Leonard Cohen 1934 – 2016

R.I.P, brother.

Seriously?

Just got to viewing this song, this lovely set, this morning. Good friends have been suggesting it to me since it was released. Just got to it.

It’s the time of the year allowed by Congressional bureaucrats for geezers like me – and younger, even early, retirees like my wife – to sort out healthcare coverage. Since our system is still wholly in the hands of the greediest capitalists on American soil [outside of their cousins in Big Pharma], the Barons of Insurance, we have only a choice of how much we are screwed.

It takes a lot of time to sort.

But, this video is lovely. It says everything most educated/self-educated people feel – in a more polite fashion than I am capable of. I’m old enough that I just don’t care much anymore about being polite to folks who are only trying to choose between ignorance and stupidity.

The OldChilla Concert


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If this is a handy venue – and you’re young enough to wonder why so many geezers uniformly agree that much of today’s music is crap – here’s an opportunity to find out what we’re talking about. Most of these artists are younger than me; but, that’s not saying much. 🙂

I know some of them are still in good voice. Regardless, worth checking out.

Me? I’m still a New Mexico hermit. I won’t be there; but, one of our regular contributors, Ursarodinia, will be there with bells on. And maybe a cardboard camel.

Rare Indian records survived over a century — now free online

Indian records

Over the crackle of an old record, you can hear a woman singing in Urdu. Though listening to her is as easy as clicking a few buttons on the British Library website, her voice comes to you across vast distances in space and time.

Sometime in the early 20th century, engineers recorded the voice of a woman called Malkajan for the German company Odeon, which pressed shellac discs for Indian record collectors in the 1910s and 30s. Now her work is part of a series of recordings called The Odeon Collection, digitized by Mumbai record collector Suresh Chandvankar with help from a grant from the British Library. There are over 1400 recordings in the collection, and all are free to the listening public…

Click here to access the archive. You will see the first recording up top and more choices on the right. The choices are expandable.

Enjoy the search. Enjoy listening.

Jean-Michel Jarre and Edward Snowden combine in a music video

…Jean-Michel Jarre and Edward Snowden recently released a track they worked on together called “Exit.” It’s a freaky and aggressive little piece of electronic music that calls for an equally strange visual. Well today, The Verge has the premiere of the song’s new video, and it’s definitely strange.

Writers and editors at the Verge must live in a small bubble universe tied to days of yore when the Cleveland Browns were dominant in American football. Or Pat Boone was fashionable outside of Bill O’Reilly’s musings.

The video itself is… quite literal. In case you somehow missed the fact that the song was about surveillance and our uneasy relationship with technology, the video should make that clear. As the song plays, the clip hits you with jittery flashes of news headlines, satellites in space, security cameras, and other paranoid imagery; like hands rapidly typing on keyboards, phones, and men in sunglasses. There’s also an old interview with Snowden in there, now adorned with Matrix-style falling code.

“Exit” comes off Jarre’s upcoming album, Electronica 2: The Heart Of Noise, out May 6th

Lizzie – you really should get out more. 🙂

As a really old cranky old geek I’m always astounded when someone I first heard a long, long time ago [not in a galaxy far, far away, though] is still around. I recall premiers of “Oxygen” by Jarre in the 1970’s. While comparisons to Edgar Varese were inevitable, classical music lovers knowledgeable of experiments like this back to the 1930’s were accepting, interested in his work.

The merger of these two, Jarre and Snowden, is a success. Obama and the NSA would try to have it banned if this were 1948. The year Jarre was born.