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Craig Eley

The Great Gatsby
Posted by Craig Eley | Jun 11, 2013

The power of Daisy's voice, and ultimately all of its weaknesses, comes from money. Carey Mulligan has always wanted a killer line. In a 2009 interview with the New York...

Posted by Craig Eley | Mar 2, 2013

In the classic Destiny’s Child song “Say My Name,” the protagonist suspects that her man is cheating on her because his voice has changed: “Every other word is ‘uh huh,’...

Posted by Craig Eley | Jan 30, 2013

In 1915, American opera singer Mary Case took to the stage and sang alongside phonograph recordings of her own voice. She was Thomas Edison's favorite singer, so the story goes,...

Posted by Craig Eley | Dec 15, 2012

Jad Abumrad, left, and Robert Krulwich host the NPR radio show, Radio Lab. Credit: MarcoAntonio.com At the end of September, the podcast Radiolab went in search of "truth." It was...

Posted by Craig Eley | Oct 31, 2012

I recently watched David Byrne give a Power Point lecture on the economics of the music industry. That a man with a flair for dramatic presentation, a wisp of a man...

Posted by Craig Eley | Sep 26, 2012

“One of nature’s greatest wonders is the ability of the human ear to distinguish among the millions of sounds around us. Each sound has a distinctive pitch, loudness, and quality….these...

Posted by Craig Eley | Dec 1, 2011

Dave Zollo with Euforquestra, Dennis McMurrin - Dec. 23 at Gabe's, 9:00 p.m. Photo by Sandy Dyas In February 1852, John Sullivan Dwight, a transcendentalist and graduate of Harvard Divinity...

Posted by Craig Eley | Jul 29, 2011

Seemingly no one hates Counting Crows more than Guided by Voices frontman Robert Pollard. An oft-cited gem from his 2005 stage-banter album, Relaxation of the Asshole, goes something like this:...

Posted by Craig Eley | Jun 6, 2011

In his 1992 book A Sound Education, Canadian composer and theorist Murray Schafer made this observation about contemporary life and listening: “As people have moved to cities over the past...

Posted by Craig Eley | May 2, 2011

On May 1, 1965, at an annual celebration in Prague, Allen Ginsberg was crowned the King of May. The tradition of May Day and its royalty was founded back in...

Posted by Craig Eley | Apr 11, 2011

In Langston Hughes’ 1921 poem “April Rain Song,” the thing that everyone hates about April–its big problem–is instead turned into a point of celebration, ending with the lines, “The rain...

Posted by Craig Eley | Mar 1, 2011

Saturday, April 1 - First United Methodist Church - $20 Beyond some of the common descriptors--Balearic-folk, gypsy-punk--Denver’s DeVotchKa is best understood as a theatrical band, a band who makes music...

Posted by Craig Eley | Feb 4, 2011

Architecture in Helsinki’s brilliant 2003 debut album, Fingers Crossed, kicks off with a short, Casio and drum machine instrumental called “One Heavy February.” Unlike so many ultimately forgettable album intros...

Posted by Craig Eley | Jan 4, 2011

In 1953, a guy named Pat Best wrote a song for his band The Four Tunes, called “I Understand (Just How You Feel)” a Pop/R&B crossover that broke into the...

Posted by Craig Eley | Dec 3, 2010

In Everything But The Girl’s “25th December” (one of those great non-Christmas Christmas songs that end up on “indie xmas” mix tapes), Ben Watt sings about the quintessential winter feeling:...

Posted by Craig Eley | Nov 10, 2010

The organization Rock the Vote was founded back in 1992 with the goal of mobilizing young people to exercise their elective franchise, with a PSA campaign involving musicians like Madonna...