The Low Keys

Music you may have missed and things you may have missed about music (whether you miss it or not)

The 100 Best Books on City Making Ever Written?


From Jacobs to Gehl, here’s a one stop shopping list for all of your urbanism reading needs. 

Any prized books in your collection that are missing from this top 100?

WGBH Music: Guitarist Xuefei Yang plays Bach's "Air on a G String" - YouTube

WGBH kills it once again. They have one of the best YouTube channels out there with a lot of great guitarists represented. I’m in the mood for Bach today (and every other day).

Otis Redding wearing the world’s greatest ever t-shirt

Otis Redding wearing the world’s greatest ever t-shirt

The Story Behind Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay

(spoiler: he never heard the final recording)

Here’s a guitar-only version of Joe Hisaishi’s “Howl’s Moving Castle Theme” adapted and performed by Sungha Jung.

On how Joe Hisaishi (Mamoru Fujisawa) found his stage name:

"In Japanese, "Quincy" is pronounced like "Kuishi", and in Kanji this can be written as "Hisaishi", and "Joe" comes from "Jones" of course. Thus, Joe Hisaishi became Mamoru Fujisawa’s working alias."


A young John Fahey

A young John Fahey

“Requia stinks. I was drunk during the recording sessions and they put the splices in the wrong places. Don’t buy it. It’s bad news.”

It’s true. The second half of the album sounds like a conversation with a chatty schizophrenic. “Requiem For John Hurt” is something else, though. No edits, no Hitler voiceovers, no white noise - it’s just Fahey playing his way through the history of America.

(Source: Spotify)

Philip Glass being more awesome than you

Philip Glass composed this piece as part of the score for Paul Schrader’s Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters. Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas executive produced the film.

It’s hard to imagine someone like Philip Glass working on a project with such a small budget, but his dedication comes through in this recording. After seeing the final cut of the movie, Glass reworked his entire score so it could be played by Kronos Quartet, a group you might remember from the score of Requiem for a Dream

I’m all for the move away from synthesizers on this particular piece.

(Source: Spotify)

You have a problem:

You’re plotting world domination. Not the awesome kind of world domination… not the kind where you have a harem and a personal grape feeder. Nope, you know you’re the sadistic type… You pooped in the urinal as a schoolchild and why should you be any more responsible when you’re the ruler of the formerly free world.

William Basinski has your soundtrack. 

I suggest you find something to do that’s both depressing and time consuming (cause this baby clocks in at a mind-pureeing 63:39).

  1. Try convincing your friends they should help you build that iPhone app you know will be a success
  2. Start filling out the personal questionnaire over at 
  3. Get going on that childrens book you’ve been meaning to write (you know, the one with the Harry Potter mass-market appeal) 
  4. Exercise 

*dlp 1.1 and the rest of The Disintegration Loops were made from decaying recordings of music from Baskinski’s earlier career

(Source: Spotify)