music clip of the day


Month: March, 2012

Saturday, 3/31/12


Jerry McCain, singer, songwriter, harmonica player
June 18, 1930-March 28, 2012

These tracks were recorded, in the mid-1950s, as demos in Jerry’s living room in Gadsden, Alabama, using a single microphone and a one-track home tape recorder.

“Geronimo Rock ’n’ Roll”


“Rock ’n’ Roll Ball”


“A Cutie Named Judy”


“Bell In My Heart”

Friday, 3/30/12

only rock ’n’ roll

The Cramps, live
California State Mental Hospital (Napa), 1978

Thursday, 3/29/12

Erlend Viken, “Storpolsdansen,” live

This guy I stumbled upon the other day, as I do so many things, listening to the radio (Transpacific Sound Paradise, WFMU-FM, Sat., 6-9 p.m. [EST]). His studio performance, and interview, can be heard here.



random thoughts

Does life become more understandable as you get older—or less?

Wednesday, 3/28/12

What better experience for playing with the Velvet Underground, whose mentor, Andy Warhol, once observed “the channels switch, but it’s all television,” than to appear on I’ve Got a Secret?

I’ve Got a Secret (Garry Moore, host; John Cale, guest), 1963

The piece he plays at the end, Vexations, was composed in the early 1890s by Erik Satie.



MCOTD’s granddog, and muse, Roscoe

Tuesday, 3/27/12

what’s new

Let’s pick up where we left off—Mali.

Amadou & Mariam (with Tunde Adibimpe & Kyp Malone [TV on the Radio]), “Wily Kataso,” 2012

More? Here. And here.

Wednesday, 3/21/12

career plans for the next life

If none of the other things I’ve mentioned pan out (tap dancer, rubboard player, reggae bassist), I might take a stab at playing guitar in a Malian band.

Salif Keita & Band, live, Germany (Leverkusener), 2010

Part 1


Part 2


Part 3

More? Here. And here.



reading table

a glimpse of moon
over my home village . . .
then clouds

—Kobayashi Issa, 1807 (translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)


taking a break

I’m going to take a little break—back soon.

Tuesday, 3/20/12

There are all kinds of gospel.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Party, “Akhiyan Udeek Diyan,” live

Monday, 3/19/12

Here, to start off the week, is a thought experiment: imagine what American popular music would sound like without gospel.

The O’Jays, “Love Train”

TV Show (David Letterman), 2006


Recording & Video, 1973

Sunday, 3/18/12

In the right hands, anything can be gospel.

Stevie Wonder with Eddie Levert (O’Jays), “All I Do”
Memorial Service for singer Gerald Levert (Eddie’s son), 2006

Saturday, 3/17/12

Listening to this is like surfing: the trick is to catch a wave and ride it.

Charles Gayle Trio,* live, New York (Knitting Factory), 1996

Part 1


Part 2


Part 3


Part 4

More? Here.

*Charles Gayle (piano, tenor saxophone), Gerald Benson (bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums).

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