Top-Selling Games For The Ennuii

  • The Legend Of Sartre
  • OK, Great. Let’s Drive Around In Circles For Hours In Mario’s Kart
  • Guitar Hero: The Heroin Years
  • LEGO Requiem For A Dream
  • Ennuii Sports: Sure, Must’ve Been Fun To Have Been A Jock In High School And Gotten All The Attention Simply Because You Were Blessed With An Athletic Body
  • Mario Party 9: Time To Break Out The Social Anxiety Meds
  • Spongebob Kafkapants
  • Call Of Duty: Strangely, The Bathroom Is The Only Place I Don’t Feel Depressed Anymore
  • Donkey Kong Country (Yet Another Country In Which My Vote Is Completely Meaningless)
  • Some Days I Just Don’t See The Point In Winning At All
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If You Need Help Naming Your Band, Part 5

Possible Good Rock Band Names Inspired By The Korean Central News Agency’s Press Release Entitled “DPRK, Dignified Powerful Nation”:

http://www.mcsweeneys.net/links/lists/dprk.html

Pure music nerd-dom

Recent research found a rythmic pattern in music that resembled something us nerds can’t resist: fractals.
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/02/fractal-musical-rhythms/

Best Website Ever

In another display of his complete awesomeness, Cameron Crowe has posted basically every article he has ever written on his website for free:
http://www.theuncool.com/journalism/

This includes, of course, the legendary 1975 article about Zeppelin he wrote for Rolling Stone which was the inspiration for the movie Almost Famous:
http://www.theuncool.com/journalism/rs182-led-zeppelin/

The Grand Collusion

According to recent news reports, the U.S. Department of Justice may sue Apple Inc. and five of the biggest U.S. book publishers for colluding to artificially raise the price of electronic books.

No one called me to collude. You can buy my book for $2.99 on Amazon here:
http://amzn.com/B005ME7ONA

The Truck Driver’s Gear Change

An entire site devoted to cataloging the abuse of the musical device known as the Truck Driver’s Gear Change. (You’ve heard this device before in songs ranging from Billy Joel’s Uptown Girl to Bon Jovi’s Living on a Prayer…):

http://gearchange.org/

Max Amounts of Lomax

A treasure trove of Alan Lomax recordings has recently been made available for free listening on the web at the Association for Cultural Equity’s website. There’s over 17,000 audio files to while away your workdays sifting through.

In case you’re not familiar with Lomax, the Rock Snob dictionary describes him thus:

Lomax, Alan: Archivist, foklorist, and musicologist whose field recordings of indigenous performers in the American backwoods triggered the first wide-scale American appreciation of folk, blues, and traditional music – and by extension, gave National Public Radio a reason to exist. Working in the 30’s and 40’s under the aegises of CBS Radio and the Library of Congress, for which he was helping compile a folk-song archive, Lomax gave Leadbelly and Muddy Waters their first nationwide exposure. Hanging on ’til 2002, Lomax lived long enough to see his field recordings reconstituted by Moby as a dance hits-cum-advertising jingles.

For more info on the online archive, here’s a recent NYTimes article about it:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/31/arts/music/the-alan-lomax-collection-from-the-american-folklife-center.html