• 2014 Year In Lists

    This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Best Of

    Lists. I know, I know, many music fans find this lazy, unfair, and no sub­sti­tute for crit­i­cism. That point of view is gen­er­ally true, although lists can be use­ful and infor­ma­tive. And speak­ing inside the world of crit­i­cism, where it is essen­tially impos­si­ble to lis­ten to every record­ing that comes my way (the dig­i­tal music(…)

  • Philip Glass Complete Piano Etudes

    They’re here They’re here They’re here They’re here They’re here They’re here They’re here …Philip Glass’s Orange Moun­tain Music label is issu­ing a 20-track dou­ble CD of his com­plete Piano Etudes, avail­able today on disc and at iTunes. And the entire set is stream­ing through iTunes Radio.And next week, Decem­ber 5 and 6, all of(…)

  • Our November Brooklyn Rail Music Section podcast: the Secret…

    Our Novem­ber Brook­lyn Rail Music Sec­tion pod­cast: the Secret Opera opera com­pany pays us a visit, we lis­ten to new music from Tyshawn Sorey and talk about the year in music, and more con­ver­sa­tion and poetry from Steve Dalachin­sky. http://thesmallercity.tumblr.com

  • Dancing About Architecture

    Because us writ­ers rarely get to re-use oth­ers’ best lines … I rec­om­mend you check out an event next Tues­day, Novem­ber 25, pro­duced by the Cen­ter for Architecture/The Insti­tute for Per­for­mance Sculp­ture, Inc: “Eplor­ing the Hid­den Music” has music from the first ever col­lab­o­ra­tion of com­poser (and archi­tect) Christo­pher Jan­ney and bassist/producer Bill Laswell. Jan­ney makes inter­ac­tive sound and(…)

  • Catch these charming young men, and some of their close friends,…

    Catch these charm­ing young men, and some of their close friends, next week at The Stone — and get your hands together on their live record­ings! http://thesmallercity.tumblr.com

  • Hessismore will be appearing for four nights at Nublu, November…

    Hes­sis­more will be appear­ing for four nights at Nublu, Novem­ber 20 — 23 ($10/$15), and also has a new remix project going, with con­tri­bu­tions from Lorna Dune, Pol­lyester, Anna Clyne and Prince Rama. The fruit of Lorna’s labors above. http://thesmallercity.tumblr.com

  • Joyce DiDonato: 1,000 Times Yes

    If you missed Joyce DiDonato’s ter­rific Carnegie Hall recital this past Tues­day, you catch up on the back­r­gound through my review, while streamig the whole thing here for 90 days, thanks to medici.tv  You will need to make an account (free), to see the whole thing, but you should any­way because medici.tv is essen­tial for the clas­si­cal music(…)

2014 Year In Lists

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Best Of

Lists. I know, I know, many music fans find this lazy, unfair, and no sub­sti­tute for crit­i­cism. That point of view is gen­er­ally true, although lists can be use­ful and infor­ma­tive. And speak­ing inside the world of crit­i­cism, where it is essen­tially impos­si­ble to lis­ten to every record­ing that comes my way (the dig­i­tal music(…)

Philip Glass Complete Piano Etudes

They’re here They’re here They’re here They’re here They’re here They’re here They’re here …Philip Glass’s Orange Moun­tain Music label is issu­ing a 20-track dou­ble CD of his com­plete Piano Etudes, avail­able today on disc and at iTunes. And the entire set is stream­ing through iTunes Radio.And next week, Decem­ber 5 and 6, all of(…)

Our November Brooklyn Rail Music Section podcast: the Secret…

Our Novem­ber Brook­lyn Rail Music Sec­tion pod­cast: the Secret Opera opera com­pany pays us a visit, we lis­ten to new music from Tyshawn Sorey and talk about the year in music, and more con­ver­sa­tion and poetry from Steve Dalachin­sky. http://thesmallercity.tumblr.com

Dancing About Architecture

Because us writ­ers rarely get to re-use oth­ers’ best lines … I rec­om­mend you check out an event next Tues­day, Novem­ber 25, pro­duced by the Cen­ter for Architecture/The Insti­tute for Per­for­mance Sculp­ture, Inc: “Eplor­ing the Hid­den Music” has music from the first ever col­lab­o­ra­tion of com­poser (and archi­tect) Christo­pher Jan­ney and bassist/producer Bill Laswell. Jan­ney makes inter­ac­tive sound and(…)

Catch these charming young men, and some of their close friends,…

Catch these charm­ing young men, and some of their close friends, next week at The Stone — and get your hands together on their live record­ings! http://thesmallercity.tumblr.com

Hessismore will be appearing for four nights at Nublu, November…

Hes­sis­more will be appear­ing for four nights at Nublu, Novem­ber 20 — 23 ($10/$15), and also has a new remix project going, with con­tri­bu­tions from Lorna Dune, Pol­lyester, Anna Clyne and Prince Rama. The fruit of Lorna’s labors above. http://thesmallercity.tumblr.com

Joyce DiDonato: 1,000 Times Yes

If you missed Joyce DiDonato’s ter­rific Carnegie Hall recital this past Tues­day, you catch up on the back­r­gound through my review, while streamig the whole thing here for 90 days, thanks to medici.tv  You will need to make an account (free), to see the whole thing, but you should any­way because medici.tv is essen­tial for the clas­si­cal music(…)

An enduring pleasure of my youth, and a pretty damn good record

An endur­ing plea­sure of my youth, and a pretty damn good record http://thesmallercity.tumblr.com

Join Me, Won’t You?

I only have a solo press ticket for Joyce DiDonato’s Carnegie Hall recital tonight, but you can join me from the com­fort of your own home via my friends at medici.tv. They have new part­ner­ship with Carnegie, and will be stream­ing and stor­ing con­certs for live and on-demand view­ing. Tonight is the first! The live webcast(…)

Vote Miles

This entry is part of 6 in the series Bitches Brew

Another elec­tion day, another depress­ing one. Regard­less of party iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, for peo­ple who value gov­ern­ing and a soci­ety that is in line with sup­posed Amer­i­can polit­i­cal and cul­tural ideals, it’s a tough day. Peo­ple like us vote because we believe in being cit­i­zens, but we’re left to choose mostly among peo­ple who care about protecting(…)