I’m unearthing a unpublished draft post written in reaction to the announcement of Google Play All Access from 2013. I recall thinking of “Tyranny of the Majority”, “Dunbar’s Number” and “The 90-9-1 Principle” and the notion that communities of unpaid music curators are rare, fragile, precious and worthy of preservation. The thing is, what Google was promoting… Continue reading 2013 Exhumation: Robots want your love.
I would like to celebrate the twenty-plus years of the Art, Noise, DIY, Mysticism, and Creative Joy of Deerhoof. Trivia: Their seminal Apple’O album was recorded in one nine hour session.
Yes, I’m making a movie recommendation, because we all require a change of perspective. The film’s setting is the NYC theatre district, likely insignificant with respect to your ever-present concerns. However, I believe you will savor the artistry of this work because (a) you are a performer, (b) you have uncanny visual and audio acuity, or (c) you… Continue reading A Sincere Recommendation If You Can Spare Two Hours For Teleportation
I’ve known Roberto for a few years via a mutual friend and as such I knew some of his wonderful qualities, but until recently was totally unaware of the depth of his musical artistry. Exhibit A is his performance of Loro, composed by Egberto Gismonti. I believe this performance is especially noteworthy. The original is a… Continue reading Please enjoy Roberto Capocchi playing “Loro” by Egberto Gismonti.
I’ve seen lots of stuff I don’t understand but this particular video has me prisoner because I believe it signifies something of import. Yes, it is a mash-up of Death-Metal, Kawaii, millisecond edits, Jesus, teen-fetish, and intricate over-loaded hand gestures. It may play out as an ephemeral trans-cultural fad. However, I ponder why this artifact came to… Continue reading What is this Kawaii Metal?
The Spectacular Return of ‘The Spectacular Spinning Songbook’-Elvis Costello has decided to revolve again this year – bit.ly/14B7sRD — Elvis Costello (@ElvisCostello) March 22, 2013 More details regarding past tours.
In 2006 whilst on a relatively rare appearance outside Los Angeles, Greg Kot & Jim DeRogatis of SoundOpinions interviewed Jon Brion. The Full Show • Interview with Jon starts at ~ 20 minutes in. See also the Footnotes. TL;DR edited version: An illustrated YouTube excerpt of Songs vs. Performances
Rust Wall, a photo by Lex LeChef on Flickr.