I’m unearthing a unpublished draft post written in reaction to the announcement of Google Play All Access from 2013.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
We Believe The Cellist: Google Smears @zoecello and All Independent Artists
Originally posted on The Trichordist:
? As David noted in his recent post (“Zoë Keating vs YouTube: The End of an Artist’s Right to Choose Where Their Music Appears on The Internet“), Google started a whisper campaign to journalists against Zoë Keating as soon–if not even before–the story first broke on Digital Music News. What is a…
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
Dedication To One’s Craft
Regardless of whatever categorization could be applied to the objects created by this artisan, I believe you will find the implementation astounding. Regard the works of Dmitry Tihonenko
A Sincere Recommendation If You Can Spare Two Hours For Teleportation
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
Rdio, dear Rdio
I’ve been a subscriber since June 2010. I’ve been a loyal supporter and paying customer. I’m seriously disappointed by the most recent UI changes which have either buried or eliminated the features that distinguished you from your competitors. I am not alone in this opinion. See here, here, here, here, here, and here. But that’s not the… Continue reading Rdio, dear Rdio
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?