music clip of the day


Friday, August 26th

summer in the city

Moses Sumner, “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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Wednesday, August 17th


Bobby Hutcherson, vibraphonist, January 27, 1941-August 15, 2016

“Herzog” (R. Hutcherson), live, France (Antibes), 1969*



musical thoughts

Speaking in recent years, Mr. Hutcherson was fond of citing a bit of insight from an old friend. “Eric Dolphy said music is like the wind,” he told The San Francisco Chronicle in 2012. “You don’t know where it came from, and you don’t know where it went. You can’t control it. All you can do is get inside the sphere of it and be swept away.”

—New York Times obituary, 8/17/16


WKCR-FM (Columbia University) is featuring his music until 3 p.m. (EST).


*With Harold Land (tenor saxophone), Stanley Cowell (piano), Reggie Johnson (bass), Joe Chambers (drums).


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