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Saturday, April 26th

only rock ’n’ roll

MC5: A True Testimonial (2002)

 

Thanks to my brother Don for the tip. We first encountered these guys in Chicago’s Lincoln Park during the 1968 Democratic Convention. The park is still there. But that moment, when, as a teenager, nothing mattered more than intensity and attitude, is long gone.

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found words

Sometimes it’s hard to tell the advertising from the conceptual art. Last night, while driving to Hyde Park to hear pianist Rafal Blechacz, I came upon a billboard:

BE AMBITIOUS.
NOT THIRSTY.

Who knew Diet Coke could be so deep?

Tuesday, March 11th

sounds of Chicago

Paul Butterfield (vocals, harmonica), Mike Bloomfield (guitar), Mark Naftalin (keyboards), et al., live, Boston, 1971

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found words

Automated response received yesterday, after calling my pharmacy to find out if a prescription was ready, getting a recorded recitation of the available options, and hitting “0” in the hope of reaching a non-virtual human being:

This is not a valid command.

Friday, March 7th

two takes

Weary of winter? Here in Chicago we’ve had six feet of snow. How about a little trip south, way south, to Argentina?

Juana Molina, “Un Dia”

Live (TV show), c. 2010


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Recording, 2008


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found words

This just in from Spotify:

Now trending near you. Bob Dylan.

Friday, February 21st

only rock ’n’ roll

The Ex, “Double Order,” France (Orleans), 2013


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found words

From the Chicago Reader music section (2/20/14):

. . . hails from the same quasi-grimestep/post-IDM interzone that’s home to artists as disparate as . . .

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This Liverpool trio plays what it calls ‘caveman doom’ . . .

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. . . retrofuturist murder ballad . . .

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. . . works the same territory that grindcore and sludge bands cleared in the 90s.

Saturday, 10/6/12

my favorite 103-year-old composer

Elliott Carter (December 11, 1908-), Esprit Rude/Esprit Doux (1985); Claire Chase (flute),* Joshua Rubin (clarinet), International Contemporary Ensemble; live, Brazil (Sao Paulo), 2012

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musical thoughts

The “opportunity cost” of listening to something you already know, to borrow from the dreary world of economics, is that you’re forgoing an opportunity to discover something new.

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 found words

Last night, after a concert at the University of Chicago’s Mandel Hall (Takacs Quartet), I stopped at Harold’s Chicken Shack on 53rd Street, as much for old times’ sake as anything else (Harold got me through law school), and found this at the bottom of the receipt:

REFUNDS WITHIN 24 HOURS

MUST BRING FOOD BACK

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*Winner of a 2012 MacArthur “genius grant.”

Saturday, 9/1/12

basement jukebox

The Falcons (feat. Wilson Pickett [vocals], Robert Ward [guitar])
“Take This Love I’ve Got” (1963)

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The Ohio Untouchables (feat. Robert Ward [vocals/guitar])
“I’m Tired” (1962)

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found words

Singer, 43, Snapped In Tiny Bikini

—AOL Headline, 8/31/12

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This active fluidity and tidal composite of duration is the condition of the aesthetic.

—George Steiner, The Poetry of Thought: From Hellenism To Celan (2011)

Sunday, 7/8/12

back to church

“What I Am,” Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, Chester, S.C.

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 found words

Sometimes particles are essentially their own anti-particle.

—Sean Carroll, Science Friday (NPR), 7/7/12

Friday, 5/25/12

two takes

“Kung Fu” (C. Mayfield)

The Dirtbombs, live, New York (Southpaw, Brooklyn), 2008

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Curtis Mayfield, recording (Sweet Exorcist), 1974

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found words

Yesterday, in Cambridge, Massachusetts (where I am for my son Alex’s college graduation), sitting on a brick sidewalk in Harvard Square, a panhandler with a sign:

OBAMA’S NOT THE ONLY ONE
WHO WANTS CHANGE

Tuesday, 5/22/12

basement jukebox

Bobby “Blue” Bland, “That’s the Way Love Is” (Duke 1962)

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O.V. Wright, “That’s How Strong My Love Is” (Goldwax 1964)

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Jimmy Ruffin, “What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted” (Motown 1966)

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found words

You’ve got [Cubs left fielder] Alfonso Soriano out there with Mickey Mantle’s knees. I’m not talking metaphor here. I think he really has Mickey Mantle’s knees.

—Jim Memolo, WGN Radio, Sunday’s post-game call-in show, following the Cubs’ third straight loss to the White Sox

Wednesday, 4/18/12

Peter Brötzmann, reed player, composer, bandleader
German Blues, performances 1999-2002, interview 2000

You can have the blues even if you’re German . . .

—Peter Brötzmann

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found words: AOL Headlines

Autistic Cheerleader Inspires Her Squad

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Kayaker Drowns After Swan Attack

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