I’m New Here

Gil Scott-Heron

Here’s an excellent interview with Gil Scott-Heron from the daily swarm. Gil has just released one of my favorite records of 2010 on XL Recordings -“I’m New Here” and his amazing back catalog includes songs such as ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’, ‘Winter in America’, ‘Lady Day and John Coltrane’ and ‘Whitey on the Moon’. All of Gil’s work is highly recommended. Click

ss

‘mook rock’ … written in stone

' mook rock ' .... written in stone

spring cleaning + finding that old stone

upon finding the old stone

hg

Know Your History!

I’m a little taken aback that someone would consider independent artists starting their own labels a novel act, especially in this era of disintegrating major labels and general music-industry confusion.

How could you write or run this piece without a single mention of Dischord or Merge, K or 2 Tone, Teenbeat or Crass, SST or Bella Union, to name just a few?

[Story from The Independent (UK)]

— CL

Who’s Afraid of the “Howling Wolf?”

Outstanding article about the history of tuning, particularly equal temperament, and some recent agitations against it.

As tuning activist Kyle Gann says on his Web site, “Playing Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier in today’s equal temperament is like exhibiting Rembrandt paintings with wax paper taped over them.”

Whoa — if there’s a way to make the “48” sound even better, I’m not sure I want to know about it. Might be enough to turn me into some drooling victim out of Infinite Jest.

Mojo + Hallogallo 2010!

photo by Anton Corbijn/Mojo magazine

In support of the upcoming 4 LP NEU! Box Set Michael Rother will start performing selected concerts around the world in summer 2010 with his project “Hallogallo 2010”. Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth), Benjamin Curtis (School of Seven Bells) and Aaron Mullan (Tall Firs) will join him. Together they will play music by NEU! as well as music by Harmonia and from Michael Rother’s solo albums.

Previous to the Hallogallo 2010! dates Rother/Shelley/Mullan will perform at Bad Bonn Kilbi Festival in Dudingen, Switzerland on May 28 + Primavera Festival in Barcelona, Spain on May 29.

Hallogallo 2010! will perform at Dockville Festival in Hamburg, Germany on August 15 and later at the Numusic Festival in Stavanger, Norway, in September 2010. More news and tour dates will follow shortly.

neu2010.com / michaelrother.de

ss

More Neil Young Solo Dates

Neil Young has announced a few solo shows with Bert Jansch supporting:

5/18 Palace Theatre – Albany, NY
5/19 Sheas Performing Arts Center – Buffalo, NY
5/21 Hanover Theatre – Worcester, MA
5/23 Oakdale Theatre – Wallingford, CT
5/24 Constitution Hall – Washington D.C.
5/26 Louisville Palace Theatre – Louisville, KY
5/27 Knoxville Civic Arena – Knoxville, TN
5/29 Fox Theatre – Atlanta, GA
5/30 Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium – Spartanburg, SC
6/1 + 6/2  Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN
6/4 Jones Hall – Houston, TX
6/5 Bass Performance Hall – Austin, TX
6/7 Meyerson Symphony Center – Dallas, TX

Fred Mills writes about the tour for Blurt.

— SS

Hard Day’s Night of the Soul?

To counter the horrid most recent revelations and scandal — which are obviously of infinitely greater import — a couple of surreal but somehow comforting, to me at least, Papal announcements.

Continue reading »

More Biking

Following on Steve’s post, I was pleased to discover, according to this post and the picture below, that back in the day bikes were often the SUV of choice

And apparently for some — the objections of Shopfloor.org and Steve LaTourette notwithstanding — they still are.

— CL

Biking and Walking in the USA

From huffpost

ss