The Healing Force from Our Tube: Emanative

Music Is the Healing Force of the Universe (feat. Earl Zinger, Valerie Etienne)

When I heard this on PBB (I think, but it might have been WorldWide FM as well) I thought it was a nice hat tip to spiritual jazz of the sixties & seventies, but it turns out it’s a cover/ remake of a tune that was originally performed by saxophonist Albert Ayler (mostly known as free-jazz saxophonist and protégé of John Coltrane) and written (and sung) by his partner Mary Maria Parks back in 1969.

Albert Ayler - Music is the Healing Force of the Universe

Music from Our Tube: Joan As Police Woman & Tony Allen & Dave Okumu’s Geometry of You

Just when I was starting to get a good old-fashioned cold I heard this on the radio while in the car. It didn’t stop me from going into hibernation for a couple of days, but man what a great tune!

Joan As Police Woman x Tony Allen x Dave Okumu - Geometry Of You

Music from Our Tube: The Lazy Eyes’ Where’s my Brain???

Having (had) lazy eyes myself I cannot help but sympathize with this band of Aussie youngsters. And “Where is my Brain??” is some crazy psychedelic motorik-beat (with a fill) driven piece of geniousness.
OK, that might be somewhat of an  exaggeration, but look & listen carefully headphones on and the volume turned to 11!

The Lazy Eyes - Where's My Brain??? (Official Video)

Music from Our Tube: Robert Wyatt’s cover of “At Last I Am Free”

Last Sunday-evening while making the beds, listening to Charlotte Adigéry’s very enjoyable radioshow on Stubru, I heard “At last I Am Free”. Turns out Robert Wyatt actually covered this pretty uncharacteristic Chic-song, but I prefer his version:

Robert Wyatt "At Last I Am Free"

Gelezen: Max, Mischa & het Tet-offensief van Johan Harstad

Wat een boek …
Coming of age, de buitenwijken, New York, Noorwegen. Muziek, toneel, schilderkunst. De oorlog in Vietnam de oorlog die Coppola’s film over de oorlog in Vietnam was. Communisme, kapitalisme. Eenzaamheid, vervreemding, maar ook liefde.
1230 pagina’s en ik zou direct opnieuw beginnen (en ik ben stukken aan het herlezen), ondanks de soms zwaar op de hand liggende beschouwingen over toneel of schilderkunst (maar vooral de stukken over toneel zijn nu zoveel relevanter).
Wat een boek!
Voor de muziekfreaks; een YouTube playlist :

Playlist: Max, Micha & het Tet-Offensief Soundtrack

The song of 2020: I know the end – Phoebe Bridgers

Phoebe Bridgers was everywhere this year; Better Oblivion Community Center with Conor Oberst, her cover of The Goo Goo Doll’s “Iris” with Maggie Rogers to celebrate Trump’s defeat, but most importantly her solo album with this impressive multi-faceted and deeply touching “I know the end”.

Phoebe Bridgers - I Know the End (Official Video)

Music from our Tube: Black Country, New Road – ‘Science Fair’

A song I Shazammed twice in the last couple of days when hearing it on PBB and which I’ve just now listened to 5 times already as it really is that intense, angry, chaotic, poetic and … well, good? The video is pretty great as well! Black Country, New Road – ‘Science Fair’

Black Country, New Road - 'Science Fair' (Official Video)

LYTE: change in YouTube API caching behavior

As mentioned earlier here, Google checks YouTube API usage and can cancel a project/ API key if there are no API requests for 90 days. Based on the fact that earlier post received more hits the last week and people asking on the WordPress support forum, I went back to the drawing board code editor and added logic for LYTE’s cached YouTube API responses to expire after 2 months, causing somewhat regular requests to YouTube which should keep Google happier with the API usage.
Obviously if you have page caching (which you should) this can have an impact as well, as a cached page will not result in LYTE “seeing” the request, so the cached YouTube data would not get refreshed even if older then 2 months. Then again having such aggressive page caching would likely cause other issues (nonces in forms becoming invalid and such), so I *think* the one month margin (results cached for 2 months whereas Google wants activity in 90 days) should suffice.
For those who don’t like the cache to expiry of if you want more or less then 2 months; I added  2 filters allowing you to tweak with a bit of code. Returning false to lyte_ytapi_check_cache will make LYTE function as before (no cache expiry) and the cache expiry threshold can be changed using the lyte_ytapi_cache_gracetime filter.
And like blogposts concerning LYTE, here’s a video to show it action: Yves Tumor with “Gospel for a New Century”. Weird stuff I admit (you have been warned), but good weird really …

Yves Tumor - Gospel For A New Century (Official Video)