First, the stats: 32 new releases in 31 days 147 new releases for the year UPDATED: With embedded document to see if it solve downloading problems. Current pace is for me to get through 588 recordings this year, which is holding pretty steady from the 2015 mark. The Recording of the Week series continues to … Continue reading A Month of Listening: March 2016
(For the season, and my Winter Fundraiser, I'm reposting some old favorites.) The complete Einstein on the Beach in the production seen at BAM in 2012. You're welcome. One Two Three Four One Two Three Four Five Six One Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight [These are the days my friends these are the … Continue reading Einstein On The Beach
The Brooklyn Rail has a double issue for December and January, and will be out later in the month (the staff, guest editor and I are scrambling to finish up a deep joint inteview with Henry Threadgill and Jason Moran), so our listings will be delayed until then. But for early December, highly selective and recommended … Continue reading December Early Listings
Summer’s coming to a close, and the next round of Brooklyn Rail listings won’t be up for a while. So here’s some things you might want to catch between now and Labor Day: August 24, Cornelia Street Cafe: Dave Ullmann’ release show for his new disc Corduroy. An interesting and groovy jazz concept album, coming out … Continue reading Interim Listings
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 … Continue reading Winter Was Hard
Records in heavy rotation the past week, simply because they are awfully good and highly recommended: http://rcm-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=thbicibl-20&o=1&p=8&l=as4&m=amazon&f=ifr&ref=ss_til&asins=B00BUNQOLA Noah Preminger: Haymaker - this has been out since the spring, and the impression on first listen is that it's a solid but not particularly notable jazz group session. After catching a rousing live set from Preminger and … Continue reading Playlist, The Good Stuff
Picked up from Phil Freeman's Burning Ambulance (thanks Phil!), here is John Zorn's great Moonchild band playing the new disc, Templars in Sacred Blood, at the Moers Festival this past May.
It seems to me that there is something very wrong, something that is objectionable and upsetting on the gut level, when institutions that claim to support and present the arts sink their money into buildings and stiff the people who do the actual creating. The Minnesota Orchestra has been silent for a year because the … Continue reading Silent Spaces