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.
Mashable: Kacey Musgraves sparkles on Sinatra’s ‘These Boots Are Made for Walkin’’
Sorry, Mash, Nancy’s got more vocal sass. I like Ms Musgraves, but her voice is curiously devoid of any vibrato. When you notice it, it’ll bug you.
Collectors Weekly: Could an Old-School Tube Amp Make the Music You Love Sound Better?
Uh, YES. But for only as long as the tubes last.
NPR: ‘Cold Mountain’ Takes Civil War Odyssey To The Opera Stage.
Locally, I hear nothing but great things about this new opera.
Day later: And the Times savages it. No mercy for the Confederates.
Hotel California. It still blows my mind ...
That this was released in February of the year I graduated high school. 1977. I still hear it daily on the local radio stations. Thirty. Eight. Friggin. Years. Ago.
my pen is a pistola: Punks in their homes.
I give you ... Iggy Pop vacuuming. [bottom image]
Quicksilver Messenger Service on rotation today.
Surprised by how much they seem to be influenced by the Yardbirds.
The Atlantic: How Classical Musicians Use iTunes (and Why They’re Ready to Stop).
“If classical listeners are ill-served by streaming services, though, they will stick with music files; and that means they represent, as a bloc, the set of listeners who will continue to maintain personal libraries of owned music even as the larger public rents their digital music instead. How are they adapting? As it turns out: poorly.” Yeah, I still occasionally purchase from eclassical [FLAC] rather than even attempt to stream.
YT: Creep - Vintage Postmodern Jukebox Radiohead Cover ft. Haley Reinhart.
Postmodern Jukebox just keeps on hittin’ it, doing modern pop songs with the 40’s vibe.
WaPo: Why do pop singers like Lady Gaga keep releasing jazz albums?
Counter. Why do pop singers keep releasing country albums? A whole lot more of those, than jazz albums.
New Yorker: Kacey Musgraves, Harper Lee, and the Home-Town Dilemma.
PDN: Taylor Swift Changes Photo Contract in Face of Outrage.
Fusion: Taylor Swift’s stage malfunction and being a pop star.
“For a little while, even Taylor Swift couldn’t just shake it off.” 24/7 bubbly optimism, countered by a mechanical. Imagine what was going on backstage ...
Rolling Stone/1971: Grand Funk Railroad - Is This Band Terrible?
NY Times: Santa Fe Opera Adds Performance of ‘Cold Mountain’.
Of note to locals and visitors.
BBC: BB King was not murdered, coroner rules.
He has not looked well for a while now. I had been concerned he was being worked/managed to death ... but for some, their life is onstage. I am no judge.
NewMusicBox: Ageism in Composer Opportunities.
“Discrimination against someone of the ‘wrong’ color, ethnicity, sex, or sexual orientation is generally frowned upon in modern society. Progress has been made on these fronts to change peoples’ thinking and to embrace inclusion. However, progress is still needed in the area of discrimination on the basis of a person’s age.” Yes, even in other niches, the tendency for ‘30 under 30’ articles feels like the media wearing prejudice on their sleeve. Some things are simply easier for the plasticities of youth; looking at those who are older and doing stunning work often shows a more admirable gritty determination: playing learned wisdom against the vagaries of age and health - and all while fighting today’s culture.
Speaking more broadly, the culture of youth worship is getting way, way out of hand. I try to always focus on the work before judging any other factor.