Record Setting Record Store Day

According to Pitchfork:

Billboard reports that according to Nielsen Soundscan, this year’s Record Store Day marked the biggest single day for vinyl sales in the history of Soundscan, which started counting things in 1991. According to Billboard, RSD’s co-founder, the Music Monitor Network’s Michael Kurtz, also reports that stores including New York City’s Other Music, Seattle’s Sonic Boom, and New Jersey’s Vintage Vinyl, had their most successful days ever. And sales were up all across the board.

Good work team. I know I picked up some goodies that day while visiting the record stores in New Paltz, and was fortunate to end up with a $4 copy of Photek’s Form & Function, what good finds did other’s get that day?

Apple II Series as a Twitter TTY

Twitter on Apple IIThe Apple IIc was the first computer I ever got my hands on, and as many of you are aware I have a real problem with compulsive Twitter use, understandably this recent post shared on DaringFireball spoke to me. A pretty nerdy read on hacking an Apple II series machine to be a dedicated twitter client, and yes, it converts twitpics and other images into retro-crappy Apple II compatible graphics.

The author gives some pretty good back-history on how similar to myself, the Apple II marked the beginning of his experiences with technology as a youth. I remember similar stories of my family trying to install GeoWorks unsuccessfully on the machine and relying on me at the age of five or six to install included in-box memory upgrade required to make the software work. Yeah, that’s right, there was a time when software came pre-packaged with the additional RAM necessary to make it work.

Apple Fanboys, you never cease to amaze, iPad / Tweetie, eat your heart out. Read the full article from atoms&electrons here

Cheesecake Stuffed Pancakes

I blog about food somewhat frequently, also I go around DJing as Shortstack, so I guess it’s to be expected I speak up about the latest culinary mess coming from pancake purveyor IHOP with their Cheesecake Stuffed Pancakes. Check out how absolutely heinous these look, there is not enough coffee in that restaurant to make this remotely digestable. If anybody has the fortitude to give these a try let me know how it works out, and by it I mean your hospital visit and subsequent angioplasty.

He Said, She Said – The Language of Blogging

I geek out on analytics and visualization of useless facts pretty hard, this probably explains why I have had a last.fm account for so long. A few months ago, WeatherSealed posted an analysis of 2,000 blogs, separated by gender, and generated a word cloud to exhibit the differences in commonly used words by the two genders. Obviously, being a blogger and avid consumer of online information I found it interesting. Additionally, since a discussion on perceived gender roles in music is still one of the top viewed posts on this blog, I felt reposting this despite it’s age was somewhat appropriate.

Read a more in depth description of the analysis here

General Motors : I hope GMAC didn't teach you this

General Motors has recently aired commercials noting it’s newfound success for it’s ability to repay government loans, and promises a commitment to exceed consumer expectations. The Washington Times reports however that the company is currently under investigation for repayment fraud, allegedly using TARP funds to repay government loans.

I’m not going to pretend to have huge economic prowess but you can’t convince me this looks good long-term.

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The Black Dog : Fact Magazine Mix #144

A few years ago, before I was really actively interested of the movement in minimal electronic music I came across The Black Dog through being a fan of their side-project releases as Plaid on the seminal Warp Records label. 2008’s release Radio Scarecrow was my first real introduction to The Black Dog and it is routinely ranks high on the list of late-night music when couch surfing at home.

Having been established Warp Records artists under a myriad of different projects for well into a decade, and the recent re-emergence of minimalism it seems clear why The Black Dog has begun turning heads again with their unique aesthetic. The group has recently released a new full length album in the form of “Music for Real Airports,” which as the title suggests is a contemporary follow-up to Brian Eno‘s definitive “Music for Airports” project, an absolutely definitive album in ambient and electronic circles.

This week we are lucky to start Monday off with a contribution from The Black Dog to Fact Magazine’s already well-reputed mix series, and given the high esteem of both The Black Dog and Fact Magazine alike is undoubtedly going to be phenomenal.

Browse over to Fact Magazine to read the interview, tracklist, and download the mix