“what’s past is prologue”—Bill Shakespeare, The Tempest
/ may 2010
05.19.2010 | 5:23 PM EDT
Backwards + Forwards:
New Music from MGMT + Broken Social Scene This will be short, time is scarce this week, but I’ve spent the day absorbing these two new records. Both quite good, if not a little surprising. MGMT: Brian Eno MGMT’s 2005 debut, Oracular Spectacular, was deeply etched with New York City grooves common to the recent crop of synth-heavy, neo-dance, 80′s-obsessed Brooklyn ...
05.12.2010 | 11:23 PM EDT
Purple Prose for High Violet Terrible Love For the suburban teen, October is by far the cruelest month. Summer’s memory still lingers as the full force of winter fast approaches. Daylight Savings Time darkens the damp walk home from school. The teen-age mind summons dread against a backdrop of shadows and tall trees. So it was on October 1 1984,…
05.10.2010 | 7:23 PM EDT
Paris. Pavement. OMFG. This slideshow includes an audio track. If you have a boss or sleeping baby, mute your speakers. Otherwise, crank it up! Matt, Scott and I were infants when the Velvet Underground released their first record. We wouldn’t be hip enough to absorb the Fall’s massive discography until the early 90′s. But by 1992 we’d grown old&...
05.06.2010 | 8:23 AM EDT
High Violet Tour 2010 Day 1: London The whirlwind three-city, four day tour begins, leaving JFK 10PM Tuesday night, arriving London Heathrow 9:30AM the next day. 3 hours sleep. 8 hours on a cramped plane seat, several train rides and a short walk to our hotel with 20 pounds of photo/laptop equipment leaves my old-man back in tatters. A 2-hour nap and a…
05.04.2010 | 7:09 PM EDT
Elton or Lennon? Friend Bradyspud took this iPhone photo on an East Village sidewalk and asked me whom I thought the stencil rendering was intended to depict. Quite a riddle. It’s well known that John and Elton were mates (that’s “friends” to us Yanks). But Phil Spector gives Lennon some nasty ribbing during a recording session, implying tha...
05.01.2010 | 1:23 PM EDT
Smoke + Mirrors: Adobe CEO
Shantanu Narayen Responds to
Steve Jobs’ Position on Mobile Flash Guess what? My Mac’s Safari browser just crashed while watching a Flash video on The Wall Street Journal (scroll down to watch it). The subject? Adobe’s response to Steve Jobs’ recent arguments agains using Flash on Apple mobile devices. But let’s put that aside for now. In my last post on this debate, I did…