* In Smithsonian, David Byrne considers the question How Do Our Brains Process Music?
* 11 best music apps, chosen by Business Insider.
MIX Solipsistic Nation #289 features a 41-track mysterious ambient mix by Herd, aka Jason Thomson. (57m) Reminds me of Murcof (a good thing).(Once again: SN is unvaryingly well-produced and worth tuning.)
AUD New album Composed by Seattle “pop polymath” Jherek Bischoff (and a host of vocalists – including David Byrne – and individual musicans, all recorded one-at-a-time) is streaming over at bandcamp.
* The NY Times catches up with Neil Young. (long)
* Lester Bangs explains How to Be a Rock Critic. (Pick your genre, it applies to all)
* Gawker good read: The Punks on [Havana’s] G-Street.
VID 1988 docu Straight No Chaser looks into the life of jazz pianist Thelonius Monk. (89m)
ADDed to sidebar music history sites : Doom & Gloom From the Tomb. Archives back to Mar. 2009.
AUD PlayGround Mix 101 is a fine dub techno mix by US DJ Deepchord (Rod Modell)(91m). Have a look over at Soundesigners for the tracklist and an interview. (Deepchord recently released new album Sommer on Soma.)
Haven’t heard all the mix yet but Deepchord certainly takes his craft seriously.
* At The Oz Mix blog, post Musical Gnosis: The Who recalls one of those unforgettable concerts (that many of us have been lucky to experience). Back in April Oz did a three-part series about Recording the Master Musicians of Jajouka.
* The Quietus makes a top 50 albums of 2012 so far list. Reminds me I haven’t heard that VCMG dealy yet.
VID Someone has dusted off another Britpunk (76-78) docu from the Beeb — the best of Tony Wilson’s 19-episode live-in-the-studio show So It Goes — called The Way They Were. Undressed, in-the-day performances, several scarce. (68m) [via idealistpropaganda]
If you like this sort of thing, I’ve worn out the 1993 Rhino CD DIY: The Modern World – UK Punk (1977 – 1978) and the Stiff Box Set (both detailed here).
* If you’ve suffered from The Music-classifying Nightmare, you’re not alone. (Admittedly a first-world problem!)
VID Bassist Victor Wooten has some advice for speaking music as a language.
* Have I mentioned this neat idea before? PopSpots embeds album covers inside photos of the actual neighborhoods they were shot in. (Don’t miss the lot in #17.) An idea that wants to be a crowd-sourced site.
While I’m thinking of it, if you haven’t you might want to discover The Quietus, a magazine about music of all genres since 1974 – and a big archive.
* Save Our Bridges – 7,980 U.S. bridges have been designated structurally deficient and fracture critical.
* MeFi discusses the saddest songs.
………………… August 2012 AUDs & ENDs