music clip of the day


Category: movies

Wednesday, October 4th

like nobody else

Ran Blake (1935-), Above the Sadness, trailer


Monday, January 23rd

three takes

Mica Levi, “Love” (soundtrack, Under the Skin)

Oliver Coates (cello and electronics), live, London, 2014


Stargaze, live, Netherlands (The Hague), 2016


Recording, 2014


Thursday, October 13th

voices I miss

Tenor saxophonist Von Freeman (1923-2012, MCOTD Hall of Fame), “Footprints” (W. Shorter), live, Minneapolis, 1996 (Live at the Dakota);* Dead of Summer (Jean Seberg), 1970



reading table

Autumn weighs upon me
but tomorrow will come
and I will miss tonight

—Yosa Buson (1716-1783), translated from Japanese by W.S. Merwin and Takako Lento


*With Bobby Peterson, piano; Terry Burns, bass; Phil Hey, drums.

Tuesday, June 23rd

Imaginary Landscapes: A Film on Brian Eno (1989)




musical thoughts

I wanted to make a kind of music that had the long now and the big here.

—Brian Eno

Tuesday, May 5th

sounds of Cambodia

Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll, 2014

Monday, March 9th

Need a jolt?

Ballet mecanique (1924) by Fernand Leger and Dudley Murphy (cinematography by Man Ray), with original score by George Anthiel (1900-1959), as performed in 1989 by the New Palais Royale Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble (Maurice Peress, cond.)

This I bumped into Friday at the Art Institute of Chicago, where it’s playing, continuously, in the exhibit Shatter Rupture Break, which runs through May 3rd.

Tuesday, December 23rd

Here are two more takes on the song we heard Sunday (“Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”)—both from Hollywood.

Robert Mitchum with Lillian Gish, The Night of the Hunter, 1955


Van Johnson, et al.,  A Human Comedy, 1943



art beat: more from Friday at the Art Institute of Chicago

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), A Peasant Woman Digging in Front of Her Cottage, c. 1885


Sunday, December 14th

old school

Dixie Hummingbirds, We Love You Like a Rock (excerpts), 1995







reading table

You would think that living is a kind of scholarship in time, and that the longer we live the more expert we become at coping with it, in the way that, if you play tennis enough, you get used to coping with faster and faster serves. Instead I find that the longer I live the more bemused I become, and the more impenetrable the subject shows itself to be. I sit on a heap of days.

—Samantha Harvey, Dear Thief (James Wood, “Fly Away,” New Yorker, 12/8/14)


taking a break

I’m taking some time off—back in a while.

Wednesday, October 22nd

more sounds from Louisiana

Follow Me Down: Portraits of Louisiana Prison Musicians (trailer), 2012



Music from the Big House (excerpt), 2010




art beat

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004), Louisiana, 1947


Saturday, April 26th

only rock ’n’ roll

MC5: A True Testimonial (2002)


Thanks to my brother Don for the tip. We first encountered these guys in Chicago’s Lincoln Park during the 1968 Democratic Convention. The park is still there. But that moment, when, as a teenager, nothing mattered more than intensity and attitude, is long gone.



found words

Sometimes it’s hard to tell the advertising from the conceptual art. Last night, while driving to Hyde Park to hear pianist Rafal Blechacz, I came upon a billboard:


Who knew Diet Coke could be so deep?

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