The Next Track, Episode #192 – The Same as It Ever Was

Following our discussion of CDs in episode #190, we continue our discussion about these plastic discs, mainly because Doug bought some new audio gear and is now CD-obsessed.

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The Next Track, Episode #191 – Exile on Monday

We begin an irregular series of key albums that stand out in the history of music. For our first foray into this type of discussion, we talk about The Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street.

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The Next Track, Episode #190 – Nostalgic about CDs

We wax nostalgic about CDs, those plastic (and partly metal) discs that changed the music industry starting in the mid-1980s, and whose popularity has waned since the rise of streaming.

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The Next Track, Episode #189 – Renaissance Men of Music

A reviewer suggested that we mentioned John Cage in this podcast as a “cheap marketing ploy.” That made use think about taste: highbrow, lowbrow, and unibrow. We reflect on whether we are really the “Renaissance men of music.”

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Robert Fripp’s Music for Quiet Moments Playlist

Each week, for the past few months, Robert Fripp has been releasing lovely ambient tracks from a series he calls Music for Quiet Moments. Today, he has just released a 13th track, Horizons.

I’ve been collecting these in an Apple Music playlist, and updating the playlist each week. Feel free to listen here, or add the playlist to your Apple Music library and enjoy this lovely music.

The Next Track, Episode #188 – Kathryn Williams on the Breath in Music

Kathryn Williams plays the flute, and, because of some health issues, has a unique approach to the breath. In addition to being a free diver, she has been commissioning pieces of music for one single breath. And she’s going to try to break the Guinness world record for the longest sustained note on a wind instrument.

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The Next Track, Episode #187 – Live Performances during Covid-19, and After

John Wyver’s company Illuminations produces films of live performances: theater, dance, opera, and music. He joins us to discuss the future of live performances in what he calls The After, that period when Covid-19 is just a memory. Will live performances be able to start again even if there isn’t a vaccine? How can social distancing allow live performances to return?

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The Next Track, Episode #186 – Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani

We meet harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, who is showing how the harpsichord is no longer an instrument just for “old” music. His latest recording features contemporary music for harpsichord and electronics.

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The Next Track, Episode #185 – Use Plex to Manage Your Media Library

Plex is a great way to manage your media library. Doug and Kirk discuss how they use it. Note: we recorded this episode before the lockdown began, but held off publishing it because we had a number of interviews with musicians in lockdown.

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Apple Music and Metadata: No Humans Involved

Update: Apple has corrected this, with a separate artist page for this Genesis. However, the genre is now listed as Christian & Gospel, at least when I view the album on the web. It is still Hip-Hop/Rap in the Music app.

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Looking at Apple Music For You this morning, I checked out the New Releases list. I was surprised to see that the latest release in my list was a new recording by Genesis, called No Grey Areas.

“Genesis has a new record,” I wondered? I thought I would have heard about that. I clicked on the album cover, and it said that it was in the Hip-Hop/Rap genre. So I clicked on Genesis to see if there was another artist named Genesis, you know, other than the Peter Gabriel / Phil Collins band, and here’s what I saw:

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Oh, so it is the same Genesis? I started playing it…

Nope, it’s a rapper with the same name, and no one at Apple Music could be bothered to make sure that it shows up correctly.