Weekly media report

Jul. 26th, 2017 04:19 pm
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Books:
- Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout, by Lauren Redniss. Really fascinating art piece sort of about Marie and Pierre but also about the terrible things we do with radioactive materials. Loved the fact that the book glowed in the dark.
- Life's Work: A Moral Argument for Choice, by Willie Parker. Memoir by a black born-again Christian who performs abortions in Mississippi and Alabama. Pretty amazing.
- The Furthest Station, by Ben Aaronovitch. Enjoyable novella in the Rivers of London series. I liked the additional fleshing out of the history and mechanics and the mystery in this one was interesting--and I'm pretty sure it's laying groundwork.

Movies/TV:
- Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. The plot was slow and mostly designed to allow us to watch cool visuals, which was fine. Valerian and Laureline's romance was zero chemistry and full of gross sexism, and the Rihanna stuff was seriously gross "magical Negro" stuff to boot. Having said that, I want to raid the setting for ideas and I did like the caper parts.

Music:
- Mandolin Orchestra Mauro e Claudio Terroni, Bach and Vivaldi for Mandolin. After having heard star players do the mando versions of these tunes, it's interesting to hear it in the Italian classical tradition.
- Marnie, Strange Words and Weird Wars. Bought this on one of the pledging services a while ago. This is okay but if it were dude music, I'd be disappointed. I don't think I'll pledge her next album.
- Nicole Atkins, Goodnight Rhonda Lee. Also someone's next album I bought on a pledge. The music, again, is less to my taste than previous outings but unlike Marnie, Nicole Atkins' voice really has grown on me and I know I'll like it better on second listen.
- Renaud Capuçon, Glass: Violin Concerto No. 1 - Bernstein: Serenade after Plato’s Symposium. Putting my toe into the orchestral stuff here with one thing I knew I'd like and another I was interested in trying. I can hear why they were paired together. I like the Glass better but I'm glad I investigate the Bernstein.

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Jul. 20th, 2017 05:04 pm
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(Yeah, if you know the reference, you know this is not a new discussion.)

This is something I posted on Facebook about the new Doctor Who and I feel like it's still a good summary of where I stand. )

Weekly media report

Jul. 19th, 2017 10:37 am
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Very light media week because we were out of town and then had houseguests!

Books:
- none

Movies/TV:
- Class, Episode 5. I forgot a bit about where we were last time but oh, yes, and that, and I really like this show. And I'm bummed that it doesn't look like it's going to get a second season.
- Orphan Black Season 5, Episode 6. We're now rapidly careening toward the series finale with twists galore (some of them foreseeable, others less so) and the heart of darkness finally starting to blow up. I'm going to miss this show when it's gone.

Music:
- none
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Tears for Fears and Hall & Oates at AT&T Center, San Antonio. July 13. 2017.

There was a third opening act but doors were at 6:30 and we got there at 7:15. Tears for Fears started at 7:17.

Tears for Fears were on fire. I didn't think I knew their oeuvre as well as it turns out I do, including songs I probably hadn't heard in 25+ years and could sing from memory. Their voices were strong, their instrumentation and playing were excellent, and while it doesn't look like they're putting out new material, I'd buy it if they were. Plus they win the prize for most on the nose cover with Creep.

Hall and Oates weren't bad, but it was hard to live up to what Tears for Fears was doing. They didn't really get into the music hard until the encore (which was basically a long second set). And Daryl Hall is almost 70 if not more than, so his upper register is shot and the rearrangement of the songs is a bit disorienting. Especially when the audience is singing along to the radio version.

I'm glad we saw Hall and Oates but Tears for Fears was the clear winner here.

Animated Shorts, Tosca Quartet, Austin Chamber Music Festival at the North Door. July 14. 2017.

We've been to the North Door for shows before and this was clearly the worst configuration for it. The seats were too close together, the AC wasn't working properly to the point where Michael had to leave, and the door was around the back because of construction on Fifth. The music was lovely, including the bandoreon player who gave a great intro to his instrument, and the shorts were nice enough, but we'd seen most of them because more than half were from Fantasia and Fantasia 2000.

I'd like to see another program like this in a better venue with a better selection of animation. The idea was sound, but not the execution. At least the company was good.

101 in 1001 report

Jul. 15th, 2017 10:57 am
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I went to see the Tosca Quartet and I remembered that we had seen Mother Falcon which marked off another item. So I continue to be ahead.

List under the cut. )

I'm working through a lot of minor items that are winding down, and the exercise and house items plus food trucks are the big remaining things. And financial stuff. My next big gaming thing is I need to work on HOC experience.

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