Re/code: ‘Song Machine’ Author John Seabrook Explains Max Martin Q&A.
The hors d’oeuvre. Now, the main course. Everything that’s wrong with music today, traces back to Milli Vanilli ... or it seems. We didn’t like the prepackaged machine then, we don’t seem to care now.
NPR: You’ve Got A Home - June Millington’s Lifelong Journey In Rock.
Woulda, coulda, shoulda.
The Verge: Rdio is shutting down and Pandora is buying up the scraps.
Question is, how long for Pandora itself?
BeardedSpice, Mac Media Keys for the Masses.
Someone may find this handy. Just saw it in a thread.
Youtube: Joss Stone Temple Pilots Performs “Interstate Love Song”.
Not bad. The guitarist needs to practice the opening bit - what a hash compared to the recorded version.
Beneath the Underground: New CD - “The 512EP” available November 12th.
Jeremiah’s got a new EP rolling out in days.
Guardian.UK: Classical music isn’t a secret society unless we allow it to be.
“I wonder if the old myths about classical music stick among younger people – that unless you know the language, have been brought up around it, it feels like visiting a foreign country. And that once there, you won’t understand the language and you’ll stand around feeling like a bit of a dill.” Some days, I can’t tolerate anything but classical. Esp. on commercial radio.
What Happens to Your Movies If Amazon Goes Out of Business? - The Atlantic
“So what happens if the company that sold you that song goes out of business? Very quickly, things go from being complicated to becoming a ‘super complex’ problem ...” There are certain bits of music I’ve probably bought half a dozen different times. Records. Tapes. CDs. MP3s. There should be a way for me to prove ownership, and have access to what I’ve purchased, without having to re-$$ the situation.
The Rumpus: Rihanna Talks Dolezal, Domestic Abuse, And Success.
This is why pop stars are terrible morality judges. Once again, Americans prefer the ‘authentic replica’, rather than the actual article.
Boston Globe: A revolution rattling the world of organ music.
Classic Rock: Jeff Beck tribute gets re-release.
Attention, Beck fans!
Two books on the history of ‘the Castrati’. I cross my legs and move on ...
Open Culture: Download Jim Rockford’s Answering Machine Messages as MP3s.
Just because it’s “Rockfish.”
Guardian.UK: Imogen Heap - saviour of the music industry?
Immy never sits still.
Dazed: Taylor Swift catches criticism for ‘colonialist’ new video.
Hypersensitivity over just about everything seems to be the style today. How many similar fashion spreads have been done in the last year?
ArtDaily: Craft in America episode focuses on fine handmade instruments.
“Craft in America, the Peabody Award-winning documentary series, now in its 7th season, returns to PBS, on November 20th at 10pm, with an all new episode, titled MUSIC, which focuses on how fine handmade instruments are crafted and the world-renowned artists who play them, demonstrating the perfect blend of form and function.”
Slate: Sinead O’Connor called and bet me a meal that I’d change my mind about her music.
Refreshing to read about a critic getting rocked back on their heels.
Digital Reader: Scribd Dials Back Its Audiobook Service.
“Both of Scribd’s bold moves made the service attractive to potential subscribers, but they came at too high of a price. Rather than just draw in paying customers, Scribd attracted the type of customer it does not want - those who would use the service as it was intended by consuming as much content as they can.” My italic emphasis.
NY Times: Keith Richards on ‘Crosseyed Heart’ - It’s Solo Rock ’n’ Rol
“When you’re a musician, you don’t retire. You play up until you can’t breathe.” Not a quote from Keith, but a good one nonetheless.
NY Times: The Creative Apocalypse That Wasn’t.
“If the prices of traditional media keep falling, then it seems logical to critics that we will end up in a world in which no one has an economic incentive to follow creative passions. The thrust of this argument is simple and bleak: that the digital economy creates a kind of structural impossibility that art will make money in the future.” My italic emphasis.
ArtDaily: Russian call on US to hand over Rachmaninov remains raises stir.
“We have no plans to go against his wishes, so he will remain there. There should be absolutely no confusion.” Doesn’t look neglected to me. [Seems to be some ‘ff’ and ‘v’ spell-the-name controversy here. ‘ff’ is the correct method, I believe.]
Youtube: Lana Del Rey - High By The Beach.
3:40. Feel strongly about papparazzi, do we?
NPR/First Listen: ‘Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’.
NY Times Review: Santa Fe Opera Offers ‘The Daughter of the Regiment,’ More.
“This was my first visit, and while I’m told it can turn cold and rainy, I’m inclined — after an uninterrupted succession of warm, dry days and mild nights — to think that’s a lie.” It’s only had a roof since ‘98. The first operas I saw there, no roof, they’d sell these little vinyl hood-and-capes for ladies to protect their hair, as the monsoon season rains inevitably came. And boy ... thunder and lightning add immense staging to an opera. For the right production - wowzer, you’ve never seen the like.
Tired of flippant as ‘fresh’ in reviews. Same guy who savaged “Cold Mountain.” Many up-and-comers build their chops here. Dump the flippancy and give them some encouragement, hmmm? NYC’s offerings would be nowhere near as nice, without us.
ArtDaily: Keith Richards says ‘Sgt. Pepper’ was ‘rubbish’.
“Some people think it’s a genius album, but I think it’s a mishmash of rubbish, kind of like ‘Satanic Majesties.’” He’s releasing a new album, so needs a little attention.