iPod, therefore I am

MetaFilter offers a list of links to 50 different music sites, all with free downloads. Something for every taste — really. While we’re on the subject of music, try these free downloads of the complete organ music of Johann Sebastian Bach. And while I was never one to swoon over Frank Sinatra, this interview has me thinking I should give the guy’s music another try.

If you’re going to listen to a breakdown of why Ireland’s economy went down the plumbing, make sure it’s from somebody with a Scots accent. “People want to say: look at those profligate governments, spending all that money. We’ve got to restore fiscal sanity. But it wasn’t fiscal insanity that got us here. It was private-sector leverage and the insanity of banking that brought us to this point. So the bankers put it on the state, and the state turned around it put it on the taxpayer. It’s the biggest bait-and-switch in human history.”

It’s too bad that Guillermo Del Toro had to bag out on directing The Hobbit, but he can console himself with the knowledge that now Peter Jackson is stuck with the job of getting into pissing matches with actors unions and casting agents. And the rest of us can console ourselves with the knowledge that it left him time to start a really engrossing and interesting variation on a subject that seemed milked to death.

3 thoughts on “iPod, therefore I am

  1. geoff says:

    I loathed Sinatra when I was a teen. I hated that overblown bull-horn baritone and found it monotonous. I disliked the schmaltzy crooner stuff of his younger days.

    And then one night I was driving late into Philly from B’more on 76 from the east. I was perhaps 22 or 23 at the time. Center City and those tall gleaming towers were lit against a pitch-black sky and Temple U radio was playing Songs for Swinging Lovers–and something just clicked. I thought it was magical and delicious and too good to be true. I finally understood why Miles Davis credited Sinatra’s phrasing for teaching him how to solo. And those Nelson Riddle arrangements? Just awesome.

    I fell into a decade-long love affair with ten or so of his records. I still occasionally pull out some faves, including “In the Wee Small Hours,” which used to be too ballady for my taste, but which I now regard as the greatest insomniac record ever.

  2. Steven Hart says:

    “Songs for Swinging Lovers” is still the only Sinatra disc I like — I’ve even given it as a stocking stuffer for young just-marrieds. (It’s like “American Beauty,” which is all the Grateful Dead I can tolerate.) Part of the problem is that I grew up during the twilight of the TV variety shows, when it was mandatory to have some Sinatra wannabe do a “saloon ballad” with his jacket slung over his shoulder. There’s also that Gay Talese article, “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold,” with a cameo by a young, completely un-intimidated Harlan Ellison. But I’m ready to give the old bawler another shot.

  3. geoff says:

    I’m with you on the Dead, tho there are a couple tracks on “Europe ’72” I can groove to.

    I feel you on the variety shows. I cut my teeth on the worst of that dreck in the early ’70s–Sonny and Cher, Orlando and Don, the Osmonds. The best of the bunch was Hee Haw. That says a lot.

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