Three Dancers is the debut release from composer Ryan Choi. The album derives its title from Pablo Picasso’s painting, Les Trois Danseuses, and features three intensely kinetic and intricate compositions that draw as much from literature and visual art as they do from musical tradition. These recordings, featuring the baritone ukulele, percussion and electronics, were […]
This newly released collection—what some might call Horowitz’s “serious” work— is both a testament to his unique creativity and a blast to listen to. Sit back and enjoy great performances of quite difficult music played by excellent musicians under the direction of a composer with a vision. I love that I recognize Steve in his […]
I left upstate New York at 18 still thinking Robin Trower and the Marshall Tucker Band were music. Until fall 1976, when I came across Punk magazine #3 (the Joey Ramone cover) in Boston. It was like some message inside me suddenly got decoded: Oh—I get it! When my first-ever job in NYC went south […]
Three Times Bad, an Oakland-based alt-roots sextet, aims to channel the powerful energy of dirty stringbands like Uncle Dave Macon, Blue Ridge Highballers, and Mississippi Sheiks who plucked, picked, popped, sawed, and thrummed acoustic geetars, banjos, mandos, and fiddles with an abandon that was not for the faint-hearted. Theirs was a music for boot stompers, […]
One fall night in the 1980s I went to the Philip Glass/Robert Wilson opera Einstein on the Beach. After taking a seat in the balcony a part of me began fighting Michel Riseman’s relentless ostinatos. Over and over and over they went while I contorted at the shoulders and hips. Scolding myself, “Calm down, this […]
Here’s a gem that just resurfaced, a video of the complete performance by Timber live at Brownies, NYC, June 1, 1995. 0:00 Let It Down 5:10 Jam/Belay That 10:47 Anti-Mother-In-Law Car 13:35 Robins Make Eggs Blue 17:10 Bats 20:40 Newly 23:20 Puddle 25:53 Acid Test 29:15 Sugary Peppery 31:30 Bad Education 35:20 Life After Timber […]
This was so much fun last year, I thought we’d do it again. (Two of my favorite books of the year were ones I picked up from last year’s list: Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel, recommended by Deborah Pintonelli, and The Wind-Up Bird, by Haruki Murakmi, as recommended by Ron Kolm. Thanks!) So […]
Studio musician and arranger Robert C. Hardin on his search for the condition of euphoria in music: “It means suspensions and passing tones that linger like a last look at a secret crush from childhood. It means tracks that sparkle, drone and thunder all at the same time.”
￼I began and finished Kim’s memoir in the NYC subway, catching glimpses of her life and selfreflection between hectic transfers, rushing to make my next engagement. I missed a couple of stops, too focused to be bothered. Girl In A Bandwas engrossing. A photo in the book of Kim riding the subway some decades ago turned reading into an experience.
Hopefully the new year is “going smoothly” for you! Here’s what some of our editors and contributors thought was the best of 2014, or some other year, or at least they liked it, or whatever.