1. 1109-83:

    Spaulding Gray in Drunks (Peter Cohn, 1995)

  2. E.A.T. at Expo ‘70 in Osaka, sponsored by PepsiCo. Nothing new under the sun/everything new under the great mirrored dome. 


  4. 16-year-old me is pleased: the hook from björk’s “hidden place” is a T7 transformation (transposed up 7 semitones, from B to E) of this ordered pset of [E4 G4 A4 Bb4 D5 F5 E5], also hexachord 6Z-25 in prime form) from schönberg’s verklärte nacht, at around 1:10. 

  5. life update

  6. However, that outbreak of the muzzled subject into a new emotional
    immediacy will be untrue, and degenerate into self-deception, wherever the fat and comfortable composer, perhaps slightly scarred structurally and therefore the more likely to complain, sets up house once again in the old junk-room of available emotions. The temptation to do this is great, and the impression cannot simply be dismissed out of hand that after so much lamentable stagnation, the recent teeming abundance of powerfully emotional music exists thanks to the degenerate fruitfulness of maggots having a good time on the fat of the tonal cadaver.

    — Helmut Lachenmann: Open Letter to Hans Werner Henze

  7. Everything about this is excellent: the vertical tracking issues, the Oriental Star Agencies crawl along the bottom (his first agency, based in Birmingham, which started to promote the Sabri Brothers in the 70s), Mick Jagger as guest of honor. That faint reverb/delay on Nusrat’s vocal mic. Perfect! 

  8. Illustrated Song Slides are totally weird and awesome. 

    Illustrated Song Slides are totally weird and awesome.