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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Take it to the Bridge

Here's lovely little reminiscence from Sonny Rollins from today's New York Times about what led to the period of practicing on the Williamsburg Bridge that led to him reinventing his sound and style to the benefit of us all.

Here's a 1968 BBC documentary on the same subject -

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Webcast info for April 18, 2015

The SCATV compound is closed for the Record Store Day Patriot's Day holiday weekend (sorry to those of you outside the Commonwealth), so today we are playing a rerun from last March 29, when I thought last year's spring was slow to arrive. It's not quite as spring-centric as I remembered, but it does feature the lovely Sun Ra tune "Springtime Again", and, by total happenstance, it also includes this month's featured SCATV member Roger Miller, playing with Birdsongs of the Mesozoic.

Today in the music biz - updated 4/19

In which I actually stand up for millionaires


Here's a interesting snapshot of today's shiny new music industry -

Geoff Barrow from the at-one-time big-unit-shifting band Portishead reports that he made a whopping $2,511.79 after taxes from 34,000,000 plays on the various streaming services (and yes, the British pay a lot of taxes, but not that much, so sit down Grover Norquist). This reminded me of something non-starving-artist Steven Tyler said once at Famous Music College (after my time there though) "What it's all about when you make it big is that on every dollar, they keep 75 cents and give you 25 cents. Then every time they see you, they tell you how shiny your quarter is."

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Webcast info for April 4, 2015

It looks like technical problems are keeping the "encore presentation" scheduled for today from being broadcast. There will be a live webcast next week, but we'll probably use last year's "welcome to spring" episode for the Patriot's Day weekend instead.