*More rumors about a cheaper, scaled down iPhone by the end of the year.
*In NOMINATIONS: Justin Timberlake’s SNL tune “Dick in a Box” and Prince’s super-phallic Super Bowl halftime show both nominated for Emmy’s.
*In LISTS: 10 landmark albums that made indie rock (includes local boys Husker Du at #3). [via] 11 Mercury Prize top album nominess you can listen to now; no waiting (includes, Klaxons, Amy Winehouse). 25 top rock rumors (including Paul is dead and Gene Simmons had a cow tongue transplant). 25 heroin-inspired songs (including the Velvet Underground’s “Heroin” (huh!) and Nirvana’s “Dumb.”
*More online music tripping: Osiris mashes up tagged photos, music and lyrics to make you feel like you’re super high when listening to music.
*Brian Williams pretends to like Interpol and Cat Power. [via]
*Band vs. Fan:
-Usher sues to get control of the Usherforever URL.
-Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses compares amateur photography to skateboarding (?).
“You see it getting progressively worse. It’s almost like the skateboarding community, where everyone’s a fucking photographer now. You look at shots, and it’s hard to keep the photographers out of the shot, you know? It kind of seems like the same thing with indie rock; everyone’s got a fucking camera in their hand and, I don’t know, is there no sanctity left for live performance with going to a show and seeing it with your own eyes and remembering it?”
Also: video. Also: The new Band of Horses album will be called Cease to Begin.
Also: Ben Bridwell has a wicked huge beard. [via]
*Revenge of Revenge of the Bookeaters: Grizzly Bear, Feist, Sarah Vowell in NYC in August.