the listenerd

optimized for maximum incontinence

Month: June, 2010

Video: Hüsker Dü live at First Ave, 1985

Links for 6.28.10: How to get a beer belly

*Environment: This is what The Listenerd looks like, post-oil spill. [A Cleaner Future, via Eyeteeth]

*Crafts: Apparently, the practice you will see if you click through on this link is known as thread painting, and it is amazing. BEEEEEESSS!!!!!

*Architecture: The idea of the hallway. [That one was for you, Murketing.]

*Art: Tomáš Gabzdil’s Libertiny sculpture is finished by adding…BEES!!!!!! (I love exclaiming…BEES!!!) [I’m done.] [(notcot)]

*Retail: A fine, long listicle on why your barista hates you. I long had a barista with whom I had a near-perfect understanding: I wouldn’t talk to him, he wouldn’t talk to me. I would tip him a whole dollar almost every day, he would give me free coffees regularly. Then he went into rehab. Yeah, sad story. [consumerist]

*Music: Camille Paglia on sex, jazz, androgyny and men who wear loose shorts.

*Imagery: “Postcards from Hell” – ForeignPolicy.com puts together a photo essay of images from “the world’s most failed states.” [harper’s]

*Wood: If I were still on Tumblr, I’d tumble this image. Acrylic on dead wood.

*Blogs: I didn’t even know Converse had a blog. Is The Daily Swarm doing it? It looks like a combination of Notcot and TDS. I barely see any shoes.

*Local: There will be a BEER EVENT called SURLYFEST on September 18th. Where? No idea. What? No idea. If you have never had Surly, you should find some and drink it. BEER!!!!

*Today’s links: F.

Links for 6.27.10: Summertime, and the abs are not so easily obtained

*Anatomy: Rasputin’s penis has its own Wikipedia entry. Entry. Heh. [via]

*Religion: Dudes. The Swedenborgian national convention was held here last week. Please read up on Swedenborgianism, as there is no other religion in existence (not even Zoroastrianism) that is more fun to say aloud.

*Blogging: Of the book publishing industry and bloggers – Are readers the new mommies? (I write that sentence not with relish, but with sadness.)

*Covers: Watch this video (poor in quality) of Jeff Tweedy doing a cover of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.” [vulture]

*Reading: “The Importance of Tweet Cred” from The National. The piece briefly outlines the usual Shirkian versus anti-Shirkian factions.

*Social media: If you’re still using Facebook, you may run into Neil Young. Making comments, liking statuses, and, I have to assume, poking people.

*Brands: Here’s an image of Mickey Mouse made out of bugs. It’s not as disgusting as it sounds. [neatorama]

*Cities: Is it possible to design your way toward more pleasant urban noise?

*Pride: Has everyone seen the album cover for the Scissor Sisters’ latest, “Night Work“?

*Twitter: Read these four links. Also, Mary Karr and Gary Louris are both tweeting. I guess.

*Note: I don’t really know where I’m going with the abs advice thing either.

*Today’s links: F.

Video: The Human Package

Video: John Hodgman plays the ukulele on Wits

The video quality is bad, the ukulele quality is good.

Links for 6.21.10: Links for today, abs for tomorrow.

*Social reading: Since I got hooked on the Kindle for iPhone, I’ve become obsessed with the possibilities of social reading. I won’t go too deeply into it here – mostly because everyone I mention this to looks at me like I’m crazy when I talk about wanting to read someone else’s notes in a could-be-pristine book – but this New Yorker story about hand-annotated copies of books marked up by the likes of Nabokov and Coleridge brought the fire back. You don’t want to see Ted Hughes’ notes on Sylvia Plath? Or see what of Thoureau’s prose Keroauc underlined? How about getting the commentary of the top 5 internet frenemies whose opinions you both respect and inevitably wish rhetorically firebomb? YOU ARE DOING IT WRONG. (I know. No one is ever doing it wrong.)

*Video: Hikakin is also known as The Super Mario Beatboxer. Super Mario and cats. Like half my RSS feed. You know? [urlesque]

*Sports: I am starting to like Lady Gaga MORE, not less, after her Jameson-fueled Yankee Stadium marginalia. God, that sounded dirty. And didn’t make sense.

*Eye candy: X-Rated, the most beautiful, brilliant pin-up collection you will see today. [coudal]

*Typing: John Updike’s Olympia electric 65c typewriter is for sale via Chrstie’s auction house. I have a typewriter project going right now that I will tell you about as soon as I have something worth typing.

*Songs: Leonard Cohen will be releasing a new album next year.

*Local: The iBox is a wooden box that amplifies iPad sound. And it is made in MINNESOTA. OUT OF WOOD. This conversation is over.

*Social media: What Not to Tweet (when you are an executioner). [hamburger schelper]

*Literature: Read these four tweets.

*Obits: Jose Saramago died, and VQR pulled together some snippets of his work. I liked The History of the Siege of Lisbon, thought Blindness was OK (couldn’t bring myself to watch the movie), but especially enjoyed The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis, a tale that touched on the work of another Portuguese writer I’ve long liked – Fernando Pessoa.

*Today’s links: F.

Video: Diego Stocco’s Bassoforte

A bass, a piano, a cabinet handle…

Video: Mumford and Sons’ “The Cave”

They don’t have as much beard as Fleet Foxes. You may have already noted that.

Videos: Some Ken Nordine videos

Dudes. You know I love Ken Nordine.

Scratch.

Glasses.

Bachman.

Video: Singing “Flight of the Bumblebee”

Featuring Malena Ernman and Martin Fröst. I’m frightened.

Links for 6.14.10: I am ruddy with beer and sunlight. And 1,000 ways to improve your abs.

*Music: I expect to read 1,000 articles about the vuvuzela over the next couple of weeks. Eventually, they will coalesce into a sort of buzzing noise in the background of my consciousness. That – THAT – is this instrument’s genius. As a metaphor.

*Business: Will a Google music store launch this fall? I’m a loyal patron of the Amazon MP3 store at this point, but I’d love to see more happening to push iTunes.

*Interviews: Read about how Fred Wilson of A VC got his start in tech investing. Fun fact: He wasn’t always rich.

*Drink: David Coverdale’s Whitesnake Zinfindel is probably not something that will be covered in American Drink. Or any other respectable publication. However, here I am. Again. On my own. [mktg]

*Download: This ZIP file (I know, right?) of an Orson Welles audio file – an autobiographical interview – is worth listening to, and is even worth looking up what a ZIP FILE is (or used to be). I’ve only listened to minutes, but his voice is incredible. He talks about Othello, The Magnificent Ambersons, and more.

*Movies: Do you need a video FX tutorial on how to remove a person’s soul?

*Hacks: Swing versions of some of your favorite songs (if you are a relatively old American person), including Sweet Child O’ Mine and Enter Sandman.

*Video: Watch Wally Backman get thrown out of a minor league baseball game in GRAND fashion. Outstanding meltdown, and one I truly envy. [daring fireball]

*Blogging: Maybe soon The Awl will be too big to fail? The bloggers’ blog is looking to expand.

*Today’s links: F.

Video: Olle Hemmingsson’s tractor backup band

(The tractor is ticking away, keeping the beat, in the background.)

[mefi]

Video: Dressing a 10-year-old boy in 215 pairs of underpants

OK, after setting the world record for number of pairs of underpants worn at once, the expression on this kid’s face is like that of a brutally beaten and exhausted Rocky Balboa, about to cry out for his beloved Adrian. Priceless.

But is this a good way to start a public life?? WHAT?

Video: Adam Winrich is a firewhipper

HOLY FUCKING SHIT. This guy is an extreme whipcracker.

[Chuckles]

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