“Nametones” section debuts at Myxer.com!

Make your mobile phone truly yours with this ultra-personalized ring bling!

With Myxer’s Nametones, your phone can announce your name when it rings (Aaron, Your Phone Is Ringing), or when a specific friend or family member is buzzing (Your Moms Calling). Set to Hip-Hop, R&B and Country tunes, there’s literally a ringtone with your name on it at Myxer.

Find hundreds of Nametones in its brand-new section at Myxer.com. There’s even spiffy search feature right there on the section’s main page!

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Myxer.com kicks it Digital Underground style!

There ain’t no party like a Digital Underground party, ‘cuz the D.U. party don’t stop … and today, the Bay Area hip hop crew is having the hugest of parties at Myxer.com!

It’s a takeover of Humpty-Hump proportions: Digital Underground, best-known for their 1989 breakthrough first single, “The Humpty Dance,” has commandeered Myxer’s home page to promote their new single (and free ringtone), “Children of the Sun.” It’s fresh from D.U.’s latest album, Cuz A D.U. Party Don’t Stop, and it’s another salute to the band’s 1970s funk-inspired roots.

Snag the free ringtone here:

More from Digital Underground at Myxer

DU PartyNow if you’re too young to remember “The Humpty Dance” and the brilliant debut of D.U., get your learn on: Born in the late 80’s, while hip-hop was consumed by the hardcore, noisy political rap of Public Enemy and the gangsta rap of N.W.A., Digital Underground sneaked out of Oakland with their bizarre, funky homage to Parliament-Funkadelic.

The group built most of their music from P-Funk samples and developed a similarly weird sense of style and humor. Most-known in the bunch is Humpty Hump — a ridiculous comical figure with a Groucho Marx nose and glasses and a goofy, stuttering voice — is the most famous, especially since he was immortalized on their breakthrough single, “The Humpty Dance.”

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Indie rockers The Spinto Band conquer Myxer.com!

Holy crap, the home page over Myxer.com has been commandeered by the brilliant indie rockers The Spinto Band! These Delaware-based fellows crank out infectious, friendly, poppy beats — and they’ve brought their cheer to Myxer with today’s Pick of the Day, “Pumpkins & Paisley.” Check it out!

There’s even more from The Spinto Band at Myxer … and be sure to check out the band’s website and Myspace page for even more information about these high-spirit indie trailblazers!

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“The Office” star Rainn Wilson has new movie, podcast, ringtones

We love the NBC show The Office — in the world according to MINE, it’s the funniest show on TV. One of our favorite characters, nerdly Dwight, is a hoot. The paper salesman digs Battlestar Galactica, is an uber science-fiction geek … and is a social trainwreck. While we MINERS idolize geeks of the highest magnitude (we’re all armed with +4 Spectacles of Vulcan Knowledge here at MINE HQ), we don’t want to be Dwight.

But damn, do we want to be Rainn Wilson, the guy who plays him.

Wilson is starring in a new film debuting next week called The Rocker. He plays Robert “Fish” Fishman, a rock and roll drummer who, back in the 1980s, was on the cusp of superstardom — but was booted from the band. While his band Vesuvius roared to the top of the charts, Fish was doomed to an anonymous office life for the next 20 years. Until his nephew’s band needs a drummer to play at the 2008 high school prom….

The movie looks like hella fun, and to celebrate its release, MINE’s sister site Myxer.com has posted official (and awesome!) ringtones and wallpapers you can download to your phone. And while getting paid to beat on drums for a comedic movie is one reason (of many) that we’re courting a serious bout of Rainn Envy, it doesn’t compare to Wilson’s latest project, the video podcast “Book Chat.”

Book Chat

Book Chat

Book Chat — found here in iTunes — is Wilson at his funniest. But what astounds us geeks is the living legend he’s interviewing for the show: former Guns ‘N Roses guitarist Slash. Book nerd Wilson does everything wrong in these interviews (making them absolutely right), as he mistakes Slash for Maya Angelou, asks the guitarist to create a theme song for the show, commands Slash to read with a more “manly” voice, and much more.

Slash resorts to physical violence. It’s brilliant stuff.

Dig this link for a peek at one of Wilson’s Book Chat episodes, titled “London” over at the MINE blog … and be sure to check out the podcast, ringtones and upcoming The Rocker flick!

–J.C. Hutchins

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Indie rocker truly “mobilized” by Myxer.com

As you Myxer faithful know, Myxer.com is the biggest and best place to find ad-supported (that means free, homes) content for your mobile phone. Our motto is “Go with it!”, and when users zip content to their phones, we call that being “mobilized by Myxer.”

Well, meet indie musician Matthew Ebel. (He’s a handsome devil, ain’t he?) The Boston-based rocker is literally Going with it and being “mobilized” in a way we’ve never seen before. Ebel — who’s known for his spunky, fun rock tunes (his bio proclaims he’s a “space pirate captain that takes his fans and friends beyond the mundane” … and we totally agree with that) — recently gave a shout on his blog that Myxer couldn’t resist.

Since Ebel is spending the summer rocking the residents on Block Island, Rhode Island, he needed some wheels to get around. But he also wanted to make a difference, and not use a gas-guzzler for his island-based travels. “I want to show this island a better way to get around than the usual single-occupant SUV,” he wrote in the post. “You can help me make it happen! Most people won’t want to bike everywhere like I do, but I want to introduce them to an electric bike conversion kit.”

Ebel asked for corporate sponsorshop to snag the kit, and Myxer.com rose to the challenge. Behold, the first video Ebel created about his soon-to-be-constructed electric bicycle:

Ebel will be posting updates about the “Myxercycle” on his blog in the weeks ahead. (Now if we can just get him a spandex suit that says MYXERMAN, he can give the Dark Knight a run for his money.) It’s a cool story of an independent musician not only caring about the environment, but giving a holler to the community for support.

Even cooler than the Myxercycle is Ebel’s music itself. His music is a fun blur of rock and pop, with intelligent lyrics. Check out free samples of his music here, and dig his Myxer Artist page. There, you can snag some ad-supported (that’s free, homes) ringtones based on his songs.

Finally, click the link below to listen to — and download! — the title track of Ebel’s latest album, “Goodbye Planet Earth.” It’s free!

Matthew Ebel – “Goodbye Planet Earth”

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