Archive for April, 2008


Everyone who wants to do anything serious about music—that includes mere listening—must read Kafka’s “Josephine the Singer, or the Mouse Folk”.

Independence 5768

Israeli Independence day celebration map - Yediot Akhronot
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Today Yediot Akhronot published a map showing which artists will appear at the Independence day celebrations organized by municipalities around the country.

Let’s take a good look at this map. Gush Katif is simply a part of Israel. Golan is also just a part of Israel. Judea and Samaria are demarcated with a green line—a pretty rare practice in Israeli mainstream newspapers, though it often appears in Haaretz.

Now the craziest part: Afula and Petakh Tikva are way beyond the green line. (So is Jerusalem, but that’s a borderline case.) I just don’t have anything clever to say about it.

But the most lovable thing about this map is that Tel-Aviv doesn’t appear on it at all! (And Nesher is there, even though most Israelis don’t even suspect that a city with this name exists, but that’s a minor thing.)

Welcome to Israel 5768-2008.

Gangsta bank!

The phattest bank in the world: Da Afghanistan Bank!


And another musician quote – Tom Waits, 1985:

‘If I want a sound, I usually feel better if I’ve chased it and killed it, skinned it and cooked it. Most things you can get with a button nowadays. So if I was trying for a certain drum sound, my engineer would say: “Oh, for Christ’s sake, why are we wasting our time? Let’s just hit this little cup with a stick here, sample something (take a drum sound from another record) and make it bigger in the mix, don’t worry about it.” I’d say, “No, I would rather go in the bathroom and hit the door with a piece of two-by-four very hard”.’

YOU magazine (The Mail On Sunday supplement, UK?), by Pete Silverton.

People Speaking – Give

“… so we did what people do when they don’t understand something—we gave it a name.”

(David Gross at a colloquium in the Technion. Thanks to Hadar for the quote.)

Cats on the Wing 2

“If you told the truth, that was all well and good,
And if you told the un-truth, well, that’s still well and good.” (Bob Dylan, Chronicles Volume One)

Nini and Khantouli on the wing