Archive for October, 2006

Mp3 blogging is dead. Long live Mp3 blogging.

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

My colleague at The Rawking Refuses To Stop!, who incidentally inspired me to up the ante on this blog, muses if mp3 blogging is in its final throes. Gerard vs. Bear implies it’s due to his ombudsmanship that many guys have decided to fold up their tents. Regardless of the reason, it’s a question that’s worth thinking […]

Beethoven Returns

Friday, October 27th, 2006

Copying Beethoven – Trailer Ed Harris looks pretty good as Beethoven. Lord knows between Jackson Pollock (Pollock), a poet dying of AIDS (The Hours), and a crazy TV producer (The Truman Show), he can play artistic genius. His conducting in the trailer doesn’t look entirely unconvincing. But the movie seems to focus on the Ninth Symphony, […]

Lightning in a Bottle

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

Earlier this year I wrote about a work by Glenn Branca that was a powerfully forceful experience, especially for a venue as anemic to the popular music canon as the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Yet they rocked 100 electric guitars in a performance of a Branca symphony. Unfortunately for us, the symphony was we heard that […]

Genre Buster

Sunday, October 22nd, 2006

(edit: THE LINKS TO THE MP3s ARE NOW OPERATIONAL.) Yoko Kanno is one of those composers who I call genre-busters. They can defy all laws of physics in their assimilation of various musical styles, imbuing each one with high quality craftsmanship and style. The key to composers of this bent is to find projects that allow […]

Queen of the Night

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

Florence Foster Jenkins is the subject of a recent play called Souvenir, which is being performed currently in Brentwood. She was the original so-bad-it’s-good, William Hung abomination in music. And she proved before Ashley Simpson that all it took was confidence and amazing marketing prowess to sell out a major venue like Carnegie Hall. I remember […]