the listenerd

optimized for maximum incontinence

Tag: wal-mart

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.

Advertisements

Links for 12.9.08: Coldplay responds, local top music lists, moustaches for kids…

*Department of Forgotten Songs: Coldplay responds to Joe Satriani’s allegations that they plagiarized from him: “Joe Satriani is a great musician, but he did not write or have any influence on the song Viva La Vida. We respectfully ask him to accept our assurances of this and wish him well with all future endeavours.” For a long time at work, I’ve been trying to reclaim the phrase “best of luck in your future endeavours [sic].” It’s beginning to work, and any canned sentiment that echoes its cadence only strengthens my case.

*Lists: Paste offers up the 10 best music applications for the iPhone. I thought Paste only knew about white-people music?

*Deals: I was off the blog scene for a bit, so I don’t think I mentioned the deal to sell iPhones (at a price point as low as $99) at Wal-mart. Though it’s been called a double brand-buster by some, I like the idea – it creates a good kind of friction for both parties. (That wasn’t supposed to be innuendo.)

*Social music: I’m still trying to make sense of what Twones is, but they apparently track (or SCROBBLE?) one’s online listening habits (from sites like YouTube, HypeM, Imeem, Last.fm, iLike, etc.) via a Firefox add-on, then feed them to one’s network of friends. [techcrunch]

*The Enemies of Your Enemies: I previously brought the hate on Virginia Heffernan for being wrong-headed about a lot of web stuff. Then she rips Sarah Vowell a new one. What do I do now? Cry?

*The Doors: Some British people have figured out what Jim Morrison would look like if he were alive today, at 65. Angry. [earfarm]

*Philanthropy: Moustaches for Kids – the charity of choice for people who love facial hair. And kids. And giving. [caitlin]

*Scandal: Some Minneapolis TV station accidentally aired footage of Minnesota Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe’s penis. Man, that was weird to type.

*Local: One top-ten list of Twin Cities music acts (along with a bunch of MP3s) worth checking out is here. It includes noted Dunn Bros. barista Haley Boner.

Links for 11.3.08: Def Jam’s loss, AC/DC’s Wal-mart, Bono’s stall…

*Obits: The head of Def Jam records, Shakir Stewart, killed himself. He was 34. I’m 34. Ugh.

*Retail: This is where I will be spending the next four years if the election goes badly. “At 12:01 A.M. on October 20th, Wal-Mart opened a temporary 3,000-square-foot store on Hollywood Boulevard devoted entirely to AC/DC’s new album, Black Ice.” It is what they call “all in,” motherfuckers. [licensing plate]

*Bono: The U2 Tower, a dockside development in Dublin that includes a recording studio and some sort of edifice, has been put on hold due to the worldwide economic meltdown. The tower, as it was known, was to have been built to resemble Bono’s sunglasses.

*Money: MTV will soon offer rights holders an option: They can have copyright-protected materials that are user-uploaded removed OR they can have revenue-generated ads placed around those videos.

*Automotive: I blogged previously about Neil Young trying to take his car clean tech. More on his efforts at Linc Volt, via Venture Beat. If anyone wants to steal my grease for biodiesel, I’d appreciate being informed ahead of time. And THAT IS a euphemism.

*Sleep: The Boston Globe offers up a diagram full of hints on napping. I notice there is no mention of Benjamin Franklin’s cold-air bath. Disappointingzzzzzzz. [swiss miss]

*Fashion: Converse will roll out Black Sabbath-brandend shoes in time for the holiday season. Because who doesn’t appreciate the gift of satanic footwear?

*New Yorker: Sasha-Frere Jones writes about the rise of country music’s Taylor Swift, visiting St. Paul’s Excel Energy Center in the process. Oh, and he came dangerously close to hating on St. Paul while he was here, too! Weee!

*Notice: Americans, there is an election tomorrow. You know what to do.

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.

Links for 10.10.08: It’s and Its, Eno’s iPhone app, McCain’s playlist…

*Words: It’s its and it is it’s (depending on context). [largehearted boy]

*Mashups: Dr. Dre is “reinterpreting Chopin symphony stuff.” [nymag]

*iPhone: Brian Eno releases Bloom, a music app for the iPhone Applications store. “Part instrument, part composition and part artwork.” All, WTF and a good portion I have no idea. [beat portal]

*Conversions: If you want, you can learn how to make albums into MP3s from Wired. OR you could just capture video of the album playing on a record player, post it on YouTube, then scrape it. [lifehacker]

*Big Retail: Wal-mart is leaving their DRM servers up for now. So those consumers who purchased DRM’d music from America’s largest retailer have some extra time to burn, baby, burn those discs. [medialoper]

*Politics: John McCain’s daughter’s playlist includes The Ting Tings, Tokyo Police Club, Zeppelin and Mos Def. The woman knows how to use the internet. [the rap up]

*Politics and cinema: If you would like to see a clip of W. Or maybe you are looking for a break from all that?

*Products: Torque your headphones with freakin’ MAGNETS? [joshspear]

*The Annals of Law: Champaign county judge forces hip-hop fan to listen to classical music.

Links for 9.30.08: Dylan’s album, Lou Reed’s street, Wal-mart’s music label?

*Zimmerman: You can stream Bob Dylan’s “Tell Tale Signs” on NPR now. I drove on highway 61 a couple weeks ago while wearing a camouflage baseball cap. True story.

*Retailers: Wal-mart is the exclusive seller of AC/DC’s Rock Band videogame and AC/DC’s album. As noted previously, Best Buy seems to have secured exclusive rights to Guns N’ Roses’ “Chinese Democracy.” How long until Wal-mart has a label? Or Best Buy? Or Target? Or Old Country Buffet?

*Cartography: Does Lou Reed want to have a New York street named after him?

*Tours: The Hold Steady cancels its European tour because bassist Tad Kubler has pancreatitis. I’m bald and you don’t see me canceling world tours, do you? Ok. (My pancreas is fine, though – thanks for asking.)

*Fashion: Everyone probably knows this by now, but Rihanna is working on a fashion line. My bet is that it will have heels and sunglasses. And possibly quasi-bondage gear.

*Thinslice this: Judgeby lets you, using Amazon user reviews, judge books by their covers. Kind of like Facestat for literature, I guess. [largehearted boy]

*Crack: And then Wham! George Michael was all of a sudden arrested in a London bathroom for crack possession. [loophole]

*The Internet: Alec Baldwin gets the Chuck Norris treatment. And by that I do NOT mean a roundhouse kick to the head. Or a full daily chest wax. [hinto]

Links for 9.28.08: Ivy league elitists and donuts dipped in ice cream

*Interview: LAist interviews David Berman of the Silver Jews – “I’ve never done much to try to build an audience. If this isn’t doing it , then it’s natural that i should move on to something more lucrative, like screen writing, in order to survive old age.” You and me both, motherfucker. You and me both. [largehearted boy]

*Politics: Ivy League elitists Vampire Weekend will be holding an Obama rally in Pennsylvania on October 4th. I somehow doubt this will move the independent vote much. [music slut]

*Relationships: Professional singer Scarlett Johansson got married to Ryan Reynolds, who once almost got married to Alanis Morissette. Tom Waits presided over an intimate ceremony. (Not really.) [huffpo]

*Reiteration: Mates of State = married people who are in a touring pop band. And who are blogging about it. Predictably, Yo Gabba Gabba comes up often.

*Digital Rights Management: If you bought DRM’d music from Wal-mart, you need to start burning CDs of it, because it’s going away. Who is buying digital music from Wal-mart?

*Food: If you don’t want to dip Krispy Kreme donuts in ice cream, you aren’t an American. Also, I feel like we’re headed the way of the Famous Bowl here. And that’s a good thing.

Links for 6.9.08: T-Pain’s record label, Britney’s ride, the iPhone’s cost…

*Nappy Boy Records: T-Pain opens up an online-only record label. [mashable] Also, Ludacris opens up an online-only record label, Wemix. [venture beat] Sometimes, I feel like I’m repeating myself. Myself.

*Building a greener guitar: Flaxwood guitars don’t use hardwoods from the Amazon, hence are more eco-friendly. [alternative consumer]

*Bob Dylan’s paintings are now being shown in a London gallery in the Drawn Blank Series. [huffpo]

*Second Life co-founder Cory Ondrejka gets a job with EMI. There are jokes about nobody going to Second Life and nobody buying music, but you didn’t hear them here. Because there’s nobody here. Huh?

*Sufjan Stevens reviews Cryptacize’s new album: “Sometimes I worry that the ever-increasing trend toward excessive innovation has pushed the art and music world into a slapstick exhibition of dog breeding, generating increasingly newer, more contemporary fashions: gothic folk, for one. Or Afro-beat Ivy League pop.” I hate you for your confusing linking style, Pitchfork. And I will never stop hating you. [p-fork]

*Britney Spears drives a tiny car. It must be seen. It must be seen, readers.

*Signal Patterns: A Web 2.0 beta thingy that plays you a bunch of music then tells you your worth as a person. Tagline: “Discover the real me.”

*AC/DC signs on to deliver its next album exclusively through Wal-mart. Who’s got the biggest balls of them all? And by “balls” I mean retail clout.

*Does the new 3G iPhone suck? Data plan = +$10/month. (Kidding. Kinda. I pretty much owned WordPress’ “iPhone Sucks” tag back in the day. Yep. Ugh.)

*Band: an iPhone app that lets you compose music on the go. Read what Daring Fireball says about it here. [listening post]

Links for 3.5.08: Radiohead socializes, Napster earns, Beyonce hitches…

*Radiohead launches a social network. I wonder if 50 Cent will become a member.

*Jay-Z and Beyonce got married. [concrete loop]

*Wal-mart’s music store goes DRM-free without SonyBMG and WMG.

*Napster’s revenue is up again. Yes, Napster still exists.

*Pop culture embroidery: Check out everyone from Bowie to Madonna to REM and more. [pop candy]

Links for 4.3.08: iTunes sales, MySpace Music, Akon’s phone call…

*iTunes has moved ahead of Wal-mart as the top music retailer in the United States. Of America. [techmeme]

*MySpace Music finally offers users the chance to buy DRM-free music.

*From Pee-fork: Natalie Portman to star in an upcoming Devendra Banhart video? Hopefully, she gets the Wes Anderson treatment. What?

*You may have heard: Jay-Z signed a far-reaching $150M deal with Live Nation.

*Waxy > Sasha-Frere Jones > Idolator > An animated video of Akon calling T-Pain.

*For all my lasagna lovers: the Garfield MP3 player.

*This is the sound of an Icelandic glacier melting. I don’t care for it. [mefi]

*Off-topic: I want Pac-Man shoes. [wonderland]

Links for 11.17.07: Barack’s YTMND, Slacker’s machine, Kelly’s insanity +

*OurStage lets rich hipsters listen to top indie tunes on their iPhones. [techcrunch]

*The identity of a presidential candidate, delivered to you in an easy-to-consume, YTMND format: Barack Until the Break of Dawn. [triumph of bullshit]

*8-bit + hip-hop = Super Barrio Bros. [kotaku]

*Slacker releases its handheld player. [digital music news]

*Toilet Tunes: The finest in On-Toilet music delivery (plays automatically when the lid is up, shuts off when the lid is down). [boing boing gadgets]

*R. Kelly’s PR agent of 14 years bids adieu. “Mr. Kelly crossed a line that forever altered the scope of our relationship.” Oy. [xrrxf] Also, Vulture interviews Mr. Kelly here.

*Salon tells you “What You Missed While Watching ‘Project Runway.‘” Doubly painful to link to, since I’m not a Salon fan (long story) and think Rob Walker’s work in the Times is both painful and execrable (though his murketing stuff seems pretty awesome). [murketing deli.cio.us]

*Bob Dylan and Jack White are working on cranking out tunes from Hank Williams’ old never-produced lyrics? [peefork]

*Remember how Ben Bridwell and Band of Horses were all like “Eff the indie man, we’re taking money from the Man Man,” but then they decided to say “Eff the man,” and embrace the indie man, and ditch Wal-mart licensing at the last second? Well, Of Montreal isn’t doing that. They talk about the art of selling out on Stereogum.

*Videoville: A wiki for all your “cool music video” needs. Huh. Nothing yet. [fimoculous]

*GigaOm reviews music games (Phase and Musica) for the iPod. Tangentially: 183 point streak on iLike on Facebook. That is all.

*Take the Mental Floss lyrics quiz. I will not be destroyed (not part of this quiz – as far as a I know – but a sort of lyrics quiz nonetheless).

Links for 11.15.07: Elliott Smith balls, NMH screwed, ringtones tank +

*Band of Horses’ bearded Wal-mart apologist Ben Bridwell has changed his mind, and will now NOT be taking licensing dough from the world’s largest retailer for the BoH indie smash “The Funeral.” Now I can die in peace. With a decent soundtrack. [nme]

*Ringtone sales are down – a 20% decline from October 2006 to October 2007. [coolfer]

*Wu Killa Bee. The RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan carefully explains his music and film influences. [via jimray’s del.icio.us]

*There’s a DVD coming out – from McSweeney’s’ Wholpin – that contains footage of Elliott Smith playing a Rastafarian basketball player in a Paul Thomas Anderson short film. [the playlist]

*Social.FM has launched a Facebook app that will scan users’ profiles and make a little player from their faves. [hypebot]

*Ars Technica reviews the new Zunes.

*Feel free to hate on Blender’s 100 Greatest Indie Rock Albums. Not here, but at Stereogum. Or somewhere else. (NMH @ #32? Behind Wilco? Really? Arcade Fire @ #6. Wow. But really. Not here.)

*Hannah Montana now has a Tooth Tunes MP3-playing toothbrush. Also, she is not pregnant. [shiny shiny]

*The Times reviews R&B’s “eccentric visionary” R. Kelly. Except for the criminal/sexual issues, the guy is really interesting.

*RCRD LBL has launched. Here’s their intro.

*Warner Music is kissing Steve Jobs and making up (they want to use iTunes to sell music for mobiles). [ars technica]

*A friend and colleague of mine is a hybrid mom. Be kind. Recycle. Also, elimination communication.

Links for 10.14.07: Going ham, Fire loss, casinos score +

*The music business’ big winners: Casinos. They drive traffic to the tables, while also serving as a reliable revenue source, especially for country bands. [mediaeater]

*Also via media eater, I’m not usually a Godin guy at all, but this post about Radiohead and the “mediocre middle” makes sense well beyond the record industry.

*Commenter Startling Moniker digs up the probable meaning of YouTube star Soulja Boy’s “go ham on ’em.” The interview here; and a quick gloss: “‘Being as that I’m from the fraternity Lam de Lam de Lam, we are always looking for sacrificial lambs. We take them to Bethlehem then we take them to Birmingham. See Birmingham and Bethlehem is where they go ham, ham is mayhem.’ Mayhem means like go crazy.”

*A cassette tape tape dispenser: for all your taping needs. [scifi tech]

*Cinematical runs snaps from Things We Lost in the Fire, a movie that looks overwrought, but appears to take its name from a great Low album.

*The Washington Post has devised a nifty infographic-cum-algorithm on musical sellouts: “The Moby Quotient, generated by the formula below, determines the degree to which artists besmirch their reputations when they lend their music to hawk products or companies.”

Based on my own estimates and this algorithm, Band of Horses licensing “The Funeral” to Wal-mart scores a 61.45. [musick in the head]

Links for 10.8.07: Mobile music, Biggie, Jimi’s juice, Brid-mart +

*Writes the Wall Street Journal on mobile music: “A hopeful sign: The carriers seem to understand that cellphones are no threat to displace the PC as the hub of the digital-music experience.” There are so many things wrong with that sentence, I don’t know where to start. OK: carriers.

*Scenes from the Biggie Smalls casting call.

*Snocap and CD Baby, who dissolved their business partnership last week, bring the hate.

*MSNBC buys social news site Newsvine. MSNBC.com Exec Producer Rex Sorgatz (Mpls locals may know him as a sort of Sid Hartman 2.0) comments on the purchase via Fimoculous. [NY Times]

*PaidContent glosses a recent Wharton research paper that looks at online recommendation services. The original doc is here. And it is academic.

*Peefork on Cease to Begin, Band of Horses’ latest: 7.7 – Wal-martastic! (Here’s Stylus on them, as well.)

*The Jimi Hendrix Liquid Experience – an energy drink. Take that, Pimp Juice. [Daily Swarm]