Women in Jewish Music

“Contributions of Jewish Women to Music – and of Women to Jewish Music””The very first webpages dedicated solely to Jewish women’s contributions in music.” MORE

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A guide to La Monte Young’s music

The American minimalist has fed bales of hay to his piano but it’s his six-hour-plus Well-Tuned Piano that has changed the way we hear music – quite literally. La Monte Young’s magnum opus will have you entranced, bewitched and will change your sensory perceptions of the phenomenon we call music. It is a work for […]

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Bob Dylan hits dissected by academics – a while back

James Lachno writes: “Scholars of law will today hold an academic session examining the implications of Dylan’s social commentary in tracks such as Hurricane and The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll. Professor Bruce Green, one of the organisers of the conference from Fordham University, said: “We think it’s important once in a while to have […]

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Album box set reviews: Joni Mitchell, T. Rex, The Kinks and Abba

Joni Mitchell, Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting to  Be Danced I suppose that, being adept in so many other fields – poetry, painting, songwriting, jazz – it’s understandable that Joni Mitchell might want to explore ballet, too; although this themed 4CD collection poses more questions than it answers. Rather than the […]

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From the archive: Why spend £1,000 on headphones? by Alex Hudson

Consumers are spending more than ever before on headphones. But what makes premium audio so expensive and does spending so much money make much of a difference? Smartphone manufacturer HTC is paying $309m (£190m) for a 51% stake in Beats Electronics, the company best known for its high-end headphones and partnership with rapper Dr Dre.Despite […]

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Karl Wallinger: The song that saved my bacon

World Party’s Karl Wallinger tells Graeme Thomson what kept him afloat after a devastating brain aneurysm.  In 1997 World Party released a song called She’s the One. A simple, affecting piano ballad written by Karl Wallinger “in 10 minutes and recorded in about an hour”, it should have been a huge hit. And it was, […]

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Science Shows There’s Only One Real Way to Listen to Music

Tom Barnes writes: Steve Jobs, the man who invented the iPod and ignited the digital music revolution, never listened to MP3s. Instead, he only listened to vinyl. He felt there was something vacuous about listening to music in a digital form and was surprised at the success of his own product — that so many […]

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Lifelong musicians ‘have better hearing’

Playing a musical instrument throughout your life protects your hearing in old age, a Canadian study suggests. The study, published in Psychology and Aging, carried out hearing tests on 74 adult musicians and 89 non-musicians. It found a 70-year-old musician’s hearing was as good as that of a 50-year-old who did not play. MORE

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Essential Listening: Trader Horne – Morning Way (Ltd 180g LP with 7″ Single, in Deluxe Gatefold Sleeve with Extras)

The first release on the new Vinyl-Only Flashback label is the timeless psychedelic folk classic, Morning Way by Trader Horne. • Heavyweight Embossed Gatefold Cover • 12 Inch Vinyl pressed on serious 180g • 7 Inch Single with Picture Sleeve featuring Here Comes The Rain and Mercy Kelly • 16 Page Colour Booklet• Original Postcard […]

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A Profile Of Mahalia by Studs Terkel — 12/11/1958

A very fine piece here that requires no comment from me. It comes from Downbeat Magazine. Looks like an excellently put together and vibrant magazine judging from their site. I’m certainly going to bookmark this one. Please click HERE for the whole story Find a music retailer HERE

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Alanis Morissette interview

Seventeen years after Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette has shaken off the title of pop’s queen of angst. Her new album, Havoc and Bright Lights, is a thing of joy, writes Mark Sutherland. “I remember touring America in a van and I’d be fielding all these calls,” Alanis Morissette says. “‘They want you on the […]

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