Destination: OUT

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Reading this interesting series of articles about Kip Hanrahan in Perfect Sound Forever, they recommended the site Destination: OUT for further readings about jazz. I too, will recommend the site, if nothing else it has a large collection of well organized links! What’s not to like there? 🙂

And here’s a video with Kip Hanrahan & Lizz Wright:

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It’s festival time again!

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It’s summer and it’s festival time again. This year there’s a couple of new festivals, that looks interesting.

There’s the Fanø Free Folk Festival, which has planned to have among others Islaja, Pantaleimon and Sarah Hepburn performing in the weekend of July 23rd to 25th.

In September there’s the Festival of Endless Gratitude (September 8th to 12th), which will have James Blackshaw, Franklin’s Mint and Matt Valentine (as MV & EE with the Golden Road) and more than 20 other bands performing.

Then there’s a couple of more known and famous festivals:

In a more electronic direction there is the Strøm festival in August (16th to 22nd). LCD, Jonsì and Thomas Fehlmann will be playing at concerts with an entrance fee. For the free concerts Gonja Sufi and Nosaj Thing, Four Tet, To Rococo Rot and Pantha Du Prince will be coming!

AND there is as always the Copenhagen Jazz Festival! this year with 2 concerts with Ibrahim Electric! YEAH!!!! The first concert is the 3rd of July in Husets Cafe in Huset i Magstræde and the second concert is the 9th of July in Bremen (Nyropsgade 39-41).

Healthy eating

I just read this article in Politiken about the latest research in healthy eating and the conclusion is that vegetables and fruit doesn’t protect you against cancer. Now, I find that immensely sad that you can’t protect yourself by eating healthy… but also relieved because I don’t eat much fruit or vegetables…

And recently there was this little gem in Ingeniøren about eating animal fat.  The traditional danish advice about eating lots of bread and other grain products, vegetables, and less of animal produce ie milk, eggs and meat, is shown in this research to be wrong and unhealthy. Again, I like meat thus I eat meat – I am a farmers daughter after all 🙂 And ain’t is nice to suddenly have science tell you that you live healthy 😉

This blog writes about a different way of looking at diets and what is good eating. It is sometimes referred to as LCHF, Low Carb/High Fat and here is an example of a LCHF grocery list.

It is all interesting reading. Happy eating 🙂

Electric Cafe – state of my blogging

The content

I’ve been blogging at Electric Cafe since december 2008, writing discographies and biographies of 158 musicians, so far. Yeah, 158 posts in little more than a year. And I have more than 1000 more to publish!

These 158 posts have 3626 tags and 364 categories!

Am I crazy using so many tags? No, wait! I use the tags to point to the musicians, their bands – names, that’s what I tag. Thus I have 3626 names mentioned in my blog – searchable!

The categories are a little more crazy. Top level are Media (music carriages = cd, lp, etc) Countries, Genres and Labels (record labels). So you, dear reader, can access all posts written about musicians from New Zealand by choosing that country category. Or if you want to se who has issued records by the Conspiracy label, choose that category.

The blog platform – technicalities

I use WordPress, no surprises there. I use the version that can be installed at my own domain.

I knew nada about WordPress when I started. Had tried Blogger previous, but wasn’t happy about it. Plus I wanted to have my own domain. Therefore my cousin recommended trying WordPress. I haven’t regretted or looked back since!

I have tried several themes, not particularly happy with the total outcome – but I gained some technical know how in the process… Right now I use Kirby with some of my own modifications. At some point (maybe the coming Easter holiday…) I will try a new theme, probably a child theme from Thematic, as I like what Thematic can provide in the way of usability.

What more? – ah! the readers

I don’t have many regular readers – and I never imagined I would as I don’t write reviews, interviews or anything personal in the blog – I present facts about recordings and that is perhaps a bit geek-ish…

But lately I have started to link to You tube videos and sound clips – and that brings more fun to the blog!

Danish copyright laws are very strict, so I can’t publish sound clips directly from the blog – even making a podcast would be very expensive and beyond my means, because the blog earns nothing. I can’t even post pictures of the covers at the blog because of copy rights (copy wrongs…).

The blog earns nothing because there is hardly any traffic. Why then ‘pollute’ the blog with ads when there are no readers?

Well, I might change that view…

What I did do: I created an account at Amazon, so that I am able to show the covers that way. But it takes time searching for the records at Amazon. Sometimes a search ends up with more than 1000 hits. (When I wrote about the Japanese band, Boris, I found more than 1500 hits at Amazon.) Nobody wants to browse that many hits… therefore I only link to Amazon. I don’t want to browse iTunes too… and besides – these weird bands that I write about rarely are availably in iTunes…

RA: Resident Advisor

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RA: Resident Advisor is an english music ‘zine with focus on the bass-centric music. Grime, dubstep, drum ‘n bass etc etc. Dance & electronic music.

It has a very fine podcast – interesting reviews and features / interviews. Theres a guide to clubs around the world with upcoming events i your area.

I especially like their DJ pages – and did I say they have a podcast?

The Torture Garden

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The Torture Garden is a Mp3-blog filled with suggestions for good music – made to fight off bad music!

The site has interviews, concert reviews and general observations regarding music from musicians such as Arcade Fire, TV  On the Radio, Adem and all in between! The Torture Garden links to great sound-taste-bites, so that one can actually hear what it’s all about.

You can find The Torture Garden here.

 

A List Apart

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I write another blog – Electric Cafe – and that is fun because I get to tinker with the design of the site, the functionality of the site and of course the content… One of my concerns has been how to get a decent print version of the blog – and this article in the e’zine A List Apart got me started in the right direction.

A List Apart has many good articles about design, layout, use of fonts etc etc – relating to the internet and electronic publishing.