• Makin’ Tracks

    Over at the Brook­lyn Rail, my intre­pid assis­tant edi­tor and I have pub­lished the first of what we hope will be roughly monthly pod­casts. Each episode will be tied to the con­tents of a par­tic­u­lar issue (ten issues a year), and to go along with our April fea­ture on Allen Lowe, and other con­tent, here’s(…)

  • Wither Jazz

    The 2014 Jazz Jour­nal­ists Asso­ci­a­tion Awards have been announced, and for­give my slight cyn­i­cism, but no sur­prises. My votes prob­a­bly evap­o­rated some­where near the bot­tom of the mix. The rich get richer, big names are rewarded even if their actual music mak­ing has turned mediocre, or laid fal­low: No quib­bles about Her­bie Hancock’s Life­time Achievement Award(…)

  • Winter Was Hard

    Look­ing up from the end­less chill and gloom of this past win­ter, I see that it’s been four weeks since I last posted here. Mea culpa. I had been using weekly playlists as a short­hand way of pro­duc­ing implicit reviews, but even those fell by the way­side under an unex­pected rush of writ­ing assign­ments and adjusting(…)

  • Soundings

    I read and rec­om­mend Marc Weidenbaum’s book, Selected Ambi­ent Works Vol­ume II, on the Aphex Twin album of the same name, part of the 33–1/3 series. For­tu­nately, as cur­rently and tem­po­rally over­bur­dened, I’ve found some­one to write a review, which will be pub­lished in the April issue of the Brook­lyn Rail. Wei­den­baum has also written(…)

  • PLAYLIST, Week 8, 2014

    Crush of writ­ing and projects this past month pre­cluded much blog­ging here. Since I never seem to have the time I need nor the orga­ni­za­tion in my mind I want, I spend too much time look­ing at how other peo­ple use lists and notes, and music oth­ers like to lis­ten to while writ­ing. I find(…)

  • PLAYLIST, Week 7, 2014

    Ah, Vienna… Strauss, Salome Berg, Wozzeck Bruck­ner, Sym­phonies 4–9 Mahler, Sym­phony No. 4 Ultra­vox, Albums 1980-12

  • Great Expectations

    I’m look­ing for­ward to this one. Out April 15.

Makin’ Tracks

Over at the Brook­lyn Rail, my intre­pid assis­tant edi­tor and I have pub­lished the first of what we hope will be roughly monthly pod­casts. Each episode will be tied to the con­tents of a par­tic­u­lar issue (ten issues a year), and to go along with our April fea­ture on Allen Lowe, and other con­tent, here’s(…)

Wither Jazz

The 2014 Jazz Jour­nal­ists Asso­ci­a­tion Awards have been announced, and for­give my slight cyn­i­cism, but no sur­prises. My votes prob­a­bly evap­o­rated some­where near the bot­tom of the mix. The rich get richer, big names are rewarded even if their actual music mak­ing has turned mediocre, or laid fal­low: No quib­bles about Her­bie Hancock’s Life­time Achievement Award(…)

Winter Was Hard

Look­ing up from the end­less chill and gloom of this past win­ter, I see that it’s been four weeks since I last posted here. Mea culpa. I had been using weekly playlists as a short­hand way of pro­duc­ing implicit reviews, but even those fell by the way­side under an unex­pected rush of writ­ing assign­ments and adjusting(…)

Soundings

I read and rec­om­mend Marc Weidenbaum’s book, Selected Ambi­ent Works Vol­ume II, on the Aphex Twin album of the same name, part of the 33–1/3 series. For­tu­nately, as cur­rently and tem­po­rally over­bur­dened, I’ve found some­one to write a review, which will be pub­lished in the April issue of the Brook­lyn Rail. Wei­den­baum has also written(…)

PLAYLIST, Week 8, 2014

Crush of writ­ing and projects this past month pre­cluded much blog­ging here. Since I never seem to have the time I need nor the orga­ni­za­tion in my mind I want, I spend too much time look­ing at how other peo­ple use lists and notes, and music oth­ers like to lis­ten to while writ­ing. I find(…)

PLAYLIST, Week 7, 2014

Ah, Vienna… Strauss, Salome Berg, Wozzeck Bruck­ner, Sym­phonies 4–9 Mahler, Sym­phony No. 4 Ultra­vox, Albums 1980-12

Great Expectations

I’m look­ing for­ward to this one. Out April 15.

PLAYLIST, Week 6, 2014

Yes, still catch­ing up on jazz releases from 2013, and here is a list of keep­ers: Char­nett Mof­fett: Spirit of Sound Bryn Roberts: Fables Mike McGin­nis + 9: Road Trip Har­ris Eisen­stadt: Golden State Linda Oh: Sun Pictures

Multimedia Miscellany

Things to hear, see and antic­i­pate: Vijay Iyer has big plans on ECM: Simone Din­ner­stein is hold­ing a Google Hang­out on Feb­ru­ary 12, 1–2 p.m. EST. Live from the Greene Space, you can watch it here, join the Q&A here, and tweet with hash­tags #Bach­In­ven­tions and #Google­Hang­out. That same evening, there is free new music at(…)

Brokeback Mountain Stream

One of the major opera events of the year is the pre­miere per­for­mances of Charles Wuorinen’s oper­atic ver­sion of Broke­back Moun­tain. The opera comes directly from the story by Annie Proulx, who her­self trans­formed her writ­ing into the libretto. There is an obsta­cle, how­ever: these are at the Teatro Real in Madrid, and the closest(…)