only rock ‘n’ roll
PJ Harvey, “The Letter,” live (TV show), London, 2004
baseball: Chicago Cubs
You have to believe in order to see things, and I do believe.
—Joe Maddon, after Game 7
sounds of London
DJ EZ, live, London, 2014
She went around pre-registered
for her own eventual absence.
—Rae Armantrout, “Hoard”
sounds of London
Four Tet (aka Kieran Hebden), live, London, 2016
father and son
go their separate ways . . .
—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827; translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)
Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet), Louis Moholo (percussion), Steve Noble (percussion), live, London, 2010
Listening to live music, as I was over the weekend (hearing this guy with a quartet Saturday night, then by himself Sunday afternoon), reminds one, repeatedly, that this moment is irretrievable.
yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.
sounds of South Africa
Fantasma, “Basbizile,” live, London, 2015
Another take (Free Love, 2015)
a gathering of birds
Evan Parker Quartet (EP, soprano saxophone; Peter Evans, trumpet; John Russell, guitar; John Edwards, bass), live, London, 2009
Music offers a way out of our little cluttered closet.
Dub shows aren’t an everyday thing in Chicago, so last night, despite the weather (rain) and weariness (from traveling to see a client in prison), I ventured out to a club to catch this guy. A show like this isn’t just an aural experience: each beat of the bass vibrates your ribcage.
Mad Professor (AKA Neil Fraser, born 1955, Guyana)
Live, London, 2011Vodpod videos no longer available.
Live remix, Bob Marley and the Wailers, “Lively Up Yourself,” c. 2008Vodpod videos no longer available.
keep on dancing
(an occasional series)
Peven Everett, “Stuck”
take 1: live, London, 2008Vodpod videos no longer available.
take 2: original recording (Soul Heaven Records 2006)
take 3: Phil Asher Remix (2006)
Vodpod videos no longer available.
take 4: Groove Assassin Remix (2007)
Did you come up in the house music community of Chicago?
My brother was in that community before he passed away. Every night he was going out. That was a way of me basically paying homage to him, and finding the fruit, if you will, in that community that had yet to been picked. There’s so much that has to be said about music, and dance music altogether. People have been dancing since the beginning of time, so I don’t know what this whole “dance music” [label] is about.
—Peven Everett, Chicago Reader, 7/21/11