Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Video Day #tzaupbeat

Austra has a great new video, looking at depression, for her new song I Love You More Than You Love Yourself.  Milky Chance had a great day in beautiful San Francisco for this Doing Good video.   Sylvan Esso are still kicking out videos, including this great one for Kick Jump Twist.

Bonus: Young Thug released this video (really?) for Wyclef Jean - a take on a music video that is truly unique.

Article: Why is vinyl making a comeback?

It’s not just nostalgia… 

Dlrartcile

 

"But the conventional wisdom is too simplistic, as it so often is. Across the board, consumers who weren’t even around when these technologies first lost their prominence are driving their resurgence. How can a 15-year-old be nostalgic for a turntable, when her parents never owned one in the first place? How can you accuse a 25-year-old computer programmer of being lost in the past, simply because he collects hip-hop 45s in his spare time?

If nostalgia more broadly understood plays a role, though, that’s a bad thing only if you believe that progress ought to move in a linear direction.

"How can a 15-year-old be nostalgic for a turntable, when her parents never owned one in the first place?"

In today’s rapidly innovative, digitally driven economy, reverence for the old stands in opposition to the Utopian futurism at the heart of Silicon Valley. The past is relevant only in terms of how quickly you speed away from it, and as long as Moore’s Law holds steady — doubling the speed of processors and halving their cost every 18 months — the only hardware and software that truly matters is the next version. No one pines for Windows 2.0, or the iPhone 4; progress is a one-way street, and anyone who dares to reverse course is a Luddite."

(Via Why is vinyl making a comeback? ‘Nostalgia’ doesn’t quite cut it - LA Times.)

Monday, February 20, 2017

Video Day #tzachill

Sampha has a great new album out, and this is the first video out for (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano. Ani DiFranco released her new video for Deferred Gratification (more detail here)!  Troye Sivan is back with a little LGBT history in his new video for Heaven with Betty Who.

Bonus:  Dev Hynes is getting no rest lately, also collaborating with Brandon Cook as VeilHymn.

Sara Watkins (1/24/17)

I have this habit of ignoring bands that get a lot of attention.  Not in some elitist sort of way, but if they hadn’t already caught my attention for some reason, I don’t feel the need to dig into their catalog to try and discover them.  That’s how I felt about Nickel Creek.  They were bluegrass darlings and everyone knew them.  When the band members starting going their own ways, I still didn’t pay much attention to Sara Watkins.  My friend Tim in Kent is a huge Nickel Creek fan, and when I saw she was coming I figured why not.  I started digging into her new album and was impressed!  Seeing her live only sealed the deal for me, putting Sara up there as a top performer I would see again.  I’m probably one of the few people at the show who knew more of her stuff than the Nickel Creek stuff.  I imagine that trend will continue.

Sara Watkins (1/24/17)

Sara Watkins (1/24/17)

Heaven Is In You: Chelsea Pastel (1/21/17)

Check out the other super-cool party happening at Now That’s Class every month!  I was able to catch some of Chelsea Pastel’s set, enough to make me want to catch her again with Lorine Chia at the Grog Shop next Tuesday

Heaven Is In You: Chelsea Pastel (1/21/17)

Margaret Glaspy (1/15/17)

I love these kind of surprise shows, ones that I come about them just by searching for a show to see on a particular night.  I couldn’t have been more pleased.  Both Brooke Annibale and Margaret Glaspy were amazing singer songwriters and performers.  I highly recommend checking their stuff out, and check out Brooke who will be coming back to open for the Great Lake Swimmers (!!!!) at the Beachland on 4/14.

Brooke Annibale (1/15/17)

Margaret has a voice and style that can really tug at your soul - whether it’s her song or not.  Check out the Lauryn Hill & Neil Young covers!

Margaret Glaspy (1/15/17)

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Buck McDaniel & Friends (1/14/17)

Sometimes one finds themselves at a live show at Bar 107 in Berea.  Buck McDaniel, Matt Jones, and Evan Kleve perform to what was probably an unsuspecting crowd.  They’re probably better people for it.

Buck McDaniel & Friends (1/14/17)

Buck McDaniel & Friends (1/14/17)

The Cleveland Orchestra: Widmann's Trauermarsch (1/12/17)

What a stunning performance...

The Cleveland Orchestra: Widmann's Trauermarsch (1/12/17)

"The performances were transporting – Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra at their most virtuosic and majestic. 

Widmann's 25-minute Trauermarsch originated as a joint commission by the Berliner Philharmoniker, the San Francisco Symphony and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Yefim Bronfman was the soloist in the Berlin and San Francisco performances, and repeated his tour de force performance in Cleveland. The Toronto première is yet to come.

The musical material is based on the motif of a descending interval, first heard softly in the unaccompanied solo piano, then accompanied by growling low strings, and settling into a typical funeral march slow duple meter, with heavily accented downbeats. The solo piano plays constantly through the whole work, sometimes subsumed into the texture of the vast orchestra, which includes a huge percussion section. The texture thickens, with a multitude of arresting colors, and the tempo accelerates. Eventually the sturdy rhythm gives way to a phantasmagorical development of the material. The piano becomes ever more strident and desperate, eventually including full-hand and forearm clusters from one end of the piano to the other. Much of the piano music lies high on the keyboard, with a chiming, bell-like effect, but, combined with the percussion, in shimmering, mysterious effects."

(Via Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra majestic in Widmann and Bruckner | by Bachtrack for classical music, opera, ballet and dance event reviews.)

Video Day #tzaupbeat

Blood Orange is Better Than Me with with his new new video, showcase his love for dance (as usual).  Austra is back (!) with a new album and video for Future Politics.  Kiesza goes retro (again) with her new video for Dearly Beloved.

 

Bonus:  A beautifully shot video for Delicate Steve’s new song Winners.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Video Day #tzachill

Frank Ocean has a cool new (NSFW!) video for Nikes. Yael Naim releases a stunning video for Coward (which Stromae co-directed!) The Hidden Cameras have another country-tinged song and video out for Dark End of the Street.

 Bonus:  Bellows has a new video for Orange Juice - an unexpected homage to DIY NYC art spaces.