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Month: February, 2014

Friday, February 28th

only rock ’n’ roll

Cloud Nothings, “Psychic Trauma”

Live, Houston, 2013


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Recording, 2014


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lagniappe

reading table

August Kleinzahler (1949-), reading “Portrait of My Mother in January”:


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The older I get the more grateful I am not to be told how everything comes out.

William Maxwell (1908-2000), novelist, New Yorker fiction editor, etc.

Thursday, February 27th

sounds of Chicago

Klang (James Falzone, clarinet; Jason Adasiewicz, vibraphone; Jason Roebke, bass; Tim Daisy, drums), live (studio performance), 2009


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lagniappe

art beat: the other day at the Art Institute of Chicago

Mark Rothko (1903-1970), Untitled (Purple, White, and Red), 1953

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This painting and I have been getting together, several times a year, for decades. Admittedly, our relationship is rather one-sided. But, if anything, its indifference to me only deepens my feelings for it.

Wednesday, February 26th

what’s new

OY, “Market Place” (video shot in Accra, Ghana), 2014

Tuesday, February 25th

old stuff

Kansas City Six (Buck Clayton, trumpet; Lester Young, clarinet; Eddie Durham, electric guitar; Freddie Green, rhythm guitar; Walter Page, bass; Jo Jones, drums), “Pagin’ the Devil,” 1938

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lagniappe

reading table

in blossoming trees
suddenly he’s hidden . . .
my son

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827; translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)

Monday, February 24th

what’s new

Neneh Cherry, live (studio performance), New York, 2014

“Blank Project”


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“Weightless”


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These songs are on her new album, Blank Project, as is this track.

“Out of the Black” (feat. Robyn)

 

Sunday, February 23rd

testify

Jackson Southernaires, “Can’t Make It By Myself,” live, Jackson, Miss., 1996

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lagniappe

reading table

Barn’s burnt down—
now
I can see the moon.

—Mizuta Masahide, 1657-1723 (translated from Japanese by Lucien Stryk and Takashi Ikemoto)

Saturday, February 22nd

A pianist plays the piano.

A violinist plays the violin.

A percussionist plays . . . how much time have you got?

Augusta Read Thomas (1964-), Resounding Earth (2012); Third Coast Percussion

1st Movement


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2nd Movement


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3rd Movement


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4th Movement


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lagniappe

musical thoughts

Augusta Read Thomas, talking about Resounding Earth:

Friday, February 21st

only rock ’n’ roll

The Ex, “Double Order,” France (Orleans), 2013


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found words

From the Chicago Reader music section (2/20/14):

. . . hails from the same quasi-grimestep/post-IDM interzone that’s home to artists as disparate as . . .

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This Liverpool trio plays what it calls ‘caveman doom’ . . .

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. . . retrofuturist murder ballad . . .

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. . . works the same territory that grindcore and sludge bands cleared in the 90s.

Thursday, February 20th

what’s new

Vijay Iyer (pianist, composer, bandleader, Harvard professor, MacArthur “genius” grant winner, etc.), Mutations, 2014

Wednesday, February 19th

sounds of Chicago

Mike Reed’s People, Places & Things (MR, drums; Jason Roebke, bass; Greg Ward, alto saxophone; Tim Haldeman, tenor saxophone), “Wilbur’s Tune,” live, Paris, 2010

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Mike Reed’s Myth/Science Assembly (MR, drums; Tomas Fujiwara, drums; Josh Abrams, bass; Greg Ward, alto saxophone; Ingrid Laubrock, tenor saxophone; Taylor Ho Bynum, trumpet; Mary Halvorson, guitar; Tomeka Reid, cello; Jason Adasiewicz, vibraphone; Nick Butcher, electronics), live (rearranging a found Sun Ra fragment [excerpt]), Chicago (Chicago Jazz Festival), 2011

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Mike Reed’s Loose Assembly (MR, drums; Josh Abrams, bass; Greg Ward, alto saxophone; Tomeka Reid, cello; Jason Adasiewicz, vibraphone), live (studio performance), Chicago, c. 2009

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If other Chicago musicians are “busy,” what’s Mike Reed? In addition to leading various groups, he owns and operates Constellation, a performing arts center. Then there’s the Pitchfork Music Festival, which this summer will feature, over the course of three days, Beck, Giorgio Moroder, Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, et al. He books and produces it.

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