Surge Pricing Like a Boss

When Bruce Springsteen decided to do a run of shows at a Broadway theater with fewer than a thousand seats, he appeared to reject the laws of economics — or at least what would seem to be in his financial best interest. He limited ticket prices to between $75 and $850 and has been allocating … More Surge Pricing Like a Boss

Creating a Culture of Innovation: East Bay Punk Version

She’s from Salinas, oh oh oh And she looks like Venus, oh oh oh She’s from Salinas, oh oh oh And she looks like Venus – chorus from “She’s from Salinas” by The Sweet Baby Jesus Not the most inspired lyrics produced in the name of rock and roll, but it endures as a part of … More Creating a Culture of Innovation: East Bay Punk Version

Friday Music Fun: Radar Vs. Wolf

Lynne Kiesling Some Friday fun listening from Nashville-based Radar vs. Wolf, a video from their debut album! Radar vs. Wolf singer/songwriter James Bratton recently wrote a post on Bleeding Heart Libertarians articulating his particular take on political philosophy, and it’s a take I find congenial. Especially this part: Why would I give them the legal … More Friday Music Fun: Radar Vs. Wolf

Monsters of Grok T-shirts

Lynne Kiesling Here’s some outstanding geek attire! Monsters of Grok is a line of t-shirts that use rock band t-shirt logo designs, but the names are instead famous scientists and intellectuals such as Ada Lovelace (done as a Ladytron logo), Isaac Newton (as Iron Maiden), and Benjamin Franklin (as Black Flag). I fell over laughing … More Monsters of Grok T-shirts

First Thoughts on Spotify

Lynne Kiesling I’ve been playing with Spotify this week during its U.S. release, and so far I really like it. My British friends have been raving about it, so I was keen to check it out. For music playing it combines some of the best features of iTunes and Pandora and Rhapsody — I can … More First Thoughts on Spotify

Spring Weekends in Chicago–athletics and Music Edition

Lynne Kiesling One of the KP Spouse’s and my best friends has a great quote: “adventure is ordeal retold at a distance”. Today, on a gloriously sunny day, I think I’ve got enough distance from yesterday’s ordeal to think of it as an adventure! Actually, only the first part was an ordeal; the rest was … More Spring Weekends in Chicago–athletics and Music Edition

Singing About Pricing (Is It, Too, Like Dancing About Architecture?)

Michael Giberson At Knowing and Making, Leigh Caldwell writes about “a charming pop song by the delightful young artist Jessie J” about “the important and neglected issue of pricing.” Initially he is pleased with the song, but ultimately “his faith in humanity is shaken. Shattered, in fact.” A great deal of drama for a short … More Singing About Pricing (Is It, Too, Like Dancing About Architecture?)

The Economist: (Sing with Me!)”Dave and Nick/are Punk Rockers”

Lynne Kiesling Oh, yes, the old 80s girl in me loves the image on what just came in the mail: And the substance behind their point is equally, well, pointed: Yet within its first 100 days the Con-Lib coalition has emerged as a radical force. For the first time since Margaret Thatcher handbagged the world … More The Economist: (Sing with Me!)”Dave and Nick/are Punk Rockers”

Anticipa-a-tion … and More Music Recs

Lynne Kiesling I’m overly eager for the new album from The National, so much so that when I looked at the release date I paid attention to the day and not the month. Doh! So now I have to wait until MAY 11, grrrr. Two other great bands, LCD Soundsystem and Band of Horses, have … More Anticipa-a-tion … and More Music Recs

New Music Recommendation: The National-high Violet

Lynne Kiesling It’s been too long since we’ve done any decent music recs here at KP, and last Sunday’s release of The National’s new album High Violet is a good reason to do one now. I’ve heard a couple of songs from it, including “Bloodbuzz Ohio” that they are offering as a free download, and … More New Music Recommendation: The National-high Violet