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Friday, August 18th

summer in the city

DJ Derrick Carter, Chicago, 7/16/17

Tight on time? Jump to 41:00: Gil Scott-Heron, “Bicentennial Blues.”

 

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lagniappe

art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) and Emile Bernard (1868-1941), Earthly Paradise, 1888 (Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist, through September 10th)

Friday, February 3rd

keep on dancing

Frankie Knuckles (1955-2014) remix: Michael Jackson, “Rock with You”


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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Landscape with Waterfall

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Wednesday, August 10th

sounds of Chicago

DJ Frankie Knuckles (1955-2014), live, New York, 2013


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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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reading table

9 killed on city’s deadliest day in 13 years

Chicago Tribune, this morning

Monday, August 8th

sounds of Chicago

DJ Mike Dunn, live, Chicago (Gramaphone Records), 2015


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lagniappe

musical thoughts

Yeah, everybody’s got a bomb
We could all die any day,
But before I’ll let that happen
I’ll dance my life away.

—Prince, “1999”

 

Saturday, December 12th

sounds of Chicago

DJ Heather, live, Chicago, 2015


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lagniappe

art beat: yesterday at the Art Institute of Chicago

Willem de Kooning (1904-1997), Interchanged, 1955

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Wednesday, August 19th

sounds of summer

Masters at Work (“Little” Louie Vega, Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez), live, Chicago (Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic, Jackson Park), 7/4/15


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art beat

Bruce Davidson (1933-), Chicago, 1963

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Wednesday, April 30th

sounds of Chicago

Specter (AKA Spekter, Andres Ordanez), “Pipe Bomb,” 2011


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lagniappe

reading table

[N]othing enhances pleasures and blocks guilt like a looming cataclysm.

—Aleksandar Hemon, The Book of My Lives

Monday, April 28th

passings

DJ Rashad, October 9, 1979-April 26, 2014

Live, Chicago (Pitchfork Music Festival), 2013


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“I Don’t Give A Fuck” (sampling Tupac Shakur’s dialogue in Juice), 2013


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“I’m Gone” (remixing Gil Scott-Heron’s “Home Is Where The Hatred Is”), 2011

Wednesday, April 2nd

passings

Frankie Knuckles, DJ, January 18, 1955-March 31, 2014

2013 Boiler Room set, excerpt (Lou Rawls, “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine,” remix)


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It could be plausibly argued that Knuckles was as important to the birth of contemporary dance music as James Brown was to soul or Chuck Berry to rock ‘n’ roll. And like those innovators, Knuckles helped nurture a deceptively sophisticated sound that celebrated and embraced outsiders and misfits — in Knuckles’ case, the gay African-American and Hispanic communities.

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“God has a place on the dancefloor,” he once told the Tribune. “We wouldn’t have all the things we have if it wasn’t for God. We wouldn’t have the one thing that keeps us sane – music. It’s the one thing that calms people down.

“Even when they’re hopping up and down in a frenzy on the dancefloor, it still has their spirits calm because they’re concentrating on having a good time, loving the music, as opposed to thinking about something negative. I think dancing is one of the best things anyone can do for themselves. And it doesn’t cost anything.”

—Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune (obituary), 4/1/14

Saturday, May 25th

sounds of Chicago

The Chosen Few Picnic, Jackson Park, 7/12


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lagniappe

radio

Beginning at 3 p.m. and going ’til midnight (EST), WFMU-FM will be featuring sounds from this weekend’s Primavera Sound Festival (Barcelona):

3:00 Swans
4:20 Orchestra Poly Rhythmo de Cotonou
4:50 Guardian Alien
5:30 Goat
6:00 Tinariwen
6:20 Mulatu Astatke
6:45 Death Grips
7:10 Thee Oh Sees
7:40 Meat Puppets
8:15 Dan Deacon
9:00 Jesus and Mary Chain
9:30 Dead Can Dance
10:00 Nurse With Wound
11:00 Omar Souleyman
11:30 Wu-Tang Clan

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taking a break

I’m taking some time off—back in a while.

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