music clip of the day


Month: February, 2010

Sunday, 2/28/10

If you’re a gospel singer, any time—even (especially?) a sister’s funeral—is a time to sing.

Gene Stewart (of the Soul Stirrers) with Willie Rogers (also of the Soul Stirrers), “The Last Mile of the Way” (recorded by the Soul Stirrers, with Sam Cooke, in 1955), live



Once you are a Soul Stirrer you are always a Soul Stirrer. Sam Cooke will always be known as a Soul Stirrer regardless of what he did in the world.—Willie Rogers


Want more of the Soul Stirrers? Here (with Sam Cooke [10/4/09]).

Saturday, 2/27/10

It used to be that music came from a particular place. No more. Whether it’s Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi (the Iranian saxophonist who’s lived in Germany, in Japan, and now in New York City [2/18/10]), or Burkina Electric (whose members come from Burkina Faso, from Germany, and from New York City [by way of Austria] [2/22/10]), or this singer, who’s lived (and has homes) in Nigeria and in Germany, much of today’s most intriguing music has its ears and heart and feet on more than one continent.

Nneka, “Heartbeat”

Take 1: recording/video


Take 2: live, Philadelphia, 2009


Take 3: J. Period Remix, featuring Talib Kweli

Friday, 2/26/10

something you cannot do

Watch this guy and not feel better about, well, pretty much everything.


Jackie Wilson, “You Better Know It,” 1959

Take 1: TV broadcast


Take 2: Movie (Go, Johnny, Go!)

Want more? Here (“Lonely Teardrops” [11/20/09]).

Thursday, 2/25/10

Composed almost a century ago, these tiny pieces—haiku-like in their compression—still astonish.

Anton Webern (1883-1945), Six Bagatelles for String Quartet, Op. 9 (1911-13)/LaSalle Quartet



The 15th of September 1945, the day of Anton Webern’s death, should be a day of mourning for any receptive musician. We must hail not only this great composer but also a real hero. Doomed to a total failure in a world of ignorance and indifference he inexorably kept on cutting out his diamonds, his dazzling diamonds, the mines of which he had such a perfect knowledge.—Igor Stravinsky

Wednesday, 2/24/10


1. Take a singer whose range includes about as many notes as he has fingers (on one hand).

2. Add a saxophonist who’s renowned for his melodic and harmonic inventiveness.

3. Mix?

Leonard Cohen with Sonny Rollins, “Who By Fire,” live (TV broadcast), 1989

These two mostly sound (to these ears) like, well, what they are: two distinctive artists whose musical worlds couldn’t be more different. But when Sonny finally leaves his world and enters Leonard’s—a world where melodic invention counts for nothing and subtle changes in inflection count for everything—the results are breathtaking (5:47 and following).




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Hope that sometime I will play in your city to have a chance to meet you.


—Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi [2/18/10]

Tuesday, 2/23/10

Innovation has its place. But sometimes you just want heart.

Ben Webster (tenor saxophone) with Teddy Wilson (piano), “Old Folks,” live, Denmark (Copenhagen), 1970

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Monday, 2/22/10

Digital Africa is here . . . —DJ Spooky

Burkina Electric (Mai Lingani, vocals; Wende K. Blass, guitar, vocals; Lukas Ligeti [son of composer Gyorgy Ligeti], electronics, drums; Pyrolator [Kurt Dahlke], electronics), “Sankar Yaare”

Take 1: DJ Spooky Remix


Take 2: Mapstation Remix



Marilyn Monroe, DJ Andy Warhol Remix

Sunday, 2/21/10

Ever wonder what Brian Eno has on his iPod?

I’ve been listening a lot lately to a box-set called ‘Goodbye Babylon’ which is 6 CDs of early 20th-century American religious music, black and white music, you know.

It’s got those Norfolk a cappella quartets and it’s got country singers, and there’s church services and everything. It’s the best compilation I’ve seen for years. It comes with a fantastic book. I find that so intriguing that I just listen again and again.—Brian Eno (quoted in L.A. Weekly)


Sister O.M. Terrell

“The Bible’s Right” (1953, Nashville; included in Goodbye, Babylon)


“Gambling Man” (1953, Nashville)


“Swing Low, Chariot” (1953, Nashville)



Ola Mae Long was born in Atlanta in 1911. She was raised by her mother, a laundress, near Decatur Street, and in 1922 she had a religious conversion at a revival. Thereafter, she began a street ministry under the auspices of the Fire Baptized Holiness Church of God, originally a South Carolina sect. Singing and playing guitar in the slide style, Terrell (her married name) spent the next half-century evangelizing on streets, in churches, and on the radio in South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee.—Goodbye Babylon (accompanying book)

Want more? Here.

Saturday, 2/20/10

Bessie Smith, Clifford Brown, Scott LaFaro, Duane Allman: the road where musicians lose their lives goes on, and on, and on.

Lil’ Dave Thompson, May 21, 1969-February 14, 2010 (killed in a car accident Sunday morning en route home to Greenville, Mississippi, after a Saturday night performance in Charleston, South Carolina)

“I Got The Blues,” live, Kentucky (Bowling Green), 2008


“Lil’ Girl,” live, Pennsylvania (Blakeslee), 2008


“Call Me, Baby,” live, South Carolina (Charleston), 2009

Friday, 2/19/10

From Reminders for Daily Living (3d ed. 2007):

Always keep a cape handy.

James Brown, “Please, Please, Please,” live, 1964, California (Santa Monica), The T.A.M.I. Show

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