music clip of the day


Month: September, 2012

Sunday, 9/30/12

best show on radio?

Kevin Nutt, Sinner’s CrossroadsWFMU-FM*
Marathon Broadcast, 3/12/09

*Thursday nights, 8-9 p.m. (EST). Wanna hear last week’s show? Here.


taking a break

I’m taking some time off—back in a while.

Saturday, 9/29/12


The other night my son Alex took me—this was my Christmas present—to see this guy at a small concert hall on the north side of Chicago (Old Town School of Folk Music). We’d last seen him together 20 years ago, in 1992, at a little club not far from where we live (FitzGerald’s). Alex wasn’t even five years old. It was an early evening set, part of a big Fourth of July festival. The night was stormy. The power went out. He played by candlelight.

 Alejandro Escovedo, singer, songwriter, guitarist, bandleader

“Anchor” (A. Escovedo & C. Prophet)
Live, Austin, Tx., 2010


“Always a Friend” (A. Escovedo & C. Prophet)
Live (with Bruce Springsteen), Asbury Park, N.J., 2010


“Tender Heart” & “Street Songs” (A. Escovedo & C. Prophet)
Live, Austin, Tx., 2010

(Originally posted 1/16/12.)

*Happy (25th) Birthday, Alex!

Friday, 9/28/12

two takes

How To Dress Well (Tom Krell), “Cold Nites”

Live in the Boiler Room, 2012


Recording (Total Loss), 2012



reading table

the sky huge and clear
the marsh miles from farms and houses

overjoyed by the cranes
standing around the sandbars

the mountains above the clouds in the distance

this water
utterly still
in the dusk

the white moon overhead

I let my boat drift free tonight
I can’t go home.

—Wang Wei (701-61), “Floating on a Marsh” (trans. from Chinese by David Young [Five T’ang Poets, 1990])

Thursday, 9/27/12

love it or hate it

Bill Orcutt (guitar), Chris Corsano (drums), live, Wind Gap, Pa., 9/3/12



Wednesday, 9/26/12

street music: Bangalore (India)

Four drummers, 2010

Tuesday, 9/25/12


Ravi Coltrane (JC’s son), tenor saxophone; Matt Garrison, bass (son of Coltrane bassist Jimmy Garrison); Nikki Glaspie, drums; live (Le Poisson Rouge), New York, 1/7/12

Monday, 9/24/12

street music: New Orleans

Brass band, 5/12

Sunday, 9/23/12

Little Richard testifies.

With Jerry Lee Lewis, “I’ll Fly Away,” TV show, 1983


With The Shirelles, “Joy, Joy, Joy,” TV show (England), 1963



random thoughts

What do you do when it becomes apparent that the story of your life is being told by an unreliable narrator?

Saturday, 9/22/12

Questlove (:10-) & Tony Allen (1:25-), live, Paris, 2011

What a contrast. Questlove, focusing on power and momentum, pushes the beat. Tony lies behind it, skips ahead, lies back again, favoring suppleness and elasticity.

Friday, 9/21/12

only rock ’n’ roll

Little Richard, “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” TV show (Shindig!), 1964

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