Music suggestion for the afternoon: Rare Earth.
Getting much enjoyment from “The Best of Rare Earth” this afternoon, doing some home repairs.
BBC: Soul singer Percy Sledge dies aged 74.
“This was the essence of soul, dripping with feeling. It never had a time, it was in a world of its own, so it was timeless.” RIP, good sir ... thanks for the airwaves.
Fast.co: Spotify, Tidal, Taylor Swift, And The Coming Streaming Music Wars.
“It seems unlikely that these new music services can convince the average consumer who spent $64 a year on music in the days of CDs, to pay $10 per month without first getting hooked.” Not so unlikely. Current media reports indicate Millenials aren’t into owning ‘stuff.’
I find the streaming systems incredibly freeing. Instead of buying a CD, playing it for about a week, getting bored of hearing it, storing it for umpteen years ... or buying MP3s and worrying over backup schemes ... I can make playlists and do the same thing without taking up any physical or hard drive space in my home. I can delete, restore, craft playlists, take advantage of others’ cleverly assembled playlists, etc. Of course, it’s another ‘service’. Death by a thousand cuts ... all these $10-20 monthly charges from online services we love to use. I suppose being involved in web design, I’m already accustomed to the service model, more than Americans in general.
Youtube: Photography Tips - Don’t be afraid to get it ‘wrong’. Fear is a creativity killer!
Medium/Cuepoint: The Wacky, Wiggly, Razor-Thin World of the Flexi Disc.
The Bongolian/Talking Synth.
For your next party. Just a random find; the whole album is like a Mad Men party scored by ethnic/techno aliens.
Mashable: Mumford & Sons debuts new electric guitar sound.
Not exactly a Dylanesque acoustic-to-electric moment. *yawn*
Youtube: Blank Space - Vintage Cabaret-Style Taylor Swift Cover, ft. Ariana Savalas.
The Register.UK: It’s too late, the aliens will attack in 2049.
“We’ll just have to hope that in fact life has not appeared in the Gliese 581 system (or any other within the emission cone of the Bebo guffpulse) - or that, if it has, it has not evolved beyond the level of unintelligent pond scum or similar and thus will not be offended by the transmission.”
(e) Science News: Power efficiency in the violin.
Aeon: Soleá - the flamenco of Seville.
WSJ: Cowboy Culture, Alive and Well.
“Given the historic relevance of cowboys and ranchers to the settlement of the American West and to American cultural identity generally, it is curious that art depicting cowboy life tends to be looked down upon in a way other regional forms of artistic expression — Appalachian bluegrass, Delta Blues, Amish and Shaker culture — are not. [snip] ... the art associated with them is often reckoned to be naive, little more than kitsch.” And that’s a shame. Though myth is thick on the ground, there is much to enjoy.
New Yorker: Bob Dylan, Extending the Line.
You know, I can’t help but contrast Dylan’s resentments with Brian William’s embellishments, and it softens my feeling about Mr Williams.
The Atlantic: Why Annie Lennox Had the Best Grammys Performance.
Cool Tools: Sony Pocket AM/FM Radio.
Hey, hipsters. Are you hip enough to carry an AM/FM portable? Didn’t think so.
Vox: Taylor Swift has trademarked the phrase “This Sick Beat”.
I should categorize these posts “Swift Businesswoman Watch”. As I’ve said before, she may have played the ingénue in the past, today is anything but. I applaud. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, right?
TechDirt: Classic Songs Of The 50s & 60s May Disappear From Streaming Thanks To Lawsuits.
“it seems quite likely that at least some, if not all, of these services are going to quickly realize that their best move is to simply remove all pre-1972 recordings from their catalog.” Oh, for heaven’s sake. What am I going to do without my Gene Vincent? Johnny Cash? Bob Dylan?
ArtDaily: Electronica pioneer Edgar Froese of futuristic sounding Tangerine Dream dead at 70.
“Virgin Records gave Tangerine Dream free rein in the studio and the result was 1974’s “Phaedra,” which became one of electronica’s seminal works. The album pushed the limits of the era’s sequencer technology to create a psychedelic atmosphere that some critics likened to space travel.” Seminal, indeed. Think of all that these albums spawned! Rest in peace, good sir.
Politico: The Hunting of Billie Holiday.
Horrific. A must-read.
ArtDaily: Iconic Rolling Stone magazine photos featured at the Reading Public Museum.
Go. See. Baron Wolman lives here in Santa Fe; his work is legendary.
“Barometer Soup” is just such a great album.
Not everyone cares for Buffett anymore ... he’ll always have a place in my album-rack. Hey, country music only *just* caught up to what Jimmy was doing in the late ‘70s/early ‘80s ...
Wired: Moog Music Recreates a Trio of Its Legendary Modular Synths.
What? No mention of Rick Wakeman and Wendy/Walter Carlos? C’mon, kid-journalists. Do your research!
Open Culture: Cab Calloway’s 1939 “Hepster Dictionary.”
It’s really the mezz.
NPR: Song Premiere - Bob Dylan, ‘Stay With Me’.
He sounds better to my ears than his last couple of recorded ventures. I never truly appreciated the man; making up for it now through digging in his back catalog.
Youtube: Imogen Heap talks about her gesture-control Mi.Mu gloves.
What I love about Imogen is that she defaults to action. One of those people who leads by doing.