“Even the apostrophe was produced by someone else”

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How the iPad will replace printed books
Penguin publishing has been hard at work taking advantage of Apple’s new device. See the results of their tests.
http://bit.ly/penguinpad

Kevin Shields on Twitter?
Very entertaining (and presumably fake) account for the My Bloody Valentine frontman. Sample tweet: “Primal Scream: Movin’ On Up – even the apostrophe was produced by someone else.”
http://twitter.com/KevinShieldsMBV

The Irish Constitution iPhone app
Bunreacht is a free version of the Irish Constitution for the iPhone developed as a learning exercise by Nathan Shaughnessy.
Bunreacht At Synacron

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Band of Blogs: Wye Oak, Floating Points, Popical Island

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Wye Oak
Despite having the title I Hope You Die, the song by Baltimore married duo Wye Oak is a comforting widescreen tune anchored by singer Jenn Wasner’s dreamy voice.
Listen at The New Gay

Floating Points – People’s Potential
A synth-funk 7-minute trip into the mind of the London producer, which has been steadily gaining attention online and on specialist radio shows.
Listen at HypeM

Popical Island compilation
Irish independent pop collective Popical Island will release their first compilation soon featuring tracks from So Cow, No Monster Club, Squarehead, Yeh Deadlies and more. Get a taster of it.

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Sites of the Week: But You’re Like Really Pretty

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Videojug
A useful “how-to” resource site for all manner of things which uses video to explain things like “how to connect your laptop to your television” or “how to make a chocolate cake” and thousands more.
http://www.videojug.com

But You’re Like Really Pretty
Every Wednesday Ryan Casey draws a new celebrity-inspired cartoon and its often, very very funny.
http://butyourelikereallypretty.tumblr.com

Code Organ
Turn any website URL into music.
http:/www.codeorgan.com

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Get in on the game

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The music industry is in a long and drawn-out transition phase. The traditional way of doing things: mega marketing budgets, CD sales in the millions, huge non-recoupable advances and thousands of Euro spent on “flowers” backstage is coming to an end and rightly so.

While tried and tested methods of unleashing pop music onto the world will remain, there are less and less global opportunities for new bands out there. Bands know that they can’t wait around for someone to sign them up. That’s why we are seeing so many new methods of PR, funding and sales techniques pop up (Radiohead’s In Rainbows or Josh Freese’s fan packages to name two examples) .

One such band that is aware of the current situation is Irish rock band Audio Fiction. The New York-based band were among the first 100 bands to be included in the Rock Band Network music store which has just launched. The store allows artists to author and submit songs specifically for Rock Band 2. Bassist Darren Korb is apparently a Rock Band expert so he put the song together in a game-compatible format. The song, Racing The Hourglass is available to download alongside artists like The Shins, The Hold Steady, Floggying Molly and Steve Vai for use in the game.
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Videos: She & Him, shopper stampede, The National, Hitchcock’s Cameos

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She and Him – In the Sun
Zooey Deschanel is cute as a button in this high-school-themed music video, as she tries in vain to capture the attention of her musical partner M. Ward.

Shopper stampede
Disturbing footage of the opening of a new H&M store in France where frenzied shoppers frantically grab every article of clothing within reach. Hysterical screaming and chaos ensues.

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Sites of the Week: Know Your Meme

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30 Chick Flicks
“How far would you go to understand the opposite sex?” Nick Waters watched 30 chick flicks from He’s Just Not That Into You to 27 Dresses in his attempt, documenting his experiences on his blog.
http://30chickflicks.com

Chat Roulette Map
A mashup of the video chat site and Google Maps which shows screenshots of people on a world map using the site.
http://www.chatroulettemap.com

Know Your Meme
A site which serves as an encyclopedia of internet phenomena like viral videos, photo memes, catchphrases, web celebrities and more. The alternative history of the internet.
http://knowyourmeme.com

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Band of Blogs: Crookers, Paul Weller, MGMT, Gorillaz

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Crookers & Roisin Murphy
The Irish disco diva hooks with dance producers Crookers (who play Dublin on April 4th) for the dancefloor-friendly Royal T.
http://bit.ly/royalt

Paul Weller remixed
During his mid-’90s renaissance, Portishead remixed Weller’s Wild Wood. Now with a new album on the way, it should be no surprise that producer Leo Zero was asked to remix No Tears To Cry into a bright and breezy modern Northern Soul song. Beautiful.
http://bit.ly/wellerleo

MGMT – Flash Delirium
From their forthcoming album Congratulations, this new MGMT song features a flute solo, mystic lyrics and delves deeper into the psychedelic recesses of their musical canon. Kids it ain’t.
http://www.whoismgmt.com

Gorillaz’ bonus track
Taken from the Japanese version of Plastic Beach, Pirate’s Progress is an extended version of the orchestral intro which goes into Bernard Herrman territory. That Albarn guy sure is talented.
http://bit.ly/gbonus

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Linkage: How to suck at Facebook & other links

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Holy F**k announce new album on Chat Roulette
Speaking of new ideas, the Canadian band left a constant stream of their new song along with info on the new album Latin America on the dodgy video chat site.
Prefix Mag

How to suck at Facebook
Eight types of friends to avoid on Facebook if you want to keep your social sanity.
The Oatmeal

10 hidden surprises In Lady Gaga’s Telephone video
A Star Wars reference? 10 things you may have missed in Gaga’s epic new video.
Read at Buzzfeed

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