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Here Comes the Sun (2019)

Whimsical. Nostalgic. Damn near perfect.

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art music

Come Together (on one guitar)!

This is a cool thing I found thanks to The Loop.

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music

20 Styles of Enter Sandman

This is pretty great.

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art music

Making Zildjian Cymbals

It’s amazing how many steps Zildjian takes to craft each unique cymbal.

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culture music video

Guitars of Thrones

Who will sit on the Iron Throne…of Rock?!

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music

The Man Who Remade Playing Guitar

May solos in one.

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life music

I Should Have Played Synth

Love watching them play as much as hearing them. I can see myself in that environment. I missed my calling.

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music video

Nobody Speak

Even if you don’t like the language, you have to love the beat and the way this video is shot. The actors are great and the scene is complete political mayhem.

This video probably isn’t too far from reality these days. I can watch it over and over.

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Summer Tracks – Lizzo

Summer tracks. 🔥

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art music

Heroes Together

I’ve seen John Prine live and even shaken his hand backstage. I’ve seen Roger Waters live. I’m privileged enough that I’ve seen both more than once, but never together. I found this video a while ago, but it always punches me in the gut. So great!

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art music

Followup: David Gilmour Sells Guitar Collection

Just an amazing collection of classic guitars.

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music nerd

Virtuoso Series – Mark Knopfler

It is always amazing to me when someone excels at performing and almost looks bored while explaining what they do. Witness Mark Knopfler.

There’s more.

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art music

VK Goes Wild Indeed!

I don’t remember how I first stumbled across the amazing pianist VK Goes Wild. Here is a sample of her work covering Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody on a Bösendorfer concert grand piano.

It’s no ordinary cover though! She not only meticulously plays the music, but accurately includes what would be the vocals as well.

Her music is truly something to behold, especially because of her deep catalog of covers from Queen (obviously) to Pink Floyd to Metallica to Rammstein and more.

When you have the time, check out her YouTube page and visit her website at vkgoeswild.com.

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brain music

Up is Down (video)

Thom Yorke always amazes me. Time signature? Down beat? Try to find it. It shouldn’t work, but it does.

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art culture music video

Cover Performance of Bowie’s “Blackstar”

I’m a huge fan of Amanda Palmer’s work and this collaboration with Anna Calvi is particularly brave. Usually artists choose something with a great hook you can dance to if they’re going to cover a song. Think Twist and Shout or Louie Louie.

Instead, they chose David Bowie’s swan song Blackstar and it’s amazing.

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art culture music

David Gilmour’s guitar collection comes to auction | Christie’s

David Gilmour’s guitar collection comes to auction | Christie’s:

Christie’s to auction more than 120 guitars from the personal collection of the Pink Floyd singer and songwriter, including the iconic Fender Stratocaster played on The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall
David Gilmour’s 1969 Black Fender Stratocaster has earned its place in rock’n’roll history. Known as ‘The Black Strat’, the guitar was purchased in 1970 at Manny’s on West 48th Street in New York, and has become the Pink Floyd singer and songwriter’s most identified instrument over the course of nearly 50 years.

This is both exciting for those who have the money to buy them and sad that we won’t hear Gilmour play his soul through them again. These guitars are artifacts as precious as anything discovered at Pompeii.

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music nerd

50 Cent accidentally made $8 million in bitcoin – The Verge

50 Cent accidentally made $8 million in bitcoin – The Verge:

At the time, a single bitcoin was worth only $662, and the rapper’s fans could pick up the album for a fraction of that. In total, he pulled in over $400,000. Since then, the value of bitcoin has soared: the price of the cryptocurrency rose as high as $17,000 earlier this month, only to drop under $10,000 in recent weeks. (At the time of writing, bitcoin is now worth a little more than $11,000.) After sitting untouched in his account for years, 50 Cent’s earnings are now worth $7 million to $8.5 million, based on the current fluctuating bitcoin valuation.

It’s only January, but 50 Cent forgetting he had a a fortune in Bitcoin may end up being my favorite tech story of the year.

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culture life movies music

Thoughts on Subscription Creep

While some subscriptions clearly aren’t worth the cost to me, others are. The problem is that a bunch of cheap subscriptions add up to a bunch of money.

  • $11.99 for Netflix for 4 screens + ultra HD
  • $11.99 for Hulu no commercials
  • $9.99 for Apple Music
  • $14.99 for HBO Now
  • $13.99 for web hosting
  • $19.99 for Slingplayer
  • $4.99 for CBS

No one feels like much. Together, they’re nearly $90 a month, or more than $1,000 a year.
Ouch.
We cut the cord on cable a long time ago, and we’re still coming out on top compared to the cost of a cable subscription, but we aren’t getting all of the channels but we never watched all the channels.
That isn’t including the puny bit of patronage I am able pay to my favorite Internet acquaintances, particularly Marco Arment and Brett Terpstra. Shout out to 5by5 as well. They’re great!

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culture music technology

(Which) Music to My Ears

Spoiler: Apple Music wins
Rdio was my jam for a couple of years. A couple of months ago, Spotify offered a cheap deal and I gave it a shot. Now, Apple Music has bebopped into the mix. All three have deep catalogs to fuel a music marathon running in any direction.
Rdio is my favorite of the three, but probably won’t win back the top spot on my devices. The music service does social better than its competition. The app itself wins for its ability to control other versions of the app. By that I mean if a song is playing on my Mac, users can pause or change tracks from their iPhone and iPad or switch to play the track on their mobile device. Discovery is also pretty great. Search for your favorite artists and play a channel of that artist and others like them.
Spotify is more popular than Rdio, at least it seems to have more users. Maybe it’s because I cut my teeth on Rdio, but Spotify’s interface seems confusing to me. The playlists matched to activity is kind of neat, but it isn’t the first one to offer that feature. Songsta has done that for a while, and a new player in the field prominently shares the same sorts of playlists.
Apple Music also offers activity playlists and boasts human curation. It’s also the only service with anything like the DJ-curated Beats 1 Radio.[footnote]Don’t slip up and just call it Beats One. I hope the “online electronic and dance music radio station based in Calgary, Alberta” is taking advantage of any confusion.[/footnote] “Worldwide. Always on.” Curation by real people rather than algorithms is intriguing and helpful. Apple Connect is a huge improvement over the fruit company’s social flop by serving a different purpose than Ping—connecting artists to fans, not fans to fans. I’m still not sure how that will shake out, but so far so good in my opinion. I’ve found some good stuff in Apple Connect. The “For You” tab in Apple Music is another pro. Some of the playlists here have been perfect for me. Again, these are said to be arranged by real human beings who put thought into these lists like the cassette mixtapes of lore.
The problem with Apple Music, at least on the desktop, is that it is still a part of the monstrous digital hub that is iTunes, Apple’s answer to syncing, streaming, and managing apps, devices, podcasts, videos, movies, voice notes, TV shows, iTunes U, and more. There is a lot to deal with, both on OS X and iOS, so it’s confusing at first. I’m willing to learn.
Even with its warts and pain of the birthing process, the curation and deep roots in my digital ecosystem mean Apple Music is going to be my new jam.