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Monday, October 1st

Need a break from the incessant noise?

Jürg Frey (1953-), Canones Incerti (2010), Jürg Frey (clarinet), et al., live

 

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Baseball is such a perfect game in some ways that it takes 162 to decide nothing.

—Cubs manager Joe Maddon on the Cubs/Brewers tie

Friday, September 7th

what’s new

Tech N9ne (feat. Krizz Kaliko), live, Washington, D.C., 8/29/18

 

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yesterday, Chicago (riding the Blue Line)

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He’s a pitcher, man. He’s a pitch-maker. He slows things down. He’s the Ben Zobrist of relief pitchers. He can do so many different things out there.

—Cubs manager Joe Maddon on relief pitcher Jesse Chavez, after last night’s 6-4 win over the Nationals

Tuesday, November 8th

like nobody else

Bob Dorough (1923-), “Devil May Care” (B. Dorough), live (studio performance), Newark, N.J., 2015


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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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baseball: Chicago Cubs

Whether staring and suffering, or grinning and hugging and high-fiving, fans become generic in every World Series. But I remember Cubs fans differently from my sporadic visits to the sunlit Confines in those lean years. They loved their Cubs and yearned for better times, but cheered without irony for every good or great play by the visiting team. It was the game they loved above all.

We will see these youthful champions in the post-season for years to come, I believe. Their infield has a combined age of ninety-six—my own age, as it happens—as good a young bunch as I can recall. Bryant, the third baseman and coming National League M.V.P., goes six feet five and bats from a spread-legged crouch that expands magically into a sudden tall tree with the skyward bat at its top. He’s also swift. That sprint of his around the bases from first reminded you of a clip from the Olympics. The shortstop, Addison Russell, who is twenty-two, batted in six runs in Game 6. Báez, at second, patrols his environs with a feline muscularity. Twenty-seven-year-old Anthony Rizzo, the first baseman, bats left, and may prove to be the best of the quartet—with any luck, a future Hall of Famer whose best years await us.

—Roger Angell, New Yorker, 11/3/16

Friday, November 4th

only rock ‘n’ roll

PJ Harvey, “The Letter,” live (TV show), London, 2004


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You have to believe in order to see things, and I do believe.

Joe Maddon, after Game 7

 

Tuesday, November 1st

sui generis

Sculpture, “Untitled,” 2016

 

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other day, Oak Park, Ill. (Trumpenstein)

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baseball: Chicago Cubs

. . . Cleveland leads this World Series 3-2, but it feels very close—like, as close to tied as it can be without being, you know, actually tied.

—Thomas Boswell, Washington Post, 10/31/16

Monday, October 31st

Repetitive?

Yes.

Boring?

Not to these ears.

William Basinski, Watermusic II, 2003


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yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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Now, it’s onto Cleveland, with a confident team, a DH in [Kyle] Schwarber, [Aroldis] Chapman knowing he’s capable of going longer than two innings, and a “Rocky’’ tape stuffed in their equipment bag.

“The boys are feeling real good right now,’’ said [Anthony] Rizzo, who was impersonating Rocky Balboa with shadow-boxing before the game, even playing the “Rocky’’ theme as his walk-up music before his first at-bat. “We had a good time in here before the game. We’re going the bout. We’re going the distance.

“We’re bought in.

“And we believe in it.’’

—Bob Nightengale, USA Today, 10/31/16

Sunday, October 23rd

two takes

“God Has Smiled on Me” (I. Jones)

Don Pullen (piano), George Adams (tenor saxophone), live, Italy (Perugia), 1984


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Rev. James Cleveland, Oh Happy Day, 2004


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“There’s a favorite saying in Chicago,’’ [Billy] Williams said, “I hope they do it in my lifetime.’ So everybody who’s living today, got to witness this.”

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“I can’t put this into words,’’ said [Kerry] Wood, whose team was five outs away from the 2003 World Series, only for the city to be introduced to Steve Bartman.

“It’s epic. It’s amazing. What this team has done, and what they’ve done for the city and for the organization, it’s a mind-blowing experience.

“These guys come out, unaffected by the history, and we’re in a place we haven’t been in a long time.

“Now, they’ve set themselves in history, and they’re going to be linked forever.’’

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[T]he average age of the Game 6 starting lineup was 23.

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“There has been so much emotion over the years from this fan base,” Cubs outfielder Ben Zobrist said. “It’s not just Chicago. It’s not just Illinois. It’s all over the country. It’s all over the world.’’

Hard to believe that four years ago, these Cubs were 100-game losers, and a laughingstock.

Today, they are champions of the National League, with hopes of bringing home their first World Series title since the Teddy Roosevelt administration, back in 1908.

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“I came here because I wanted to win in Chicago,’’’’ said Cubs starter Jon Lester, who shared the NLCS MVP award with second baseman Javier Baez. “It’s unbelievable to be part of it. We still have a little ways to go, but we can celebrate.

“We’re going to have a good time tonight, get drunk a little bit with everyone else, and then we’ll get ready for Cleveland.’’

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“To stand on that platform afterwards,’’ Cubs manager Joe Maddon said, “and you’re looking at the ballpark and the fans and the “W’ flags everywhere. I think about the fans, and their parents, and their grandparents, and great-grandparents, and everything else that’s been going on here for a while.’’

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This game really wasn’t about suspense, but inevitability.

It was over in the first inning when the great Kershaw – who pitched seven scoreless innings here in blanking the Cubs in Game 2 – gave up two first-inning runs for the first time in 44 starts.

Kyle Hendricks, the major league’s ERA leader, who was acquired four years ago from Texas for Ryan Dempster, suffocated the Dodgers’ lineup. He gave up a leadoff single to Andrew Toles in the first inning, and went 86 pitches until he gave up another one.

By night’s end, the Cubs had outscored the Dodgers 23-6 since falling in a 2-1 hole in L.A.

“They were relentless,’’ Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “You hate to have sour grapes, but the better team won the series.’’

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“I love being in a city that’s playing October baseball where you can feel everybody captivated by the ballclub,’’ [Theo] Epstein said. “Everybody is tired from staying up late, prioritizing baseball above anything else.

“You look around, you smile, you soak it all in, and it takes your breath away.’’

The Cubs are in the World Series.

Bob Nightengale, USA Today, 10/23/16

Saturday, October 22nd

This I could listen to all day.

Morton Feldman (1926-1987, MCOTD Hall of Fame), Three Voices (1982); Sonya Holowell (live and recorded voices), Australia (Sydney), 2016


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reading table

Absolutely unmixed attention is prayer.

—Simone Weil (1909-1943)

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Greg Maddux on tonight’s starting pitcher, Kyle Hendricks:

If it was a radar contest, then why play the game, right? Velocity is nice, but command and movement are better.

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He has the ability to throw a two-seam fastball to both sides of the plate. Most pitchers are four-seam to one side and two-seam to the other. If you can throw your two-seamer to both sides of the plate, that’s an advantage to the pitcher.

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He has the ability to recognize when a hitter is sitting on a certain pitch and throw something else.

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He relies on the low fastball that sinks pretty good. Very good at trying to keep the ball in front of the outfield with that pitch. That’s what it’s about—locating your fastball, changing speeds and keeping the ball in the ballpark.

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He’s fun to watch.

 

Friday, October 14th

Bob Dylan, “High Water (For Charley Patton)” (B. Dylan)
Live, Irvine, Calif., 2013


No matter how often he changes styles, he keeps coming back to the blues.

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Javy Baez (Chicago Cubs infielder), defensive highlights

Monday, June 20th

what’s new

Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra (Tony Allen, drums, et al.)
“Bade Zile,” 2016


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We don’t want him thinking too much.

Cubs pitcher John Lackey on rookie catcher Wilson Contreras’s first start tonight, following last night’s home run in his first big-league plate appearance—on the first pitch

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