Category Archives: music

Hamburg’s new Elbphilharmonie

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Review by the Guardian

In 1917, in the depths of the first world war, the German architect Bruno Taut made drawings of his feverish architectural dreams, of crystal halls built on the tops of the Alps, in which there would be nothing but silence and a little beautiful music. He knew that they would be tricky to build, but hoped – in vain – that the monstrous expenditure devoted to conflict could be directed their way. A century later the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, authors of Tate Modern and the Beijing Olympic stadium, have come closer than anyone might have expected to realising Taut’s fantasy. They have put a crystalline palace for music in the air, albeit on top of a large warehouse in Hamburg rather than a mountain, and with a hotel, apartments and car park added to the brief, at the cost of an effort only slightly less than Taut imagined.

check out the story – and the pics there. Very cool!

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A Tribute to Bob Dylan

Bob just won the Nobel Prize for Lit — something I never would have expected.

M´y first reaction was “Oh, come on!” After all, Bob was not and is not your typical literary figure. And his literary work is found in lyrics to songs – pop songs at that – rather than books.

But there may be something to this. Bob’s lyrics were unique in their time. He touched a rebel chord that lots and lots of people responded to. His attitude became a core piece of counter-culture. he had impact. Huge impact in his day. As much as a literary great would have, if not more.

So that should be rewarded somehow. Right?

Music: Banks: The Altar

The Altar reviews Banks new album, the Altar.

Banks is returning to … hallowed ground for The Altar’s launch next week. She hints that she’s planning some live appearances, too – they will be among her first performances of the new material, and she’s excited to get to grips with it. “That’s what is so fun about starting to do this, because you’re like, ‘Nice to meet you,’ then you make out, then you have sex. That’s what I do with my music, it’s like a process of getting to know it live,” she explains. Thanks to The Altar’s intimate revelations, it looks as though we’re all destined to get very closely acquainted with Jillian Banks, too.

I am curious how the launch will go!

 

So Long John Loudermilk!

Young hipsters will not recall John, but he wrote songs that became big hits in the US back in the 1960äs and 1970’s. Like “Indian Reservation! sung by Paul Revere and the Raiders

He did another song that was sung by a number of pop musicians, Tobacco Road. Here John sings it himself

Sp Long John! and thanks!

Quincy Jones has Been Around

Jones, if you don’t know, is a musical genius. I won’t get into that here. but you can read about from lots and lots of places. Let’s just say that he created Michael Jackson’s first popular songs.

But … that doesn’t tell you very much about the man. here is a snippet from the Guardian

Jones sits forward and taps a leathery temple. “They put an ice pick right there,” he says. Jones grew up in Chicago during the Depression. His father was a carpenter in the employ of the Jones Boys, “notorious OGs”, as Quincy calls them. In other words, his old man was a chippy by appointment to the mob. “All I saw were dead bodies, tommy guns and stogies, and piles of money in back rooms. I had my hand nailed to a fence with a switchblade when I was seven. When you’re a kid, you want to be what you see, and I wanted to be a gangster till I was 11.”

Check out the article for a peek at musical history of the 20th century. Or if you are interested in how a genius black dude made it. in a white man’s world.

Katie Melua in Gori Georgia

Katie Meua is a pop star. Here she is singing “Wonderful life”.

Very cool. And there is more. Now that her six album recording deal is over, she has gone back to Georgia to produce music from her home town of Gori.

Have you heard of Gori, Georgia? It is the birthplace of Josef Stalin.

We get a glimpse of how  young Katie  is doing from The Guardian.  here is a glimpse

Georgia’s tradition of polyphonic singing is one of the most ancient in the world – it’s included on Unesco’s list of intangible cultural assets – and Melua has engaged the 23-piece choir to add its unique sound to an album which includes traditional Georgian folk songs, Ukrainian carols and even an extract from Rachmaninov’s Vespers. But at present the choir is adding harmonies to a frenetic Melua original, provisionally entitled Christmas Shoppers.

And the promo

In Winter is released in October through BMG. Katie Melua’s UK tour with the Gori Women’s Choir begins 23 November at Guildford G Live.

Pink Floyd Invades the V&A

Back in 2013, the V&A did a retrospective on David Bowie.

(it) became the fastest to sell out in the museum’s history.

Now the museum is doing a Pink Floyd retrospective and fans are starting to get excited. Errr … if you are too young to remember Pink Floyd, a bit of history might help

One of the defining forces behind 1960s psychedelia, Pink Floyd became one of the most influential and successful groups of all time. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame cites them “as the architects of two major music movements – psychedelic space-rock and blues-based progressive rock”. The band’s lyrics are described as offering “biting political, social and emotional commentary”.

This is only one dimension of the V/A’s look back at the 60’s

The museum will also include Pink Floyd in its major autumn exhibition: You Say You Want A Revolution? Records & Rebels 1966-70, which will explore the wide-reaching social and cultural changes that followed the austerity of the postwar years. London’s Carnaby Street will be portrayed as part of a “1960s streetscape”, along with the UFO nightclub on Tottenham Court Road, where Pink Floyd made their name.

Go for it! This video might get you in the mood