Lynne Kiesling If you have an eclectic music collection, here’s some fun, especially if you’ve recently added a variety of music but haven’t listened to it yet: put the “underplayed” list on random and hit play. I’ve had the following in succession: Gang of Four, At Home He Feels Like A Tourist Mendelssohn, Sonata 1 … More Friday fun: iTunes’ underplayed list
Lynne Kiesling Just a quick follow-up to Mike’s weekend post about the Pixies: they have announced some US dates on their current tour (sorry, Mike and Craig, none in Texas): November: 4 The Palladium, Los Angeles, CA – on sale TBA 8 Fox Theater, Oakland, CA – on sale August 16 9 Fox Theater, Oakland, … More Pixies US tour
Lynne Kiesling Today’s Nikola Tesla’s 153rd birthday, as you can see celebrated in the Google page logo today (Hat tip: D.O.U.G., thanks!). If we owe our modern electricity-enabled civilization to any one scientist, it’s Tesla — alternating current, induction motors, transformers, you name it. Tesla rocks. And for you 80s music fans, Tesla’s birthday post … More Happy birthday Nikola Tesla!
Lynne Kiesling The Museum of Modern Art is hosting an exhibition of James Ensor’s work. Ensor was a late 19th-early 20th century Belgian painter, and the best word I can think of to describe his work is … eclectic. From the NYT review of the exhibition: He was an aggrieved traditionalist with a pop-culture itch, … More Meet James Ensor, Belgium’s famous painter, at New York’s MOMA
Michael Giberson A few years ago I attended a free concert in the park in Arlington, Virginia by The Grandsons. Between songs lead guitarist Alan MacEwen observed that the bass player had a gig in Atlantic City, New Jersey the night before and had barely arrived at the park moments before the concert was to … More Stay in school
Lynne Kiesling Last Saturday was the centenary of the birth of Benjamin J. Goodman, otherwise known as Benny, the King of Swing. His music, and his signature virtuoso clarinet work, changed music forever. To riff off of something my favorite musician said about Buddy Rich, I defy any sentient being not to be moved by … More A century of Benny Goodman
Lynne Kiesling Here are a couple of interesting and related articles on urban dynamism and what economists call economies of agglomeration. Digital communication technology was supposed to reduce those economies of agglomeration, right? We can work from anywhere, don’t have to be physically co-located, and that includes developing countries too … so, as Ed Glaeser … More Glaeser and Florida on urbanization, and Nashville’s lure
Lynne Kiesling A serious shout out to Orin Kerr at Volokh for pointing out NPR’s live broadcasts from the Village Vanguard. I think the KP Spouse and I may have to listen to the Ravi Coltrane Quartet recording over Memorial Day weekend!
Michael Giberson Turkey, Texas: Home of Bob Wills The Texas Playboys play at Bob Wills Day Last Saturday my youngest son and I traveled up the road to Turkey, Texas, to catch a part of the annual Bob Wills Day celebration. Bob Wills is credited along with Milton Brown with pioneering Western Swing in the … More Western Swing is dead! Long live Western Swing!
Lynne Kiesling You may have noticed on Tuesday that Apple’s iTunes store implemented price discrimination for the purchase of singles. On Tuesday, Apple’s traditional 99-cent song price was shelved. From now on, record labels can choose to charge $1.29 for new releases. Some older catalog titles will sell for 69 cents, and everything else will … More iTunes and music price discrimination