Pitchfork recently released a list of what they consider the 200 best tracks of the decade so far
(2010-14). [more inside]
On February 2, 1981, an experimental New Romantic band from Birmingham released their first single. It was the beginning of the still-continuing, at times tumultuous, hugely successful tenure of Duran Duran. From 33 years ago: Planet Earth
. B-side for the single was Late Bar
, or in the US was To The Shore
. Plus the Planet Earth (Night Version)
This was the first of many, many singles from Duran Duran. [more inside]
IN YOUR AREA, RISING FROM THEIR SLUMBER, CLAWING UP THROUGH THE COLD MOIST EARTH, LICKING THEIR FANGS, READY TO USE THAT GROUPON
, or 光棍节
, began as a joke holiday
invented by some lonely Chinese college students, an anti-Valentine's Day on which singles could either revel in their singledom or double down on attempts to hook up. November 11th was chosen for the date because of a simple visual pun on the slang term for bachelor: a "bare stick," symbolized by the date 11/11. But in a few short years, this joke holiday has become the biggest retail sales day on Earth, surpassing Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined
So, what do all the 'bare sticks'
do on Singles' Day? It varies. Aside from eating four stick-shaped foods
to symbolize the date, you could try one of these 11 ideas
from Beijinger. Or watch this bizarre condom ad, featuring a compilation
of animals having air sex.
In 1984, British synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys released the first version of West End Girls
(which after being rerecorded
would arguably become one of the first #1 rap records). As a b-side, they included Pet Shop Boys
, an eponymous track largely created by their (then) producer Bobby Orlando. This was only the first in a career-long focus on b-side tracks that continues to this day... [more inside]
is a "new social dating website exclusively for Apple fans
" which launches in June. If your Cupidtino Appleationship works out, you could have a magical Apple Store Wedding
! Via "Oh God No." [more inside]
Chances are, over the past two years you've seen lawn signs for [your_town_name]singles.com
If you're like me, you wondered about the marketing strategy behind them.
If you're like this guy,
you launch an obsessive investigation into the phenomenon. [more inside]
Remember that disheartening map
that cataloged the ratio of unmarried men to women per city, wherein the East coast was Single Lady Central and the West coast was a Boystown? Now there's an interactive version
where you can adjust for age range, which dramatically affects the results. [VIA PROJECTS]
A short film by Sean Dunn
and Ed David
. "The world is dead out there. They have their ears closed. They don't understand what's going on at this moment. It's gonna take them 10, 15, 20 years to wake up and realize what they missed."
Nobody has more records than Paul Mawhinney
. He's ready to sell the whole thing for 6 cents on the dollar of their worth. 3 million records for $1 each. And nobody is buying. (Previously on Mefi.
) [more inside]
"Everyone laughs a little too hard for a little too long, not because we find these sentiments funny, but because we’re awkwardly acknowledging how unfunny they are. At their core, they pose one of the most complicated, painful, and pervasive dilemmas many single women are forced to grapple with nowadays: Is it better to be alone, or to settle? My advice is this: Settle!" [more inside]
Forbes' Best Cities for Singles 2006.
Apparently you have better chances of meeting your mate at Sox game than at a Yankees' game. But as a New Yorker I still find it hard to believe my chances would be better were I a Rockies fan. Although, I might meet a good Christian
John Peel's box of 142 favorite singles
discussed in The Times
and The Observer
are collecting the whole set (NSFMPAA). [via Stereogum]
The Sub Pop Singles Club
began in 1988 with the release of Nirvana's Love Buzz
single, and continued to offer subscribers new singles from popular and up-and-coming grunge bands for five years. In 1998 the label briefly resurrected the club
, ultimately ending it three years ago. Featured bands ranged from the popular to the obscure
. Earlier this year, the complete collection of singles was put for sale on ebay
, cementing its status as a collector's item
and making a generation of music geeks feel old
The Anti-Hit List
, by John Sakamoto, continues to unearth music from the depths of the net and through rare releases. It can be found in the pages of the Toronto Star
and is now available in convenient podcast
form. Note: previous death
of the site.
Plotting your escape?
Marry a Canadian. "Legions of Canadians have already pledged to sacrifice their singlehood to save our southern neighbours from four more years of cowboy conservatism." [via Gothamist]
Pazz & Jop 2002
- The Village Voice
has tabulated the top albums
from 695 critics (and 10,2002 LPs). Some of the ballot-fillers even got a little personal
. The usual essays
are included. If your fav CD didn't make the cut, perhaps it made it onto the dean's list
If this isn't a sign of the apocalypse,
I don't know what is. What should be on the list of the all-time greatest pop tunes?
The End of the Anti-Hit List?
"And with that, the Anti-Hit List is retiring, at least for the foreseeable future."
John Sakamoto's Alternate Top 10 (AKA The Anti-Hit List
) was one of the best top ten music lists on the net. It was short and sweet and a great way to discover b-sides, covers and alternate versions of songs from a wide variety of artists. And to think, it all started back on March 12, 1996
City as Loser?
Iron City was ranked last out of 40 cities in this year's "Best Cities for Singles" in Forbes magazine. Not that Forbes is the ultimate arbiter of the single life (don't they specialize in male readers over 35 with money?), but your best defense of Pittsburgh or your own medium- or small-sized town would be appreciated.
A pickup bar for geeks.
60 TV cameras on the ceiling can be controlled by bar patrons from stations all over the bar, to snoop on other people. See someone you like? Send 'em an email; and maybe if you hit it off you can walk across the bar and actually talk to them.
Alone. Ahhh. Sigh.
27 Million Singles Do Whatever They Want. All by Themselves.
The problem with census data is there's never space for a longer answer to the question. (Yes, I live like this but I didn't plan to. See, here's what happened . . . )
This week's newsy trickle across the national spreadsheet reveals, among other things, that more Americans than ever live alone. Twenty-seven million people, give or take. That's a lot of air guitar being played in private. That's a lot of bowls of cereal eaten over the sink around 1 in the morning.....
Do you fit into this scenario? I know I do.
Teenpeople.com premiering a new Sisqo single
(press release too
) seems like another example of media conglomerate cross-marketing
. You can hear an entire song from a new album 2 months before release on a single website, before even radio or MTV gets it, but why is one corporation using another
for an exclusive distribution channel? Are things like this and Madonna selling tickets exclusively through AOL
going to remain experimental in nature or is it the face of things to come
CD Sales down by 39%?
And guess who's
to blame. (Also linked in the article is the interesting stopnapster.com