Monthly Archives: November 2011

I Love America . . .

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Everybody Knows Juan Has a Knife

Charles Mingus played for a brief stint in the band of his hero Duke Ellington. Juan Tizol, Ellington’s longtime trombonist and sometime arranger, asked Mingus to play a certain solo, which the bass player decided to change slightly. The alteration … Continue reading

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In Honor of the Muppets’ Return

Billy and Dad are psyched to see the new Muppet movie. The director, James Bobin, and the main songwriter, Bret McKenzie, are co-creators of Flight of the Conchords. It never occurred to me until I found that out just how … Continue reading

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Food, Music, and a Glass of Wine (and Movies Thereabout)

An often overlooked aspect of experiencing music in the age of recording involves the preparation of food. Myself, I listen to much – if not most – of my music while preparing supper. On a good day, like today when … Continue reading

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Acts of Piety

In his Remarks on Frazer’s “Golden Bough”, Ludwig Wittgenstein writes: “Recall that, after Schubert’s death, his brother cut some of Schubert’s scores into small pieces and gave each piece, consisting of a few bars, to his favourite pupils. And this … Continue reading

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A Few More of Our Favorite Live Tracks

Bill Withers, “Hope She’ll Be Happier With Him,” Live at Carnegie Hall Bill Withers from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo. The Band, “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” The Last Waltz (obviously) Faces, “Maybe I’m Amazed,” Long Player Bruce Springsteen, … Continue reading

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Turn Up Your Rahdio

Slate‘s good music critic Bill Wyman has a piece on his favorite live albums. He says of the dying breed: Now, the Allmans aside, in many cases, the albums sucked. The sound was flatulent, the performances were off. Sometimes—a lot … Continue reading

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