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Artur Rubenstein Memorial Olympus Mu2/Stylus Jerusalem, Israel Saturday, April 3rd, 2004.

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Artur Rubenstein Memorial Olympus Mu2/Stylus Jerusalem, Israel Saturday, April 3rd, 2004.

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Briefs

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

On golf, drunk driving in Phoenix, and “the hillbilly passover Seder”: Alice Cooper eulogizes his good friend Glen Campbell.

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

The world’s most rhinestone cowboy, Glen Campbell, has died at 81. He is one of my favorites.

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

David Arnold speaks to collaborating with Chris Cornell on “You Know My Name”, the theme song for the James Bond movie Casino Royale: “We needed someone who could sing the way Daniel acted…” This has become my #3 favorite, after Carly Simon’s Marvin Hamlish number and Nancy Sinatra’s John Barry one.

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

“Even The Beatles have sort of faded for this generation, but Billy hasn’t. Billy’s still cranking,” observes cover band leader Mike DelGuidice. Billy Joel is outearning the likes of U2 and Adele.

 

Monday, January 30th, 2017

It seems to be a deceptively hard song to cover, but here’s a good one with a man, a woman and a ukulele on a living-room sofa, deceptively casual, deceptively perfect. Nobody’s done it better, not even Radiohead. And for something completely different: a great ‘Nobody Does it Better’ series montage by Rik Moran.

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

David Cripps, the London Symphony Orchestra’s horn soloist, on playing the Star Wars music, and particularly “Leia’s Theme”. Seems clear from this and an interview I read on “Rey’s Theme” that John Williams is inspired by charismatic actors.

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Speed of Dark

Elizabeth Moon

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I was brought to this most non-sci-fi of sci-fi novels by the Brighton Science Fiction Discussion Group. Narrated in character by its autistic protagonist, Speed of Light initially reminded me of Mr Robot. Yes, I did like it, but wasn’t sure if the thinness of the other characters is due to our narrator’s limitations or those of the author; I don’t know her other work so can’t say. A mostly unsentimental decency permeates — actually it’s an exploration of decency — which gives it an appreciable pre-cyberpunk, almost square feel.

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

FYI: Prokofiev was the best. By Bruce Turlish.

Friday, July 29th, 2016

New for me and rather swish and great: Arturo Márquez’s Danzóns. This is #2, as played by the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra and conducted by the charismatic Gustavo Dudamel.

Friday, July 1st, 2016

For those of you about to Sabbath I salute you with Dead Best: 10 Top Performances of ‘Terrapin Station’ by Deadhead Peter Wendel.

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

(All YouTube links…) You’ve heard the accordion, now hear:

And in the LA Times, an interview with John Williams about the soundtrack.

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

So the neighbor Brian is playing his and I thought, you know what, John Williams’ “Rey’s Theme” from Star Wars: The Force Awakens kind of lends itself to the accordion. And here it is on YouTube, very nicely done by Adam Matlock in his bedroom. Commendations to you, sir.

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Derek Sivers’ MusicThoughts. Prepare, good friends, for a bombardment of enhanced civility.

Monday, January 18th, 2016

You owe it to yourself and to the rest of us to watch and listen to “Bohemian Rhapsody” played on a church organ by blind organist Bert van den Brink.

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Wow. Dan Kois, a senior editor at Slate, heads to Portland for a week of serious karaoke.

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

All 8 Kraftwerk shows at Tate Modern, £60 per, sold out quicker than the museum’s servers could handle.

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Look forward to some naughty chords: Jeff Lynne is coming out with new stuff.

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Marc Martel of downhere does justice to Queen’s “Somebody to Love” backed by, among others, Brian May and Roger Taylor.

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Nice review of Scorsese’s documentary on George Harrison, Living in the Material World. “Scorsese is making a film about something that matters, but never quite succeeds in conveying that.” Here’s Variety’s smarter review.

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Irit and I were discussing this regarding ET, which still feels contemporary: in arts, entertainment and style, it’s been Groundhog Day for 20 years. “Now that we have instant universal access to every old image and recorded sound, the future has arrived and it’s all about dreaming of the past.”

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

My second favorite ELO cover: Twilight performed by alphamai1300 on YouTube.

Friday, October 14th, 2011

The symphony, the novel, and the end of their affair due to one of them’s demise.

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

I’ve been subjected to the horror that is contemporary BBC Radio 1 lately, wherein they talk about the #1 single. I was skeptical, but it turns out the UK charts are real, and more singles are sold than ever.

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Good Shabbes to everyone, and a song from and by Jeff Lynne.

Monday, April 25th, 2011

An interview with the towering Kobi Oz sitting somewhere at Rothschild.

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Lee as one of the SC Wholly Rollers opening for the Blues Traveler with Sista Otis in Myrtle Beach.

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

If extraterrestrial lifeforms visited our world and said, “Show us the song of your people,” this would be that song.

cathoman7, on “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Wonderful, wonderful person. That was my son.

Jer Bulsara, on Freddie Mercury

Friday, November 6th, 2009

The Voice of Peace, back Nov 7 after 15 years!

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

With technology, our relationship to culture becomes less like a long-distance romance and more like marriage.

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Valery Gergiev takes the London Symphony Orchestra on tour to the USA doing Prokofiev.

Friday, November 21st, 2003

What Brando did for the cinema and Elvis did for music, Shatner did for the small screen.

Mark Simpson

 
 

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