I listened to Vijay Iyer’s Accelerando again, and now I’m too excited to fall asleep. This isn’t the first time that’s happened.
Our whole life is an apprenticeship to the truth that around every circle...– Ralph Waldo Emerson, from Circles
mcgarrsworld asked: Hi, I'd like to learn more about Jazz composition. I understand the fundamentals of harmony already. Could you recommend a book maybe?
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madokasthighsocks: jtravisrolko: To all the women of the world, If you’ve rejected me, I hate you. If we’re just friends, our friendship is over. If we don’t know each other, I will never offer you mere friendship. The friendship I’ve offered to your sex has been abused too much and for too long. I now spit at the concept. So I offer you two options and two options only: take this dick, or...
Crime has not fallen in the United States—it has shifted. From 1980 to 2007,...– Christopher Glazer, n+1 Magazine
I am happy.
The best birthday present I could ask for...
is streaming on NPR right now. http://www.npr.org/2012/06/17/154430760/first-listen-henry-threadgill-zooid-tomorrow-sunny-the-revelry-spp
Those who have the largest megaphones in our corporate state serve the very...– Chris Hedges (via azspot)
A Pitchfork review may ignore history, aesthetics, or the basic technical...– Richard Beck
Pitchfork, 1995-present: 5.4
I don’t mean to stir up the whole Pitchfork/indie music debate again, but I just stumbled upon Richard Beck’s magnificent critique of Pitchfork (read it here.) It’s basically everything I intended to say in my own post. Here are some highlights: On Pitchfork’s influence: “This has something to do with the site’s diligently cultivated readership: no genre’s fans are...
Pitchfork has fully absorbed and adopted indie rock’s ideas about the uses of...– Richard Beck
For jazz is orgasm, it is the music of orgasm, good orgasm and bad, and so it...– Norman Mailer, “The White Negro” (1957) (via vesuvia)
Glenn Ligon: How do you let an audience in on this process of learning about something? Jason Moran: That was the thing that attracted me to conceptual art. It wasn’t as if it were all explained, but it shows the steps—starting with the open sides of a cube. The process becomes part of the piece. Just like me listening to Bach on my headphones and trying to play along. Or the whole band with...
Jazz is a refined sort of listening experience. It takes an ear that doesn’t...– Jason Moran: Making You Move – Revivalist Music (via cartwro)
I think there’s an interest right now in the performance aspect of artworks,...– Glenn Ligon
Competitions are for horses, not artists.– Bartók (via leadingtone)
For, while the tale of how we suffer, and how we are delighted, and how we may...– James Baldwin, Sonny’s Blues (via platea)
“All I know about music is …”
The fact is that people are playing jazz all over the world. There are festivals...– Vijay Iyer