music clip of the day


Month: June, 2017

Friday, June 30th

voices I miss

This sounds as fresh, and timely, as it did in 1971.

Marvin Gaye (1939-1984), “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)” (M. Gaye, J. Nyx; What’s Going On, 1971)


Thursday, June 29th


Geri Allen, pianist, June 12, 1957-June 27, 2017

With Kenny Davis (bass), Kassa Overall (drums), Maurice Chestnut (tap dance), live, South Korea, 2011



With Charlie Haden (1937-2014, bass), Paul Motian (1931-2011, drums), “Lonely Woman” (O. Coleman), 1988


Wednesday, June 28th

sounds of Tunisia (and all over)

Dhafer Youssef (composer, singer, oud player), documentary about making Diwan of Beauty and Odd (2016)


(Thanks for the tip to John Balmes.)

Tuesday, June 27th

Do you listen to contemporary rap and R&B?

I do. I like Anderson .Paak, that’s for sure! That “Come Down” piece.

Roscoe Mitchell (featured yesterday), New York Times, 6/23/17

Anderson .Paak, “Come Down,” 2016



Another take.


Monday, June 26th

what’s new

Here’s something from Roscoe Mitchell’s new album, Bells for the South Side (ECM), a 2-CD set recorded in 2015 at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

“Spatial Aspects of the Sound,” Roscoe Mitchell (composition, piccolo), Craig Taborn (piano), Tyshawn Sorey (piano), William Winant (percussion), Kikanju Baku (wrist bells, ankle bells)




random sights

this morning, outside Chicago (Salt Creek Trail)

Sunday, June 25th

two takes

“Jesus Will Fix It”

Lee Williams, live



Al Green, live, Tokyo, 1987


Saturday, June 24th

sounds of Mali

Salif Keita, live, Germany (Stuttgart), 1995




reading table

[C]ommunication is an undependable but sometimes marvelous thing.

—Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), letter to Randall Jarrell, December 26, 1955

Friday, June 23rd

found sounds

Yesterday, waiting for a train.

“Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)” (N. Whitfield, B. Strong; Temptations, 1971), Red Line (Jackson), Chicago, 6/22/17




art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Danny Lyon (1942-), Racer, Schererville, Indiana, 1965

Thursday, June 22nd

sounds of Ethiopia

Hailu Mergia, live, New York, 2016




reading table

summer heat—
today, all day
the playful clouds

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

Wednesday, June 21st


Just now, walking to the Art Institute of Chicago after lunch, I heard a man singing on the sidewalk. The voice seemed familiar. And the more I listened, the more confident I became that I’d heard this voice before.

Willie Barbee, today


clips posted the other day (May 29th)

Anna Clyne (1980-), A Wonderful Day (2013)
Bang on a Can All-Stars, Willie Barbee (pre-recorded voice)

Live, New York, 2015


Recording (Field Recordings), 2015


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