Sites of the Week

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The Generator blog
If you need to “Mad Men yourself”, generate random Youtube insults or find out your rap name, this site is for you.

An MP3 blog run by a network of indepenent record labels like Modular and Downtown which always throws up some good downloadable tunes.

Proving that while the digital format thrives, there is always room for some old-school album artwork appreciation.

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Band of Blogs: The Middle East, Alela and Alina, The XX remix Florence

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The Middle East — Blood
Stunning introduction to one of Australia’s best kept secrets. Not for much longer if the song Blood has anything to do with it.
[Listen at Nialler9]

Alela and Alina
The under-rated Alela Diane teams up with similarly named Alina Hardin for a six-track EP of lovely folk tunes.
[Listen at The Hype Machine]

Goodtime John free EP
Dark Slipped Its Cloak is a free 5-track EP from Dublin songsmith Goodtime John which was recorded in Anacortes ,Washington in 2007.

The XX remix Florence and the Machine
More of a half remix/half cover of Flo’s own cover of Candi Staton’s You Go The Love really. The XX’s vocal duo take Florence’s role before her twisting a sample of her over a dub-techno beat. Sublime.
[Listen at The Hype Machine]

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Irish Web Awards
The 2nd annual Web Awards take place in the Radisson Hotel, Dublin this Saturday night. Read the shortlist and get clicking.

Twitter Music Database
A 10-year old girl tried to sell her Granny on eBay because she moaned at her too much.

Cheesy dance duo Chromeo are promoting their upcoming DJ Kicks compilation with an interactive vocoder minisite.

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Win tickets to BellX1 @ Virginia Pumpkin Festival

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Bell X1 will play one of their most intimate gigs yet at the 2009 Virginia Pumpkin Festival. The Festival takes place over the October Bank Holiday Weekend, October 23rd-26th in Virginia, County Cavan and we are giving fans the chance to catch one of the band’s last autumn performances on Saturday October 24th.

Two lucky winners will receive the fabulous prize of two VIP tickets to the gig and a night’s stay at the Lakeside Manor Hotel. Competition winners will also have the opportunity to soak up the festival atmosphere and see the world’s largest pumpkin competition, experience the street carnival and samba dancers and take part in one of Ireland’s biggest fancy dress parties.

To win get the correct answer to question below from the cover story in today’s Day and Night in the Irish Independent then turn to page 17 of for details on how to enter by text or phone.

What was Pixar originally called?

Good luck!

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Setting the Music Rules!


Last week I concluded this column by stating that while you throttle bandwidth or block websites for people caught illegally downloading music, you’ll have a harder time changing the habits of the young people who have been downloading music for free for as long as they’ve been using the computer.

It seems the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) have already recognised this and have actually produced a cirriculum for teaching respect for intellectual property and responsible use of the internet to school children.

It’s called Music Rules! and its website claims it “informs students about the laws of copyright and the risks of online file-sharing, while promoting musical and artistic creativity”.

It offers teachers and parents free materials from its site which includes activity sheets to make kids think about the effects of downloading. They range from asking the student to write down what a singer, producer or DJ would say about the effects of “songlifting” to asking them to interview friends and family about where they got their music and put the results in a chart. By the end of the cirriculum, students sign a pledge to never download music and to respect intellectual copyright law.

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Linkage: Joe Biden, photobomber

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Joe Biden, photobomber.
The vice president has been omnipresent throughout Obama’s life. He’s like Richard from Lost. Creepy.

The Social Network – the movie
Justin Timberlake has been cast in the upcoming David Fincher movie which is largely about Facebook. Confusingly, he’ll play the co-founder of Napster Sean Parker.

Twitter Music Database
A comprehensive spreadsheet of artists, musicians, labels, bloggers and Djs on Twitter.

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Band of Blogs: The Sound of Arrows, Julian Casablancas, Editors, Fanfarlo

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The Sound of Arrows
The sound of modern pop music today. These Swedes even make their own CGI-assisted music videos. Check out the glorious kids-sampling M.A.G.I.C. [via Nialler9]

Julian Casablancas debuts new material
The synth-heavy 11th Dimension is the first song from The Strokes’ frontman’s forthcoming solo album Phrazes For The Young.

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