If I could write just one song as beautiful as Julia, I would achieve my life’s...– Beatles Songwriting Academy: Under The Influence: Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana)
It all started, her mother said, when Janice was 6 and picked up a book at the...– Janice Voss, Shuttle Astronaut and Scientist, Dies at 55 - NYTimes.com
Hype is helium: the monatomic force that causes a cultural product to exceed its...– Lana Del Rey: Just Another Pop Star : The Record : NPR
It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock and roll. And you don’t make it by...– Bob Lefsetz on a TIME Magazine piece in which members of the band Two Lights laments their disappointment on their lack of success after investing $100,000 in their music career.
How a Coin is Solving One of the World's Great...
“I’m a football fan, I followed the Premier League since its inception and if I had 50p for every time someone had asked me to explain the offside rule I’d be a very rich man.” “When the coin is in circulation I hope people like it and I hope people are able to use it to explain the offside rule.” So, the coin is a visual aid meant to be used in concert with...
My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2011-12-25) →
Laika & The Cosmonauts (21) The Rolling Stones (13) Wilco (11) Florence + The Machine (3) Rob Michael (3) Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz
iPads and the Embarrassment Factor
News that all the graduate students in my Future of Media seminar would receive iPads for the semester generated a flurry of excitement. Some students replied with exclamation points in their email messages. Some stopped and asked when the iPads would be available. Others passed on word to classmates and seemed to enjoy the envious responses. Then something odd happened: The students, all in...
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Wilco (17) Florence + The Machine (13) She & Him (7) Sons Of Bill (6) Asleep At The Wheel (5) Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz
I studied under producer/engineer Adrian Barber for about 3 months in the late...– Bobby Owsinski’s Big Picture Production Blog: Aerosmith “Dream On” Song Analysis
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The Beatles (20) The Rolling Stones (16) Wilco (9) Jim Campilongo (5) Corinne Bailey Rae; Steve Brown (4) Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz
♪ Listening to Me And Paul by Doug Sahm on exfm for Android
Life is hard. If on one day you can be happy, give thanks.– ongoing by Tim Bray · Thanks
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The Bottle Rockets (26) Sam Cooke (20) Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris (16) Howard Roberts (10) Robben Ford (10) Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz
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Los Lonely Boys (18) Santana (9) The Smithereens (5) Wilco (5) The Beatles (4) Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz
My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2011-10-9) →
The Beatles (19) Bob Dylan (4) Mavis Staples (4) Ponderosa (1) Patsy Cline (1) Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz
My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2011-9-25) →
The Jayhawks (12) Uncle Tupelo (9) Son Volt (6) Wilco (6) Alex Chilton (4) Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz
My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2011-9-18) →
Bob Dylan (10) Johnny Cash (9) Duke Robillard (6) Tedeschi Trucks Band (6) The Decemberists (5) Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz
Electric Cars, the Do-It-Yourself Way →
I would have loved to have been able to do this with my old Volvo wagon.
A Heavy Blow to The Wall Street Journal
From Columbia Journalism Review’s report on the departure of the Wall Street Journal’s Page One editor Alix M. Freedman: When wunderkind Bernard Kilgore took over as managing editor of the Journal at the ripe old age of 32, the paper did some nice business reporting, but it was narrow and formulaic, a dreary pastiche of incremental business stories—mostly government or corporate...
In that sense, the storm porn was, at worst, the cheese on the broccoli. But...– Media Hurricane Hype? : CJR
Until Sunday, when the storm is projected to hit, the job of the media is going...– How to Prepare for a Hurricane
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Wilco (32) Matraca Berg (16) Fountains Of Wayne (15) Duke Robillard (8) Miles Davis Quintet (6) Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz
WHEN the album designer Michael Carney submitted his proposed cover for the...– As Record Sales Shrink, so Does Album Cover Art - NYTimes.com
Session Americana, Highway to Hell
I tried out Kindle Cloud Reader and holy shit, I feel like Mosaic was just...– Time to rethink every website in the world | TechCrunch
The RIAA said it isn’t that we are making bad music, but the ‘dirty file sharing...– Former Google CIO: Music piracy was great for iTunes - TNW Media
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Chris Thile & Michael Daves (16) X (11) Elvis Costello & The Attractions (8) Wilco (7) The Secret Sisters (4) Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz
Best Roots Albums of 2011 (so far...) - Americana... →
Cahalen Morrison & Eli West - The Holy Coming of the Storm Carolina Chocolate Drops & Luminescent Orchestrii Chris Thile & Michael Daves - Sleep With One Eye Open Gillian Welch - The Harrow & The Harvest Hayes Carll - KMAG YOYO Preservation Hall Jazz Band & Del McCoury Band - American Legacies
The Economist on Food Poisoning →
herestothehalcyon: In reference to the tainted sprouts in Germany: The question is how the O104:H4 got there in the first place? The usual route is via animal faeces that have contaminated the water used for sprouting, or from manure used directly as organic fertiliser. But both have been ruled out. By all accounts, the farm also complied with the industry’s highest standards of personal...
My requirements for a good notebook are quite simple: No lines: I get distracted by all those lines in most notebooks. I literally can’t read words on them. Or rather: there is no instant focus on the important stuff Pages should be fixed: For a while I used map full of regular printing paper, I liked it, but after a while it gets messy, the pages get scrambled up, etc. Every page...
The good news is that The Harrow and the Harvest offers enough familiarity to...– First Listen: Gillian Welch, ‘The Harrow And The Harvest’ : NPR I’m listening to this now, and it’s great to hear Gillian Welch and David Rawlings with some new material.
The Associated Press reports that during the hostage standoff(!!), Jason Valdez...– Legal Blog Watch
My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2011-6-12) →
Ted Greene (7) Jordin Sparks (2) Robbie Fulks (1) Carrie Underwood (1) Miranda Lambert (1) Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz
Many people hate Bob Dylan because they hate being fooled.– Ellen Willis, ‘Out of the Vinyl Deeps’