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

Music, Harmony, and Social Cooperation

Lynne Kiesling I am a big fan of English renaissance choral music, particularly sacred polyphony from Tallis and Byrd (and stretching back to Taverner, but he’s not as distinctively polyphonic). One of the best ensembles performing such music is Stile Antico, a group of 13 British singers who do an outstanding job with this music, … More Music, Harmony, and Social Cooperation

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

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

Pandora Lived

Michael Giberson We’ve raved about Pandora here a number of times (KP search for “Pandora”). The New York Times recently reported on the surprising fact of Pandora: unlike a lot of other internet music startups, it survived. In fact, lately the company has prospered and is talking about going public. It turns out that the … More Pandora Lived

Adler on the Housemartins: Sunday Song Lyric

Lynne Kiesling While I’m out reading around … Jonathan Adler asks “Who remembers the Housemartins?” I do, I do! I actually liked them better than their Beautiful South spinoff, although both have a dark humor and a tight, jangly, pop-y vibe that was one of my favorite themes in British music in the 1980s. Sadly, … More Adler on the Housemartins: Sunday Song Lyric

Another Early Music Fan

Lynne Kiesling Imagine my delight upon perusing the Volokh Conspiracy earlier this week to find that Kenneth Anderson is a fellow early music fan! Not only that, but he also appreciates and plays the cello, my favorite non-percussion instrument. I listen to a lot of Baroque music, which of course means that I listen to … More Another Early Music Fan