Well . . .not THAT bad, but . . .

Well . . .not THAT bad, but . . .

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EXCUSE THE INTERRUPTION BUT . . . .We’re coming up on the last few days of our Indiegogo/Past Daily/Gordon Skene Sound Collection Fundraiser. We’re still a ways to go before we hit our actual goal ($15,000) and we NEED DESPERATELY YOUR HELP.

I know it’s a pain, to be getting these appeals every few days – and the barrage of e-mails, but we really need your TAX DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTION in order to keep Past Daily going and to continue our work preserving, restoring and sharing all the audio history via our archive, The Gordon Skene Sound Collection.

We’ve been here every day, posting bits of history and culture – interviews, concerts, events – because we’re committed to sharing all of this with you. We think it’s important and we think information about your world is vital, particularly how events in the past have shaped what goes on in our present.

That’s why we’re passing the hat, hoping you’ll chip in what you can, helping make a difference.

Because the Archive is now a non-profit, we’re able to share much more with you, as well as being able to apply for grants in order to upgrade and repair necessary vintage equipment, hire staff and expand our cramped quarters. But that won’t happen until next year. Between now and January we still need to continue operating and that’s why we’re appealing for your help.

With only 10 days left we need to raise $10,000. And we can do it, with your help. So far this year we’ve had over a half-million visitors to our site. If each of you gave as little as $5.00 we’d have enough to keep operating for the next 10 years. Even if a fraction of you gave only $5.00 we’d still have enough to keep operating for at least 5 years. And when you think about it – your average Starbucks visit costs more than that. And for those of you who still do, we’re asking for less than the cost of a pack of cigarettes.

So we’re really not asking a lot from a few of you. But we are asking a little from as many of you who can afford it. I know times are tough – the economy isn’t all what you’d like it to be. I’m not asking for you to chip in if it means a hardship or going without something. But if you CAN AFFORD IT, please consider making a CONTRIBUTION – which you will be able to write off, come Tax Time.

So please help out a worthy cause and something that benefits everyone. Click on either the link above or the link below on the headline below our Piano Playing Mascot and HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE TODAY. HELP PRESERVE HISTORY – HELP KEEP THE FLOW OF INFORMATION COMING.

To those of you who have contributed so far – your donations have made a huge difference, and we are grateful beyond words for your support. To those of you who are on the fence, or haven’t been here in a while, or have been meaning to – NOW IS THE TIME TO MAKE YOUR CONTRIBUTION. We won’t be here pitching and begging for money after 10 days, but in the meantime, bear with me while I ask for your help.

We’re all in this thing together.

Grateful best wishes,

Gordon Skene
Past Daily – The Gordon Skene Sound Collection

Another day of lunacy on Wall Street.

Another day of frenzy and lunacy on Wall Street.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – CBS Radio – The World Tonight – September 18, 1979 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

A day of wild fluctuation and concern, this September 18th in 1979.

Starting with the surprising rise in Gold Prices, ending the day at an unprecedented $373.50 an ounce, the biggest single day spike since the rise began. No one knew what to attribute this sudden surge in prices, but amid the skyrocketing climb came fears of an equally sudden plummet. Still – the frenzy carried on and the speculators were having an orgy.

Also carrying on was a pessimistic view of the economy, leading many to conclude this recession wasn’t going away anytime soon.

Also, on the pessimistic front – Air Canada was having its fair share of concerns. Part of the tail section of one of its DC-9’s dropped off in mid-flight, forcing an emergency landing in Boston. This incident came on the heels of a disclosure from Air Canada that two of its other DC-9’s were found to have similar defects. All this led the FAA to begin an investigation to find out if this was a widespread problem on DC-9’s or if this was an isolated incident. Records showed that, on at least six other occasions, portions of DC-9 tail-sections had fallen off, but the Air Canada incident was the first time such an accident occurred in mid-flight. Other previous problems with DC-9s led McDonnel-Douglas to issue warnings and repair recommendations. But the recommendation wasn’t made mandatory by the FAA and officials couldn’t say just how many airlines with the faulty DC-9’s had implemented the repairs.

On the ominous front – State Department officials expressed concern over the Israeli cabinet‘s decision to allow citizens to buy land in occupied Arab territory. It was nothing compared to the outrage expressed in Egypt. Further dark clouds looming in the Middle-East.

But the good news came from Detroit on this day, with the Policy Council of the UAW giving overwhelming approval to a contract with General Motors, paving the way for a vote among the rank-and-file later in the week.

And that’s a small portion of what went on this September 18th in 1979 as reported over The World Tonight from CBS Radio.

10 DAYS to go before our Indiegogo/Past Daily/Gordon Skene Sound Collection Fundraiser COMES TO AN END. We haven’t heard from anyone in a few days, and that’s TERRIBLE NEWS. WE NEED YOUR HELP AND WE NEED IT DESPERATELY. We’re passing the hat, pleading with you to chip in order to help us continue giving you all this history at your fingertips. I am asking, begging and PLEADING WITH YOU TO MAKE YOUR TAX DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTION TODAY BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE. WE’RE RUNNING OUT OF TIME AND WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT. PLEASE HELP! Click on the headline below our Piano Playing Mascot and MAKE YOUR PLEDGE TO HELP PRESERVE AND SHARE HISTORY TODAY.

Asgeir - Weaving a glacial soundscape of mythic proportions.

Asgeir – Weaving a glacial soundscape of mythic proportions.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – Asgeir – Live At Into The Great Wide Open – Sept. 5, 2014 – VPRO/3VOOR12

Another sampling from Into The Great Wide Open festival in Holland this week. Icelandic sonic tapestry weaver Asgeir with a set of truly spellbinding music, recored on September 5th by the always-present VPRO.

Described in his native Iceland as Melodic-Folk, Asgeir is a lot more than that. His music is rich and dense and full of mystery – and each song is a hypnotic journey to new places.

Only on the scene since 2012, Asgeir is slowly gaining an international reputation. With the English language release of his debut album Into The Silence, it has already gotten attention in Belgium, France and the Netherlands, and his music is slowly working its way Westward. He’s already played to astonished crowds at this years SXSW and a few gigs around New York.

As far as I know, there is no release schedule for the U.S. of Asgeir’s music. I imagine that will change very soon.

In the meantime, have a listen and be completely taken aback by this concert by Asgeir – and perhaps he’ll be coming over to this side of the Atlantic sometime soon.

One can hope.

I don’t need to remind you we’re DESPERATE FOR YOUR SUPPORT – YOUR TAX DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTIONS are critical right now, and we don’t care how much or how little you can chip in – just as long as you chip in and show your support for what we’re doing. In conjucntion with Indiegogo, the Past Daily/Gordon Skene Sound Collection Fundraiser is in its FINAL DAYS AND WE NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU NOW, OR TOMORROW – IT WILL BE OVER SOON, so please don’t be left out. Click on the headline right below our Piano Playing Mascot and MAKE YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO HELP PRESERVE HISTORY NOW BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!

Steven Isserlis and Friends - a splendid time was guaranteed for all.

Steven Isserlis and Friends – a splendid time was guaranteed for all. (Photo: Salzburg Festival)

Click on the link here for Audio Player – Steven Isserlis and Friends – Salzburg Festival 2014 – August 7, 2014 – Part 1
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Steven Isserlis and Friends – Salzburg Festival 2014 – August 7, 2014 – Part 2

Over to Salzburg this week for a concert by Steven Isserlis and Friends, who consist of Joshua Bell and Arisa Fujita, violins, Lawrence Power, viola, Steven Isserlis, cello, Denes Varjon and Izabella Simon, pianos. The concert was recorded on August 7th by the venerable WDR in Germany and relayed to Radio Nacional España Clasica (the reason why there are German and Spanish announcements going on simultaneously). The concert is divided between two players.

Here’s what’s on:

Part 1 (top Player)
1. CLAUDE DEBUSSY • Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor
2. GABRIEL FAURÉ • Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1 in D minor, Op. 109
3. IGOR STRAVINSKY • Easy Pieces for Piano Four Hands
4. ZOLTÁN KODÁLY • Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7

Part 2 (bottom player)
EDWARD WILLIAM ELGAR • Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 84

 

A lovely concert with some great ensemble playing by a little band who alternately go as Joshua Bell and Friends from time to time.

Play in a quiet room.

 

And while you’re contemplating the universe, please contemplate we’re ending our Fundraiser in the few days, we’re way below our goal ($15,000 – not $85,000 as it erroneously says), and we DESPERATELY NEED YOUR SUPPORT. Honestly, we do this every day, all day long – if we’re not posting we’re restoring, preserving and digitizing the thousands and thousands of hours of historic audio and music and interviews you hear on this site. That’s why we hooked up with INDIEGOGO and are doing this fundraiser in order to keep us up and running and keep the archive operating. WE NEED YOUR TAX DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTION IN ORDER TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN, AND WE’RE DESPERATE. WE NEED YOUR HELP AND WE NEED IT IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS. Please click on the headline right below the photo of our Piano Playing Mascot and GIVE YOUR SUPPORT TO HELP KEEP HISTORY ALIVE!

VK Krishna Menon - contentious questions got contentious answers.

VK Krishna Menon – contentious questions got contentious answers.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – NBC Meet The Press – Guest: VK Krishna Menon – July 15, 1956 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

India in the 1950s was a puzzle for many in Washington. The cozy nature between New Delhi and Moscow had many on Capitol Hill worried a leaning towards Communism was inevitable. But because the nature of the Cold War had much to do with a popularity contest of sorts, Prime Minister Nehru took maximum advantage of the offers of aid – and gladly accepted them, no matter who was giving them. A fledgling nation and the potential of being a powerful force in the East, India was strategically placed to yield maximum advantage to either side in the battle for hearts and minds.

So when Indian Cabinet member and chief Delegate to the United Nations VK Krishna Menon visited New York to address the UN Disarmament Commission and in support of a Nuclear Test Ban treaty, a barrage of questions met him regarding Moscow’s relationship with New Delhi and where was this relationship heading?

This episode of Meet The Press, from July 15, 1956 lands Menon squarely in the middle of a cross-examination. It’s contentious from the word go, and the questioning ranges from India’s relations with the Soviet Union to the latest crisis between India and Pakistan over the area of Kashmir.

Lively, to say the least. But then, so was The Cold War in general.

Here is that Meet The Press interview as it was broadcast on July 15, 1956.

It’s getting close now – too close. We’re not hearing from anybody these past few days. We’re still passing the hat and will be for another few days before we stop. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT – WE NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU – WE NEED YOUR TAX DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTION. If you like what we do and want to help, please click on the headline just below our Piano Playing Mascot and MAKE A CONTRIBUTION TO HELP KEEP PAST DAILY RUNNING AND THE GORDON SKENE SOUND COLLECTION ALIVE AND PRESERVING HISTORY. Please do that – we’re begging – we need your help.

Tower Records, Manhattan just before midnight - lines formed in anticipation of Guns n' Roses - Mom Jeans and Hair Bands Unite.

Tower Records, Manhattan just before midnight – lines formed in anticipation of Guns n’ Roses – Mom Jeans and Hair Bands Unite.

Click on the link here for Audio Player - CBS World News Roundup – September 17, 1991 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

And while tensions in the Middle-East were easing somewhat, via more shuttle Diplomacy from Secretary of State James Baker and meetings with Israel’s Itzhak Shamir – a tenuous ceasefire began in Croatia – Federal Reserve reps meeting in Moscow with Gorbachev and Yeltsin to discuss Russia’s finances – and CIA Chief hopeful Robert Gates was offering a stream of mea culpa’s in the wake of his confirmation hearings – hundreds of record stores all over the U.S. and overseas were holding their collective breaths in anticipation of a flood of buyers, ready to toss cash and credit cards for the opportunity of being the first kids on the block to get the new Guns n’ Roses’ Use Your Illusion I and II, which was available beginning at midnight.

News for this September 17th in 1991 was something of a mixed bag. The forever on-and-off/pledged,signed,sealed and broken treaties, talks and summits continued in the Middle East, with Secretary of State James Baker flying back and forth between Washington, Cairo and Jerusaelm in the hopes of landing some sort of peace settlement, yet again. Baker and Israeli Prime Minister Itzhak Shamir met to resolve a flap that had developed over President Bush’s desired 120 day delay over $10 billion in loan guarantees. Shamir wanted assurances the loans would be forthcoming – and even though there were smiles and handshakes, nothing concrete emerged as was later disclosed by Baker when he landed in Cairo. The flap was generated by the controversy over building on land in the settlement territories. And on and on it went.

Civil Rights Activist Al Sharpton arrived in Israel to serve legal papers to a Hassidic Jewish man whose car struck and killed a black youth in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, touching off riots in August. The action was denounced by the Hassidic community.

Ceasefires were being brokered in the former Yugoslavian republics of Serbia and Croatia, but this was one of several brokered in the past few weeks, so hopes were not high.

Treasury Secretary Nicholas Brady and Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan arrived in Moscow to discuss the economic situation in Russia with Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin – according to Brady and Greenspan, they were coming to Moscow with know-how, not blank checks.

CIA Chief-designate Robert Gates was on Capitol Hill to over a file cabinet full of mea culpas over his role in the Iran-Contra scandal. It was one of those “had I known then what I know now” type confessionals to go along with his confirmation hearings.

And thousands of fans lined up at record stores all over the world in anticipation of the release of Guns n’ Roses latest two album set Use Your Illusion I and II. The album was slated to go on sale at midnight and the amount of sheer hype hadn’t been seen since the early days of The Beatles. The 90s were upon us.

And that’s just a small slice of what went on this September 17th in 1991, as reported by The CBS World News Roundup.

Come on everybody . . .I know you’re out there. We’re ONLY A FEW DAYS AWAY FROM THE END OF OUR FUNDRAISER WE HAVEN’T HEARD FROM YOU YET! WE’RE begging – we’re PLEADING! We DESPERATELY need your TAX DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTION in order to keep Past Daily running and to keep our on-going campaign of preserving, restoring and sharing thousands of hours of history with you. We have to make our operating costs and we have to pay our bills and we’re a ways off from hitting our goal (not the $85,000 as it says on the Indiegogo page), but we need what ever you can chip in to help us keep going. PLEASE-PLEASE-PLEASE MAKE YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS TODAY BEFORE OUR FUNDRAISER IS OVER IN A FEW DAYS! Please click on the headlinE just below our Piano Playing Mascot and MAKE YOUR CONTRIBUTION TODAY. IT’S TAX DEDUCTIBLE AND IT IS DESPERATELY NEEDED.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - exploring new vistas - mining new soundscapes (photo: Neil Krug)

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – exploring new vistas – mining new soundscapes (photo: Neil Krug)

Click on the link here for Audio Player – Unknown Mortal Orchestra – in concert at Into The Great Wide Open – Sept. 7, 2014 – VPRO/3VROOR12

Unknown Mortal Orchestra have been making the rounds everywhere this year – and blowing collective minds all along the way. I ran an earlier concert by them around the beginning of the year, and they apparently haven’t stopped touring since.

Like a number of the Nu-Psych bands currently on the scene, Unknown Mortal Orchestra aren’t afraid to push envelopes, and the trust factor in joining them for the sonic trip is well-rewarded. Like Tame Impala, Jagwar Ma, Temples, Arthur Beatrice and a number of other bands making their presences known this year, Unknown Mortal Orchestra are part of a very healthy and energizing scene and it’s good to know they’re around and audiences are loving them. The future is healthy – nothing to worry about. I’m serious.

Tonight, it’s Unknown Mortal Orchestra at Into The Great Wide Open festival in The Netherlands, recorded last weekend (September 7th) by the venerable VPRO Network and broadcast by 3VOOR12 live.

They’re scheduled to play two gigs in the U.S.; one in Chicago on September 20th and the other in Pomona, California (outside of L.A.) on October 18th. After that they head over to Reykjavik. So it’s anybody’s guess when they’ll be back in the U.S. – although they’ve been criss-crossing the U.S. and Europe all year – they’ve been putting in a lot of miles. Doing what all serious bands do – working their asses off to get the message out.

See them – check out their site – get their stuff and support them.

Play this one loud.

And while you’re doing that – we’re down on our knees, begging – pleading for your support and your TAX DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTION to help keep Past Daily up and running and to keep history alive during our Indiegogo/Past Daily/Gordon Skene Sound Collection/Help Preserve History Fundraiser. WE’RE ONLY A FEW DAYS AWAY FROM THE END AND WE REALLY NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU!! Whatever you can chip in, we can gratefully use. We’ve got a ton of expenses keeping the site up – and the thousands of hours of sounds we are preserving, restoring and sharing with you take a lot of time and money. So WHATEVER YOU CAN CHIP IN, WE NEED. Please click on the “Help Preserve History” headline just below our Piano Playing Mascot and MAKE YOUR CONTRIBUTION TONIGHT OR TOMORROW. WE DON’T HAVE MUCH TIME LEFT – AND WE NEED YOU.