Two Jazz Links and my new favourite Blog

Two articles caught my attention the other day and I quickly found myself reading, bookmarking post after post, watching videos on what probably already has become my new favourite blog.

At the moment I already have the feeling I link almost daily over to Jazz Wax, but he posted a Jackie McLean documentary which I’m eager to watch.

And the next one is huge.

The year is young, but as I read on Kottke.org about the The 1959 Project I was almost sure to have found the contender for my favourite new blog for this year already.

The premise of the blog is an attempt to chronologically puzzle together the year of 1959 with it’s events and releases in Jazz history and to give some more information about them. Think liner-notes, photography (I mean seriously: check out these from a Charles Mingus gig), excerpts from newspapers… Simply fantastic.

We might not have been there, but we can put a record on, close our eyes, and imagine.

Natalie Weiner in the About-Section

Fantastic! I’ll recommend to head over there and check it out. I have the feeling that there is a lot of great stuff coming up there. And thanks to Kottke.org for sharing.

A Chet Baker recording and a Blog

In the afternoon I played with the kids and listened to the Chet Baker Sextett (recorded in 1954), feat Bob Brookmeyer and Bud Shank, which I “found” in my Spotify library. A beautiful recording and just the right music for the last day of vacation, or for any day as a matter of fact.

I had to do some further research to get some more information on the recording (anyone remember: liner notes?) and ran into this post on the London Jazz Collector finding just that. Brilliant find!

I will have to browse around on that blog a bit more.

‘In his house at R’lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming’

I enjoyed reading Neil Gaiman’s short story “I, Cthulhu, or, What’s A Tentacle-Faced Thing Like Me Doing In A Sunken City Like This (Latitude 47° 9’ S, Longitude 126° 43’ W)?” on Tor.com the other day. The author of the post writes that it has become somewhat of a christmas tradition in their offices. I can imagine this to be nice even though, or especially because, this story is not really christmas-y.

What could have been even nicer, but I missed out on the opportunity, reading the story and putting on this year’s Doctor Who Yul Log at the same time. Maybe I will do that next year.

Thursday Linkage

During the last few days (if not week) I ran into a bunch of interesting stuff which I didn’t link to yet. As per usual, here they are:

The other Open Culture had a nice post on The Story of The Pogues ‘Fairytale of New York’. I used to listen to The Pogues back in the days, and totally forgot about them. Suffice to say, the tune was not familiar to me, but I’m glad I did read the post. It’s a great tune and certainly an improvement over most Christmas tunes.

Talking about christmas music: Here’s a Spotify playlist with Heavy Metal versions of finnish traditional Christmas tunes

One Foot Tsunami had a link to puzzle montage art by artist Tim Klein which is just crazy.  (also via Colossal)

On Kottke.org you’ll find the beautiful video “Greenland, Land of (Un)ending Ice“, by Stefan Forster

Also fun: Sixteenth-Century Flemish Superheroes.

The ‘Pori’-chord symbol font for Sibelius

For the longest time I have been working on getting my lead-sheet style in the editor of my choice just right, the one thing that I always found the point of failure were the look of the chord-symbols. I really like the style of the “The New Real Book” but neither Finale, Musescore or Sibelius came close.  Alas, this seems to have changed now.

As announced in the post Introducing the Norfolk and Pori chord symbol fonts for Sibelius on Scoring Notes the people behind NYC Music Services have ported Dorico’s Petaluma font (no, I’m not going to try Dorico as well, although I’m tempted) to Sibelius and judging by the screenshots it looks just like what I’m looking for. 

The one thing I’m wondering is how this font does blend with the other “handwritten” fonts in Sibelius, but I guess I will figure that out once I have given it a thorough try. 

The Pori font (amongst others) is available on the NYC Music Services site

Things I failed to share earlier

Over the last few days (if not weeks, not sure anymore) I bookmarked quite a few posts with the intention to link to them once I have the time. Having some down time here in a hotel room in in the Saariselkä that time has finally has come.

Open Culture posted an article about the “Making of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody“. I haven’t come around to watch it yet, but sure will soon. 

Also on Open Culture a piece with some further interesting links about the cover art of Blue Note records. I always enjoyed the beauty and simplicity of the iconic Blue Note covers and this article gives some nice insights. Be sure to follow the links in the article as well.

On the topic of Jazz. Marc Myers has a link to a newly released live-recording of Woody Shaw. Which is doubly interesting since it was made in my hometown in the year of 1983. And no, I haven’t been there.  

Kottke.org had a piece on Studying Humpback Whales to Better Communicate with Aliens. This is rather interesting after having watched Arrival a few weeks ago.

Micro.blog adds Mastodon integration

Manton Reece in: Micro.blog + Mastodon

Micro.blog can now cross-post to a Mastodon user account, in the same way we cross-post to Twitter, Facebook, Medium, and LinkedIn. This takes a copy of your blog posts and sends them to a specified Mastodon account.

Your custom domain on Micro.blog can now be ActivityPub-compatible, so that you can follow and reply to Mastodon users directly on Micro.blog. 

This is really great news and thanks to Manton for setting this up. Currently I have an IFTTT thingy to import my posts from Mastodon into this blog (set to private at the moment) to make sure I have a backup, but this solution is certainly the better one.

Even though I don’t benefit from it at the moment (since I’m not hosted on Micro.blog at the moment) I think also adding the following via activity pub is a great addition. I recently read a primer on activity pub (can’t find the link now) and already then was thinking that that would be a great addition to any blogging platform.

’Tagging opened a treasure trove of notes’

Oliver Reichenstein in Write To Organize:

But honestly, x-callback-url support is something I would have never dreamed of being excited about. But, damn it, I am. I am not going to make a long story about how that happened. Just this much: Spend a few minutes on how Shortcuts works, and in a breath, you can send clippings and entire articles to iA Writer, with title, copied text, and tags.

I have made it no secret that iA Writer is my favourite way to write, i.e think, ever since it was released on the iPad way back then. I do have some obsession with that app, and even though every now and then I get tempted and use something else, I find myself either replicating it’s design and features, or simply missing it and eventually switch back one the wiser.

For a long time I wanted to built a system for notes, quotes, texts, journals (I am currently building a somewhat convoluted workflow for this), drafts and what not, in plain-text and got often rather close but it never was quite-there-yet (my Evernote-replacement-setup, with Atom.io comes to mind, worked, but what a mess) but I have the feeling, that with tags and the inclusion of x-URL-callback into iA Writer I can make it work.

One of my biggest issues always had been, getting the workflow-part of this to work, thankfully the folks at iA have provided two shortcuts in the article, which do exactly what I was looking for.

So, but I will tag some files now.