Indian lyrics, Plastics People, Uz Jsme Doma articles, Stockhausen tribute
- Greetings and happy 2008 (still getting used to that myself),
In the latest issue of Perfect Sound Forever
<http://www.perfectsoundforever.com>, you'll find (among other things):
"Most of the Bangla songs made in '70's, '80's and even in '90's were
in fact repetitive light permutations of the love words. In fact there
was no substantive paradigmatic change in the content of the popular
categories of filmy and non-filmy Bangla love songs. In a monotonous
straight line, this parameter was existed and still exists in the
twentieth century sacred
narrative of Bangla's love affairs. In Kamal kumar Majumdar's words,
one can be confused with Bangla modern songs as if a telegram."
Opera triumphs & woes
"Which takes longer? Writing the opera or getting to hear it? That
question is prominent in the mind of Cleveland composer Monica
Houghton, who decided to write an opera in 1997. Granted, not everyone
comes up with that idea, but it seemed like a good idea at the time.
It was a logical sort of progression. Monica was so taken with
Tchaikovsky's most Russian opera Mazeppa that she suddenly had this
mad passionate idea. "It really struck me... It was so Russian, and
had such a sense of place. I wanted nothing more in the world than to
write an opera with that 'sense of place' about my country- the
"Since PSF's 1998 interview with leader/singer/bassist Milan Hlavsa
(who died in 2001), PPU have carried on, touring and playing widely,
including a 1999 North American tour hitting Boston, Montreal,
Toronto, Washington, New York, Minneapolis, Seattle, San Francisco,
Los Angeles and San Diego. They have participated in myriad special
events, most famously backing Lou Reed on his 1998 visit to Prague and
participating in Tom Stoppard's 2007 Czech debut of Rock 'N' Roll. PPU
has also produced several CDs and videos including a 2001 Milan Hlavsa
Restrospective, 2001's Lazy Love, and 2004's Passion Play, a
collaboration with the Agon Orchestra."
A multi-part tribute including David Toop's brief encounter with the
composer, Daniel Varela on his period of intuitive music, Gary Gomes
with a general overview plus from our archives, an interview from 1998
and a tribute from former student Holger Czukay.
UZ JSME DOMA
Crazy Czechs- interview
"They stormed the country in typical Uz Jsme Doma fashion. They tore
through 28 cities in as many days, and if you focused solely on
guitarist-songwriter Miroslav Wanek -- catching that cryptic, almost
private smile coming to his face just before a series of piercing
screams in the middle of the song "Jassica," or, watching him, eyes
closed, rocking his head back and forth with an almost Buddha-like
expression during the fierce chord solo in the song "Napul/Halfway" --
you might think that nothing at all has changed since 2001, the last
time the difficult-to-classify, impossibly inventive Czech rock band
toured the United States. "
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Here's what they said about "The Scientific Method:"
Renner brings "Scientific Method" to KWUR
<p>Local music scene veteran Tony Renner sends word
that he's now a hosting a jazz radio program from 10
a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday mornings on KWUR (90.3 FM).
The program is called "The Scientific Method" and
features a mix of vintage and modern sounds; for
example, the playlist for this week's installment ran
the gamut from bebop tracks by Bud Powell and Kenny
Clarke to more recent recordings from the likes of
Ernest Dawkins' New Horizon Ensemble and the Lincoln
Center Jazz Orchestra.
Renner's been involved in various aspects of the St.
Louis music scene since the 1980s; his activities have
included writing for the seminal local rock fanzine
Jet Lag, working at community radio station KDHX, and
playing guitar with various
experimental/ambient/post-rock groups such as Tiger
Mountain, Cenozoic and his current project learn,
KWUR is the low-power radio station operated by
Washington University. If you're close to the Wash U.
campus and get decent FM reception on your radio of
choice, you may be able to pick it up over the air; in
other areas, your best bet probably is to access the
online stream at the station's Web site.</a>
To read the playlist go to:
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