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MBE at 30; Site Updates…

        

While doing my typical morning trawl through my favorite websites and RSS feeds earlier, I came across something I missed last week while I was in Montréal: a program celebrating the 30th anniversary of one of my favorite radio shows: Morning Becomes Eclectic. I’ve mentioned the program before, here and here, and the materials you can hear and see on the celebration program make a good argument for the show’s past and continuing relevance. On offer, for example, are the first-ever performance of “Subterranean Homesick Alien” by Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead (from 1995), a filmed excerpt of “Don’t Panic” by Coldplay (from 2000 when they were still interesting), and a 1994 interview excerpt in which George Martin describes recording the not-quite-harpsichord solo in the Beatles’ “In My Life.” Definitely worth a few minutes of your time.

In other news, you’ve doubtless noticed that the color scheme has changed. It may change again soon, depending on the response I get to this one. As I grow more adept with the tools I’m using to maintain this site, you can expect more creative and design-sensitive fare to come your way. Relatedly, as soon as I’ve finished the requisite reading and testing (for security’s sake), comments will be restored to the site.

Lastly, while I’ve been busy with travel, writing and preparation for the coming academic year, I do have a number of nearly complete postings for the Musings page sitting on my desktop. One revisits the issues raised in this post, while the others address recent films, concerts and recordings. Stay tuned. They’ll start appearing this weekend…

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