BBC: A Point of View - The strangely enduring power of kitsch.
“At Christmas we are surrounded by kitsch - worn out cliches, which have lost their innocence without achieving wisdom. ” Quote of the season, that.
The European Magazine: What techno music and war have in common.
“The most famous ceasefire was among British and German regiments around Christmas Eve. German soldiers actually decorated their trenches with Christmas trees and began singing carols. British forces began singing back, and in a matter of hours over 100,000 troops were unofficially crossing into disputed territory to sing, exchange gifts, and celebrate with one another. This all occurred, mind you, during the second bloodiest conflict in European history.”
MobyLives: The last word on the Suzuki/O’Connor music book debate.
“What kind of bagels do you want me to bake for Christmas? Anything but cinnamon raisin.” The rest is informative if you are contemplating Suzuki training for your wee ones.
Xmas gift suggestion: Heartbreak Time Machine.
Well, dang ... Jeremiah’s out of his ‘Super Pak’. But you can still pick up a single, here. And you’ll be supporting another blogger.
Vimeo: Nils Frahm - Re (Official Music Video).
Ballou Projects: Cinderblock Speakers.
Oy, great idea!
Guardian.UK: A tale of two cités: can the Philharmonie de Paris bridge the social divide?
“The Philharmonie’s banks of seating are nested inside the much larger shell of the hall, floating free of its walls, making for an intimate experience in a large space: ‘no audience member will be more than 32 metres away from the performers,’ says chief executive Laurent Bayle, ‘but the room is large enough to be very resonant.’” Looks quite interesting. Proof is in the sound, of course.
Guardian.UK: Kyung Wha Chung - ‘I have always welcomed children to my concerts’.
“The concert hall and the theatre are probably the last havens of peace; places in which it is still expected that audiences can sit, absorb, think and contemplate without interruption. These periods of concentration are necessarily lengthy, and increasingly rare in the modern world.” The artist speaks. Previously.
Youtube: Christopher Lee. ‘Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing’ (2014).
Saruman sings. “I gave you the chance of aiding me willingly, but you have elected the way of pain.”
BBC: Renowned violinist berates coughing child.
We could judge of this better if we knew the age of the child. There are some things you just don’t bring a kid to, out of respect for the performance. Hey, if you want to bring a newborn to a Led Zeppelin reunion, have at it (not wise, but its your call) ... noone would notice. In a violin soloist performance - not so wise.
I lean on the side of the performers. It should be their call.
Austin Chronicle: Ian McLagan 1945-2014 - Faces/Small Faces mainstay moved to Austin in 1993.
“Asked to choose one group for inclusion, he answered without missing a beat: Small Faces, ‘cause we were first. And Steve [Marriott] and Ronnie [Lane] haven’t been honored, and it’s about bloody time.” It is time. Long past it, rather. And RIP, man.
Later: Youtube, Small Faces, Tin Soldier. Marriott - way ahead of his time.
NY Times Sunday Book Review: Greil Marcus’s ‘History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Ten
Open Culture: Chrissie Hynde’s 10 Pieces of Advice for “Chick Rockers” (1994).
Youtube: A RED thank you.
Bono was out, of course, Chris Martin stepped in (7 minutes in) ... but fast-forward to Springsteen at 38 minutes in.
Heartbreak Time Machine: Mustard Seed School Benefit, Holiday Heartbreak Show.
Frequent commenter Jeremiah’s doing some benefits. His limited edition single is gorgeous (and gorgeously packaged); designers on your gift list would love it.
Happy Turkey Day, all!
And a song suggestion. Stills *and* Hendrix.
EW/Goosebump Alert: See the music video for ‘The Hobbit’s ‘Last Goodbye’.
Well done. I might have assembled the edits a bit differently, but that’s a quibble.
Youtube: Buddy Guy & Jimi Hendrix - Jam Session.
Italian Ways: The paradox of the Ducati RR 3404.1 ”breadbox”.
Not a motorcycle. A tube radio.
CBC: Frederic Chopin’s heart exhumed in secret mission in Poland.
“Close to midnight on April 14, after the last worshippers had left the Holy Cross Church, 13 people sworn to secrecy gathered in the dark sanctuary.” Worthy of a short story, at least.
ArtDaily: The microphones the Beatles sang into at Liverpool’s Cavern Club at auction.
Lennon-spit! McCartney snozz! Step right up ...
Youtube:Band Aid 30 - Do They Know It’s Christmas? (2014).
Not as overwrought [in the archaic meaning] as previous versions.
MeFi: Before and after Cab Calloway’s Minnie the Moocher, there’s more to hear.
Cab’s an automatic reblog.
Pacific Standard: The Positive Emotional Impact of Sad Music.
“Music-evoked sadness can be appreciated not only as an aesthetic, abstract reward, but (it) also plays a role in well-being, by providing consolation as well as regulating negative moods and emotions.” For me, it’s like lancing a boil. Sad music draws the tragedy away, leaving a peaceful glow.
NY Times: Taylor Swift Announces World Tour and Pulls Her Music From Spotify.
“But the news that set tongues wagging in the music business was that Ms. Swift’s label, Big Machine, had ordered Spotify, the subscription streaming service, to remove all of her songs from the service in an effort drive up sales of her albums and songs.”
I called it the other day, didn’t I? Not the naive ingénue any longer; a canny capitalist. I suppose the only thing her Spotify-using fans can do is ... ‘shake it off.’