Listen, link or download to the May Rail Tracks, the podcast of the Brooklyn Rail music section. Two in-depth discussions on Robert Ashley and the Suoni per il Popolo festival in Montreal, and another great reading from Steve Dalachinsky.
This is going to be one of the musical events of the year: starting at midnight tonight, WKCR is honoring the centennial of Sun Ra with non-stop music through May 25. What makes this so important is that Ra was both prolific and obscure, and there are bound to be recordings from the archives that … Continue reading The Secret History of American Popular Music
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 … Continue reading Makin' Tracks
If this isn't the only bit of Clifford Brown on video, it has to be one of an exceedingly small few. The profound pleasure of listening to him play is always made impossibly complex by the absolute senselessness of his death. Enjoy as much as you can during his birthday broadcast, October 30, WKCR.
This April is the cruelest month for anyone with seasonal allergies, which are the worst I can remember and so bad that people who have never had allergies, now have allergies! One of the minor inconveniences of the New York City climate moving towards sub-tropical, although having that lilac tree fully in bloom on the … Continue reading Between Sneezes
American Mavericks is in full swing here in New York City. I have some mixed feelings about Monday's San Francisco Symphony concert -- I'm not sure what John Adams was thinking when he made Absolute Jest, and it's hard to square Jessye Norman's substantial career with a performance of John Cage's Song Books -- the … Continue reading Maverick Media