NYT Classical Playlist: Anne-Sophie Mutter, Christian Tetzlaff, Richard Egarr and More.
Smart; they assemble a Spotify playlist.
ArtDaily: Bob Dylan guitar sells for nearly $1mln in New York.
“An electric guitar on which Bob Dylan performed a legendary set at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 sold for a record $965,000 at an auction in New York on Friday.” Worth every penny. Virtually a holy relic, that is.
Mashable: 12 ‘Sound of Music Live!’ Performances You Should Rewatch.
Omigod. One thing continues to make me sad: Julie Andrews’ four octave soprano was an international treasure, and the doctors who ruined her vocal cords should be in jail. My other observation is, Captain Von Trapp needs to embody his profession. Does this actor look like he served on battleships and commanded a U-boat? No way. He looks like another soccer dad from down the block, nice voice or not. Suspension of disbelief: none.
Marshall Loudspeakers: Stanmore Black Bluetooth Loudspeaker.
Ya think this would go with a Hemingway-themed office? Big $$ for a Bluetooth speaker, though.
ReadWrite: Get Ready For The Streaming-Music Die-Off.
“Ultimately, the record labels are still calling the shots. And upstarts like Spotify, Rdio and the rest are learning that lesson the hard way, calling for sympathy while the shot-callers wring them out. In this old game, the dealer always wins.”
Guardian.UK: Roy Orbison - ‘My voice is a gift’.
25 years ago this week, we got a little more lonely.
Youtube: Coffee Creamer high speed video 2000fps 30fps playback.
Youtube: Robin Trower/Bridge of Sighs.
April Winchell: It’s That Time Again!
Hideous holiday music. Sample a few, see if has the same effect on you (or your pet). I immediately started howling like a dog.
CNet: NAD’s overachieving budget audiophile amplifier.
NAD has always been the brand for the person who knows that great sound is more than mere wattage.
Youtube: Just (Tap) Dance - Vintage 1940’s Jazz Lady Gaga Cover.
Dancin’ in the studio. Yeah.
ArtDaily: Italian Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci’s extremely rare Viola Organista.
“With elegant black and tan keys it looks like a baby grand piano, but when tinkled they release the voluptuous tones of a cello.” “Tinkle” is not a term I generally associate with a cello.
France24: Swan song for iconic French pianos by Pleyel.
Seems Pleyel has been on life support for decades.
GlobalPost: Concert pianist Laia Martin on trial for noisy practicing.
Seems kind of long after the events to be posting a suit.
SB Nation: Houston voters reject Astrodome plan, demolition likely, per report.
Looks like goodbye, Astrodome. I saw James Taylor, The Band, Emmylou Harris there on July 4, 1976. Pretty good acoustics, if my memory serves.
Rolling Stone: The Jimi Hendrix Experience Rips Through ‘Foxey Lady’ at Miami Pop in 1968.
Gajitz: High-Tech Window Cling is Like a Volume Knob for Real Life.
Yes, yes, YES! The morning school commuters and senior center folk are taxing our triple-pane windows. I need this YESTERDAY.
Rolling Stone: Lou Reed, Velvet Underground Leader and Rock Pioneer, Dead at 71.
BBC: How did ancient Greek music sound?
“Professor Martin West of Oxford has reconstructed the singing of Homer on that basis. The result is a fairly monotonous tune, which probably explains why the tradition of Homeric recitation without melody emerged from what was originally a sung composition.” All the more reason to write it into a book. Quick.
Gibson Blog: Super Heavy—The 10 Greatest Supergroups
Hmmm. There was a Supergroup that had immense influence, with just *one* song: Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Nicky Hopkins, Keith Moon. The original ‘lead zeppelin’.
OpenCulture: How Neil Young Introduced His Classic 1972 Album Harvest to Graham Nash.
“More barn!” Great.
PS Mag: Study—Musical Feedback Makes Workouts Feel Easier.
But … if you’re blasting it to drown out bad ‘musak’ at the gym, beware for your hearing.
Guardian.UK: David Byrne, ‘The internet will suck all creative content out of the world’.
Back to being starving artists. Except in the new model, ‘success’ means you still starve. Fleeting popularity, but no financial rewards. Grim, David, grim. I find I do use the discovery features on Spotify, but Spotify only suggests music they have available for free streaming. So I run another stream, without a purchase.
Macworld: Hands-on with Capo 3 for Mac—Easily learn your favorite songs.
No more sore finger from pushing “rewind” on the tape player. Or scratches on the record from repeatedly dropping the needle before that guitar solo …
Gizmodo: Tour the Art Train That Traveled from New York to Oakland.
I knew I should have taken the time to go see it down in Lamy.