music clip of the day


Category: rock/pop

Friday, September 8th

summer in the city

Blink-182, live, Chicago, 8/4/17




reading table

John Ashbery (July 28, 1927-September, 3, 2017)

How little we know,
and when we know it!


We close in on ourselves,
then yelp that the world is awry.


We had macaroni for lunch every day
except Sunday, when a small quail was induced
to be served to us. Why do I tell you these things?
You are not even here.

—”Like A Sentence,” “Tahiti Trot,” “This Room” (fragments)

Saturday, August 12th

sounds of Chicago

Pipe, “Play That Johnny Cash Song,” 2014


Friday, May 26th

only rock ‘n’ roll

Janis Joplin, “Piece of My Heart” (J Ragovy, B. Berns), live, Germany, 1968

Friday, April 7th

This, I just found, has more than 21 million views. (Where have I been?)

Florence and the Machine, “Cosmic Love”
Live (studio performance), Seattle, 2010



reading table

I had been happy, happy enough, but now I often found myself uttering a spontaneous prayer that went, simply: She is here, still here.

—George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo

Friday, March 24th


“Johnny B. Goode” (C. Berry), live (TV show), France, 1958

Everyone talks about his guitar playing. And, yes, it’s terrific. But he may be an even better songwriter.



art beat

Robert Frank (1924-), Candy Store, New York City, 1955/56

Friday, March 3rd

sounds of Eau Claire*

Bon Iver, live, New York, 2016**



**Set list (courtesy of YouTube):

00:16 “10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄”
02:58 “33 ‘GOD'”
06:45 “Heavenly Father”
10:50 “29 #Strafford APTS”
15:34 “Beach Baby”
18:31 “666 ʇ”
23:42 “715 – CRΣΣKS”
26:20 “Calgary”
31:01 “22 (OVER S∞∞N)”
34:42 “8 (circle)”
40:54 “Minnesota, WI”
48:13 “____45_____”
54:15 “Creature Fear”
1:00:35 “00000 Million”

Friday, February 24th

sounds of New York

Jim Campilongo Trio (JC, guitar; Chris Morrisey, bass; Josh Dion, drums, vocals) with Nels Cline (guitar), live, New York, 12/5/16*



art beat: yesterday, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Merce Cunningham: Common Time (through April 30th)


*Set list (courtesy of YouTube):

Hot ‘Lanta 00:00
Heaven Is Creepy 08:20
Politician 18:06
Cock and Bull Story 26:12

Friday, January 13th


Patti Smith, “Peaceable Kingdom,” “People Have the Power” (with Michael Stipe), live, New York, 12/5/16


Another take.

Live (“People Have the Power,” with Michael Stipe), Chicago, 12/30/16



random sights

other day, New York


Friday, December 30th

only rock ‘n’ roll

What a way to close out a life—with some of the strongest work of your career.

David Bowie (January 8, 1947–January 10, 2016), Blackstar (January 8, 2016)





Monday, December 26th

old white men

Rolling Stones, live, England (Glastonbury Festival), 2013



art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Jackson Pollock (1912-1956), Number 17A (1948)


The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through.

—Jackson Pollock

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