Music video: five new recordings of the classics
There is, perhaps, nothing more depressing than a textbook work played stupidly on the notes with only one concern — not to mess up. As there is nothing more dreary…

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Spring, love, dance: four new jazz albums
For some mysterious reason, Russian jazz albums come out in waves. Moreover, it is clear that domestic labels (how many of them are there — two or four?) there is…

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Ides of March: 6 new classical music albums
Classics don't die because they are played all the time. And they play it because it is a classic. Iron logic. But in fact, each generation finds something of its…

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Monthly Archives: August 2018

I can’t say goodbye: classic rock is popular again, but it doesn’t make me happy

In the UK, the reissue of the Beatles ‘ “Abbey Road” album topped the national charts in early autumn. And now interest in this chic box with a lot of additional material has not dried up. Why am I not happy about this fact?

All-knowing statistics show that this happened 49 years 252 days after the record went down from the first place. “It’s hard to believe that Abbey Road is still holding up after all these years,” Paul McCartney himself tweeted. The Beatles broke their own record: the album ” Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band ” the gap between the top places in the UK charts was 49 years and 125 days.
It’s not that I don’t like the Beatles. I like the late period, for example. And a solo Lennon. Continue reading

Canned food and clones, or Where is the new classic

They say: they don’t argue about tastes. To be honest, I never understood the meaning of this expression. How can you argue about tastes? “My taste is better”? “The taste is there! – No taste! Give me ten proofs of the existence of taste! “Taste, as the Lord God, is a transcendent entity!”Nonsense, verbiage… And if someone says that they hate this or that musician, and I love him, for example, very much, then there is no reason to argue at all. You love, I don’t, and love is an inexplicable thing, and if it’s explicable, it’s not love at all, but a marriage of convenience, with all due respect.

Several reasons for this column. First, the new year, the new decade of the XXI century. The results are asking for themselves. But this is in General; in particular, for example, Denny lane comes to Russia with a band that “covers”… Creedence Clearwater Revival. Continue reading

Listen to video game soundtracks while you work
As I write this text, I can hear the sound of triumphant pipes mingling with the rhythmic notes of violins. You know, if you read my article, turn on this…

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Why is music no longer recorded the way it used to be? [translation]
When the old fans complain about songs that have been nominated for a Grammy this year, there's a reason. It's time for the annual Grammy awards, and as always, Sunday's…

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We have heard and know: to whom, why and how Russian tribute bands pay their respects
The time is now: endless animation, cloning and copying of rock dinosaurs of all breeds. The thesis, of course, is banal and has been repeated many times, including by me…

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Jazz together: six bright duet albums
Jazz is an abundant genre. Lush orchestras, lengthy improvisations, dueling soloists, a meandering rhythm section, and so on. But not always the more the better. When jazzmen consciously limit themselves,…

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