James Brown pitches miso soup in The Galloping Gourmet's kitchen

James Brown hawks Nissin Miso Soup in a TV kitchen that BB pal Jim Leftwich noticed is a close reproduction of Graham Kerr's The Galloping Gourmet set from the 1970s!

Pop songs as sonnets


Pop Sonnets is a tumblr that turns pop music into Shakespearean sonnets: above, YMCA ("Oh sweet and noble lad, be not aggrieved!").

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Glimpses: amazing audiobook of one of the all-time-great rock-n-roll novels

Cory Doctorow rates Lewis Shiner’s haunting Glimpses as one of the all-time great rock-n-roll novels, right up there with George RR Martin’s stupendous Armageddon Rag. It’s now available as an audiobook, and he’s delighted.

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Ian MacKaye (Fugazi, Minor Threat) and photographer Glen E. Friedman on the images in 'My Rules'

Photographer Glen E. Friedman has a new book out in September, 'My Rules,' which represents some 30 years and 7 pounds of gorgeous hardcore, hiphop, and skateboarding history. He got together with his old friend Ian MacKaye at Dischord House just outside of Washington D.C. to discuss some of the photographs in Glen's forthcoming book. Below, a couple of great shots of Minor Threat in the early 1980s by Glen.

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Photo: Glen E. Friedman, All Rights Reserved.


Photo: Glen E. Friedman, All Rights Reserved.

Photo: Glen E. Friedman, All Rights Reserved.


Photo: Glen E. Friedman, All Rights Reserved.

San Francisco (8/23): 20th Street Block Party music and food fest

This Saturday (8/23) in S.F., our pals at Noise Pop and Ne Timeas Restaurant Group are hosting the annual 20th Street Block Party, a truly killer food and music festival with performances by the likes of Melted Toys, Cayucas, and headlined by beloved indie power popsters Rogue Wave (video above). It's free!!!

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Magic of the mixtape

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Over at re:form on Medium, Charles Moss gets nostalgic about the mixtape and how it embodies "emotional design" in a physical, tangible time capsule of the moment it was recorded. From re:form:

In the past few years, sort of like vinyl, the cassette mixtape has made a comeback among bands looking for a different way of releasing albums, and 20-something audiophiles trading mixtapes online and through the mail. No one mistakes this revival for a resurrection. Making mixtapes, once a mass phenomenon, is now a twee exercise.

That the practice endures at all tells us something important about art and self-expression. The constraints that once bound the maker to the mixtape have been stripped away from the outside by technology, but they persist on the inside as a kind of epiphenomenal desire.

"The Emotional Design of the Mixtape"

New video from Haim and celeb friends

For Haim's track "My Song 5" from the perfect Days Are Gone LP, the badass sisters take to a faux tabloid talk show with A$AP Ferg, Kesha, SNL's Vanessa Bayer, Grimes, Big Sean, Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), and the girls' proud parents.

Music video: "Every Movie Robot"

"Every Movie Robot Supercut," Song A Day #2057 by Jonathan Mann.

"The" in band names

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The name of this band is Talking Heads (not The Talking Heads), indeed. At The Atlantic, Dale Eisinger examines the use of "The" in band names.

Paul McCartney and Kanye West to record song titled "Piss on My Grave"

"Kanye," writes Alex Young, "is no stranger to collaborations with rock legends..."

Beat Street, an oral history of the 1984 hip-hop film

Wondering Sound presents a fantastic oral history of the classic hip-hop movie Beat Street that was based on an article written for the Village Voice.

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The Warriors: "Baseball Furies' Chase" (1979)

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As we wait patiently for Waxwork Records' promised vinyl soundtrack to The Warriors containing the full and never-released film score, let's enjoy Barry De Vorzon's cinematic komische disco track "Baseball Furies' Chase," below.

The Afghan Whigs cover The Police

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My pals in The Afghan Whigs transform The Police's "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" into a burning dark ballad dripping with soul.

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Libraries can't afford to ignore Itunes' awful licensing terms

Jessamyn writes, "Itunes-only music is licensed for personal use. This does not include libraries' ability to offer it for lending. Kevin Smith, Duke University's Scholarly Communications Officer, outlines the real problems libraries encounter when trying to obtain legal access to digital-only files that have restrictive licensing."

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Paperback Writer vs. My Sharona

"My Paperback Sharona," a mashup of The Knack and The Beatles, by Go Home Productions. (via Laughing Squid)