Music Aficionado: The 5 Tracks That Launched The Jeff Beck Legend.
It’s the solo on “Shapes of Things” that they never play on the radio. Totally misses the point. And that’s commercial radio these days. Don’t know what to spin? Shove some Def Leppard in there. Every time I go anywhere in the car, I can guarantee at least two DL songs will play.
Coolist: The 18 Best Electric Guitars for Rockers of All Levels.
Three months to Xmas.
Good: Alanis Morissette And James Corden Sing An Updated Version of ‘Ironic’.
Couldn’t stand her at the time, but the updated lyrics are funny. I always associated her hits with the Clintons, because allegedly Chelsea got her Dad to become a fan.
Macworld: How to better organize your classical music in iTunes 12.5.
FYI. If you have the time to do such extra work.
ArtDaily: Spain’s Tomatito - 60 guitars and family-style flamenco.
NPR First Listen: Dwight Yoakam, ‘Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars…’
“Not only is this album a chance for Yoakam to prove that his material does in fact work in a bluegrass context, but he also reinterprets his songs with some of the genre’s most celebrated pickers behind him: guitarist Bryan Sutton, fiddler Stuart Duncan, banjo player Scott Vestal, mandolinist Adam Steffey and bassist Barry Bales.” If the first song is any indication, this is amazing.
NY Times Review: AC/DC, With Axl Rose, Shakes the Garden All Night Long.
“It was well into the homestretch of the concert, but Mr. Young just kept going nonstop for 15 minutes. He played blues riffs and zigzag lead lines and nagging trills and manic tremolo crescendos, racing around and under and up and down the whole stage set to end up on an elevator platform in a shower of confetti. It was a show of stamina and of sheer, cantankerous rock ’n’ roll persistence.” Huzzah, dude.
MeFi: The return of beautiful music.
Wish I could re-listen to WMMR from the old ‘70’s days (teen years). They’d play album sides, uninterrupted. Beat the hell out of “Cousin Brucie” on AM.
BBC: Prince death - Powerful drugs found in singer’s home ‘were mislabelled’.
Jeez. Someone screwed up, big time. I’m sure the boards will be full of conspiracy theories now.
NPR: First Listen - John Paul White, ‘Beulah’.
Jeff Beck at the Hollywood Bowl, 50 years!
Someone took various videos. Not just this one - check the right hand list of vids. WOOHOO.
YT: Massive Attack - The Spoils ft. Hope Sandoval.
Cate Blanchett, melting looks.
OpenCulture: One of the “Greatest Cultural Moments of the 20th Century”.
Rolling Stones, getting the Yardbird/Led out (credit where credit is due).
During yesterday’s visit to the gym, I’m working on the ellipticals behind all the other rows of equipment. I don’t watch television as I work out, but I can see what others are watching. As various people are watching RNC reruns, and and others intently gazing at media wonks placing bets on Wasserman-Schultz’ departure, the music on the overhead loudspeakers changes from the usual bump-thump to something strangely familiar. I realize I recognize it, through the haze of sweat ... and I nearly fall off the trainer laughing. “Sheep”, by Pink Floyd. Followed by ... “Reason to Believe”, by Springsteen. And, as people will do, they all start to step/pedal/ellipticalize to the songs’ rhythms. Then it all went back to current bump-thump music.
Just for a moment, it seems Clear Channel (or whatever service the gym uses) had an individual with a perspicacious sense of humor.
A moment I’ll treasure, courtesy a spin of life’s dice.
Repost from Facebook today.
WSJ: Spotify Rolls Out Programmatic Ad Buying.
FYI. Seems the monthly fee is not enough?
NY Times Review: Jeff Beck’s Virtuosic Sleight of Hand at Madison Square Garden.
Oil can guitars, that is.
Premier Guitar/Album Review: Jeff Beck’s Bigger, Better, Badder “Loud Hailer”.
NY’er: Headphones Everywhere.
You know, it’s curious. I stopped going to the gym about three years ago, and recently started back up. When I left, earbuds were the rage. Today, people are walking around with giant cans on their heads. My theory is (without any basis of evidence) that earbuds - no matter the price - sound like crap unless you have ears that fit the three-standard-size flanges. When you have ill-fitting earbuds, you tend to jack the volume, causing temporary deafness. I suspect everyone’s grokked to the fact that there’s nothing quite like the quality of sound of real headphones, and the volume can be set at an eardum-saving level. So you look like Mickey Mouse. At least you’ve got a soundtrack as you glazedly wander around the gym ... blissfully isolated from weight-banging, grunts and groans, fans, elliptical and treadmill whine ...
Rolling Stone: Jeff Beck Talks Seeing Jimi Hendrix, Topical New LP.
Love it. A keeper.
NPR: First Listen - Jeff Beck, ‘Loud Hailer’.
YT: Bon Jovi sings with Lourdes Valentin on a private wedding in Miami (4K).
He was a fluff-haired punk kid when I used to frequent Englishtown’s flea market. Now he looks like a dignified correspondent.
At 56, I feel old ...
ArtDaily: Elvis Presley guitarist Scotty Moore dies at 84.
Nature/SciReports: Occupational markers and pathology of the castrato singer Gaspare Pacchierotti.
“That ‘castrati’ were particularly tall has been known since antiquity, even Aristotle observed that ‘all animals, if operated on when young, become bigger than their unmutilated fellows’.” Didn’t know that.
ArtDaily: You can now sing ‘Happy Birthday’ free of charge.
Never occurred to me that it was under copyright restrictions. This could have been a powerful motivator for change in copyright duration, if used in a campaign.