How many digital music startups do you think were born in 2008?

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How have you listened to music this year? DON’T say “through my ears”, smart-arse. Me, I’ve used Deezer, Finetune, Hype Machine, Elbo.ws and Spotify, among others.
If you’re a web-enabled music-obsessed nerdlinger, 2008 has been a year of bounty. And however many new digital music start-ups you think you can name, chances are Music Ally has got you beat.
They’ve just published a list of such sites/applications, and it runs to no fewer than two bloody hundred. Of course the chances are you won’t have heard of most of them, which gives you some idea of how competitive the marketplace is.
It’s quite fun just to go through some of the names. Nappy Boy Digital? That’s T-Pain’s digital label, so if you mention it aloud you should probably have autotune on. Metalseek? A search engine just for heavy metal. Jogli? A database of, apparently, 500 million tracks. Have that many songs even been written?
Head over to Music Ally to see the exhaustive list. It includes a section for “Sites With Lots Of Cowbell”.

Bryan Adams' "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" as a quite possibly drunkenly rendered MIDI file

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Thumbnail image for bryan_adams_farting.jpgThis doozy/doozie/doozee/doozeeeee has reminded me why I need to read VH1′s Best Week Ever blog more often.

They posted this version of the Bryan Adams 16-week number one “smash” the other day under the headline “The Best Worst MIDI File. EVER.”, which pretty much sums it up. They’re asking you to create videos to accompany it, by the way.

If you encounter something funnier than this over the course of today, you have imbibed considerably more LOL juice than you’re technically allowed, you lucker.


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Toni Braxton, TLC, Janet Jackson – wham bam, it's "Boner Jams"

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toni_braxton.jpgWith the amount that people tend to moan about the filth and whatnot in modern music, it’s easy to forget that – you know what? – there’s always been filth in music.
It’s also easy to forget that the 90s were a good time for saucy R&B – and it wasn’t just the groin-fixated chaps like Jodeci who liked to pay tribute to le bump et le grind.
The women of 90s rap and R&B had plenty to contribute to the canon of popsexmania, as The High Definite details in its countdown of – ahem – “Boner Jams”.

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Frankie Poullain details The Darkness v. NME in entertaining detail

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dancing_in_the_darkness.jpgOoh, I love me a “warts and all” rock memoir (actually, you can keep the warts). From a delightfully unexpected corner of the music world comes Dancing In The Darkness (left, click image to enlarge), in which the momentarily massive LOL-rockers’ ex-bassist reveals his “guide to begging for sex, smuggling drugs and pretending to be rock ‘n’ roll.”
Now when it comes to the generic nasties of being a rock star, there’s not much left to reveal – if you’ve read Hammer Of The Gods or The Dirt, you’ve seen how far backstage naughtiness can go. However, going by the extract published by The Quietus, much of the pleasure of reading Poullain’s tome will come from their tussles with the infamously snooty music press.

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Cassette Closet: store your music while bypassing iTunes

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cassette-closet.jpgWhen I moved a few months back the biggest headheartache was what to do with my audio tapes. You wouldn’t believe how many compilations I made as a teenager. Suffice to say the time I spent making them was time spent not having a lot of sex.
So anyway, when I moved I couldn’t bear to part with them and chucked them in a couple of big plastic boxes which I then had to hide behind the couch. What I really need is one of these cassette closets, made by Dutch designer Patrick Schuur (click image to enlarge).
Apparently this lump of mentalism comprises 918 tapes, which is even more than are lurking behind my sofa. You can read more and see more and be agog more at Creative Barn.
Check out a video of the thing “in action” after the jump – or if you’d rather melt your old cassettes down, go here for some ghoulish inspiration

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It is surely only a matter of time before Janelle Mon

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janelle_monae.jpgBy which I don’t mean Janelle Mon

Terrible Pitchfork review leads to excellent exposure for band you've never heard of

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Before today I hadn’t heard of The Airborne Toxic Event. There’s a good chance I wouldn’t have heard of them if Pitchfork had given them a 9/10 review, either, since I don’t read that particular oracle so much these days.
However, the band was actually on the wrong end of a rating of 1.6 from writer Ian Cohen for their eponymous debut album. That’s 1.6 out of 10. Even for Pitchfork, that’s pret-ty brutal. So brutal, in fact, that the band decided to respond – not with a foul-mouthed onstage outburst, or a childish “Get In The Ring”-style track, but with a rather dignified open letter. Quaint, no?

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The Vines' new album Melodia streaming for free on MySpace

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craig_nicholls_the_vines.gifYesterday was a pretty “meh” kind of day until I discovered, via indieblogheaven, that The Vines are streaming their new album on their MySpace page.
Now don’t you dare tell me you’ve forgotten all about The Vines. Sure, the last couple of albums weren’t as good as their debut, but they had enough flashes of brilliance to whet the appetite for their fourth release, Melodia.
If you start whistling along with a song the very first time you hear it, that’s a pretty good sign you’re listening to one hella hooky hook. That happened a few times on my first listen to Melodia. It would appear to possess all the grunge, psychedelia, tunefulness and shouting you want from a Vines album. I am rather excited by it, and reckon you will be as well.
Check out Melodia at The Vines MySpace
[via indieblogheaven]

The best customer-berating record store signs according to passiveaggressivenotes.com

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passive_aggressive_note.jpgIf you spend much time on the internet, you may well have encountered the splendid passiveaggressivenotes.com. Basically it displays marvellous examples of notes left by irked-but-keen-to-remain-polite people for flatmates, neighbours, etc.
No Rock And Roll Fun have pointed to a great recent post dedicated to the pedantic and sometimes downright insulting notes left by record store proprieters. If you’re one of those people who doesn’t PUT THE CD BACK IN THE CORRECT ALPHABETICAL POSITION, prepare to be shamed/amused.

Visit passiveaggressivenotes.com

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Annie's Don't Stop album sampler appears from somewhere

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annie.gifNot sure how long this will stay up for, but XO’s Middle Eight has the link that points to the eleven-minute album sampler for Annie’s new album Don’t Stop.
For those who haven’t heard of Annie – imagine a younger, cooler and, yes, prettier Kylie. For those who have – yep, the hype is starting up all over again. It’s like 2004 all over again, isn’t it?
Give it a listen, it has whet my appetite like a blast from a SuperSoaker.
That doesn’t really work, does it?