music clip of the day


Tuesday, 5/1/12

ready to levitate?

Peter Brötzmann  Chicago Tentet,* “Aziz” (M. Zerang), recorded live in Chicago (Empty Bottle), 9/17/97 (Okka Disk OD-12022)



art beat: yesterday at the Art Institute of Chicago (after meeting with a client at the nearby federal jail)

Utagawe Hiroshige, Suijin Shrine and Massaki on the Sumida River (from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo), c. 1856


reading table

Were I to choose an auspicious image for the new millennium, I would choose . . . the sudden agile leap of the poet-philosopher who raises himself above the weight of the world, showing that with all his gravity he has the secret of lightness, and that what many consider to be the vitality of the times—noisy, aggressive, revving and roaring—belongs to the realm of death, like a cemetery for rusty old cars.

—Italo Calvino, “Lightness,” in Six Memos for the New Millenium (1988, translated from Italian by Patrick Creagh)


*PB, tenor sax/clarinet/tarogato; Mars Williams, tenor/alto/soprano sax/clarinet; Ken Vandermark, tenor sax/clarinet/bass clarinet; Mats Gustafsson, baritone sax/fluteophone; Joe McPhee, pocket cornet/valve trombone/soprano sax; Jeb Bishop, trombone; Fred Lonberg-Holm, cello; Kent Kessler, bass; Michael Zerang, drums/percussion; Hamid Drake, drums/percussion.

Monday, 4/30/12

Happy (79th) Birthday, Willie!

Willie Nelson, “She’s Not For You,” “Darkness On the Face of the Earth,” “Hello Walls,” TV show (The Porter Wagoner Show), 1965



Today, at 8 a.m. (EST), WKCR-FM (broadcasting from Columbia University) kicks off their Annual Country Music Festival. This year’s fest, which runs until midnight Wednesday, focuses on “the Outlaw and Progressive country movements of the 1970s”: “new and archival interviews from Ray Wylie Hubbard, Billy Joe Shaver, Willie Nelson, and Waylon Jennings”; “[s]pecial segments . . . detail[ing] the fertile creative scene in Lubbock, Texas”; “the endurance of the outlaw theme in country music”; “progressive country’s Californian comrades,” etc. (To college students this stuff ain’t just old—it’s history.)

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