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April 2018

Discogs Blog 10 Covers That Nearly Out “Iggy” Iggy Pop

  By Kat Bein Few men have been more influential to rock’n’roll’s sound, look and spirit than Iggy Pop, and yet his 50-year career has only seen one Top 40 hit. It’s astounding, and it must have been more than a little frustrating at times, but it must be even more inspiring for the singer, […]

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Discogs Blog Staff Picks: Record Store Day 2018 Special

We hardly need an excuse to buy records, but Record Store Day is always a good opportunity to support our local record stores, rub shoulders with other vinyl lovers, and maybe catch the odd live act playing in-store. Between us this year we covered a decent number of stores across several cities and scored a pretty […]

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We hardly need an excuse to buy records, but Record Store Day is always a good opportunity to support our local record stores, rub shoulders with other vinyl lovers, and maybe catch the odd live act playing in-store. Between us this year we covered a decent number of stores across several cities and scored a pretty […]

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Classical-Music.com Rosemary Johnson’s final season at the Royal Philharmonic Society

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The executive director of the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Rosemary Johnson is stepping down from her position this summer.

Rosemary Johnson has led the commissioning organisation and music charity for 20 years, supporting over 100 young musicians annually through commissions, conducting schemes and bursaries. She has overseen the transformation of the Society from a small London-focused organisation into a nationwide community of music-lovers.

The RPS has become one of the pre-eminent forces for change in the classical world, not least through its annual RPS Music Awards, a ceremony that Rosemary has placed at the forefront of the society’s work. The Awards recognise the greatest achievements in live performance over the previous year, and Rosemary’s determined and passionate leadership has ensured the accolades are among the most respected in the world.

Since she took charge of the organisation in 1998, RPS Award winners have included pianists Stephen Hough and Maurizio Pollini, conductors Daniel Barenboim and Antonio Pappano, and singers Sarah Connolly and Roderick Williams. The list of winners reads like a who’s-who of classical music, and Rosemary Johnson has played an enormous part in creating this.

The RPS has been one of the great starting points in my musical career, co-commissioning a composition of mine with Classic FM for the station’s 25th birthday. Without a platform, without momentum and without the motivation this all brings, it would be profoundly more difficult to launch a musical career.

I remember feeling rather daunted when, at a photo shoot at Classic FM’s studios in London, I was informed that ‘the executive director of the Royal Philharmonic Society will be arriving shortly’. There’s something about the long job title, as well as an organisation with such an illustrious history, that suggested a level of distance. The word ‘society’ so often seems to evoke a rather sober meeting of serious-minded traditionalists, talking about doing things whilst not doing them.

However, the RPS is far from this. Rosemary is someone willing to take risks, try new ideas, and who always wanted young musicians to feel supported as they made their first steps into the profession. I learnt with surprise that a member of the RPS team attends every premiere of their commissions, a huge undertaking in itself, considering the RPS has commissioned 170 new pieces since 2000.

At a time when some question the future of classical music, Rosemary Johnson is determined to make a difference. Perhaps most worthy of recognition is her deeply-held conviction that classical music deserves to be celebrated, and that it is a genre we are right to feel proud of.

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Goldmine Magazine Todd Rundgren remains ‘Faithful’

Released in 1976, ‘Faithful’ was Todd Rundgren’s tribute album to a golden era of rock ‘n’ roll.

The post Todd Rundgren remains ‘Faithful’ appeared first on Goldmine Magazine.

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The Real Mick Rock I’m delighted that SHOT! is now available on so many outlets….

Classic Album Sundays Classic Album Sundays presents LCD Soundsystem ‘Sound of Silver’

Following on from their self titled debut album Sound Of Silver felt like LCD Soundsystem’s first fully realised album and would catapult James Murphy from being a guy regarded as having an amazing record collection to a self-conscious songwriter capable of delivering a classic.

Sound Of Silver still retains the spirit of the original but refines the concept allowing for songs that still draw heavily on the disco-punk explosion of the late-’70s from bands such as ESG but also feels fresh, modern and capable of standing on its own.

The album is at heart a dance floor album with more than half of the tracks coming in at over six minutes but still has the craft to end with the laid back ‘New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down.’ A tribute to a city that is at the heart of music, but that is apparently dragging James Murphy down. ‘New York’ swaps out the cowbells and disco beats for simple piano that gives way, in the end, to head-banging guitars; a perfect way to end a nearly perfect album.

We are delighted that we will be joined at our London event by Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem member Al Doyle who will be interviewed by Gabriel Szatan discussing life on the road with LCD and the inner workings of two of the finest electronic bands in the world.

Join us at one of our worldwide events to hear this album as never before.

London

Time & Date: Sunday May 20th 2018 16:00 – 19:00

Venue: Brilliant Corners, 470 Kingsland Road, London, E8 4AE

Tickets: £12 plus booking fee in advance soon

Presenter: Gabriel Szatan with Al Doyle

Audio Menu: Dynavector D17D3 MC CartridgeRega P9 TurntableRega IOS Phono Stage Audio Note Jinro Integrated AmpChord Signature Speaker CableChord Signature Tuned Aray interconnectsISOL-8 Substation Integra Power Conditioner and Klipschorn Loudspeakers

Oslo

Date and Time: Sunday May 6th 2018, 4pm – 6pm (doors open at 3pm)

Venue: Kulturhuset i Oslo, Youngs gate 6, 0181 Oslo

Tickets: 50/100NOK in advance here.

Presenters: Kent Horne with Fredrik Saroea of Datarock.

Audio Menu installed by Duet AudioCartridge: Dynavector XX2 MK2Turntable: Dr. Feickert BlackbirdTone arm: Jelco750 LB 12″Preamp: 4 x Monoblocks Auralic Merak 2x800WIntegrated Amp with phono stage: Ayon AurisLoudspeakers: Piega Classic 80.2Interconnects: Midas Reference SiljeSpeaker Cable: Midas Reference SiljePower Conditioner: Isol-8.

Washington DC

Date and Time: Sunday May 13th 2018 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Venue: Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe, 2477 18th St NW, Washington DC 20009

Tickets: $5 – $7 in advance here

Presenter: Joe Lapan

Audio Menu provided by Audioism.

REGA Planar 3 turntable with Elys MM CartridgeREGA Fono MM Phono PreampAudioism MicroZOTL Preamp (David Berning Design), Audioism Venue-Class Playback SystemXcilica HD System ProcessorAudioism ZOTL Amplifiers (David Berning Design), Class AB Hybrid Amplification for Subs, WyWires Audio Interconnects

Colorado Springs

Date and Time: Sunday May 20th 2018 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Venue: Local Relic, 320 S Weber St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

Tickets: $5  in advance soon

Presenter: Chris O’Shea

Audio Menu supplied by The Music Room Colorado:

Speakers: Klipsch Heresy II, Turntable: Rega Planar 3 TT, Preamplifier: Croft Acoustics Micro 25 Power amplifier: Rega Maia 3, Cables: Cardas and The Chord Company.

Miami

Date and Time: Sunday May 20th 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Venue: Sweat Records, 5505 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137

Tickets: $6 in advance soon

Presenter: Lauren Reskin – Sweat Records

Audio Menu: Audio Note T1 TurntableAudio Note 1Q1 cartridgeAudio Note M2 Phono PreamplifierAudio Note Conqueror SET AmplifierDeja Vu Audio Custom Genoa Vintage SpeakersAudio Note Lexus Cables

 

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Classic Album Sundays LCD Soundsystem ‘Sound of Silver’ Musical Lead-Up Playlist

A musical story that includes James Murphy’s influences, LCD Soundsystem’s musical contemporaries and their releases in the ‘Sound of Silver’ era, remixes by DFA and reworks and remixes of some of the album’s best songs.

Read More: Album of the Month: LCD Soundsystem Sound of Silver

https://open.spotify.com/embed/user/classicalbumsundays/playlist/5IV5I5zCMI7U0iJBeGiupF

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Classic Album Sundays LCD Soundsystem ‘Sound Of Silver’ Legacy Playlist

LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy shocked the template of electronic music with his sheer energy and innovation to incorporate rock instrumentation in between beat sequences generated by his synthesizers. The artists included in this legacy playlist have nurtured the maturity of the genre further, many of which are inspired by Murphy but were also crucial players in the electronic scene at the same time at LCD Soundsystem’s rise.

https://open.spotify.com/embed/user/classicalbumsundays/playlist/316z2URolXJOFBmDRNDRFS

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