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Women Kept Guitars Strumming During WWII

In a recent piece from the Voice of America ...   <p><a href="/monthly_2013_03/gibson_women.jpg.350a8ca610d5f3a7761373815d8c0f87.jpg" class="ipsAttachLink ipsAttachLink_image"><img data-fileid="28155" src="/monthly_2013_03/gibson_women.jpg.350a8ca610d5f3a7761373815d8c0f87.jpg" class="ipsImage ipsImage_thumbnailed" alt=""></a></p><p><a href="/monthly_2013_03/gibson_women.jpg.ca1afa29fc20953090bce7935d2fc643.jpg" class="ipsAttachLink ipsAttachLink_image">

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Edith and Miles

I'm no philatelist, but this -- featuring two of my favorite artists -- caught my attention at a trip to the post office last week. Probably won't be using these for bill payments. Guess I might have to explore the Postal Service's Music Icon series to see what else they have.   <p><a href="/monthly_2013_02/miles-davis_edith-piaf_stamps.jpg.43cb6b1517f507972684ab8c72556a98.jpg" class="ipsAttachLink ipsAttachLink_image"><img data-fileid="28142" src="/monthly_2013_02/miles-davis_

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As 2012 Winds Down

<p><a href="/monthly_2012_12/DSCN1084_600x450.jpg.76cfe0e72ec9b285cf7026d638622b28.jpg" class="ipsAttachLink ipsAttachLink_image"><img data-fileid="28136" src="/monthly_2012_12/DSCN1084_600x450.jpg.76cfe0e72ec9b285cf7026d638622b28.jpg" class="ipsImage ipsImage_thumbnailed" alt=""></a></p> In keeping with family (who else would care?) tradition, I am working up a list of my favorite artists/albums of 2012. Of course, I haven't heard it all and could never claim any

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Ravi Shankar, R.I.P.

Like many of us, my introduction to Indian music in the 1960s was via Ravi Shankar, and I have loved this stuff ever since. He died yesterday, but left us two wonderful daughters whose work are also staples in my collection: Anoushka Shankar and Norah Jones.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HsuFlxxrX8k   Just one sample story here.

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Farewell, Dave Brubeck

Jazz legend Dave Brubeck has died at age 91. More details abound, like here.   I started accumulating a jazz collection when I was in high school, and one of the first albums I rushed out to buy when it was first released in 1959 was Brubeck's Time Out, featuring the immortal Take Five. Already this fine tribute vid has appeared today on YouTube:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZAGTjO0MJg

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Carry On, Teisha

<p><a href="/monthly_2012_08/teisha_faces.jpg.b4e756401582d8389d66f97745f093fd.jpg" class="ipsAttachLink ipsAttachLink_image"><img data-fileid="28122" src="/monthly_2012_08/teisha_faces.jpg.b4e756401582d8389d66f97745f093fd.jpg" class="ipsImage ipsImage_thumbnailed" alt=""></a></p> When singer-songwriter Teisha Helgerson died of leukemia last year, her friends discovered unfinished work in her journals and cell phone recordings. Thus began a collaborative effort

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Cembalo, Anyone?

<p><a href="/monthly_2012_07/head.png.6e8572f9abd25261f3aaab8a5eebbc2d.png" class="ipsAttachLink ipsAttachLink_image"><img data-fileid="28120" src="/monthly_2012_07/head.png.6e8572f9abd25261f3aaab8a5eebbc2d.png" class="ipsImage ipsImage_thumbnailed" alt=""></a></p> From time to time, I binge on harpsichord music (particularly Couperin, Scarlatti, Bach). Today, through the Good Graces of Google, I chanced upon a remarkable online resource. At La Sala del Cembalo de

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Dylan's Tempest

Bob Dylan fans -- I can't be the only one around here -- will be interested to learn that a new album is due for release in September. For more details, go to Tempest Press Release | The Official Bob Dylan Site and Bob Dylan Tempest Tracklist, Release Date. <p><a href="/monthly_2012_07/tempest_album_cover_459x351.jpg.38590c21a3e02240845e6b63ad909894.jpg" class="ipsAttachLink ipsAttachLink_image"><img data-fileid="28116" src="/monthly_2012_07/tempest_album_cover_459x351.jpg.38590

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PopSpots

<p><a href="/monthly_2012_07/popspots_neilyoung.jpg.edccaa0be3a35c69f85e1db23207b54d.jpg" class="ipsAttachLink ipsAttachLink_image"><img data-fileid="28115" src="/monthly_2012_07/popspots_neilyoung.jpg.edccaa0be3a35c69f85e1db23207b54d.jpg" class="ipsImage ipsImage_thumbnailed" alt=""></a></p>Appreciating music often entails, especially with vinyl, appreciating album cover art. Many covers adorn my listening room walls. As a photographer myself and former art galle

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That Girl

I'm guessing I'm not the only person here whose music collection includes "Getz/Gilberto":   The Elusive Girl From Ipanema - WSJ.com

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Time-Lapse Earth Flyover With The xx

When listening to music, I usually prefer to let my mind conjure up its own images, but sometimes a pre-determined mix of imagery and sonics work nicely. Here 18-year-old Croatian video editor Tomislav Safundzic has paired NASA images with music from The xx, one of my favorite UK ndie groups of their particular genre. Watch in either Flash (smoother) or HTML5 (more Apple-friendly).

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In Case You Missed ...

Mick Jagger on SNL ...   http://lefsetz.com/wordpress/index.php/archives/2012/05/20/jaggerarcade-fire-the-last-time/   Video: Mick Jagger, Arcade Fire, and Foo Fighters on Saturday Night Live « Consequence of Sound

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A Postscript for Levon

Probably like many of you, in the past several days I have been revisiting a lot of music by Levon Helm and The Band, ever since his recent passing. Today I came upon a tribute to Levon from comic Rob Delaney's tumblr that I would like to share:   http://robdelaney.tumblr.com/post/21759745560/i-love-levon-helm-and-america   (edited after a previous mis-post ... whoops)

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Here's To Carrie

Catching up during my convalescence means reading a backlog of news, watching some TV I never get around to, taking on the ever-expanding wish list of book reads, and a lot more.   Just last night I noticed that a Peabody Award has recently been issued to Portlandia. In case you don’t know, Portlandia is a spot-on comedy sketch series, now in (or maybe concluding) its second season, spoofing some aspects of modern culture and that of Portland, Oregon in particular (with a notable guest list,

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The Wrecking Crew

A hospital stay for heart surgery can have its bright side.   Initially delighted to learn that wi-fi would be available, I was to be deflated upon learning that the same IT restrictions for hospital employees would also apply to inpatients. That meant that sites like Facebook, YouTube, Netflix, Pandora, Spotify, MOG, etc. would be blocked, leaving me and my MacBook with little more than email and a few sites that might relate to my usual work. So I turned to my stack of long-overdue reading

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The Glass Engine

Today, I went searching for Philip Glass' Concerto for Saxophone Quartet, which I wanted to gift to my woodwind-playing daughter. (Btw, I did find that hi-res downloads, including DSD, are available at Cybele Records -- http://www.cybele.de/the-invitation-saxophonquartette-des-20-jahrhunderts -- but I was actually looking for the Rascher Quartet performance; I may end up downloading these as well.)   In the course of my search, I came upon the Glass Engine. This is a novel and enjoyable way

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Thank crisnee For This

User crisnee (whose Album of the Evening postings I appreciate and watch for) has suggested a review-centric version of the Album of The Evening thread:   Original: http://www.computeraudiophile.com/content/Album-Evening   Crisnee: http://www.computeraudiophile.com/content/Album-Eve-Reviews   Also I notice that crisnee has been a catalyst for the CA Scrobble thread:   http://www.computeraudiophile.com/content/Introducing-CA-Scrobbles   First, I am a bit nonplussed by CA Scrobbles. It

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What Comes First

It's the music, of course. At least for me.   CA regular wgscott, an interesting fellow whose input has been useful, stimulating and entertaining to me from time to time, poses a forum question asking us to assign a value on a 1 - 10 scale on (interest? experience? not sure what ...) a computer-to-audiophile continuum:   http://www.computeraudiophile.com/content/Computer-vs-Audiophile   I figured I had to be around a two (given my 30+ year computer professional background, from computer

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Playing Trees

Seems that one Bartholomaus Traubeck has devised a turntable that will play the rings of trees, rather than conventional vinyl, as reported by HuffPo in this report:   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/01/huffpost-arts-interviews-_n_1247581.html?ref=arts     Years - 'scratching' from Bartholomäus Traubeck on Vimeo

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Neil Young Speaks Out On Hi-Def Music

Neil Young is speaking out again, contending that Apple's interest in providing high-resolution music has diminished since the loss of Steve Jobs. More here: http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/31/tech/web/neil-young-apple-high-def-music/index.html

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