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Links for 11.10.08: McSweeney’s distills, M.I.A. eats, celebrity urination…

*Things: This McSweeney’s list is kind of like what the listenerd would be if the listenerd were distilled down into nothing but awesomeness, then baked on a sheet of rad and peppered with cardamom. (I don’t know what cardamom is. And I don’t really like the word rad.) [daily swarm]

*Crowdsourcing: At The Next Big Sound, you listen to demos of unsigned bands, pick the ones you think will become popular, then reap the social benefits of being smarter than everyone else. I can’t make the explanation any simpler than that. I’m sorry. [mashable]

*Free music!: eMusic is offering free music through Pizza Hut. The crossover in customers between these two brands cannot be high. IT CANNOT.

*Riders: Do you want to know what M.I.A. likes to eat? You can find out at the Smoking Gun. [stereogum]

*Hardware: Dell is scrapping its plans to build an MP3 player, and will instead focus on software that will compete with iTunes.

*Maximum incontinence: I am a huge public urination fan. Not sure if you knew that. Or if you wanted to know.

*Local: FiveThirtyEight.com looks at the Minnesota Senate race recount. Holy fucking awesome breakdown!

*Parties: You should at least consider attending the Switchblade Comb 1st anniversary party on Friday, November 28 at the Nomad World Pub. I know I would consider it if I weren’t old. And bald.

Recommendations and anti-recommendations: an irregular service

I am going to continue saying eff it to the usual ‘nerd format and offer a few recommendations and anti-recommendations tonight. Thank you for your indulgence.

After this, I will return to a music-heavy playlist, while keeping the more textured parts of my mind’s life hidden, far from view. Thank you and regards.

Recommendations
Blogs about or sometimes addressing music. You probably know about them, but I don’t care.
The Daily Swarm: Nice layout.
Switchblade Comb: Local Minneapolis blog with irrepressible content flow.
Hipster Runoff: So angry it sometimes scares me.
Metal Sucks: So passionate it sometimes scares me. And for metal.

Things (general):
-Bad Banana’s twitterstream: Jokes about North Korea and the Final Meltdown (economic).
-Google hot trends: I don’t care if it’s Google, I don’t care if it’s easy to game, I don’t care if everyone knows about it. I’m addicted.
FiveThirtyEight: Political polls – PRETTY ONES – and other data crunched in an aesthetically pleasing manner.
Surly Furious: A beer for people who are angry. Or those who would like to become so.
Free Dr. Pepper
George Packer: NYer blogger.
-Most of Clive Thompson‘s mainstream media articles: His blog is like a ghost town. Or sawdust. Depending on the scope of the metaphor you want to use.

Things I am compelled by conscience to recommend:
-The Jobby Blog
-The partnership blog: As you can see on Culture Capture, I have a huge forehead. And, at least in this picture, am a total square.
Latino L.A.: I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not Latino. Actually, maybe my mother would be.

Anti-recommendations
-Black mead: Never drink it. NEVER. It tastes like mushrooms.
-Mighty Magic Minis Popsicles: I don’t care if you are two years old, these things are a BAD DEAL.
Batter Blaster: Consistency? Not good.
-Most of Virginia Heffernan’s columns in the New York Times magazine. I usually disagree with the premise! And the execution. But usually, the way the idea is framed. And, I guess, not so much “disagree,” but rather “think is wrong.” Sad.

I have most probably forgotten a thousand things. And for that I apologize. Or perhaps you are relieved. There is always tomorrow – or some day years and years off into the future.

Video: New Bon Iver tune, “Blood Bank”

You should consider reading the blog Switchblade Comb. I am reiterating that now in case you are unable to read that message, which is found, implicit, in the brackets below. Thank you.

This is Bon Iver’s “Blood Bank,” performed live. Goodbye.

[switchblade comb]

Links for 7.16.08: Music+Politics, Kanye’s ghost, Barenaked busts…

*Politics: Wyclef, Kanye and N.E.R.D. are all lined up to perform in Denver at the time of the Democratic National Convention. [the daily swarm] (See previous listenerd post for DNC tunes.)

*Songs: Bodies of Water records a Daytrotter session.

*Transportation: Pandora does up a video of the John Lennon Bus, which teaches school kids about songwriting and music production.

*Hacks: If you even know what a PSP-based homebrew sequencer app is, you will undoubtedly love PSPSeq. Look, I just type this shit, ok?

*Ghostbloggers: Kanye does NOT have one. A short list of people who are definitely NOT Kanye’s ghost blogger (because he doesn’t have one) includes: Marcus Troy. (Also: I am not Kanye’s ghost blogger. Hello? I CAN DO CAPS.)

*Local: Muzzle of Bees does 5 Questions with Twin Cities songstress and Dunn Brothers barista Haley Bonar: “Blogs are weird to me, I haven’t tapped into that scene yet, but I appreciate that they’re there.”

*Arrests: Steven Page of the Barenaked Ladies has been arrested for coke possession. [absolute punk]

*Off topic: Andy Dick has been arrested for being a drunken asshole at a Buffalo Wild Wings.

*Local: Listenerd-endorsed Minneapolis music blogger SWITCHBLADE COMB will be appearing on Drinking with Ian on Friday. Maybe you should go.

*NO LINKS: I do not feel like writing about or linking to Hayden Panettiere’s new single, Scarlett Johansson’s covers of The Cure or Britney Spears’ prospective new material. I’m sorry if I’ve failed you.