Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Doors - Aura Studio Demos

The Doors made their first studio recordings fifty years ago (h/t Glide magazine). Fame was still a couple of years away. Here Morrison sounds very young, the whole sound is unfinished, but the results are still fascinating.

The band here was Morrison,  Ray Manzarek, and John Densmore, plus Ray’s brothers Rick Manczarek on guitar and Jim Manczarek on harmonica, along with a woman playing bass whose name is lost in the mists of time. Manczarek's brothers and the bassist would fall away, Robby Krieger would join, and the world would open up to them.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Lily Tomlin - Edith Ann

Happy birthday to Lily Tomlin.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Krugman on Katrina, Trump, and the Lessons of Recent History

The things that Krugman says seem pretty obvious, but very few people seem to be saying them.

What we should have learned from Katrina, in other words, was that political poseurs with nothing much to offer besides bluster can nonetheless fool many people into believing that they’re strong leaders. And that’s a lesson we’re learning all over again as the 2016 presidential race unfolds.

You probably think I’m talking about Donald Trump, and I am. But he’s not the only one.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

John Peel's Desert Island Discs

John Peel, longtime and deeply influential British DJ, plus the force behind all those Peel Session releases, was born on this date in 1939.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Ravel - Pavane pour une infante défunte

The Orchestra UniMi with Alessandro Crudele conducting. Not familiar with them, but they seem to know what they're doing.