Sites of the Week: My Parents Joined Facebook

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My Parents Joined Facebook
After reluctantly accepting your mother’s Facebook friend request recently, be comforted that you are not alone and it could be much, much worse.

Website Talking Heads
So that’s where they get those annoying presenters for annoying online presentations!

Cardboard Love
Proof that in these days of email and text messages, an old-fashioned note on a piece of cardboard is the way to your lover’s heart.

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Band of Blogs: Fanning Sessions, The Dead Weather & more

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The best musical finds from around the web this week..

The Dead Weather
Get ‘Treat Me Like Your Mother’, a taster of Jack White and Alison Mosshart of the Kills new band as a free download.

Fanning Sessions
An Irish music blogger has begun posting Fanning sessions he recorded from 84-89 with artists like The Fat Lady Sings, A House, The Stunning, Phil Lynott and JFK.

Florence and the Machine P.E.S.T. remix
An epic and euphoric dance take on Florence Welch’s ‘Rabbit Heart’ single by a mysterious remix duo.
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Linkage: When we were young..

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When we were young..
Hey it’s a fascinating collection of celebrity high school yearbook photos! Wow, Ryan Seacrest you’ve come a long way..

Celebs upside down
Photoshopped pictures of celebrities with their chins on their head and vice versa. Phantasmagoric!

Trent Reznor – industry sage
The Nine Inch Nails’ frontman wrote an interesting post on the band’s forum offering realistic advice for new bands in the current industry climate.

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Linkage: MJ remembered by sound engineers

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MJ remembered by sound engineers
For all the talk of Michael Jackson’s death, this thread on a sound engineering forum does his art the service it deserves as producers and engineers recall time in the studio with him. Who knew he was a fan of Nine Inch Nails?

When Tattoos go bad
210 of the worst “what-were they thinking?” tattoos.

Using a Walkman 30 years on
What happens when a 13 year old swaps his iPod for an archaic Walkman? It takes him three days to figure out there’s a side B.

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The Coolness Factor

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What if there was a way to determine that the music you listen to is cool beyond peer acceptance, Pitchfork reviews, blog love and style? I’m talking about a quantifiable way in which you could be confident that the next time you put on Dirty Projector’s Bitte Orca or the latest Passion Pit remix at a social event, it will be both relevant and “cool” to your guests?

I jest but music technology enthusiast Paul Lamere is attempting to do just that. Imagine each artist – from Abba to ZZ Top had a number associated with them to indicate how cool the artist currently is. Lamere’s ‘Coolness Index’ could be used for example, in playlists so that your iTunes shuffle won’t play anything deemed ‘uncool’ like Nickelback or Miley Cyrus in between Bon Iver and Blur at a party.

One of Lamere’s sources was the social music networking site like Last.FM which recently published a list of songs and artists which users had deleted from their libraries the most. ‘The Most Unwanted Chart’ included Katy Perry’s ‘I Kissed A Girl’, Lady Gaga’s ‘Pokerface’ and songs from Britney and Rihanna.
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Band of Blogs

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Mpho
You may have seen this Brixton twenty something on the BBC’s Glastonbury coverage where she came across like a cross between Santigold and VV Brown. ‘Box n Locks’ with its Martha and the Muffins
sample is her jam.
http://www.myspace.com/mphosounds

Paloma Faith
If anybody was looking for the next Amy Winehouse (in voice only), you could do worse than vampish Londoner Ms. Faith.
http://www.myspace.com/palomafaith
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