• Posts Tagged ‘music’

    Jackie Allen Concert Photos

    by  • June 6, 2014 • Photos • 0 Comments

    Last night Mary and I attend a free concert featuring Jazz singer Jackie Allen, the opening show of the KZUM Stransky Park Concert Series here in Lincoln. As you’ll see it was a perfectly beautiful evening for jazz in the park. Below is just a sample of the photos I took. You can click any of them to see the full set on Flickr.

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    Friday Video: An Evening With Neil Gaiman & Amanda Palmer

    by  • May 2, 2014 • video • 0 Comments

    YouTube logoPublished on Dec 12, 2013

    A performance of spoken word, songs, stories, chats with the audience, and more than a few surprises with author Neil Gaiman (Coraline; The Graveyard Book) and musician/cult figure Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls; Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra).

    Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer released a 3-disc set, titled An Evening With Neil Gaiman & Amanda Palmer on November 19th.

    Previously unreleased to the general public, and culled from hours of live recordings, one CD features Gaiman and Palmer collaborations, such as “Makin’ Whoopee” and “I Google You,”. One CD is all Amanda Palmer, and marks the first time original live Amanda Palmer tracks “Dear Old House” “Gaga, Palmer, Madonna: A Polemic” “Judy Blume” and “Do You Swear to Tell the Truth the Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth So Help Your Black Ass” have been made available to general public on CD. Gaiman’s solo CD includes several uncollected poems and stories, and his non-fiction account of a visit to the Oscars in “The View From the Cheap Seats”.

    Amanda Palmer is a Boston-based musician, force of nature, deliverer of an astonishing TED talk and occasionally one-half of The Dresden Dolls. Her last solo record (with backing band the Grand Theft Orchestra) Theatre Is Evil, debuted at #10 on the Billboard charts. She has just under a million Twitter followers and is not afraid to perform naked, especially when she needs to deal with British tabloid newspapers. You can follow her on Twitter here: @amandapalmer

    Neil Gaiman wrote Sandman, American Gods, Coraline and the Newbery Award winning The Graveyard Book. His recent novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and remained on the list for 20 weeks, to be replaced by his new book for children, Fortunately, the Milk. He has just under two million Twitter followers and ridiculously messy hair. You can follow him on Twitter here: @neilhimself

    New Bowie Vinyl

    by  • April 21, 2014 • Fun • 0 Comments

    My purchase  of “overpriced schlock from the mainstream record companies” they release on Record Store Day. And I’m happy about it!

    David Bowie 1984 40th Anniversary vinyl

    David Bowie 1984 40th Anniversary vinyl

    David Bowie 1984 40th Anniversary vinyl

    Why Vinyl Is the Only Worthwhile Way to Own Music

    by  • March 22, 2014 • Tech • 0 Comments

    Miles Davis Quintet vinylListening to music is still amazing today, it’s just that you’d be crazy to buy a CD. That’s not me saying that: That’s what the whole world is saying. CD sales have been declining every year for more than a decade because CDs are effectively useless in a world where digital music files are so easy to play and transfer, legally or otherwise.

    That doesn’t mean there’s no worthwhile way to buy a real-world physical album. Even as the recording industry flails, vinyl is seeing a comeback. Maybe you’ve noticed this resurgence in the living rooms of pretentious friends who keep a crate full of ragged record jackets next to an old Technics turntable. At the very least, you’ve probably stumbled upon a small selection of shrink-wrapped records in trendy big city boutiques, and if not, maybe while Googling the meanings of Taylor Swift lyrics, you stumbled upon an Amazon listing for her latest record,Red, cut on 140 gram vinyl.

    The renaissance of the long play record isn’t just an anecdotal trend. Even as physical record sales decline, people are buying more vinyl than they have in decades. In 2013, sales increased 31-percent to about 6 million units year-over-year. It’s not a single-year bump either, either. Sales have climbed to 6 million from after having been at about a million in 2007.

    Read the full post @ Gizmodo.

    This Awesome DIY Machine Cuts Vinyl Records in Mere Minutes

    by  • March 18, 2014 • Tech • 0 Comments

    Record MakerI suppose I should shell out the $50 to fix my turn table before buying one of these.

    The machine essentially works like a normal record player, but in reverse: It’s a record lathe connected to a CD player (or mp3, or any kind of audio file), and uses a diamond stylus to cut the record in real-time via sound vibrations produced by the playing music. This creates the master record, and cuts out all the other time-consuming steps needed to copy and mass produce it.

    Read the full article @ Mashable.