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Links for 7.29.09: Prince, Van Morrison, Phish

*Words: Being a linguistic examination of a Van Morrison rant filled with swear words. Related: Go fuck yourself. [mefi]

*Comics: Sally Forth meets Thomas Pynchon. I met Thomas Pynchon once. And have the aphasia to prove it. [harper’s]

*Local: Was Purple Rain the high-water mark of Twin Cities music? I saw Prince play at the Mill City Music Festival once. Then I got extraordinarily drunk and danced on 1st Avenue. Remind me not to describe that in detail to anyone. Ever. [daily swarm]

*Music: I started a LinkedIn group called Professionals for Clarity, Levity and Brevity once. This Mashable article about music and social media would in no way qualify for inclusion in our holy bible. And I have high tolerance.

*Headlines: Love this headline re: Wired’s Chris Anderson – Chris Anderson Less Intellectually Curious Than George W. Bush [spincity]

*Furniture: Cassette lamps. Where’s the 8-track footstool? See what I did there? Hated myself. Intensely. [coudal]

*TV: I am currently watching a television program that’s telling me that Michael Jackson was addicted to eBay. But I can’t imagine him using a computer with any proficiency. He used IE, right?

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Boring and local: Minneapolis and St. Paul Twitter users

Local: After very little deliberation, I’ve decided to embark on a HIGHLY UNSCIENTIFIC examination of the content quality of Twin Cities Twitter users. I’ve checked out the Twitterholic lists of Minneapolis users, the Twitter Grader things, The Deets‘ F/U formula and all the commentary around them, Minneapolis’ tag on WeFollow and poked around on LocalTweeps. All kinda interesting; some drier than others.

The bottom line is: a qualitative assessment seems in order. The usual caveats apply, of course – to a painfully boring degree.

“There’s no one way to use twitter.” (There are people out there, believe it or not, who believe in “retweeting.” WHAT THE EFFING EFF??)

“There’s no one way to describe twitter.”

“Taste is subjective.”

But REALLY. There is such a thing as smart and slacking, as interesting and boring, as funny and tired. And it seems the sheer volume of the former, the former and the former can overwhelm.

Additionally: I am normally nonplussed by “the local.” The oh-so-holy local. And that’s being charitable. If there’s one “next” frontier of the internet that’s been jammed down my throat like an entire canister of taste-free Saltines, it’s the nebulous and oh-so-effing-righteous idea of the “local” and its incredible power. I swear it’s a conspiracy to get me to read much more really boring shit than I want to, or else to feel guilty when I’m not reading it. Because I should be reading it. Because it’s local.

NONETHELESS: I get, of course, that there’s some inherent value baked into listening to and exchanging ideas with those who share your space and can share your experiences. And, in fact, I follow (and usually, frankly, work with) some Twin Citizens who are brilliant, witty, wise and worth giving some small portion of my media attention to. And hence this thing.

A few ground rules:
-I am operating under the assumption that there is such a thing as good.
-Anyone who mentions Ruby on Rails goes back to start and must work very hard to become interesting again.
-I don’t like James Lileks, but I’m trying to keep an open mind here. You never know.
-I find bacon, coffee and punk to be tired. Hobos are on the edge; tread lightly.
-My opinion should mean very little to anyone.

Anyway, if I find anyone who is any good, I’ll report the results.

Notes on Republican National Convention music

Execrable local newspaper the Star Tribune highlights some live music that’ll be playing in and around the Twin Cities during the Republican National Convention. See especially the Take Back Labor Day concert at Harriet Island, which features populism-pimping acts such as Steve Earle, Atmosphere, and The Pharcyde.

Furthermore: Said paper does a Q&A with Spearhead’s Michael Franti, who says, “I want to share my music with Republicans, Democrats, black, white, anyone who wants to hear what I have to say.”

1) Did the Strib really need to cut this interview into multiple pages? They didn’t. And it was a bad decision to do so.

2) I once did security at a Spearhead concert. I was positioned directly in front of the stage, and before the concert started, some sage old stagehand gave me this piece of advice: “If the crowd surges, go over the stage or go under the stage. Don’t try to hold them back.” And that advice is as relevant now, to the Star Tribune, as it was back in the day, to me.

Additionally (and as mentioned previously), on September 2 at the Fitzgerald Theater, the ProVention Concert will feature a lot of local and quasi-local musicians singing for Peace, the Planet and some other “P” I can’t remember. Acts include The Honeydogs, Haley Bonar, and Dan Wilson.

Progressive bands plan ProVention Concert in St. Paul during RNC

The Provention Concert, slated for September 2 at St. Paul’s Midway Stadium, is a rock-based attempt at drawing attention to “People, Peace and the Planet” during the Republican National Convention. Several local bands have signed up to be part of the counter-programming initiative, including such Twin Cities as Dan Wilson, Kid Dakota, The Alarmists, Chris Koza, Charlie Parr, and the Honeydogs. The politically progressive rock concert has been in the works for several weeks now, but it’s site has been down until recently.

Also worth a gander is the Poster Offensive, an aesthetic attempt to promote “peace and democracy,” while drawing on the media attention and foot traffic that will be concentrated in the city during the Republican National Convention.

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Video: Hmong (and Minnesota) hip-hop heritage in the New York Times

This is amusing. A New York Times video segment about Minnesota Hmong rapper Tou Saiko Lee. Lee raps about his Laotian heritage, and what it’s like to live in Minnesota. HILARIOUS: I saw Delicious Venom do a spoken word thing at the Loft many years back. They sounded a little green then, so it’s good to see that they’ve kept pushing and gained greater recognition.

Update: The embedded video isn’t loading (apologies), so click through (highly recommended).