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.