music clip of the day


Month: June, 2018

Saturday, June 30th

desert island disc

Sly and the Family Stone, Fresh, 1973


Track list:

1. In Time 00:00
2. If You Want Me To Stay 05:47
3. Let Me Have It All 08:48
4. Frisky 11:44
5. Thankful N’ Thoughtful 14:56
6. Skin I’m In 19:38
7. I Don’t Know (Satisfaction) 22:33
8. Keep On Dancin’ 26:25
9. Que Sera, Sera 28:49
10. If It Were Left Up To Me 34:13
11. Babies Makin’ Babies 36:13



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Now as a spirit
I shall roam
the summer fields.

—Katsushika Hokusai, 1760-1849 (Japanese Death Poems, Yoel Hoffmann, ed.)

Friday, June 29th

only rock ‘n’ roll

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, live, Barcelona, 2018


Thursday, June 28th

sounds of all over

Kiran Ahluwalia, Souad Massi, live (studio), Seattle, 2018


Wednesday, June 27th


Robert Ward, “Your Love Is Real” (R. Ward)

Live (with Ry Cooder [guitar], Nick Lowe [bass], et al.), Mill Valley, Calif., 1991



Recording, 1964


Tuesday, June 26th


Lonnie Johnson (vocals, guitar), “Another Night to Cry” (Sonny Boy Williamson II, introduction; Otis Spann, piano; Willie Dixon, bass; Fred Below, drums), live, Germany, 1963




art beat

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill. (artist unknown)

Monday, June 25th


“Remnant,” Jonah Sirota (viola), Valgeir Sigurðsson (composition), Anthony Hawley (video), 2018




random sights

yesterday, Forest Park, Ill.

Sunday, June 24th

when blues meets gospel

Robert Ward (1938-2008; vocals, guitar), “Lord Have Mercy on Me,” 1991


Saturday, June 23rd

what’s new

Various DJs (Muqata’a, Sama’, et al.), live, Palestine (Ramallah), 6/22/18




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[W]e may reason on to our heart’s content, the fog won’t lift.

—Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), “The Expelled”

Friday, June 22nd

Sunday night in Chicago

He’s playing at Thalia Hall.

Ry Cooder, live (studio), 2018

“The Prodigal Son” (trad., arr. R. Cooder, J. Cooder)



“Everybody Ought to Treat a Stranger Right” (W. Johnson)


Thursday, June 21st

basement jukebox

Jimmy Ruffin, “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted,” 1966




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Our share of night to bear –
Our share of morning –
Our blank in bliss to fill,
Our blank in scorning –

Here a star, and there a star,
Some lose their way!
Here a mist – and there a mist –
Afterwards – Day!

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), 116 (Franklin)

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