Thursday, March 12, 2015

links and such

While the MoMa exhibit dedicated to her career is getting the verdict of being an unsatisfying mess, Alex Ross' feature in The Guardian earlier this year is still fun reading for those who may be into at least some of her work.

The last non-classical albums I can remember getting were Bjork's Vespertine which is amazing), Portishead's 3rd and Johnny Cash's posthumous album.  Maybe Weezer's Maladroit, after which I stopped paying attention to them.  So the new millennium has offered some fun pop music but when that's not exactly what you're composing all the time and you have other things going on you don't always keep up.  Didn't much care for Medulla, but still open to at least checking out some of Bjork's stuff.

In the "bad news for jazz fans", jazz and classical bottom out the charts, basically

Or at least they do if you don't count childrens' music, which is dead last.  Some styles of music just don't get a lot of traction.  It seems worth mentioning that as albums for kids go They Might Be Giants has done some great work.  Vowels are important letters ... and so on. You might not expect Wenatchee The Hatchet to have necessarily paid attention to childrens' music but TMBG has done some nice stuff in the idiom.  Meanwhile, back to the low numbers for jazz and classical, jazz actually declined in sales whereas classical had some increase.

Jazz has reached a point where it's considered art music and that might be part of its crisis.  It can be considered to "establishment" and too demanding.  Still, the decline of jazz might be oversold.  Some folks could quickly point out the fury of Bieber fans when Esperanza Spaulding got a Grammy for, was it best new artist, and Bieber didn't.   Setting aside that "best new artist" could be the kiss of death depending on how you look at things, what I've had a chance to hear of Spaulding's work left no doubt she does some fun stuff, whereas Bieber ... can't condone Cartman's reaction to Bieber or his fans, as such, but not a Belieber.

oh, another, Jim West is stoked that Jacob Wright's book on David, Caleb and Judahite war memorials won an award.

Since Wenatchee The Hatchet owns and read the book and found it fascinating there's going to be blog posts about it eventually but for the fact that it's currently lent out to a friend.  Kind of hard to blog about Wright's book if it's not in hand.

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