music clip of the day


Category: R&B

Friday, August 18th

summer in the city

DJ Derrick Carter, Chicago, 7/16/17

Tight on time? Jump to 41:00: Gil Scott-Heron, “Bicentennial Blues.”




art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) and Emile Bernard (1868-1941), Earthly Paradise, 1888 (Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist, through September 10th)

Friday, August 11th

voices I miss

Prince (1958-2016), live, Netherlands (Rotterdam), 2011


Tuesday, August 8th

keep on dancing

Offhand, I can’t think of a DJ set I’ve enjoyed more.

DJ Maseo (AKA Vincent Mason), London, 2017


Friday, June 30th

voices I miss

This sounds as fresh, and timely, as it did in 1971.

Marvin Gaye (1939-1984), “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)” (M. Gaye, J. Nyx; What’s Going On, 1971)


Tuesday, June 27th

Do you listen to contemporary rap and R&B?

I do. I like Anderson .Paak, that’s for sure! That “Come Down” piece.

Roscoe Mitchell (featured yesterday), New York Times, 6/23/17

Anderson .Paak, “Come Down,” 2016



Another take.


Friday, June 23rd

found sounds

Yesterday, waiting for a train.

“Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)” (N. Whitfield, B. Strong; Temptations, 1971), Red Line (Jackson), Chicago, 6/22/17




art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Danny Lyon (1942-), Racer, Schererville, Indiana, 1965

Friday, June 16th

50 years ago

Otis Redding (1941-1967), “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)” (O. Redding, J. Butler), live, Monterey Pop Festival, 1967


Friday, May 19th

what’s new

Everything Is Recorded, “Close But Not Quite,” featuring Sampha and sampling Curtis Mayfield (“The Makings of You”), 2017

Friday, May 5th

Still hard to believe he’s gone.

Prince with Stevie Wonder, live, Los Angeles, 2011


Saturday, April 1st


Tank and the Bangas, “Quick,” 2017



reading table

It seems unlikely that so much literature
could be made from twenty-six letters.

—Brenda Shaughnessy, “Card 12: The Hanged Man,” fragment (Our Andromeda)

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