music clip of the day


Category: hip-hop

Monday, November 27th

what’s new

Talib Kweli, “Traveling Light” (feat. Anderson .Paak), 11/17/17


Saturday, August 26th

what’s new

The Roots and Bilal, “It Ain’t Fair,” live (Tonight Show), 8/7/17


Friday, August 25th

summer in the city

Run the Jewels (with guest), “Legend Has It,” live, Chicago (Lollapalooza), 8/4/17




random sights: yesterday, Chicago


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.


Saturday, April 1st


Tank and the Bangas, “Quick,” 2017



reading table

It seems unlikely that so much literature
could be made from twenty-six letters.

—Brenda Shaughnessy, “Card 12: The Hanged Man,” fragment (Our Andromeda)

Wednesday, March 22nd

sounds of Flint*

Tunde Olaniran, “Namesake,” 2016



reading table

viewing fireflies
he takes a tumble . . .
There’s one!

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


Tuesday, March 21st

what’s new

Tank and the Bangas, live (“Boxes and Squares,” “Quick,” “Rollercoasters”), Washington, D.C., 3/6/17


Friday, November 25th

sounds of Kinshasa*

Baloji with Konono No. 1, “Karibu Ya Bintu,” 2011



reading table

One needs to keep a clear head when facing pirates in the Amazon.

—Hubert Kinski, 43-year-old Polish explorer, quoted in “‘There’s No Law on the Amazon’: River Pirates Terrorize Ships by Night,” New York Times, 11/18/16


*Democratic Republic of Congo.

Thursday, November 10th

serenade to the President-elect

Public Enemy, “Ball of Confusion”/”Arizona”/”Fight the Power,” live, Australia (Sydney), 2008



art beat: early September, Whitney Museum of American Art (New York)

Danny Lyon (1942-), Arrest of Taylor Washington, Atlanta, 1963


Friday, October 21st

sounds of Chicago

Common (with Robert Glasper [keyboards], Bilal [vocals], et al.), “I Used To Love H.E.R.,” “Letter To The Free,” “The Day The Women Took Over,” “Little Chicago Boy,” live, Washington, D.C. (White House Library), 10/3/16


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