music clip of the day


Month: November, 2014

Thursday, November 20th


Masayoshi Fujita, “Snow Storm,” 2012




reading table

early winter seclusion—
whose thin smoke
over there?

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

Wednesday, November 19th

tonight in Chicago

These guys will be playing at Constellation.

Frode Gjerstad Trio (FG, reeds; Jon Rune Strøm, bass; Paal Nilssen-Love, drums)

Live, Poland (Poznan), 2012


Live, New York, 2012



random thoughts

What’s surprising isn’t that we die: it’s that we live.

Tuesday, November 18th

four takes

“Lulu’s Back In Town” (A. Dubin, H. Warren)

Fats Waller (studio recording), 1935




Art Tatum (live), 1935


Thelonious Monk (live, Paris; Charlie Rouse [tenor saxophone], Larry Gales [bass], Ben Riley [drums]), 1966


Jason Moran (live, New York [East Village apt.]), 2011



art beat

Helen Levitt (1913-2009), New York, c. 1940


Monday, November 17th

sounds of Niger

Group Inerane, live, Scotland (Glasgow), 2011



art beat: yesterday afternoon, Rito y Recuerdo: Day of the Dead, National Museum of Mexican Art (1852 W. 19th St., Chicago; through December 14th)



onstage: last night, Happy Days (Samuel Beckett), Theatre Y (2649 N. Francisco Ave., Chicago; through November 23rd)

Sometimes I hear sounds. But not often. They are a boon, sounds are a boon, they help me . . . through the day. The old style! Yes, those are happy days, when there are sounds. When I hear sounds.


Sunday, November 16th

Before Jerry Lee, before Little Richard, there was . . .

Arizona Dranes (c. 1891-1963), “My Soul Is a Witness for the Lord,” 1926



art beat

Danny Lyon (1942-), Albany, Ga. (Shiloh Baptist Church), 1962


Saturday, November 15th

Need a jolt?

Arto Lindsay (guitar, vocals) & Paal Nilssen-Love (drums), live, Germany (Moers Festival), 2014



art beat

William Klein (1928-), Gun 1, New York, 1955


Friday, November 14th

sounds of Chicago

Steve Dawson’s Funeral Bonsai Wedding (SD, vocals and guitar; Jason Adasiewicz, vibraphone; Jason Roebke, bass; Frank Rosaly, drums), “As Soon As I Walk In” (S. Dawson), 2014



musical thoughts

Music and family have provided two of my life’s through lines. As little boys, my brother Don and I would play in the basement, listening, on the brightly lit juke box, to the Everly Brothers (“Wake Up, Little Susie”), and Johnny Horton (“The Battle of New Orleans”), and Gene Pitney (“The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”). Soon we were out the door, hearing the Beatles at Comiskey Park, the Velvet Underground at the Kinetic Playground, and the MC5 in Lincoln Park. Still the beat goes on, undiminished by the passing years. Last week, for my sixty-second birthday, Don gave me (what else?) a record—the new album by this guy, Steve Dawson.

Thursday, November 13th

After spending a week and a half in federal court, trying a drug-conspiracy case involving the unfortunately named Imperial Insane Vice Lords, I’m ready for a world without words.

Morton Feldman (1926-1987), For Stefan Wolpe (1986)
Helsinki Chamber Choir, live, Helsinki, 2014



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

Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), Improvisation No. 30 (Cannons), 1913


Wednesday, November 12th

two takes

“A Little Lost” (A. Russell)

Sufjan Stevens (1975-), 2014


Arthur Russell (1951-1992)




art beat

Helen Levitt (1913-2009), New York, 1940s

Helen Levitt 2

Tuesday, November 11th

I need another world
This one’s nearly gone


Antony and the Johnsons, “Another World,” 2008



art beat

William Klein (1928-), Atom Bomb Sky, New York, 1955


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