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Video: Tom Waits hits on an old lady

[goldenfiddle]

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Links for 12.3.09: I don’t care for Farmville.

*The Web: Did Vladimir Nabokov invent the emoticon? As I have mentioned before, the only emoticon I ever use is the emotionless one. And the side hugs, of course.

*Bowie on Bowie: Check out this letter written by a 20-year-old David Bowie to a young American fan in 1967. Nipple antennae. [stereogum!?]

*Videogames: Michael Jackson composed music for the videogame Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (anonymously). Apparently, this had long been a rumor in the Sonic the Hedgehog community. Yes, the Sonic the Hedgehog community. If you don’t love this item, you don’t love America. Or bloat. [waxy]

*Annual: Last.fm gives you the best of 2009 in music data. 24,963,595 Michael Jackson songs scrobbled over the course of the year. Heh. Scrobbled.

*Literature: We’re looking for William Shakespeare’s garbage now. I hope we find some of his journals, which will prove once and for all that he was illiterate. [harper’s]

*Religion: MetalforJesus.org. I recommend the section called Long Hair and the Bible. But I do not recommend the fonts. [metalsucks]

*Illustrations: Do you want to see the street Tom Waits grew up on? I was expecting more gravel. And I hope you see what I did there. [harper’s]

*Twitter: Read these four things.

*Today’s grade: F

Links for 3.14.09: Tom Waits, meltdown charts, Mary-Louise Parker…

*Movies: Tom Waits will appear in a post-apocalyptic Western called “The Book of Eli.” Based on imminent events.

*Data: Here are 27 visualizations and infographics to help you better understand our current global economic meltdown. [mefi]

*Fights: Lefsetz Letter Guy Bob Lefsetz vs. KISS Guy Gene Simmons. The most yawn-inducing vs. since Gene Simmons vs. That One Chick in that one video on Gawker whenever that was. [vicarious]

*Twitter: You may find this list of 100 things more popular than twitter amusing. I read all the way through it, expecting to see “your mom.” But no.

*Recession: Have I mentioned recently how the global economic meltdown is significantly changing the economy of recycling? Barges of garbage. It kind of rhymes, but it’s also sad.

*Songwriting: Mary-Louise Parker REALLY likes Josh Ritter in the most recent issue of Esquire.

*Interviews: The idea of reading a Twitterview between George Stephanopoulos and John McCain makes me sick. Almost as sick as the idea of listening to a podcast between Sam Beam and yours truly makes me. Also, fascinating that John McCain is still using tinyurl rather than Bit.ly (NO CLUE). [huffpo]

*Notes: Four things to read.

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 7.28.08: Indie labels rule, 8tracks emerges, Zune tatts farewell…

*BusinessWeek: Veteran indie record labels are kicking the asses of the majors. (They have decided not to take names at this time.) [medialoper]

*Speaking of Faith: Is Bono the Godfather of Brangelina’s twins? I have on many occasions professed my hatred for Bono, but it has never been so strong as it is today. Except for that one day when he was wearing those sunglasses and swaggering around all prickishly.

*Music 2.0: 8tracks – “is a simple way for people to share and discover music through an online mix — a short playlist containing at least 30 minutes, roughly 8 tracks, of music. People can do 2 things on 8tracks: listen to a mix, or create a mix. Listeners can search for a mix by artist or genre, stream it in a legal, radio-style manner, and follow others who make compelling mixes.” OK. I will try.

*Sad video: This one has made the music blog rounds. The Zune Tattoo guy says goodbye via YouTube. Unrelated: Should I get a tattoo of an anchor or a tiny chicken wearing a party hat and carrying a cane? Or neither? Please vote.

*Tomorrow: Get your Tom Waits “Live in Concert” stream from a recent performance at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre July 29th at NPR Music. [p-fork]

*Releases: Bonnie Prince Billy puts out a new 7-inch (Notes for Future Lovers, Donde Esta Prufrock). (Notice how I refuse to accede to the prince-in-quotation-marks convention!) [catbirdseat]

*Television: The song from the “Mad Men” intro is “A Beautiful Mine” by RJD2. I thought you would want to know more about this television program because you are most probably a male human of some means and are almost certainly on the internet and conversant in the popular ideas currently circulating on it.

Links for 7.18.08: MTV’s discovery, Waits <3’s Elliot, Barack headed to Lolla?

*Discovery: MTV launches its own music discovery tool, SoundTrack. In approximately 1.5 years, I will be beyond the age of discovery, and will only listen to the songs of my youth. [ypulse]

*Lists: 25 Things You May Not Know About Tom Waits – “His favourite contemporary artist is Missy Elliot.” [largehearted boy]

*Politics: Barack Obama to appear at this year’s Lollapalooza?

*Videogames: Rock Band will offer more than 500 songs by the end of the year.

*Videogames: Carriers prepare to roll out cellphone versions of Guitar Hero. [textually]

*Social: Last.fm gets a makeover. Forgive me; it has been almost a year since I last scrobbled.

*Journey: The Las Vegas Review-Journal profiles listenerd obsession Arnel Pineda. Yes, I am verifiably insane.

*Off topic: What are the 10 greatest misspelled tattoos? “Only God will Juge Me.” [mefi]

*Gone: I am going into the Northwoods, to the land of the Watersmeet Nimrods, where blogs dare not go. I will return at a later date, filled with beer and cheese, and wearing camouflage.

Links for 7.7.08: White’s poesy, West’s angel, hip-hop marketing…

*Read: Jack White’s poem about Detroit. I wish more people would write poetry. Especially about Detroit.

*Update: Kanye West does NOT have a painting of himself depicted as an angel in his home. On a tangentially related note, the Black Dog Cafe in Lowertown St. Paul had hanging on its walls, not that long ago, an ENORMOUS painting of Prince depicted as Napoleon. I think it is still available.

*Local: Alan Sparhawk’s Retribution Gospel Choir recorded a Daytrotter session recently. Download songs here.

*The Wall Street Journal: Tom Waits can’t sing.

*Earfarm compiles a list of the most embarrassing uses of hip-hop in marketing (1985-1992 edition): The Super Bowl Shuffle was embarrassing?

*Side note: I heard “Lust for Life” on the radio yesterday, and it took me fully 3/4 of the song to realize that it was not the introduction to a commercial.

Links for 6.28.08: No long tail, Waits’ honor, Madonna’s divorce…

*Madonna’s talking to divorce lawyers.

*The Long Tail: The Harvard Business Review hates it. Also: don’t you dare consider less prestigious universities as your information source. First, second, or forget about it. [dailyswarm + spincity]

*Microsoft is giving Zunes to students in exchange for their usage data. Information = currency. [wiredset]

*Tom Waits has been given the key to the city of El Paso. What will he do with it? [medialoper]

*Conde Nast might be buying Rolling Stone! I just recently learned that some Rolling Stone staffers know how to use the World Wide Web. [huffpo]

*Touring bands can find a place to crash (with their fans) on Better Than the Van. [listening post]

*Beck has launched a website in support of his new album, “Modern Guilt.” Also: Scientology. [indieblogheaven]

*Twitter for Musicians: The Complete Guide. AVOID. [twitter]

*Michel Gondry’s 25 Favorite Music Videos. The most recently created video is R. Kelly’s “Trapped in the Closet” – I have to agree with that. I have been linking to Universal Music Group a lot lately. And for that I feel shame.

*iDial video: Give your iPhone rotary phone functionality.

*Off topic: Cartier has a MySpace page. [ypulse]

*Redacted: Off topic.

Links for 5.21.08: Last.fm’s evolution, Death Cab’s #1, Baghdad’s metal…

*The music biz (great headline): Making Money When CDs Don’t Sell. [why i failed]

*Thoughts on the new new Last.fm, which is now in beta and for subscribers only. (Maybe I need to start with Last.fm again?) [a vc]

*Tom Waits interviews himself: “Winston Churchill was born in a ladies cloakroom and was one sixteenth Iroquois.” [switchblade comb]

*A lovely $47k turntable. Soothing? [crave]

*Death Cab for Cutie’s latest, “Narrow Stairs,” entered the album charts at #1. They still have charts. [daily swarm]

*Coolfer has some musicky numbers from a recent Pew study: “86% of music buyers find out about music through TV, radio or movies.” NOT bloggers.

*Check it out: Heavy Metal in Baghdad, a documentary film about rock in Iraq. (A clip.) [listening post]

*Off topic: Michael Pollan talks about weed. Yes, marijuana. [mefi]

*Off topic: I looked at a Vita.mn for the first time in months yesterday. It hurt my feelings.

Video: Tom Waits press conference

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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.

Links for 4.17.08: the listenerd’s independence, Amazon’s shoppers, Foxy’s freedom, a bunch of off-topic items…

*The listenerd is not owned in all or in part by Universal Music Group. I’m just saying. To make a point, sure. But it’s still “just sayin’.”

*Most new Amazon MP3 music buyers didn’t switch over from iTunes.

*Scarlett Johansson’s new album of Tom Waits covers has apparently been leaked on Imeem. [listening post]

*Foxy Brown to be let out of jail this week? I know you’ve been waiting.

*Local design firm Aesthetic Apparatus (whose Shrinkin’ Lincoln graces my living room) did the overleaf thingy for Esquire magazine’s music edition.

*Techish: Michael Arrington on Twitter. People. [waxy]

*I have a lot of pretty OK links now, but only a little time to blog them. Fuckers.

Links for 1.25.08: China tunes, Scarlett sings, iPhone’s pocketguitar…

*HOLY: Pocketguitar – a virtual guitar for the iPhone. Video here. [waxy]

*Black Mirror: Another Arcade Fire interactive video.

*The Keith Ledger situation: Absolutely tragic. I, too, noticed the rise of Keith Ledger on Google’s hourly trends feed.

*A 16-year-old boy was arrested for attempting to hijack a plane and take it to a Hannah Montana concert. Isn’t 16 a little old for Hannah?

*May 20: Mark this date – it is the day the Scarlett Johansson album “Anywhere I Lay My Head” drops. It features 10 Tom Waits covers. I’m worried. [people]

*Much maligned ad-supported music site SpiralFrog is drawing 1M+ uniques per month. That’s more than a million more than the listenerd. [techcrunch]

*Hypebot starts a new series about the music industry in China. People over 45 love China.

*Warner Music is suing Seeqpod, the music search engine, for copyright infringement. [mashable]

*Thanks, Juno: First hamburger phones, next premarital sex. [pop candy]

*Books: ALL SHALL BE WELL; AND ALL SHALL BE WELL; AND ALL MANNER OF THINGS SHALL BE WELL by Tod Wodicka looks interesting to me, mostly because of the title and the black mead (which I despise).

Video: Tom Waits “singing” ‘Way Down in the Hole’ live

Update: video pulled. Lame.

David Simon would be proud. [fark]