Archive for February, 2007

James Yorkston

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

  James Yorkston’s latets album, Year of the Leopard, is an interesting mix of pop and minimalism. The minimalism of Woozy With Cider is reminiscent of Glass’ opera Einstein on the Beach, especially with the spoken word aspect. Yorkston even gives the song a little maracas pulse like Steve Reich. Woozy With Cider – James Yorkston BUY The […]

Air Mozart

Sunday, February 18th, 2007

YouTube – Air Jordan XX2 Commercial A truncated version of a movement from Mozart’s Requiem somehow captures the agony and pathos of a buzzer beating game victory. It’s really a classic TV moment, but also a classic Mozart moment. Mozart’s_Requiem_in_popular_culture And strangely it works from a textural standpoint as well. The words are: Lacrimosa dies illa, […]

Oscar Scores

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

How doth Oscar act strangely in its Best Score category? Let Variety count the ways: Variety.com – Award Central 2007  - Oscar choices sometimes an anomaly Just as Babel seems poised to win Best Picture, so too does its composer, Gustavo Santaolalla who won it last year for Brokeback Mountain. While I will agree that Brokeback […]

Grammys and Ponies

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

Congratulations to Osvaldo Golijov for not only winning Best Contemporary Classical Composition but also Best Opera! (edit) http://howardwho.com/blog/2006/12/08/grammy-love/ In other news, one of the best reviewed films of last year was also one of the least talked about… Yes, I’m talking about My Little Pony: The Princess Promenade! It is already at a 7.9 rating […]

Babel

Sunday, February 11th, 2007

  With the Oscars quickly approaching, I found it my duty to watch the only film nominated for Best Picture that I hadn’t yet seen. Mind you I saw the other films with no nomination-related motivation well before they were even announced. But with Babel, it came down to whether I wanted to be fully engaged with […]