Lookback: why do some people resist the lure of dance?

Lookback: why do some people resist the lure of dance?

From 2004: Remember that dance, like music and painting, is not an essentially intellectual art form. Of course it can exert an intellectual appeal (especially on intellectuals), and the more you know about it, the more you’ll appreciate it, but enjoyment of the immediate experience doesn’t require the participation of the higher brain centers. As […]
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Punk-turned-lecturer Iggy Pop: Take money out of music

New York (AFP) – Punk godfather Iggy Pop on Monday urged young performers to relax about industry changes and set their financial expectations low, saying that music was never meant to make money.
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Venezuela music project helps low-income kids even before birth

Venezuela music project helps low-income kids even before birth

By Diego Ore CARACAS (Reuters) – When Adan Bello was born in Caracas, he barely cried. Then the Venezuelan baby's blinking eyes turned towards the calm melody of a duo of harpists playing Brahms' “Cradle Song” in the corner of a public hospital's maternity wing. Minutes later, his mother received a certificate signing Adan up for Venezuela's hugely successful classical music program, known as “El Sistema” (The System). Adan was given a tiny replica violin. The state-run System has since its inception in 1975 trained 2. …
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Unwired world

I’ve been reading Steven M. Gillon’s Pearl Harbor: FDR Leads the Nation into War, an exceptionally fine monograph about what happened during the twenty-four hours that followed the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. One of the parts that I found most fascinating was Gillon’s description of how and when the American public found out about […]
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Iggy Azalea top nominee at American Music Awards

Iggy Azalea top nominee at American Music Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Australian rapper Iggy Azalea is the lead nominee at the American Music Awards.
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Music Monday (10/13): This Week's New Albums + Videos

Our guide to this week's album releases also features streams of upcoming tracks and albums from Thurston Moore, Neil Diamond, Deerhoof, Röyksopp, Run the Jewels, and more. Plus, catch up on the week's music news, and watch new music videos from artists like Neil Young, Pharrell, Caribou, and Childish Gambino. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic
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Rapper Iggy Azalea leads American Music Award nominations

Rapper Iggy Azalea leads American Music Award nominations

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Australian rapper Iggy Azalea scored the most American Music Award nominations with six nods, including the coveted artist of the year and favorite single and hip hop album, according to an announcement on Monday. Singers John Legend and Pharrell Williams and pop star Katy Perry were not far behind with five nominations, followed by New Zealand's Lorde with four. English pop star Charli XCX and singer Jason Derulo announced the nominations in five categories on the ABC early news show “Good Morning America. …
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Review: Music player learns your tastes over time

NEW YORK (AP) — Some things get better with time: wine, jeans and this “smart” music player I've been using on and off for a few months.
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Almanac: Tom Stoppard on biography

Almanac: Tom Stoppard on biography

“The Collected Poems was a lovely surprise and I’m sure the Collected Letters will be splendid, but biography is the worst possible excuse for getting people wrong.” Tom Stoppard, Indian Ink
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Just because: Frank Sinatra sings a song from On the Town

Frank Sinatra sings “Lonely Town” on The Frank Sinatra Show in 1958. The song, by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green, is from On the Town. The arrangement, by Gordon Jenkins, was originally recorded in 1957 and released on Sinatra’s album Where Are You? A revival of On the Town opens on Broadway this […]
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Lucinda Williams doubles up on the music

Lucinda Williams doubles up on the music

NEW YORK (AP) — Lucinda Williams had considered releasing a double CD at least once before, but her record company argued against it. Now the veteran singer-songwriter is putting music out on her own label.
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Music producer convicted of investment fraud in NY

NEW YORK (AP) — A music producer who worked with stars including Tom Cruise and Whitney Houston has been convicted of ripping off investors in gold and diamonds.
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Pop go the highbrows

Pop go the highbrows

In today’s Wall Street Journal “Sightings” column I take a look at the Library of America, and speculate on how some (if not all) of its recent volumes reflect a growing trend in American culture. Here’s an excerpt. * * * Virgil Thomson’s “Music Chronicles 1940-1954,” one of the latest titles from the Library of […]
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Almanac: David Thomson on the expressive moment in Hollywood films

“There was once an ease and good nature and a lyrical expression of behavior in American films that shrugged off all the stupid orthodoxies about ‘happy endings.’ It knew not to wait for endings, but to trust to the moment.” David Thomson, The Whole Equation: A History of Hollywood
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Lucinda Williams puts her father's poem to music

Lucinda Williams puts her father's poem to music

NEW YORK (AP) — Lucinda Williams says that during a recent visit her father, acclaimed poet Miller Williams, calmly told her that Alzheimer's disease had robbed him of his ability to write poetry.
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Lost in (inner) space

In today’s Wall Street Journal drama column I review two Broadway openings, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and It’s Only a Play. Here’s an excerpt. * * * Asperger Syndrome is a very real and at times devastatingly serious mental disorder, but it also has a parallel life as what can […]
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Snapshot: Jimmy Giuffre and Jim Hall in 1959

Snapshot: Jimmy Giuffre and Jim Hall in 1959

The Jimmy Giuffre 3 plays John Lewis’ “Two Degrees East, Three Degrees West” on Italian TV in 1959. Jim Hall is the guitarist, Buddy Clark the bassist. The introduction (in Italian) is by Norman Granz: (This is the latest in a series of arts-related videos that appear in this space each Monday and Wednesday.)
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Almanac: Hugo Friedhofer on Raymond Chandler

“His whole depiction of Los Angeles, the city—you can practically smell the dry rot and hear the termites gnawing away at the timbers, and the bums on skid row putting down their muscatel bottles, and the whole thing.” Hugo Friedhofer (quoted in Linda Danly, Hugo Friedhofer: The Best Years of His Life)
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