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Saturday, January 06, 2007
 
Free Music Classes at Leeds
Plus an introduction to music journalism, which is charged on sliding scale

http://www.leedsmusicscene.net/article/7806/

http://clothcatleeds.org.uk/courses.htm

*Introduction to Music Journalism RUNNING AS A WEA COURSE THIS TERM*

Music journalism is at its most fertile stage for a long time and this brand new course looks at getting in to or developing music journalistic skills whether as a hobby or professionally. All the skills required to get good copy, how you give exposure to up and coming bands and the local music scene as well as how to make a career out of it.There may be a guest speaker who will give you an insight in to how they got involved with it. This course is free to people in receipt of benefits but costs £40 for those who are waged.
 
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
 
Reading Room is Open

Czeching out the electronic library, stumbled into “MUSIC MINUS MEMORY”: POPULAR MUSIC, CLASSICAL MUSIC AND MEMORY IN MILAN KUNDERA
by Tekla Babyak.


(probably an oldie)
 
 
All right, my crazy little pepperitos, I'll do it, too:

Music that rocked me ought six

Shit, yeah, it's an oldie -- "Doreen" by Frank Zappa & the Mothers

The last few days of December, as I had the forty plus some stitches plucked out of what is now my frankenhand, I grew determined to replace that sound system I had that died last summer and was close to having the wherewithal to get a slightly used sony stack.

So I met up with a guy and after a brief exchange in a parking lot in front of a convenience coffee station, and after looking in the back of a car to examine the goods, and the subsequent a nod of the head and an exchange of folding cash, with one small bill in change coming back to me, the transfer was made.

The seller told me the stack had only a few hours of use, and I believed him. The history of my stack is it had been recently used to provide a sonic environment for US troops training in a mock-up village, and was hoisted by ropes to the top of what was designed to be a minaret and my stack broadcast Iraqi religious music. He was very respectful of other people's beliefs, religion, and cultures when recounting this story which I accepted from him as truthful, and I was grateful to hear that attitude firsthand from him.

So I thought I would share that history with you, because on one level it seems so unlikely a thing to happen, and on another level, things like that seem to happen to me every time I step out of the house, which I don't do much lately because I am spinning

"Doreen" ( as from the ellpee You Are What You Is) ...

A satiric love song, beautifully done, with fabulous vocals, which is so incredibly rich and full in the mix, it totally blows my mind every time I listen, which is often, several times a day and nothing else has played on the box from the last few days of December through this present new year ... the song has a very long fade out, after all.
 
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
 
My current favorite by Rob Horning on the resurgence of America:

The Tropic of Sir Galahad

Now what's especially interesting about this is that when I left the computer standing idle, to go brew a cup of joe, I returned to find this following article had popped up by itself. This is an article I've never seen before, so I'll link it here with the adviso it seems some mighty strange people are at work. As to how it might really have shown up on my screen, hell, I don't even worry about such things any more.

Michael Bérubé: Pop Lyrics Written by Space Aliens
 
Monday, January 01, 2007
 
From last year's drawer:

"The Start of It All" (Charlie Bertsch on why he digs Simon Reynolds)

 
 
DA CAPO Best Music Writing of 2007

(Got some? Send it to Daphne, please)

Hi music writing fan,

It's that time of year – for end of year lists, best of year lists – and I'm writing to you so you can help me get a jump start on another Best Of, the 2007 edition of Da Capo Best Music Writing. Every year, the series collects the best writing of the preceding year across many disciplines. This can only happen with the help of so many wonderful writers, editors, publishers and readers like yourself who can help me get to all the good stuff.

This year, as in every year, I am looking for brilliant essays, profiles, news articles, interviews, creative non-fiction, fiction, book reviews, long-format reviews, blog posts, journal articles and the like. I am also excited to announce that I am accepting short album reviews for a special section of the book – please, if you are an editor of a magazine that runs a reviews section, email me with your reviews editor's contact information so I can get the ball rolling on this.

I ask you to please send your own best work, the work of your publication(s), great work of your friends and colleagues, and work that you have admired in passing throughout the year. You can send me email links, hard copies of articles, whole magazines (please paperclip/post-it the pages to read), or if need be, just the name/title/publication title/date and I will search the piece out myself. Feel free to mail/email me multiple times as you find more pieces that you love starting right….NOW! and ending by late January at the very latest.

Email to: musicwriting@gmail.com

Mail to:

Daphne Carr/BMW07
603 West 115th Street #120 New York, NY 10025

And finally, please feel free to forward this email widely to all of your contacts in the music writing and publishing community. I look forward to a deluge of mail from all of you in the very near future.

Thanks for another great year of writing,
Daphne




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from the desk of:

Daphne Carr
Da Capo Best Music Writing Series Editor
http://www.dacapopressmusicbooks.com/

603 West 115th St #120 NY, NY 10025
646-591-1166
musicwriting@gmail.com
 
Compiling the best online articles about music so there will be more of both in the future. In periods of drought, the reader will be innundated by my own blogs on the matters.

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