More on Satie's Le Fils des Étoiles

In my piece on Joséphin Péladan and the Salons de la Rose + Croix, I devote some space to Erik Satie's astonishing score for Péladan's mystical drama Le Fils des Étoiles, which was produced in conjunction with the first Salon in 1892. I first discovered the work as a teen-ager; I had bought a copy of the Dover compendium of Satie piano music, and became fascinated with what was described inscrutably as a "Wagnérie Kaldéenne de Sâr Péladan." I used to play the opening six-note chords at ear-spli...
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Barack Obama's Latest Vacation Destination Is Actually A Homecoming

Being President of the United States isn’t necessarily an easy job. After a presidential term is completed, many former Presidents look forward to taking some time off.When Former President Barack Obama left the White House after his second term, went on a vacation spree for the ages. His travels have taken him to Italy and Necker Island, but now Obama finds himself living it up in Indonesia, according to Condé Nast Traveler, and we’re overflowing with jealousy.According to the Associated Press...
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SeaWorld Faces A Subpoena After Claiming Blackfish Tanked The Company's Value

SeaWorld received a subpoena as a part of a federal probe from regulators investigating statements made by executives which include comments about the Blackfish documentary and the confinement of orcas.The 53-year-old, marine theme park faced significant backlash after the eye-opening documentary Blackfish investigated the effect of captivity on killer whales and other animals. Now, SeaWorld is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission. Accordin...
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This Iconic Champagne Brand Just Introduced A Rosé That Is A Game Changer

When it comes to boozy summers, it’s all about pulling out your favorite tried and true rosé or finding the ultimate crisp cocktail. When it comes to cocktails, we want new flavors and refreshing ways to blend yummy seasonal ingredients with our beverage of choice. Rarely do a rosé and a cocktail collide. Until now.The ever iconic French Champagne house, Veuve Clicquot, has unleashed two new bubblies for the summer. According to InStyle, Veuve has added two new blends that turn summer cocktail ...
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Oh what a night... of music at Day 2 of the XRIJF

Started out the second day of the Rochester International Jazz Festival at my first Kilbourn Hall concert this year and one of my 2017 Picks, the Billy Childs Quartet. Childs and his stellar quartet of Dayna Stephens on saxophone, Ben Williams on bass and Ari Hoenig on drums. Childs started the set with a burner and barely came up for breath for the rest of the set.  Playing older and some from his new Mack Avenue disc Rebirth. It was one of those performances where at the end, the entire audien...
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This $10 Wine Is Ranked As One Of The Best In The World

Calling all wine lovers: Lidl, a European grocery store (with a few U.S. locations in the Carolinas and Virginia) won an award for their house Crémant de Bourgogne Blanc NV. This 8£/$10 Crémant is ranked one of the best in the world, winning the International Wine & Spirits Competition's Silver Outstanding award.This distinction puts up in the same category as 40 other excellent bubbly wines that cost so much more, including some brand names like Veuve Clicquot. It's possible that the Queen, wh...
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A Light Show on The Empire State Building Gets Synced to the Dead’s Live Performance of “Touch of Grey” (6/24/2017)

Some of my favorite things come together... Last night, Dead & Company played a huge show at Citi Field in New York City. And when they performed "Touch of Grey" during their encore, a light show on the Empire State Building got underway, completely synchronized with the song. According to Jam Band, the lights were "controlled by veteran lighting designer Marc Brickman, who has worked on tour with Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Hans Zimmer and many more." Enjoy the visual display above. And...
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Watch Broken Social Scene Play New Song “Stay Happy” On KCRW

Next month, Broken Social Scene are returning with Hug Of Thunder, their first new album in seven years. They've already shared a few tracks from it, including "Skyline, "Halfway Home," and the title track, and the other day, the Canadian indie rock collective stopped by KCRW to perform a live session … More »
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Suhr Guitar Talk :: RE: Modern T / T24 question

Author: Suhr Subject: Re: Modern T / T24 question Posted: Sun Jun 25, 2017 10:23 am (GMT -7) Topic Replies: 1 mickeyT wrote: Does the Modern T (24 fret T) is available with set neck ? Thanks No not at this time. Thanks
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The Hotel Shampoo That Gave Me The Best Hair Of My Life

Hotel bathrooms are rarely stocked with impressive beauty amenities. There are exceptions, of course — money plus good fortune can equal Le Labo or Aesop — but by and large, the cotton swabs are flimsy, the lotions are watery, and the shampoos leave your hair feeling like straw.Still, I figure it's easier to deal with subpar soap for a few days than to transform myself into someone who has the foresight to pack the travel-sized toiletries of my choosing.This to say, I went on a recent trip to C...
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Watch The Shaggs Play Their First Show In 18 Years At Solid Sound

The Shaggs, the outsider sister act that released a lone album of atonal, off-kilter proto-punk before disbanding in 1975, performed for the first time in nearly 18 years today. Drummer Helen Wiggins passed away in 2006, but sisters Dot, Betty, and Rachel reunited at Wilco's Solid Sound Festival in North Adams, MA to play … More »
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Watch Haim Perform “Want You Back” On Graham Norton

Haim joined Judi Dench, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, and Jamie Foxx on The Graham Norton Show's famed (and full) red couch last night. The sisters, referred to as "one of the coolest rock bands on the planet" by Norton, also served as the episode's musical guests, performing "Want You Back," the official lead single … More »
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You Need To See Chance The Rapper Telling Leslie Jones He Loves Her

Family reunion is obviously the theme of this year’s BET Awards. From the red carpet questions about spades and dominoes to Leslie Jones’ candid dialogue about getting old and having bad knees, the award ceremony that honors Black entertainment is all about loving and supporting one another through the good and the bad in 2017. So far, it’s all been pretty good and we’ve already seen some of the cuddly feels in action.One of those moments happened between Jones, who is hosting tonight’s awards ...
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Dripping from the Cross: A Sunday Hymn

I haven’t posted a Sunday Hymn in quite some time, but after spending the last few days at our annual singing school in Jasper, AL, they’re on my mind. My kids love “Dripping from the Cross,” a hymn by L.B. Leister (1885-1968), and our 17-year-old daughter has led it in congregational singing more than once at singing school. For me, the imagery is blunt, the words raw. I have trouble singing this one without tears. I got a grammar lesson while typing it. I recently discussed the use of ’til, ...
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ListenUp: Vale Prodigy of Mobb Deep, a soulful tune from SG Lewis, new music by Fischerspooner and more in our musical round-up

Mobb Deep: Give Up The Goods Prodigy, one half of the legendary hip hop duo Mobb Deep, passed away this week at just 42 years old. Known for their brooding, sometimes eerie sound, Mobb Deep is widely considered one of New York's most influential hardcore...... Continue Reading...
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Deerhoof Warn Artists About Working With Daytrotter

Deerhoof have taken to Twitter to warn artists about working with Daytrotter, sharing their decidedly less-than-positive experiences with the site after recording a session with them several years ago. "Daytrotter's been around for many years and done many great sessions, and the vast majority of musicians have no doubt had a good experience working with … More »
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How Long Do These Drugstore Gel Nail Polishes Actually Last?

We've all heard the lofty beauty product claims: foundations that last 18 hours, serums that contain wrinkle-erasing magic crystals, and, of course, nail polish that looks and lasts like gel, but doesn't require a UV lamp or the damaging removal process. And we're always a little skeptical — because if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.But in the past few years, affordable nail brands have doubled-down on the idea of long-wear, non-chip polish and seriously upped the ante in terms of...
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Why This Actress Is In A Twitter War With Her Own TV Show

It’s 2017, and yet women are still fighting for equality. Data suggests it will take until 2152 to close the gender wage gap, but it shouldn’t take a century to get what we want. We want more , and Refinery29 is here to help — because 135 years is too long to wait for what we deserve today.Representation is an important topic, especially for media. Fans and consumers of media are starting to hold the shows, movies, and networks they love to higher standards. That includes bringing diversity on...
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The Best Natural & Protective Styles At The 2017 BET Awards

Aside from the funny tweets and meme-able moments, the BET Awards are sure to give you some lewks. This is one of the only televised ceremonies where you're able to candidly talk about your love of chitlins, the art of spades, and the best way to lay your edges down comfortably. The Black girl magic overfloweth. And, because Los Angeles is hot AF, you're not going to see your typical set of waist-length extensions, or a neat little blowout.While those looks are still classic (Cardi B slayed wit...
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Lucy Hale Lists Her Celebrity Doppelgängers & She's So Spot On

With her incredible eyebrows and oh-so-chic bob, many people wish they could look like Lucy Hale. So, when she told W Magazine that she has four celebrity doppelgängers, we couldn't help but get a little jealous.But once she revealed who the Hollywood babes are, our feelings went from envy to amazement that we've never noticed it before.According to Hale, she's "a mixture of Selena Gomez, Sarah Hyland, Mila Kunis, and Maisie Williams," though, if we could make one other comparison, we'd say she...
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This Actress Is In A Twitter War With Her Own TV Show

It’s 2017, and yet women are still fighting for equality. Data suggests it will take until 2152 to close the gender wage gap, but it shouldn’t take a century to get what we want. We want more , and Refinery29 is here to help — because 135 years is too long to wait for what we deserve today.Representation is an important topic, especially for media. Fans and consumers of media are starting to hold the shows, movies, and networks they love to higher standards. That includes bringing diversity on...
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Colette Is Getting Into The Birkenstock Business

Summer is in full swing, and you know what that means: It's time to break out your trusty pair of Birkenstocks. Making their triumphant comeback to our closets in 2013, the German shoe brand became a street style favorite as it made appearances on the feet of many a stylish celebrity the likes of Vanessa Hudgens and Mandy Moore. Now a summertime staple, our trusty Birks have kept their place in our hearts and closets ever since. Though they have a number of styles, most of us will recognize the...
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Forget OINTB, The Real Alex Sets The Record Straight On Her Relationship With Piper

Since Orange is the New Black debuted on Netflix in 2013 — and Piper Kerman's book on which the series is based on was published in 2010 — audiences have only gotten one side of the story regarding the relationship between Piper Chapman and Alex Vause. Now, for the first time, the real-life Alex is speaking out about what she says really happened.In an interview with Vanity Fair, Catherine Cleary Wolters opened up about her relationship with Kerman. Despite what the Netflix series would have us...
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This Week In Music Commentary

Music commentators this week weighed in on the high cost of Spotify's significant growth, whether it may be time for an audit of Tunecore, plus an interview with A2IM CEO Richard Burgess. Since Tunecore May Be Getting Sold, Is It Time For An Audit? [Chris Castle] Spotify's Growth Comes At A High Cost [Mark Mulligan] An Interview With A2IM CEO Richard Burgess: Challenges and Opportunities For Independent M usic Related articles Rich Bengloff Steps Down As Presid...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Justin Bieber, Bob Seger, Music Business, Music Tech, Owen Davie, Sturgill Simpson, Mark Mulligan, Chris Castle, TuneCore, Richard Burgess, Rich Bengloff

Triplets Of Famous Canadian Capybaras Named After Rush

Toronto rock trio Rush has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide, been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. But you know you’ve really made it when three capybaras are named after you. More »
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The Era Of Super Festivals May Be Ending, With Niche Music Events Springing (Back) Up

The super-festival arena may be oversaturated now, considering the collapse of two recent supposed new fests. One promoter says: "We want to under-promise and over-deliver. I don't feel like any promoter today should ever feel like 'I've got this.'"
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The Apprehension Engine: custom musical instrument generates natural nightmare noises

The Apprehension Engine is a custom-made musical instrument designed to produce the scary, tension-building noises associated with horror movies, but without the all-too-obvious digital chopping and synthesizing invariably involved. The result is something organic and seamlessly natural—something that goes beyond fear and fright to nail you to some deep Jungian place so completely you become a part of it. And she says I'm hard to shop for! Christopher Bickel at Dangerous Minds: “The Appre...
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I'm Actually Excited To See What Cardi B Wears To The BET Awards

Although hearing “Now you wanna buy me diamonds and Armani suits, Adrienne Vittadini and Chanel 9 boots ” (hi, Lil' Kim) and “dripped in Gabbana, nineties style, the finest style ” (shout-out, Foxy Brown) was commonplace in the ‘90s, it's been a while since we've had a woman who raps about (and enthusiastically embraces) high-fashion. Okay. I know you're probably thinking, What about Nicki Minaj? And yes, Onika has her own list of style credentials. But, I'm talking about someone who has an eye...
Tags: Fashion, Music, New York, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Kim, Chanel, Bet, Cardi, Kimberly Jones, Gabbana, Armani, Bryan Bedder Getty, Onika, Monica Schipper Getty, Foxy Brown

Orphan Black Episode 3 Recap: "Beneath Her Heart"

Tonight's episode is very much Alison' story, and it begins with a blast from the past: Aynsley Norris. Before Alison watched her former best friend get her scarf caught in a garbage disposal and die in season 1, things were actually pretty chummy. So chummy, in fact, that Aynsley, Alison, Donnie, and Aynsley's husband Chad once decided to do shrooms together after a dinner party. The episode begins with this flashback in which Alison struggles to cope with the drugs, incessant calls from Beth ...
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New Court Documents Corroborate Amber Heard's Claims That Johnny Depp Abused Her

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's divorce may be final, but details of their abusive relationship are still trickling out, this time thanks to Depp's messy falling out with his former managers. In new court documents obtained by People, one of Depp's former managers is alleging that Depp physically abused Heard and that he tried to cover it up.In the documents, which were filed in May and obtained by People, Depp's former representitives at The Management Group allege, “[Joel Mandel, one of the man...
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