Amazon Advent Calendar Day 1: “Golden Ticket”/”Pure Imagination”

“Pure Imagination”/”Golden Ticket” We kick off the season with a double-header, sensation-seekers. We have the pig-bastard greed of the record industry to thank for this: the movie soundtrack to “Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory” is only purchasable as a whole album, not as individual tracks. I ought to approve of this, in principle. Ugh. Seriously?…

It’s All Run By A Big Eastern Syndicate

My annual Musical Advent Calendar always begins with the best of intentions (“Recommend one music track every day between the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day”) and then ends about a week short of the original goal. “It’s Christmas,” the reader is inclined to shrug, when a blogger’s series of posts about favorite music tracks inexplicably ends…

Sondheim Week, Day Five: “Everybody’s Got The Right”

You Can Close the New York Stock Exchange/Everybody’s Got the Right Original Broadway Cast Assassins Genre: Broadway What I went through on Friday afternoon doesn’t qualify as “publishing another new blog post about a Sondheim song” but it did become a perfect illustration of why Stephen Sondheim is a rather special kind of Broadway composer.…

Sondheim Week! Day One: “Getting Married Today”

Getting Married Today Original Broadway Cast Original Broadway Cast Recording Genre: Broadway All morning long, I’ve been reading blog posts about everyone’s favorite childhood Sondheim Week memories. I’m sure I had the same reaction as you did: “It’s that time of year? Again? But the stores have only just taken down their Jerry Herman decorations!”…

iPad 2 Event: The Liveblog

11:03 — gb will be $4.99 on march 11. Welcome back steve. Recaps, and introduces a new video. (Healthwatchers: Steve still looks fine, his voice is solid at the end if thie event.) Video. “technolog isn’t enough (that’s in Apple’s DNA) we are the intersection of technology and liberal arts.” “these are post-pc devices that…

Amazon Advent Calendar Day 22: “Fairytale Of New York”

Fairytale Of New York The Pogues Featuring Kirsty MacColl The Best Of The Pogues Genre: Alternative Amazon MP3: Fairytale Of New York There’s just a narrow window during which I can sling “Fairytale Of New York” into the Advent Calendar and I keep missing it, year after year. To those of you who have asked:…

Amazon Advent Calendar Day 21: “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)”

The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) Tony Bennett Snowfall: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album Genre: Holiday Amazon MP3: The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) Doing a musical Advent Calendar is a piece of cake, honestly. If you have any taste in music at all, then you have nearly every…