music clip of the day


Category: Japan

Saturday, July 13th

How about a trip to Tokyo?

Japan’s Hidden Listening Bars: SHeLTeR, 7/9/19


Thursday, May 3rd

string quartet festival
day three

György Ligeti (1923-2006), String Quartet No. 2 (1968); Arditti Quartet, live (studio), Tokyo, 2018



random sights

last night, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, September 25th

Ever heard this instrument before? (Me neither.)

Kazue Sawai (1941-), bass koto, live, Tokyo, 2009




reading table

All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

—Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), “Worstword Ho” (1983)

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




reading table

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



art beat: yesterday at the Art Institute of Chicago

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


Monday, February 9th

Why start the week with the same old stuff?

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




reading table

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

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


the beat goes on

Nineteen hundred posts—and counting.

Friday, October 17th

sounds of Japan

Perfume, live, Tokyo, 2014



art beat

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



musical thoughts

No musical pleasure is “guilty.”

Thursday, July 3rd


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






reading table

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

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


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)


Friday, March 14th

sounds from all over


Anton Maskeliade, “Crown,” Moscow, 2014



Perfume, “Sweet Refrain,” 2013



Cellar Door, “Blind,” 2013

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