If you’re a fan of British TV sci-fi, you’ve probably seen several episodes of Dr Who written by Andrew Cartmel. Now he’s gone full geek at right angles with a new mystery series, The Vinyl Detective. Our unlikely hero is a jazz aficionado who ekes out a living buying and selling rare vinyl recordings, and lives in that peculiar subculture of collectors and traders who haunt thrift shops, estate auctions, and jumble sales. Having dwelt there for a few years myself, Cartmel’s characters and places ring pitch perfect, with plenty of arcane background knowledge–both real and fictional–to back up the … Continue reading The Vinyl Detective
Everybody’s got an opinion on this one, and here’s a doozy: The Nobel Prize is in fact the ultimate example of bad faith: A small group of Swedish critics pretend to be the voice of God, and the public pretends that the Nobel winner is Literature incarnate. … Mr. Dylan may yet accept the prize, but so far, his refusal to accept the authority of the Swedish Academy has been a wonderful demonstration of what real artistic and philosophical freedom looks like. Bob Dylan could not be reached for comment. Tip from Maggie’s Farm. Continue reading Bob Dylan and the Nobel Prize
I had an opportunity to hang out with the gang at KRTU, my favorite radio station, this morning. During some Standing Around Looking Foolish time, I took the opportunity to try out a cool new toy on my Windows Phone, Photosynth. Here’s the KRTU control room: Continue reading KRTU meets Photosynth
Naw, it can’t be that simple. But it is. Tip from American Digest, where vanderLeun almost learned this too late. Update (16 February). “Everyday I’m shuffling” probably isn’t the key to longevity. Not unless you do it LMFAO-style. Continue reading Good for what ails you
Check this out: Tip from American Digest. …and this! Tip from The Corner. Continue reading So you think you can dance?
Frank Serafine, the son of a old friend and colleague, is looking for backing via KickStarter for a new album. Check him out. Update (19 July). Frank made his goal! Now he owes me a song. Continue reading Got your Flight Plan yet?
…a yellow ukelele and some happy feet. Beats the Hell out of all this snark and evasion we’re getting from our Intellectual Betters, and all that drab crap the Fashionistas are hawking. Tip from The Parkway Rest Stop. Continue reading Got the blues? Maybe you need…
No car chases, explosions, big names, CGI graphics, or any of that other Hollywood crap. Just two guys and a loft apartment. Magic. Tip from the American Digest. Continue reading Talk about noisy apartments!
Well, you can either get the band together and go back on the road to promote the new album you spent six months recording, or get some thumbsucker in Canada to ban one of your songs. Which one would you pick if you needed some cash? Here’s a concert version. Continue reading What a great promo!
Check out Warren Cook and the New American Sound. We went to a dance last night, and these guys rocked the house. Listen. Continue reading Got a party? Get a band!