Archive for February, 2008

Dudamel on 60 Minutes

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

If you didn’t catch it (like myself), you can watch it on Yahoo! here. http://60minutes.yahoo.com/segment/143/gustavo_dudamel I had the Dudamel hot dog at Pink’s the other day. It’s pretty wild. You have guacamole, jalapenos, and some tortilla chips sticking right up out of the dog itself. Go try it! After seeing those clips of Dudamel, a […]

The Bad and Good Minuses and Pluses

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Before we get to our scheduled MP3, Oscar… Best score: Giacchino didn’t win. Haven’t seen Atonement, so can’t say anything bad about Dario. Best Song: Glenn Hasard and Marketa Iriglova were very inspirational winners, enough so that they brought her out again after the orchestra cut her off. I think Disney missed out on getting […]

Spheres of Pop Influence

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Christopher O’Riley has made himself a kind of patron saint of pop music. Not simply interested in promoting any pop song for novelty, he has limited himself to a select group of artists and songs which people in the pop/rock worlds regard with a similar elitism that classical people might ascribe to Xenakis, Messaien, etc. […]

Is Alicia Keys Overrated?

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Well, that’s the topic of debate, read: http://www.theroot.com/id/44811 And I tend to agree. Sure, she’s probably better for most of what passes for pop. And she’s got a decent voice. But I am not truly wowed by Alicia Keys the songwriter. She pulls it off well, but “No One” comes off as a rather shallow […]

Does Musical Taste Matter?

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

I read Chuck Klosterman’s column in Esquire, which sometimes rambles on but sometimes tackles some interesting everyday paradox. And a couple months back, he postulated that musical taste generally doesn’t really mean anything about you. The reason is that we don’t really know why we like what we like. http://www.esquire.com/features/chuck-klostermans-america/klosterman1207 As a thought experiment, I […]