“Aside from money and aesthetics, though, there’s really no point to it. We’re all quibbling over whether Bluetooth audio is good enough, or whether or not dongles suck (they do). The official reasons are little more than platitudes about better designs and “being bold”. It’s hogwash, honestly. The only thing such a decision does is limit the kinds of experiences an individual can have on their smartphone. That is never a good thing.”
Editor’s Note: Will *not* buy a phone without a headphone jack. Period.
Source: Why having no headphone jack is a bad idea | AndroidAuthority
Booker T. Jones, Phil Lesh, Norah Jones and others look ahead to the new Monterey Pop, and reflect on whether the original message can still resonate. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty
“The timing of it was exactly right to catch the spirit of a new generation,” Eric Burdon says of the original Monterey Pop. Marianna Burdon
Booker T. Jones, Phil Lesh, Norah Jones and others look ahead to the new Monterey Pop, and reflect on whether the original message can still resonate.
Source: Monterey Pop 50 Years Later: Phil Lesh, Jack Johnson and More – Rolling Stone
Pete Townshend of the Who struck a nerve with rock ’n’ roll rebels in 1965 with the line “I hope I die before I get old.”
But something has happened in the five decades since he wrote “My Generation”: The boomer generation got older, yet continued to love rock ’n’ roll. Now, as many of those early fans enter retirement, they are still boarding buses and trudging through muddy fields to see their favorite bands.
The president elect did not enjoy many celebrity endorsements during his campaign. Source: AP
Reports from the US suggest Donald Trump is struggling to find A-list stars to play his inauguration. We asked some of them why.
Source: Inauguration blues: Why pop stars won’t play for Trump – BBC News
“Chris Thile, Serena Brook, Tim Russell, Fred Newman, and Rich Dworsky, with “A Cautionary Tail” on our December 10, 2016 show.”
“Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday for work that the Swedish Academy described as “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”He is the first American to win the prize since Toni Morrison in 1993, and a groundbreaking choice by the Nobel committee to select the first literature laureate whose career has primarily been as a musician.”
Source: ‘Poetry for the ear’: Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize in literature – The Washington Post
A still from an immersive video of Benjamin Millepied’s dance piece “Clear, Loud, Bright, Forward.” Credit Google Cultural Institute/Palais Garnier
The 360-degree videos are part of an innovative assemblage of performing arts groups that went online on Tuesday morning at the Google Cultural Institute, a free website that made its name in recent years by digitizing and displaying the collections of more than 800 art museums and historical archives. The Google initiative is now moving into the performing arts, and this exhibition is the first fruit of its partnerships with more than 60 groups from around the world — with the groups providing the content and Google providing the gee-whiz technology.
Source: Google Cultural Institute Puts Us All Onstage – The New York Times
Whispery and wise and flecked with eccentric humor, Garrison Keillor’s baritone has long seeped across a nation that, despite its perpetual restiveness and cravings for trends, has found comfort in his brand of Midwestern pragmatism, schmaltz and slow-motion charm.
via With grace and sly charm, Garrison Keillor prepares to exit ‘Prairie Home Companion’ – LA Times.