Links Related To Music

2001 Oct 25 The Glenn Gould Archive
A collection of Gould resources.»
Dec 13 Art's Theremin Page
Dec 24 Wasis Diop
Senegalese/Parisian musician; looks worthy of some outlay for albums.»
2002 Feb 5 Lester Bangs on “Astral Weeks”
Brilliant Bangs' meandering, implicitly Lorca-comparing essay on Astral Weeks, which is the best album on Sundays.»
Feb 28!
Load 16 tons and what do you get? I'm sure he sang other songs, but that was more than enough.»
My Home Town - Tom Lehrer
“I remember Sam, he was the village idiot/And though it seems a pity, it/Was so/He loved to burn down houses just to /watch the glow/And nothing could be done/Because he was the mayor's son”»
Mar 1 Princess Superstar's Lyrics for Princess Superstar Is
It's “Bad Babysitter,” Without a question.»
Jun 5 Alan W. Pollack's Notes on “You Never Give Me Your Money”
A reminder that the Beatles are not a musical group, but a lifestyle choice.»
Jun 12 The Shins
One of the best bands I've heard in a long, you might even say long-ass, time. »
Jul 14 Audrey Easley
Audrey Easley is the flautist for the Polyphonic Spree, which is a musical group. She had a great energy. She has a PERFECT CRUSH NAME, as in back in 7th grade I was so in love with Audrey Easley, and your friend says, Audrey Easley? Did you make that up? And you say, no, we were in band together, and your friend says, oh, God, you were in band? and you have to defend concert band and explain how Mr. Carl helped you a whole lot when your Dad kind of vanished and Audrey Easley was the one girl who was always really nice to everyone and she could totally tell you had a crush on her but she never did anything mean even though you were so broke that you had to wear your Dad's old clothes, and 15 years later you wish you could find her and thank her for just being a decent human being back then. Of course, Audrey Easley is from Texas, and I'm from Pennsylvania, so this is just tomfoolery, and I don't know a thing about Audrey Easley except that her name sort of sounds like the sort of name that someone would have if they were nice, and she could play flute.»
The Polyphonic Spree
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! The Web site is kind of rough around the edges, all the edges really. The Polyphonic Spree was the #1 geek-out concert - trombones and everything, a big-tent revival complete with white robes - I've ever been to, and my face hurt from enjoying it so much, and you know you've done something good for yourself if your face hurts. Which means that they did something good for me, which was nice, so I bought their album.»
Aug 20 Linda Thompson: Fashionably Late
Jim Esch gives Linda Thompson's new album the thumbs up.»
Oct 28 Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor
Depressed, rejected by critics, exploited by publishers, and receiving an in-person scathing from Tolstoy (followed by more depression), Rachmaninoff was brought back to composing by a friendly hypnotist - with the great Concerto #2 as the result.»
Fractals for Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2
"I know it isn't very practical, but the idea is to examine each image as the appropriate movement is playing. It is the music which connects the images into a series, not the gradient nor the form nor the math nor the lines nor an idea. The music."»
Yamaha Artist Spotlight: Helene Grimaud
Helene Grimaud is a Westchester, New York-based classical pianist (who apparently did a fine version of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #2). Now 30, she has two interesting traits: one, she practices on a Yamaha. Two, she lives with wolves.»
Helene Grimaud and Her Wolves
Photos of Helene Grimaud, renowned classical pianist and wolf-hugger.»
2003 Mar 19 Bryan Adams brings girl out of coma
A comatose girl, brought to a Bryan Adams concert in Munich, regains partial consciousness.»
Apr 11 Team Techno
Not war related: Team Techno ("we chose the name because it was the most annoying possible thing we could come up with") has an album online in the handy MP3 format. Newark, Delaware has never sounded so good.»
Apr 16 Fuzz Acid & Flowers
An "extensive guide to U.S. psych and garage music 1964 - 1972," with 5,400 US acts. I was tracking down an old Coven album which features a 13 minute recording of a black mass where a man screams "kiss the goat!" in the middle, and this is the only place on the Internet that seems to list it.»
Nov 4 Wayne Coyne's Philosophy
I think the Flaming Lips are proof that without skill, talent, money and good recording gear, you can make good records. Shadow animals aren't as easy to do as they look. The music business hasn't changed. It has always been about getting some Christ-like figure who has a lot of sex and money and looks good in pictures, and then exploiting him for money. Which is great!»
2004 Feb 1 Electronic music genres
Mar 15 Heavy metal umlaut
Behind the dots.»
Mar 31 APN Records
“The era of selling reproducible content is dead.”»


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