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Month: August, 2008

Video: Remix of “Kokiriko Bushi”

Buzzfeed points to this remix of “Japan’s oldest song,” Kokiriko Bushi.

There are skeletons.

Beef follow up: Maybe Soulja Boy was right

In this week’s (September 1) New Yorker, artist Kehinde Wiley comments that Ice-T was the most difficult subject he ever had sit for him. “He had the most shocking level of ego and excess. It was me inviting these celebrities to be who they wanted to be, and he goes straight for a portrait of Napoleon. He was, like, ‘If anyone deserves to be Napoleon, it’s me. I’m the father of gangster rap.’ So he crowned himself.”

Also, here is a slide show of Mr. Wiley’s work, though it does not include his painting of Ice-T.

Video: Circuit bent Furby = Furby Gurdy

You can read more here on this creepy creation, if the spirit moves you.

Links for 8.30.08: Metallica ages, criticism busts, more music crowdsourcing

*Play: JavaScript Rock Star. (Personally, I can no longer see a blue dot without thinking about David Cross. Or Brett Ratner.) [tobs]

*Criticism: What is the future of the music critic? (Is it 160 characters?) [largehearted boy]

*Juxtaposition: The New York Times reflects on the occasion of Trent Reznor playing at the Izod Center. Guys: Everyone is getting old.

*Crowdsourcing: Bandstocks allows fans to invest in bands, funding production of their music. One of a host of services aimed at crowdsourcing all aspects of the music biz, from A&R to distribution. [chasing lions]

*Elecs: The wristband MP3 player. (Oh, and it has GPS, too.) [crave]

*Metal: The Times follows Metallica to Romania, talks about how old they are and offers some clips from their latest album, “Death Magnetic.”

*Politics: Daddy Yankee will be kicking off the RNC on Monday, and has officially endorsed John McCain as his presidential pick.

Notes on Republican National Convention music

Execrable local newspaper the Star Tribune highlights some live music that’ll be playing in and around the Twin Cities during the Republican National Convention. See especially the Take Back Labor Day concert at Harriet Island, which features populism-pimping acts such as Steve Earle, Atmosphere, and The Pharcyde.

Furthermore: Said paper does a Q&A with Spearhead’s Michael Franti, who says, “I want to share my music with Republicans, Democrats, black, white, anyone who wants to hear what I have to say.”

1) Did the Strib really need to cut this interview into multiple pages? They didn’t. And it was a bad decision to do so.

2) I once did security at a Spearhead concert. I was positioned directly in front of the stage, and before the concert started, some sage old stagehand gave me this piece of advice: “If the crowd surges, go over the stage or go under the stage. Don’t try to hold them back.” And that advice is as relevant now, to the Star Tribune, as it was back in the day, to me.

Additionally (and as mentioned previously), on September 2 at the Fitzgerald Theater, the ProVention Concert will feature a lot of local and quasi-local musicians singing for Peace, the Planet and some other “P” I can’t remember. Acts include The Honeydogs, Haley Bonar, and Dan Wilson.

Links for 8.29.08: Fuck That Band, Dylan’s harmonica, Guitar Hero movie?

*Law: Former Guns ‘N Roses’ guitarist Slash comments on the arrest of the guy who leaked some songs from “Chinese Democracy”: “I hope he rots in jail.” Ouch. [pee-fork]

*Videogames: Is there a Brett Ratner Guitar Hero movie in the works? If so, David Cross seems like a shoe-in to play the blue button. (I have no real idea what that even means.)

*Video: The IFC has recorded some discussions about the state of independent music in 2008; included among commentators are that nice lady from Idolator. And some other people. [more at IFC]

*Anger management: FuckThatBand.com. A music community for the haters. [metalsucks]

*Harmonica news: Bob Dylan has a line of Hohner harmonicas coming out.

*Off topic: Combining many of my favorite things, including facial hair, grooming and jewelry is the Mustache Comb Necklace. Also Mustache Comb Necklace is like the definition of word salad. [uncrate]

*Embarrassed and annoyed: OK, I was trying to read this one site (here often referred to as “Universal Music Group,” elsewhere referred to as “Stereogum”) at a Caribou Coffee in my neighborhood. (Yes, I still read Stereogum sometimes and I occasionally work from chain coffee stores.) Anyway, turns out Stereogum is totally dirty, I guess, because I got blocked.

Instruments: An ice didgeridoo (also, a sound suit)

I have written (briefly) about the didgeridoo massages (including BRAIN massages) offered at Minneapolis’ Mill City Farmer’s Market previously. Now, this wonderful blog post, which tells the tale of how one man created a didgeridoo out of ice in the Antarctic, comes to my attention.

See also on the Odd Instrument blog:

Nick Cave’s “Art in Motion,” – sound suits in action. Some of these people look like Big Bird. Others look like guys with chandeliers on their heads. Great times. Great suits.

[mefi]

Video: Astrobiology rap

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Links for 8.28.08: Jam Legend, Cherp, breastcasting…

*Webcasting: Radiohead will be webcasting a show live from Santa Monica tonight, at 8:30 Central time. They are competing with Barack, people. How are we supposed to find resolution here? [pop candy]

*Videogames: JamLegend takes the Guitar Hero phenomenon online. (Their site was offline when I tried to visit. Funny. I guess.) [techcrunch]

*The Brett Favre of Musicians: Entertainment Weekly interviews M.I.A.: “I was quite happy to just leave it all behind. I was happy with what I had achieved. Now, with the success of ‘Paper Planes,’ there’s pull for me to make another record.” [music slut]

*Obit: It seems like every day this summer you see a new music-related obit. This time it’s for a guy who isn’t even dead. Bloomberg accidentally runs Steve Jobs’ obituary.

*Ideas: The Futility of Flogging Music, by Music Think Tank. I guess I thought flogging meant something else. Which is why I clicked in in the first place. [largehearted boy]

*Music biz: MuSick in the Head (and ReadWriteWeb) muses on iTunes prospects of joining the cloud. “The potential notion of Subscription + Cloud + iPhone + Taste Networking = pretty compelling proposition.”

*Breastcasting: Katy Perry gets a cast made out of her breasts. And, I take it, she liked it. [buzzfeed]

*Mashups: Atmosphere vs. Silversun Pickups [mfr]

*Marketing services: Cherp is a marketing services agency that helps corporations optimize their presence on Twitter. Here’s what you need to know: Be a living, breathing human person with faults, aspirations and ideas. Use twitter. Don’t be a prick. Goodbye. [mashable]

Video: Tay Zonday sings “Kumbaya” (creepy)

I am literally trembling with fear.

Video: Arnel Pineda and Journey do “Faithfully” live

From Monday night in Saratoga, NY. This is not Steve Perry. It is a 40-year-old dude from the Philippines.

Video: The Walkmen’s “In the New Year”

Links for 8.27.08: Jay vs. Noel, Okkervil YouTube and SMOKING…

*Music videos: If you want more Okkervil River music videos like Bon Iver’s cover of “Blue Tulips,” you should probably subscribe to the band’s YouTube channel. [filter]

*Mashups: Jay-Z vs. Oasis again; this time in the form of a mashup (by Cookin’ Soul), rather than a beef. Personally, I enjoy beef. [listening post]

*Concerts: Greg Gillis of Girl Talk says “I’m waiting for someone to 69 on stage.” Also, he says a lot of other stuff.

*Interviews: Paste magazine interviews Calexico: The band really digs Cormac McCarthy. [music slut]

*Obit: Steve Foley, the drummer for the Replacements, died this weekend of an accidental prescription pill overdose at the age of 49. [rolling stone]

*Guns: Read an excerpt from “Watch You Bleed: The Saga of Guns N’ Roses.” [fimoculous] Also: The dude who leaked those Chinese Democracy songs has been arrested. At the behest of Dr. Pepper’s lawyers?

*Religion: Guitar Praise is like Guitar Hero, but with Jesus. And, probably, Moses. [best week ever]

*P2P: The legit wing of the LimeWire store is expanding; they’ve added The Orchard’s music catalog. [hypebot]

*Smoking: I don’t know why you would want to have a pack of cigarettes stuck to the side of your head, but if you would, you can buy a telephone headset that looks like an open pack of heaters. And then you can wear it. [shinyshiny]

Video: The Hold Steady plays “Stay Positive” on Conan

Extra spazzy!

[mfr]

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