May 2015 Web stuff

• Albini: The music industry is a parasite.
Now, if only Steve would come up with a way to help us sort through all the crap …. Somewhere are ten great bands being ignored…
Great DJs have been our traditional filters. What about portals like Ektoplazm (psy-trance, techno)?? Netlabels??

Now it can be told. Secret reefer tapes of Louis Armstrong.

• On May 1, the Seattle Symphony premiered a new work. A Microsoft Kinect sensor watched conductor Ludovic Morlot and played 3 instruments … along with 9 musicians and a singer .. in the performance of Trimpin’s Above, Below and In Between.
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• Qrates is a crowdfunded vinyl-pressing service. (Qrates website)

• Amos Barshad offers a look at British band Blur’s history after it releases its first album in 12 years, The Magic Whip.
The album isn’t bristling with energy, but might give fans a hint of nostalgia … for something. Go Out
A somewhat more motivated Brit band called Temples will be in your area this spring. Keep in the Dark Triple Door-live, Oct 014

• There have been 3 stylistic revolutions in pop music in the past 50 years, according to a team from two London colleges which looked at more than 17,000 songs from the US Billboard Hot 100.
They also noticed that in the early 60s, “chords called dominant sevenths, found in jazz and blues started to die out”.

It’s Friday music quiz time! [MeFi link] Five! Five music quizzes! Mu-ha-ha-ha-ha! (Full disclosure: all five are classical music quizzes.)

Vintage drum kits of the 1920s and 1930s is a rare, long and colorful visit into instrument history. [via MeFi]
On the same site you’ll find a colorful image gallery of toy drums and percussion, a gallery of early jazz and jug bands and a whole lot more.

RIP Ben E. King, late 1950s lead baritone of The Drifters, best known for his soulful solo classic singles “Spanish Harlem” and “Stand by Me”. (NYTimes obit)

• How Herbie Hancock crafted a hip-hop classic – with a Yamaha keytar.
The single Rockit (from 1983 album Future Shock) includes scratching by the first turntablist (YMMV), Grand Mixer DXT.

———— (April 2015 Web Stuff)

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