The world contains lots of delightful sounds: bluebirds trilling, children laughing, brooks babbling, etc. But is there any sound more pleasing than the sound of a human voice? And has there ever been any vocalist with a more beautiful tone than Joni Mitchell’s? I think not. Here she is on the Johnny Cash show, playing the lap dulcimer and trilling “California”. Mitchell singing about going home just chills the soul. She nails every note with the proper amounts of joy and heartache. This is the voice that launched a thousand, nay probably a million, singers to find their own expressive natures. Whether anyone has ever measured up to the standard heard here is a decision only you can make….
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Danish alternative band the Raveonettes have released a cover of the Stone Roses’ “I Wanna Be Adored” in order to celebrate 50 years of Dr. Martens.
The Drums recently stopped by the BBC to perform at the BBC Three Live Lounge and they did a live take of “We Used to Wait” off Arcade Fire’s recent The Suburbs. The band has also just released their new video for “Down by the Water”.
These days, beer drinkers in the Washington, DC area—as well as in so many other American cities—can be guaranteed that the cascades in their pints of Guinness will not be settled before three or four new “microbrew” bars spring fully-formed from the city sidewalks. The trend is getting pretty expensive, and pretty tired. The trend is, also, not without its fair share of irony.
Witness BrewDog’s music-themed line of beers, some of which have migrated to Washington in recent months.
Here’s BrewDog’s Punk IPA.
And here’s BrewDog’s Hardcore IPA.
And here is the band Minor Threat performing their famous song “Straight Edge”, a track that found the architects of (DC) hardcore denying the imperative to mix alcohol with rock and roll:
Whether or not the latter should inspire us to protest the former is up for all of you to decide in the handy comments section below. No matter where we all come down in that debate, can’t we all agree that this whole End of History thing is a truly ghastly idea?