https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkM71JPHfjk&app=desktop I've had this in a browser tab for a couple weeks because I knew if I started to play these videos, there went the afternoon. And there it went. You've heard this music before, I'm sure, but what a pleasure to see it being played, to see how it's made. Morricone is simply a … Continue reading Morricone is the Man
This is what you want. Five CDs with singles, B-sides, 12” singles, remixes, unreleased stuff, and a complete live show from the Ritz, 1989. There are two DVDs with videos, two more concerts, and more. A PiL box set may strike some as odd, but not me. Where the Sex Pistols were a sham … Continue reading This is What You Want, This is What You Get
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6w0UnQ2mMQw Ahead of more “rich” content here, check out some new writing elsewhere. In the Brooklyn Rail, I’ve reviewed two new, worthwhile books, All Gates Open: The Story of Can, by Rob Young and Irmin Schmidt (out June 12, order here). And a collection of writing on Steely Dan, Major Dudes: A Steely Dan Companion, edited by … Continue reading In Other News
There's more than one way to breath musical life into the dead.
The last time I saw Matt Marks was in the middle of March. I was heading into the stage door at Carnegie Hall to pick up my press ticket for the concert in Zankel Hall where Alarm Will Sound was to present Ligeti. He was hanging around outside, and before he caught sight of me … Continue reading This Terrible Week
It's true. As Steve Reich said in an old issue of The Wire, 20th century music was an argument between Debussy and Schoenberg, and Debussy won. That is, tonality endures (atonality has turned out to be a passing mania) while form and structure have opened up dramatically. In an earlier post, I wrote about the … Continue reading Debussy Conquers the World
What is uncanny about music notation and recording technology is that they document thought and feeling that have passed but become part of us each time played through speakers or by musicians live.
Bloomsbury and Spotify have set up new arrangement new stream 33-1/3 books, starting with Miles Davis' Bitches Brew