All posts filed under: music

links for 2008-04-01: April Fools Time, Mix

Gmail Custom Time Finally! Just click “Set custom time” from the Compose view. Any email you send to the past appears in the proper chronological order in your recipient’s inbox. You can opt for it to show up read or unread by selecting the appropriate option. (tags: april1 customtime time email) L’esprit d’escalier mux Favorite mixtape of the day: L’esprit d’escalier. Got hooked on Muxtape last week (along with the Ting Tings), but somehow my links didn’t post for a few days. Would also be remiss if I didn’t point out the amazing video (below) for Björk’s “Wanderlust,” also a favorite song, and some background on the making of it at NYT and behind the scenes at Misnomer (Thanks, Jaki!). (tags: music compilation mixtape muxtape)

links for 2008-02-15

Photos from 18th Annual Tibet House Benefit Great photos by Kathryn Yu from a fantastic concert including Sufjan Stevens, Ray Davies, Tom Verlaine, Band of Horses, Nawang Khechog, monks from the Drepung Gomang monastery, Philip Glass, Phamie Gow, Ashley MacIsaac, and Marisa Monte (tags: concert photos tibethouse) Choose from over 180,000 new releases and classics to rent online! – This looks like Netflix for books. Online book rental library club lending paperbacks and hardcovers directly without need to purchase. Free shipping both ways, read as long as you want. Purchase and keep ones you love. Looks good for my art book habit… (tags: rent service books book library booksellers)

links for 2008-02-04

Unevenly Distributed: Production Models for the 21st Century Mark Pesce illuminates how the audience became not just the distributors but the producers of their own content, and have brought down the walls which separate pros from amateurs. Then he outlines the future: how the value of media is based on salience. (tags: mustread media production film television broadcast abundance hyperabundance salience digitalmedia distribution piracy wblcp) Kevin Kelly — The Technium — Better than Free When copies are free, you need to sell things which can not be copied. Well, what can’t be copied? First, trust. Eight more generatives (qualities that must be grown, generated, cultivated or nurtured) better than free: immediacy, personalization, interpretation, authenticity, accessibility, embodiment, patronage, findability. (tags: abundance generosity IP economy free digital) Great Firewall of China Faces Online Rebels (tags: censorship China internet politics firewall global) Illuminating Pollution - Pixelache Helsinki 08 From 2.22-29, 2008, a laser ray will trace the emissions of the Salmisaari power plant in Helsinki highlighting current levels of electricity consumption by local residents, letting people monitor pollution as they’re …

The Principles of Uncertainty with Maira Kalman

Mocha cream cake from Maira Kalman’s mother’s bakery on Johnson Avenue in Riverdale, NY (see p.246-247), served at a celebration for the release of The Principles of Uncertainty at the NYPL. Do you engage with pleasure, curiosity, fun and celebration (with time for naps) in the face of the tragedy of the day? Do you want to? This is the book for you. Maira Kalman’s delightful new release, The Principles of Uncertainty, turns out to be a heavy book. Mostly physically. Kalman says it’s because the book is extensively inked: “all the colors are in there.” Even if you’ve been following this year-long illustrated journal at the New York Times, the high-resolution images of her gouache paintings are undeniably gorgeous in print. (Even more so in person at the Julie Saul Gallery through November 24, 2007.) Aside from the inherent pleasures of the portable printed format, the book offers a few bonuses to those already familiar with the images: A pull out “Map of the United States” by Kalman’s beautiful mother, Sara Berman, with instructions …

Follow the Sound

This article in Wired, A Shocking Idea: Nerves Might Run on Sound, Not Electricity, might explain why music’s such a healing tonic. Lately I’ve been self-medicating with a daily regimen of tracks from: Bjork – Volta (itunes) Favorites: Earth Intruders, Innocence, Wanderlust Tori Amos – American Girl Posse (itunes) Favorites: Big Wheel, Almost Rosey Rufus Wainwright – Release the Stars (itunes) Favorites: Going to a Town, Do I Disappoint You? Voxtrot – Voxtrot (itunes) Favorites: Kid Gloves, Brother in Conflict Feist – The Reminder (itunes) Favorites: I Feel It All, 1234 I’m also loving Andrew Kuo’s Earl Boykins site, expressing musical data and opinion in bright infographics. Here’s his graphical analysis of the new Voxtrot self-titled album:


rufus wainwright at satalla Originally uploaded by this is emily. Easter Sunday’s NYT explores the Unsettling History of That Joyous Hallelujah, revealing that Handel’s Messiah tune actually celebrates the destruction of Jerusalem and the Second Temple as divine retribution against the Jews rather than the birth or resurrection of Jesus. I’m just relieved it’s not about my joyous “Hallelujah“, the one by the Canadian Jewish Buddhist ex-monk Leonard Cohen (originally from “Various Positions“) exploring destruction and divinity in love, sex and intimate relationships. Like Handel’s, Cohen’s Hallelujah has been performed by many artists. John Cale’s, Jeff Buckley’s, Sheryl Crow’s and k.d. lang’s versions sing to me. Imogen Heap’s a capella and Bono’s dance mix… not so much. But one version cuts through my heart every time, and that would be Rufus Wainwright’s. I’m not sure if it’s the voice, the delivery or the change of “dove” to “dark” in the clincher verse, but reprises arise in me all the time. Speaking of verses, there are about 15 known ones and they appear in various configurations …

links for 2006-11-22

Global Orgasm – December 22nd, 2006 – Peace through Global Ecstasy Global Orgasm is an experiment open to everyone in the world. The goal is to add so much concentrated and high-energy positive input into the energy field of the Earth that it will reduce the current dangerous levels of aggression and violence throughout (tags: sex orgasm peace activism global politics consciousness energy) fairfax avenue: a jon brion resource. oh happy day, thanks for this wonderful live recording of a great jon brion show, news and leadsheets for the amazing musician who kicked off this blog. (tags: music jonbrion bootlegs mp3s recordings) Sundance Winner ‘The Corporation’ Released for Free on BitTorrent at Torrentfreak Filmmakers of “The Corporation” distributing high quality rip of master DVD + bonus materials through BitTorrent for free and launched a campaign for Corporate Harm Reduction (C4CHR) to collect stories on impact of film as feedback loop on “what you can d (tags: bittorrent thecorporation distribution movies film documentary)