- What’s New for the 29th of November: A Very Special Cat, a River Journey, Breakfast, Tomb Raiders, Ultimate Pogues, Indonesian Pop, Beethoven, and more. . . .
- A Kinrowan Estate story: Designing Trolls
- What’s New for the 15th of November: Alternate Histories, Arthur Redux, Seafood, Teenage Superheroes, Music — Traditional and Not, Rodents, and more. . . .
- A Kinrowan Estate story: Kedgeree
- What’s New for the 1st of November: A Space Opera That’s Not, Earthsea Illustrated, Rhubarb, A Zombie Romance, Live Tull, Live Fiddles, and more. . . .
- A Kinrowan Estate story: All Hallows’ Eve
- What’s New for the 18th of October: It’s Late October So Some Halloween Matters and Not So Halloweenish Matters as Well
- A Kinrowan Estate story: Fin Haddie
- What’s New for the 4th of October: Diverse Music including Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Warren Ellis Goes Graphic, Spider-Mans, Peanut Butter and Chocolate, A Cherryh’s Alliance-Union Universe novel and Other Pleasant Diversions
- A Kinrowan Estate story: Blackberry Cobbler
- What’s New for the 20th of September: Autumnal Folkmanis Puppets, Demon Detectives, British Mysteries, Soundscape Designers, and more
- A Kinrowan Estate story: Pub Ganeshas
- What’s New for the 6th of September: A Very Special Science-Fiction Story, a Fairy-Tale Opera, Dr. Who, a Rising Country Music Star, and more
- A Kinrowan Estate story: Gingerbread
- What’s New for the 23rd of August: Kage Baker on Peter Beagle, dark fantasy, Brahms-a-rama, other somewhat Autumnal matters
- What’s New for the the 14th of August: Sherlock Examined, Edward Weston, Teen Superheroes, Storytellers, Acoustic Americana, a quick Indian Dinner,and more
- A Kinrowan Estate story: Fall (A Letter to Tessa)
- What’s New for the 9th of August: two London based urban fantasies, Devolving Europe Festival, Oysterband live and other interesting things…
- A Kinrowan Estate story: The Wood Between The Worlds
- What’s New for the 26th of July: Ravens musical and otherwise, Totem Poles, some novels by Charles de Lint, new music and old music, and Other Matters
- A Kinrowan Estate story: A Green Lady
- What’s New for the 12th of July: Aaron Copland’s ‘A Fanfare for The Common Man’ as performed by the Rolling Stones, Tanya Huff’s Peacekeeper series, a Zelazny collection, UK folk trio The Young’uns and some other matters
- A Kinrowan Estate story: Midsummer
- What’s New for the 5th of July: four American baseball films, an opera by John Gay, live music from from Mavis Staples, dim sum in Hong Kong, Middle-Earth maps and much more!
- A Kinrowan Estate story: Rebekah And the matter of Jewish baked goodies
- What’s New for the 14th of June: fey ethnography courtesy of Terri Windling, a song from Peter Beagle and other fascinating things.
- A Kinrowan Estate Story: Turkish Coffee
- What’s New for the 17th of May: Béla Bartók’s Hungarian folk tunes, Oysterband live, a bacon cookbook, Golden Age sf from Poul Anderson, Cropredy reviewed, Darjeeling tea, space opera and much more!
- A Kinrowan Estate story: Huddled Masses Orchestra
- What’s New for the 19th of April: Psychedelic Turkish music And Cuban Jazz, E.B. White biography, Tricksters, Music of a Heavenly Nature, On Tap in Our Pub, and other cool matters
Category Archives: Music
The Finnish progressive folk band Gájanas (“Echo”) is releasing its debut full-length album in February, and released the first single from it in November. Gájanas comes from the Inari-Utsjoki region at the top of Finland, and its music is based … Continue reading
This sort of exercise serves to point up one of the problems with broad genres like “world music.” It’s reductive and inaccurate and Western-centric, and you end up with some strange companions. However, I listened to lots of music from … Continue reading
The history of Western music is a history of exploration of forms. This statement is the end result of a chain of thought sparked by John Briggs’ comment, in his notes on Beethoven’s Sonata No. 23, the “Appassionata,” that Beethoven, … Continue reading
There isn’t much to be said about Beethoven: there he is, take it or leave it. It is doubtful that anyone had more influence on the music of the 19th century than he did — even the archenemies Brahms and … Continue reading
One realizes, after a while, that popular music, while it may appear in many guises, has certain things in common. Sometimes it is subject matter, sometimes it is more elusive. But, more on that later. Jaipongan is a newly designated … Continue reading
I first ran across the music of Arvo Pärt many years ago, in a coffee shop owned by a man whose taste in music was as eclectic as my own. It was the Passio, and I was intrigued enough that … Continue reading
One of my favourite places in the world is the Gower, a small peninsula southwest of Swansea in Wales. There is nothing more soothing than standing on the hills overlooking Rhossili Bay and Worm´s Head watching the hang gliders using … Continue reading
It is easy to forget Wales when considering Celtic music. After all the Welsh language is very different from the Irish or Scottish Gaelic and the music of the country is performed at a much slower pace than the breathtaking … Continue reading
When listening to traditional Irish music, it’s often possible to sense an ancient tribal rhythm lurking beneath the surface, the hint of a wild beat that must have been driven by frenzied drums with the power to set the soul … Continue reading
Chuck Lipsig penned this review. Shooglenifty’s Venus in Tweeds starts out with “The Pipe Tunes” (John McKenzie’s Fancy/ The Kitchen Piper); never mind that there are no pipers in this band. A minute-long intro gets a nice beat going, courtesy … Continue reading