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Monday, September 21st

Last night, driving in Chicago with the windows down, I had this track, recorded thirty years ago, on repeat.

Arthur Russell (1951-1992, vocals, cello, keyboards) with Jennifer Warnes (1947-, vocals), “That’s Us/Wild Combination” (A. Russell), late 1980s

 

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago

Friday, August 21st

what’s new

Buscabulla, live (“Mio,” “Nydia,” “Club Tú y Yo”), Puerto Rico (Aguadilla), published 8/18/20

 

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yesterday, Chicago

Friday, April 17th

what’s new

Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles, “In the Water,” live, Los Angeles, published 4/15/20

 

MVPs? No contest—bassist, drummer.

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random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

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Pity us
By the sea
On the sands
So briefly

—Samuel Menashe (1925-2011)

Wednesday, January 29th

what’s new

Max Richter (1966-, compositions, piano, keyboard) with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (Clarice Jensen, cello & artistic director; Ben Russell, violin; Laura Lutzke, violin; Isabel Hagen, viola; Claire Bryant, cello), “On the Nature of Daylight,” “Vladimir’s Blues,” “Infra 5,” live, Washington, D.C., 1/22/20

 

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musical thoughts

I’m very interested in the idea of a piece of music being a place to think.

—Max Richter

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, January 21st

more

Agnes Obel, playing and talking (begins at 2:05; “Won’t You Call Me,” 3:00; “Island of Doom,” 13:55; “Broken Sleep,” 25:35),  New York, 1/14/20

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Friday, January 17th

tonight just outside Chicago

They’re playing at a small club (Fitzgerald’s).

Los Lobos

With Robert Randolph (pedal steel guitar), “Don’t Worry Baby” (C. Rosas, L. Perez, T. Burnett), live, Austin, Tx., 2018

 

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“La Bamba” (trad. adapted by R. Valens), live, Watsonville, Calif., 1989

 

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago

Wednesday, January 15th

sounds of Algeria, France, and the United States

Mohamed Lamouri, “Billie Jean” (M. Jackson), live, Paris, 2015

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, November 13th

next week in Chicago

She’s performing Monday at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Caterina Barbieri (modular synthesizer), live, Italy (Genoa), 2015

 

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random sights

a while ago, Ireland (Dingle Peninsula)

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I’ve always been aware of being an inconsistent personality. Of having a lot of contradictory voices knocking around my head. As a kid, I was ashamed of it. Other people seemed to feel strongly about themselves, to know exactly who they were. I was never like that. I could never shake the suspicion that everything about me was the consequence of a series of improbable accidents—not least of which was the 400 trillion–to-one accident of my birth. As I saw it, even my strongest feelings and convictions might easily be otherwise, had I been the child of the next family down the hall, or the child of another century, another country, another God.

—Zadie Smith, “Fascinated to Presume: In Defense of Fiction,” New York Review of Books, 10/24/19

Wednesday, October 30th

what’s new

Robert Glasper (keyboards, vocals) with T3 (vocals), Chris Dave (drums), et al., J Dilla Tribute, live, New York, 10/25/19

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, August 27th

sounds of New York

Craig Taborn (piano, electronics), Cory Smythe (piano, electronics), “X’s and Y’s,” live, New York, 2018

 

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SHOE FROM THE WAVES

oh he got a shoe from the waves

—Robert Grenier (1941-), A Day at the Beach (1984)

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