jason hirschhorn's @MusicREDEF: 02/12/2019 - The Lawyer Fighting Led Zeppelin, A Sirius Problem?, DJ Marshmello, Brandi Carlile, Alex Chilton...

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I play drum licks on the guitar. Is this interest remix not displaying correctly? | View it in your browser. Bo Diddley soundchecking in San Francisco, December 1970.
(Robert Altman/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) Tuesday - February 12, 2019 Tue - 02/12/19 “I play drum licks on the guitar.”
Bo Diddley rantnrave:// Though there were still criticisms aplenty, some warranted, some gratuitous, the day-after-GRAMMY stories this year were a lot better than the day-after-Grammy stories last year, so one imagines the RECORDING ACADEMY is feeling good right now. The TV ratings didn't go down, which in 2019 is like the ratings going way up. JACKSON MAINE didn't show up and wet his pants onstage (as he very well could have if he'd seen LADY GAGA's meme-rock performance of "SHALLOW"). The night's biggest social-media gaffe belonged to an unrelated TV network. Thirty-one women took Grammys home, almost twice as many as a year ago (congratulations music industry, here's what you can do next). DRAKE hasn't released a Grammys diss track yet. And in between a few much-debated choices, the Academy skillfully threaded a needle or two—particularly in finding a couple new Grammy superstars in BRANDI CARLILE and H.E.R. and giving them their Grammy Moments™ but, this time, without taking away someone else's Album of the Year or Record of the Year award, as Grammy voters have been known. Kudos for that. Next year maybe a few more nominees will bother showing up. But don't bet on it... The Philadelphia lawyer taking on LED ZEPPELIN and "STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN" on behalf of the estate of RANDY CALIFORNIA keeps a used half of a lemon that ROBERT PLANT squeezed into his tea three years ago in his briefcase. It's his legal talisman. And yes if I ever need to sue a revered classic-rock band for copyright infringement, that's going to be my lawyer, too... Las Vegas residencies are the new "I've gotta run out to the ATM machine; back in a minute"... Song title of the week... I'll be off for the next couple of days, but the curation never stops. COURTNEY E. SMITH will be taking over this newsletter Wednesday and Thursday; I'll see you again Friday... RIP PHIL WESTERN and NANCY B. REICH.
- Matty Karas, curator shave and a haircut Philadelphia Magazine Meet Francis Malofiy, the Philadelphia Lawyer Who Sued Led Zeppelin by Jonathan Valania Francis Malofiy may be the most hated man in the Philadelphia legal community. He may also be on the cusp of getting the last laugh on rock’s golden gods. Noisey The Spectacular Failure of the World's Only Hard Rock Theme Park by Will Caiger-Smith Hard Rock Park boasted rides themed around Led Zeppelin songs and acid trips, but it closed after just five months, amid the 2008 financial crisis. Ten years later, we visited the abandoned site to find out how it went off the rails. Los Angeles Times Was this year's Grammys the beginning of the end for a white, male music industry? by Lorraine Ali The Recording Academy’s fraught relationship with women and artists of color played a starring role during a Grammys ceremony that was as much an ode to diversity as it was a reparation effort. Refinery29 The Grammys Celebrated Women. So, What's Next? by Courtney E. Smith Women don’t want to be the only woman in the room anymore. The Ringer December Boy: On Alex Chilton by Lindsay Zoladz The late lead singer of Big Star and the Box Tops had a trove of unreleased music unearthed. What can we learn from the gifted, self-destructive genius? Atlas Obscura The Grim, Depression-Era Origins of Dance Marathons by Katie Thornton The common fundraising events known as walkathons started as an exploitative entertainment craze. Billboard Will Record Labels Soon Have a Sirius Problem? by Steve Knopper SiriusXM's $3.5 billion purchase of Pandora, finalized Feb. 1, will create a digital-radio behemoth with customized radio playlists, a contract with Howard Stern and an estimated 100 million listeners who tune in from cars, smartphones and laptops alike. NPR DJ Marshmello's 'Fornite' Concert Has The Music World Buzzing by Elizabeth Blair What does DJ Marshmello's Fortnite concert mean for the future of music performance? The 10-minute virtual concert was one of the largest digital gatherings ever. Variety How Brandi Carlile Stole the Grammys by Chris Willman What beats winning some awards on a show? Winning an awards show. The New York Times Saudi Arabia, Trying to Lure Tourists, Hosts Music Festival Near Ancient Tombs by Edward Wong Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman aims to liberalize parts of society and promote the arts, but that could be overshadowed by violent acts under his rule. two bits The Guardian Giorgio Moroder: ‘I don’t even like dancing’ by Nosheen Iqbal At 78, on the eve of his first ever live tour, the dance music super-producer talks about his 50-year career, the glory of digital recording - and Ed Sheeran. Noisey Why Gospel's Impact on Black British Pop Means So Much Now by Grace Shutti Artists have always chucked choirs into secular music, but this latest trend holds specific meaning for the UK's west African and Caribbean diaspora. Genius The Soul Sample On Ariana Grande’s “Fake Smile” Has A Long History In Hip-Hop by Chris Mench From Wu-Tang Clan to French Montana to Metro Boomin, “After Laughter” is a rap staple. Afropunk Millennial Two-Tone: The New Specials Album is Great! by Piotr Orlov 'Encore' is the highly unlikely, indisputably great comeback album by the British band whose 1970s Two-Tone existence sowed seeds for what became AFROPUNK’s UK wing. Music Think Tank Dirty Money And The Starving Artist by Ghostly Beard You've all heard about it, it's part of modern world's most enduring cliché: a great artist IS a starving artist... Coming right from the Romanticism of the late 18th to early 19th century, this has been the subject of many paintings, literature and even operas. Medium My High Resolution Digital Audio Epiphany by Steve Turnidge How I stopped worrying and started to love HiRes Audio. Mixmag Who is DJ Bigos? Meet the ID hunter liberating tracklists across the internet by Isobel Moloney DJ Bigos has supplied tracklists -- or attempted to -- for an astounding number of online mixes. Slate The Grammys and the Critics Agreed, for the First Time Ever by Chris Molanphy How did this happen?! Just how rare is this? We break it down. Paper Maren Morris Won't Just 'Shut Up and Sing' by Sandra Song The past couple years have been a whirlwind for country star Maren Morris. Unapologetically herself, she's made just as many headlines for her progressive politics as her music, and based on her career trajectory, it doesn't seem like she's stopping anytime soon. The Daily Beast Is the Key to Understanding Bourbon Music? by Reid Mitenbuler We asked whiskey makers around the country to tell us what their spirits taste like by comparing them to music. MUSIC OF THE DAY YouTube "Dearest Darling" Bo Diddley One of the most menacing love songs ever recorded. “REDEF is dedicated to my mother, who nurtured and encouraged my interest in everything and slightly regrets the day she taught me to always ask ‘why?’”


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