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Links for 10.28.08: Wal-mart slashes, Red State sex, toast…

*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.

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Links for 7.15.08: Wii Music, mashup Girl Talk videos, The Jayhawks return…

*Endorsements: Musicians are endorsing cellphones. The exciting thing is the 10-pic photo rotation of 10 celebs with their cellphones!!!! Including Usher! [largehearted boy]

*Metaverse: Gibson launches “Gibson Island” in Second Life. I didn’t even know you could have virtual sex with a guitar! (I am an innocent.) [getty images]

*Charts: TuneCore has its own chart on Billboard now. [hypebot]

*Videogames: Wii Music will have 50 playable instruments and no competitive elements, will support 4-player games, and be able to record video of players’ performances.

*Local: The Jayhawks are getting back together. I liked the Jayhawks. [indieblogheaven]

*Politics: An update on that Barack Obama benefit show at St. Paul’s Turf Club on August 27th – it will feature Low, Dosh, P.O.S., Josh Grier, and STNNNG, among others. [switchblade comb]

*Off topic: Twitter buys Summize. I sometimes use Summize to see if anyone else has Twittered the same quip I’m planning on quipping. Luckily, it seems my lameness is sui generis.

*Disappointment: I thought naked short-selling would be a lot more interesting when I first heard the term.

Links for 11.20.07: Print-only blogs, Net Neutrality, blue country +

*I love the idea of print-only blogs, and have often considered leafletting the neighborhood.

*The Future of Music Coalition blog details where a number of presidential candidates stand on the issue of Net Neutrality.

*Some country-loving Democrats, in the form of a group called the Music Row Democrats, are trying to reclaim country music from the so-called redneck contingent. [daily swarm]

*Saigon is pissed. And like any badass, he takes his beef to his MySpace page. [getty images]

*Do you want to know more about the Soulja Boy phenomenon? Personally, I can’t get enough. And I am not even being facetious, effers. [deli.cio.us/colin]

*MySpace is dipping into free, ad-supported music. [paid content] In other ad-supported music news, No Rock and Roll No Fun revisits the case of ad-supported music’s perpetual whipping boy, SpiralFrog.

*TuneCore helps regular peoples sell music videos via iTunes. [listening post]

*Want to watch Jonathan Coulton perform Portal’s “Still Alive”? There is cake involved, if that helps. [waxy]

*As noted by everyone with a Twitter account and a non-microblog, Twitter was on CSI the other night. Video via kottke.

*Did I just cite Waxy, then Kottke? Fuck, I am seriously losing it.

*Amazon’s Kindle = the Zune of reading?

*Schools continue to move against rogue freak dancers. [ypulse]

*John Mayer: “I’m kind of a douchebag.” [vulture]