Youtube: Jeff Beck & Jimmy Hall - Red House (4-25-15).
After 5. Crank it.
Extra points: Jeff does The Thrill is Gone as an encore the day after BB passed on.
Audio’s turrible, but Jeff Beck and ZZ Top doing “Rough Boy”.
May 2, 2015. If you’re a Beck fan, you know the song - according to Jeff himself - pulled him out of one of his ‘disappearing act’ periods and restored his faith that guitar still had a place in music. Thank goodness Billy whipped this one out when he did. Also - a slew of current tour videos are appearing on YT. I want to hear a decent recording of “A Change is Gonna Come”!!
LA TImes: Blues legend B.B. King, inspiration to generations of musicians, dies at 89.
“King learned quickly that people threw more money when he changed the word “Lord” in his gospel songs to “baby” and turned them into secular love songs.” This and other interesting tidbits inside.
Later: Spotify has a channel, ‘Ride with the King’, in tribute.
More meetings. Links soon.
UltimateClassicRock: Hear Jeff Beck’s New Live Version of ‘Superstition’.
More along the lines of Stevie Wonder’s, than Beck, Bogert and Appice. Jimmy Hall gets very close to Tim Bogert’s crazy highs here though.
Later: Great preview of upcoming show, too.
Rolling Stone:Hear Jeff Beck’s First Studio Track in Five Years ‘Tribal’.
“It was meant to be for extreme club/dance-type music, and it went through several radical changes that just didn’t work. So with Ruth’s vocal we stripped it back to just me and Veronica, with Rhonda’s bass dubbed later, which brought back the wild roughness that I was originally after.” At the bottom of the page. Sounds like he’s tipping back towards 2003’s “Jeff” album. Perhaps it’s a needed bounceback after the failed tour with Brian Wilson ... or just getting edgy after all the live shows rehashing his best works. I’ve been wondering when he was going to tear a new hole in the fabric of reality.
Yahoo/Music: Hear It First - Jeff Beck Previews Live Track, ‘Going Down’
Glorious noise. I miss Vinny C.; Joseph is more workmanlike. [Didn’t realize he was married to Joss Stone’s mum.] And Jimmy Hall is no Beth Hart. But I’ll take it. Two new tracks on the album, too. Turn it up loud.
Colossal: Large Format Photographs Capture Ornate Opera Houses From Around the World.
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?