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Musical interlude: PJ Harvey, “Sheela-na-gig”


I’ve seen PJ Harvey play twice, once in Boston and once in Washington D.C. The single best live music experience I’ve had was her performance of "50-Foot Queenie" in Boston, 1996. Any chance I might ever have to see her perform, I will immediately jump on it.

Videos and recordings don’t quite capture the energy she brings, although videos on YouTube of a show she did in Chicago in 1993 give you at least a glimmer. Note the crowd reaction in the clip above of "Sheela-na-gig" and in the video of "50-Foot Queenie." She’s a god.


“Enemy Change His Mind” by Dog Whistle

Cover art meme: "Enemy Change His Mind" by Dog Whistle

Cover art meme: "Enemy Change His Mind" by Dog Whistle, originally uploaded by cynthiacloskey.

I love album cover art. Not-too-secretly, I desire to design things for fun and profit, and I adore the art that surrounds music. So obviously I love this meme:

The CD Cover Meme group has only three rules: (1) The first article title on this random wiki page is the name of your band, (2) the last four words of the very last quote on this random quote page is the title of your album, and (3) the third picture here, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

In reality, it is important to check the copyright settings of the picture you find in step three. Most times, you will find all rights reserved. Backstep, reload, and check again until you find at least some Creative Commons Rights shared.

This is addictive. I went for an easy design this time — in no small part because my Photoshop skills are only passable.

How tempting it is to play around and spend hours coming up with a funky cool design!

I was in fact tempted to play creative director and spec out a design, then assign my brother Anthony to do the real work — he’s so much more fluent with Photoshop. I came to my senses and chose instead to let him continue to work on billable, client projects this Friday afternoon. The meme loses a little because of my decision, but our clients benefit. The company schedule and financial state are better off too.

The web is a dangerous mistress.

(Links and meme thanks to Coudal.)

As she deceived me I watched and went out of my mind

Today I was in the mood for a little Tom Jones: specifically, for his 1968 hit "Delilah."


So great. But then Peterb suggested I check out The Sensational Alex Harvey Band‘s cover. And sure enough, it’s fab!


Tom’s version is still my favorite, I think, but I’m excited to add The Sensational Alex Harvey Band to my playlist. One can never have too much 70s glam rock.

Klezmer clarinet and Harlem piano fuse in Uptown Pittsburgh

Suzanne Ortner and Tom Roberts concert poster

Suzanne Ortner and Tom Roberts, incredible stride piano and klezmer clarinet

Friday, January 25th
at James Simon’s Sculpture Studio/Loft

305 Gist Street, Uptown, a few blocks from Birmingham Bridge off Forbes/Fifth Avenues, Tel: 412.434.5629
(Location & directions)

Doors open at 7pm
Music at 8pm

Donation suggested: $10

Good food and drinks provided–bring more if you’d like!

Tom Roberts is one of the leading exponents of early jazz piano–considered one of the top stride pianists in the world–toured with Leon Redbone, wrote for Winton Marsalis, created music for AVIATOR and more!

Suzanne Ortner is widely acclaimed as both a soloist and as a member of the German klezmer quartet: SING YOUR SOUL. Suzanne is known for the incredible beauty, depth and authenticity of her interpretations of eastern European folk music!