Beck - Girl (video), Arcade Fire news, The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma at Millennium Park, more
- Beck - Girl (video)
Pretty cool video: the world as a series of giant fold-ins.
- Arcade Fire ready new album
- Last night, there was a terrific free concert featuring the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma at Millennium Park. I know nothing about world music, yet I was floored, as were most of the tens of thousands in attendance. Yo-Yo is a great ambassador for classical and world music. The night opened with a Chinese piece, then a Venetian canzoni, followed by other Chinese, Indian, and gypsy selections. It was quite an eclectic ethnic mix. The first highlight was Sandeep Das going crazy on the tabla on "Tarang". I swear he used all of his interphalangeal joints to play that thing. The finale entitled "Ambush from Ten Sides" was among the most phenomenal live performances I've ever heard, combining cello, viola, tabla, violin, bass, guitar, and various exotic instruments. For those that wouldn't leave (pretty much everyone), they entertained with at least two encores (I left before the second one concluded).
Trust me, you don't want to see the garbage pictures I took with digital zoom.
- Obscure Sound has some live Radiohead goodies.
Pretty good quality unreleased songs. Some of these are keepers.
- The Residents sell blank CDs.
$15 for two blank CDs. What a deal! The concept is that they actually give you the material via download, updated every other week during the summer like an old-time radio show. A cool but somewhat aggravating task for fans.