After 10 years of keeping the Big City as a labor of love, I need your help.
If you are in or around New York City for the next week, and need relief from honoring the birth of Christ by buying as much shit as you can with money you don’t have, then head over to Film Forum. From today through November 30, they are showing the hilarious, deader-than-dead-pan comedies of Aki … Continue reading Deader Than Black
It's that time of the year, and a day in particular, to think about what you are going to get to give. And since you and your friends and family have good taste and are curious about the world, I first recommend: Beethoven.
https://youtu.be/-H6Ui4ZiI1o There is no piece of contemporary music that is as successful as Philip Glass’ Etudes for piano. I’m not evaluating the aesthetics—the Etudes are not the new music I most admire, but they are an important addition to Glass’ catalog. The best of them, and there are some excellent, beautiful, exciting Etudes, both codify … Continue reading Success Breeds Success
The future is in your hands.
ECM had resisted streaming, but the above is an admission of throwing in the towel, recognizing that you can’t fight the endless flow of digital media.
Is it possible to regularly listen to 18 different Mahler symphony cycles? 20 different sets of the complete Beethoven symphonies? In theory, yes, in practice, no; I find myself reaching for the complete Mahler on EMI rather than the one on Deutsche Grammaphon, I prefer Bernstein's first cycle to his second, I usually pick Bertini … Continue reading The Sell-Off
The latest issue of The Wire, #405, for November, is out now, and in it you can read my coverage of the Ostrava Days 2017 festival, which was it's usual excellent self. Web view is available only to subscribers, so you'll have to actually grab a copy of the issue to read the whole thing.