I decided to round up the links to some of the music blogs I’ve been checking out lately because, well, you keep asking me to and I keep promising I’ll get to it. So here you go, in no particular order:

Pitchfork isn’t really a blog but I’m going to put it at the top of the list because it’s useful. And even when not useful, it’s silly and amusing (although not intentionally so). Pitchfork is frequently accused of being over-wrought, pretentious and opaque (often by me). Isn’t that what rock journalism is all about? Quit your whining.

Brooklyn Vegan, of course, because you’re not cool unless you read Brooklyn Vegan.

Music snobbery is also a good read, although I have the same problem with Music Snobbery that I have with Brooklyn Vegan – I’m unfamiliar with a lot of the venues they mention, but that’s okay.

The Music Slut is constantly posting videos I’d otherwise miss out on, seeing as I no long spend my days in an office and lack coworkers dropping by and asking, “Hey, have you seen…”

Gorilla vs Bear had me with their name and graphics, but I enjoy the content as well. Like Brooklyn Vegan, Gorilla vs Bear produces a blog radio show for Sirius XM radio. (For now).

Stereo cupcake
is where I learn important tidbits such as: Santogold changed her name to Santigold. Every bit as silly as it sounds, but I bet it’s been publicity gold. Case in point: this is the first time I’ve ever mentioned Santigold on my site, ever. Also probably the last, but that’s not the point.

Sasha Frere Jones is, of course, a professional music critic/journalist and musician. He gets double bonus points for this great post, “Who is on Twitter?”

  • people who are just back from a really awesome run
  • people who are involved with “computers”
  • DJs
  • DJs at the airport
  • DJs who are drunk
  • people who don’t have anyone’s email address
  • people who are mad at television
  • people who have forgotten how to email
  • people who have forgotten how to text
  • people who are involved in “social networking” and optimizing the power of re-Tweeting and “computers”
  • people who can’t find a reasonable picture of themselves
  • people who really like the news
  • DJs at the airport
  • people who are hungry
  • rappers
  • people who are cold
  • people who are back from an OK run
  • people who can’t figure out what to feed their kids
  • Shaquille O’Neal
  • people who have never seen snow
  • Rachel Maddow
  • forty-five people I’ve never heard of who all invented the internet
  • people who are concerned about the collapse of the publishing industry
  • people who like Battlestar Galactica
  • rappers who are eating food
  • DJs
  • people who are about to go for a run
  • DJs who want to know where you are
  • people who are mad at Twitter
  • people who are mad at rappers
  • a nun
  • DJs

His New Yorker music blog is where the in-depth music writing is, but I just wanted an excuse to link to that twitter post.

Sovietpanda is a Minneapolis music blogger and DJ who came to my attention recently after a friend forwarded me one of his tweets:

“Faces do not melt because of your shitty DJ set. Faces melt because the Ark of the Covenant is opened.”

True ’nuff.

Over at Copper Brick Road there was a link to Be Different…Act Normal’s recent post about making your own girl scout cookies. The recipes are actually at here at bakingbites. I want to try the thin mint(ies), but I’m betting Husband will vote for the homemade samoas. Maybe later. The idea of cookies makes me a little queasy right now – we just got home from lunch at the cheesetique, with a detour by the Dairy Godmother for some sorbet to stash in the freezer while they’re closed for winter break. (The Dairy Godmother reopens February 6th).

I was going to post about how I was taking the day off from posting, but that was simultaneously absurd and meta, so instead here’s five randomly chosen blog365 bloggers for you to visit and admire:

Ramblings by Reba features a concept not exactly alien to my own readers: ramblings, by someone named Rebecca. Seriously, Reba doesn’t really ramble, that’s just her blog title. What she does do a lot is share her lifestories through photo-essays. She also wrote the first blog365 roundup I came across and I swiped some links from her. :-)

Suzanne Sez starts out the new year with a hilarious post about lucky underwear. She does have a couple kids, so I was going to make a joke about how she knows of what she speaks, but, no, she doesn’t mean that kind of lucky.

Small Reflections is written by a marathon-blogger who blogs at more sites than I can keep track of!

Ari of Beyond My Slab almost made me snort coffee out of my nose with her summary of the blog365 saga:

Lots of people who signed up dropped out almost immediately. A few months into the year, the feed was full of pompous “I prefer quality over quantity” farewells from people who wanted to make sure that we all knew the reason they couldn’t manage to blog daily was because they were too busy having great sex (btw, if you don’t have the stamina to have great sex and blog in the same 24-hour period, it’s time to see the doctor).

Ever the productive one, Jennifer has already issued a new challenge for the new year to knitters with UFOs (UnFinished Objects): finish or frog it. (with the related ravelry knit-along group, of course.

I think this post undersells the achievements of these 5 uber-bloggers, but perhaps we can pretend a link is worth a thousand words today. Happy Friday!

Now, I wrote a long and clever entry at noon and my blog freaked out and wouldn’t save anything. Now it’s mysteriously back and I can’t remember what else I posted. Harumph.

That’s ok. This is probably better. I found it at Shelley’s and it makes me laugh, and believe me, I needed a good laugh today: the exorcist in 30 seconds, with bunnies

*Shelley, why aren’t you on my blogroll anymore? I ask, as if you know the answer to why I’m an airhead. I must have accidentally lost you when I lost Matt and Tara. Sorry. I’ll fix it. I need to add Victoria, too. And Leah, I haven’t forgotten you either.

The indie rock librarian. (Who is not one of my co-workers, before anyone asks. I wish, though).

Beth Roberts, who I was gushing about to you just a few days ago.

The Naughty Secretary Club has been a favorite for a while, I don’t know why I keep forgetting to link them.

And I finally added xkot, who I would swear I’ve added before. I’m starting to develop a conspiracy theory that he sneaks into my links and deletes himself periodically or something.

More babbling tomorrow. I have a headache and my train of thought keeps derailing tonight…

[most links dead & removed because they point to spam sites]