TorrentFreak: Spotify Starts Shutting Down Its Massive P2P Network.
Fashion Gone Rogue: Unretouched Lady Gaga Versace Ads.
A whole lotta manipulation goin’ on.
Pacific Mag: Study - When Things Look Dark, Country Music Gets Sunnier.
Hmmm. Most of country today seems to have advanced to where Jimmy Buffet was in ‘80-‘82, but without the lyricism. Still 34 years behind the eight ball, and that says something more than what this article is touting.
Later: Some country music artist ‘faved’ this on Twitter. I hope they read it first.
NPR: Play It Again And Again, Sam.
“Musical repetitiveness isn’t really an idiosyncratic feature of music that’s arisen over the past few hundred years in the West. [snip] It seems to be a cultural universal. Not only does every known human culture make music, but also, every known human culture makes music [in which] repetition is a defining element.” Synchronicity again. I’d just been wondering about this. I’ve switched to listening to a ‘smooth jazz’ (no comments) station, in my desperation to escape endless loops of Sweet Child of Mine, Radar Love, Hotel California and Oye Como Va Mi Ritmo (the go-to ‘Latino’ rock standard), thanks to Clear Channel owning wide swaths of broadcast space. Hearing the bass-thump of Radar Love again almost makes me murderous … it comes up on commercial stations multiple times a day.
Hey, my Spotify finally upgraded.
So ‘last week’, I know. Wow man … black. Still can’t make folders for organizing playlists. Meh.
CBS News/60 Minutes/Vanity Fair: Music Poll.
“Portuguese got only one percent, but if any of those people polled were shown a video of Brazilian Bossa Nova singer Astrid Gilberto singing The Girl From Ipanema in her native tongue accompanied by Stan Getz on the saxophone, they might have reconsidered their vote.” Agreed. Not just Astrid; try Céu.
NPR: Measles At A Rock Concert Goes Viral In A Bad Way.
“The reason we’re doing this is that it’s so highly contagious. [snip] It can stay in the air for hours after the contagious person has left. If we don’t treat these people, the chain of transmission can continue.”
PS Mag: Study Casts Doubt on Superiority of Stradivarius Violins.
“Six of the soloists chose new violins as their hypothetical replacement instruments, while four chose ones made by Stradivari. One particular new violin was chosen four times, and one Stradivarius was chosen three times, suggesting those instruments were the clear favorites.”
The Daily Beast: Rashida Jones and the Pornification of Pop.
I agree with Ms Jones. Proof? This photo does more for me than any of the current pop-diva video gyrations. Consider what is ‘not said’, the negative space, along with what is patently obvious. Letting the mind indulge in a little fantasy, rather than leaving nothing to imagination and exposing all in technicolor debauchery and hydraulics, would be my choice.
Stereogum: Chrissie Hynde – “Dark Sunglasses”.
Where did I put my black denim skinny jeans?
Historical Nonfiction: Tipu’s Tiger, a life-size, working mechanical organ.
Curiously appealing. Watch your volume.
Last.fm drops streaming, as of April.
“Today we have announced significant changes to Last.fm subscriptions. From the 28th of April 2014, our subscription radio streaming service will no longer be available. This means that traditional subscriber radio will no longer work on any platform or device.” Scrobbling will still function, apparently.
WaPo Wonkblog: What women want on the dance floor, according to science.
Hmmm. And parachute pants.
Youtube: The Best of Al Hirt, 1966/RCA Victor LSP 330.
There’s a name I haven’t heard mentioned in ages ...
Pacific Standard: Can a Song’s Lyrics Predict Its Commercial Success?
ArtDaily: 1962 Rickenbacker played by George Harrison and John Lennon highlights auction.
“Harrison used the historical Rickenbacker for The Beatles first appearance on the television program Ready Steady Go! in October of 1963 and on the program Thank Your Luck Stars in December of 1963. He also used it during a week-long tour in Sweden. Harrison was photographed with the guitar extensively and the entire band has been photographed posing with the guitar. This is purported to be the only known photograph in existence of all four members of The Beatles holding a single guitar.” This one’s gonna break the bank.
CNet: Courtney Love/I may have found missing Malaysian plane.
The oil slick, maybe. A plane hundreds or even thousands of feet down in the ocean? No.
Spotify’s added Jeff Beck in Tokyo, 1 and 2.
Just thought others might be interested. And ZZ Top/Jeff Beck in LA at the Greek Theatre on August 13? Yeow. If you’re local, don’t miss it. Last time I saw him in concert, he played loud enough that back-of-the-theatre seats were just fine.
Later: I forgot, his new album’s due to drop next month. The video here has a preview. Beck starts his stuff at about 5:00. The combo is definitely psychedelic; I may be crazy, I suspect it harkens back to “Roger the Engineer”, with the Yardbirds.
Guardian.UK: Lady Gaga gives mixed message at SXSW about corporate interference.
“It’s like everyone forgets where the music industry is now when it comes to me. It’s like you listen to my music and you’re time warped to the 70s or something.” Um, yeah … like you yourself aren’t a timewarp to the 80’s? [Without the great drumming …]
FastCoDesign: The Story Behind The THX Deep Note.
Rocknerd: Neil Young launches new music player based on magic beans and unicorn poop.
“If Neil Young, age 68, who’s played feedback-drenched noise on stage for the past forty-odd years, can reliably tell a Pomo file from a FLAC prepared from said Pomo file in A/B/X testing, I will give you a lollipop. Two lollipops.” I play FLAC through VLC, on half-decent speakers, and love it. Listening to FLAC quality through earbuds is a waste of time, for this old A/V dude … [Thanks, BillSaysThis!]
I’m getting laughed at ...
for listening to movie soundtracks as I program. Yo, stuff it.