Category: This & That

We’ll Take A Cup Of Kindness Yet

Here’s to a 2012 full of possibility, wonder and joy. Happy New Year, Internets! Music: Renée Fleming: “The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress” Film: Andreas Scholl Video first spotted on NPR’s Deceptive Cadence.

Covers

Two covers have surfaced on the Faceweb that deserve a much wider hearing, that is of course assuming there is still and interwebland operating outside of Facebook. First, from Louise Barder, Amy Winehouse’s stunning cover of The Teddy Bears’ To…

Litplot

or Book-a-minute, as its proprietor Rinkworks has called it. Basically, it’s #operaplot for books. The synopses are crying out to be twitterized, although not loud enough for Miss Mussel to do it in any sort of immediate fashion. At any…

Four

The Omniscient Mussel a quatres ans! And also, has finally made it to 1,000 posts! We’re taking a break here at OM Mission Control to party like it’s 1959, when martinis were on the breakfast menu and there was no…

The Single Most Dangerous Scientific Discovery Ever

Women of the world: Miss Mussel is sorry to report that a new study from Australia has declared that man colds are real. *crickets* Maybe since the toilet water swirls backwards down there, we should also interpret anything Aussies say…

T-Rex on the Westminster Chimes

You know that super famous clock chime? Apparently there are words for it. Thanks T-Rex! The Westminster Chimes, first rung in 1793 at St Mary the Great Church in Cambridge, have been ringing from Westminster Palace since the mid-19th century,…

Adorable

Via SwissMiss — it seems that Frank and Rita were trying to take a photograph using the camera on their Mac but while doing so, accidentally activated the video and filmed their whole experience. A year ago, Miss Mussel posted…

Update: Jackie Evancho

Last summer, Miss Mussel wrote a few pieces on the 10-year old America’s Got Talent contestant Jackie Evancho. There was a bit of a brouhaha when she didn’t win the grand prize but considering that her 4-track Christmas EP went…

Songs of North Korea

Here’s a little preview of something Miss Mussel is working on for the LA paper. North Korea: wrong on pretty well every possible level but they sure write catchy tunes. Part Trololo Man, part Lawrence Welk overlaid by a large…

How To Tie Your Shoes

You know when you listen to a really horrible recording or go to a show so awful the experience can’t even be redeemed by endlessly making fun of it and you wonder how you can get those minutes of your…

Every New Beginning Is Some Other Beginning’s End

The Philadelphia Orchestra is touring this summer. If they don’t go bankrupt first. After 41 years, ABC is canceling All My Children. Senior citizens and university students needn’t worry though. WWE is rebranding itself as an action soap opera company….

Lulu And The Lampshades: Cups

It’s been a bit frantic this week at OM HQ but a rather delightful side effect of being chained to a laptop is discovering some new bands. Behold: Lulu and the Lampshades and their song Cups complete with a cup…

Melody, Melodica & Me: Come Outside

Here’s a new single from an obscure band Miss Mussel keeps in her back pocket, so she can out hipster the hipsters once we finish talking about rare Debussy vinyl. Cause that happens all the time, so it’s nice to…

My Weekend

Just in case you were wondering, this is the sort of the Miss Mussel gets up to at the weekend. What she certainly doesn’t do is laze about the house reading, listening to music and intending to got the Farmer’s…

Memo From The Cutting Edge

Forget T-shirt cannons. Interpreting orchestra music via the medium of Tesla coils is the future. Video projections are so 2007. Imagine these on the lawn at Tanglewood or in the ballpark for a San Francisco Opera performance? What about using…

Bicycles In The City: Nicaragua Edition

Rivas is a city of 28,000 in Nicaragua nestled between the Pacific Ocean and Lake Nicaragua. Over the past 20 years, the bicycle charity Pedals for Progress has sent 20,000 bicycles to the town. The ease with residents can get…

Symphony Of Science: Ode To The Brain

John Boswell is an economist who likes science, philosophy and music in equal measure. In 2009, he produced his first Symphony of Science video as a part of a project designed to spread the science word via music. The autotune…

James Levine Cancels Remaining BSO Dates

Just got word via the OM Inbox that James Levine has canceled all remaining engagements with the Boston Symphony Orchestra this season due to “the ill effects from a recent procedure addressing his ongoing back issues, further complicated by a…