[Video] Aleksandar Pejovski – Black Raindrops Upon The Flower Blossoms [live]

The final post of the year, and it’s a sublime cut. Aleksandar Pejovski is a pianist from Skopje, Macedonia who records for local label PMG Recordings. I thank my friend Biljana Vasileva for this treasure. A good way to wind down the year. Have a Happy 2015!

[Sample] Philip Jeck – Suite: Live In Liverpool

https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=3842496064/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/transparent=true/ When I was collecting CDs from the legendary Touch Records label out of England, I came across the work of turntablist (for lack of a more appropriate term, as old vinyl records are his weapons of choice) Philip Jeck. The man was an alchemist as far as I was concerned, but I lost track […]

[Literature] ‘Havel: A Life,’ by Michael Zantovsky

Václav Havel was, perhaps, the first hip (as opposed to ‘hipster’) president. A playwright, poet, and political dissident, he ended up as the first president of a free Czechoslovakia, and helped steer the ‘Velvet Divorce‘ which saw the country’s peaceful dissolution into the current states of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. He was an ardent […]

[Literature] 2014’s Best Books on Psychology, Philosophy, and How to Live Meaningfully

Brain Pickings puts out a decent list of books for years end, but spoil it by including rubbish peddled by Sam Harris. For a critique on the tantrum posing as a movement, read Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies by David Bentley Hart. A good debate is always appreciated, but it helps […]

[Video] Frank Zappa – Titties & Beer

Frank Zappa loved to annoy. I grew up watching him battle the Parent Music Resource Center (PMRC), among whose more famous founding members was Tipper Gore, ex-wife of then Senator (and complete douchebag to this day) Al Gore. Though he was, and is, a sleazy huckster, his wife ended up making friends with Frank’s widow, […]

[Podcast] A Miscellany of Tasteful Music – December 29, 2014

https://www.mixcloud.com/widget/iframe/?feed=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mixcloud.com%2Frutwo%2Fa-miscellany-of-tasteful-music-december-29-2014%2F&embed_uuid=1e594da7-e825-4dc7-ad9b-a8fcaae6ddb8&replace=0&hide_cover=1&embed_type=widget_standard&hide_tracklist=1 A Miscellany of Tasteful Music – December 29, 2014 by Rudy Carrera on Mixcloud It’s been awhile, but here’s the final podcast of the year! The track listing is as follows: 1. Peter Fox – Alles Neu 2. Hilarion Nguema – Gabon Pays De Joie 3. The Chambers Brothers – Time Has Come Today […]