Monday, November 30, 2009

Indefinitive version

I feel like I should have heard the Skip Spence original before. People have been telling me to listen to Oar for years.

Here's a video from the Record Club series on Beck's site. He has been recording his favorite albums with friends. (Of course, his friends are pretty well known themselves.) He's already wrapped up Velvet Underground & Nico and Songs of Leonard Cohen and is three songs into Oar. He writes: "There is no intention to 'add to' the original work or attempt to recreate the power of the original recording. Only to play music and document what happens. And those who aren't familiar with the albums in question will hopefully look for the songs in their definitive versions." His plan worked. [via]

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Such Great Hype

From Ian Cohen's 1/10 Pitchfork review: "The surprise No. 1 single in the country, Owl City's 'Fireflies', jacks the Postal Service in such a bald-faced, obvious manner that getting into specifics feels redundant at best and tacky at worst... At some point, there's gotta be a line you can't cross." [via Pitchfork]

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

The end is the beginning is the end

Branca at the end of the decade—"I’m just wondering if in fact the new music is just the old music again. And, if that in fact it would actually just be the end of music." [from NYT]