Thursday, July 24, 2008

Prisoners Prefer Cassettes

Need to share Those Darn Accordions with your inmate friends? Pick up No Strings Attached on cassette for $5, while supplies last. The last remaining TDA album on cassettte in the TDA store will make a valuable gift in the slammer as CD's are prohibited for their easy conversion into weapons. As Reuters reports, prison inmates are one of the largest remaining purchasers of albums on cassettes. One mail order retailer is reporting 60% of his sales going to US inmates.

For the more tech saavy inmate in your life, you may want to give them MP3s on a Mixa USB Cassette. The European manufacturer lets you design your own label and plastic case on a realistic looking flashback to the 80's.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Air Guitar Championships 2008

You have only a few days left to submit your entry to Finland's 13th Annual Air Guitar World Championship. The MTV sponsored event takes place August 20-22 in Oulu, Finland, about an 8 hour drive north of Helsinki. The rules for competition dictate that you can use either electric or acoustic air guitars, you may use props such as a pick, but no real instruments, and you may hire an air roadie, but no air back-up band.

Started in 1996, the event also offers a training camp if you're worried your playing is a little rusty.

Full details at

Photo: glynnish/Flickr

Thursday, July 17, 2008

The new 3G iPhone is very Boom!

The internet movers-n-shakers have started a new meme, the Supercut. Edits of video or audio down to the smallest instance of a word or phrase. The video above calls to attention how often Mac CEO Steve Jobs expresses Apple's speed with one select word, "Boom!"

Other Supercut superhits are Mr. Job's old buddy Bill Gates' use of "Uh…" in one interview, Chicago artist Chuck Jones' edit of NPR's "All Things Considered" down to only breathing (mp3 link), and for the more calloused ears, NWA's Straight Outta Compton album cut down to only the explicit content. Surprisingly catchy.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Accordionize Your Home

Is your home lacking an air of appreciation for the accordion? The first step may be to purchase this cardboard couch from Molo Design Studio. Squeezing to seat one, bellowing out to accommodate your entire family; we await somebody to mod it into a musical instrument.