Newley’s Notes 86: Alexander’s FML Day; The Wonders of Aging; On Owning Music; Tears as Signals

Edition 86 of my email newsletter, Newley’s Notes, went out to subscribers Saturday. To get these weekly dispatches delivered to your inbox before I post them, enter your email address here. It’s free, it’s fun, it’s brief, and few people unsubscribe. Hi friends, thanks for reading Newley’s Notes. After some cool winter months, the weather […]

In This Week’s Newley’s Notes: Apple’s Newest Gadgets; Frontline on the election; Super-Sophisticated Poker Cheating

Edition 71 of my email newsletter went out to subscribers today. It’s pasted in below. To get these weekly dispatches delivered to your inbox before I post them here, sign up at this link. It’s free, it’s fun, it’s brief — and few people unsubscribe. Hi friends, thanks for reading Newley’s Notes. Reader M chastised […]

An Album You Must Listen to: Sturgill Simpson’s ‘Metamodern Sounds In Country Music’

I first heard about Sturgill Simpson on the NPR “All Songs Considered” best of 2014 podcast. You just have to listen to his album that came out this year, “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music.” (It currently has 282 ratings on Amazon, 248 of which are five-stars.) Here’s NPR’s take: In case you need a clue […]

Vine of the Day: ‘Best Wezer cover ever’

Embedded above and on Vine here: “Best Weezer cover ever.” There’s a longer version on YouTube, as well. But I prefer the simplicy of the Vine. (Backstory: Apparently this wonderful bit of music recital silliness isn’t new, but it’s new to me.)

Kenny G. Visits Hong Kong Protests

in Hong Kong at the sight of the demonstration. I wish everyone a peaceful and positive conclusion to this situation pic.twitter.com/mEp5jIXLjj — Kenny G (@officialkennyg) October 22, 2014 From our China Real Time blog today: Observers wondering who exactly the ‘foreign influences’ are that Beijing has so darkly accused of helping spur protests in Hong […]

‘1984: Pop’s Greatest Year’

Rolling Stone: From Prince to Madonna to Michael Jackson to Bruce Springsteen to Cyndi Lauper, 1984 was the year that pop stood tallest. New Wave, R&B, hip-hop, mascara’d hard rock and “Weird Al” Yankovic all crossed paths on the charts while a post-“Billie Jean” MTV brought them into your living room. In the spirit of […]

Lady Gaga Arrives in Bangkok

Take note: One of the world’s biggest pop stars has arrived in the Thai capital. Above is a snapshot of today’s Bangkok Post front page. The Post reports: Lady Gaga arrived at Don Mueang airport in her private jet late Wednesday, and was greeted by a large crowd of fans before her Friday evening concert […]

Off topic: Lady Gaga is Coming to Bangkok in May

As a conscientious chronicler of all things Bangkok-related, I would be remiss in my duties were I not to point this out. The upcoming show, part of the “Born This Way” tour, will take place on Fri., May 25 at Rajamangala Stadium. Tickets go on sale via ThaiTicketMajor — where you can find additional details […]

Thailand-related holiday gift suggestion: The Sound of Siam

Here’s a gift suggestion for Thailand enthusiasts — or lovers of eclectic music — on your holiday shopping list: The Sound of Siam: Leftfield Luk Thung, Jazz and Molam from Thailand 1964 -1975. From the record company’s Web site: As Soundway’s entry point into the Asian music world, The Sound of Siam CD and double […]

Around the web: August 21-25

Some links that have caught my eye of late: The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s [Pitchfork.com] — Via kottke.org Wikipedia Will Limit Changes on Articles About Living People [NYTimes.com] — "Officials…say that within weeks, the English-language Wikipedia will begin imposing a layer of editorial review on articles about living people." Slate Is Switching From […]