Last week I decided that JazzWax subscribers had suffered long enough. The last straw came when Michael Bloom emailed to say that there was a Java problem in the version subscribers receive each evening. Readers had been hinting about this in previous weeks. So I picked up the phone and fired my email blaster and hired FeedBlitz. Then I migrated all subscribers over to the new service.
If you're a subscriber (it's free), I'm sure you've noticed a big difference in the presentation of what you're seeing each evening. It's cleaner now, easier to read and more responsive in terms of tracks and clips. You also can read it easier on your mobile device.
If you're a subscriber, you don't have to do a thing. I've moved your email over. If you were a subscriber but somehow fell off the list and want to re-subscribe, simply go to the right-hand column and scroll down to "Subscribe Free." Just type in your email and hit the button. If you want to subscribe for the first time, just do the same to receive my daily column in your email box at the end of each day. Apologies for past struggles, and I hope everyone is happier now. Thanks for the heads up, Michael.
This week in The Wall Street Journal, I interviewed novelist Anne Enright for my "House Call" column in the Mansion section (go here). Anne is is Ireland's first fiction laureate and winner of the Man Booker Prize for The Gathering. We spoke about her early life growing up in Dublin. Her latest book is The Green Road (W.W. Norton). [Photo of Anne Enright at her home in Sandycove on Dublin Bay by Cliona O'Flaherty for The Wall Street Journal]
Also in this week's WSJ, I interviewed Joyce Carol Oates on Bob Dylan's It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (go here). Joyce draws a fascinating parallel between the song and Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?, a harrowing short story she wrote around the same time as Dylan's song in 1965. If you're unfamiliar with her story, read it here.
Photogenic. Alfred Hitchcock, below, impersonates Ringo Starr in 1964, when the director assumed the Fab Four was just a passing fad...
Lee Konitz and Charlie Parker on the tarmac in 1953 (sent along by saxophonist Richard Tabnik)...
Stan Kenton, a little greasy but still the man...
Radio alert. Dig WIOX-FM in Roxubry, N.Y., deep in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. The station started broadcasting in 2010 and features a wide range of programming. Catch T.J. Turgeon on Thursday and Friday mornings from 10 to noon. A nice find by reader Helene Kornblatt. Go here to listen.
Oddball album cover of the week.
First off, vaudeville music wasn't percussive or big. More piano roll than sis-boom-bah, and most shows were staged in intimate theaters. Second, the album freely boasts that the music you'll hear was "doctored." And finally, doctored with a syringe! One guesses there was nothing quite as synthetic as super-stereo sound.