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how to listen to music: hints and suggestions to untaught lovers of the art

Of all the arts, music is practised most and thought about least. Why this should be the case may be explained on several grounds. A sweet mystery enshrouds the nature of music. Its material part is subtle and elusive. To master it on its technical side alone costs a vast expenditure of time, patience, and industry. But since it is, in one manifestation or another, the most popular of the arts, and one the enjoyment of which is conditioned in a peculiar degree on love, it remains passing strange that the indifference touching its nature and elements, and the character of the phenomena which produce it, or are produced by it, is so general. I do not recall that anybody has ever tried to ground this popular ignorance touching an art of which, by right of birth, everybody is a critic. The unamiable nature of the task, of which I am keenly conscious, has probably been a bar to such an undertaking. But a frank diagnosis must precede the discovery of a cure for every disease, and I have undertaken to point out a way in which this grievous ailment in the social body may at least be lessened.

Get Ready To Walk the Plank

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has picked up the pace in their efforts to protect the poor, starving rock musicians made almost destitute by now defunct file sharing services such as Napster and Audiogalaxy. On 16 August, major recording labels including RCA, Sony, and Warner Brothers filed a lawsuit against AT&T, Sprint, WorldCom, and Cable & Wireless - owners of the internet backbone. Why? Because a China based website (www.listen4ever.com) was hosting .mp3 files for download and the Recording Industry, unable to file suit against a website…

screw you, Miss Togar

Dee Dee is dead, Chom mourns

delicious Chick-fil-A waffle fries on my mind

Yesterday Jacob said there was a new Vitesse album out. I told him he must be wrong since I’m an insufferable know-it-all and I did not know this. The Hidden Agenda website didn’t mention anything about it… because it’s actually on Acuarela. Their next album on Hidden Agenda is set for Spring 2002. I mean jeez, you’re my favorite band in the world, but stop to eat, guys. Kate Bush hasn’t put out a record in a zillion years and everybody still loves her, so don’t worry. Go and…

Re-release of the first Wake LP, other rambles

So I was poking around looking for information about Les Temps Modernes, the label that is doing all the Section 25 re-releases I have recently been buying. As you can see I hit the jackpot, because when I started my search I didn’t even know what LTM stood for. Anyway, it turns out they’re re-releasing The Wake’s first album with all kinds of extra tracks and Peel sessions. Lovely. It seems like just about every band on Sarah Records named The Wake as one of their major influences. So…

Prince no longer sexiest man on planet

The dirty little man from Minneapolis dropped a bombshell in an interview with Gotham Magazine, whatever that is, when he renounced cursing: When you use those words, you call up all the anger, all the negatives times the word has been used before — you bring it toward yourself. Why would you want that? Prince, author of such hits as “Head,” “Jack U Off,” and “Pussy Control,” is also a Jehovah’s Witness, as it turns out, and is creepily concerned about kids and their lack of faith: When I…

that picture of jonathan richman looks like a clown corpse

anyway, now that i’ve got that out of my system, here’s the indie-pop perspective on the digital music personalization service jacob was talking about: it’s pretty good. it fails utterly on the goth/dreampop front though. this shouldn’t be taken as criticism… it’s a really cool service, and when i wasn’t purposely slanting my responses towards specific genres i like, it gave me pretty impressive results. jacob didn’t come across twee (perhaps there is some correlation between this fact and the fact that he did come across “power violence?”), but…

the modern dance

Salon is running an article today about various new internet services such as Media Unbound that attempt to intelligently suggest unfamiliar music selections to users based on what they already like. You’re probably thinking that this is not altogether unlike what Amazon does, but whereas Amazon’s recommendation data is based upon other users’ preferences and purchases as well as record/book company kickbacks, Media Unbound’s data is based on more finely grained relationships between sound, style, genre, etc. plus the crucial input of music critics, or “domain experts,” as we…

give the gift of grimsey records this solstice

only eight shopping days left until the winter solstice! you may not know what the winter solstice is. well, i’m not going to tell you. or even provide a link. it’s not my fault your churches have roofs on them. st. solstice is, however, the patron saint of smug, superior hippies with discover cards. that’s a hint. anyway, what are you getting me for the solstice? how about something on grimsey records? since they’re too modest to self-promote on the indie-pop list lately, i’ll tell you, they’re having special…

the chills 20 year anniversary 3CD box set!

the chills are one of my favorite bands, and on november 15th they celebrated the 20th anniversary of their first show. to commemorate this, they are releasing a box set of rare and unreleased material from the good old days. it’s three CDs, and only costs $28 postage paid from the soft bomb web site. that’s amazing! sign up to reserve your copy. that page also has more info, like a track listing. release date is set for february 2001….

even as we speak touring east coast in october

they’re touring in support of the cannanes, who are also great, and actually it’s mary dwyer with unknown others performing even as we speak songs (i assume, otherwise that’s pretty sneaky), but she was the original singer and they recorded one of the best pop albums of all time, feral pop frenzy (pictured). they’re australian, so chances are you won’t get to see them again, because i have it on good authority that the olympic games are going to end in a terrible war. got this news from the…

love conquers all. no, wait. love sues universal.

this story will be a disappointment after you make the grumpy cat dance, i mean, anything would, but give it a minute. as you all know, big record companies are evil, napster users are thieves, and everybody is suing everybody all the time everywhere, while spaceship no future remains totally blameless and innocent like a tiny kitten (see fig. 1). so i’ll just dive right in like you know exactly what i’m talking about and agree with me unreservedly. universal music group (big record company) sued mp3.com (cannonfodder for…

new moose album available in US!

i’m voting for this album in the upcoming presidential election. it’s called high ball me! and it’s been available in england for a while (which is where i got it), but i just noticed in the latest parasol update it’s available in the US now. james reeder’s lovely moose page notes it is also available from darla. get yourself on napster and listen to “can’t get enough of you” or “wonder where i’ll go.” this album grabbed my heart and squoze it. it even makes robots cry it’s so…

“Making it illegal to even talk about drugs”

Actually, there was a bill in the House of Representatives in July, the Methamphetamine Anti-Proliferation Act, that would actually do this. Or was it the Ecstacy Anti-Proliferation Act? My sources differ on this. At any rate, the bill would actually criminalize dissemination of information about illegal drug use. I don’t know what became of this bill, but even with my limited faith in the U.S. judicial system, I have a hard time believing it would survive past its first court case. As a professor quoted in the Salon article said,…

Sony exec: “We will bury you”

This is slightly old news (from August 17), but it bears repeating. Steve Heckler, a VP with Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc., speaking informally to a small group audience members after a speech at a conference at Cal State Long Beach, had this to say about Napster:”Sony is going to take aggressive steps to stop this. We will develop technology that transcends the individual user. We will firewall Napster at source — we will block it at your cable company, we will block it at your phone company, we will block…

new roy montgomery album on drunken fish

jacob emailed me about this a few days ago, thought i’d put it up here so we could work towards getting more than ten items posted and see if the archives work. it’s called “the allegory of hearing” and it’s another all-instrumental one like scenes from the south island and temple IV. his 7” singles that he sings on are fantastic, there aren’t many better songs in the world than “just melancholy” or “E.N.D.,” but the album with vocals was kind of bleh, so i’m glad this one is instrumental….

poetry ‘86 (repeat to fade)

wham! is always newsworthy, non? now reach up high and touch your soul the boys from Wham! will help you reach that goalit’s gonna break your mama’s heart (so sad) it’s gonna break your daddy’s heart (too bad) just throw the dice and take my advice ‘cos i know that you’re smart can you dig this thing? (YEAH!) are you gonna get down? (YEAH!) say wham! WHAM! say bam! BAM!…