Linkage: The cultivation of Ke$ha, Four Tet, Craigslist’ bizarre

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The cultivation of Ke$ha
Gawker examines how the singer transformed from country singer to rebellious pop-star.

Listen to the new Four Tet album
There Is Love In You is streaming now on Soundcloud. The album is released today.

The 20 most bizarre Craigslist ads
The popular classified ads site has thrown up some gems over the years, like the robber who stole a woman’s purse and “felt a connection”.

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Band of Blogs: Toro Y Moi, The Horrors remix Florence, The Ambience Affair

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The best music on the web this week.

Toro Y Moi
South Carolina man Chaz Bundick’s project displays a dizzying array of styles on his debut album Causers of This. From glo-fi ambience to keyboard-led dance-pop to bumpin’ hip-hop jams, it’s exhilarating and it’s out now digitally.

M.I.A. debuts new song via Twitter
In response to the New York Times declaring Sri Lanka one of the best places to travel in 2010, M.I.A. debuted a homemade video of the Rusko-produced Space Oddysey on Twitter in response.
Listen/Watch at The Fader

The Horrors remix Florence and the Machine
Proving that Florence Welch’s music is the perfect remix material once again, Tom from goth-rockers The Horrors twists Hurricane Drunk into a magically atmospheric interpretation.

The Ambience Affair debut material
Taken from the Dublin band’s second EP out this month, Devil In The Detail showcases the duo’s penchant for rich instrumentation and the furthering of their unique folk-rock style. The Patterns EP is out tomorrow.
Listen at Nialler9

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Sites of the Week: People of Walmart, Harmless Noise, Teux Deux


People of Walmart
The shoppers of Walmart featured here are a microcosm of everything that makes the USA so weird, hilarious and interesting all at once.

Harmless Noise
A former Hot Press photographer and keen champion of Irish alternative music, Naomi McArdle has opened a blog to continue to spread the word about Irish bands who you have to hear.

Teux Deux
A browser-based application for people who are always losing their “to do” lists which were hastily written on scraps of paper in the office in the first place.

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2009 in Pop: Condensed


We could make some kind of astute point about how the positive message of this ‘mash-up’ promotes old-fashioned fun-having and dancing in the slightly austere current economic climate. Instead we’re just going to say ‘ZOMG’ and ‘awesome’ at regularly spaced intervals. Make of that what you will.


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Zach Galifianakis in Between Two Ferns

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Zach Galifianakis hosts a Funny or Die talk show where he is rude to celebrity guests like Natalie Portman, John Hamm (of Mad Men), Charlize Theron, Conan O’ Brien and Michael Cera. In an awkward exchange with Portman, Galifianakis asks the question “You shaved your head for V for Vendetta, did you also shave your V for vagina?”

Natalie Portman

Charlize Theron


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