Today’s Obscure Baroque Composer? Marco Uccellini. (Toldja he was obscure…)

Well, this certainly woke me up. That’s Marco Uccellini, a composer described by Wikipedia (with the sparseness typical of countless unknown musical creators from that era) as “an Italian Baroque violinist and composer.” And I was immediately reminded of Praetorius’ “Dances from Terpsichore.” (Also really fun stuff, and also sure to get your toes a-tappin’.) Here’s a more complete [Read More…]

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“To God, there is no zero.”

When I look back at the most memorable cinematic experiences of my childhood — a self-indulgence I undertake with almost terrifying frequency — there is one film in particular that strikes me as a real outlier. Titles such as Flight of the Navigator and Blackbeard’s Ghost and The Absentminded Professor and “Zorro” all make sense to me, and while the intensity of my love [Read More…]

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SSF: “Katedra”

…The reds, yellows, and blues of Madeleine shine like dawn through the ribs of the Cathedral, everything here is either in shadow or painted with viscous colors. I’ll sit, I’ll quiet my heart. I thought that it would be mainly fear, an animal terror, but I feel only regret now, a great, motionless, heavy regret, [Read More…]

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SVS: “Good Eats”

For a couple of weeks now, I’ve been planning to use today’s post to recommend one of my guilty TV pleasures. But then I realized something. There was no guilt. So, rather than whispering something in your ear with a furtive (almost obsequious) glance over my shoulder to see who might be looking down on me with a shocked expression (and [Read More…]

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Parked By the Jukebox with James Hill and His Ukulele

This is amazing stuff. So amazing, in fact, that my instinctive response was: “That’s got to be fake.” And then he dove right into “Billie Jean.” Gosh. His name’s James Hill, he’s a ukulele player (and HOW!), a Canadian, and — as his website describes him — “a man on a musical mission.” I’m not quite sure [Read More…]

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“What is left is Art. I think we must all admit that.”

If Cooper had any real knowledge of Nature’s ways of doing things, he had a most delicate art in concealing the fact. It’s Wednesday. Which, as I’ve doubtless observed (complained about/whined over) in the past, is not my favorite day of the week. So I’m in the mood for something cathartic. (Translation? I’m on the lookout for something [Read More…]

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“Grim Grinning Ghosts” and the Magic of Thurl Ravenscroft

For no particular reason other than because it’s a bit October-y and I like to post thematically/seasonally-appropriate music from time to time and because, unlike Tom McDonald, I don’t know country music much, dark or otherwise. Also, because I was recently listening to NPR’s “All Songs Considered” fascinating podcast with John Congleton and he brought [Read More…]

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SSF: “L3.0”

Today’s short is a beautifully-rendered French bit about a robot struggling to hang on after the “End of Civilization as We Know It.” (Keep an eye out for the glass effects, in particular, because they’re gorgeous. Beautifully done.) In addition to being a) French, and b) beautifully made, the whole thing’s actually a bit creepy. It’s [Read More…]

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SVS: “Chicken Run”

They’re CHICKENS, you dolt. Apart from you, they’re the most stupid creatures on this planet. They don’t plot, they don’t scheme, and they are NOT organized. Today’s suggestion is a bit of an oddity for a cantankerous cinematic curmudgeon like me. One of those rare homage films that I actually enjoy as much as — [Read More…]

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A Breathtaking Matterhorn, Courtesy of Robert Bösch

From Mammut Alpine: July 14th 2015 is the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn. The mountain, which is probably the most photographed in the world, was in the headlines again. In preparation for the anniversary celebrations, Swiss mountaineering specialist Mammut, together with the Zermatt mountain guides traced the route over the Hörnligrat [Read More…]

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