Friday, March 11, 2016

ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND'S LEGENDARY 1971 FILLMORE EAST RUN: AN ORAL HISTORY

Great job,  . I'll take any excuse to read some love for one of the all-time great bands, and the greatest all-time live album.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

THE TRUTH ABOUT POPULAR MUSIC



This guy so closely articulates my thoughts (minus the pointed insults) that I'm not convinced he can't read my thoughts. Well done, sir.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

WHO THE F*@% IS FRANK ZAPPA?


Don't eat the yellow snow, but by all means support this Kickstarter. Brought to my attention by Kat Dennings, this is an absolute no-brainer for music history fans;  a cause we can all get behind. Click here.

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE NEXT GENERATION OF ARTISTS

Jazz greats Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter just dropped some serious truth if you are a creatively inclined person (or want to be). This is a great read that elevates above simple platitudes and hollow advice. Click here.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

CAMERA OBSCURA AUCTIONS BELOVED ITEMS FOR SARCOMA UK CHARITY

Camera Obscura, one of my all-time favorite bands, suffered some terrible heartache late last year when their bandmate Carey Lander passed from a rare and aggressive form of bone cancer. Before she passed, she set up a fundraising campaign to help future victims of the affliction and got to see it reach and exceed her initial goal. With a level of support and hope seldom seen these days, the band publicly has handled the ordeal with immense class, and continues to find ways to make sure Carey's passing was not for nothing. 

Just today, the band began auctioning off prized band artifacts that would be of great interest to super-fans like myself. 100% of the profits go to Carey's charity, and you can own some of their guitars, rare recordings and even clothing. Click here to see the active bidding. And even if you can only manage a dollar or two, you can send it here

Whether it's someone we're close to, or someone we only know through music, this kind of forward-thinking effort is an excellent antidote to the helplessness that follows loss.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

YOU'RE PROBABLY LISTENING TO SPOTIFY WRONG...

Ok, I wouldn't say I listen to it wrong, because I'm a music nerd like that. Still, WIRED has some excellent suggestions if you're a regular user. Click here.

And then there's this: Forgotify

Friday, February 19, 2016

I GOT TWO WORDS FOR THAT: "LEARN TO F@#*ING TYPE"

The mighty Cory Doctorow over at Boing Boing offers some interesting insight to a troubling document by Saru Jayaraman of UC Berkley about the pratfalls and fallacies of tipping. As someone who once relied heavily on tips, and regularly engages in tipping at my local breweries, this is some heavy food for thought. 
   


 (It crossed my mind it has been too long since I've seen this movie...look how young everyone looks! Buscemi...Madsen...where does the time go?)

Thursday, February 18, 2016

UNDERWORLD ON TELEKOM ELECTRONIC BEATS RADIO

March is shaping up to be an epic month for anticipated releases, and at the top of my list is the return of dance music godfathers Underworld and their first long player in six years entitled Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future (Caroline). Here the always-interesting Karl Hyde joins the Electronic Beats Radio podcast for an excellent look behind the curtain of how it all came together. Among the topics: how he and bandmate Rick Smith source new sounds, beatnik influences and David Bowie. A great hour that will whet your appetite. Great job, EBR!

Friday, February 12, 2016

RESPECT: FROM DECO TO ATOM

I'm a card carrying member of the mid-century modern craze, to the continual puzzlement of older family members who labored for years simply to be able to rid their homes of such epherma. And with Mad Men gone, I've needed some new methadone for my addiction and was delighted to stumble upon FROM DECO TO ATOM; colorful, beautiful and endlessly satisfying if you're even a minor fan of this niche. Highly recommended.