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Links for 7.29.09: Prince, Van Morrison, Phish

*Words: Being a linguistic examination of a Van Morrison rant filled with swear words. Related: Go fuck yourself. [mefi]

*Comics: Sally Forth meets Thomas Pynchon. I met Thomas Pynchon once. And have the aphasia to prove it. [harper's]

*Local: Was Purple Rain the high-water mark of Twin Cities music? I saw Prince play at the Mill City Music Festival once. Then I got extraordinarily drunk and danced on 1st Avenue. Remind me not to describe that in detail to anyone. Ever. [daily swarm]

*Music: I started a LinkedIn group called Professionals for Clarity, Levity and Brevity once. This Mashable article about music and social media would in no way qualify for inclusion in our holy bible. And I have high tolerance.

*Headlines: Love this headline re: Wired’s Chris Anderson – Chris Anderson Less Intellectually Curious Than George W. Bush [spincity]

*Furniture: Cassette lamps. Where’s the 8-track footstool? See what I did there? Hated myself. Intensely. [coudal]

*TV: I am currently watching a television program that’s telling me that Michael Jackson was addicted to eBay. But I can’t imagine him using a computer with any proficiency. He used IE, right?

Links for 7.26.09: Piracy! Charley Harper! Pushbutton! Writing through!

*Business: The New York Times looks at how streaming music is changing the pay / piracy equation. Can Spotify and Pandora cause people to steal less?

*Video: Watch the Tron Legacy trailer. The bicycles remind me of the Apple IIe game Viper. I think.

*Craft: Handpainted Charley Harper needlepoint patterns. One of them costs $350 bucks. I don’t have $350 to spend on needlepoint. FYI.

*Technology: Sort of in line with the death of RSS feeds discussion is Anil Dash’s post on what he calls “The Pushbutton Web.”

*Reading: Of these 61 Essential Post-Modern Reads, I have read nine. Illiteracy wins! Illiteracy wins again! [harper's]

*Local: You can watch this video of former Minneapolites The Hold Steady performing “Sequestered in Memphis.” Sequestered. Funny word. Also: glittery.

*Thrashing: This was linked to by one of the big blogs, but still, hard not to link to a set of Miles Davis skateboards. [bb]

*More video: Wired editor Chris Anderson talks more about “Free” on Charlie Rose. I don’t know how you can call yourself a writer or editor and embrace the idea of “writing through“. Write it or don’t write it. But don’t write through it. [psfk]

On concerts and context, indie music style

Many years ago (maybe 2005) for the day job, we wrote about the Burn to Shine DVDs, a series of concerts held in homes that had been abandoned and designated for demolition. A few things felt interesting about the story at the time – 1) The fact that bands were being taken out of their typical music venues and put on display in a wholly different context. 2) The idea of scarcity (currently a hot topic once again, as seen by the Gladwell vs. Chris Anderson debates) – in this case, a fact heightened rhetorically; these concerts were not only one-shot deals in offbeat locales, but they were being recorded in buildings that would soon be destroyed.

Since then, a number of music and pop-culture sites have sprung up around the idea. They invite indie bands-of-the-moment to perform a song or two in a strange setting, then put the mini-concert resultant videos online. (Daytrotter was an early example of a channel that amped up the rarity factor, but did little to change traditional context.)

The most prominent example of sites peddling unique live performances – of taking bands out of context – and putting them online might still be a Take Away Show with the Arcade Fire from 2007. (Another notable example is Brian Wilson’s Black Cab Session. Here’s Bon Iver’s Black Cab Session.)

Here are some additional channels who have, over the past few years, recorded video of live performances in unique venues – in parks, on elevators, in graveyards, in cabs careering across town – thus creating an event that is unique in its context and also wholly one-of-a-kind – then posted them online:

-Take Away Shows
-Off the Beaten Tracks
-Black Cab Sessions
-Handheld Shows
-They Shoot Music, Don’t They?
-Laundromatinee
-Pitchfork’s performance series- I’m still not sure what the overall series is called (if anything); Pitchfork has done one called Cemetery Gates and one called Daytripping (and they’re shunting me to the main page right now for some reason)
-(I’m sure I missed a few?)

Everyone already knows that the internet is a copy machine. But what channels like the ones above try to take advantage of the fact that we also live in an era of broader access along the – hold your nose for this – entire entertainment supply chain. It’s important that MP3s can be infinitely copied. But increased access to musicians through multiple media is a shift, as well – and it’s one that creates all kinds of opportunity.

Like inviting indie bands over to play their most pop-friendly songs in your apartment’s elevator, and then publishing the results for an audience of hundreds of thousands.

Links for 6.23.09: Gay Warcraft, free prose, Bogan’s poetry, sexy execs…

*Books: Just how free? The Virginia Quarterly finds that Wired’s Chris Anderson pulled a bunch of his verbiage from Wikipedia and other sources without attribution. Jacob Silverman (in the comments): “Those who are at the vanguard of online media, who are trying to fashion new ways of assessing intellectual property, like Anderson, have a special responsibility to act ethically and responsibly. It seems he did not.” Anderson offers a response, and has a lot of defenders in the comments.

*Concerts: Pitchfork does the Take Away Shows thing – a thing which is now a gimmick, but is a gimmick that I still love – with Cemetery Gates, a concert series set in a graveyard chapel.

*Criticism: Sexy Executives is a blog that critiques executive head shots. “Looks weak. You’d quite happily talk over any points he tried to raise at the weekly Monday morning strategy meet.”

*Games: It’s Gay Pride Week on the Proudmoore Server in World of Warcraft. This is the kind of phenomenon that delights me in its cultural twists and turns.

*Gloom: The Failed States Index will sober your ass up pretty fast. One Silver Lining: Australia is looking pretty stable. Kinda? [mefi]

*Obit: The cause of Wilco’s Jay Bennett’s death was an overdose of pain killers. It’s being investigated as an accident. [the daily swarm]

*Poetry: WHO COULD HAVE WRITTEN THIS FABULOUS EXAMINATION OF THE LOUISE BOGAN POEM “A TALE”??

*Twitter: Five tweets to read now.

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