Robert Johnson=Britney Spears

While I’m in “Heh indeed, read the whole thing” mode, go and read this post about Delta Blues, Robert Johnson and the problem of ‘golden ages’ from Publius. It’s better than his Nirvana article, I promise.

Kate Bush comeback announced, Greeks to switch to Turkish calendar

I will believe this when I hold the record in my sweaty hands, and not a second earlier. In fact, I’ll hold off on believing it until I’ve listened to the record and it has provoked some other physiological reactions not suitable for mention in a family weblog. Admittedly, by that standard, The Red Shoes …

Expect a Nirvana reunion in 2009

After posting that last entry about the Queen “Reunion”, I started wondering why I was so particularly hostile to this one when other band reunions either don’t bother me at all or arouse my enthusiasm. I wasn’t bothered by The Pixies’ reunion, for the simple reason that they never did that much for me, and …

welcome Cleveland, on this sunday afternoon

It was probably afternoon in Cleveland, but we were several thousand miles away in Groningen, where it was, in fact, night. Weary of touring, probably, Rachel Nagy, lead singer of retro garage rock band the Detroit Cobras greeted the audience thus, with a wink and a smile, and a puff of her cigarette. Smoking incessantly, …

That’s one more idea that I can scratch from the list

Pete Ashton (again!) linked to this Guardian article about Creative Commons UK. That’s pretty interesting stuff, but what struck me was the introductory paragraph: In the summer of 2002, Steven McDonald, the bass player with American punk-pop band Redd Kross, had an idea. Listening to White Stripes – the minimalist Detroit duo who produce their …