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Month: September, 2015

Sunday, September 27th

sounds of New Orleans

“I’m Gonna Journey Right On,” Funeral for Kenneth Dykes (Sudan Social Aid and Pleasure Club, Founding Member), New Orleans, 9/19/15

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lagniappe

art beat

Lee Friedlander (1934-), New Orleans, 1973

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taking a break

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

Saturday, September 26th

what’s new

Stuff like this—wordy, arty, etc.—I usually (but not quite always) can’t stand.

Joanna Newsom, “Sapokanikan” (Divers, 10/23/15)

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lagniappe

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

David Hartt (1967-), Interval I, 2014 (Interval, through October 11th)

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Friday, September 25th

what’s new

Chvrches, “Leave a Trace” (Every Open Eye, 9/25/15)


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lagniappe

art beat: yesterday at the Art Institute of Chicago

David Hartt (1967-), Interval V, 2014 (Interval, through October 11th)

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Thursday, September 24th

drum fest
day four

Kidd Jordan (tenor saxophone), Dave Burrell (piano), William Parker (bass), Hamid Drake (drums), live, New York, 2014

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lagniappe

musical thoughts

Imagine living in a drumless world.

Wednesday, September 23rd

drum fest
day three

Perhaps the greatest drummer ever.

Brian Eno

Tony Allen—three takes.

Recording studio, 2009


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Paris, 2015


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Istanbul, 2015

 

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lagniappe

reading table

opening the window
I see the butterfly off . . .
into the field

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

Tuesday, September 22nd

drum fest
day two

Donald Edwards, live, Israel (Tel Aviv)


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lagniappe

musical thoughts

Listening to drums makes it easier to believe: maybe things will be all right after all.

Monday, September 21st

drum fest
day one

Gebhard Ullmann (tenor saxophone), Steve Swell (trombone), Hilliard Greene (bass), Barry Altschul (drums), “Planet Hopping on a Thursday Afternoon” (S. Swell), live, Germany (Bernbeuren), 2010

Sunday, September 20th

never enough

Blind Willie Johnson (1897-1945), “Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed,” 1927


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lagniappe

musical thoughts

How many of this year’s recordings will be played in 2103?

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random sights

this morning, outside Chicago (Salt Creek Trail)

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Saturday, September 19th

voices I miss

Lester Bowie’s New York Organ Ensemble (LB [1941-1999, MCOTD Hall of Fame], trumpet; Frank Lacy, trombone; James Carter, tenor saxophone; Spencer Barefield, guitar; Kathy Farmer, organ; Famoudou Don Moye, drums), live, Spain (Madrid), 1992

Time for just one?

Try “Somewhere” (L. Bernstein, S. Sondheim), 11:45-.

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lagniappe

art beat

Vivian Maier (1926-2009), Chicago (Maxwell Street), 1967

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Friday, September 18th

only rock ‘n’ roll

Battles, “The Yabba,” live, New York, 2015

 

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lagniappe

reading table

And this brief Drama in the flesh –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), #279 (Franklin)

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