Nostalgia is a powerful tool in today’s music market, selling things back to their original markets in repackaged form, pulling in later adopters along the way. Into this fray of reformations and homages drops a new album from the doggedly evergreen Pet Shop Boys. It arrives on the back of a single, The Pop Kids, that trades hard on warm, fuzzy feelings for clublands of yore – the 90s to be precise – and a symposium on their work at Edinburgh University, which recently sought to endow The Pet Shops Boys’ three-decade marriage of art to pop with the kind of highbrow love afforded to the likes of Bowie. (Sample lecture: “Between revivalism and survivalism: the Pet Shop Boys’ New York City Boy, disco pastiche and the haunting of Aids”.)
In 2013, Mt. Fuji became a World Heritage Site. Japan's highest peak is riddled with great mysteries and the unknown. The key to unraveling these is a drop of water. Mt. Fuji has always been special to the Japanese. In our program, we'll look at the mystery surrounding it.
A samurai travels to Edo with his two servants. On their way, they meet many people and encounter great injustice.
Like no other electric blues guitarist of his generation, Albert Collins illuminated a stage with incandescent energy whenever he plugged his lethat Telecaster into an amp and let fly with his frigid, minor-key-laced licks. The Texas-born Collins, whose seminal early recorded output included the icy instrumentals "Defrost", "Sno-Cone", and his signature workout "Frosty", had a bone-cutting sound that was immediately identifiable as his alone.
Originally called Steps when it was formed in 1979 by vibraphonist Mike Mainieri, this group at various times has included tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker; keyboardists Don Grolnick, Eliane Elias, and Rachel Z; guitarist Mike Stern; bassists Eddie Gomez and Darryl Jones; and drummers Peter Erskine and Steve Smith, among others.