Watched
I really enjoyed this reworking of “Breathe Deeper,” “Is It True,” and “Patience.” I wonder if this is the next phase of Kevin Parker’s musical journey. As Tom Breihan suggests in Stereogrum:

In their new versions, all three songs take on shades of early-’90s house music, as well as the early-’90s pop that carried that influence.

Liked Taylor Swift, Man (NPR.org)

In classic Swift fashion, the visual treatment is full of not-so-subtle nods. A prominent “No Scooters” sign on the 13th Street Station, with previous album titles and scrawled on the subway tile wall near a “Missing: If Found Return to Taylor Swift” sign, points directly to her latest object of ire, Scooter Braun, manager of Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen and Ariana Grande, among others. There’s also the closing credits — “Directed by,” “Written by,” “Owned by,” and “Starring,” all attributed to Swift.

Bookmarked Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus (NPR.org)

You may have heard the word “coronavirus” online or on TV. You probably have a lot of questions. Check out our comic to get some answers — and print out a zine version at home.

Don’t worry about kids, this introduction to the coronavirus a fantastic introduction for everyone.
Listened A Conversation With Jonny Greenwood, On Chaos And The Element Of Surprise from npr.org

On this edition of All Songs Considered, Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood joins us to talk about two of his classical compositions we’ve just premiered on our Tiny Desk series. He also shares some of the music that’s inspired him over the years by other artists and explains how he came to love such a rich and diverse tapestry of sounds.

In a conversation with Bob Boilen and Tom Huizenga, Jonny Greenwood discusses two classical compositions premiered on Tiny Desk.

Greenwood discusses growing with twenty records obsessively, including New Order. This gave him a deep appreciation of music and listening. In regards to classical music, he discusses the inspiration of Messiaen and Bach. Associated with this was an initial love of the recorder.

Greenwood compares comping with an actor reading a film script. Some things cannot be written.

Another influence has been Krzysztof Penderecki. This came from his short stint studied music at university.

Talking about these influences, Greenwood makes reference to the idea that to steal from one is theft, steal from two and it is inspiration.

Discussing Penderecki and electronic music, Greenwood talks about how once you change something, it has an impact and you cannot go back.

Listened The 2010s: A Music-Making Evolution And Revolution from NPR

As we near the end of the decade, I want to look at the ways music-making has evolved during the 2010s, both on stage and in the studio.

King Princess
Vince M. Aung
On this edition of All Songs Considered, we begin with the role of computers in live performance. Laptops are often used to playback sounds that can’t easily be created in a live setting. So, I went to the 9:30 club before soundcheck to meet the artist known as King Princess. She grew up around recording gear. Her father, Oliver Strauss is a recording engineer at Mission Sound in Brooklyn, so technology and music-making are second nature to the 21-year old. King Princess sheds light on how musicians take complex sounds from the studio and make them possible in a live setting.

Later, I look at the role of computers in the creative process, both as an effects processor and a compositional tool. One artist who is already making music and stretching the possibilities of Artificial Intelligence is Holly Herndon, who has an AI voice assistant she calls Spawn.

Bob Boilen discusses the place of technology with King Princess in today’s live performances, whether it be playing to a click-track or incorporating pre-recorded sounds. He also talks to Holly Herndon about the use of effects to augment her music, as well as her experiment training an algorithm to create uncanny sounds.
Bookmarked NPR Music (npr.org)
In the search for different suggestions in regards to music, I have started following all things NPR Music:

Although I have followed bits and pieces over the years, I have decided to actually add the feeds to my list.

I have particular been enjoying All Songs Considered’s dive into the 2010s.