ArtDaily: US bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley dies at 89.
Another RIP. Get them all out of the way early in the day ... “O Death” was incredible.
Youtube: Jeff Beck - Live In The Dark [Official Lyric Video].
From the new album! Interesting day to choose for a song with this title. I love when Jeff gets ‘dirty’ with his distortion, with a growling female singer. Remember on Flash, Karen Lawrence belting ‘Back on the Streets’?
Hazlitt: Our Adored Cadavers.
Hollywood Reporter: Led Zeppelin Wins ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Jury Trial.
After the “Blurred Lines/Marvin Gaye” trial, I suspected something awry. Digging further - and it’s hard to find - the attorney for Spirit is a bit of a nut, and threw his net way too wide. If he’d limited his argument to “Stairway/Spirit” *alone*, he likely would have won. He may appeal.
Question is ... virtually all of Zep is 12-bar blues. Yet everyone using that historical progression has copyrighted their individual works. How is that any different?
Music’s just gonna get more interesting.
DYT: 1980s - The Period Of Women Rock Hairstyle Boom.
Oh man. There’s a blast from the past. Hairspray and blowdryers!
Music new to me: Sarah Jarosz.
Just ran across her work. Wonderful.
WaPo: A shattering revelation about ‘Stairway to Heaven’.
Travelling Wilburys - End of the Line.
When in the middle of a tough deadline, 3AM, all of the crew on headsets, a seemingly endless tortuous slog rehearsing terrible speaker presentations ... we’d start singing this. It was a spark of hope in a dark time. I need it today.
Telegraph.UK: Eric Clapton struggling to play guitar because of damage to his nervous system.
Age. Catches up with us all. That top-20 list ... putting Beck at 20. Ridiculous.
Atlas Obscura: Exploring the Secrets of Soothing Spaceship Sound.
Best part is the link to the 24-hour loop of Enterprise ambient sound. Better yet, mix two - Enterprise and ISS (click play on both videos in this article).
WSJ: How Bugs Bunny and ‘Kill the Wabbit’ Inspired a Generation of Opera Stars.
I’ve said it many times here. My appreciation of classical music started with Looney Tunes.
Youtube: Duran Duran - Hungry Like the Wolf (Vocals Half-Step Out of Key).
Economist.UK: Musical innovation - Musicians who keep a-changin’.
Theremin - Play your own musical synth with delay, feedback & scuzz.
Spacey, man. Trippy.
Kirk Douglas: The Epiphone Interview.
Prince was not always a Prince. Just keeping it real. Everyone is a complex amalgam of behaviors.
YT: Tal Wilkenfeld - Under the Sun.
Singing. 2016. Wish she’d stop by Santa Fe.
YT: Acapella - The Millennials song parody.
You’ll die laughing. If you’re not a Millenial.
Just play it. If you’ve never heard it, you’ll love it (or kill me).
YT: Rita Moreno - Berklee Commencement Address.
She raps about halfway in. She even worked in ‘perspicacity’. You go, girl.
LRB: Ian Penman reviews Patti Smith’s ‘M Train’ and ‘Collected Lyrics 1970-2015’.
Very long article. Skim. “I’ve known many people who dearly love Horses, but I can’t recall a single person ever declaring a passion for any of the other work, intermittent poetry and photography included.”
NY Times: Warsan Shire, the Woman Who Gave Poetry to Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’.
Ah, so this young woman is the wordsmith. Props.
Daily Beast: Does Beyoncé Write Her Own Music? And Does It Really Matter?
“On Beyoncé’s new album Lemonade, already a religious work for its legion of worshippers, that village is populated by dozens of the industry’s most in-demand producers and no less than 72 writers, including James Blake, The Weeknd, Jack White, and, um, Led Zeppelin.” Read it, see what you think.
xoJane: ‘I Am Becky With the Good Hair’.
Hell of a good article. She almost single-handedly overpowers the original material.
Youtube: Are You Gonna Be My Girl - Vintage Swing Jet Cover ft. Addie Hamilton.
Never gets old, PMJ.