music clip of the day


Month: February, 2015

Saturday, February 28th

last night in Chicago

These guys played at Constellation.

James Falzone’s Renga Ensemble,* “Not Seeing” (The Room Is), 2015



reading table

sweeping the soot
washing the fence . . .
sickle moon

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


*James Falzone, Bb and Eb clarinets; Ken Vandermark, Bb clarinet, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone; Keefe Jackson, tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, contra Bb bass clarinet; Jason Stein, bass clarinet; Ben Goldberg, Bb clarinet, contra Eb alto clarinet; Ned Rothenberg, Bb clarinet, alto saxophone.

Friday, February 27th

sounds of Chicago

Goofiness is a much underrated virtue.

Mucca Pazza, live, Washington, D.C., 2015

Thursday, February 26th

Soundtrack for your day?

Peter Brotzmann Tentet,* live, Atlanta, 2002

*PB, reeds; Ken Vandermark, reeds; Mats Gustafsson, reeds; Mars Williams, reeds; Joe McPhee, trumpet; Jeb Bishop, trombone; Fred Longberg-Holm, cello; Kent Kessler, bass; Hamid Drake, drums; Michael Zerang, drums.

Wednesday, February 25th

never enough

Only a great artist could play so simply.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)/Ferrucio Busoni (1866-1924), Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme; Solomon (AKA Solomon Cutner [1902-1988]), recording, 1948

Tuesday, February 24th

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

—Muhammad Ali

Cecil Taylor Quintet (CT, piano; Harri Sjostrom, soprano saxophone; Tristan Honsinger, cello; Thurman Barker, marimba, percussion; Paul Lovens, drums), live, Germany (Hamburg), 1995



art beat

William Klein (1928-), Blacks + Pepsi (AKA Moves + Pepsi)
Harlem, New York, 1955

Blacks + Pepsi, Harlem, 1955

Monday, February 23rd

More of Daniel K.

Daniel Knox, “Blue Car,” 2014



art beat

William Klein (1928-), Candy Store, Amsterdam Avenue, New York, 1955


Sunday, February 22nd

back to church

“The Storm Is Passing Over”
Mt. Mary Primitive Baptist Church, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., 7/11




art beat

William Klein (1928-), Theater Tickets, New York, 1955


Saturday, February 21st

Twenty-four hours ago I’d never heard of this piece, nor this composer. Now I’ve listened to it, hungrily, twice. What a world.

Sulkhan Tsintsadze (1925-1991), String Quartet No. 6 (1968)

Friday, February 20th

what’s new

Daniel Knox, “Don’t Touch Me” (Daniel Knox, Carrot Top Records, 2/24/15)



reading table

Some people really are what they seem to be—though not that many.


Like most explanations, it’s as plausible as anything else.


Character, to me, is one more lie of history and the dramatic arts. In my view, we have only what we did yesterday, what we do today, and what we might do tomorrow. Plus, whatever we think about all of that. But nothing else—nothing hard or kernel like. I’ve never seen evidence of anything resembling it. In fact I’ve seen the opposite: life as teeming and befuddling, followed by the end.

—Richard Ford, “The New Normal” (Let Me Be Frank With You)


Thursday, February 19th


Lesley Gore, singer, May 2, 1946-February 16, 2015

“It’s My Party,” 1963


“Judy’s Turn to Cry,” 1963


“You Don’t Own Me,” 1964


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