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Month: June, 2012

Wednesday, 6/20/12

bread and circuses

This is my idea of good government.

A Summer Solstice Backyard Parade and Procession

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
[Garfield Park, Chicago]

Featuring Mucca Pazza, the Circus Punk Marching Band, Kaotic Drumline, Oper-a-matic, Food Trucks, and More!

Marching bands, both traditional and unique, will be lining up in our backyard space for a mid-summer’s night march. Chicago’s inspiring community drum corps Kaotic, as well as the fantastic punk rock marching band Mucca Pazza will be parading throughout our backyard spaces, in a non-traditional community parade. Instrument making stations will be stationed throughout the event. Come make your own parade.

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Mucca Pazza, live, Evanston (Ill.), 6/30/11

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Kaotic Drumline, 2009

Tuesday, 6/19/12

Turn it off: cellphone, email, Twitter—the whole modern rot.

Let this, and nothing else, surround you.

Frederic Chopin, Nocturne in D-flat major, Op. 27, No. 2
Martha Argerich (piano), live, Germany (Saarbrücken), 1972

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lagniappe

musical thoughts

In the right hands there are no notes—only mysteries.

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reading table

Then I considered the spiritual bread that a newspaper constitutes, still warm and moist as it emerges from the press and the morning mist in which it has been delivered at crack of dawn to the housemaids who take it to their masters with a bowl of milk, this miraculous loaf, multiplied ten-thousandfold and yet unique, which stays unchanged for everyone while proliferating across every threshold.

—Marcel Proust, The Fugitive (translated from French by Peter Collier)

Monday, 6/18/12

Happy (Day After) Father’s Day 

Nas (son) with Olu Dara (father), “Bridging the Gap” (2004)
(sampling Muddy Waters’ “Mannish Boy”)

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lagniappe

Here’s more from the old man.

David Murray Octet, “Dewey’s Circle” (DM, tenor saxophone; Olu Dara, trumpet; Butch Morris, cornet; George Lewis, trombone; Henry Threadgill, alto saxophone; Anthony Davis, piano; Wilber Morris, bass; Steve McCall, drums), Ming (Black Saint, 1980)

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Muddy Waters, “Mannish Boy” (Chess, 1955)

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reading table

People are mysterious, unfathomable—like divinities: natural objects for reverence. But our habits of thought turn the people around us into objects, the means for our self-protection.

—Lama John Makransky, “Family Practice,”
Tricycle, Summer 2001

Sunday, 6/17/12

four takes

“I’ll Fly Away,” Albert E. Brumley, 1929 (publ. 1932)

Jerry Lee Lewis and Mickey Gilley
Live (TV show), 1980

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The Caravans (feat. Shirley Caesar)
Recording, 1964

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Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley
Live, Virginia (Coeburn), 1970s (?)

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Aretha Franklin
Live (Albertina Walker’s home-going service), Chicago, 2010

(This last clip was originally posted on 10/24/10, shortly after Albertina Walker, the leader of the Caravans, passed away.)

Saturday, 6/16/12

two takes

Santigold, “Disparate Youth”

Recording & video, 2012

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Live (studio performance), BBC, 2012

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reading table

After a certain age our memories are so interwoven with each other that the object of our thoughts or the book which we are reading has practically no importance. We have left traces of ourselves everywhere, everything is fertile, everything is dangerous, and we can make discoveries every bit as precious in an advertisement for soap as Pascal’s Pensées.

—Marcel Proust, The Fugitive (translated from French by Peter Collier)

Sunday, 6/10/12

Aretha’s father

Rev. C. L. Franklin (1915-1984), live, Dallas
“The Doors of the Church Are Open”/“I Will Trust in the Lord”
(recording ends at 5:55)

One thing I love about this is the ease with which he slides into and out of song (1:20, 2:25, 2:50, etc.). (Or is it all song?)

More? Here.

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taking a break

I’m going to take some time off—back in a bit.

Saturday, 6/9/12

Spirits need a lift?

Consider this: how much wonderful music—more than a lifetime’s worth—waits to be heard for the first time.

Morton Feldman, For Philip Guston (1984)*

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

More Feldman?

Here.

Here. 

And here.

Here. 

And here. And here. And here.

Here. 

And here.

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musical thoughts

Q. This is a tough question, but what would be your five Desert Island disks?

John Luther Adams: I’d want music I could live inside for a long time; music that’s complex and enigmatic enough that there’s always something new to discover. Off the top of my head, my choices might be . . .

One of Morton Feldman’s major works, probably the Second String Quartet. Or maybe For Philip Guston.

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*For piano, celesta, piccolo, flute, alto flute, glockenspiel, vibraphone, marimba, chimes.

Friday, 6/8/12

only rock ’n’ roll

The Hives, “Tick Tick Boom”
Live, Coachella (California), 4/15/12

More? Here.

Thursday, 6/7/12

Ken Vandermark (saxophone) & Paal Nilssen-Love (drums)
Live, Romania (Bucharest), 2010

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musical thoughts

Last night, while I was listening to these guys at a little club on Chicago’s near northwest side (The Hideout), a thought kept running through my head: there’s nothing like live music; there’s nothing at all like live music; there’s nothing at all in this world even remotely like live music.

Wednesday, 6/6/12

three takes

“Fool For You” (C.L. Green)

Alice Smith, recording and video, 2011

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Cee Lo Green, feat. Melanie Fiona, recording, 2011

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Alice Smith, live, Washington, D.C. (Howard Theatre), 2012

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reading table

What will it all be like in five years’ time
when you try to remember?

—John Ashbery, “For John Clare” (excerpt)

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