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Friday, October 27th

basement jukebox

J.B. Lenoir, “Mama Talk To Your Daughter,” 1955

 

If I had a time machine, I’d travel back to 1954—the year they recorded this in Chicago—and I’d step into the studio, unobtrusively, just as they’re about to begin.

Tuesday, October 17th

sounds of Seattle

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, live, Seattle, 2017

 

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lagniappe

art beat

Berenice Abbott (1898-1991), Pine and Henry Streets, New York, 1936

Monday, October 2nd

Skip James (1902-1969), “Devil Got My Woman,” 1931

 

Sometimes I think this song defines the limits of what is humanly possible. Sometimes I think it exceeds them.

—Michael Robbins, Equipment for Living: On Poetry and Pop Music (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)

Wednesday, May 17th

voices I miss

Hound Dog Taylor (1915-1975) & the Houserockers (Brewer Phillips guitar; Ted Harvey, drums), live, Ann Arbor Blues Festival, 1973


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lagniappe

random sights

last night, Chicago

Wednesday, April 12th

timeless

Old recordings, where everyone involved is long dead, don’t just appeal to the ears—they’re springboards for the imagination. Here’s one made in Memphis nearly 90 years ago.

Close your eyes.

Open your imagination.

They’re just about ready to record.

What’s the room look like?

What’s the last thing said before they start?

Tommy Johnson (1896-1956), “Cool Drink of Water Blues” (1928)


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lagniappe

art beat

Robert Frank (1924-), Funeral—St. Helena, South Carolina, 1955/56

Wednesday, March 8th

sounds of Detroit

John Lee Hooker (1912-2001), “Boom Boom” (J.L. Hooker), live, 1960s


The world may be going to hell, faster than ever, but in the meantime, at YouTube, this has over 11 million views.

Monday, March 6th

basement jukebox

Junior Wells (vocals, harmonica; 1934-1998), “Little by Little,” 1960


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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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Wednesday, March 1st

basement jukebox

Howlin’ Wolf (vocals, harmonica; 1910-1976), “How Many More Years,” “Moanin’ at Midnight,” 1951


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lagniappe

reading table

We drew from the models, and you cannot imagine how fantastically boring it can be to look hour after hour at a beautiful body. But an ugly body can be fascinating.

—photographer Lisette Model (1901-1983), quoted in Colm Toibin, “That Little Minx” (reviewing Diane Arbus: Portrait of a Photographer and Silent Dialogues: Diane Arbus and Howard Nemerov), London Review of Books, 3/2/17

Tuesday, February 28th

basement jukebox

Little Johnny Jones (vocals, piano; 1924-1964), “Big Town Playboy,” 1950


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lagniappe

art beat: other day, Whitney Museum of American Art (New York)

Diane Arbus (1923-1971), A young man and his pregnant wife in Washington Square Park, NYC, 1965

vogel-jumbo

 

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