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The Road It Gives and the Road It Takes Away

[ 16 ] December 10, 2012 |

The life of a musician is one of high-risk, if for no other reason that they are on the road all the time. Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera is the latest to die far too young.

The Most Necessary Cover Song In History

[ 42 ] December 8, 2012 |

Doc Severinsen does King Crimson’s “In the Court of the Crimson King.” From 1970.

Dave Brubeck, RIP

[ 146 ] December 5, 2012 |

Another great one is gone.

Elliott Carter, RIP

[ 17 ] November 5, 2012 |

The great composer has passed at the age of 103.

Here’s a recording of his 1976 piece “A Symphony of Three Orchestras,” performed by Pierre Boulez and the New York Philharmonic.

2012-13: A Year Without Hockey, A Year Without Beethoven

[ 20 ] October 24, 2012 |

We’ve seen a lot of coverage of lockouts lately because professional sports league owners have used the tactic to try and wring major concessions out of unions. But it is an increasingly common phenomenon around the nation. Emboldened bosses see the end of their hated unions in sight and are capitalizing. This includes in classical music, as orchestra bosses around the nation are locking out their musicians in order to squeeze more money from them and concentrate resources at the top, where The Gospel of Wealth says they belong.

David S. Ware, RIP

[ 10 ] October 19, 2012 |

The great saxophonist David S. Ware has passed at the age of 62. I knew he had been sick for a long time. He received a kidney transplant 2 years ago, donated by a fan, which goes to show the devotion of the followers of this titanic artist. I had hoped this would mean many more years for a man at the peak of his artistic powers, but alas, no. However, those additional two years of life meant some more great music. RIP.

Leave it to a Loser

[ 23 ] September 26, 2012 |

Because Robbie Fulks is awesome and because Georgia Hard is the best country album of this millennium.

Nixon ’68: That Groovy Cat

[ 15 ] September 16, 2012 |

In case you ever wanted to see a Richard Nixon political ad that features a random picture of Jerry Garcia, here you go:

What, No Blackface?

[ 104 ] September 2, 2012 |

Civil War reenactors are, by and large, a depressing lot:

Some re-enactors have formed camp bands to play music that soldiers enjoyed hearing around battlefield campfires. The most popular tunes included songs from the minstrel stage.

Groups such as the 2nd South Carolina String Band pride themselves on their accurate impressions — right down to the exaggerated black dialect of songs with inescapably racist overtones.

Unfortunately, the AP story is short and underdeveloped. However, here’s an interview with the 2nd South Carolina String Band, an interview which jaw-droppingly openly discussed the performance of minstrel songs without a single mention of the racism of the time.

This One Goes Out to the Republican Party

[ 3 ] August 21, 2012 |

Every time I listen to the old Tex Williams song “The Night Miss Nancy Ann’s Hotel for Single Girls Burned Down,” I always think the relevant politicians are modern Republicans. The hypocrisy seems so perfect.

I prefer the Hank Thompson version of the song.

Kitty Wells, RIP

[ 20 ] July 16, 2012 |

Well this sucks. God may not have made honky tonk angels, but there’s a honky tonk angel gone to meet God*

*or whatnot

Superstition

[ 10 ] June 16, 2012 |

Good music for a Saturday night. Also, Sesame Street!

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