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Month: May, 2011

Tuesday, 5/31/11

favorites
(an occasional series)

She’s going to be a big star someday.

Nneka, live

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(Originally posted 2/15/11.)

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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

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Take 2: live, Philadelphia, 2009

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Take 3: J. Period Remix, featuring Talib Kweli

(Originally posted 2/27/10.)

Monday, 5/30/11

Today we remember him with a mix of new clips and old favorites.

Gil Scott-Heron, April 1, 1949-May 27, 2011

new clips

“The Bottle,” live, Jamaica (Montego Bay, Reggae Sunsplash), 1983
Cool Runnings: The Reggae Movie (1983)

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“We Almost Lost Detroit,” live, Austria (Vienna), 2010

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Interview, England (London), 2010

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old favorites

Here’s a voice I didn’t know if I’d ever hear again.

Gil Scott-Heron, I’m New Here (out this week)

“Where Did The Night Go” (Gil Scott-Heron)

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“Me And The Devil” (Robert Johnson)

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I’ve had bad times in my life when I’d rather be somewhere else doing something else, for sure. But you get to my age, that shit happens. You get in trouble; you maybe lose some folks—a parent or a friend. Maybe your marriage breaks up, you lose your wife, lose touch with your kid. But what life does not have those things in it?—Gil Scott-Heron (in yesterday’s Guardian)

(Orignially posted 2/8/10.)

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I’m the person I see least of over the course of my life, and even what I see is not accurate.

—Gil Scott-Heron (New Yorker, 8/9/2010 [Alec Wilkinson, “New York Is Killing Me”])

Gil Scott-Heron, “I’m New Here” (2010)

(Originally posted 8/24/10.)

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It’s a remix world.

Gil Scott-Heron, “New York Is Killing Me” (2010), Chris Cunningham remix

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Here’s the original track, followed by a couple more remixes.

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With Nas

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With Mos Def

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musical thoughts

In the dark times, will there also be singing? Yes, there will be singing. About the dark times.

—Bertolt Brecht

(Originally posted 12/16/10.)

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remembrances

Alec Wilkinson (New Yorker)

Richard Russell (XL Recordings; produced and released GSH’s last album)

Eminem, Chuck D, Cee Low Green, Talib Kweli, et al.

Sunday, 5/29/11

The doors to this church—the church of gospel music—are always open.
You don’t need to believe anything to enter. All you need are ears to hear.

Brooklyn All-Stars (featuring Joe Yawn), “No Cross, No Crown,” live

More? Here.

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reading table

even the pine tree
I planted grows old!
autumn dusk

—Kobayashi Issa, 1803 (trans. David G. Lanoue)

Saturday, 5/28/11

Tired of the same ol’ same ol’?

Glenn Branca Ensemble, live, New York (The Kitchen), 1995; Symphony No. 8 (“The Mystery” [1992]), Symphony No. 10 (“The Mystery, Part 2” [1994])

Got some headphones? This should be played loud.

More? How ’bout a (terrific) live performance, recorded yesterday at Barcelona’s Primavera Sound Festival? Go to WFMU-FM; click, under “Recently added archives” (lower left corner), “5/27/11: Live Broadcasts and Special Events”—Branca starts at 2:05.

Still more? Here.

Friday, 5/27/11

scenes from New Orleans
(an occasional series)

Small room, deep pocket.

George Porter (bass), Ivan Neville (vocals, keyboards), June Yamagishi (guitar), Johnny Vidacovich (drums), with guest Corey Glover (vocals)
“Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” live, New Orleans (Maple Leaf Bar), 5/4/11

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musical thoughts

Johnny Vidacovich, New Orleans drummer & teacher (Brian Blade, Stanton Moore, et al.), playing and talking (street rhythms, clave, New Orleans drummers, drum tree, etc.)

#1 (clinic)

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#2 (with Stanton Moore)

More Johnny V? Here.

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radio

Today and tomorrow, from 3 p.m. to midnight (EST), WFMU-FM will be broadcasting live sets from Barcelona’s Primavera Sound Festival—Pere Ubu, Swans, Animal Collective, et al.

Thursday, 5/26/11

Light, fluid, elegant—he is, at heart, a tap-dancer.

Paul Motian Quintet (PM, drums; Bill Frisell, guitar; Lee Konitz, alto saxophone; Joe Lovano, tenor saxophone; Marc Johnson, bass); “How Deep Is The Ocean?”; live, Italy (Umbria Jazz Festival), 1995

More Bill Frisell? Here. And here.

Lee Konitz? Here.

Joe Lovano? Here. And here.

Wednesday, 5/25/11

Happy National Tap Dance Day!

Nicholas Brothers (Fayard & Harold)

Pie, Pie Blackbird (1932)

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“Lucky Numbers”
The Black Network (1936)

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“Chattanooga Choo Choo” (with Dorothy Dandridge, Glenn Miller Orchestra)
Sun Valley Serenade (1941)

More? Here.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Happy (70th) Birthday, Bob!

Being young—that’s so twentieth century.

What’s hot now?

Old age.

Bob Dylan, London, 1965 (65 Revisited [2007])

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radio

All Dylan, all day, every day—The World’s Only Bob Dylan Radio Station.

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reading table

More about Bobby D than you could ever want to read.

Monday, 5/23/11

 flicks
(an occasional series)

Rosco Gordon & The Red Tops, “Chicken In The Rough”
Rock Baby, Rock It! (1957)

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radio

Lloyd Knibb Memorial Broadcast: Eastern Standard Time, WKCR-FM (broadcasting from Columbia University), 5/21/11 (archived).

Sunday, 5/22/11

scenes from New Orleans
(an occasional series)

By and By: New Orleans Gospel at the Crossroads (in production)

Trailer

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The Electrifying Crown Seekers, “That’s Heaven To Me” (rehearsal)

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Sunday Night at Ebenezer Baptist Church

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The Voices of Distinction, “A Change Is Gonna Come”

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Title Sequence

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art beat

Michael P. Smith, New Orleans photographer

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