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.
BronxBanterBlog: The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis.
TechCrunch: Hundreds of Spotify credentials appear - users report accounts hacked.
FYI. I went ahead and changed my password, nonetheless.
NY Times: Prince and the Competition.
NY Times: Beyoncé Unearths Pain and Lets It Flow in ‘Lemonade’.
“How is this not a work of pretentious self-pity? How isn’t this the mistake of the year?” Perhaps it is the first wave of a much-needed correction for objectification and misogyny in hiphop lyrics. Waking up to the complexities, realities and responsibilities of relationship, color, sex. Ironic, then, that Billy Paul died over the weekend. He gave us the man’s view - smooth, no drama. Beyonce rips out the lady’s. Compare.
DP Review: Photographer Brian Ach shares his experiences of working with Prince.
Guitar World: Pioneering Guitarist Lonnie Mack Dead at 74.
Another great, gone.
Youtube: Prince, Honky Tonk Women.
Random emotion on Prince’s passing.
I hope someone comes up with a will that states he’d prefer to not be autopsied. The thought of that uber-private man ... who used his body so divinely ... being spatchcocked on a well-used stainless gurney bothers me. He who breaks something perfect to learn its springs and levers has left the path of wisdom and all that. Leaving his cause of death a mystery could be seen as a mark of respect. IMHO. We really don’t need to know, do we?
Prince’s influence still surrounds us.
BBC: Prince, singer and superstar, dies at 57 at Paisley Park.
Later: The NY Times catches up.
Even later: Alas, one of Jeff Beck’s wishes, to play with Prince, will never come to pass. I theorize it’s one of the reasons he chose Rhonda Smith for his current band.
Dazed: M.I.A criticises political conversation in America.
“Is Beyoncé or Kendrick Lamar going to say Muslim Lives Matter? Or Syrian Lives Matter? Or this kid in Pakistan matters? That’s a more interesting question. [snip] You cannot ask it on a song that’s on Apple, you cannot ask it on an American TV programme, you cannot create a tag on Twitter, Michelle Obama isn’t going to hump you back.”
Rolling Stone: Jeff Beck Talks Moving Past ‘Guitar Nerd’ Albums on New LP.
Can’t recall if I posted this or not.
Freddie Mercury—analysis of speaking fundamental frequency, vibrato, and subharmonics.
Random find. Related note: I felt American Idol should have ended after finding Adam Lambert. The competition was always weighted towards finding a new Freddie Mercury; all the critique/comments tended in that direction from Day One of the show. Lambert is about as close as a television contest would ever get.
Rolling Stone: Watch Guns N’ Roses Bring Out AC/DC’s Angus Young at Coachella.
NY Times: Set List - Esperanza Spalding Introduces Fans to ‘Emily’.
Roll “Rest in Pleasure” and imagine a collaboration with Imogen Heap and Jeff Beck.
TechDirt: Led Zeppelin Case Will Go To A Jury ... Meaning Band Will Almost Certainly Lose.
This behavior began with the Yardbirds. At least the snitching was somewhat even-handed between the great black bluesmen and original white artists. I suppose a question is, can you copyright a riff. Even “Smoke on the Water” was snitched from elsewhere (a very surprising source, if you go looking). Most cases come down to whether the riff is also the main melody of the song. Certainly “Stairway” wouldn’t be the same without the riff. Not all the song, but inextricably required for it to be popular.
Guardian.UK: Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven may be partly stolen, judge says.
Isn’t the first. Zep is *legendary* for this. It’s the bitter fruit you must eat from, before declaring them legend.
Beneath the Underground: New Single “Talk To You”.
Commenter Jeremiah has a new song out.
LitHub: The Greatest Violin No One’s Ever Heard.
Some things should remain mystery.
NPR: First Listen - Santana, ‘Santana IV’.
Carlos still has the chops.
Guardian.UK: Holograms and holistic health: what will music festivals of the future look like?
Nah. Never liked crowds. My urban friends in NYC thought an empty bar was a waste; they preferred the Japanese-subway variety. Give me an empty wilderness.