music clip of the day


Month: August, 2012

Friday, 8/31/12

only rock ’n’ roll

Wilco, live, Barcelona (Primavera Sound Festival), 5/31/12












Thursday, 8/30/12

playing this weekend at the Chicago Jazz Festival

Matt Wilson’s Arts & Crafts* (Sunday, 3:30 p.m.)
“We See” (T. Monk), live, New York, 2011

(Paul Motian, this guy—drummers seem to have a particular feeling for Monk.)


Steve Coleman and Five Elements** (Sunday, 7:10 p.m.)
Live, New York, 2010


Ken Vandermark’s Made To Break Quartet*** (Sunday, 2:20 p.m.)
Live, Barcelona, 2011


*MW, drums; Terell Stafford, trumpet; Gary Versace, piano; Martin Wind, bass.

**SC, alto saxophone; Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet; Tim Albright, trombone; Miles Okazaki, guitar; David Virelles, piano; Thomas Morgan, bass; Marcus Gilmore, drums.

***KV, reeds; Christof Kurzmann, electronics; Devin Hoff, bass; Tim Daisy, drums.

Wednesday, 8/29/12

who you’d be swept away by—right now—
if you were a 24-year-old male*

Jessie Ware, live, London, 7/18/12

“Night Light”


“Taking In Water”





radio: final day of WKCR’s Pres-&-Bird Birthday Marathon


*Based on a sample of one—my son Alex.

Tuesday, 8/28/12

Need a ticket to an enchanted forest?

John Luther Adams, songbirdsongs (1974-80)



radio: day two of WKCR’s Pres-&-Bird Birthday Marathon

Monday, 8/27/12

Everybody knows the boat is leaking . . .

Leonard Cohen, “Everybody Knows,” live, London, 2008



talking (Canadian TV, 1997)

(Yeah, the interviewer is often obnoxious; but, despite [because of?] that, this is one of the more intriguing “celebrity interviews” I’ve heard.)


reading table

Returning To My Cottage
by Wang Wei (699-759 [trans. David Young])

A bell in the distance
the sound floats
down the valley

one by one
woodcutters and fishermen
stop work, start home

the mountains move off
into darkness

alone, I turn home
as great clouds beckon
from the horizon

the wind stirs delicate vines
and water chestnut shoots
catkin fluff sails past

in the marsh to the east
new growth
vibrates with color

it’s sad
to walk in the house
and shut the door.


radio: 72 hours of Pres & Bird

Celebrating the birthdays of Lester Young (8/27) and Charlie Parker (8/29), WKCR-FM (broadcasting from Columbia University) will be playing their music all day today, tomorrow, and Wednesday.

Sunday, 8/26/12

Here are a few more takes on a song we listened to a couple weeks ago“Sending Up My Timber.”

Rev. Raymond Branch, Los Angeles (Heavenly Rainbow Baptist Church), 2010


Blind Willie McTell (Pig ’n Whistle Red), 1950


Otis Clay & Clarence Fountain (Direct Hits from Bullseye Blues), 1993


Ya’Londa Freeman & Gardner Family, Baltimore (Har Sinai Church of Christ, funeral for Jaycee Gardner), 2008

Saturday, 8/25/12


Good taste is timeless.

Girl Talk, “Play Your Part (Pt. 1)”

(Originally posted 10/27/09.)

Friday, 8/24/12


Sly and the Family Stone

“Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again),” TV Show (Soul Train), 1974


“In Time,” Fresh, 1973

Jazz legend Miles Davis was so impressed by the song “In Time” . . . that he made his band listen to the track repeatedly for a full 30 minutes. Composer and music theorist Brian Eno cited Fresh as having heralded a shift in the history of recording, “where the rhythm instruments, particularly the bass drum and bass, suddenly [became] the important instruments in the mix.”




art beat: more from Tuesday’s stop at the Art Institute of Chicago

Roy Lichtenstein, Landscape in Fog (1996)

Thursday, 8/23/12

Music, for some people, is no less vital than oxygen.

James Rhodes, talking and playing (2010)



reading table

To Praise the Music
by William Bronk (1918-1999)

Evening. The trees in late winter bare
against the sky. Still light, the sky.
Trees dark against it. A few leaves
on the trees. Tension in their rigid branches as if
–oh, it is all as if, but as if, yes,
as if they sang songs, as if they praised.
Oh, I envy them. I know the songs.

As if I know some other things besides.
As if; but I don’t know, not more
than to say the trees know. The trees don’t know
and neither do I. What is it keeps me from praise?
I praise. If only to say their songs,
say yes to them, to praise the songs they sing.
Envied music. I sing to praise their song.

(Want to hear Bronk, a MCOTD Hall of Famer, read this? Here.)


art beat: more from Tuesday’s stop at the Art Institute of Chicago

Roy Lichtenstein, Mirror #3 (Six Panels) (1971)


Wednesday, 8/22/12

It’s impossible, sometimes, to separate our experience of music, especially pop music, from the surrounding circumstances. The other day, for instance, I was taking my son Luke back to school in Bloomington, Indiana. He was playing dashboard DJ. As we rolled through the hills of southern Indiana, nearing our destination, this came on after a long stretch of hip-hop (Lil Wayne, Eminem, Young Jeezy, Tyga, et al.), and the electronic intro, the Björk-like voice—they lit up the highway.

Ellie Goulding, “Lights”



art beat: yesterday at the Art Institute of Chicago (after a hearing at the nearby federal court building)

Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective (through 9/3/12)

Look Mickey (1961)


Artist’s Studio “Look Mickey” (1973)

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