*Downloads: Wal-mart has cut prices on its top-selling song downloads to just $0.74 each. [idolator]
*Legally Dead: Whoa. The Grateful Dead’s lawyer was a pretty cool dude. He allowed live tapings of the shows, had the band incorporate and offer health benefits, and kept the Dead’s recordings for the band itself.
*Music videos: MTVMusic.com, a site that allows people who like music videos to watch them. Like YouTube, but with fewer users.
*Piano: The Wall Street Journal profiles 16-year-old autistic piano prodigy Matt Savage.
*Ideas: The New York Times Ideas blog is pretty damn good. Recently they pointed to a New Yorker piece on sex and stigma in red and blue states – “As long as a girl doesn’t abort, red-state families are “relatively unruffled” by the pregnancy. In blue states, by contrast, teen sex and contraception are tolerated, but pregnancy is stigmatized.”
*Magazines: Again, Esquire seriously needs some help on the web. But these low-key triumphs are triumphs. And they are also low key. A few: Charlie Gibson, Keira Knightley’s breasts, toast and the moon.
*Money: TuneCore, the music distribution aid for indie bands, raised $7M in venture funding recently. How do you land seven large in this credit environment? And why do you? [paid content via daily swarm]
*Work: I had an absolutely horseshit day at work today. Though not as bad as many. Here are some work things I’ve done recently: a thingy on MultiMe (a new macrotrend) and pulled together a multi-author piece on the economic meltdown.