music clip of the day


Month: February, 2012

Thursday, 3/1/12

sounds of joy

Sex Mob,* live, New York (Iridium), 2004

Part 1


Part 2


Part 3

*Steven Bernstein, slide trumpet; Briggan Krauss, alto saxophone; Tony Scherr, bass; Kenny Wollesen, drums

Wednesday, 2/29/12

keep on dancing

Moodymann, “The Day We Lost The Soul”/ “Tribute! (To The Soul We Lost),” 1995


Theo Parrish, “The Love I Lost” (Re-edit of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes), 2003

More Theo? Here. And here. And here. And here.



musical thoughts

Dance music holds out the hope, as the beat goes on, and on, and on, that nothing will be lost. Ever. But then it, too, ends.

Tuesday, 2/28/12

basement jukebox*

Lee Moses, singer & guitarist, 1941-1997

“Bad Girl” (1967)

Part 1


Part 2


“Diana (From N.Y.C.)” (1971)


*When I was little, a big bright jukebox lit up our basement. Daily it granted our every wish, communicated with just the touch of a finger. “Wake Up Little Susie” (Everly Brothers). “The Battle of New Orleans” (Johnny Horton). “(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance” (Gene Pitney). It taught me something I never forgot—music is magic.

Monday, 2/27/12

protean, adj. 1. Of or resembling Proteus in having a varied nature or ability to assume different forms. 2. Displaying great diversity or variety. E.g., Miles Davis.

Miles Davis Quintet (MD, trumpet; Wayne Shorter, tenor saxophone; Herbie Hancock, piano; Ron Carter, bass; Tony Williams, drums), “I Fall In Love Too Easily,” live, Germany (Karlsruhe), 1967

More? Here. And here. And here.



last night

There’s something in nothing, and we’ll never know what it is.

—Susan Howe, poet, after a performance of Frolic Architecture with composer and musician David Grubbs at the University of Chicago’s Bond Chapel

Sunday, 2/26/12

Today let’s leave Chicago, where the longest season, it sometimes seems, is not-yet-spring, and head south—to a little church in a small town in Georgia.

Pilgrim Rest Primitive Baptist Church, Oglethorpe, Georgia, 12/17/11

Anything can be used to make music—even a book (7:57-).



musical thoughts

The passion for music is itself an admission. We know more about a stranger who abandons himself to it than about someone indifferent to it whom we deal with every day.

—E. M. Cioran, Anathemas and Aphorisms (translated from French by Richard Howard, 1991)

Saturday, 2/25/12

only rock ’n’ roll

flashback, n. 1. An unexpected recurrence of the effects of a hallucinogenic drug long after its original use. 2A vivid memory that arises spontaneously or is provoked by an experience. 3An experience that has characteristics of an earlier experience. 

Rubble, live, Austin (Room 710), c. 2005

Friday, 2/24/12

The Golden Age of Television

Johnny Horton, “The Battle of New Orleans” (J. Driftwood)
The Ed Sullivan Show
, 1959

Thursday, 2/23/12

street music

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, New York, 2007

#1 (“Ballicki Bone”)





The horn players—all eight of them—are sons of Sun Ra Arkestra trumpeter and AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) cofounder Phil Cohran.

Wednesday, 2/22/12

old stuff

Jimmie Lunceford and his Dance Orchestra, “Rhythm Coming to Life Again,” “Rhythm Is Our Business,” “You Can’t Pull the Wool Over My Eyes,” “Moonlight on the Ganges,” “Nagasaki,” “Jazznochracy,” 1936

More? Here.

Tuesday, 2/21/12

Some places actually exist because they could never be imagined.

Treme Sidewalk Steppers Second Line, Rebirth Brass Band (with guest Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, trumpet), New Orleans, 2/1/09

Happy Mardi Gras!



Mardi Gras in New Orleans (with Arthur Hardy)

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