Speaking of pianists, Frédéric Chopin was a jerk. (via MetaFilter)
Rova Saxophone Quartet member Larry Ochs nearly arrested in a foreign land for not being jazzy enough for a jazz purist who “claimed his doctor had warned it was ‘psychologically inadvisable’ for him to listen to anything that could be mistaken for mere contemporary [...]
Informative rant by Too Much Joy dude regarding lazy label accounting.
Someone put their video of an entire Deerhoof show online.
Jack Rose is dead. I only saw him once, at a house show in Berkeley in 2004…
Max for Live was released a few weeks ago. Max/MSP and Ableton Live: two great tastes [...]
Monday, friends warmed house above the venue. Knowledge of set times was physically transmitted. Big Business: intense, loud, tight, ex-KARP, amazing drumming, bass chords.
Tuesday, friend had extra ticket to show. Broadcast down to a two-piece, in the shadows twiddling with keyboards on either side of the screen onto which amazing visuals were [...]
I don’t feel like I have this properly organized in my brain at the moment (perhaps because my car door painfully slammed onto the left side of my head on Friday?), but in times past I’ve held and been able to articulate a theory of music relating to my concept of “full on”. Music [...]
Maryanne Amacher died on Thursday at 66. She was an amazing sound artist, focused primarily on sound installations and site-specific performances. This focus, and her commitment to the particulars of the listening experience, meant she was not well documented on CD. I’m listening to her 1999 Tzadik CD Sound Characters at the moment. Apparently [...]
Sometimes the internet disappoints somewhat. I figured in this golden age of autotuned Sagan that a gaffe on the order of “Keep fucking that chicken!” would’ve made for some massive remixes. A short survey.
Your basic rewind and slowdown.
“the remix” by surgewakefield, not bad.
Text on screen unnecessary [...]
Carl Sagan “A Glorious Dawn” (featuring Stephen Hawking)
You can download it here.
A few years ago, a friend of mine got married and asked a few of us to make mix CD’s for the wedding reception. Unfortunately, the people controlling the soundsystem (from a klezmer band that played, if I recall) were not hip to funky penguins, and my mix was yanked off during the first [...]
I spend soooo much time downloading music, it’s crazy. I spent most of today catching up on my downloads. I think I need a faster internet connection. That way, my productivity would skyrocket… right?
However, if I have my desktop computer on, I feel a sense of anxiousness if it’s just sitting there not [...]
According to Wikipedia, the song was written in 1958 by Louisiana bellboy John Phillip Baptiste, who was encouraged to use a stage name, Phil Phillips. Here’s his recording: It’s been covered many times, including by Tom Waits: Iggy Pop: Cat Power: chords: John Fahey imposter: [...]