Category: Watch

Aural Advent Calendar: Day 11

So far, we’ve had Gloucester Cathedral and King’s College choirs. Today, we go to Worcester Cathedral in Worcestershire. It was built between 1220 and 1386, dates that register as DO NOT COMPUTE in most North American brains. To add a…

Aural Advent Calendar: Day 9

Is it Herman? Is it Sherman? Is it Eddie, is it Freddie? Oh no! It’s Bing Crosby and Judy Garland with a rather amusing version of Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer complete with what would now be considered wildly inappropriate references…

Aural Advent Calendar: Day 8

Day 8 of this Adventual Odyssey is a hat tip to great arrangements. Usually, Miss Mussel loathes The 12 Days of Christmas but, as you have no doubt already discovered in the video, it’s not the tune but what you do with it that counts. Watching The Kings Singers force feed Julie Andrews beer, pfeffernüsse and kügel is entertaining no matter which way you slice it.

Aural Advent Calendar: Day 5

All I Want For Christmas Is You seems just the sort of song to that might have been blaring from the jukebox at the pub round the corner from the Inn; out of sight of the newly born child but…

Aural Advent Calendar: Day 4

It’s back to England for the next bit of ear chocolate only this time we go west from Cambridge to Gloucester Cathedral. At 102 years old, this carol is a relatively new addition to the Christmas hymn repertoire and joins…

Aural Advent: Day 2

A trip in the way back machine to Perry Como’s 1958 Christmas Special. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas was written in 1951 by Meredith Willson 6 years before The Music Man opened on Broadway. Perry Como recorded…

Conductor Richard Hickox Dies At 60

[This post was updated at 7pm EST to include information that was unavailable at the time of writing and also to correct errors in reporting] The Australian reports that conductor Richard Hickox suffered a heart attack and died yesterday in…

Wunnerful, Wunnerful

This wasn’t one of the things listed on the Seven Things meme from yesterday, but to continue on with sharing facts of a random or weird nature, Miss Mussel feels compelled to reveal that she is a fan of Lawrence…

Boo etc

So, today is that most hallowed of we’ens, a time when we all forget that we are no longer children and turn dressing up into a competitive sport. In honour of this day, Miss Mussel has done some late night…

12th Century Helpdesk

Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of Google and proof of what you can do with $100,000 and a garage (and a good idea). Miss Mussel’s house is garage-less and, unless these ads really take off is without the necessary capital,…

Aaaaand we’re back

Well sort of. Nearly. Lots in the works for this space in the upcoming months. The Quiz and Spine Tinglers are back as well as some new features and the usual commentary/recycling of other people’s news. Things will be gearing…

Hypothetically Speaking

On scale of one to ten, how high would you rate someone’s maturity level if they snorted milk through their nose the first three times they watched this?

The Saddest Music In The World

The Walrus has a list going of the saddest music in the world as companion to Moira Farr’s article on music and depression. The usual suspects are there (Tears In Heaven, Joni Mitchell, Patsy Cline) as well a few that…

Ravel: L’Enfant Et Les Sortilèges Video

Here’s the whole opera done as a ballet by Jiri Kylian, the Nederlands Dans Theater, Orchestra National de Paris and Lorin Maazel. Thanks to Gymnopedist on YouTube for uploading the performance.

Bach Cab Sessions

Reuters brought news today of a fantastic little concert series called The Black Cab Sessions. The premise is simple: musicians are invited to play one a song in the back of a London black cab and it is filmed all…

Girl Watching, Debris, Nudity And A Mexican Guy

Nick Park and the gang at Creature Comforts head to America in an attempt to answer that age-old question: What is Art? For those readers that haven’t watched PBS with some regularity over the past 20 years, the “happy squirrel”…

Melodyne Direct Note Access: Ride The Wave

Miss Mussel is already fascinated by the idea of a recording being an archive of an event that didn’t happened, so the unveiling of the Melodyne Direct Note Access software this week has piqued her curiosity even further. How will…

The Real Deal Or Just Another Gimmick?

Gilles Apap is coming to town tonight as part of the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony’s Intersections Series. Some of the orchestra members are smiling in the video, which makes a pre-concert bet of Real Deal seem prudent. Anyone else seen him?