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Links for 4.18.08: Wuchess, the nerdic language, Iverson’s Zune

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*Tomorrow is Record Store Day. I only buy records from garage sales, but that’s my problem.

*There will be a special edition Allen Iverson Zune. I guess they are still cranking them out. [crave]

*Def Leppard’s latest single will debut via Guitar Hero III. I guess they are still cranking them out.

*Akon has been exaggerating his arrest record. In reality, he has only been convicted of ONE felony. ONE.

*RZA (formerly of the Wu-Tang Clan) is launching Wuchess, a network that lets chess enthusiasts battle each other head-to-head online. [billboard]

*Nerdic: SUPPOSEDLY the fastest growing language in the world. W00t? [textually]

*Sort of off-topic: Zappos, one of the world’s greatest retailers (primarily of shoes), will begin selling consumer electronics. [boing boing gadgets]

*Henceforth, just as Paper Thin Walls is always referenced as [Getty Images] on the listenerd, Stereogum and Idolator will be identified as (some form of) [Universal Music Group]. This is the sort of faux-cleverness I dislike in others, but cannot help but indulge in myself. Thank you.

*Tech: I have a twine account now. I don’t know what to do with it. In the least. (I am username: joshkimball on twine.) Thank you.

OK GO brings the bons mots re: Net Neutrality

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OK, does OK GO’s editorial on Net Neutrality from today’s New York Times mean I have to start liking them? Even on some level? Because I’m not crazy about the idea.


“OK Go, has been among the first to find real success on the Internet — our songs and videos have been streamed and downloaded hundreds of millions of times (orders of magnitude above our CD sales) — so the committee thought I’d make a decent spokesman for up-and-coming musicians in this new era of digital pandemonium.

I’m flattered, of course, but it makes you wonder if Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner sit around arguing who was listening to Vampire Weekend first.”

Written by Josh Kimball

April 6, 2008 at 7:43 pm

Links for 2.18.08: Lots of records, Bon Iver’s blog, public tv sucks…

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*The oft-blogged best record collection in the world is on sale on eBay for $3M. Really? Wouldn’t like 4 days straight on Limewire get you pretty close?

*Music :: clothing / kanye :: sneakers / cansei dei ser sexy :: hoodies [joshspear]

*Mike Doughty: Sort of a DIY Take Away Shows. [so much silence]

*Maybe you should read Bon Iver’s blog.

*Aerosmith is doing its own version of Guitar Hero. [yahoo news via hypebot]

*American Idol performances will now be available for purchase on iTunes – they can be set to be automatically downloaded the day after a show airs. They’ll cost $2. I would recommend putting them on YouTube instead. But that’s me. [ilounge]

*The New York Times on the relative success of public radio and the decline of public television. Doesn’t even address pub rad rock stations like The Current.

Links for 9.30.07: Bourdain, the iphone sucks, and reality for old people

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*MAKE takes on music: How to make a mellotron out of walkmans (not walkmen?).

*Local: Tryouts for a music reality show come to Minneapolis. 40+ rockers (of whom we are not wanting) can audition for READY 2 ROCK (caps theirs), a forthcoming making-of-the-band kinda reality program. See Metblog Mpls for details.

*Gizmodo: The iPhone sucks. Also: are iPods creating a crime wave in New York?

*Anthony Bourdain in Spin on music in 1977. (Bourdain is speaking at a company gig in 2 weeks.) [via Fimoculous]

*The Times asks if Facebook is worth $10B.

*Microsoft files a patent for a system for the Zune to automatically deliver content to a listening device based on past actions and pre-set preferences. [ZDnet via Engadget]

Written by Josh Kimball

September 30, 2007 at 7:52 am

Links for 9.23.07: p2p hate, rad Cuban posters, Janet Reno, manbags +

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*The Pirate Bay is bringing charges against a number of Hollywood companies that employed hackers and spammers to try to bring them down. [Threat Level]

*AirDrives earphones are designed to let you hear what’s going on around you. I have long wanted a pair of sound-boosting headphones that would amp my hearing for better surreptitious snooping of others’ conversations at the office. [Popgadget]

*Germany is banning the copying of CDs. [Variety via Future of Music Coalition]

*New words for the upcoming edition of the Oxford English Dictionary: Amy Winehouse, manbag and carbon neutral. [Independent via Medialoper]

*Also via Medialoper: eMusic interviews JANET RENO.

*What do the hipster parenting blog Babble and the band Fountains of Wayne have to talk about? Stacy’s Mom, of course.

*EVERYONE: Cuban Posters. I especially like this one. From the blogger behind the Soviet poster blog AND this unusual musical instrument site.

Written by Josh Kimball

September 23, 2007 at 1:46 am

Links for 9.21.07: Fan club cheaters, rap tv, the future of an industry +

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*From the Future of Music Policy Summit, Ars Technica reports that licensing music is a pain in the ass.

*Stereogum has launched mp3 page.

*Even though I hate the Freakonomics blog, I’m linking to them (cuz I’m the bigger man?): Read their post on the future of the music industry. Lots of interesting comments.

*The WSJ reports on a concert tix controversy: Fan club members (who get special ticket treatment) are (and have long been) selling codes that allow buyers to get tickets early to non-members via eBay.

*DMC posts his commentary on MTV’s epic Celebrity Rap Superstar battle: “Sebastian [Bach] is good, he is Hip Hop!” The state of the genre.

*Timbaland will be making a guest appearance on One Life to Live. I guess hip-hop is doing alright after all.

*The local. Doomdrips: A poster series with its own blog.

*Widgets: Gruvr is another site (now with a widget!) that maps upcoming concerts in your area. Effing widgets. [Mashable]

Written by Josh Kimball

September 21, 2007 at 6:40 am

Links for 9.20.07: Fergie’s earwear, the new DRM, black mead +

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*Slacker finalizes licensing agreements with EMI, Warner, Universal. [Digital Music News]

*Hype Machine asks its users how they discover music. The results here (spoiler: still editorial!). [hypebot] Related: Mashable’s 50 links for discovering music.

*Remember that idea about scraping legit content (like youtube vids…well, some YouTube music videos) in order to to get around licensing hassles? FIQL’s doing it now, too. (Is that pronounced “fecal?”)

Says TechCrunch: “They figured out a brilliant, if somewhat obvious, end-around to copyright laws that restrict them from playing music outright: music videos hosted on third party video sites like YouTube.”

*eMusic Remote helps users manage tracks. Good enough, but I’ve said it before: Ownership is the new DRM. Managing and storing files sucks.

*Gadget watch: Fergie’s wearing a new Bluetooth headset in her “Big Girl’s Don’t Cry” video. Heh. [Geek Sugar]

*Yeah, Chris Crocker signed a TV deal. Seth Green has to be pissed.

*Reminder: Don’t drink black mead if you have any choice in the matter.

Written by Josh Kimball

September 20, 2007 at 6:46 am

Links for 9.18.07: Radiohead mp3s, Bono sucks, hot record sleeves + more

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*Radiohead’s selling their albums in Mp3 format, but not through iTunes. Albums available at 7digital. [Listening Post] There’s still little clear data on how DRM-free is playing out for labels.

*Bono makes Radar’s Overrated Hall of Fame. YES.

*Create promote and sell (via widget!) your own digital mixtapes with Mixaloo. [Mashable]

*Check out these gorgeous record sleeves. Please. [Josh Spear]

*Demand-based pricing comes to ringtones, courtesy of Amie Street. [Listening Post]

*Ten Things That Probably Stressed Out Meg White [Stereogum]

*Willie Nelson is going to start writing songs for Jessica Simpson. [MusicFilter]

*You don’t have to pay to read Maureen Dowd anymore. Well, not money at least.

Written by Josh Kimball

September 18, 2007 at 7:30 am

Links plus ultra: SpiralFrog, Bridwell’s beard, wusses + more

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*Free, ad-supported music service SpiralFrog finally launches, after much pain. [AdAge]

*LAist once again brings the hate down on BEARDS. This time, surly, camera-hating, Wal-mart loving Band of Horses front man Ben Bridwell is the target of their ill-placed ire.

*Blender calls out music’s 25 Biggest Wusses. I don’t know, man. Natalie Merchant seems kind of grimly tough.

*Concerts in Second Life suck. Especially if you have to sit through a set by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

Written by Josh Kimball

September 17, 2007 at 9:49 am

Links for 9.17.07: Carbon offsetting, the Zwinky economy + more

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*A Guardian blog comments on carbon offsetting as an option for touring bands who want to be eco-friendly. There’s also the biodiesel bus option. Or just stay home.

*Zwinky has been kicking ass. They have 4.6 million active users, and the kiddie gaming environment has just introduced Zbucks, virtual currency that players can buy with real money. Also, strangely enough, despite only ONE previous mention on this site, a ton of people searching for Zwinky stuff get sent here. Maybe it’s just poor pre-teen search skills? [TechCrunch]

*eMusic is pushing into audiobooks.

*The Future of Music Policy Summit starts today in Washington, DC.

*Why is this still just a concept? The CD playing sneaker. [Crave]

*For your dining pleasure: Flight of the Conchords lasagna. [Pop Candy]

*Kanye leads 50. Chesney takes up the rear.

Written by Josh Kimball

September 17, 2007 at 6:16 am

Links for 9.16.07: lost hip-hop, found love songs, fakesters + more

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*Mashable offers up the 20 best music applications for Facebook.

*The New York Times tells the story of Top Shelf 8/8/88, a long-lost 1980s hip-hop tape that is either real or fake. [Daily Swarm]

*Hublog lets users explore and compare musical artists’ relative popularity in different countries, infographic style. [mediaeater]

*The ultimate Magnetic Fields “69 Love Songs” online companion. [largehearted boy]

*Online Fandom on fakesters and Facebook.

*Is MTV working on its own social network? It seems like a lot of social networks exist (and that I have an empty husk of an account on 90% of them.)

Written by Josh Kimball

September 16, 2007 at 1:05 pm

Links for 9.15.07: the iPod sucks (x2), Danzig on books, Mansinthe + more

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*Apple doesn’t want anyone else playing on their iPods – cuts off Linux users. [Techmeme]

*Another way to digitally capture music now on cassettes and vinyl. [Shiny Shiny]

*Glenn Danzig talks about his book collection! Second only to the Glenn Danzig knockout in the Danzig video pantheon.

*Marilyn Manson has his own brand of absinthe, Mansinthe. [Stereogum]

*Cringely: the iPod sucks. Also, Google’s NEW plan for world domination via the 700-MHz auction.

Written by Josh Kimball

September 15, 2007 at 7:59 am

Links for 9.14.07: Ringtone hate, Wal-mart hate, Prince hate, FotC LOLz + more

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*Band of Horses licenses songs to Wal-Mart and Ford.

Ben Bridwell: “My personal stance is that once that music is recorded and released to the world then I don’t really care where it goes. “The Funeral” has been licensed to death (ha, wretch) at this point and if somebody wants to throw down some duckets for it, then feel free. It also beats the hell out of stealing batteries from Wal-Mart to sell them back for 8 bucks.” Also, what a BEARD on that dude.

*Both David Pogue and Daring Fireball continue the Apple ringtone (and ringtone in general) hate.

*Social, mobile music company Mercora has become Social.FM. [Crave]

*CubeVoice: Twitter for stuff that’s even more boring than the stuff you write on Twitter. [Mashable]

*Flight of the Conchords brings the LOLz to its advertising campaign.

*The start-up story. The verdict: ff you’re a music company, hire a music-obsessed team. [GigaOm]

*Prince is suing YouTube.

*Eleven reasons why Manu Chao is global pop’s most important star. 1) My 7-month-old loves “Bongo Bong.” The other 10 are here. [Largehearted Boy]

*Queens of the Stone Age (clad in Christmas sweaters) will be appearing on an upcoming Anthony Bourdain special. Bourdain’s the speaker at a thing the day job has going next month. [Peefork]

Written by Josh Kimball

September 14, 2007 at 7:16 am

Links for 9.13.07: VMA tweets, Amazon music store, the games biz explosion + more

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*The Wall Street Journal ponders the question of if tech-limited sound quality is holding the music biz back. (No.)

*The new Amazon music download store is now apparently only waiting on Bezos. (Bezos: “Needs more orange!”) [Mashable]

*The $4B online games business is projected to triple over the next five years. [mediaeater]

*Shots Ring Out does a kick-ass analysis of MTV’s attempt to Twitter the VMAs. Yuuuaa! [notes]

*Attention: September 23 is Celebrate Bisexuality Day in Second Life. Insert quip here.

*A Honolulu orchestra will be performing the music from the television show Lost on September 22, one day before Second Life Celebrate Bisexuality Day. [Pop Candy]

*Craig Finn (who you may know from the Hold Steady) will be teaching Boston College students how to rock at a “Master Class” on September 25, just two days after Second Life Celebrate Bisexuality Day.

*Million Dollar Pubes - pay $200 for one hair’s-worth of lazer treatement (plus an ad on her page) for a young lady in need. Not very tasteful! [Shiny Shiny]

Written by Josh Kimball

September 13, 2007 at 7:14 am