Thursday, November 16, 2017

virtual 45

I'm breaking out this one because it's the absolute boss track. Hear the supertrad source version here, and read the liner notes for that here(p.4).



Youtube version for the spotify-less

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

virtual turntable

And despite the fact that this washes out of the code as a Tim Eriksen album, what they mean is Tim Eriksen AND ELIZA CARTHY.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

busy weekends

Today on the Operatubes, dueling Tancredis and Caccini's Alcina. (We missed the student production of Ariodante with James Brown in the role of Polinesso...what? Not that one? Damn!) Lots of other stuff too, so go here to find all the linkery.

Friday, November 10, 2017

under no circumstances should you ask me about...

It is something of a landmark occasion when your Erstwhile Area of Inquiry ventures into your morning commute to the Borg Cube via a mention in The Writer's Almanac, but hey, it's the 21st century, and it's the guy's 258th birthday. So for that, here's your Random Don Carlos Trailer of the Week, courtesy of Epik Hotel

Don Karlos - Teaser from Epik Hotel on Vimeo.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Only *Girls* Fight With Swords These Days

Your audio link to the Bastille Don Carlos, courtesy of francemusique



addendum: we so heart the French versions of this score, they are so fantastically weird.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Fact: the harp ukulele is the most conceptually librarye thing we've seen today

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Gallia in tres partes: Norma encore at OperaMall

Welp [spoiler alert], so Adalgisa doubles down on Irminsul, so I guess Clotilde is elected to harness up the getaway chariot. I got no problem with that. She probably has a sister/friend/ex over at the Fortress of Shadows and they could probably use one druid priestess, slightly singed, even if she will have to adapt to using more sensible diety names.

Actually, the whole time Pollione was going on about how great the Roman pantheon is in comparison, all I could think of was Eddie Izzard's thing about Crap Roman Gods viz. Jeff the God of Biscuits.

Random other notes and observations:

Dude, nobody does the hand slice thing anymore, that's so last century.

Ew. What a shark. Totally wicker basket that guy, Gaulish people.

The Inevitable Woad

Druid banda!

Enthusiastic Axe Dude's torc designed by Beatz by Dre?

Dramatic Spear Guy watches too much Spartacus.

These Gaulish bros are the hairy antecedents to Rodrigo's tub-thumping highlanders in LDDL.

Srsly is Matthew Rose like 8 feet tall?

"But stray, what was Radvanovsky's Casta diva like?"

Sunday, October 8, 2017

interlude

Once upon a time, a lull in the action was a lull, and not just the nanosecond between jump cuts. So in the present crossfade, here, you might as well have an epic Howard Moss poem.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

moreover

Not to be outdone by last night's Bonfire of the Subtexts festivities -- well, a little to be outdone, but still a matter of extreme interest -- tonight, streaming on SiriusXM only, is Tara Erraught's Met debut as Nicklausse (also Erin Morley as Machine Girl).

Tara Erraught as Nicklausse, photo Marty Sohl/Met Opera

Those of you with SiriusXM know where to go. Those of you without know what to do. (Ditto if you want to hear more Bonfires, because, not surprisingly, they're cueing that up quite a bit.)

Update: Of course they are running the 1995 ASvO Rosenkavalier at midnight. Of course they are.