music clip of the day


Saturday, August 27th


Fats Waller (1904-1943), “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter” (F. Ahlert & J. Young), 1935


Friday, August 26th

summer in the city

Moses Sumney, “Plastic,” live, Chicago (Pitchfork Music Festival), 7/15/16


reading table: two takes

Summer afternoon — summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.

—Henry James (1843-1916)

There is a kind of sullenness that summer / alone possesses.

—Geoffrey Hill (1932-2016), “In Isley Church Lane (3)”

Thursday, August 25th


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor
Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997), live, Moscow, 1975



reading table

Here in my house
a square of light—
moon through the window

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by David Young

Wednesday, August 24th


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major (“Waldstein”); Daniel Barenboim (piano), live, Berlin, 2005



reading table

Moon woke me up
nine times
—still just 4 a.m.

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by David Young

Tuesday, August 23rd

never enough

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor
Jonathan Biss, live, New York, 2011

One of the things I admire about this performance is its immediacy: it feels not like recitation but spontaneous utterance.



reading table

One insect
asleep on a leaf
can change your life

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by David Young


Monday, August 22nd

wake up!

Albert Ayler (1936-1970), live, Europe, 1966

Sunday, August 21st

back to church

“Who Will Be a Witness,” live, St. Paul Baptist Church, Lowrys, S.C., 2002



art beat

Aaron Siskind (1903-1991), Harlem Document (Father Divine Movement), c. 1935

G39620_R, 2/28/12, 11:15 AM, 16C, 4170x4811 (408+1342), 100%, Repro 2.2 v2, 1/15 s, R38.6, G26.5, B40.1


Saturday, August 20th

Close your eyes.

Listen—just listen.

If you don’t have time for this, what do you have time for?

Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996), From me flows what you call Time (1990); La Jolla Symphony (Steven Schick, cond.), live, San Diego, 2008




reading table

Come, see
real flowers
of this painful world.

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Lucien Stryk and Takashi Ikemoto

Friday, August 19th

what’s new

A Tribe Called Red with Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), Narcy, Black Bear
“R.E.D.,” 8/17/16


the beat goes on

2,401 posts—and counting.

Thursday, August 18th

tonight in Chicago

These guys will be playing at Elastic.

Dave Rempis (saxophones) & Tim Daisy (percussion), live, Copenhagen, 2014



random sights

this morning, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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