I’m running the sweet CyanogenMod firmware on my Android phone. Yesterday, Amazon released their Kindle ebook reading software for Android. I installed it, as I’m eventually hoping to buy Mark Frauenfelder’s Made by Hand when it comes out for the Kindle.
Unfortunately, when I downloaded a test chapter for the Kindle, the text was garbled.
Alex Chilton, RIP. I am wondering: who is the musician who has the best song named after him? And: who is the best musician with a song named after him? Also: Who is the best musician who recorded the best song with his or her name in the title? (Example I don’t think is the winner: Ballad of John and Yoko.)
Mark Benedetti is our guest on episode #7 of the Snow Ghost Community Podcast, talking about the formation of a canon in three “underground cultural formations”: 60s experimental film, early NYC punk rock, and No Wave film.
Bruce and Mike talk with Justin and Andy, coaches of the Bronx robotics champs Boogie Down Bots. They make awesome robots, and they have an idea for killing Asian Longhorned Beetles with nanotechnology.
Ed. note: After seeing this thread about a student’s unhappy experience with a class on rock and roll, I started a discussion with Seamus McGee, who has academic experience of his own in this area. He shared the following thoughts.
I’m curious about the department through which the course is offered, because that would strongly affect the approach. To be honest, most of these complaints seem trivial, but that’s only because I don’t have a sense of the larger methodological approach for the course, and so I don’t know if the complaints are grounded on the kinds of expectations that might be legitimate to have for this kind of class. Assuming it’s some general history of rock class, I don’t think the history of the formation of the Pistols is particularly important, even though it’s more complicated than either the student or professor seem to realize. On the other hand, it would be extremely important in a course taught through a different field, like, say, cultural studies, where most scholarship on punk takes place. I honestly don’t know why you’d want to spend much time on Zappa, though at the same time using Bizarre as your example for indie labels’ move into major label relationships doesn’t seem like a very good choice to me, although again, it depends on why and how you’re discussing that issue (i.e. whether you care about the politics of indie labels, which you usually wouldn’t for this kind of class). Continue reading A critique of Rock School
The Snow Ghost Community Show is proud to present video and audio from Worcester Mystery Band 2008.
Here’s how Jacob Berendes described Mystery Band in 2007:
mystery band is a worcester activity in which everyone who is interested in being in a band submits their name and contact information (and any previous musical experience) to a central organizer, who then organizes the list of people into however many five or six person bands. these bands are given a certain amount of time (usually 2 months) to have a few practices and write between 5 and 20 minutes of original material that is not a waste of everybody’s time. improvisation is prohibited. participants need not have any prior musical experience, just the desire to be in a band and the ability to step up. mystery band culminates in a series of shows for all the bands that pulled it off.