Sunday Morning Coming Down #Eleven


• "Paz met collectors of all stripes. Among his favorites were those who kept special collections, like the man who only collects copies of the Beatles’ White Album, or the twentysomething who only collects Sesame Street records. And while Paz saw a lot of diversity among his subjects, he found that there were some things that they all had in common. “When you collect vinyl, it's much harder than just collecting MP3s, for example. It's expensive. It weighs a lot. You have to maintain it. Even when you listen to it, you can't just put it on and forget about it. It deserves your attention. I think people who collect vinyl have that respect for the music,” he said." Jordon Teicher pumps Eilon Paz's photo-essay of record collectors and their insanity, Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting, at Slate.

 • "I have a trio called Truth In The Abstract Blues. I always thought that free jazz was the natural extension of country blues and we try to elaborate on that idea…Blind Boy Fuller and Charlie Patton meets Sun Ra and Stockhausen or Robert Johnson meets Ornette at the crossroads where Pendereki is waiting for the bus to the terminal beach to go surfing one more time." Oddball UK guitar great Mike Cooper interviewed by Aquarium Drunkard.

• "For reasons no one is quite clear on, music writers find the idea of a pop singer with a carefully crafted persona novel and interesting and enjoy writing pieces that attempt to explain what her carefully crafted persona and songs about The Way We Live Now tell us about The Way We Live Now." Skip the Lana Del Rey thinkpieces and read rankings of Lana Del Rey thinkpieces instead, courtesy of Deadspin's The Concourse (you could also read Dan Weiss).

• "The Met decided to cancel its planned Nov. 15 Live in HD transmission of “Klinghoffer” to movie theaters and a radio broadcast after discussions with the Anti-Defamation League. The league praised the Met’s decision, saying that “while the opera itself is not anti-Semitic, there is a concern the opera could be used in foreign countries to stir up anti-Israel sentiments or as a vehicle to promote anti-Semitism.”" Some serious chilling effect stuff swirling around John Adams and the Metropolitan Opera, via the New York Times.

• "One service provider points out that Google is acting similar to how iTunes and Amazon operate. "When iTunes introduced its matching-cloud service, the labels were not given any choices. They were told 'this is the service, you will be in it and here is what we will pay,'" that executive recalls. "There wasn't any outcry from indies then. Google sees itself on the same level as iTunes and acts accordingly."" Bad news for indies coming soon to YouTube, as outlined inside Billboard.

• "What few people might recognize, at least at first, is just how little it actually takes to “queer” black metal at all, and this is because black metal — as a stylization and literary expression — is ultimately a sensibility, much in the same way that Camp is a sensibility. Both deal in affectation and performance and, as such, they invite imitation. Which is to say that queerness and “black-metalness,” if they can be isolated as culturally developed social discourses, technically share more than just their affront to so-called biblical morality; they share a mode of aestheticism." Norman Brannon of Texas Is The Reason talks black metal's campy qualities up over at The Talkhouse

• "I got the impression that sometimes some of the bebop players thought it beyond them to play funky, you know?" [Horace Silver] said. "Just kind of take your shoes off and get down into the real nitty-gritty of the music and get guttural, sort of. Get basic, you know?" The great Horace Silver, RIP, via NPR's A Blog Supreme (and more here).

• "I used to buy this newsstand magazine, it was a music magazine called Rock Scene and it covered a lot of metal bands but it also covered the Max's Kansas City and CBGBs stuff like Television, Talking Heads, Blondie, Ramones, New York Dolls, so I would read about these bands and I got the first Ramones record for my 16th birthday and that was when I said, "OK, let's forget about the other stuff". To see the juxtaposition in the magazine of bands flying around in aeroplanes with guns and cocaine to these four guys in leather jackets who had to carry their own PA round the Bowery. I was like, "I'd rather do that"." Bob Mould dishes on his favorite albums for The Quietus

• Vijay Iyer discusses jazz improv in the 21st century in a podcast for Radio Open Source (SoundCloud streaming also available).