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Saturday, July 4th

Happy (Strangest Ever) 4th of July!

Blasters, “American Music,” live, Champaign, Ill., 1985

 

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Professor Longhair (1918-1980), “Big Chief,” live, Switzerland (Montreux Jazz Festival), 1973

 

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Sleepy LaBeef (1935-2019), “Strange Things Happening Every Day” (plus interview), live (TV show), 1994

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Friday, May 22nd

only rock ‘n’ roll

PJ Harvey, live, London, 2004

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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reading table

Falling blossoms.
Blossoms in bloom are also
falling blossoms.

—Ryokan (1758-1831), translated from Japanese by Kazuaki Tanahashi

Friday, May 15th

only rock ‘n’ roll

Little Richard, 1932-2020

“Tutti Frutti,” 1956 (screen test, The Girl Can’t Help It)

 

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“Long Tall Sally,” 1956 (Don’t Knock the Rock)

 

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“Good Golly, Miss Molly,” 1958

 

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“Rip It Up,” early 1960s

 

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“Lucille,” 1973

 

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When you look at today’s Grammy winners – God bless them – half of them were discovered when they were 10 years old, were groomed, and had managers and publicists. Little Richard just clawed his way to the top at a very early age with nothing except a tremendous amount of talent and gumption.

David Kirby, author of Little Richard: The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll (2009)

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random sights

other day, Chicago

Friday, May 1st

sounds of Buenos Aires

Juana Molina (vocals, guitar, compositions), live (“Un Día Punk,” “Eras,” “Estalacticas”), Mexico City, 3/7/20

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Friday, April 24th

what’s new

Rolling Stones, “Living in a Ghost Town,” 4/23/20

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

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reading table

Ghost I house
In this flat—
Your outpost—
My aftermath

—Samuel Menashe (1925-2011), “Here”

Friday, February 7th

only rock ‘n’ roll

Bo Diddley (AKA Ellas McDaniel, Ellas Otha Bates, 1928-2008), “Hey! Bo Diddley,” “Bo Diddley,” live, Los Angeles, 1965

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

There is still something I’d like to explain,
yet can’t be sure I’m ready yet.
Beside, we’ve done pretty well with the non-sequiturs,
and they by us, don’t you think?

—John Ashbery (1927-2017), from “Hierarchy of the Unexpected”

Saturday, January 18th

what’s new

Agnes Obel, “Broken Sleep” (A. Obel), 1/7/20

 

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lagniappe

random sights

last night, 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

Friday, December 20th

only rock ‘n’ roll

Superchunk, “Break the Glass,” “Lost My Brain,” “What a Time to Be Alive,” “Throwing Things,” live (studio), Seattle, 2018

 

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yesterday, Chicago

Friday, December 13th

only rock ‘n’ roll

Big Thief, “Shoulders,” “Not,” “Masterpiece,” “The Toy,” live (studio), Seattle, 10/26/19

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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