Boston Globe: A revolution rattling the world of organ music.
Classic Rock: Jeff Beck tribute gets re-release.
Attention, Beck fans!
Two books on the history of ‘the Castrati’. I cross my legs and move on ...
Open Culture: Download Jim Rockford’s Answering Machine Messages as MP3s.
Just because it’s “Rockfish.”
Guardian.UK: Imogen Heap - saviour of the music industry?
Immy never sits still.
Dazed: Taylor Swift catches criticism for ‘colonialist’ new video.
Hypersensitivity over just about everything seems to be the style today. How many similar fashion spreads have been done in the last year?
ArtDaily: Craft in America episode focuses on fine handmade instruments.
“Craft in America, the Peabody Award-winning documentary series, now in its 7th season, returns to PBS, on November 20th at 10pm, with an all new episode, titled MUSIC, which focuses on how fine handmade instruments are crafted and the world-renowned artists who play them, demonstrating the perfect blend of form and function.”
Slate: Sinead O’Connor called and bet me a meal that I’d change my mind about her music.
Refreshing to read about a critic getting rocked back on their heels.
Digital Reader: Scribd Dials Back Its Audiobook Service.
“Both of Scribd’s bold moves made the service attractive to potential subscribers, but they came at too high of a price. Rather than just draw in paying customers, Scribd attracted the type of customer it does not want - those who would use the service as it was intended by consuming as much content as they can.” My italic emphasis.
NY Times: Keith Richards on ‘Crosseyed Heart’ - It’s Solo Rock ’n’ Rol
“When you’re a musician, you don’t retire. You play up until you can’t breathe.” Not a quote from Keith, but a good one nonetheless.
NY Times: The Creative Apocalypse That Wasn’t.
“If the prices of traditional media keep falling, then it seems logical to critics that we will end up in a world in which no one has an economic incentive to follow creative passions. The thrust of this argument is simple and bleak: that the digital economy creates a kind of structural impossibility that art will make money in the future.” My italic emphasis.
ArtDaily: Russian call on US to hand over Rachmaninov remains raises stir.
“We have no plans to go against his wishes, so he will remain there. There should be absolutely no confusion.” Doesn’t look neglected to me. [Seems to be some ‘ff’ and ‘v’ spell-the-name controversy here. ‘ff’ is the correct method, I believe.]
Youtube: Lana Del Rey - High By The Beach.
3:40. Feel strongly about papparazzi, do we?
NPR/First Listen: ‘Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’.
NY Times Review: Santa Fe Opera Offers ‘The Daughter of the Regiment,’ More.
“This was my first visit, and while I’m told it can turn cold and rainy, I’m inclined — after an uninterrupted succession of warm, dry days and mild nights — to think that’s a lie.” It’s only had a roof since ‘98. The first operas I saw there, no roof, they’d sell these little vinyl hood-and-capes for ladies to protect their hair, as the monsoon season rains inevitably came. And boy ... thunder and lightning add immense staging to an opera. For the right production - wowzer, you’ve never seen the like.
Tired of flippant as ‘fresh’ in reviews. Same guy who savaged “Cold Mountain.” Many up-and-comers build their chops here. Dump the flippancy and give them some encouragement, hmmm? NYC’s offerings would be nowhere near as nice, without us.
ArtDaily: Keith Richards says ‘Sgt. Pepper’ was ‘rubbish’.
“Some people think it’s a genius album, but I think it’s a mishmash of rubbish, kind of like ‘Satanic Majesties.’” He’s releasing a new album, so needs a little attention.
Mashable: Kacey Musgraves sparkles on Sinatra’s ‘These Boots Are Made for Walkin’’
Sorry, Mash, Nancy’s got more vocal sass. I like Ms Musgraves, but her voice is curiously devoid of any vibrato. When you notice it, it’ll bug you.
Collectors Weekly: Could an Old-School Tube Amp Make the Music You Love Sound Better?
Uh, YES. But for only as long as the tubes last.
NPR: ‘Cold Mountain’ Takes Civil War Odyssey To The Opera Stage.
Locally, I hear nothing but great things about this new opera.
Day later: And the Times savages it. No mercy for the Confederates.
Hotel California. It still blows my mind ...
That this was released in February of the year I graduated high school. 1977. I still hear it daily on the local radio stations. Thirty. Eight. Friggin. Years. Ago.
my pen is a pistola: Punks in their homes.
I give you ... Iggy Pop vacuuming. [bottom image]
Quicksilver Messenger Service on rotation today.
Surprised by how much they seem to be influenced by the Yardbirds.
The Atlantic: How Classical Musicians Use iTunes (and Why They’re Ready to Stop).
“If classical listeners are ill-served by streaming services, though, they will stick with music files; and that means they represent, as a bloc, the set of listeners who will continue to maintain personal libraries of owned music even as the larger public rents their digital music instead. How are they adapting? As it turns out: poorly.” Yeah, I still occasionally purchase from eclassical [FLAC] rather than even attempt to stream.
YT: Creep - Vintage Postmodern Jukebox Radiohead Cover ft. Haley Reinhart.
Postmodern Jukebox just keeps on hittin’ it, doing modern pop songs with the 40’s vibe.
WaPo: Why do pop singers like Lady Gaga keep releasing jazz albums?
Counter. Why do pop singers keep releasing country albums? A whole lot more of those, than jazz albums.