Friday, September 21, 2007

Friday Afternoon Music: Torin Alter and the Lying Angels

I'm glad some of my co-bloggers have recently taking to sharing their musical picks on the blog.  Let me add another to the list: Torin Alter and the Lying Angels.  Torin is a musician located in my home town of Tuscaloosa, AL (and, under state law, I must add the obligatory call-and-response: Roll Tide!), and his music is quite lovely.  His web site offers links to songs from his two albums, so I won't say much more here, except to note that folks who enjoy alt-countryish music (and there seem to be quite a few of those on this blog) should enjoy his music, and one of his albums features a singer whose voice eerily resembles the lovely sounds of Caitlin Cary

Of course, most of you will know Torin from some fave hits as "Does Representationalism Undermine the Knowledge Argument? and "On the Conditional Analysis of Phenomenal Concepts."  Yes, Torin is also a philosophy prof here at the U.  I can't tell you whether and how his day-job influences his tunes.  I'll just say, come for the philosophy of mind, stay for the fine music.

Posted by Paul Horwitz on September 21, 2007 at 05:19 PM in Music | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Belle Lettre's If/Then Music List

So it appears I'm going to be sticking around here for another month.  Thanks to Dan and his fellow Prawfspeople for the vote of confidence.

Over at Law and Letters, Belle Lettre has a great list of If/Then music suggestions.  Surf over and soak it in.  A couple of my favorites on her list:

  • If you like The Jayhawks, Lyle Lovett and other "alt country," then you might like Wilco and the Old 97's.
  • If you like the female power piano pop of Fiona Apple but want to tone it down with a bit of plaintive Sarah McLachlan, then you might like Rachael Yamagata.

Good Stuff.  Enjoy!

Posted by Zachary Kramer on September 12, 2007 at 05:11 PM in Music | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Monday, December 18, 2006

The Legal Theory of "Stairway"

In his "Legal Theory Lexicon" post on "path dependency", Larry Solum works in a nice little "Stairway to Heaven" reference:

Sometimes, if we choose the left fork, we may be able to reach exactly the same destinations we could have reached via the right fork, but sometimes, our choices foreclose some possibilities altogether.  It isn’t always the case that in the long run, there’s still time to change the road you’re on.

In so doing, Larry skillfully manages to communicate meaning through lyrics taken from a song that -- although I spent countless hours learning how to play it -- always struck me as meaning-challenged.  But now, I'm inspired, and will try my best to work obscure Zeppelin references into my law-blogging.  Starting next time. 

Posted by Rick Garnett on December 18, 2006 at 08:31 AM in Music | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Monday, December 04, 2006

Judges As Rock Stars

One of the reasons Alex Long, our brand-new guest blogger, came to my attention, was this very entertaining piece on the use of rock lyrics in the law.  I hope Alex can therefore be persuaded to weigh in on this post by Jack Balkin asking which rock stars the Court resembles most.  Per Alex's piece, I was all set to find that Balkin had relied only on a bunch of superannuated 60's-era musicians.  Props to him for ranging further afield.  Perhaps Alex can update these comparisons even further. 

Posted by Paul Horwitz on December 4, 2006 at 12:46 PM in Music | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Goodbye, Thanks, a Fun Case, and Music Requests

Time for me to rotate out and start grading.  Thanks to all the Prawfsblawggers folks for having me, and especially to Dan for helping me navigate this newfangled technology.  I’ve really enjoyed it.  If anyone reading this will be at the Law & Society Conference or the meeting of the Labor Law Group, feel free to give me a holler.

As a parting gift, here’s a fun torts case, Doe v. Moe, (Mass. App. No. 02-P-381, May 2005) refusing to find a cause of action for negligent sexual intercourse.  There are some theoretical reads of this case that arguably could be rewarding, or you can just take it as a cautionary tale.  Hat tip to my colleague Geoff Rapp.

Finally, along with figuring out all this blog stuff, I’ve also been playing with my new toy: an I-Pod Nano.  It raises some interesting legal issues.  For example, I-Tunes won’t read songs I’ve downloaded from other pay services, but will read songs previously downloaded from ... um ... free sharing services; plus, if you take the songs you paid for from another service, burn them on a CD, then I-Tunes will read it.  So is that violating anything?

Actually, I’m more interested in suggestions for music, especially modern alternative rock stuff.  Keep in mind: I'm a guy who (to name better-known groups) in the 1970s made the transition from Jethro Tull to Elvis Costello and Pere Ubu; in the 1980s was into new wave bands from the punkier Gang of Four to the more mainstream R.E.M.  and Talking Heads; in the 1990s got into the criminally under-rated James McMurtry and the criminally under-appreciated (in the U.S.) the Beautiful South; and in recent years had a kid but found time to listen to the White Strips and the New Pornographers.  So, young hip law profs, what should I be (legally) downloading?

Posted by JosephSlater on May 2, 2006 at 11:05 AM in Music | Permalink | Comments (12) | TrackBack

Sunday, February 26, 2006

American Idol: Paris, Katharine McPhee, Taylor Hicks, or Daughtry?

So I've long overstayed my welcome here.  And I've already dumbed down Prawfsblawg once with a post about American Idol + blogging.  After this, I'm sure Dan Markel will be booting me off the island.  But my last post on AI did draw a tongue-in-cheek(?) comment from Germany (here).  We'll see what this one brings.  Now that I've heard all the contestants perform at least once, here are my predictions of what will happen.  All of my picks have exceptional voices and some personality, but I'll briefly note their weaknesses.  FWIW, my record is 3-1 in AI predictions.

1.  Final FourParis Bennett (stronger in soul/R&B than pop; probably will be judged by some against the very high standard set by Fantasia in that genre), Katharine McPhee (apparently has no dance moves to speak of and appears a little dorky when she tries -- needs to just stick to the mike like Carrie Underwood eventually did), Taylor Hicks (gray haired guy is the "wild" card + has generated tremendous buzz, but looks + acts weird, esp. the body spasms, almost pulled a "Howard Dean meltdown" on last show), and Chris Daughtry (shaved head guy can't win if he sings rock songs -- Bo Bice tried that last year and lost -- needs to perform some pop and softer alternative like Maroon 5).

2.  Final Two: Paris Bennett v. Katharine McPhee

3.  The Next American Idol:  Katharine McPhee

Posted by Elee on February 26, 2006 at 09:20 AM in Music | Permalink | Comments (12) | TrackBack

Thursday, February 16, 2006

the next American Idol + blogging

There's been a phenomenon in the US for the past five years called American Idol.  If you haven't been following it (where have you been?), it's consistently the No. 1 show in America and a ratings juggernaut.  American Idol eats up all of its competition in the same time slot:  it ended the run for Geena Davis's Commander in Chief and is now currently demolishing the Olympics (see here).  Now in its fifth season, the millions of viewers are only growing (not diminishing as its own producers even expected).  NYT has a quite scary article about the numbers of viewers American Idol attracts (see here).  OK, so I have a confession to make: I watch the show, too, and have ever since Season 2.  In fact, it's the only show on TV I follow -- please don't lose respect for me.  When I first learned of the show, I was skeptical, dismissing it as just another "Star Search."  But, while channel surfing one night, I tuned in for 5 minutes.  That's all it took:  I was hooked.

The show is well packaged (with an entertaining combo of judges), but what I like most about the show is this:  it gives power over what music is produced to the people; the American people ultimately select, by their own votes, some unknown singer as the person who will get a recording contract.  That selection process discovered Kelly Clarkson (from Season 1), who just won 2 Grammys this year for her second album "Breakaway" (in which she admittedly distanced herself from the show).  OK, so the other Idol winners haven't done as well, but 1 superstar out of 4 ain't bad.

So what's next for the show?  You guessed it:  blogs.  You now can create your own AI blog (here).  The show has realized what CNN, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and many other mainstream media sites have realized (see here):  blogs are a phenomenon.  What started out as personal diaries for geeks and losers are the New Media.  CNN even quotes from blogs now.

Oh, if you're wondering, my picks so far (I haven't heard everyone yet):  shaved head guy (Chris Daughtry), gray haired guy (Taylor Hicks), and Katharine McPhee.

UPDATE: I no longer feel as "out there" writing about American Idol. Not only did NYT write about it, but here's an excellent article "Why we worship 'American Idol'" by Thomas Zengotita, a contributing editor of Harper's Magazine.

Posted by Elee on February 16, 2006 at 09:08 AM in Music | Permalink | Comments (7) | TrackBack

Thursday, May 26, 2005

America voted

Congratulations to new (so) American idol Carrie Underwood! Underwood has a sweet soulful country sound and I will definitely buy her record. Americans showed once again that they do have a taste for voting, just not for political politics. Pop politics received this season on idol a striking record of one half-billion votes!

Posted by Orly Lobel on May 26, 2005 at 01:11 PM in Culture, Deliberation and voices, Music | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Another Recommendation From Prof. Midbrow

With Rob Howse having seized the high ground, may I offer another music recommendation from the pop culture world. 

Over the Rhine is a Cincinnati-based band, named after the neighborhood in that city, consisting of a married couple, Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler.  Very simple music, often though not always with religious undertones, and very beautifully sung by Karin.  I'm not sure how to describe the sound, but my wife remarked as we watched them perform in LA this weekend that she was reminded of Norah Jones; they remind me a little bit of Hem, which I have already recommended; and they are, literally, honorary members of the Cowboy Junkies.  So triangulate and you should have an idea.  Their new album is called Drunkard's Prayer, although I am still partial to their earlier albums Ohio and Good Dog Bad Dog.  They are not a gigantic concern; your purchases will basically help pay down the mortgage of an apparently sweet young couple, not fund a global debt relief crusade.  (Not that there's anything wrong with that!)  Worth your time and money, in my view. 

Posted by Paul Horwitz on May 5, 2005 at 11:46 AM in Music | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack