I’m unearthing a unpublished draft post written in reaction to the announcement of Google Play All Access from 2013.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.
The glory of Deerhoof, two decades hence
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.
As far as I can discern, ex-Rdio, ex-MOG, and ex-Lala citizens are struggling to share their music discoveries. They’ve migrated to Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music or whatever, but it’s so painfully obvious those platforms have no interest in letting that band get back together. None of those platforms afford any notion of community. So I’m… Continue reading Post-Rdio
An Overdue Memorial
A quote from Tony Bennett, a performer I adore: Some people think that anyone could sing jazz, but they can’t. It’s a gift of learning how to syncopate but it’s also a spirit that you’re either born with or you’re not. And Amy was born with that spirit. The Amy he spoke of was Amy Winehouse.… Continue reading An Overdue Memorial
Please enjoy Roberto Capocchi playing “Loro” by Egberto Gismonti.
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.
What is this Kawaii Metal?
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?
Jon Brion on Songs vs. Performances
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