Three ancient Muses were reported in Plutarch's Quaestiones Conviviviales (9.I4.2-4). The Roman scholar Varro relates that there are only three Muses: one who is born from the movement of water, another who makes sound by striking the air, and a third, who is embodied only in the human voice. They were Melete, or Practice; Mneme (Memory); and Aoide (Song).
But in later tradition, four Muses were recognized: Thelxinoe, Aoede, Arche, and Melete, said to be daughters of Zeus and Plusia.
All this is to say that you've pro
bably noticed the new contributor by now. Her name is Melissa, and she's not only a great writer, but she loves the hot mess we call “indie rock” at least as much as Aoede, Arche, and Melete do. We've got her posting under the “admin” folder until we get our hosting all worked out, but you can easily track down her Blonde Redhead concert review here, and her Lia Ices dispatch here. Also look for a Radiohead post later this morning.
Welcome aboard, Melissa!