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Month: June, 2008

Links for 7.1.08: Rhapsody MP3, 50 gayest songs, Jay-Z’s Brazilian wax…

*Rhapsody has launched an MP3 store. [lots of people]

*Also: HOT TOPIC is launching an MP3 store. No word yet from my grandma. [daily swarm]

*Also: The (RED) campaign will begin to sell MP3s (with proceeds going to African causes). No word yet from Bono.

*Great New York Times blurb from over the weekend: Bob Dylan is the popular musician most often cited in judicial opinion. He has the 80+ demo LOCKED.

*Warner Music Group signs on for Nokia’s Comes with Music service. [mediaeater]

*The 50 Gayest Pop Songs. Full list here, from Rhapsody. Heavy on the ABBA. [chum bucket]

*GROOMING: Jay-Z and P. Diddy both get Brazilian pubic waxes. Also, they both have letters as parts of their names. COINCIDENCE?

*Soundchaser: Using old vinyl to make rad model train tracks. Video here. [waxy]

*Make your own Elvinator robot Elvis impersonator. If you are crazy. [bb gadgets]

Video: The VocaListener – a synthesized voice

Sounds a little like a Pokemon gargling.

[mir research]

Local video: Haley Bonar performs “Green Eyed Boy”

Performed at the studios of 89.3, The Current.

Links for 6.30.08: Converse virals, dropped crotch trousers, Britney returns?

*The New Yorker attends the opening of Adam Yauch’s documentary “Gunnin’ for that #1 Spot.” This magazine story contains a lot of descriptions of text messaging.

*Handheld Shows: It’s kind of like Daytrotter. Or The Take Away Shows. Or Black Cab Sessions. But with lesser-known bands. [rawkblog]

*Local: LAist interviews former Trip Shakespeare and Semisonic singer-songwriter Dan Wilson, talking about his solo album, Free Life: “I think I’ve always aspired to write radically simple songs, using the minimum words, things normal people would say, and the fewest, simplest chords to support the music. It hasn’t always worked out that way but it’s always been in my mind to do that.” [largehearted boy]

*MTV would consider giving Britney a second chance at this year’s VMAs? Gimme?

*This will be my last Converse post. Nice viral, though. Vomit.

*Home brew music applications for the Nintendo DS. [waxy]

*Off topic: There is an article in the New York Times Sunday Styles section about “dropped crotch” trousers that I am unable to find online. Suffice it to say that I like the idea of “dropped crotch” trousers.

Video: Pomplamoose’s “Pas Encore” VideoSong

A VideoSong is a medium with two rules:

1. What you see is what you hear (no lip-syncing for instruments or voice).
2. If you hear it, at some point you see it (no hidden sounds).

Video: The Time Harp

This is a machine that sounds like Darth Vader gargling.

[crunchgear]

Video: Amy Winehouse hits Glastonbury audience member

Video: Jay-Z covers Oasis’ “Wonderwall” at Glastonbury

[twitter]

Links for 6.29.08: Beck tunes, bad rap names, Craig Finn’s old…

*An open letter from Sasha Frere-Jones to Kanye West. I like Mr. Jones’ magazine articles better than his twitters.

*The Whitburn Project: View a cloud of the top 100 words used in the 37,000 songs that have been on the Billboard charts. Tops: Love.

*EMI is suing Hi5, VideoEgg and other companies (to be named) for copyright infringement.

*Beck has put two new songs from his “Modern Guilt” album on his MySpace page. [absolutepunk]

*Aquarium Drunkard interviews Craig Finn of The Hold Steady: “The record’s really about aging gracefully and I keep coming back to that because rock ‘n’ roll is a tough business to age gracefully in. It’s tough being thirty-six and doing it for a living, and wanting to be an adult and a respectable person who’s able to communicate with other people in other parts of society and not just be rock ‘n’ roll all the time, you know?” This is the part where I remind all of you that I am bald. [rawkblog]

*Read: The Guardian’s love letter to Leonard Cohen.

*The 25 Worst Rap Names: Uncle Murda, Matlock…weird that DJ Jazzy Jeff has been once again snubbed?

Off topic video: St. Paul smokestack demolished

[via]

Video: The AirPiano – a no-touch keyboard

More info on the infinitely soothing AirPiano here.
[laughing squid]

Mashup review: Girl Talk’s “Feed the Animals”

Read: A mashup review of Girl Talk’s “Feed the Animals” made from the scraps of other reviews written around the web. Linked version first; unlinked version (far more readable) below. Yes, this is a gimmick. And yes, I only wrote two words of it. And one comma.

***

The element of surprise is gone from the mash-up. Still, Girl Talk, a one-man mash-up mania hailing from Pittsburgh, puts together a mean sampling album – the most recent, Feed the Animals, was released over the weekend on his website.

It’s a typically colorful, animated collection of seamlessly layered samples, with few pretensions to high art: This is a party album through and through, a place where classic rock riffs (Spencer Davis Group, the Guess Who) groove underneath contemporary rap hits and ’80s pop cheese. But Gillis makes some samples sound like brand-new music with a more complicated message: One striking sequence on “Play Your Part (Pt. One)” pairs “Hunger Strike,” Temple of the Dog’s shout-out to poor folks, with Ludacris’ cash-celebrating “What’s Your Fantasy.”

The record’s pacing is astonishing– with more than 150 sample sources (all thanked in the liner notes), it ricochets from Top 40 hits to obscure gems and back again like a cool breeze, clocking in at less than 42 minutes. There is a moment—and I do mean a moment—on Feed the Animals when Jay-Z’s “Roc Boys” is mashed up with Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” and two of my all-time favorite artists share the room in a geek-out moment to end all.

Attempting to explain Feed The Animals and identify what succeeds or fails with the set can’t be done on the level of an album in its entirety, it’s hard to even approach each track on an individual basis considering what they are. The real fun of Feed the Animals is the act of recognition, so I won’t say much more, except this—Girl Talk’s Feed The Animals makes a great car washing soundtrack.

Unlinked version (see above for attribution):
The element of surprise is gone from the mash-up. Still, Girl Talk, a one-man mash-up mania hailing from Pittsburgh, puts together a mean sampling album – the most recent, Feed the Animals, was released over the weekend on his website.

It’s a typically colorful, animated collection of seamlessly layered samples, with few pretensions to high art: This is a party album through and through, a place where classic rock riffs (Spencer Davis Group, the Guess Who) groove underneath contemporary rap hits and ’80s pop cheese. But Gillis makes some samples sound like brand-new music with a more complicated message: One striking sequence on “Play Your Part (Pt. One)” pairs “Hunger Strike,” Temple of the Dog’s shout-out to poor folks, with Ludacris’ cash-celebrating “What’s Your Fantasy.”

The record’s pacing is astonishing– with more than 150 sample sources (all thanked in the liner notes), it ricochets from Top 40 hits to obscure gems and back again like a cool breeze, clocking in at less than 42 minutes. There is a moment—and I do mean a moment—on Feed the Animals when Jay-Z’s “Roc Boys” is mashed up with Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” and two of my all-time favorite artists share the room in a geek-out moment to end all.

Attempting to explain Feed The Animals and identify what succeeds or fails with the set can’t be done on the level of an album in its entirety, it’s hard to even approach each track on an individual basis considering what they are. The real fun of Feed the Animals is the act of recognition, so I won’t say much more, except this—Girl Talk’s Feed The Animals makes a great car washing soundtrack.

Links for 6.28.08: No long tail, Waits’ honor, Madonna’s divorce…

*Madonna’s talking to divorce lawyers.

*The Long Tail: The Harvard Business Review hates it. Also: don’t you dare consider less prestigious universities as your information source. First, second, or forget about it. [dailyswarm + spincity]

*Microsoft is giving Zunes to students in exchange for their usage data. Information = currency. [wiredset]

*Tom Waits has been given the key to the city of El Paso. What will he do with it? [medialoper]

*Conde Nast might be buying Rolling Stone! I just recently learned that some Rolling Stone staffers know how to use the World Wide Web. [huffpo]

*Touring bands can find a place to crash (with their fans) on Better Than the Van. [listening post]

*Beck has launched a website in support of his new album, “Modern Guilt.” Also: Scientology. [indieblogheaven]

*Twitter for Musicians: The Complete Guide. AVOID. [twitter]

*Michel Gondry’s 25 Favorite Music Videos. The most recently created video is R. Kelly’s “Trapped in the Closet” – I have to agree with that. I have been linking to Universal Music Group a lot lately. And for that I feel shame.

*iDial video: Give your iPhone rotary phone functionality.

*Off topic: Cartier has a MySpace page. [ypulse]

*Redacted: Off topic.

Links for 6.27.08: Gene Simmons speaks, dumpsters down, Girl Talk revealed…

*Medialoper: Why Kanye West Is Such an Asshole. On a separate note, Esquire says we are living “In the Age of the Asshole.”

*Read: Portfolio has a lengthy interview with Gene Simmons. “I don’t even have to wipe my ass if I don’t want to.” [huffpo]

*Seen everywhere: Some video of Girl Talk walking through “Feed the Animals,” track by track.

*Charge your phone through the power of dance. Have written about people trying to capture kinetic energy like this many times for the day job. [neatorama]

*I will probably not be using music search engine Jogli in much the same way I already don’t use SeeqPod, Songza and MeeMix. [techcrunch]

*Radiohead releases some “In Rainbows” videos through iTunes. [the set list]

*Viral marketing: From Converse. Chucks in Soda. [pop candy]

*On language: A lovely letter to the editor written to a most execrable publication. “I’ve looked into the issue of whether “dumpster” should be capitalized, and this is what I’ve found. Though apparently a brand name at one time, the word has slipped into common usage and no corporate entity appears to be making any effort at trademark protection. This has been the situation for a couple of decades. In fact, I’ve long refused to capitalize the word in my writings except for the beginning of a sentence, titles, or rants about ‘the Dumpsters of Our Lord God.’” [curmudgeonette]

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