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Links for 12.20.08: RIAA’s suits, streaming video $, Sing with the King…

*Swapping: The RIAA is going to stop suing filesharers and start bugging ISPs. People talk about this like it’s such a great thing. Who knows where ISPs will land… Additionally, it looks like WMG has started pulling its videos off YouTube. Uh BOY.

*Wilco: Long ago, I linked to a story in which Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy talked about the prospect of his son someday reading about his drug use on Wikipedia. Now Tweedy’s son is blogging. [stereogum]

*Names: The A.V. Club’s Year in Band Names rounds up some of the worst band names of the year. My favorites are the fecal ones. And the emo ones. I don’t know what that says about me.

*Streaming: YouTube’s the streaming king for the record labels – it’s been reported that Universal Music Group will make $100M from streaming video this year – most of it from YouTube. Google’s video site, however, isn’t making squat…yet.

*Recording: If you still have a telephone, you can record a song with Elvis Presley himself by going to Sing with the King, calling the number provided, then getting back an ecard with your recorded tune. Apparently, it’s legit, though it sounds like the kind of app that was created to bilk old people out of their money. [miami herald]

*Records: Waxy links to the Universal Records Database, which records some of humanity’s stupidest activities. You may run across such music-related records as the fastest accordion player and the most times whistling happy birthday in one minute.

*Radio: Minnesota Public Radio’s Weekend America got cancelled. I didn’t like it.

*Metal: You probably heard. Headbanging is bad for your health. Or maybe you didn’t hear, if your inner ears are already too damaged.

*Twitter: These Venn diagrams of Twitter terms are attractive. If you are attracted to circles. I tried “whipping,shitties,” but it wasn’t as spectacular as I was expecting it to be. [waxy]

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Links for 11.11.08: Journey rules, “Chinese” reviewed, Live Nation sells…

*Journey: Power ballad “Don’t Stop Believin'” is DOMINATING digital music. The Journey song is the biggest seller on iTunes. And though the Guardian says the band “has Tony Soprano to thank for it,” bloggers who watch their incoming traffic know the band has Arnel Pineda to thank for much of their online success. And that is a FACT. [licensing plate]

*MP3s: Live Nation will sell MP3s from Sony Music, Universal Music Group and EMI. [listening post]

*Concerts: One Radiohead concert filmed with 12 cameras. [largehearted boy]

*Neologisms: Thumbnail goggles – “Effect whereby a person seems more attractive in a thumbnail than in a much larger image or in person.” OK, so this is what I’m going for.

*Reviews: Says Rolling Stone of Guns N’ Roses’ “Chinese Democracy,” it “is a great, audacious, unhinged and uncompromising hard-rock record.” [fimoculous]

*Things people hate: The SlotMusic player costs only $20 and stores 1GB of music. If they start selling/giving away music-filled SD cards at McDonald’s, it could work.

*Backlash: Fuck Norris Facts. “Chuck Norris does not sleep. He passes out after two wine coolers.” [mefi]

*Blogging: Has Kanye West been stealing other people’s blog posts? And is he stealing from the people who have been stealing his music? Because that would give me a headache.

*Morphing: If Wu-Tang members were NBA players. Link comes complete with WICKED MORPHING FACES.

*Trips: It turns out, I am going to CES this year for the day job. Pray for my health, please. And my sanity. But mostly my health.

Links for 8.29.08: Fuck That Band, Dylan’s harmonica, Guitar Hero movie?

*Law: Former Guns ‘N Roses’ guitarist Slash comments on the arrest of the guy who leaked some songs from “Chinese Democracy”: “I hope he rots in jail.” Ouch. [pee-fork]

*Videogames: Is there a Brett Ratner Guitar Hero movie in the works? If so, David Cross seems like a shoe-in to play the blue button. (I have no real idea what that even means.)

*Video: The IFC has recorded some discussions about the state of independent music in 2008; included among commentators are that nice lady from Idolator. And some other people. [more at IFC]

*Anger management: FuckThatBand.com. A music community for the haters. [metalsucks]

*Harmonica news: Bob Dylan has a line of Hohner harmonicas coming out.

*Off topic: Combining many of my favorite things, including facial hair, grooming and jewelry is the Mustache Comb Necklace. Also Mustache Comb Necklace is like the definition of word salad. [uncrate]

*Embarrassed and annoyed: OK, I was trying to read this one site (here often referred to as “Universal Music Group,” elsewhere referred to as “Stereogum”) at a Caribou Coffee in my neighborhood. (Yes, I still read Stereogum sometimes and I occasionally work from chain coffee stores.) Anyway, turns out Stereogum is totally dirty, I guess, because I got blocked.

Links for 6.18.08: Mayer’s cruise, Method’s book, gas prices suck…

*You can take a cruise with John Mayer if you like. On a ship. With no easy way to get off. [daily swarm]

*Listen: A piece from NPR’s “All Things Considered” on rocking CEOs. And I do mean “rocking.” With the “g.” [whyifailed]

*How high gas prices crush touring bands: “Covering the 635 miles to San Francisco takes about 37 gallons of gas each way. With gas well over $4, that’s more than $300 for a round trip.” [idolator]

*Games: JamsMatch is like playing online concentration, but with album covers. [mefi]

*Play: Rock Band through Facebook. NOTHING gets you further away from the experience of actually rocking. Or your money back. (But not your private data.)

*Read: Method Man wrote a graphic novel: “If you’re trying to appeal to 13-year-olds and 12-year-olds, that’s cool — make a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie! Which they did, and I liked that movie.” [pop candy]

*Now playing: Watch music videos from Universal Music Group artists on Last.fm.

*Festivals: The full Lollapalooza lineup here.

*Off topic: George Takei is getting gay married.

*I don’t know why, but the fact that the Olsen Twins like Cat Power brings me pleasure.

*Goodbye.

Links for 5.5.08: Cyrus’ tweens, dating indie chicks, Bach’s back…

*Dating the women of indie rock. The cons of dating Ms. Cat Power: “Is crazy. Emotional volatility means that she requires higher maintenance than a Volkswagen Jetta.” [jim ray]

*Holy fucking awesome: The Black Oven is a heavy metal cooking blog. [getty images]

*You have most likely heard: The Slip = more freebies from NIN.

*Tweens don’t really care about Miley Cyrus’ naked back appearing on Vanity Fair, says Ad Age. [ypulse]

*Sebastian Bach is going emo. Previously, as you may recall, he went hip-hop on MTV.

*Ars weighs in with kind of a non-story about Merlin, the virtual 5th major music label, and its 12,000 indie acts. The one nugget: it’s working with MySpace on the social network’s coming music offering.

*Universal Music Group buys AbsolutePunk? How long until Merlin comes around offering the listenerd $2/post?

*The Deftones are blogging. [vicarious]

*RUMOR: Scott Stereogum is really still running Stereogum. Also: Bat Boy Gives Birth to 100-year-old Martian (or similar Weekly World News headline). [daily swarm]

*Off topic: Sorry I missed your party. The opposite of Cobrasnake. How many other opposite sites are out there just waiting to be created? [buzzfeed]

*Off topic: I like both Twitter and Someecards. [laughing squid]

Links for 4.18.08: Wuchess, the nerdic language, Iverson’s Zune

*Tomorrow is Record Store Day. I only buy records from garage sales, but that’s my problem.

*There will be a special edition Allen Iverson Zune. I guess they are still cranking them out. [crave]

*Def Leppard’s latest single will debut via Guitar Hero III. I guess they are still cranking them out.

*Akon has been exaggerating his arrest record. In reality, he has only been convicted of ONE felony. ONE.

*RZA (formerly of the Wu-Tang Clan) is launching Wuchess, a network that lets chess enthusiasts battle each other head-to-head online. [billboard]

*Nerdic: SUPPOSEDLY the fastest growing language in the world. W00t? [textually]

*Sort of off-topic: Zappos, one of the world’s greatest retailers (primarily of shoes), will begin selling consumer electronics. [boing boing gadgets]

*Henceforth, just as Paper Thin Walls is always referenced as [Getty Images] on the listenerd, Stereogum and Idolator will be identified as (some form of) [Universal Music Group]. This is the sort of faux-cleverness I dislike in others, but cannot help but indulge in myself. Thank you.

*Tech: I have a twine account now. I don’t know what to do with it. In the least. (I am username: joshkimball on twine.) Thank you.

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.