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Video: Will.i.am on Sesame Street

I used to blog extensively about the Black Eyed Peas. Until I lost my faith in humanity.

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Links for 12.27.08: Pianocktail maker, 2008 = fail, Springsteen’s Wal-mart embrace…

*Inventions: “The pianocktail is a piano that mixes drinks based on the combination of keys played.” [waxy]

*The T-shirt Economy: The New York Times looks at music and licensing. Well, the article starts out on the licensing front, then talks about 360 deals, jingles, and the various challenges of the music business as a whole.

*Lists: Adweek joins in the list-making herd, with the top five “branded music” initiatives. Will.i.am’s “Yes We Can” for Barack Obama and Chris Brown’s Wrigley jingle make the cut. [largehearted boy]

*Words: More on this year’s buzzwords from the New York TimesThe year of the fail. [kottke]

*Social music: Last.fm co-founder Richard Jones talks about the operational challenges of managing the data the music social network has collected. “It is a huge challenge; the common numbers are something like 300 million different tracks that we’ve recorded (that’s in tons of different spellings), and about 20 million different artists.”

*Money: Bjork is backing a Sustainable Investment Fund. [Tepid swan joke.]

*Retail: Bruce Springsteen will be putting out a greatest hits album that will only be available at Wal-Mart. If things keep going the way they’re going, Wal-mart may soon be the only physical retailer left. [xrrf]

*Local: The St. Paul Winter Carnival will have an indoor blues festival this year. Here’s the schedule. Indoors?

*Twitter: Read these three.

Links for 11.22.08: Lizard People, the Top Ten beards, Radiohead vids…

*Beards: Here are the Top 10 beards of all time. Ever. This is the final list. Putting Lincoln as low as #8 is a slap in the face to every red-blooded American. [coudal]

*Video: YouTube will be holding its first-ever live event tonight. Will.i.am will be there, in all probability “getting retarded.” [hypebot]

*Listicles: Bone up on Paste’s Top 50 Albums of 2008. Abraham Lincoln didn’t even make this list. Ugh. [stereogum]

*Radiohead: That one band will be debuting three new music videos on MySpace Music over the next couple of weeks. I linked to “Weird Fishes” yesterday. Look it up. [licensing plate]

*Word Jazz: This is a few years old, but listen anyway. A Ken Nordine podcast taken from a “Best of Word Jazz” radio show on Chicago Public Radio. Also, I just contacted Ken Nordine asking him to join twitter. I’ll let you know what happens.

*Lizard People: By now, everyone knows about a certain Minnesota voter casting his or her vote for “Lizard People.” Who, I would like to know, is willing to track this voter down and make him famous? Does he have anything to do with David Icke (referenced in this Wired story?) More about the serpent race, our overlords, here.

Links for 9.27.08: Pandora’s stand, Rock’s beer, our country’s Dr. Pepper…

*Dr. Pepper: Best Buy is set to become the exclusive retailer of Guns N’ Roses long-awaited album “Chinese Democracy” before year-end. If I am reading the contract correctly, this means we all get a free Dr. Pepper. [licensing plate]

*Reviews: Pitchfork reviews the Replacements, as seen through this year’s rerelease by Rhino: 8.7, 9.3, 8.0, 6.3.

*Internet royalties: Pandora is struggling to stay afloat. More from Hypebot. On a side note, does it seem like Congress is working more weekends these days?

*Beverages: Have I mentioned Kid Rock’s forthcoming beer yet? Also: Kid Rock cigars. From Mr. Rock’s commenters: “When are you moving into sunglasses?” Incisive. [meg]

*Quizicality: Digital Music News. No links. To anyone. Ever? Great use of the Internet. Depressing.

*Stories: The tale of Muxtape and the RIAA.

*Politics: A post-debate analysis from Will.i.am: “we should put security where security needs to be…
i’m terrified if we are to have 4 more bush-like years…
we can’t afford it…”

Also, a fact that you may find frightening: one of the top search results as reported by Google’s Trends feed for several hours after the debate was: “who won the debate.” Nuance: Who needs it? [huffpo]

Links for 7.2.08: Jeezy’s candidate, Will.i.am’s success story, Kobe’s ass…

*Young Jeezy’s insightful political analysis of the current American presidential race: “Barack, he has a lot of things going for him.” [daily swarm]

*Speaking of: Will.i.am tells the story behind the “Yes, We Can” video. If Will.i.am is half the storyteller he is a songwriter, we are in for a world of hurt. And I mean that in as loving a manner as I can muster.

*Does Madonna have a thing going with A-Rod? Also: Who here is more disgusted than me?

*Zune is launching webisodes featuring N.E.R.D., Nelly, and Linkin Park.

*Download: “Kobe, tell me how my ass taste?” ringtone. [listening post]

*Video: Bjork plays with Sigur Ros. [brooklyn vegan]

*Fashion: Soulja Boy sneakers from Yums. I just supersoaked myself. [ypulse]

*Off topic: This handkerchief has moustaches on it! [uncrate]

Video: “Yes, We Can” (george carlin remix)

[nah right]

Links for 6.23.08: Winehouse woes, Beatles games, Will.I.Am acts?

*Reps of the Beatles are in talks with MTV Games and Activision to create Beatles-themed videogames. [paid content]

*Executive changes at Live Nation: 360 deals for mega acts to slow?

*Video: Will.I.Am talks about the new X-Men movie (he’s in it), X-Men Origins: Wolverine. [cinematical]

*Hypebot compiles a list of the top 10 indie music marketing tools. Marketing is a tax you pay for being unremarkable?

*Amy Winehouse’s father is saying she has emphysema.

*What’s the value of Stairway to Heaven? Answer: Wow. [pop candy]

*Off topic: George Carlin on YouTube. He died.

Links for 5.6.08: Wu-tang videogame, Prince’s book, Jack White’s doc…

*Indie videogames: The Sewer Goblet – The Wu-Tang Clan and the Wu-Tang Baby: “It was an ordinary day at the Wu-Tang mansion. Ghostface and Raekwon tossed around a football in the backyard while Ol’ Dirty Bastard, RZA, and the rest of the gang watched the game inside. What nobody expected was the knock at the door that would forever change their lives. Much to their surprise, a tiny but majestic baby with a mysterious pendant was on their doorstep.” Wow. Wu-tang’s love is endless. [waxy]

*JEWELRY: The turntable ring. Pretty sure I couldn’t pull it off. [red ferret]

*Ice T will perform with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

*To debut at Cannes this month: “It Might Be Loud,” a guitar doc that will feature Jack White and Jimmy Page. [the playlist]

*WMG plans on trying true variable rate pricing. (I’m not wholly against it, if it’s done right. I know, I know.)

*Prince is writing a book, “21 Nights,” based on one of his London concert stands. Will there B 2 many abbrevs 4 me 2 handle? [getty images]

*The Zune: Buy and watch TV shows from NBC, MTV and some others now. [crave]

*Re-blogging (I mentioned this in a previous post): Built for the BBC, the Olinda is a funky-ass radio.

*EVERYONE: listenerd favorites Will.I.Am and Michel Gondry have won WEBBY awards. I don’t know what they get for it; possibly a statuette.

*Legal P2P Qtrax, who claimed to have a number of labels on their side several months ago, has apparently finally gotten Universal on their side. [listening post]

*Neil Young, being rich, has a refreshing attitude about the future of music: “The recording business is going somewhere but I don’t care about that.”

*Talk to the banana: I’m ordering this now. Now now. [laughing squid]

Links for 3.8.08: Naughty librarians, PowerPoint Karaoke, the Power of the Pearl…

*Study says dancehall music leads to sex. Or seizures. [getty images]

*Read Barack Obama’s thank you letter to Shepard Fairey for the posters he designed. [good]

*Lil Wayne is pimping Strapped condoms. [idolator]

*I have been on the receiving end of much denigration for my purchase of a Blackberry Pearl. But what will my detractors be saying after I join Will.I.Am’s social network, Dipdive.

*Dead Buddy speakers. The perfect complement to the Voodoo knife holder.

*200k musicians are using iLike’s Universal Artist Dashboard? High.

*The Future of Music Coalition has lined up Wilco and Bright Eyes, among others to rock for Net Neutrality. [peefork]

*PowerPoint karaoke: Present a random deck of slides to a group of bored onlookers. It’s like every week of my job, but for fun. [adverlab]

*San Francisco readers: There’s a Naughty Librarians’ Convention happening today in your city. Just saying. [laughing squid]

Video: Will.I.Am + Obama = We Are The Ones

Jessica Alba, Ryan Phillipe, Theo from the Cosby Show, some dude from Friday Night Lights, George Lopez, and chanting.


[nah right]

Links for 2.19.08: Last.fm numbers, Microsoft music, Will.i.am acts…

*ReadWriteWeb calls out their Top 10 Last.fm data mashes.

*For all your punk rock prophylactic needs: Ramones condoms. [pop candy]

*If you’re not already depressed from a long day at work: Music made from sounds taken only from Windows 98 and Windows XP. [all things d]

*Free music downloads from local (Minneapolis) music label Royalty, Etc. Records. REVEILLE takes a look.

*Will.i.am will be appearing in the next X-Men movie. Possibly as a superhero who so smells like funk that he overpowers his foes via their olfactory systems? [daily swarm]

*This has nothing to do with music, but I still love it. Video of gloves that shoot flames out of the fingers. [geekologie]

Links for 2.15.08: will.i.am’s future, Google’s music, Spore’s sound…

*Holy buzzword watch: Google, ad-supported, drm-free, music, China.

*The Alternative Consumer tracks down some chic and eco coasters – made from record holes. I want.

*will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas claims that mobile music is the future. This is the man who sang “if it smells like elephant shit, it must be us.” Fair warning.

*The music generating algorithm (whaa?) for much-anticipated videogame Spore was created in part by Brian Eno. [listening post]

*Read: a mock Diablo Cody script. Annotated for your pleasure. [defamer]

Links for 2.11.08: Coolio’s salad, Google’s song, McCain’s retort…

*VIDEO: How would you like Coolio’s recipe for caprese salad? (There is some strong language, I must warn you.) [buzzfeed]

*Google’s hourly trend watch can be fascinating to watch: During last night’s Grammy’s the top search was “how old is tina turner.”

*The Journal talks dance routines and long-time listenerd favorite Soulja Boy. [ypulse]

*AUDIO: Teyana Taylor’s “Google Me.” [fimoculous]

*john.he.is: A take-off on will.i.am’s Obama support video, this one is pro-McCain:

[everywhere]

Links for 2.4.08: Yahoo’s Rhapsody, Cate Blanchett’s film, Barack’s video…

*Yahoo! kicks its Music Unlimited service to the curb, and partners with Rhapsody.

*The Playlist brilliantly condenses Todd Haynes’ Bob Dylan biopic I’m Not There to only the Cate Blanchett parts.

*Perhaps you would like to watch the video for The Hills‘ Heidi Montag’s much-maligned single. Very soothing (sound optional). [fimoculous]

*The New York Times profiles Jack Johnson and his everlasting greenness.

*REMEMBER: A video of the Roots reacting to watching 2 Girls, 1 Cup drew a lot of traffic (relatively speaking) to the ‘nerd back in the day. Now Slate gathers even more reaction videos, and offers a little analysis.

*REMEMBER: A video of singer Kina Granis singing about Digg drew a lot of traffic (relatively speaking) to the ‘nerd back in the day. Now, she won a Doritos Super Bowl commercial contest.

*REMEMBER: A video of will.i.am doing a Barack Obama song drew a lot of traffic (relatively speaking) to the ‘nerd back in the day. When I posted it, it had 2k views. It’s now at 1M+.