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Month: January, 2009

Video: A phonograph playing soothingly

I think that’s a dog’s leg in the lower right. Which somewhat upsets the overall soothing tone. But is notable. (This is apparently The Georgians on a 1928 Columbia Viva-tonal 602.)

Links for 1.31.09: Peakniks, baby BlackBerries, “mellifluous”

*Mixed media: You know how I love mixed media. Unless you accidentally came here through some who-knows-how-relevant search terms. Check out these book covers made for films.

*Coinage: Peakniks = people who believe the best has come and gone. Peak oil, peak carbon, peak debt, peak beer…

*Toys: Your child needs a BlackBerry just as badly as you do. [rob t]

*Topography: Look over this hot dog map of West Virginia. I have never been to West Virginia. And I hate relish. HATE IT.

*Ink: Tattoos of food. FOOD. DELICIOUS, DELICIOUS FOOD. [murketing]

*Twitter: Waxy points out this Google spreadsheet of musicians on Twitter. (Most of them are very bad. I’m just saying.) Wait. Willie Nelson?

*Directory: New Yorker music writer Sasha Frere-Jones offers a directory of people on Twitter. I was unable to identify myself among them. Sad.

*Language: GOOD magazine points to the 100 most beautiful words in the English language. I was going to be pissed if mellifluous wasn’t on there. But then it was.

*Music: This generator allows you to create music from any text file. Is this utter fucking bullshit?

Video: Desperate Man Blues on Pitchfork.tv

A film on vinyl collector Edward Gillen. NOTE THAT IT STARTS WITH OLD-TIMEY VIDEO OF A PHONOGRAPH PLAYING. COINCIDENCE? (If the embed is sucking for you, click here.)

Video: Avatar-based Super Bowl commercial for Coke

Video: U2’s “Get Your Boots On” music video

I have previously mentioned my disdain for Bono, so I will refrain from doing so again.

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Video: Motion-controlled MP3 player

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Links for 1.29.09: Bob Dylan’s Super Bowl, new Sufjan tune, gold farming boom!

*Sports: A miniature football stadium made out of snack foods may be the height of American gluttony. Or the height of American GENIUS?!!? [medialoper]

*Cola: There’s a rumor going around that Bob Dylan will be pitching Pepsi with Will.i.am during the Super Bowl. I don’t know what it means, in the grand scheme of things. Probably more unemployment.

*Dudes: I don’t really know why I didn’t link earlier to the Silver Jews’ David Berman’s resignation and online Oedipal anger. But I didn’t. Now Mr. Berman comments on the music business: “The anti-major label discourse has taken focus off the weirdness of expecting musicians to follow an entrepreneur’s model. Self-aggrandizement. Postures of vanity. It all goes uncriticized.” Wait. Is he talking about me?

*Music: You can stream Sufjan Stevens’ new “You Are the Blood” here.

*Economy: I’ve linked to nearly dozens of depressing economics story by now, from unemployment news to the real estate market. I have never though, to this point, linked to an article about a World of Warcraft gold farming business (a company that deals in virtual goods) that has been purchased for $10M.

*Travel: Iron Maiden has opened a luxury hotel in London, Sanctum Soho.

*MP3 Players: Rumors of the Zune’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. Well, maybe not “greatly,” but exaggerated. There will be new models out this year.

*Twitter: MTV says bands are beginning to use Twitter to break news to their fans. Welcome. [ypulse]

*Dudes: Check out these great pics of Carrot Top and Gene Simmons hanging out. [buzzfeed]

*Fitness: If you want to fit into those skinny jeans, use Cardio for Indie Rockers. Or just smoke a lot.

Video: Dude beatboxes an electric guitar sound

Video: Stephen Colbert interviews Paul McCartney

Video: Oren Lavie’s “Her Morning Elegance”

This video will change your life. (THAT IS AN ELLIPTICAL INSIDER REFERENCE YOU WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND.)

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Links for 1.28.09: Phoenix’s rap, musical injuries and death…

*Rap: Joaquin Phoenix’s rap career was a “hoax“? Apparently, these people did not get the memo about the changing nature of the concept “real.” And by “these people,” I have no idea who I’m talking about.

*Pornography: The genre of SFW porn is on the rise. Well, if saying the F-word is still SFW. Here’s a semi-SFW porny spoof of The Office, XXX Office. [best week ever]

*Mixtapes: Muxtape returns as a site that has almost none of the functionality of the original. They retain, however, the euphonic name “Muxtape.” Weeeeee.

*Football: Ear Farm pulls together the Super Bowl thoughts and predictions of the indie music world. Because everybody wants to know Dan Deacon’s take on the big game.

*Nerdery: Star Wars goes horror with Deathtroopers. [hinto]

*Death: John Updike died. You knew that. Dozens of novels published, and his NYT obit calls him “almost blogger-like.”

*Local economy: More bad news – On Tuesday, Target and Best Buy announced layoffs (900 positions eliminated at Target HQ), piggybacking on the tens of thousands of jobs that went away on Monday. I just report this stuff people. People who are interested in musical ephemera and obscure web culture want to hear about harsh economic realities, right?

*The Annals of Medicine: Even though, as this metafilter post points out, “cello scrotum” is a hoax, it’s still fun to read about music-related injuries. “The instrument itself, as result of its composition, weight, and shape, together with the force required to play it and the prolonged and repetitive nature of practice, may lead to a host of instrument specific injuries.”

*Beards: Devendra shaved his. OH NO. It probably has something to do with the Natalie Portman break-up.

*Localish: Check out The Hold Steady on the public radio show Sound Opinions. [mfr]

Video: John Mayer is an asshole

More humor from John Mayer. Who is sometimes kind of funny. Ugh.

Video: Flight of the Conchords’ “Sugar Lumps”

Flight of the Conchords is back. Here are some “Sugar Lumps.”

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Links for 1.26.09: No jobs, John Malkovich and the rest is noise…

*Apocalypse now: More than 71,400 people were laid off in the United States today. If you’re supposed to be greedy when others are afraid, it’s time. Additionally, a colleague at the day job notes that American Express is reporting that spending among their clientele – who are far above average in wealth – has dipped 10% over last year. Consumer spending is plummeting.

*Movies: In a story on movie marketing in the New Yorker, Tad Friend quotes one studio head as saying, “If we weren’t making decisions based on marketability, John Malkovich would be in every movie. Great actor, but not someone you want to see half-naked in the sheets next to Angelina Jolie.”

I need not point out to die-hard listenerd readers than my physical likeness has often been compared to that of Mr. Malkovich, as early as THIS MONTH. GOODBYE FOREVER.

*Instruments: HOLY. I can’t say it any better than the site itself: “The bikelophone produces sounds ranging from tranquil bliss to cacophonic terror.” Oh, good? MP3s are here, but listen at your own risk. [networked music review]

*Ads: Google will stop selling ads in print next month. The program wasn’t working (and wasn’t likely to go anywhere, given the economy).

*Games: I can’t stop playing scriball, which might indicate just how retarded I’ve become. Or how willing to retreat to a land of lines and balls I am. (Don’t read too much into that.)

*Twitter: John McCain is on Twitter now. I guess? [buzzfeed]

*Prose: This sentence is perhaps the best I have read in the last month, from Gothamist, of all places: “The mysterious case of The Penistrator—an unidentified “snowfitti” vandal who’s been drawing phallic symbols on snowy cars parked in the East Village this winter—has taken a shocking, unexpected turn.” Furthermore, Haley Joel Osment is suspected to be the Penistrator.

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