I’m getting laughed at ...
for listening to movie soundtracks as I program. Yo, stuff it.
Mashable: Queen Announces Tour With Adam Lambert Filling in for Freddie Mercury.
NY Times: Sean Potts, 83, Master of the Tin Whistle and a Founder of the Chieftains, Dies.
vowe dot net: Streaming music has replaced my music collection.
A great deal of options.
MeFi: You can call Bruce Springsteen “King B”...
The Selvedge Yard: Austin Music History Chronicles/Photos & Words of Scott Newton.
Incredible. A must-read/must-see link.
BBC: Dolly Parton to play Glastonbury.
ArtDaily: One of the world’s finest collections of acoustic guitars to be auctioned.
If you’re near Manhattan, and admire fine guitars, go poke your nose in.
Rolling Stone: Jeff Beck on Next LP, Brian Wilson Project, Playing With Jimmy Page.
BBC: Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia dies at 66.
One of my favorite guitarists. I am bereft. Most only know him through his later work with Al DiMeola. His collaborations with Camaron de la Isla were the stuff of legend, changing the world of flamenco forever … largely unappreciated in our country. Sample.
NewMusicBox: You’re Doing Targeted Marketing Wrong.
NJ.com: Jon Stewart remembers his days as a bartender at Trenton punk rock club.
He probably served me. Dead Kennedys, 10,000 Maniacs, Nash the Slash, The Groceries, Regressive Aid, Men Without Hats … just to name a few. Not quite as dangerous as he makes it out to be. I once got in a heated argument about Reagan (what else would get me so worked up?) with another person there, and *walked* through the miserable streets of Trenton all the way to Lawrenceville before my friends found me and picked me up.
Selvedge Yard: ZZ Top, The Moving Sidewalks & The 13th Floor Elevators.
The New Yorker: The Strange Story of Chopin’s Heart.
What a strange journey; one that may not be over, methinks.
Steam Powered Giraffe: Honeybee.
Youtube: Jimmy Fallon & The Muppets Say Goodbye To “Late Night.”
Dell Laptop Forum: Installing VLC Media Player voids your speaker warranty!
Hmmm. Laptop speakers are so awful OEM, I suspect burning them out might be a service to audiophiles everywhere (joking, dryly). VLC does a bang-up job with FLACs. I like clean audio.
NY Review of Books: Why Bach Moves Us.
Bach as Jim Stark (Rebel Without A Cause, for those too young for the reference).
Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel: Stolen Stradivarius violin recovered, sources say.
Strad thefts fascinate me. Why anyone would be so idiotic as to even try.
OpenCulture: James Taylor and Joni Mitchell, Live and Together (1970).
Tidbits that I didn’t know.
Hyperallergic: Are Art Professionals Afraid of Fair Use?
“Visual art professionals are not making use of fair use, a new report issued by the College Art Association (CAA) says, in large part because they’re concerned about the repercussions of not obtaining copyright permissions.” Damned straight.
PS Mag: Study - For Some, Sad Music Can Bring Happiness.
I see it as more of a purge. I can indulge in sadness, drain it away via music, and be just that much happier afterwards. Music and performance have significant power to move, to heal. And more.
Mercedes-Benz: Mixed Tape 55 is available.
OpenCulture: Watch Documentaries on the Making of Pink Floyd’s DSoTM and WYWH.
“Fans of the band will need no further persuading to watch the above documentary about the making of Wish You Were Here, but if my touting doesn’t sway you, consider it then a rare opportunity to see some of the most talented musicians of the twentieth century at work, shining even into their very English older years (though rarely in the same room), with a dignity and dedication that is difficult to find in modern pop music. I say this with full awareness of how cranky it may sound, but so be it. They don’t make bands like this anymore.”
Gotta link to Shine On You Crazy Diamond. Just because.