Sunday, September 19, 2010

On a More Credible Note... More Dr. Dog

I had heard about Dr. Dog's video for "Shadow People," but hadn't actually seen it for myself until just now. It's pretty strange-- old people in a skating rink circling the band in the middle. The lesson here? Don't underestimate your grandparents, folks.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Floating VIbes : Surfer Blood

First heard about Surfer Blood around the time SXSW was getting going this spring. They're a five-person band from West Palm Beach, Florida. I really like their sound, it's mildly retro without being distracting. The whole song buzzes and floats true to its name. The video is pretty cool too, I mean I fully support making fun of bad local television. Nice to know that cheap lawyer commercials aren't exclusive to Nashvegas.

Monday, September 6, 2010

NPR Streams New Album by The Bad Plus

I always wondered, The Bad Plus what?

The Musically Inclined doesn't cover much jazz, but I feel it's worth mentioning that NPR's All Songs Considered is streaming the new album Never Stop by The Bad Plus. The Bad Plus is great. I first stumbled on their jazz rendition of "Smells Like Teen Spirit." What's not to love? I greatly love a lot of different types of jazz from different periods, but The Bad Plus meets me in a good place in current time. If you've never heard them, definitely give this new album a listen, it's pretty good.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Paste Magazine - A Lament

Yesterday was not a happy day. I was in the newspaper office when when I saw three words come through on my Google Reader. Paste is Dead.

Editor Josh Jackson posted this bare bones announcement on the website. After struggling to keep their heads above water, the debt was just too much, even after the incredible "Save Paste" campaign last year. The economy has been too bad for too long.

As a loyal subscriber for the last five years, losing Paste feels like losing a good friend. It's hard to explain getting so attached to a magazine, but as a journalism major raised around the magazine industry with hopes of someday writing for a music magazine, this is a tough blow. But forget me. From a new media perspective, you couldn't find fault with a thing Paste has done, from producing multimedia content and diversifying revenue streams, to carving out a place in social media. They did everything that's supposed to save us. A year ago, I shuddered to think of Paste folding because I felt that if they couldn't survive there wasn't any hope left for magazines.

Paste was the reason I started this blog.

They will be greatly missed. Every issue was so intelligent, outstanding on every level-- the writing, the page design-- even from a tactile standpoint, the matte cover was perfect for the magazine's aesthetic. Of course, there were all the bands that I heard about first from the pages of Paste, or from their expertly curated sampler CDs.

In the end, I don't have enough words to fully articulate was a loss this is for music journalism, how sad I am, how much I will miss receiving the issue, or how sick I feel for all the folks who no longer have jobs. No one is guaranteed fairness, that doesn't make it sting any less.