i'd rather be in haena   

or anyplace with more trees and less concrete

Lemmings or Livebloggers? Let’s Call It A Draw

by admin - June 20th, 2012

Apple, Microsoft, what’s the dif?

The new Fiona Apple album

by admin - June 20th, 2012

I like neurotic women who make strange, passionate and smart music. Always have. That said…

I get the impression she’s always believed (or, at least, read) her own press. Problem: she finally made an album not at all worthy of past rave reviews. The lyrics are labored, the vocal tics affected and the arrangements fussy.

I hate to bring it down to this level, but Jon Brion probably could have made more sense of the demos, even if the project would have been taken from him during label second-guessing.

A major disappointment, considering Extraordinary Machine was comprehensively wonderful.

“How Dorothy Parker Came To Rest In Baltimore”

by admin - June 7th, 2012

Today, her ashes can be found not in New York, but in Baltimore at the headquarters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which is located on the outskirts of the city and surrounded by a corporate office park.”

Have A Nice Day

by admin - June 7th, 2012

Warming nears point of no return, scientists say

New Lisa Germano album will be called “No Elephants”

by admin - June 5th, 2012

Stream “Apathy and the Devil”, a new song from the album…

…and here’s some images that may or may not end up on/as the album artwork.

lisa germano 'no elephants' artwork?

No word regarding what label it’ll be on, or when it’ll be released.

NY Times Magazine Still Pays By the Word, Apparently

by admin - April 9th, 2012

Whereupon a professional music explainer explains — lenghthily and in excruciating detail — why she’s unhappy no one needs her to, like, explain stuff anymore.

“The entirety of Ha’ena is a lake”

by admin - March 7th, 2012

[photo by Bruce Coulombe]

My favorite place (after which this blog is named) isn’t doing so hot right now.

Governor Declares Disaster For Rain-Soaked Kaua’i

Looks like some lucky folks on the west side of Hanalei bridge are probably gonna be there awhile. I can think of worse places to be stuck, but I’m sure having no electricity or water or “facilities” is getting old fast.

The subject header quote, by the way, is from a post today on Kaua’i Eclectic.

A Strangely Isolated Place

by admin - March 2nd, 2012

A Strangely Isolated Place is becoming a valuable destination for discovering music. ASIP posts mixes from producers, musicians and DJs a few times a week. In my two weeks or so of visiting the site I’ve learned about a some great artists. The site mainly deals with ambient, environmental and IDM genres but it has a refreshing approach to mostly-neglected, non-mainstream independent electronic/acoustic music in general. There’s an enthusiastic attitude towards low-key, underpromoted music that I love (the music AND the approach).

The Keith Kenniff “IDM mix” last week introduced me to Secede — Kennif’s Unseen Music label is well worth the time of anyone interested in quality modern mood/ambient music — and the Loscil and Sako mixes are lovely and informative, as well.

Terry Riley “A Rainbow In Curved Air” CD remaster

by admin - February 29th, 2012

Terry Riley
I’m beyond happy to finally have a decent recording of one of my favorite albums. Sadly, no vinyl, but this CD remaster (along with the one of “In C”) is crazy superior to the 42-year-old CBS version. The tambourine rattles on the title track no longer sound like a sibilant rattlesnake on a transistor radio and I’m hearing keyboard bass notes that seemingly didn’t exist on the original CD or LP.

Terry Riley “A Rainbow In Curved Air” on Esoteric/Cherry Red (UK)

Amazon US has it as an import for $21; Boomkat is selling it for 11 euros.

Rushdie On Hitchens

by admin - January 5th, 2012

One of literature’s last class acts reminisces about his friend.