Stephenson, PTMC—Postulates

William Stephenson The Play Theory of Mass Communication (1987 edition) (orig. 1967) 1. Play is distinguishable from work. Play is disinterested, self-sufficient, an interlude from work. It brings no material gain. (Prizes are for show; amateurs play for fun, professionals for money.) Work is not disinterested, is not an interlude in the day for most people. It produces goods, services or ideas, etc., by application of effort for a purpose. 2. Much work and play is subject to social control, an...
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St. Vincent Brings New York To Atlanta At Shaky Knees

Since her 2014 self-titled, every new St. Vincent album has come with the introduction of a new persona — the silver-haired “near-future cult leader” of St. Vincent, the leather-clad “dominatrix at the mental institution” of MASSEDUCTION, the sleazy-yet-glamorous blonde-wigged scenester of Daddy’s Home — and with each new persona has come a new live show. To many fans and critics, her recent album Daddy’s Home was a bit of a misfire, a too-mannered facsimile of the spontaneity of classic funk an...
Tags: Music, New York, Atlanta, St. Vincent, Concert Review, Annie Clark, Shaky Knees, Vincent Brings New York

Dave Grohl Rocks Out, Playing Drums Along to the Original Recording of “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

At an event celebrating the release of his new memoir, The Storyteller, Dave Grohl paid a visit to the Ford Theatre in Los Angeles and revisited his Nirvana days, playing drums to the original track of “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” It’s a little a remembrance of days long past. Enjoy…. Would you like to support the mission of Open Culture? Please consider making a donation to our site. It’s hard to rely 100% on ads, and your contributions will help us continue providing the best free cultu...
Tags: Facebook, Music, College, Los Angeles, Dave Grohl, Kurt Cobain, Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, First Foo Fighters Demo Recordings

Watch Coldplay Cover Pearl Jam’s “Nothingman” In Seattle

Coldplay’s Chris Martin sang Pearl Jam’s “Nothingman” with Eddie Vedder at the Global Citizen Festival in 2016. And last night, when Coldplay played the grand opening of Seattle’s new Climate Pledge Arena in a sold-out show livestreamed by Amazon, they took the opportunity to perform “Nothingman” again.
Tags: Amazon, Music, News, Chris Martin, Coldplay, Seattle, Pearl Jam, Jam, Eddie Vedder, Climate Pledge Arena

Watch Parquet Courts Play Sympathy For Life Songs Live For The First Time

Yesterday Parquet Courts put out their great new album Sympathy For Life, which we called the biggest creative leap of their career. They celebrated the new LP’s release with a hometown show at the Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. And although they debuted several songs from the album in Jersey City back in August, there were still plenty of new ones on the setlist for the first time at MHOW. Footage of several of those debuts — including the title track, “Marathon Of Anger,” “Trullo,” “Z...
Tags: Music, News, Brooklyn, Parquet Courts, First Time, Williamsburg, Jersey City, Pulcinella

Watch Lana Del Rey Perform “Arcadia” On Colbert

Lana Del Rey just released her new album Blue Banisters yesterday. And to celebrate the release, she went on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to perform album single “Arcadia,” crooning directly into the camera accompanied only by a piano. Watch and listen below.
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Watch Bon Iver Play “PDLIF” Live For The First Time

Last year Bon Iver released a single called “PDLIF,” which stands for “Please Don’t Live In Fear.” It was billed as the first “episode” of “Bon Iver Season Five,” and it was extremely good — so good that I put it on this list of Bon Iver’s 10 best songs.
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Watch Matty Healy Debut New 1975 Song “New York” In Surprise Opening Set For Phoebe Bridgers

Phoebe Bridgers was supposed to go on tour opening for the 1975 in summer 2020. Unfortunately, the universe had… other plans for that year. But now that live music has resumed, Bridgers’ cheekily titled Reunion Tour is back on. And at the second of her two shows at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles last night, the surprise opener was none other than the 1975 frontman Matty Healy himself.
Tags: Music, New York, News, Los Angeles, Phoebe Bridgers, The 1975, Matty Healy, Bridgers

20 years of the iPod: how it shuffled music and tech forever

In October 2001, the music industry was riven by piracy and had no idea how to solve it. Enter Steve Jobs, whose new device created a digital music market – and made Apple into a titanIn 2001, the record business was in freefall due to digital piracy, and the best way out of this accelerating crisis came in the shape of a white device the size of a deck of cards. The iPod, launched 20 years ago this week, was also how Apple’s Steve Jobs was able to prey on a failing business in order to avenge h...
Tags: Apple, Business, Music, Technology, Steve Jobs, Music Industry, Ipod, Culture, Computing, IFPI, Jay Berman

Springsteen and Obama on friendship and fathers: ‘You have to turn your ghosts into ancestors’

Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen discuss their dads, their unlikely friendship, and second careers – as podcast hosts President Barack ObamaGood conversations don’t follow a script. Like a good song, they’re full of surprises, improvisations, detours. They may be grounded in a specific time and place, reflecting your state of mind and the current state of the world. But the best conversations also have a timeless quality, taking you back into the realm of memory, propelling you forward toward ...
Tags: Family, Music, Usa, Bruce Springsteen, Podcasts, Obama, White House, Women, Barack Obama, Life and style, US news, Culture, US politics, Men, Springsteen, Bruce

Stephenson, PTMC—Work and Play and Work

William Stephenson The Play Theory of Mass Communication (1987 edition) (orig. 1967) The child at play, Freud writes, is like a poet; both "rearrange things" in their worlds "to suit them better." Both child and poet distinguish between the real world of painful emotions, frustrations, hurts, and obduracies, and the play world, where these real-world fears and hurts are transmuted into humor, pleasure, and delightful wish-fulfillment. Play is escape from what goes on painfully in the real world...
Tags: Work, Media, Play, Culture, Jazz, Pope, Tsa, Freud, Marx, Stephenson, Debussy, William Stephenson, Stefan Kac, Alexander Pope, Interpretation, Huizenga

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