music clip of the day


Month: May, 2013

Friday, May 31st

Some voices wrap themselves around you and hold you. And you don’t want them to let go.

Ted Hawkins (1936-1995), singer, songwriter, street performer

“Happy Hour” (T. Hawkins)


“Long As I Can See The Light” (J. Fogerty)



musical thoughts

For some of us, music isn’t life or death, it’s much more important than that.

Doug Schulkind

Saturday, May 25th

sounds of Chicago

The Chosen Few Picnic, Jackson Park, 7/12




Beginning at 3 p.m. and going ’til midnight (EST), WFMU-FM will be featuring sounds from this weekend’s Primavera Sound Festival (Barcelona):

3:00 Swans
4:20 Orchestra Poly Rhythmo de Cotonou
4:50 Guardian Alien
5:30 Goat
6:00 Tinariwen
6:20 Mulatu Astatke
6:45 Death Grips
7:10 Thee Oh Sees
7:40 Meat Puppets
8:15 Dan Deacon
9:00 Jesus and Mary Chain
9:30 Dead Can Dance
10:00 Nurse With Wound
11:00 Omar Souleyman
11:30 Wu-Tang Clan


taking a break

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

Friday, May 24th

what’s new

Dirty Beaches, “Casino Lisboa,” 5/13



found words

trap-music phenomenon


the moombahton sound


prolific chiptune band


technical death metal

Chicago Reader, 5/23/13, music listings

Thursday, May 23rd

Some singers are so distinctive that when you’re in the mood for them no one else will do.

Blossom Dearie (1924-2009), “They Say It’s Spring,” 1958*



reading table: Albion Beatnik Bookstore, Oxford, England



*BD, vocals, piano; Herb Ellis, guitar; Ray Brown, bass; Jo Jones, drums.

Wednesday, May 22nd

sounds of Chicago

Want to hear a great solo? You’ve come to the wrong place. This isn’t about solos; it’s about interplay.

The Rempis Percussion Quartet,* live, Chicago (Hideout), 2010



*Dave Rempis, saxophones; Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, bass; Tim Daisy, drums; Frank Rosaly, drums.

Tuesday, May 21st

only rock ’n’ roll

Rolling Stones (with Katy Perry), “Beast of Burden,” live, Las Vegas, 5/13

Seeing Mick perform these days makes me queasy. When Muddy was nearing seventy, he seemed, onstage, entirely at home in himself. Mick seems like an old guy—he turns seventy in July—who wishes he were still twenty.

Monday, May 20th

two takes

“Take Five” (P. Desmond)

Ceramic Dog (Marc Ribot, guitar; Shahzad Ismaily, bass & percussion; Ches Smith, drums), live, Netherlands (Amsterdam), 2013


Dave Brubeck Quartet (DB, piano; Paul Desmond, alto saxophone; Eugene Wright, bass; Joe Morello, drums), live, Germany, 1966



art beat: yesterday at the Art Institute of Chicago

Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), Bullfinch and Weeping Cherry Tree, 1834


Sunday, May 19th

Dixie Hummingbirds (feat. Ira Tucker, lead vocals), “Maybe It’s You,” TV show (TV Gospel Time), early 1960s

Talk about longevity. Ira Tucker joined the Dixie Hummingbirds in 1938, when he was 13. He was still with them in 2008, when he died.

Saturday, May 18th

soundtrack for a dream I’d like to have

Four Tet (AKA Kiernan Hebden), live (Boiler Room), 2012



reading table

I don’t regard my life
as insufficient.
Inside the brushwood gate
there is a moon;
there are flowers.

—Ryokan, 1758-1831 (translated from Japanese by Kazuaki Tanahashi [Sky Above, Great Wind: The Life and Poetry of Zen Master Ryokan])

Friday, May 17th

what’s new

Chris Hadfield (Canadian astronaut), “Space Oddity” (D. Bowie)
International Space Station, 5/12/13 (released)



reading table

I never saw any human being who was of sound mind.

—John Haslam (1764-1844), English physician, quoted in the Times Literary Supplement, 3/29/13 (review of Inconvenient People: Lunacy, Liberty, and the Mad-Doctors in Victorian England)

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