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Saturday, August 20th

Close your eyes.

Listen—just listen.

If you don’t have time for this, what do you have time for?

Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996), From me flows what you call Time (1990); La Jolla Symphony (Steven Schick, cond.), live, San Diego, 2008

 

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Come, see
real flowers
of this painful world.

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Lucien Stryk and Takashi Ikemoto

Friday, January 29th

sounds of Japan

Frothiness is next to godliness.

Perfume, “Pick Me Up,” 2015

Saturday, March 28th

sounds of Japan

Perfume, “STORY (SXSW MIX),” SXSW (Austin, Tx.), 3/17/15


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art beat: yesterday at the Art Institute of Chicago

Joseph Cornell (1903-1972), Untitled (Hotel de la Duchesse-Anne), 1957

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Monday, February 9th

Why start the week with the same old stuff?

Derek Bailey (1930-2005, guitar), Min Tanaka (1945-, dance), Japan, 1993

 

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For you fleas too,
The night must be long,
It must be lonely.

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828; translated from Japanese by R. H. Blyth)

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the beat goes on

Nineteen hundred posts—and counting.

Friday, October 17th

sounds of Japan

Perfume, live, Tokyo, 2014


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art beat

Garry Winogrand (1928-1984), New York (Metropolitan Opera), c. 1951

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musical thoughts

No musical pleasure is “guilty.”

Thursday, July 3rd

alone

Mochizuki Harutaka (alto saxophone), live, Japan (Hamamatsu), 2011

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Even in Kyoto—
hearing the cuckoo’s cry—
I long for Kyoto.

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694; translated from Japanese by Robert Hass)

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art beat: yesterday at the Art Institute of Chicago (lunch hour)

Ilse Bing (1899-1998), Three Men Sitting on Steps at the Seine, Paris (1931)

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Friday, March 14th

sounds from all over

Russia

Anton Maskeliade, “Crown,” Moscow, 2014


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Japan

Perfume, “Sweet Refrain,” 2013


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Egypt

Cellar Door, “Blind,” 2013

Saturday, January 25th

sounds of Japan

What do you get when you cross Abba and the Chipmunks?

Perfume, “1 mm,” 2013

Saturday, 12/1/12

Some sounds once they enter your brain they never leave.

Perfume, “Baby Cruising Love” (2008)

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How little we know,
and when we know it!

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We close in on ourselves,
then yelp that the world is awry.

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We had macaroni for lunch every day
except Sunday, when a small quail was induced
to be served to us. Why do I tell you these things?
You are not even here.

—John Ashbery, miscellaneous fragments (“Like A Sentence,” “Tahiti Trot,” “This Room”)

Friday, 8/19/11

sounds of Nigeria

Fela Kuti, live (filmed by Ginger Baker), Nigeria (Calabar), 1971

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art beat: yesterday at Chicago’s Art Institute

Oda Kazuma, Catching Whitebait at Nakaumi, Izumo (1924)

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Mark Rothko, Untitled, 1953-54

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. . . life, that storm before the calm.

—Wislawa Szymborska, from “Negative” (trans. Clare Cavanagh & Stanislaw Baranczak, Monologue of a Dog [2006])

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