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  1. Orchestras in the Pandemic era

    Haven't read this piece yet. I will say that the Toronto Symphony Orchestra has pivoted to very, very tiny on-line offerings - usually a 5-10 minute duet. I find it far too depressing to bother with. Of course, given the strict lockdown Toronto is under at the moment, it is not possible for larger ensembles to perform with or without an audience. Up until recently, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra was performing slightly shorter evenings (60-75 minute performances) with a slightly scaled back orchestra (in an empty hall) and then putting these on line. Given that BC is ramping up its restrictions, this may be coming to a halt as well. At any rate, I am subscribing to the VSO on-line season whereas the TSO just is not worth it at the moment.
  2. Live Streaming Concerts

    Sorry I missed it. I listened to the Friday concert and it was good but didn't exactly blow me away (and I was fairly busy on Sat, so I didn't follow up with the rebroadcast of the 2nd set.). I've seen the Bandwagon in a concert hall (Chicago Symphony Center), which isn't really the ideal setting. I believe I also saw them at Jazz Showcase (wondering whether they would do something somewhat rap-inspired after Joe Segal's introduction ), but it has been an extremely long time and my memory is fuzzy.
  3. This may just go down as an unfortunate historical accident, but it seems a bit late in the day to try to get people to mentally switch over if the labelling on the Changes CDs is incorrect (and no one is seriously talking about repressing these with new titles...). At any rate, I was just listening, and "Free Cell Block F" matches the first song on Changes Two, which is also titled (apparently incorrectly) "Free Cell Block F."
  4. Cold Duck Time

    Maybe too much of a stretch but "All The Gin Is Gone" by Jimmy Forrest. Buddy Rich "Bloody Mary" on The Driver. And "Vodka" on Cattin' With Coltrane And Quinichette
  5. CDs that are unreadable

    I have had a few where there was clearly some problem with the mastering of the last track (crazy digital artifacts and skipping). Fairly common particularly with PD labels releasing CDs with 75+ minutes of music. Astonishingly enough, once in a while these problems persist even when streaming on iTunes, so did they actually just rip their own CDs to create the version stored on iTunes? Completely baffling.
  6. Make sure you are one of first 200 in line. Price goes up after that...
  7. About halfway through dusk sets in but you have a solid hour of music in the sun. Thanks for pointing us in the right direction in the first place.
  8. Listened to most of the Turkish jazz set. Quite interesting and I was definitely jealous of the weather (the performances were all shot outdoors on the Istanbul waterfront).
  9. Live Streaming Concerts

    I listened to the Tom Harrell Friday evening set at the Village Vanguard. I'm still debating whether I will listen on Sat. (tonight). It looks like it is Jason Moran and Bandwagon next weekend, and I'll probably tune in on one of those sets.
  10. COVID-19 III: No Politics For Thee

    It might not have made much difference in the end, but certainly some people are arguing that Ontario really started spiralling back out of control a week or two after Canadian Thanksgiving (because so many people couldn't resist going off and meeting relatives and mingling with people outside their bubbles). I can only imagine what will happen in the States. At any rate, it looks like Toronto (and Peel and York) are heading towards a pretty strict lockdown this weekend. I'm glad I ran off to the hardware store and got some extra supplies, as we may be back to on-line shopping for a while. On a slightly cheerier note, I think it's pretty cool that Dolly Parton's donation helped kickstart one of the successful (so far) vaccines. I imagine at some level her involvement may sway at least some of the vaccine-shy to get the shot when available. At this point, anything will help...
  11. Watched Life of Brian over the weekend. It holds up quite well. I was reading that there was a huge fuss at the time, which of course made the film profitably almost immediately. I think there was an interview a while back with one or more of the Pythons, indicating that it would be all but impossible to release the film in today's climate.
  12. Now reading...

    Aside from my very slow march through Don Quixote (and Nabokov's lectures on same), I'm mostly reading Canadian literature. I thought The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis had its moments, but I thought the situations were a bit too pat (like a play in many cases) and it certainly isn't as good as The Free World. I thought the claustrophobic rural community depicted in Fortier's The Unknown Huntsman was certainly creepy but it was a literary affectation that bore no resemblance to anything in real life (maybe drawing on his memories of watching The Wicker Man or the like). I'm glad it was fairly short as I was getting ready to bail. I'm starting in on Atwood's The Edible Woman (which I read many, many years ago), and I expect this will hold up better than these other two.
  13. COVID-19 III: No Politics For Thee

    Totally off-topic (or is it?) but I watched Goldfinger for the first time in ages last night. As Bond tries to outrun some goons at a checkpoint for Goldfinger's Swiss operations, this sweet old lady hauls out a machine gun and fires away at Bond's car!
  14. Now reading...

    I'm fairly sure (but not 100%) that I read Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five. I actually own all of his novels now in LOA editions, but haven't read that many, and it will take a while to remedy that, just because I have so much else I am trying to get through. I just borrowed this graphic novel adaptation from the library and thought it was pretty successful. In addition to slowly making my way through Don Quixote, I am currently reading books by Quebec authors from QC Fiction (https://qcfiction.com/), including Tatouine and The Electric Baths.
  15. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Will probably follow up with The Heliocentrics & Melvin Van Peebles ‎– The Last Transmission Just in that kind of mood...