We still have a problem with the media-political industrial complex’s inability to call a spade a fucking shovel—their power rests on avoiding articulating any fact or truth—and we’re unlikely to ever see Juneteenth as a federal holiday (I’m old enough to remember St. John McCain fighting tooth and nail to hold back Martin Luther King Day) but people are voting with their feet and timorous corporations are trying to hold on to their wallets, so today starts the de facto holiday, and I see a possible season between it and Memorial Day where we might, as a country, take the Civil War out of Ken Burns’ misty bourgeois mythologizing and see it as the second act in building this nation, with the third still to come.
Igor Stravinsky was born this day in 1882. Imagine a world where one of the greatest practitioners of an abstract art was also a major, popular, public figure. I know, right… Everyone’s dropping Le Sacre today, but I’m going to go with his most astonishing pure composition, Agon. And if you ever wonder what to …
The second Bang on a Can Marathon of the COVID-19 era hits the the ground this afternoon, 3pm-9pm EST. You can view it via this link or with the embedded stream below: Viewing is free, but as always if you can, please help out the musicians and Bang on a Can by buying a ticket …
What I remember, or bothered to write down, that I listened to in May.
The Brooklyn Rail’s New Social Environment series of lunchtime conversations continues, and I’ll be back to host again, Wednesday, May 27, at 1pm. This week I’ll be talking with musicians and activists Jesse Paris Smith and Rebecca Foon and their Pathway to Paris foundation; music, climate change, politics, and more of the small stuff. It’s …
Miles’ music always had soul, blues, funk, sweat, sex, intellect, abstraction, and hipness.
America in the 21st Century: everyday is headed toward being a memorial day.