These are not poems to read quickly, but to return to repeatedly. ...more
Tags: activism, Audre Lord, Bay Area, Bob Kaufman, book review, capitalism, City Lights, Heaven Is All Goodbyes, James Baldwin, Mandana Chaffa, Miles Davis, poems, poetry, poetry review, racial inequality, Racism, review, San Francisco, slavery, systemic inequality, systemic racism, Tongo Eisen-Martin
Music columnist Rick Moody writes on ten albums that influenced him through his life.
Tags: A Crimson Grail, A Love Supreme, Abbey Road, Aphex Twin, Arvo Part, Astral Weeks, Brian Eno, Captain Beefheart and Magic Band, Carl Stone, Clear Spot, Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy, Court and Spark, Daydream Nation, Dolmen Music, Dub Housing, Fakebook, For Your Pleasure, foxtrot, Frank Zappa, Funkadelic, Genesis, Hardcore Jollies, Henryk Górecki, Here Come the Warm Jets, Husker Du, In a Silent Way, John Coltrane, Joni Mitchell, la monte young, Leonard Cohen, Let It Be, Marvin Gaye, Meredith Monk, Miles Davis, Mom’s Barbecue, Murmur, Music, Music for Eighteen Musicians, New Day Rising, Pere Ubu, R.E.M., Rama Sreerama, Remain in Light, Rhys Chatham, rick moody, Roxy and Elsewhere, Roxy Music, Second Dream of High Tension Line, Selected Ambient Works, songs of love and hate, Sonic Youth, Steve Reich, Sun Ra, swinging modern sounds, Syd Barrett, Symphony Number Three, Tabula Rasa, Talking Heads, The Beatles, the feelies, The Good Earth, The Lounge Lizards, The Madcap Laughs, The Replacements, The Second Dream, The Velvet Underground, U. Srinivas, Van Morrison, Voice of Chunk, What's Going On, yo la tengo
[I]t is as if I am learning a new language with each poem. ...more
Tags: Asian American, associative poetry, Barbara Herrnstein Smith, book review, Careen, Carl Phillips, childhood abuse, Christopher Kemp, dislocation, dissociative poetry, elegy, Grace Shuyi Liew, James Baldwin, Malaysia, Mark Doty, Miles Davis, Noemi Press, poetry, political poetry, Racism, Risa Denenberg, sexual violence, sexuality, Shenandoah, Vi Khi Nao
I see both subjectivity and objectivity as constructions. ...more
Tags: 1970s, 70s, Alabama Shakes, Alice Cooper, Alton Abraham, black keys, Blood Ulmer, Blue, Brittany Howard, Brown University, Chicago, DownBeat, elvis, Florence Dore, jazz, John Corbett, John Gilmore, Joni Mitchell, June Tyson, Lanquidity, Lester Bangs, loft jazz, Miles Davis, Milton Nascimento, mnemonics, Music, music criticism, music industry, music journalism, Novel Sounds, peter holsapple, Pick Up the Pieces, pop music, pop songs, Prog, Racism, rick moody, rock and roll, Sun Ra, swinging modern sounds, Ted Nugent, U2, University of Chicago Press, Van Halen, Vinyl Freak, Vinyl Freak: Love Letters to a Dying Medium
A Rumpus series of work by women and non-binary writers that engages with rape culture, sexual assault, and domestic violence.
Tags: #metoo, Clara Schumann, Dylan Farrow, ENOUGH, gertrude stein, Harvey Weinstein, Jack London, Joy Harjo, Marie-Thérèse Walter, Me Too, Michael Richards, Miles Davis, Pablo Picasso, rape, Rape culture, Ray Charles, Schumann, Seinfeld, Sex, sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexuality, Sherman Alexie, Thomas Sayers Ellis, woody allen
Daniel Olivas discusses his recent short story collection,
The King of Lighting Fixtures, writing humor, and the role of religion in his work. ...more
Tags: Bathsheba, bigotry, bullying, chicano, Crossing the Border, Daniel Olivas, David Nilsen, deportation, Devil, Devil Talk, Donald Trump, election 2016, gang violence, Good Things Happen at Tina’s Café, grief, humor, immigration, infidelity, judaism, Kind of Blue, King David, Latin American literature, Latinos in Lotusland, lawyer, los angeles, magical realism, Mexican, Mexico, microfiction, Miles Davis, molestation, new testament, novella, poetry, Politics, Racism, religion, satan, sexual abuse, short fiction, short stories, The Coiled Serpent, The Great Wall, The King of Lighting Fixtures, The Subtenant, torah, Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, Trump
Perhaps space is an inevitable resting place for music of this kind, because time is completely different when conceived of in the vastness of space, and not only because of relativity. ...more
Tags: ambient music, Aphex Twin, Arkansas, Audacity, Bandcamp, Blade Runner, Brian Eno, Cheesy Nirvosa, Duke Ellington, Dune, electronic music, Eliane Radigue, Facebook, Girl Talk, Globoscuro, Herbie Hancock, homeschool, Infected Mushroom, insomnia, Internet, introvert, isolation, James Bond, jazz, john cage, John Coltrane, Koyaanisqatsi, la monte young, Max Richter, Merzbow, metallica, Miles Davis, minimalism, Mira Bartok, Music, Music for Airports, North Star, Papa Roach, Philip Glass, Psyclon Nine, rick moody, rural life, science fiction, Social Media, Spike Snell, Spotify, Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, swinging modern sounds, terry riley, The Bloodhound Gang, The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy, William Basinski, Yellow Swans
I have to work to get the sounds, but then the magic kicks in. ...more
Tags: Algiers, Allyson McCabe, Bitches Brew, d'angelo, DJ Premier, electric piano, Erykah Badu, Esme Blegvad, Fender Rhodes Electric Piano, Franklin James Fisher, Gang Starr, hip-hop, Kool & the Gang, Lauryn Hill, Massive Attack, Miles Davis, Music, OK Computer, Portishead, radiohead, the roots, Wanted/Needed/Loved, Wu-Tang Clan
Wednesday 4/12: Douglas Kearney reads for for UC Berkeley’s Holloway Series in Poetry. Free, 6:30 p.m., UC Berkeley, Hearst Field Annex. Joyce Carol Oates presents A Book of American Martyrs at Moe’s in Berkeley. It’s always a treat to encounter this author! Free, 7:30 p.m., Moe’s Books. Thursday 4/13: Shanthi Sekaran (Lucky Boy) reads at the Morrison […]
Tags: Angela Hume, Bob Booker, Cheena Marie Lo, Clark Coolidge, Daniel Curzon, Don Asmussen, Douglas Kearney, Edie Miedav, Jacob Kahn, Jean Cocteau, Jose Luis Gutierrez, joyce carol oates, Khalil Bendib, Kim Suck, Lalo Alcarez, Miles Davis, Needles and Opium, Notable San Francisco, Notable SF, Oscar Villalon, robert lepage, Shanthi Sekaran, Sharon Coleman, Tom Toro, Wayne Goodman
[…] is among the most unusual, and most extreme, in a literary career that has often been marked by its unpredictability. ...more
Tags: 1960s, 1970s, 2001, acid, Arc D’X, Atwood, beach boys, Beatles, Black Clock, Blonde on Blonde, Blue Rider Press, bob dylan, Brian Wilson, But Beautiful, California, Civil War, conservatism, Days Between Stations, DeLillo, Donald Trump, Duke Ellington, Echo Park, Ecstasy of Influence, election 2016, Electric Ladyland, Elvis Presley, Film, Fiona Maazel, form, Greil Marcus, Highway 61 Revisited, identical twins, iowa, kraftwerk, Ku Klux Klan, Kubrick, Lester Bangs, lethem, Lipstick Traces, LSD, Miles Davis, movies, Music, Nat King Cole, Okri, On Celestial Music, Ondaatje, Our Ecstatic Days, Pamuk, pet sounds, philip roth, PJ Harvey, Politics, Psychotic Reactions, punk, pynchon, Racism, Ray Charles, Republican, rick moody, Rubicon Beach, Rushdie, sarah vowell, Shadowbahn, Sinatra, speculative fiction, Stendhal, Steve Erickson, swinging modern sounds, The Plot Against America, These Dreams of You, Trump, Twin Towers, Twins, World Trade Center, Zeroville
“It’s not the notes you play, it’s the notes you don’t play.” This quote from Miles Davis is what inspired Peter Silberman during the make of his first solo album, Impermanence, out now via Transgressive. Forced by a temporary hearing impairment to leave Brooklyn, Silberman learned to deal with silence and its ungraspable dimensions in […]
I felt urgently that it was the moment to tell the story of what I’ve learned about American music—or maybe about being an American. ...more
Tags: Aaron Copland, America Again, American Ballads, american flag, americana, Andre Watts, Appalachian Spring, arts education, Bach, Barbies, Beethoven, Berkeley, billie holiday, Brahms, California, Charleston, childhood, chopin, class, classical music, composer, death, Deep River, Duke Ellington, Fantasy Island, grief, identity, Jamaica, jazz, Langston Hughes, Lara Downes, Leontyne Price, little women, makeup, Marian Anderson, Miles Davis, motherhood, Music, Nina Simone, parenting, paris, PBS, Piano, public schools, race, Rhapsody in Blue, Russia, San Francisco Opera, Scott Joplin, shootings, television, The Love Boat, therapy, Treemonisha
For years, people have been referring to lost sessions featuring Betty Davis and her former husband Miles Davis playing with bending genres, with Betty Davis introducing the jazz giant to Jimi Hendrix and the sounds of psychedelic rock. Recorded from 1968-1969 at Columbia’s 52nd Street studios, the mythic sessions laid the groundwork for the mix of jazz and […]
Tags: 1968-69 The Columbia Years, Betty Davis, Bitches Brew, funk, jazz, jimi hendrix, Light in the Attic Records, Miles Davis, new release, psychedelia, vault release
I started thinking about additional, more slantwise ways we might talk about his legacy. What if I organized a bunch of guitar players? ...more
Tags: 3rdEyeGirl, BB King, Bill Janovitz, Billy Cobham, Black Power, bob dylan, Brian Jones, Buddha, Carrie Brownstein, Chet Atkins, Creep, Darin Strauss, david bowie, David Rakowski, David Ulin, death, Derek Trucks, Derrida, Dhani Harrison, divo, Donna Grantis, Dungeons and Dragons, Eastern philosophy, Eddie Hazel, Eddie Van Halen, elvis, Eric Clapton, feminism, Feminists, freddy mercury, gender, George Harrison, guitar, Hannah Marcus, homoeroticism, In Rainbows, Indigo Street, J. Mascis, James Brown, Jeff Beck, Jeff Lynne, jehovah's witness, Jerry Garcia, jimi hendrix, Jimmy Page, Johnny Rotten, Joni Mitchell, Keith Richards, Kendrick Lamar, LeBron James, Led Zeppelin, Legacy, Lester Bangs, Living Colour, Madonna, Marc Mann, Mark Rogers, masculine, metallica, Michael Hearst, Michael Jordan, Mick Taylor, Miles Davis, Montreaux, MTV, Muddy Waters, music videos, neil young, Nietzsche, Pat Metheny, Patti Smith, persona, Peter Green, postmodern, prince, Prince Rogers Nelson, Punk Rock, Purple Rain, radiohead, rhythm guitar, rick moody, riff, rock and roll, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Rolling Stones, Rufus Wainwright, sexism, Shahin Motia, St. Vincent, Steve Winwood, Stevie Ray Vaughn, swinging modern sounds, Terry Kath, The Black Album, Tom Petty, Tom Verlaine, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, White Album
It’s like a landscape that you can’t know until you’ve seen it through four seasons, until you’ve seen it on days gray and bright. ...more
Tags: A Love Supreme, Al Green, Ali Farka Toure, amy hempel, Andy Warhol, Belgium, Bellevue, Bill Withers, Blue, bluegrass, Brooklyn, Brussels, CBGB, Coltrane, confessional, congo, David Grubbs, drone music, Duke Ellington, Eyes on the Lines, folk, Girlfriend, glenn mercer, guitar, Heart of Darkness, Highlife, improvisation, Indian classical music, J. Mascis, Jackson Browne, James Baldwin, jazz, Jeff Tweedy, Jim Elkington, John Cale, John Fahey, John Truscinski, Joni Mitchell, Kind of Blue, Kirby Gann, la monte young, Late for the Sky, Lee Scratch Perry, lou reed, lyrics, Marquee Moon, Matthew Sweet, Miles Davis, New York City, Oar, Pandit Pran Nath, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Eagles, Racism, reggae, Richard Lloyd, rick moody, Robbie Basho, Rocket from the Tombs, Skip Spence, songwriting, Sonic Youth, Stage Fright, Sterling Morrison, Steve Gunn, Sun Ra, swinging modern sounds, television, Temple University, the feelies, The Magnetic Fields, Tom Verlaine, touring, traveling, Velvet Underground, Way Out Weather
You don’t need to know him personally, you say. You get the best of Prince through his music. Maybe that’s the truth, and maybe it isn’t. ...more
Tags: 80s, Artist Formerly Known As, Batdance, billy idol, Boy George, Broadway, Carmen Electra, cats, Charlie Murphy, Cindy Lauper, college, Corina Zappia, Cyndi Lauper, Darling Nikki, Dave Matthews Band, Diamond and Pearl, funk, Genesis, grace jones, growing up, high school, James Brown, jimi hendrix, kevin smith, Let’s Go Crazy, Little Richard, Madison Square Garden, Martika, michael jackson, middle school, Miles Davis, millenials, Money Doesn’t Matter, Morris Day & the Time, Morris Day & Time, MTV, Music, Musicology, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, PJ Harvey, pop, prince, Purple Rain, R&B, Raspberry Beret, REM, rock, sexuality, Sheila E., Smashing Pumpkins, The Glamorous Life
Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue is one of the most influential albums of all time, not just within the genre of jazz, but within the entirety of modern music. Perhaps the most highly recognizable song on the album, “So What?” was written by composer Gil Evans for Davis and performed by bassist Paul Chambers, pianist Bill Evans, […]
Aquarium Drunkard has highlighted some incredible recent vault releases from the jazz masters, including archival footage that definitely merits a listen. From Miles Davis there’s a Bootleg Series spanning live performances from 1955–1975: four CDs of unreleased material of Davis at Newport Jazz Festivals over the years. Resonance Records is putting out an early pre-fame […]
By now Miles Davis has become a cornerstone of modern music. We can’t get rid of him, which is good, because we would never want to. Miles Davis is inside us; he surrounds us, and permeates our collective consciousness. For that reason, it’s easy to take him for granted. But his ballads force us to pause and take in the […]
Tyler Doyle reviews THE COOL SCHOOL, edited by Glenn O’Brien, today in The Rumpus Book Review.
At The Stranger, Dave Segal and other Seattle musicians commemorate the 40th anniversary of Miles Davis’s On The Corner. “Grooves solid as diamonds with freaked-out tendrils that wrap around your soul and poke at you where you least expect to be poked. Sometimes they draw blood. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? You’ll be okay—just let […]
I’ll admit I’m obsessive about dates in general, and music-related dates most of all. So when I started using the music-streaming service Spotify, I was pleased to see a year listed next to the name of every album in their expansive library—presumably the year when the recording was released, which I consider crucial information.
You can see the architecture of things in winter. Structures glisten. Naked trees drip with clear popsicles. We find ourselves alone with ourselves. Everyone else has gone away to someplace warmer/better/more fun or else they are tucked indoors. Even when you live in a relatively warm place, winter still haunts.
Tags: Anna March, aural fixations, belle and sebastian, bon iver, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Camera Obscura, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Miles Davis, Rolling Stones, Rumpus Mixtape, Tom Waits