music clip of the day


Month: January, 2014

Tuesday, January 21st


Claudio Abbado, conductor, June 26, 1933-January 20, 2014

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911), Symphony No. 5 (4th Movt.); Lucerne Festival Orchestra (Claudio Abbado, cond.), live, 2004

I love watching him conduct: his hands and arms embody the music, moving with the grace, and the precision, of a ballet dancer.



reading table

[T]he time of death is every moment . . .

—T. S. Eliot, “The Dry Salvages”

Monday, January 20th

Some people make music even when they speak.

Martin Luther King Jr., “I Have a Dream,” Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963

Reading this, instead of hearing it, would be like reading a transcription of a spellbinding saxophone solo.

Sunday, January 19th

Aretha’s daddy

Rev. C. L. Franklin (1915-1984), “I’m Going Through,” recorded live at New Bethel Baptist Church (8430 Linwood St., Detroit, Mich.)


Rev. C. L. Franklin (right) with Joe Von Battle, owner of Detroit’s JVB Records and Joe’s Records Shop, c. 1950s




random thoughts

Life is a chronic problem.

Saturday, January 18th

never enough

One-word review: riveting.

Johann Sebastian Bach, Chaconne in D minor for solo violin (Partita for Violin No. 2); Ivry Gitlis (violin), live, Japan (Tokyo), 1990



art beat

Weegee (AKA Arthur Fellig, 1899-1968)


Friday, January 17th

Chvrches, “Lies,” live, Scotland (Glasgow), 2012

Ever notice how terribly young everyone seems to be getting?

Thursday, January 16th

sounds of Chicago

Hieroglyphic Being (AKA Jamal Moss), “Space Is The Place (But We Stuck Here On Earth)”

Wednesday, January 15th


Roy Campbell Jr., trumpeter, September 29, 1952-January 9, 2014

Live (RC, pocket trumpet; Rasul Siddik, trumpet; Jobic Le Masson, piano; Aldridge Hansberry, drums), Paris, 2006



reading table

In the dirty city
one rare glimpse—
mountain moon

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694, translated from Japanese by David Young)

Wednesday, January 8th

William Basinski, “Silent Night,” 2004



musical thoughts

If all we ever listen to are things that sound like things we’ve heard before, aren’t we living, however comfortably, in an echo chamber?


taking a break

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

Tuesday, January 7th

Henry Theadgill’s Zooid,* live, New York (Roulette), 2012




Today WKCR-FM (Columbia University) is featuring Threadgill and a host of other musicians who came out of Chicago in the ’60s and ’70s.

In May of 1977, members of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) collaborated with students at WKCR to present “Chicago Comes to New York,” a four-day music festival at Columbia University’s Wollman Auditorium.  Join us starting midnight on January 7, 2014 as we revisit this momentous event with a 24-hour marathon broadcast featuring music and interviews by the AACM.

Thirty members of the AACM came to New York with their families and friends for the festival, many for the first time. The festival also included an on-air component in the form of a ninety-hour broadcast of music and interviews with AACM artists. Over the last year, two recent WKCR alums restored and digitized the entire collection of reel-to-reel tapes from the festival, hearing the music for the first time since it was recorded.

Celebrate the incredibly important work that members of the AACM have been doing to promote artistic freedom and self-determination for nearly half a century. Help us revitalize and share these unique pieces of recorded history that WKCR is so privileged to have regained access to.



*Henry Threadgill (alto saxophone, flute), Liberty Ellman (acoustic guitar), Jose Davila (tuba), Elliot Humberto Kavee (drums), Zachary Lober (bass), Christopher Hoffman (cello), Ben Gerstein (trombone), Jacob Garchik (trombone), Stephanie Richards (trumpet), Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet).

Monday, January 6th


Phil Everly, singer, songwriter, guitar player, January 19, 1939-January 3, 2014

“Wake Up Little Susie,” 1957

This song I heard constantly, on the radio, on our basement jukebox, everywhere, when I was five. Twenty years later, I married a woman named Suzanne. Coincidence?


 “All I Have To Do Is Dream,” “Cathy’s Clown,” 1960


“Claudette,” “Walk Right Back,” “Crying in the Rain,” “Cathy’s Clown,” “Love Is Strange,” “When Will I Be Loved?,” “So Sad (To Watch Love Go Bad),” “Bird Dog,” “Be-Bop-a-Lula,” “Barbara Allen,” “A Long Time Gone,” “Step It Up and Go,” “Bye Bye Love,” “Wake Up Little Susie,” “Devoted to You,” “Love Hurts,”  “(‘Til) I Kissed You,” “All I Have to Do Is Dream,” “Lucille,” “Let It Be Me,” 1983


When Phil and I hit that one spot where I call it The Everly Brothers, I don’t know where it is. ‘Cause it’s not me and it’s not him. It’s the two of us together.

Don Everly

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