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    Brian Rust, Father of Modern Discography, Dies at 88

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    Brian Rust, a discographic detective who compiled comprehensive guides to recorded jazz and other popular music, in the process setting the standard for the modern field, died on Jan. 5 in Swanage, in southern England. He was 88.

    The cause was complications of prostate cancer, said his son, Victor, who was named for the RCA Victor record label. (The elder Mr. Rust, according to family oral tradition, declined a friend’s suggestion that he name Victor’s twin sister Decca.)

    Often described as the father of contemporary discography, Mr. Rust embarked in the 1940s on a rigorous, deeply personal project that continued long afterward as he haunted archives and hunted down artists to reconstitute long-vanished recording sessions on paper.

    New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Schedule

    Arcade Fire

    Arcade Fire, Bon Jovi, Jimmy Buffett, Sonny Rollins, Kid Rock,
    John Mellencamp, Wilco, Robert Plant, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Willie Nelson,
    The Strokes, John Legend & The Roots
    To Join Hundreds of Louisiana Greats at 2011 Jazz Fest in New Orleans

    Tickets On Sale Now
    VIP & Discount Weekend Packages, Special Hotel Room Rates Available

    New Orleans, LA (January 20, 2011)—The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell today announced the music lineup for the 2011 Festival scheduled for April 29 - May 1 and May 5 - 8. With twelve stages of virtually every style of roots music, Jazz Fest presents one of the entertainment world’s most diverse music lineups, including its unparalleled showcase of Louisiana’s unique culture. Hundreds of thousands of fans annually flock to the seven-day event that has been called America’s best festival.

    Oscar nominations: 'Social Network,' 'Black Swan,' 'King's Speech,' 'True Grit' dominate

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    A psychological thriller, a story of redemption, an animated film about toys and a drama about the rise of Facebook were among the 10 nominees for best film Tuesday for the 83rd annual Academy Awards.

    Nominated in the feature film category were "Black Swan," "The Fighter," "Inception," "The Kids Are All Right," "The King's Speech," "127 Hours," "The Social Network," "Toy Story 3," "True Grit" and "Winter's Bone."

    The 83rd Academy Awards will air live at 5 p.m. Feb. 27 on ABC from the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland.

    Trumpeter plays Erie with top-notch credentials

    ImageDominick Farinacci is one musician who doesn't have to trumpet his own skills. Everyone else blows his horn, including Wynton Marsalis, Quincy Jones, Ernie Krivda, jazz critics and the nation of Japan.

     
    At 27, he's on the jazz fast track, though he's not a newcomer. Farinacci played in Cleveland clubs when he was just 14 years old and was in high school when Marsalis heard him play trumpet. He became not only a friend but also a mentor who helped boost Farinacci's career.

    Turns out that music really is intoxicating, after all

    Turns out that music really is intoxicating, after allAn "outburst of the soul," the composer Frederick Delius called music. The sounds associated with the form produce "a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without," observed Confucius. It is the art "which is most nigh to tears and memory," noted the writer Oscar Wilde.

    It turns out that these guys were more on target than we thought. Our experience of the music we love stimulates the pleasure chemical dopamine in our brain, concludes a new study produced by a slew of scholars at McGill University. The researchers followed the brain patterns of test subjects with MRI imaging, and identified dopamine streaming into the striatum region of their forebrains "at peak emotional arousal during music listening."

    Not only that, but the scientists noticed that various parts of the striatum responded to the dopamine rush differently. The caudate was more involved during the expectation of some really nice musical excerpt, and the nucleus accumbens took the lead during "the experience of peak emotional responses to music."

    In other words, just the anticipation our favorite passage stimulates the production of dopamine. "Our results help to explain why music is of such high value across all human societies," the writers conclude.

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