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??? This dance sequence from episode 2 of Babylon Berlin distills the David Bowie Is exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum down to exhilarating essence. More Topics Jeff Daniels chills as preacher-villain in Godless, then gets swamped by...Show More Summary
? This dance sequence from episode 2 of Babylon Berlin makes a decent substitution for the David Bowie Is exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. More Topics Jeff Daniels chills as preacher-villain in Godless, then gets swamped by hoary dialogue...Show More Summary
Serkin, Gould and the Pianist’s Ideal Recently available deluxe recordings from Rudolf Serkin and Glenn Gould reveal new secrets about these polar-opposite titans of classical piano: Expansive yet forbidding, imperious yet embracing, pianist Rudolf Serkin mixed charm with guilt to build a towering legacy. His recordings confirm him as a titan of the old school, […]
This Goldberg recording has a quietude that blankets the music...
2017 LISTS Bob Dylan, Triplicate (Columbia) Beck, Colors (Capitol/Virgin EMI) Kendrick Lamar, Damn (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope) Various, Afro Beats Hot Hits (Shanachie) Arcade Fire, Everything Now (Columbia) Saint Etienne, Home Counties...Show More Summary
2017 LISTS (first draft) Beck, Colors (Capitol/Virgin EMI) Kendrick Lamar, Damn (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope) Various, Afro Beats Hot Hits (Shanachie) Arcade Fire, Everything Now (Columbia) Jon Langford, Four Lost Souls (Bloodshot)...Show More Summary
Some say we’ve already hit peak TV; we might also approach peak bluetooth. Have turned off my receiver and KLH speakers for months to acclimate myself to these unsuspecting compacts, and happy to report more keep landing. When was the last time a speaker actually changed your listening habits? The more I use Libratone’s ZIPPs, […]
How much does your early exposure to a given piece influence your understanding of the music? I grew very fond of a DG recording of the three Schumann, Opus 41, paired with the three Brahms, titles, either from the Melos Quartet. Same with Alban Berg Quartett. Rifling through the spotify database, both these acts have oddly missing titles, […]
Everybody has their preferences, mine tend toward close daily listening on the commute with over-the-ear bluetooths, Master & Dynamic MW60s holding the top slot just behind Sol Republics. Apple Airpods work for in between: for driving say, when you need 360 audio awareness, but still want some detail and crackle to your sound. The default position […]
SGT PEPPER RERUNS New York Times Today column, 4 June “The Beatles posing in front of the celebrities was a way of them saying, in their arrogant yet completely charming manner, ‘We know we’re the most famous people in the world right now, and we also know that we will be joining this parade, that this […]
WHEN VAN CLIBURN, a tall, lanky Texan with a boyish grin, paraded through the confetti from thousands of screaming Manhattan classical converts on a gray spring day in May 1958, he earned the nickname “the American Sputnik.” The floppy-haired 23-year-old had won the first Tchaikovsky Gold Medal by serenading Russian audiences with such guileless Southern […]
BIG LITTLE LIES (HBO) Of course I tuned in to a whodunit starring four big stars, all with amazing heads of hair, and got sucked in by those ominous Monterey waves beating cosmic doom against the shore. And of course I took offense at Witherspoon’s condescension towards her character. But what really turned me off […]
The old saw has you balancing hifi against comfort. But with bluetooth wireless going mainstream, even purists concede: few of us can tell much difference in quality (between plugged and un-), especially during commutes. Fewer still buy a second pair just for quiet listening. (In which case, get yourself a headphone amp and go nuts.) […]
Just finished first six-episode installment of Roll Over Beethoven: A Rock Critic’s Guide to Classical, a podcast detailing classic rock’s conversation with the European elites. This first series aired alternate Thursdays on WBCA-FM, Boston Community Radio. Show More Summary
Happens every year, I haul out all my data and assemble a best-of list and submit to Village Voice pazznjop poll. Always find something new somebody else has discovered, always forget a couple titles that should have made my own list. This one’s weird: could have easily topped my list, and you don’t see it on […]
BEST OF 2016 In no particular order (spotify links): David Bowie: Blackstar (Columbia) Margaret Glaspy: Emotions and Math (Warner Bros) Maren Morris: Hero (Columbia Nashville) Alicia Keys, Here (RCA) Brandi Carlisle: The Firewatcher’s Daughter (ATO) A Tribe Called Quest: We Got It From Here (Epic) Leonard Cohen: You Want It Darker (Columbia) Brandy Clark: Big Day […]
"Why in the blank hell is there no Nobel Prize for Music?"
Music books left off Billboard's semi-respectable list...
Tom Hull has a dense roundup of political thought surrounding the Republican hatefest, and continues to update with think pieces and canon fodder. Also, maintains an ongoing annual list. Light-bulb joke springs to life Iggy Jackson-Cohen channels TTP bluster