Geddy Lee/Not Geddy Lee

I've been thinking about this for awhile.
Any other examples?
I know you can think of one!

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Surfing the Hype Machine...

This song struck me in 3 seconds flat:

MP3: Steal The Blueprints - +/-

Thanks to I Guess I'm Floating!
I like your style!


You Tube, You blew my mind

I just spent an hour watching videos of "idols" on YouTube.com. It's almost like I met them!

Horowitz, Segovia, Glenn Gould, Cat Power, Bjork,
Bjork and PJ Harvey singing I Can't Get No Satisfaction
(which I've had an MP3 of for years)
Caetano Veloso and then Elis Regina.
I have loved her for many years. She died in 1982.
I just expected that I would never see a visual to match the
aural image in my mind.
I only watched 2 short clips and had to stop because it was too much for me.
It Was Too Great!
I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy...
YouTube, what hast thou wrought?
I think that we are crossing a threshold now.
Everything is to be at our fingertips.
Brave New World!

As for Joel's question, I would like to say (and it would be funny if I was a better writer) Bekkah and I went to go see Charlie Haden at a jazz club here in NYC and he was great and he is my favorite bass player of all time and I play the bass and I have my instrument set up like his and I told him this and I usually have a rule about talking to celebrities because I always feel like a schmo, which was crystalized for me in 1996 when I talked to my favorite living classical piano player, Maurizio Pollini, and he pretended to only speak Italian so he wouldn't have to endure me for very long and anyway Charlie Haden really wanted to talk to Bekkah because she looks just like one of his daughters, either Rachel or Petra, I'm not sure which, but he certainly thought so.
But he was very nice, as far as idols go.


R.I.P Grant McLennan

Grant McLennan was one-half of The Go-Betweens, one of the most underrated bands of the last 30 years. He was the McCartney to Forster's Lennon, the poppier, friendlier but deceptively spiky one. He wrote some beautiful, beautiful songs.

I met him once outside the Cactus Cafe, where he was saying hello to Edwyn Collins, who was just about to play. I walked up to Edwyn, saw who was standing next to him -- two legends of indie pop music -- and my jaw dropped. I practically bowed as I shook their hands, and it was a treat to see them grin sheepishly at one another while I raved about them, two old friends.

Various folks have posted some of my favorite Grant McLennan songs in tribute, relieving me of the responsibility. Check out the "Bye Bye Pride" mp3 here -- gorgeous melody, gorgeous lyrics. "Bachelor Kisses" is another beautiful, almost innocent song, and I wouldn't mind if "The Wrong Road" were 5x longer: "like a lip lifted from a lip".

Finally there's "Quiet Heart", from my favorite GB's album, 16 Lovers Lane. It's one of the most beautiful and sincere love songs ever written, in my estimation. R.I.P Grant.

Melodicist throwdown

My Kiwi doppelganger Danielle hit me with a tough question tonight. I immediately thought of you, the Ranh Ranh community, as this is perhaps one that can only be settled by thoughtful community dialogue/insults.

"Paul McCartney vs. George Gershwin: whose is the most important body of work, pop-songwriting-wise?

[Equally cool spouse] says Paul. I say George. I need ammo. Whose side are you on?"

Let battle come down....



This quote from Alex's just posted article:

you end up feeling like Alex at the end of A Clockwork Orange—battered, fatigued by, and disgusted with the music you love. I think the reason I suffer from a musical malaise for the first couple of months of every year recently is largely because October, November and December are spent frantically listening to a morass of the year's records in an effort to concoct "best-of" lists for end-of-year polls. By Christmas I simply have a massive dose of listening fatigue that takes 8-10 weeks to recover from. I very much doubt that this is just me.

and this quote from the Barenboim Lectures

And not only we neglect the ear but we often repress it, and we find more and more in our society, not only in the United States, although the United States I think was very active in starting this process, of creating opportunities to hear music without listening to it - what is commonly known as muzak. I have spent many very happy years here, but I have suffered tremendously. In the hotel where I stay they think that it is very culturally minded to play classical music in the elevator, or in the foyers of concert halls before the concert.
And I have been on more than one occasion subject to having to hear, because I cannot shut my ears, the Brahms violin concerto in the lift, having to conduct it in the evening.

made me think of this quote from the recording angel:

I knew a couple whose anthem was a 17th century setting of verses from Canticles. In the synagogue that scroll is chanted once a year; to this couple, Helmut Rilling's record of the chaste, ecstatic setting by Heinrich Schutz was so sacred that they played it just about that often. And this was their favourite record.

I'm thinking about taking Jeff' Buckley's Grace off of my computer because it just doesn't feel right when MojoPin pops up on shuffle. You have to be ready for that stuff! And after it's over, I either need to hear the next song (Grace) or a minimum of three minutes of silence.
I have never had A Love Supreme on my computer because hearing those 4 songs (Curiously 3 on my CD of it!?) out of sequence would be very , umm..., I will let Barenboim generate the proper insult. In fact, I havent' even listened to that record in years. Take that Helmut Rilling!
The other recording that really is the most ritualistic for me is Horowitz's 1978 recording of Rachmaninoff's 3rd Piano Concerto. I play my vinyl copy of it only when I am testing my latest stereo equipment or just celebrating life!

What music do you "save"?


Keane louder than Nirvana?

I know very little about the technology of music -- gear, boards, engineering etc. But I really enjoyed this lengthy but compelling argument for why CDs sound so bad these days.