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Thursday, November 03, 2005

(Belated) Links for the week 

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New Paris Transatlantic is out, including reviews of a couple of tasty-sounding numbers by Candlesnuffer and Jonathan Kane. With John Gill on 'Macho Jazz', Bob Gilmore on Anne La Berge, Massimo Rcci on Lindsay Cooper, and more, they're touting it as their 'finest issue yet'. Check it.

The mighty Bassnation - purveyor of fine old skool hardcore, techno, jungle, dubstep and reggae mix action - is to close very soon. Bassnation mixes have provided many hours of pleasure on the Rambler's headphones, so I'll be sorry to see Marc's site go. Still, you've got a couple of weeks yet, so get those mixes in while you can. Start with the Old Skool Rewinds, Dr Wo's 'mysterious' guest spot, and Darkest Before Dawn, and work your way out from there.

Cheap-in-cover-price-only label Naxos have put their entire catalogue online at eMusic. That's 75,000 tracks, people. Is this the beginning of the digital music age reaching classical labels? Hmmm - possibly not. As the Boston Globe point out, there are lots of flaws in eMusic's system (searching, for one - bad), and the fact that the 32-track Goldberg Variations, say, would use up almost an entire month's subscription allowance of 40 tracks (that's $9.99), pretty much what the Naxos CD would cost you in the flesh. The 48 Preludes and Fugues (96 tracks) will cost you two and a half months. Not for the first time, big, single movement works are the way forward. (Incidentally, Naxos now have a blog, hosted over at Sequenza21.)

Andrew Clements interviewed Steve Reich in the Guardian last week;

Ivan Hewett interviews Esa-Pekka Salonen in the Telegraph;

and last week again (I said it was a belated round-up...), the Telegraph once more wring their hands ... over why Grime isn't as popular as critical enthusiasm suggests it should be;

WFMU links to a video of the early history of Electronic Music (we mean early - this is the 400BC to 1950AD installment);

and, in case (like me), you hadn't spotted, Carnivals of Music are still in effect - the last was at HurdAudio, the next will be at Elisa Camhort's Personal Weblog.

PLUS: Two new blogging critics: Marc Geelhoed of Time Out Chicago, and Steve Smith of, er, Time Out New York.

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