Bloomsbury’s August books in music & sound studies

It’s the last week of August – time to prepare your brain for the new school year! Look for some of these fantastic August releases from Bloomsbury Academic.   Brian Eno: Oblique Music Learn more about the mastermind behind some of the world’s favorite musicians (Talking Heads, U2, and Coldplay) from Sean Albiez and David Pattie’s masterful portrait of the musical genius Brian Eno. Their in-depth exploration of Eno’s work as a musician, theoretician, collaborator, and producer will provide you with insight into how a brilliant musical mind operates. “As…

Video Vault 107: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, “Gone Gone Gone”

THIS WEEK’S ‘VIDEO VAULT’ IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY BLOOMSBURY INTERN KATE SCHNAKENBERG! Today is my last day as an intern at Bloomsbury so a farewell song seemed appropriate. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss are a duo made in folk/rock Heaven. Just think of everything they both bring to the table – great vocals, incredible musical ability, and – most importantly – tremendously wonderful hair. Enjoy this track from their 2007 album Raising Sand. And please, if nothing else, enjoy watching Robert Plant dance/walk on a bedazzled treadmill. It might just be…

LCD Soundsystem Week – Day 5: Video Vault: “Live Alone”

TO CELEBRATE THE RECENT RELEASE OF OUR 33 1/3 ON  LCD SOUNDSYSTEM’S SOUND OF SILVER, WE’RE PLEASED TO BRING YOU THE FIFTH AND FINAL INSTALLMENT OF LCD SOUNDSYSTEM WEEK BY AUTHOR RYAN LEAS! Late in 2011, LCD Soundsystem released one more piece of their long goodbye: a video for their cover of Franz Ferdinand’s “Live Alone.” If you weren’t paying attention, it might’ve slipped through the cracks, but it was an appropriate bit of post-elegy elegy, another little epilogue after the big Madison Square Garden finale earlier that year. James Murphy adopts a…

LCD Soundsystem Week – Day 4: The Ultimate LCD Soundsystem Driving Playlist

TO CELEBRATE THE RECENT RELEASE OF OUR 33 1/3 ON  LCD SOUNDSYSTEM’S SOUND OF SILVER, WE’RE PLEASED TO BRING YOU THE FOURTH INSTALLMENT OF LCD SOUNDSYSTEM WEEK BY AUTHOR RYAN LEAS! Last year, I wound up driving a band on tour. It was my first time on tour, and there were some revelations: much of tour is being pressed for time and seeing the country by way of desolate, endless highways in the middle of nowhere. You don’t happen to pass by many of the sights. And it isn’t uncommon to find yourself…

LCD Soundsystem Week – Day 3: A James Murphy Collaboration Wishlist (Pt. 2)

TO CELEBRATE THE RECENT RELEASE OF OUR 33 1/3 ON  LCD SOUNDSYSTEM’S SOUND OF SILVER, WE’RE PLEASED TO BRING YOU THE THIRD INSTALLMENT OF LCD SOUNDSYSTEM WEEK BY AUTHOR RYAN LEAS! Though he’s known as LCD Soundsystem’s solo mastermind, James Murphy has mingled with other artists, contemporaries and icons alike, via remixes or collaborations or just being friends. Yesterday, we offered a thought experiment: a wishlist featuring some artists we’d like to see Murphy collaborate with in a more sustained and substantial way. Today, we’re highlighting several more:  TV On The Radio Maybe because they…

LCD Soundsystem Week – Day 2: A James Murphy Collaboration Wishlist (Pt. 1)

TO CELEBRATE THE RECENT RELEASE OF OUR 33 1/3 ON  LCD SOUNDSYSTEM’S SOUND OF SILVER, WE’RE PLEASED TO BRING YOU THE SECOND INSTALLMENT OF LCD SOUNDSYSTEM WEEK BY AUTHOR RYAN LEAS! DJing, despite the communal experience it can fuel or the breadth of other artists the act touches through its curatorial nature, is a mostly solitary endeavor. One, maybe two, people at the helm of an experience, coasting above it, steering it. James Murphy as we know him had his start in this or that band, or in production work, but especially as…

LCD Soundsystem Week – Day 1: “Losing My Edge” Playlist

TO CELEBRATE THE RECENT RELEASE OF OUR 33 1/3 ON  LCD SOUNDSYSTEM’S SOUND OF SILVER, WE’RE PLEASED TO BRING YOU THE FIRST INSTALLMENT OF LCD SOUNDSYSTEM WEEK BY AUTHOR RYAN LEAS! For the first post for “LCD Soundsystem Week,” we’re taking it back to the beginning. LCD Soundsystem released “Losing My Edge” in 2002, three years before the full-length debut and five before Sound Of Silver. While there were more searching moves in the ensuing years between “Losing My Edge” and James Murphy’s other greatest statements, LCD’s first song was one of those…

Video Vault 106: Serge Gainsbourg, “Ballade de Melody Nelson”

THIS WEEK’S ‘VIDEO VAULT’ IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY BLOOMSBURY INTERN KATE SCHNAKENBERG! I love the 4th of July. It’s a beautiful day when everyone is in a celebratory mood and we can unapologetically embrace the American stereotype by drinking beer out of a can, eating hot dogs, flying an American flag, and listening to Lee Greenwood on loop. Because, well, America. But why not extend our celebration of revolution a few more days? Say, until July 14th? A quick trip to France lands us amidst another patriotic celebration – so don’t…

Bloomsbury’s latest books in music & sound studies

If you’re interested in music, you’ll be fascinated by Bloomsbury’s new titles that explore both the foundations of sound and the intrinsic qualities of genre. Expand your music knowledge with these new summer releases from Bloomsbury! MAY 2016 Global Punk: Resistance and Rebellion in Everyday Life Discover more about your favorite genre’s origins with Global Punk. Author Kevin Dunn investigates both the political and personal effects of this powerful genre by tracing the history and culture of DIY punk. “I’ve been waiting a long time for a book that tackled…

Video Vault 105: The Band, “Don’t Do It” (Live in NYC, 1971)

Hey friends, Here’s a clip of The Band playing “Don’t Do It” in a December 1971 performance at the Academy of Music (later known as the Palladium) in New York. Recordings from The Band’s series of shows at the Academy were later compiled into the 1972 live album Rock of Ages, though I don’t believe this version of “Don’t Do It” is the one featured on that album. Not a lot I need to say about it, except that I’m the worse off for never having gotten to see The Band play…