Tag: music

A Butcher Bird Song

A Butcher Bird Song

Lifelong pal Brett Van Donsel, who creates the music for my podcast, has a new song up for purchase: We originally recorded a version of this jam at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studio in Chicago in 2016. On the current version, Brett plays all the instruments himself and puts his multi-instrumentalist expertise on display. Brett’s …

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ASK AN EXPERT: Brett Van Donsel (At-Home Music Recording)

ASK AN EXPERT: Brett Van Donsel (At-Home Music Recording)

Multi-talented Chicago musician Brett Van Donsel has been doing at-home music recordings nearly his entire life. He gives us the low-down on some of the basics. Q: For the novice — where does one start? What kind of gear do you need to do the basics? A: You really can do good things with even …

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What the Hell is Going On in the World? LINKS 01/04/18

What the Hell is Going On in the World? LINKS 01/04/18

  ACADEMIA Portland State University professor Bruce Gilley discusses how many academics and scholars reacted to his paper “The Case for Colonialism”: …it was the intellectual vacuity of the mobs that surprised, and discouraged. The colonial encounter was huge, epochal, varied and complex. To reduce it to a bumper sticker is worse than wrong, it is …

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BATTLES

BATTLES

I’d like to share a new musical discovery that I came upon recently — a New York band called Battles. I first heard of them while interviewing Jose Medeles for a podcast last November. Then, in the past few days, I chanced upon some of their videos on YouTube. Extraordinary stuff. This video in particular …

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IMPORTANT SHIT: Yukio Mishima

IMPORTANT SHIT: Yukio Mishima

You may have noticed on my website’s home page, I feature this quote in a sidebar widget: True beauty is something that attacks, overpowers, robs, and finally destroys. The line is from Japanese author Yukio Mishima. I’m not sure how I first happened upon Mishima’s work — I may have noticed author Jack Donovan reference …

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YouTube!

YouTube!

My YouTube channel is up and running and has my recent podcast interview with Jose Medeles available for listening.

What the Hell is Going On In the World? LINKS 10/15/17

What the Hell is Going On In the World? LINKS 10/15/17

  EMPIRE Michael Krieger on empire-destroying wars that seem likely: ….be a better person. Try to help people who need it. Spread ideas of decentralization and promote a worldwide movement away from centralized authoritarian structures wherever and whenever possible. The future is what we make of it, and the future can be very bright. To …

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IMPORTANT SHIT: The Light That Kills as Well as Illumines

IMPORTANT SHIT: The Light That Kills as Well as Illumines

“If we can’t hear people screaming in agony, how can we hear at all?” — Henry Miller Edgard Varèse I was digging through old blogs recently and found a post that deserves a reboot. The topic of the post in question was Henry Miller’s book The Air-Conditioned Nightmare, which features some really great music writing, …

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