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Month: May, 2017

Saturday, May 27th

I could listen to these two—he’s long been one of my favorite pianists—all day.

Sara Serpa (1979-, vocal), Ran Blake (1935-, piano), “Night and Day” (C. Porter),
live, New York (Kitano), 2016


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lagniappe

reading table

He thought his head would explode, if the forenoon kept burning into the jungle all around him and the gulls kept screaming and the monkey kept regarding its surroundings carefully, moving its head and black eyes from side to side like someone following the progress of some kind of conversation, some kind of debate, some kind of struggle that the jungle—the morning—the moment—was having with itself.

—Denis Johnson (July 1, 1979-May 24, 2017), Tree of Smoke (National Book Award for Fiction, 2007)

Friday, May 26th

only rock ‘n’ roll

Janis Joplin, “Piece of My Heart” (J Ragovy, B. Berns), live, Germany, 1968

Thursday, May 25th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Partita No. 2 in D minor
Itzhak Perlman (violin), live, London, 1978


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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Bullfinch on a camellia branch

Wednesday, May 24th

How can something so solid make sounds so liquid?

Morton Feldman (1926-1987; MCOTD Hall of Fame), For Bunita Marcus (1985), excerpts; Marc-André Hamelin (piano), 2017


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lagniappe

art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Japanese white-eyes on a maple branch, 1854

Tuesday, May 23rd

never enough

Thelonious Monk Quartet (TM, piano; Charlie Rouse, tenor saxophone; Butch Warren, bass; Frankie Dunlop, drums), live, Tokyo, 1963


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Men are children. They must be pardoned for everything, except malice.

—Joseph Joubert, 1754-1824 (The Notebooks of Joseph Joubert, translated from French by Paul Auster)

Monday, May 22nd

what’s new

Novo Amor, “Carry You,” 2017


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lagniappe

art beat

Stanley Greene (February 14, 1949-May, 19, 2017), Chechnya (Grozny), April, 2001 (Zelina, after the death of her child)

Sunday, May 21st

old school

Robert Blair & The Fantastic Violinaires, “Where He Leads Me,” live, North Carolina (Wilson), 1988


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lagniappe

art beat

Lee Friedlander (1934-), Washington, D.C., May 17, 1957*

*Demonstration commemorating the third anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education.

Saturday, May 20th

In Oslo in December each sound is clear and distinct, or that, at least, is what I imagine.

Transitory Meeting of Minds,* live, Oslo, 12/5/16

#1


#2


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*Dré Hočevar, drums, interaction; Christian Balvig, piano, electronics; Michal Wróblewski, alto saxophone; Jean Dousteyssier, clarinets.

Friday, May 19th

what’s new

Everything Is Recorded, “Close But Not Quite,” featuring Sampha and sampling Curtis Mayfield (“The Makings of You”), 2017

Thursday, May 18th

more 

Hound Dog Taylor (1915-1975) & the Houserockers (Brewer Phillips guitar; Ted Harvey, drums), “Sadie,” 1974

 

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lagniappe

reading table

one man, one fly
one large
sitting room

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

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