Saturday, July 11, 2020

Jeremy Bass recording of guitar sonatas by David del Puerto is out

I like to hunt around for cycles of solo guitar sonatas and the del Puerto cycle got on my radar a while back.  I got Jeremy Bass' treatise on the first three David del Puerto sonatas and was wondering if we might get recordings of some of those and the answer to that implicit question is "yes".

More later as time permits, plus I've got to give the sonatas a listen.  I tend to put too much on my plate for music/listening/blogging projects.  It will take a while before I can get to these. But that hardly means I can't tell you about the music being available in recorded form now

another deBoer--"the irresistable force vs the ironized object"

If you're not familiar with what some academics have called the California ideology then you probably don't want to read David Roberts and Peter Murphy where they defined it in Dialectic of Romanticism (which I admit I did); in that book Roberts and Murphy proposed way, way back in, ahem, 2005 that there has been a conflict within the U.S. between what they called the Chicago school and the California school.  You don't have to read that book, though, because other people have been defining the California ideology in more recent terms, which is very roundaboutly how I get to a new and probably self-destructing post by Fredrik deBoer.

"Old Time Rock and Roll", on the self-congratulatory failure so often at the core of music about music

Although people who lived through the 1960s could have many reasons to claim rock and roll died in the 1970s because of progressive rock or because of disco or because of whatever, for this Generation X'er the most obvious reason we could consider the possibility that rock and roll "died" in the 1970s is explicable in terms of Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band.

That seems pretty harsh to single out one musician, as any piece of music criticism can potentially be.  Why Bob Seger?

You may know the songs before I name them but let's dispense with suspense (if there was any):

Friday, July 10, 2020

some more thoughts on the death of Nikolai Kapustin--how the formerly Soviet composer's work can reveal that metahistorical/political narratives in the West didn't really promote successful 3rd stream anymore than residual Socialist Realism might have

The more time passes since the end of the Cold War the more we in the West get to learn about what the arts were like in the Soviet bloc.  The more we learn about how diverse and varied music in central and eastern Europe and Soviet Asia was the more ludicrous the claim that Western arts are more diverse and liberal due to claims of "freedom". Not that I wish to have born anywhere else but the United States of America, for a variety of reasons I've no obligation to share at even my own blog, but my larger point is that now that the Cold War has been over for a generation or two certain mythologies that were applied to, say, jazz, by Cold War era intellectuals no longer have to be taken as "the" narrative for an urban style of popular music that has been truly global since a century ago.

MASS - Steve Dobrogosz

Years ago ... someone asked if I'd heard Steve Dobrogosz' Mass
...Ever checked out what Steve Dobrogosz does with The Mass. Not saying it’s a perfect correlation to what you’re interested in, but it’s certainly worth considering.
Well, took a while to get around to it. But ...

Bryan Townsend asking when Mozart will get cancelled, the bad faith of cancel culture isn't the "cancel" it's that they don't first sell what they want us to hear instead

I've started reading The Music Salon blog in the last year or so and a recent post got me thinking.

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Fifteen years on The New Yorker finally gets around to writing about The Last Airbender series?

In terms of animated adventure shows for children over the last thirty years in the United States it's not really a contest for me which shows have turned out to be the most significant. In chronological order I'd say the significant touchstones of the genre have been Batman: the animated series (including the sequel series for Superman and Justice League, particularly); Samurai Jack; and then Avatar:  The Last Airbender.   You could in many respects skip the entirety of animated adventure shows for American kids in the last thirty years if you stuck to just BTAS, Samurai Jack, and The Last Airbender.

Monday, July 06, 2020

Nikolai Kapustin November 22, 1937 - July 2, 2020

Perhaps the most important thing that didn't happen to the Ukrainian pianist and composer Nikolai Kapustin is that, beyond a somewhat expected and inevitable set of constraints from Soviet era bureaus, no one involved in his musical education went so far as to explicitly tell Kapustin he could not possibly develop a synthesis of the musical vocabulary of jazz with the forms of late Romantic and post-Romantic large-scale forms.

sometimes it's fun to read reviews of books I probably won't read ... The Enchantments of Mammon

There is much to be said in favor of criticism and reviews, and one of the chief benefits of reading criticisms can, sometimes, be discovering why a book you thought about maybe reading can be relegated to "don't bother" based on reviews from people whose views you take seriously.

Take The Enchantments of Mammon, a book I was vaguely considering reading at one point but then ... I saw this ...