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Tag: vinyl

Image: Record grooves under a microscope

This has been floating around Tumblr – Synthgear shares some images of record grooves as seen under a microscope at The Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester. Yes. That is a record.

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Video: A phonograph playing Bing Crosby soothingly

I find the camera work meant to feature the unmoving speakers to be less soothing.

Links for 12.1.09: Why did Walt Whitman wear jeans?

*Rumor: Remastered vinyl LPs from the Beatles to be released in March. Also, I have a few Beatles albums on my computer, so I can listen to them pretty much whenever. Super easy!

*Odor: M cologne is made from Michael Jackson’s DNA. I hope that’s not a euphemism. Do you know what I mean? If you don’t, please don’t look it up. [vulture]

*Food: Examine these ketchup packets that look like landmines. Wow.

*Drink: Tactical Nuclear Penguin beer has 32% alcohol content. I could not have conceived of a better name. Except possibly Vomit Gong. Or Ketchup Packet Landmines. (I don’t know where that came from; I just tried to channel my id.) [harper’s]

*Fashion: “If Whitman wore jeans, he wore them because they were the clothes of the rebellious, not because they were the affordable uniform of the pretty.” Also, was that really Walt Whitman reading? I thought it was a dude from the Waltons. (I’m not being droll about that last part!)

*Social media: What this article calls “checkins” have previously been called pings or gestures. It’s all a part of the attention economy. Which is actually a system akin to a language. I’m sure you get it. I don’t have the patience to explain further.

*Twitter: If you haven’t seen these Twitter avatars drawn by @apelad, you should see them. Because they are awesome.

*Technology: Knocking is an iPhone app that allows you to see through other people’s iPhone cameras. WHAT? It’s mobile-to-mobile live sharing! (I took that last part right from their site as I tried to confirm what it actually did.) Also, it seems like perverts would love this. [coudal]

*Music: Golden Fiddle grabbed Zach Galifinakis’ iTunes playlist. Funny word, Galifinakis. Heh.

*Today’s links: F

Links for 10.27.09: Chinese, cupcakes, beer, gourds

*Look: Chris Ware in the New Yorker. There are iPhones.

*Alert: Some Taco Bells serve cupcakes. I would like mine filled with hot sauce. Please. (That’s not a euphemism.) [harper’s]

*Green: Check out this vinyl that’s been bent, pounded, shaped and reused.

*The future: Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, says that in 5 years, the web will be dominated by Chinese-language content. Get this: I don’t even speak Chinese. Also, ICANN has approved non-Latin characters for domain names.

*Food: Anthony Bourdain is doing some animated web-only short video bullshit that isn’t even about food. Also, it looks like there could be zombies. Or their close brethren.

*Beer: I cannot agree with this list of the 25 best beers in America, but I can drink them. With vigor.

*Gaming: Watch this dude play Guitar Hero without a guitar. You will note that I sometimes also play Guitar Hero without a guitar, but that my score is always zero. Always. [waxy]

*Local: Guides to eating in Minneapolis from Zagat and Treehugger. [ht]

*Fall: It’s decorative gourd season. [spin city]

*Today’s links: F.

Links for 4.27.09: Meat cards, vinyl and job loss

*Food: Meat business cards are memorable, but spoil quickly. Like so many business relationships. Umm, what? [presurfer]

*Economy: This Slate map of American job losses is impressive and scary. I still have a job as of this writing.

*Vizzie: Wiredsets grabs an infographic of vinyl sales from Nielsen SoundScan. Bars! Big dots!

*Apple: A certain musician is planning on performing only with iPhones. I find the long-term AT&T contracts to be off-putting. Related video: Watch a dude spin records on an iPhone. [waxy]

*Videogames: You can play frisbee golf with Tiger Woods. Some call it frolfing. Somebody bring a oney!!! WHEW!!!! I was channeling my 8th grade buddies right there.

*Twitter: Check out a map (built with Yahoo! Pipes) of your Twitter followers. Better in theory than in execution. Like a certain blog THAT YOU ARE READING RIGHT NOW???

*Today’s links: Bite me.

Links for 4.2.09: Band names, incorrect futures, random word stimulation…

*Twitter: That’s our new band – A twitterstream of band names. [buzzfeed]

*The Future: Wrong Tomorrow is a database of predictions (often by high-profile experts) along with their outcomes. I bet this thing goes HUGE! (SEE WHAT I DID THERE?) [magnetbox]

*Ideas: Most of the listenerd content is generated through use of “Random Word Stimulation.” Safe for Motherfucking Work.

*Music 2.0: Read MediaFuturist for a take on why Google’s move into music in China is a big one. Platforms. Clouds. You know the drill here.

“Google will simply provide the platform where music can be turned into money, by connecting the user with the content they want right where they already are (i.e. the search page), while gradually but aggresively monetizing their presence and their clicks via 3rd party payments – and this does not mean just ads.”

*Analysis: If you were a fan of MGMT’s “Kids,” or even if you’re just a fan of remixing it or blogging about it, possibly over and over again, you may enjoy reading this compositional analysis of the song. [earfarm]

*Vinyl: Record fans should consider checking out Vinyl Frontier on Etsy for old-school journals that integrate vinyl. [josh spear]

*Streaming: Neil Young’s “Fork in the Road’ is streaming on MySpace now. He sings about his car a lot. I drive a 2000 Honda Civic. When I don’t take the bus. FYI. [pop candy]

*Followup: Here’s a longer article from Billboard about the Jayhawks reuniting, which I mentioned (and linked to a Decider story) the other day.

*Today’s links: C-. Not enough focus.

Video: Louis Prima’s “Buona Sera” on the phonograph

If this spinning vinyl doesn’t soothe you, perhaps you have serious problems. Don’t shoot the messenger.

Video: A phonograph playing soothingly

I think that’s a dog’s leg in the lower right. Which somewhat upsets the overall soothing tone. But is notable. (This is apparently The Georgians on a 1928 Columbia Viva-tonal 602.)

Video: Desperate Man Blues on Pitchfork.tv

A film on vinyl collector Edward Gillen. NOTE THAT IT STARTS WITH OLD-TIMEY VIDEO OF A PHONOGRAPH PLAYING. COINCIDENCE? (If the embed is sucking for you, click here.)

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Video: A phonograph playing soothingly – IN MY HOME

1) Creating a video of a phonograph playing soothingly is more difficult than it appears to your average asshole internet commentator.

2) The video quality of the Flip is bad.

3) HOW SOOTHING IS THIS, EFFERS?

4) Ruby Tuesday.

5) Warped!

Links for 1.2.09: Prince’s albums, torrenting records, vinyl bling

*Labels: Open Your Eyes Records distributes all of its new music via BitTorrent. This may come as a shock to you (geek that I am probably perceived to be), but I have never torrented anything. Because I am retarded. And about as impatient as they come.

*Prince: Supposedly, Prince is planning on putting out 3 new albums in 2009. He also seems to be regretting those anti-gay comments in the New Yorker right about now.

*Fashion: Vling is vinyl bling – jewelry made out of old records. There are SKULLS. [spinning indie]

*Sales: Go to Coolfer for charts (with COLORS) breaking out music sales for 2008. All things considered, not bad. I mean, we’re in a global economic meltdown.

*Economy: People are taking less pay in order to have any job at all. I’m crying on the outside. And inside.

*Fashion: The party’s over for makers of novelty New Year’s Eve eyewear.

*Green: Landsharing connects people with the yard space for great gardens with gardeners who want to expand their growing potential. Look, not everything in the world is about music. Also, I’m a shitty gardener.

*Mashups: Jay-Z vs Radiohead = Hovahead. [radiohead at ease]

*Local: Watch some video of Mark Mallman on New Year’s Eve at MNStories.

*Twitter: Tweetree actually looks pretty useful – though if I can’t star things from inside it, I can’t use it.

*Food: Where the Wild Things Are bento boxes. Wow. [neatorama]

Links for 10.14.08: Ringo hates, Opus dies (?), Rihanna throbs…

*The Beatles: Ringo Starr will stop answering fan mail and stop signing autographs in 6 days. People are writing fan mail to Ringo? [earfarm]

*Comics: Will Opus die?? I haven’t read a physical newspaper in months. But still. [loper]

*Music Reviews: Why critics drop the names of indie bands in their reviews? Neutral Milk Hotel is pretentious? WHAAAA????

*Clones: Everyone thinks the new Rihanna song, “Sexuality,” sounds just like a Prince tune. (Please note: a simple mention of Rihanna does not mean you will find here images of Rihanna naked. Apologies.

*Social Media: The U.S. government is twittering? And they’re better than me at it? [medialoper]

*TV: Wow. I love The Wire, but in watching The Last Word segment following the series finale, creator David Simon comments that newspapers made a mistake about the internet – they all thought it was advertising for their product. This is a complete misinterpretation of not only the decision newspapers have had to make, but the forces shaping both the online and internet business worlds. And it has shaken my faith in what drug dealing and Baltimore are really like. Also, gay gangsters with shotguns.

*Retail: Apparently, the way I have been coming about my old-school records has a name. That name is CRATE DIGGING.

*Zeitgeist: Social Mention aggregates search of the minutiae of social media – comments, microblogs, bookmarks, events, and more. [mediaeater]

*Toys: Daft Punk Bearbricks.

*Food: Bacon today. And, hopefully, tomorrow. And the next day. And the next day. And the next day. [kate]

Links for 9.20.08: Blink crash, Jay-Z’s label, Saramago’s movie…

*Crash: DJ AM and former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker were in a South Carolina plane crash on Friday that killed four people. They’re both being treated for burns and are in critical condition.

*Business: Jay-Z is starting a new record label, StarRoc. Jay-Z also things 360 deals are the future? Hm. [licensing plate]

*Video: Daft Punk song “Something About Us” on Nintendo DS and theremin. [waxy]

*Launched: DJ History is an online store for rare vinyl. I’m telling you people: garage sales. [nme]

*Mixes: Is Favtape a “Muxtape on steroids”? (Muxtape was shut down by the RIAA last month.) [techcrunch]

*Literature: Holy WTF?? Nobel Prize-winning Portuguese author Jose Saramago’s “Blindness” is being made into a movie starring Mark Ruffalo, Julianne Moore, Gael Garcia Bernal, Danny Glover and Sandra Oh. WTF? (I used to have sort of a thing for Saramago, and especially enjoyed his explorations of identity – and his own literary heritage, of course, through the channeling of Fernando Pessoa – in “The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis.”

*Hope: Barack Obama’s face in Lego’s. The Internet effing loves Lego’s. [buzzfeed]

Links for 9.16.08: Yo Gabba guests, Internet meme attack, vinyl spins again…

*Social networks: The New York Times talks MySpace Music, including offering brief comparisons to Last.fm and Imeem.

*Video: Internet Meme Scratch Attack – a sampling of internet video cuts to soothe your savage work day. Also applicable if you are bored at any other time. [buzzfeed]

*Strokes: Nate Dogg had another stroke. He is now in stable condition. Two strokes, a car chase and an arrest this year. It’s time to regulate. It has to be.

*Vinyl: The WSJ talks records, saying “World-wide sales of LP records doubled in 2007.” And thus it is decreed: there will be a major media story about the revival of vinyl every two weeks until Armageddon. Or until AIG goes bankrupt. Whichever comes first.

*Videogames: Guitar Hero is the game played most by teens. The game I played most as a child was a miniature arcade version of Qbert. Usually in a moving car. FYI. [ypulse]

*Television: Whacked out kids’ show “Yo Gabba Gabba” (which I covered for the day job a bajillion years ago) will feature The Roots, MGMT, Mates of State and Jack Black, among other guests this coming season. [daily swarm]

*Literature: David Foster Wallace appears on Charlie Rose in 1997. I had respect for Mr. Wallace’s ability to make any topic its own intricate, interesting world. However, I have always been skeptical of dudes who wear head coverings.

*Food: I haven’t mentioned this in a while, so I feel I should say something a public service. Avoid black mead. Really, mead in general. It is an alcoholic beverage that tastes like mushrooms (in a bad way). AVOID. Thank you.