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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.

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Links for 2.2.09: Live Nation Ticketmaster merger, Jonas Brothers downsize!?!?

*Mergers: The WSJ is reporting that Live Nation and Ticketmaster want to merge, creating Live Nation Ticketmaster. Good lord.

*Economics: It’s time to downsize a Jonas Brother. [This is fake.] (Is that the first time I’ve mentioned the Jonas Brothers on this blog? Despite my long-time personal interest in them? WAIT. WHAT?) [ypulse]

*Blogging: Carrie Fisher has a blog, and talks about her salad days. Or whatever. Wearing a metal bikini. That was plastic. [mefi – WHICH IS DOWN??]

*Household: Speaking of metal, they’ve been making the rounds, but maybe you need to brush up on your heavy metal laundry tips. “NEVER USE FABRIC SOFTENER ON METAL SHIRTS.” I have a classic Hawkwind shirt that my uncle gave me from First Avenue that is softer than the finest Corinthian leather. However, I have NEVER used fabric softener on it. Just gin. And smoke. And human hair. [lisanti]

*Posters: There’s a show of rock posters with Big Lebowski themes called “This Aggression Will Not Stand, Man: A Group Show of Prints Inspired by the Cult Classic The Big Lebowski.” [pop candy]

*Twitter: The New York Times offers up a visualization of people’s twittering keywords during the Super Bowl.

*Retail: Bruce Springsteen apologizes for giving an exclusive deal to Wal-Mart for his next album. “We were in the middle of doing a lot of things, it kind of came down and, really, we didn’t vet it the way we usually do. We just dropped the ball on it. Given [Wal-Mart’s] labour history, it was something that if we’d thought about it a little longer, we’d have done something different. It was a mistake.”

*Musicians who Twitter: One of my most popular posts ever has been Musicians who Twitter (which is weirdly the top Google result for that particular search) . Now that old-boy’s (man’s?) club MBV covers the evolution of Twitter music postings, maybe we can all stop trying to look up musicians on Twitter. I’m just looking for peace in life. That’s it. Just peace.

*Metaverse: Busta Rhymes is debuting new music in Grand Theft Auto.

*I feel like I’m falling behind. Due to tiredness. Also, I think I need to stretch my legs a little. Bear with me, please.

Links for 12.22.08: Music’s short tail, Hulu for music, 2008’s best new words…

*The Long Tail: According to one study, 10M out of 13M digitally available tracks didn’t sell a single copy last year. Look. It’s complicated. [hypebot]

*Vizzies: Check out FlowingData’s list of the top 5 data visualizations of the year. Close readers of the listenerd will note that we’ve covered two of them previously – one Radiohead music video and one visualization using scrobbled Last.fm data.

*Lists: Stereogum’s list of its most-downloaded MP3s of the year surprised me. Marnie Stern at #1 and Yeasayer at #3. Huh.

*Business: Are the major labels trying to put together a Hulu for music? I think it’s funny that Hulu has made it to the point of being a model for something else, even though its grip is no doubt tenuous right now. And you’ll notice not much is trying to be a “Joost for _____” at this point.

*Advertising: Local Hmongs to Burger King (RE: their Burger Virgin campaign): We have seen hamburgers before.

*Words: The NY Times Ideas blog goes on the hunt for the top neologisms of 2008, suggesting staycation (a favorite, for better or worse, at my day job), edupunk and twi-hard.

*Blogs: I applied the Typealyzer, a supposed tool to analyze the personality type of a blogger, to the listenerd several weeks ago and the results were so far off, I didn’t even share them. I’ve seen many other sites link to Typealyzer since then, so I figured I’d revisit. I gotta tell you: I couldn’t come up with anything more wrong. Analysis says the author of the blog is an ESFP – entertaining, friendly, and conflict avoidant. Honestly, I’m trying to figure out a worse description of me than this one, but I almost can’t. Also, I’m bald.

*Quips: Read these four quips. [twitter]

*Trips: Soon I will be leaving this blog for a bit as I travel to the land of the WATERSMEET NIMRODS. I’ll bring something awesome back. (Beer, probably.)

Links for 11.17.08: Hank Jr. hits politics, Last.fm data vizzies, Rihanna’s tats…

*Vizzies: Holy. This Last.fm data visualization makes me wish I still used Last.fm. Except for it messing with all my shit and being a total pain in the ass. And embarrassing me with my own bad taste. [duke listens]

*Politics: Hank Williams, Jr. is ready to run for U.S. Senate as a Republican. Say what you want about the guy’s politics, fashion sense, singing, and choice of eyewear — he has a great beard. Or at least he did at one point. [9513]

*Rap: Eminem’s new album, “Relapse” will be released in early 2009. For me, Eminem will always be equated with Dave Chappelle’s chant of “Spaghetti, spaghetti, spaghetti, spaghetti.” [daily swarm]

*Grooming: Sean Combs comments on his genital grooming, “I shave and groom my private areas. It’s a better presentation for me.” Pretty sure one of Moses’ laws was “Thou Shalt Not Present to Thyself.”

*Enigmas: Prince is anti-gay. And spells things his own way. But some people still want to have soup with him. Of his knocking on doors as a Jehovah’s Witness, he says “Sometimes people act surprised, but mostly they’re really cool about it.”

*Tats: Rihanna has the word “Shhh…” tattooed prominently on one of her fingers. It seems ill-advised, though I have myself been considering getting a chicken wearing a birthday hat and holding a cane on my deltoid for the past 1.5 years.

*Ideas: The Boston Glob‘s [sic] Ideas section, if I remember correctly, was the only part of the paper really worth reading. Here’s a recent exploration of what Depression 2.0 might look like. [waxy]

*Tech: Jerry Yang will step down as Yahoo’s CEO as soon as the company’s board can replace him. In punctuation style, Jerry was the lowercase yang to Kanye’s capped YIN.

*Politics: Hillary to accept Obama’s offer of Secretary of State post, according to the Guardian. Who do I think I am? C-fucking-N-N? [huff po]

*Kids: In an out-of-touch article by Joan Acocella, the New Yorker posits that there’s an overparenting epidemic in America. Working mothers, of course, are to blame. The Wall Street Journal‘s The Juggle has extensive commenting on the matter. [Who do I think I am? Dr. Fucking Spock?]

*Maps: Old maps of human brains. We didn’t know shit about not knowing shit back then.

*Hey, look: It’s Bon Iver at the Turf Club! [s4xton]

What body parts does your favorite musical genre most-often address?

Fleshmap’s awesome visualization offers a cloud-like view of which body parts are most often cited by musical genre. Hip-hop, for instance, is about the ass. Metal? The eyes. Gospel, the hands. [mefi]

Video: “Artikulation” – visualizing music

Wait. Huh?

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Links for 6.12.08: NASA’s tunes, Lily Allen’s despair, Disney’s big music $$$…

*Music sales are down in general, at Walt Disney Records, though, music revenues are up 40%. Thanks, Hannah! [ypulse]

*The USB Mix Tape puts a flash memory stick into an old-school cassette-like case. For all your adolescent wooing needs. In additional USB retro-tech news: Behold the USB-powered vinyl-to-CD phonograph. Nice. [neatorama]

*The NASA crew is listening to Calexico these days. [listening post]

*Watch: shaky video from last night’s Minneapolis Kanye West show. First: He addresses a heckler. Second: He does “Don’t Stop Believin’.” Kanye is no Arnel Pineda. [nah right + the office]

*You may have asked yourself what a Beatles tag cloud looks like. [duke listens]

*Lily Allen is a human being: “If I’m honest, it’s probably because part of it is true these days I am more known for being a train wreck than a musician, and it does hurt.” Now I’m sad again, everyone.

*Off topic: Twitter anonymously with SecretTweet. I want to do this on a daily basis. [via spincity]

*You will notice that I did not mention Metallica. Goodbye.

Video: Music visualization

From Duke Listens! Holy love it.

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Links for 11.5.07: Jacko’s cover, Google’s phone, Jobs’ blog +

*Michael Jackson is on the December cover of Ebony magazine. [concrete loop]

*USA Today on Google and the Open Phone coalition. [techmeme]

*Imeem signs a deal with Iris Distribution to secure indie content. [digital music news]

*Ars Technica interviews Fake Steve Jobs: “I was trying to learn how to use Blogger. First thing you need to do when you start a blog is have something to write to fill in all that empty space.”

*Take Rolling Stone’s Almost-Impossible Rock & Roll Quiz. Taco Thighs. [marrina]

*Vizzie music fun: The Gracenote Music Map (who’s listening to what where) and this rad visualization video re: the role of classical musicians. [information aesthetics]

*I am killing Chip Music. [little-scale]

*Mp3 player lipstick. From Bratz. [crave]

*Music Alerts allows one to create RSS feeds to tell you when your favorite artists release music on Amazon. [red ferret]