelback’s triumph…

*Metal Real Estate: A fabulous report on the homes of the heavy metal stars from Metal Inquisition. [metal sucks]

*Wear: A JUSTICE fashion line. [psfk]

*Memory loss: I swear this was previously mentioned on the listenerd. EMI is wading into the world of vinyl reissues.

*Literature: The Indie Rock Coloring Book, Colour It Red, benefits the (RED) campaign. Also:The Indie Rock Connect the Dots book includes homages to Elliott Smith and Sleater-Kinney. [p-fork]

*Deals: Nickelback has signed a 360 deal with Live Nation for between $50M and $70M. Personally, I am not a fan of the band Nickelback. [getty images]

*Stats: Everybody hates music critics. (For me, it’s all the big words they use.) But we’ll take music recommendations from our friends!

*Listen: NPR posts a live set from a Fleet Foxes gig in Washington, DC. [music slut]

*Mental health: There are people paying to see Bon Jovi play in Central Park, even though it’s a free concert.

*Off topic: Urlesque gathers a linkbaiting list of 20 bloggers they would like to see in bikinis. WITH ONE GLARING OMISSION.

*Question: Who does not want a GUN for a CHANDELIER?

Links for 6.9.08: T-Pain’s record label, Britney’s ride, the iPhone’s cost…

*Nappy Boy Records: T-Pain opens up an online-only record label. [mashable] Also, Ludacris opens up an online-only record label, Wemix. [venture beat] Sometimes, I feel like I’m repeating myself. Myself.

*Building a greener guitar: Flaxwood guitars don’t use hardwoods from the Amazon, hence are more eco-friendly. [alternative consumer]

*Bob Dylan’s paintings are now being shown in a London gallery in the Drawn Blank Series. [huffpo]

*Second Life co-founder Cory Ondrejka gets a job with EMI. There are jokes about nobody going to Second Life and nobody buying music, but you didn’t hear them here. Because there’s nobody here. Huh?

*Sufjan Stevens reviews Cryptacize’s new album: “Sometimes I worry that the ever-increasing trend toward excessive innovation has pushed the art and music world into a slapstick exhibition of dog breeding, generating increasingly newer, more contemporary fashions: gothic folk, for one. Or Afro-beat Ivy League pop.” I hate you for your confusing linking style, Pitchfork. And I will never stop hating you. [p-fork]

*Britney Spears drives a tiny car. It must be seen. It must be seen, readers.

*Signal Patterns: A Web 2.0 beta thingy that plays you a bunch of music then tells you your worth as a person. Tagline: “Discover the real me.”

*AC/DC signs on to deliver its next album exclusively through Wal-mart. Who’s got the biggest balls of them all? And by “balls” I mean retail clout.

*Does the new 3G iPhone suck? Data plan = +$10/month. (Kidding. Kinda. I pretty much owned WordPress’ “iPhone Sucks” tag back in the day. Yep. Ugh.)

*Band: an iPhone app that lets you compose music on the go. Read what Daring Fireball says about it here. [listening post]

Links for 11.30.07: Christie’s t-shirts, Sufjan’s words, Evel’s goodbye +

*Christie’s is now offering up vintage rock tees for auction. I HAVE A RAD HAWKWIND SHIRT, FYI. That is all.

*Evel Knievel, who just buried the hatchet with Kanye West, is dead.

*Sufjan Stevens really is having a PEN American Center literary event. On December 17th at Brooklyn’s Southpaw. It has just been delayed is all. Don’t panic. [peefork]

*Amazon is giving away 1 BILLION mp3s for a Super Bowl promotion. [readwriteweb] And: A Tipping Point for MP3s.

*CELEBRITY BEARDS: The much hated Pop Candy leads us to the tidbit that Conan O’Brien is growing a strike beard. It will probably not be a talibeard.

*Four Gawker Media drones quit in a day. Surprised it doesn’t happen more often. [via twitter]

*If you missed this: Accordion Hero exists. [buzzfeed]

*Off topic: The Orgasmo Clock wakes up its owners with the sound of a female orgasm. YES. [shiny shiny]

Links for 11.10.07: Sufjan’s gift, Radiohead’s cast, Prince’s suit +

*Prince is suing the Pirate Bay for copyright infringement. Also, he hates you. [crave]

*Radiohead.tv: Radiohead has been throwing live webcasts, streaming video from their studio the last couple nights. (Some video here and here.) [stereogum and daily swarm]

*Sufjan Stevens will trade the lucky winner of a Christmas songwriting contest the rights to one of his songs for the rights to theirs. [brooklyn vegan]

*The code for the latest version of iTunes indicates that the store will in the near future be offering movie rentals and video-on-demand. [techcrunch]

*Facebook plans to enable voting on newsfeed options. So you can totally vote up feed items such as users adding embarrassing pics? Might need to become quicker on the draw with the detag. [valleywag]

*Also on Facebook: See this link-heavy hypebot post for further developments in Facebook’s music initiative.

*UK Music store 7 Digital says DRM-free music is outselling DRM’d tunes by 4X from where they’re sitting. [ars technica]

*Considering: six-pack ab surgery.

Video: Sufjan Stevens’ “The BQE” (Part 6)

Look elsewhere for parts 1-5.