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Month: October, 2011

Monday, 10/31/11

two takes

Need a Monday morning boost? You’ve come to the right place.

“Let the Good Times Roll”

Koko Taylor (1928-2009), live

Years ago, when I was at Alligator Records, I worked with her—what a sweetheart.

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Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five, c. 1946

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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lagniappe

art beat

Yesterday at Chicago’s Goodman Theater:

MARK ROTHKO: Wait. Stand closer. You’ve got to get close. Let it pulsate. Let it work on you. Closer. . . . There. Let it spread out. Let it wrap its arms around you; let it embrace you, filling even your peripheral vision so nothing else exists or has ever existed or will ever exist. Let the picture do its work—But work with it. Meet it halfway for God’s sake. Lean forward, lean into it. Engage with it!

—John Logan, Red (2009)

Sunday, 10/30/11

As snow falls in the Northeast, let’s head to the Southeast.

Mt. Do-Well Baptist Church Hymn Choir, “That Morning Train”
Live, South Carolina (Mt. Do-Well Baptist Church, McConnells), 2006

More? Here. And here.

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art beat

Friday at the Art Institute of Chicago (after a sentencing hearing in a drug case in federal court; my guy got 86 months, which was a little more than I’d hoped for but a lot less than the 151-188 months the government sought):

Vincent van Gogh
Terrace and Observation Deck
at the Moulin de Blute-Fin, Montmarte
 (1887)

Saturday, 10/29/11

Some music isn’t made for summer: it wants more night.

Bela Bartok, String Quartet No. 5, excerpt (3rd movement)
Calder Quartet, live, 2008, Los Angeles

More Bartok? Here.

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lagniappe

reading table

This road—
no one goes down it,
autumn evening.

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), trans. Robert Hass

Friday, 10/28/11

two takes

Some singers, some songs, I never tire of.

Dionne Warwick, “Anyone Who Had A Heart” (B. Bacharach & H. David)

Live (with Burt B. at the piano), New York (Rainbow Room), 1996

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Recording (Scepter 1963)

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lagniappe

three more takes

Dusty Springfield, recording (1964)

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Shelby Lynne, recording & video (2008)

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Ronald Isley, live (TV broadcast, with Burt B. at the piano, 2004)

Thursday, 10/27/11

 flicks

Bessie Smith, St. Louis Blues (1929)

Part 1

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Part 2

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Wednesday, 10/26/11

old stuff

I Listen to the Wind That Obliterates My Traces: Music in Vernacular Photographs 1880-1955, edited by Steve Roden (Dust-to-Digital 2011)

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lagniappe

tip of the day

Get yourself a copy of this: it’s one of the most beautiful book-and-CD packages I’ve ever seen. Late at night, when everyone else is asleep and the house is still, you’ll be glad you have it.

Tuesday, 10/25/11

 flicks

Robert Mitchum, “The Ballad of Thunder Road”
Thunder Road (1958)


Monday, 10/24/11

Wild Flag, live, SXSW (Austin, Texas), 3/11

“Romance” (Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop)

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“Future Crimes” (IFC Crossroads House)

Someday an all-female band will seem no more remarkable than an
all-male one.

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lagniappe

radio

A live studio performance,* which I caught part of Saturday afternoon, can be heard here.

*The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T (Sat., 3-6 p.m. [EST]), WFMU-FM

Sunday, 10/23/11

Slim and The Supreme Angels, “I Wanna Go”
Live, North Carolina (Branch Memorial Tabernacle, Goldsboro), c. 1996

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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reading table

—“Never again, never again!”
—And yet there’s a contradiction: “never again” isn’t eternal, since you yourself will die one day.
“Never again” is the expression of an immortal.

—Roland Barthes, Mourning Diary (trans. Richard Howard, 2010)

More of these handwritten diary entries, which were written after Barthes’ mother died, can be found here. (Thanks to Orange Crate Art for the tip.)

Saturday, 10/22/11

Last night, while I was driving to Bloomington, Indiana (to see my son Luke), this kept me company in the darkness.

Theo Parrish, “Black Music,” Sound Sculptures Vol. 1 (2007)

More? Here. And here. And here.

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