The Friday Informer: Boo! Trick or Treat?

Photo of the Week: iPod Turns 5
“Not to be a buzzkill, but maybe this is a good time to take a step back and realize that the Pod, while sleek and portable and so conveniently able to store all your Steve Reich, is just the latest in a long line of music-playing inventions.” [text and image via exhibitionist]

  • Time to get your Halloween on! There’s Diamanda for the lucky kids in LA, and Patrick Grant for those too scared to leave the house.

  • 11-fingered monsters! (Or, what happens to children who don’t practice their scales.)

  • In remembrance of a man who terrified us through our ears.

  • Dress up like the devil if you want, but don’t try this at home.

  • The innovative / oxymoronic “rock opera” will save / destroy classical music.

  • No Grammys or Pulitzers decorating your mantle yet? Awards are sooo 20th century.

  • As are those walled-off classical rooms at the record store, and Anthony Tommasini takes a moment to get a little misty at seeing them close up shop.

  • A disappearing act of another kind.

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