music clip of the day


Month: June, 2015

Tuesday, June 30th

string festival
day two

Leroy Jenkins (1932-2007), violin and viola, live, Atlanta, 1999



random thoughts

What will the world be like the first day you are no longer in it? The second? The third?

Monday, June 29th

string festival
day one

György Ligeti (1923-2006), Sonata for Solo Cello (1948-53); Matt Allen, live, Westport, N.Y., 2009



reading table

the butterfly I passed
two miles back
is ahead now

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

Sunday, June 28th

old school

I could live five hundred years and never tire of hearing this voice.

Soul Stirrers (feat. R. H. Harris [1916-2000], lead vocals), “Lord, I’ve Tried” (T. A. Dorsey), 1946

Photograph by Robert Frank (1924-).

Saturday, June 27th

heaven, n. a place where music is playing all the time, you don’t understand a word anyone’s saying, and it all sounds great.

Zoé, Tú, 2003

Friday, June 26th

sounds of Chicago

Your day’s about to get better.

Hound Dog Taylor and the Houserockers (HDT, vocals & guitar; Brewer Phillips, guitar; Ted Harvey, drums), live, Cambridge, Mass. (Joe’s Place), 1972

1st Set*


2nd Set*


*Set lists (courtesy of YouTube):


1) Gonna Send You Back To Georgia
2) Taylor’s Crawl
3) Rock Me Baby
4) Goodnight Boogie
5) Wild About You
6) Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid
7) The Things I Used To Do
8) Phillip’s Stomp
9) I Just Can’t Take It
10) What Do I Say
11) Ingleside Blues


1) Dust My Broom
2) Phillip’s Crawl
3) Freddie’s Blues
4) Strollin’ With Brewer
5) It Hurts Me Too
6) Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid
7) Take Five
8) Blues For Suzie
9) Roll Your Moneymaker
10) Let’s Get Funky
11) Florence’s Blues

Thursday, June 25th

tonight in Chicago

These guys will be at Constellation.

Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit (PNL, drums; Lasse Marhaug, electronics and turntable, et al.), “Culius,” live, Germany (Moers), 2014



art beat: more from Tuesday at the Art Institute of Chicago

Jean-Luc Mylayne (1946-), Mutual Regard (through August 23rd)


Wednesday, June 24th

Morton Feldman (1926-1987), Rothko Chapel (1971); Seattle Modern Orchestra (with Julia Tai, conductor; Melia Watras, viola; Stephen Olsen, celesta; Brian Yarkovsky, percussion; Sarah Marroquin, soprano), live, Seattle, 2012

Today Morton Feldman enters the MCOTD Hall of Fame, joining saxophonists Von Freeman and Henry Threadgill, trumpeter Lester Bowie, poets William Bronk and Wislawa Szymborska, photographer Helen Levitt, and gospel singer Dorothy Love Coates.



reading table

This performance reminds me at times of Emily Dickinson:

The Stillness in the Room
Was like the Stillness in the Air—
Between the Heaves of Storm—

—No. 591 (Johnson), “I heard a Fly buzz”


art beat: yesterday at the Art Institute of Chicago

Jean-Luc Mylayne (1946-), No. 560, 2008 (Mutual Regard, through August 23rd)


Tuesday, June 23rd

Imaginary Landscapes: A Film on Brian Eno (1989)




musical thoughts

I wanted to make a kind of music that had the long now and the big here.

—Brian Eno

Monday, June 22nd

More of Ornette.

Ornette Coleman Trio (David Izenzon, bass; Charles Moffett, percussion), playing and talking, Paris, 1966



art beat

Helen Levitt (1913-2009; MCOTD Hall of Fame), New York, c. 1940


Sunday, June 21st

Here, on Father’s Day, is more of Aretha’s.

Rev. C. L. Franklin (1915-1984; Pastor, New Bethel Baptist Church, Detroit, 1946-1979), “Dry Bones in the Valley”



art beat

Helen Levitt (1913-2009; MCOTD Hall of Fame), New York, c. 1940



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