Bird House

Posted by: Dave Douglas on November 24, 2010 @ 7:45 am
Filed under: Culture

Interesting article in today’s times on what has become of the East Village house where Bird lived. I remember hanging out there in the early eighties with some family friends who lived there for a time. Judy Rhodes was the landlord already, as well as a constant presence on the jazz and avant garde scene, but I don’t remember any actual birds around then. Nice to hear that the place has been preserved and not only. It has become–what else?–an aviary.


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The Beatles On iTunes

Posted by: jim on November 16, 2010 @ 8:38 am
Filed under: Culture, Events, Listening, Music Business News, Music Technology

I was looking around the Apple site for a refurbished iMac yesterday and found the iTunes announcement page. I was curious as to the “Big News.” But this morning, I’m a little let down.

First, I’m a huge Beatles fan. I think most of us are to varying degrees anyway, even if we refuse to acknowledge it. But a relaunch of their catalog isn’t much in the way of “Big News.” It’s like those 30 times a year when I receive an email about yet another Bitches Brew reissue (not to mention the Miles Davis signature headphones, or Mingus-themed underwear). I get excited for a second, then realize I already have all that music.
Beatles On iTunes
But maybe this will turn a new generation onto the Beatles. Here’s hoping anyway. Say what you want about the Beatles beginnings, but from Rubber Soul on, they pretty much made flawless albums. And the pop market today would be hard-pressed to find any artist making albums with such depth, not to mention singles. Yes, yes, the Beatles are great, and hearing it so much might make it mean less and less. But it’s the truth.

I’ve seen some comments on blogs like, “What’s the big deal? No one even listens to those old guys anymore.” Obviously you’ve never heard Revolver, buddy. So for that kid, I hope the iTunes launch teaches him a thing or two. For me, I’ll drop the needle on Abbey Road this morning, and hold out for the chance to hear the unissued Carnival of Light noise pieces from 1967 that Paul refuses to release.

So Apple, what’s next?


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Diz as Google Doodle

Posted by: jim on October 21, 2010 @ 10:03 am
Filed under: Culture, Humor

On Diz’s birthday — he would have been 93 today — Google commemorates his legacy with a doodle. You can see doodle next to the search field when searching on Google.

Diz Doodle

via BlackWeb
Dizzy is considered a pioneer in bebop and jazz music. He’s credited with influencing such greats as Miles Davis and Fats Navarro. Besides being a musical legend, Dizzy is known by two characteristics: his cheeks and his horn. Google has captured both of these in their Doodle, making his cheeks bright yellow and circular and giving his horn an upward bend.


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Nicole’s flutes

Posted by: admin on October 6, 2010 @ 7:37 am
Filed under: Culture, Nels Cline (News)

We were saddened to read in the Chicago Tribune today that two of Nicole Mitchell’s flutes were stolen on her recent European tour.

via Howard Reich @ Chicago Tribune
It’s one of the worst things that can happen to a musician – a prized instrument gets stolen.

For Chicago jazz flutist Nicole Mitchell, the news was doubly bad: Both her Muramatsu solid silver flute and Powell signature piccolo were grabbed while she was in Milan, playing the MITO Festival on Sept. 14.

“I was in a state of shock … I just couldn’t really believe it,” recalls Mitchell, one of Chicago’s most celebrated jazz musicians.

“For one thing, those instruments – I paid every penny for them, and it was a real sacrifice in order to get them,” adds Mitchell, 43.

She’s also offering a $1,000 reward for the return of her instruments, “no questions asked,” she says (the serial number on her Muramatsu flute is 94657).

Still, Mitchell is trying to make the best of it.

“I’m still hopeful that something good will come out of this, that there’s a bigger picture in all of this that maybe is not easy to see in the moment,” she says.

Contact Nicole at nicolemitchell.com if you have any info.


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Nicole's flutes

Posted by: jim on @ 7:37 am
Filed under: Culture, Nels Cline (News)

We were saddened to read in the Chicago Tribune today that two of Nicole Mitchell’s flutes were stolen on her recent European tour.

via Howard Reich @ Chicago Tribune
It’s one of the worst things that can happen to a musician – a prized instrument gets stolen.

For Chicago jazz flutist Nicole Mitchell, the news was doubly bad: Both her Muramatsu solid silver flute and Powell signature piccolo were grabbed while she was in Milan, playing the MITO Festival on Sept. 14.

“I was in a state of shock … I just couldn’t really believe it,” recalls Mitchell, one of Chicago’s most celebrated jazz musicians.

“For one thing, those instruments – I paid every penny for them, and it was a real sacrifice in order to get them,” adds Mitchell, 43.

She’s also offering a $1,000 reward for the return of her instruments, “no questions asked,” she says (the serial number on her Muramatsu flute is 94657).

Still, Mitchell is trying to make the best of it.

“I’m still hopeful that something good will come out of this, that there’s a bigger picture in all of this that maybe is not easy to see in the moment,” she says.

Contact Nicole at nicolemitchell.com if you have any info.


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Parking Day: Today.

Posted by: jim on September 17, 2010 @ 10:20 am
Filed under: Culture, Events
Greenleaf Parking Day
Greenleaf Music participating in Parking Day (above)

PARK(ing) Day is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals (operating independently of Rebar but following an established set of guidelines) creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.

The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out!


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Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass

Posted by: jim on @ 7:24 am
Filed under: Culture

Friend of Greenleaf Noam Pikelny wins the first Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass.

Mr. Martin, who has lately been reconnecting with his banjo-playing roots as he tours with the Steep Canyon Rangers, said that during his road appearances, he became aware of banjo players who were having difficulty affording their instruments.

“A really good professional banjo can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 to $15,000, upwards to $50,000 and $100,000,” Mr. Martin said in a telephone interview. “They can be like Stradivariuses – some professional players are paying off their instruments by playing.”

Full article at NYTimes.

Hey Steve, can we get an prize for brooding indie guitarists, too? Having trouble affording my ’65 telecaster. Just kidding of course.

Congrats Noam! Now let’s hear some Scruggs.


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Tristan Perich's 1-Bit Symphony

Posted by: jim on September 2, 2010 @ 11:19 am
Filed under: Culture, Music Technology

One of the great things about the music industry right now is that there is no shortage of specialty packages being produced in small quantities and in high quality. Dave just pointed me to a great example.

Here we have what sounds like great music housed in a package that perfectly fits the music from Tristan Perich.

Tristan Perich: 1-Bit Symphony (Part 1: Overview) from Tristan Perich on Vimeo.

via NewMusicBox:
Perich, who studied music, math, and computer science at Columbia University, sees the project as twofold. “It’s half super, super formal based on these mathematical ideas and theories of computation,” he says, skipping the numbers lesson for the moment. “At the same time, it’s sort of a social commentary about distribution, music stores, and creating something physical again that people can consume as an object and not just this ephemeral digital download.”


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Tristan Perich’s 1-Bit Symphony

Posted by: admin on @ 11:19 am
Filed under: Culture, Music Technology

One of the great things about the music industry right now is that there is no shortage of specialty packages being produced in small quantities and in high quality. Dave just pointed me to a great example.

Here we have what sounds like great music housed in a package that perfectly fits the music from Tristan Perich.

Tristan Perich: 1-Bit Symphony (Part 1: Overview) from Tristan Perich on Vimeo.

via NewMusicBox:
Perich, who studied music, math, and computer science at Columbia University, sees the project as twofold. “It’s half super, super formal based on these mathematical ideas and theories of computation,” he says, skipping the numbers lesson for the moment. “At the same time, it’s sort of a social commentary about distribution, music stores, and creating something physical again that people can consume as an object and not just this ephemeral digital download.”


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How you can help with the Pakistan crisis…

Posted by: jim on September 1, 2010 @ 10:35 am
Filed under: Culture

Pakistan still needs our help. And Oxfam is a great organization helping out. More info on all they’ve done in Pakistan so far over here. If you’ve thought about it, but haven’t donated yet, now’s the time to send your support.

The latest estimates indicate that 20 million people have been affected by the floods, which have swept away or damaged 1.2 million houses. Rushing water has also destroyed roads, bridges, and supplies of food and clean water. The death toll is now thought to be 1,539 people, and 2,055 have been reported injured.

Oxfam and our partners have launched a rapid-relief effort to reach more than one million people with essential aid. Despite major damage to the region’s transportation and communication systems, we are installing latrines and water-storage tanks and delivering clean water by truck to prevent deadly waterborne diseases from sweeping through communities of displaced people.

Text OXFAM to 25383 to donate $10 to @oxfamamerica’s flood relief and recovery efforts in #Pakistan.

Donate to @OxfamAmerica’s flood relief efforts in #Pakistan. $20 will buy a hygiene kit for a family.
http://bit.ly/PakistanRelief

17.2 million people affected by the #Pakistan floods, TWICE the population of L.A. Donate to @OxfamAmerica at http://bit.ly/PakistanRelief

#Pakistan #flood victims > ’05 Pakistan earthquakes, ’04 tsunami & ’09 Haiti earthquake victims combined. http://bit.ly/PakistanRelief


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