Holes

By |2015-09-18T23:59:58-07:00April 11, 2011|Uncategorized|

The title of John Luther Adams's concerto Four Thousand Holes, and Alex Ross's praise of it, make me curious...Some description here: In spite of this skepticism, Four Thousand Holes is my own effort to re-appropriate and reclaim for myself something of my own musical past. For the first time since my days as a rocker, I’ve chosen to restrict myself to major and minor triads—those most basic elements of Western music (both pop and classical). But I’ve tried to assimilate them fully into my own musical world. Approaching these simple chords as found objects, I’ve superimposed them in multiple streams of tempo, [...]

And your "Birds" can sing

By |2014-07-07T13:34:53-07:00August 30, 2009|books|

Lorrie, silent no Moore ED PARK • Jonathan Lethem on the new Lorrie Moore novel: I’m aware of one — one — reader who doesn’t care for Lorrie Moore, and even that one seems a little apologetic about it. “Too . . . punny,” my friend explains, resorting to a pun as though hypnotized by the very tendency that sets off his resistance. For others, Moore may be, exactly, the most irresistible contemporary Ameri­can writer: brainy, humane, unpretentious and warm; seemingly effortlessly lyrical; Lily-Tomlin-funny. Most of all, Moore is capable of enlisting not just our sympathies but our sorrows. Her [...]

Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, Starr & Young

By |2015-01-17T18:25:08-08:00July 9, 2008|Covers|

DEVIN McKINNEY  •  Another addition to the growing video library here at your favorite YouTube annex: Neil Young performing a Beatles classic to wind up a recent Dublin date. http://youtu.be/Od5MaiiUjtY Though Neil has never done much to associate himself with the Fabs, this song choice makes sense in at least one regard: I have always felt that the Young-Nitzsche "Expecting to Fly" (from the 1967 Buffalo Springfield Again) was a direct homage to/steal from Sgt. Pepper, particularly its royal finale. (And what about "Broken Arrow," from the same album? Or "Country Girl," from CSNY's Deja Vu? And pretty much the whole of [...]

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