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The Shift With Sam Baker • 99 implied HN points • 19 Apr 24
  1. The Shift With Sam Baker newsletter offers a variety of curated content, including essays, round-ups, book clubs, and more for readers.
  2. The newsletter contains interesting links and recommendations on topics like relationships, celebrity encounters, personal reflections, and societal issues.
  3. Paid subscribers get access to exclusive posts and support the work of the newsletter creator.
The Honest Broker • 8710 implied HN points • 11 Mar 24
  1. Miles Davis hired John Coltrane out of necessity, as his band needed a saxophonist for an upcoming tour.
  2. John Coltrane's musical talent and knowledge of Miles Davis's repertoire impressed during tryouts, leading to his eventual hiring.
  3. Their initial interactions were characterized by Miles Davis's aloofness and Coltrane's uncertainty, but despite difficulties, Coltrane eventually joined Davis's band.
The Honest Broker • 24402 implied HN points • 18 Jan 24
  1. Music journalism faces a crisis with major layoffs and company mergers.
  2. The decline in music journalism mirrors broader issues in the music industry, like layoffs in music companies and streaming platforms.
  3. The root cause of the crisis includes industry focus on old music, passive listening, and AI-generated tracks, leading to a lack of support for new artists.
Sarah Kendzior’s Newsletter • 12940 implied HN points • 06 Feb 24
  1. Tracy Chapman's song 'Fast Car' holds generational significance, connecting people across time through shared experiences and emotions.
  2. The song 'Fast Car' transcends eras, evolving from a narrative about Reagan-era struggles to a modern anthem of survival and reflection on American society.
  3. Music, like Tracy Chapman's 'Fast Car,' serves as a powerful medium for empathy, reflection, and social commentary, resonating across generations and stirring emotions.
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The Honest Broker • 3989 implied HN points • 23 Feb 24
  1. Nonesuch Records is a unique label that focuses on nurturing creative work and high-quality music rather than just commercial success.
  2. Ted Gioia shares his favorite Nonesuch albums, showcasing a range of artists and eclectic music genres.
  3. Artists like Emmylou Harris and Lake Street Dive found creative freedom and success after joining Nonesuch Records.
Animation Obsessive • 4126 implied HN points • 19 Feb 24
  1. Art Babbitt, a renowned animator, considered his best work to be an animation sequence in a lesser-known UPA cartoon called 'Grizzly Golfer'.
  2. Babbitt's animation style for the bear chase scene was a blend of Disney's fluidity and UPA's limited animation approach, showcasing his technical skill and creativity.
  3. The UPA animation style, including 'limited animation,' was a deliberate artistic choice that differed from Disney's constant motion approach, providing a unique aesthetic to animated scenes.
The Honest Broker • 38632 implied HN points • 14 Sep 23
  1. The music ecosystem faces various challenges like declining artist incomes, corporatized platforms, and struggling live music venues.
  2. Big players like streaming platforms, record labels, and technocrats may not provide solutions for these challenges.
  3. Taylor Swift is encouraged to lead a new initiative to empower musicians, create fair music distribution, and revitalize the music industry.
Webworm with David Farrier • 10299 implied HN points • 05 Jan 24
  1. An artist was asked to make posters for a Pearl Jam tour but was offered an unusual form of payment.
  2. There were mixed reactions from artists who had similar deals with bands like Pearl Jam, with some feeling undervalued.
  3. The case raises questions about fair compensation for artists and the value of their work, sparking a conversation about artist payment standards.
The Honest Broker • 4255 implied HN points • 15 Feb 24
  1. Nonesuch label is known for maintaining high standards and integrity in releasing music, balancing commerce and artistry effectively.
  2. The list showcases a diverse range of Nonesuch albums, representing various genres and time periods, from Laurie Anderson's 'Big Science' to John Adams' 'City Noir.'
  3. The music by Nonesuch reflects a unique blend of traditional and avant-garde sounds, capturing the essence of different cultures and musical styles.
A Mug of Insights • 1218 implied HN points • 01 Feb 24
  1. Great ideas often come when you are fully immersed in the world, not when you're trying to reason them out in solitude.
  2. Artists like Robert Rauschenberg found inspiration by embracing everyday life and mundane experiences.
  3. Finding a balance between being alone and being immersed in the world is crucial for creativity.
The NO SUCH THING AS TOO MUCH ART Society • 1139 implied HN points • 20 Jan 24
  1. British artist Sue Williams A'Court creates stunning landscape drawings in graphite on various surfaces.
  2. Sue Williams A'Court also incorporates some of her drawings into small collage pieces available in her shop.
  3. The 'Dear Arty' column in the ART DELIVERY newsletter allows subscribers to ask questions and receive advice and insights from the community.
Front Row & Backstage • 589 implied HN points • 09 Feb 24
  1. The Beatles made a significant impact on American culture with their first appearance on 'The Ed Sullivan Show' in 1964, influencing a generation of musicians and fans.
  2. The Beatles had a strong sense of identity and confidence in their music, which helped them stand out in the rock 'n' roll industry at the time.
  3. The Beatles' innovative sound, style, and attitude during their 'Ed Sullivan Show' appearance changed the course of pop music history, inspiring many musicians to pursue music careers.
On Repeat by Kevin Alexander • 452 implied HN points • 10 Feb 24
  1. Time moves swiftly: Year Progress on Twitter reminds us that time keeps ticking, and before we know it, days turn into years.
  2. Memories fade: The passage of time can make entire years seem like a blur, with only snippets of memories left behind.
  3. Nostalgia for the past: Looking back at favorite records and shows brings a wave of nostalgia, reminding us of special moments and experiences.
Entering The Lung • 3125 implied HN points • 26 Sep 23
  1. Musicians are struggling financially, especially due to streaming services like Spotify.
  2. The pandemic has worsened the situation for musicians without financial safety nets.
  3. There is a need for better support systems for musicians to ensure their well-being and livelihood.
Cosmographia • 1078 implied HN points • 20 Dec 23
  1. The sea holds both beauty and danger, shaping human history through travel, trade, and artistic inspiration.
  2. Artists use paintings and literature to capture the essence of the sea's dual nature, from its nurturing qualities to its destructive power.
  3. The fascination with the sea stems from its role in human exploration and adventure, despite the risks and tragedies it has brought.
So Here’s a Thing • 629 implied HN points • 14 Jan 24
  1. The author is transitioning from vacation mode to work mode and shares music recommendations in their post.
  2. They highlight artists like Olivia Rodrigo, David Bowie, Blue October, and The Stones, along with their personal connections to music.
  3. The author reflects on the past year, shares insights on their listening habits, and expresses positivity for the new year.
Front Row & Backstage • 471 implied HN points • 25 Jan 24
  1. The article discusses the original and cover versions of the song 'A Million Miles Away'.
  2. The author shares personal stories related to the two recordings and the emotional connection to music.
  3. There is a comparison between The Plimsouls' and Goo Goo Dolls' versions, showcasing different interpretations and personal preferences.
Atlas of Wonders and Monsters • 1289 implied HN points • 10 Nov 23
  1. Pioneers of abstract art often began with painting representational pictures.
  2. The shift from figurative art to abstract art is a gradual progression seen in artists like Kandinsky, Mondrian, Malevich, Pollock, and Rothko.
  3. Early abstract art skeptics may not fully appreciate the value of abstract art, but understanding the journey of artists can provide insight into their artistic development.
Flow State • 393 implied HN points • 26 Jan 24
  1. Donato Dozzy is an Italian electronic music producer known for his subtle kick drums and 'twinkling arpeggios'.
  2. He pursued a doctorate in politics while his music career took off, earning him the nickname 'The Professor'.
  3. His latest LP, 'Magda', and earlier release 'Filo Loves the Acid' showcase his unique sound.
Flow State • 334 implied HN points • 31 Jan 24
  1. Tyler Tadlock's music project Spirituals blends voice memos, digital instruments, and guitar to create beatless dance music.
  2. Tadlock's approach to music-making is organic and inspired by everyday sounds, emphasizing the importance of sounds' relationships.
  3. Tadlock finds inspiration in natural sounds, free improvisation, and underrated musicians like George Cartwright.
Front Row & Backstage • 373 implied HN points • 13 Jan 24
  1. The Spinners had a successful hit with 'One of a Kind (Love Affair)' in 1973.
  2. The song was inspired by a real-life event experienced by Joseph B. Jefferson.
  3. The track featured lead vocals by Philippé Wynne and background vocals by various artists.
Ceramics Now Weekly • 275 implied HN points • 17 Jan 24
  1. The first major fair dedicated to contemporary ceramics, ceramic brussels, will take place in Brussels between January 25-28, 2024.
  2. New featured artists are showcased in Ceramics Now, presenting the work of Kensuke Yamada, Jacaranda Kori, and Maria Diletta Rondoni.
  3. Various opportunities and events in the ceramics world are highlighted, including residency programs, exhibitions, and conferences.
Can't Get Much Higher • 157 implied HN points • 11 Feb 24
  1. Missed opportunities to see favorite artists at concerts can lead to regrets and disappointment.
  2. Live music can evoke strong emotions and create lasting memories, connecting people over shared experiences.
  3. Attending concerts, especially with friends and family, can have a profound impact on one's perspective and appreciation for music.
The NO SUCH THING AS TOO MUCH ART Society • 275 implied HN points • 12 Jan 24
  1. Artist Vickie Vainionpaa creates oil paintings with random squiggles based on eye movements from over 100 participants.
  2. The art delivery post features paintings 'Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time' and 'The Dream' by Vickie Vainionpaa.
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