• Hot Weather Music

    No songs-of-summer-commercial-pap-to-get-you-to-buy-beer here, but Sum­mer music, music old and new that I lis­ten to in the hot weather. This is a pretty per­sonal list, it comes out of how I want music to make my mind feel in the mid­dle of a heat wave like we just had, and it’s insep­a­ra­ble from my NY City(…)

  • Brooklyn Rail Summer Podcast

    https://soundcloud.com/rail-tracks/bk-rail-tracks-2015–078

  • Summer Rails

    Into this July murk comes the sum­mer Brook­lyn Rail and our music sec­tion. The usual good stuff: a wide range of thought­fully cho­sen list­ings, Steve Dalachinksy’s “Out­takes.” Some things I think are espe­cially worth your time: A must read inter­view with Dustin Hill, who per­forms under the name Black Pussy, con­ducted by Jor­dan­nah Eliz­a­beth, who I’m(…)

  • Consumer Reports: Bowie Box!

    This entry is part of 17 in the series Con­sumer Reports

    I can believe it if it seems like I’m spend­ing too much time encour­ag­ing you to spend your money, but you’re prob­a­bly going to spend it any­way, so why not do so wisely? Hm? Really, this is some­thing I don’t even need to rec­om­mend, you need it—David Bowie Five Years 1969–1973 box set, due September(…)

  • Summer Birthdays

    This entry is part 1 of 17 in the series Con­sumer Reports

    They’re a lit­tle odd. My daugh­ter has one, and since she’s grow­ing up in Brook­lyn, is white and nom­i­nally middle-class (if only she knew!), a lot of her friends from the neigh­bor­hood and pre-k just aren’t around to come to her par­ties. Irri­ta­ble Hedge­hog record label has a sum­mer birth­day too, turn­ing five in coincidence(…)

  • Consumer Reports

    This entry is part 2 of 17 in the series Con­sumer Reports

    Upcom­ing releases you should con­sider: Miles Davis at New­port 1955–1975: The Boot­leg Series Vol. 4: This really is self-recommending, the lat­est install­ment of Sony’s ongo­ing series. What a plea­sure to hear Miles Davis record­ings that you haven’t heard before! This set cov­ers his early musi­cal matu­rity to the elec­tric years, is all live, and will(…)

  • Is This Thing On? Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew News

    This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Bitches Brew

    Mic check, mic check … Appar­ently, it’s on now. As you can see from the time­line, it’s been sev­eral months since my last post, I con­fess. While I have writ­ten tens of thou­sands of words on music, none here. But there will be more forth­com­ing, start­ing with this post (and you can keep track of recent(…)

Hot Weather Music

No songs-of-summer-commercial-pap-to-get-you-to-buy-beer here, but Sum­mer music, music old and new that I lis­ten to in the hot weather. This is a pretty per­sonal list, it comes out of how I want music to make my mind feel in the mid­dle of a heat wave like we just had, and it’s insep­a­ra­ble from my NY City(…)

Brooklyn Rail Summer Podcast

https://soundcloud.com/rail-tracks/bk-rail-tracks-2015–078

Summer Rails

Into this July murk comes the sum­mer Brook­lyn Rail and our music sec­tion. The usual good stuff: a wide range of thought­fully cho­sen list­ings, Steve Dalachinksy’s “Out­takes.” Some things I think are espe­cially worth your time: A must read inter­view with Dustin Hill, who per­forms under the name Black Pussy, con­ducted by Jor­dan­nah Eliz­a­beth, who I’m(…)

Consumer Reports: Bowie Box!

This entry is part of 17 in the series Con­sumer Reports

I can believe it if it seems like I’m spend­ing too much time encour­ag­ing you to spend your money, but you’re prob­a­bly going to spend it any­way, so why not do so wisely? Hm? Really, this is some­thing I don’t even need to rec­om­mend, you need it—David Bowie Five Years 1969–1973 box set, due September(…)

Summer Birthdays

This entry is part 1 of 17 in the series Con­sumer Reports

They’re a lit­tle odd. My daugh­ter has one, and since she’s grow­ing up in Brook­lyn, is white and nom­i­nally middle-class (if only she knew!), a lot of her friends from the neigh­bor­hood and pre-k just aren’t around to come to her par­ties. Irri­ta­ble Hedge­hog record label has a sum­mer birth­day too, turn­ing five in coincidence(…)

Consumer Reports

This entry is part 2 of 17 in the series Con­sumer Reports

Upcom­ing releases you should con­sider: Miles Davis at New­port 1955–1975: The Boot­leg Series Vol. 4: This really is self-recommending, the lat­est install­ment of Sony’s ongo­ing series. What a plea­sure to hear Miles Davis record­ings that you haven’t heard before! This set cov­ers his early musi­cal matu­rity to the elec­tric years, is all live, and will(…)

Is This Thing On? Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew News

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Bitches Brew

Mic check, mic check … Appar­ently, it’s on now. As you can see from the time­line, it’s been sev­eral months since my last post, I con­fess. While I have writ­ten tens of thou­sands of words on music, none here. But there will be more forth­com­ing, start­ing with this post (and you can keep track of recent(…)

Consumer Reports

This entry is part 16 of 17 in the series Con­sumer Reports

The Pierre Boulez fun will even­tu­ally stop, as there’s a limit to what is left for him to do, as cer­tainly hardly any record­ings (if any) that are not in cir­cu­la­tion. Join­ing the fun of last years, excel­lent, valu­able and highly rec­om­mended Pierre Boulez: Com­plete Colum­bia Album Col­lec­tion is the com­pan­ion box from Deutsche Gramaphon,(…)

Miles Time

I sent my Bitches Brew man­u­script in last night, and will have an update on pub­li­ca­tion date some­time dur­ing the next cou­ple of months. I wrote approx­i­mately 70,000 words total, in all my work, for Jan­u­ary, so reg­u­lar blog­ging will resume some­time next week. In the mean­time, enjoy the video.

Join The Club

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series Bitches Brew

Over at 333sounds, my edi­tor announced that there will be a new open call for book pro­pos­als, with notice and guide­lines going up at the end of June, and pro­pos­als dues in early August. Time to get your shit together. Series Update/Open Call News/You’ll Want to Read This One: < block­quote> Dear Read­ers, For the(…)