summer in the city
DJ Derrick Carter, Chicago, 7/16/17
Tight on time? Jump to 41:00: Gil Scott-Heron, “Bicentennial Blues.”
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)
sounds of Chicago
DJ Mike Dunn, live, Chicago (Gramaphone Records), 2015
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.
sounds of Chicago
Specter (AKA Spekter, Andres Ordanez), “Pipe Bomb,” 2011
[N]othing enhances pleasures and blocks guilt like a looming cataclysm.
—Aleksandar Hemon, The Book of My Lives
DJ Rashad, October 9, 1979-April 26, 2014
Live, Chicago (Pitchfork Music Festival), 2013
“I Don’t Give A Fuck” (sampling Tupac Shakur’s dialogue in Juice), 2013
“I’m Gone” (remixing Gil Scott-Heron’s “Home Is Where The Hatred Is”), 2011
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)
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.
“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