Minor Chords: Tuesday, May 13

The Ting Tings Get Zinged by Apple and Dave Mustaine Offers a Coffee-of-the-Month Club

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  • From the 'duh' files: The Ting Tings received a noticeable bump from the inclusion of their song "Shut Up and Let Me Go" in the latest iPod/iTunes ad. It's not an explosion of Yael Naim proportions, but 1,100 to 24,000 downloads is nothing to sneeze at. [Silicon Valley Insider]

  • Megadeth legend/crybaby Dave Mustaine has turned his java love into a coffee-of-the-month club, where, for $19.99 a month, one cook their own blistering goblet of fire mud in the privacy of his own kitchen. [Idolator]

  • Why is the U.S. Postal Service so earnest and cute with their semi-cheesy campaigns? First it was the awesome "Star Wars" mailboxes, and now they've gotten serious about celebrating Frank Sinatra. Starting today, the USPS will be stamping the face of "Ol' Blue Eyes" on 42 cent stamps, bubble mailers, greeting cards, and a best-of compilation, "Sinatra Nothing But the Best." Sure that disc is available anywhere, but only at your local branch will you be able to get the bonus track "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself A Letter."

    UPDATE: Canada's getting into a similar act with ... uh... Gordon Lightfoot. [Press release]

  • Here's why Hear Music is being quietly phased out: the next release will be John Mellencamp's new disc "Life, Death, Love and Freedom." I'm sure it's fine, but would it seem weird if Bed Bath and Beyond or Chipotle put this out? Nope. Anyone could, and it would make sense, because John Mellencamp is like hamburger. The most "innovative" thing about this release? A new encoding method (called CODE) that supposedly makes the DVD version sound nice. Obviously, this is the Hail Mary both Starbucks and the music biz have been waiting for. [Billboard]

  • Is anyone else fiercely creeped out by the idea of sending their mother a Hallmark e-card that plays Salt 'n Pepa's "Push It?" [Wooohah!]