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March 11, 2014

"Layers and Layers of Fact Checkers and Editors"

The title refers to a famous comment about how professional journalists are so much better than mere bloggers. But there was a teensy, tiny problem with a recent Washington Post article on Stratocasters: it depicts Jeff Beck playing . . . a Gibson hollow body guitar.

Even if you're not interested in Stratocaster or the mistakes of the Washington Post, this piece is interesting for its brief discussion of the "Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect".


March 07, 2014

"Otis Redding & Friends Stax Volt Revue '67"

Almost an hour live from Norway. Booker T & the MGs, the MarKeys, Eddie Floyd, Sam & Dave, and, of course, Otis.

(Updated link courtesy of Gabriel.)

Bonus: Shots of Norwegian hipsters groovin' to the music. 

(Via Metafilter.)

March 01, 2014

"Forgotify: The Tool for Discovering Spotify's 4 Million Unheard Tracks"

"For fans of truly obscure music".

Emphasis on "obscure".

February 28, 2014

"18 Record Stores Every Music Lover Needs To Visit At Least Once"

"Record stores"? What are they?

February 21, 2014

So 80's . . .

. . . so New Wave: Heaven 17, "Temptation".

More than 30 years old but better than most of today's stuff. 

"Gene Clark: A Byrd Like No Other"

A nice tribute to a guy who was important to rock and roll

February 16, 2014

"Seven Questions for Bob Dylan"

And none of them were answered: an introduction to the mysteries of Dylan

February 15, 2014

"10 iconic mixes from the dancefloors of New York"

With the actual audio of the mixes, if you're so inclined. 

February 08, 2014

"Rosanne Cash: The Ten Best Road Trip Songs for U.S. Route 61"

She selected songs by Dylan, Robert Johnson, Bobbie Gentry, her dad, and six others

January 25, 2014

"The Anthem of Joy: Hear Beethoven’s Ninth, and wonder at Creation"

Rich Lowry:

It is a testament to Beethoven’s achievement that his masterpiece is familiar to the point of ubiquity — the anthem of the European Union no less — yet still vital. A new documentary, Following the Ninth, traces its impact on people around the world. A few months ago, 60 Minutes did a segment on a plucky, against-the-odds symphony orchestra in the desperately poor Congo. Its rendition of the Ninth is ragged, but heartfelt and as moving as anything ever performed in Vienna. 

The music historian Harold Schonberg writes of the Ninth Symphony, “The music is not pretty or even attractive. It is merely sublime.” The Ode to Joy asks, “Do you sense the Creator, World?” It is the miracle of the Ninth that, at the height of its power, it almost compels the listener to answer “Yes!”

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