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Month: March, 2008

Off topic: I just discovered Postcards from Yo Momma

Postcards from Yo Momma: “Does your mom still have an AOL account? Does she email you her random, yet charming, thoughts on life and love?” E-mail from people who don’t know anything about e-mail. Excerpts:

“face book
tell me about face book. do you have a page on it? can anyone look at your page? I am worried about this type of thing.”

“Look who finally learned the computer. Dad set me up email ACCOUNT AND ALSO SHOWED ME HOW TO GO ONLINE.I DON’T KNOW WHY EVERYTHING IS SUDDENLY WRITING BIG LIKE THIS, SO JUST IGNORE IT. SO HOW WAS THE CONCERT YOU WENT TO WITH FRIENDS/ CALL ME SOON. THIS WRITING IS WEIRD SORRY, LOVE MOM.”

Links for 3.31.08: Words and Tapes, my Bono hatred, Ludacris goes green…

*Minneapolis blog Culture Bully interviews Tapes N’ Tapes’ Josh Grier.

*Virgin Media is coming down on illegal downloaders in the UK for the first time. [techmeme]

*U2 signs a 12-year deal with Live Nation. It seems like it’s been forever since I mentioned my hatred of Bono.

*Tommy Lee and Ludacris will star on a Planet Green show called Battleground Earth. They’ll be struggling to keep their respective concert tours green, driving biofuel busses. And cutting down on their toilet paper usage? [treehugger]

*Music widget maker QLOUD (pronounced CLOUD!!!) has been purchased by Buzznet. [mashable]

*50 Cent, who threw his support behind Senator Clinton several months ago, has now shifted his allegiances and has endorsed Senator Barack Obama. As far as we know, The Game is still behind Kucinich. [huffpo]

*Beastie Boy Adam Yauch (whom you may know as MCA) has directed a film, Gunnin’ for that #1 Spot, a documentary about some of the country’s top high school basketball players. [pop candy. Seriously Pop Candy, your links that go to interstitial ads SOOOOOOOOOOCK.]

Video: Juno’s Ellen Page sings “Zub Zub”

[rawkblog]

Video: RZA emerges from crowd to join KRS-ONE onstage

RZA comes out of the crowd at a Toronto concert to rap with KRS-ONE. Shitty camera work, but everybody involved is PUMPED. (Best video I’ve seen since the Chinese MC Hammer?)

[switchblade comb]

Video: “Beware the Believers” [Atheist Rap]

An atheist rap – the fairly painful tune starts around 1:07.

[reddit]

Links for 3.30.08: 50 Cent’s soc net, Stereogum’s sale, bands’ brands

*Check out this BrandWeek article about big-brand concert sponsorship being on the rise.

*ThisIs50: 50 Cent has a social network. (Huh. And I thought he was retiring.) [mashable]

*Stereogum gets bought again? [paid content]

*The Times covers R.E.M., who’s trying to do things differently this time around (releasing their latest album on iLike, etc.), but still sounds really boring to me. Hi. I’m sorry.

*WAIT. Am I the last to know that Panic! At the Disco lost the exclamation point?!?!?!?!?1/1/1/111

Video: Chinese MC Hammer [must watch]

HOLY SHIT. Must watch. (Unless you’re his mom?)

[mefi]

Video: Okkervil River’s Black Cab Session

Big Black Car.

Video: The Musical Rumba Table

It is a table that is a drum. [uber review]

Links for 3.29.08: Anti-emos, Soulja Boy cancels, old French folkers…

*I apologize for not covering Mexico’s anti-emo riots more expansively.

*Gamers will be able to by music from Grand Theft Auto 4. Says Ars:

“When players hear a song they like, they can dial a number on their in-game cell-phone to receive a text message detailing the artist and track title. For users that sign up for the new Rockstar Games Social Club, an e-mail will then be sent with a link to a custom Amazon.com playlist which features the tracks phoned in.”

*BuzzFeed is telling me that Yelle is the French MIA, but I don’t completely know what that means. Maybe it has something to do with the colors?

*The L.A. Times apologizes to Diddy for implicating him in the shooting of Tupac in a recent article. The Smoking Gun went to the Times‘ source documents and said they looked phony, kicking off an investigation by the paper.

*BMI has recently projected that ringtone sales in the U.S. will be $510M this year, down 7% from last year. [digital music news]

*Michael Arrington brings his brand of fire and brimstone to the idea of a “music tax” that would be levied by ISPs.

*This is smart: GraphJam lets you make your own silly charts. [neatorama]

*How to Speak Hip, a comedy album from 1959 converted to digital. [laughing squid]

*Listen to the oldest recording of human voices sing French folk song “Au Clair de la Lune.”

*Soulja Boy has cancelled his U.S. tour? [xrrf]

*Off topic: Screw Kurt. I want Dr. Romanelli Converse. [joshspear]

*I am tired, but I will persevere.

Video: Some dude raps about pay-per-click

SEO meets hip-hop.

[mefi]

Video: David Garibaldi paints while “Stronger” plays

His ideas about RSS feeds may be off, but the guy runs an otherwise damn good blog.

On Language: portmanteau disease

Off music, on language: Propagated in part by blogs like BuzzFeed (who has been something of a leader in spotting symptoms of portmanteau disease), a number hybrid physical or mental conditions with one unifying theme – awesomely bullshittish portmanteaeu names – have gained a foothold in the culture of late.

Some of them: drunkorexia, sexsomnia, connectile dysfunction. I would also recommend checking out the Phobia List, though items on this list seem to be more mainstream.

Future (or currently under-reported) conditions:
*rageorexia (thinness due to rage)
*scrabies (a combination of scabies and rabies)
*drunkoholic (someone who keeps getting drunk)
*drunkomnia (inability to sleep due to drunkeness)
*portmanteau disease (urge to combine words)

Dr. Pepper tries to convince Axl to release Chinese Democracy

Chinese Democracy When? is a blog run by Dr. Pepper that is an attempt to get Axl Rose to commit to releasing the long-awaited album Chinese Democracy. And I am recommending it. [ad age]

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