Jul 23, 2014
Dee Alexander has earned international acclaim, but fame has eluded her. Her great new album,
Songs My Mother Loves, might change that.
By David Whiteis
Music Feature, Dee Alexander, jazz, jazz singers, albums, Ben Ratliff, New York Times, 2013 Newport Jazz Festival, Bluejazz, DownBeat, CDs, Chicago Tribune, Ella Fitzgerald, 2012 Chicago Jazz Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival, Ken Chaney Xperience, Baba Eli Hoenai, Henry Huff, UIC, University of Illinoi, University of Illinois at Chicago, Kennedy Center, Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Howard Mandel, Jazz Journalists Association, Corey Wilkes, Ernest Dawkins, Miguel de la Cerna, Kickstarter, crowdfunding, 3Arts Foundation, 3AP, stipends, Greg Pasenko, Oliver Lake, recording, Columbia College, Rita Warford, Iqua Colson, AACM, Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Obie Creed, Progressive Arts Center, Prada Ensemble, Breath, Douglas Ewart, Mankwe Ndosi, R. Kelly, Delmark, Malachi Thompson, HotHouse, Hyde Park Art Center, Yussef Ernie Adams, Harrison Bankhead, bands, Tomeka Reid, Scott Hesse, Junius Pau, Evolution Arkestra, Ari Brown, Corey Wilkes, World Saxophone Quartet, Oliver Lake, Lillstreet Art Center, jazz songs, jazz standards, University of Chicago, Logan Center for the Arts, College of DuPage, McAninch Arts Center, MCA, Museum of Contemporary Art
May 19, 2014
Plus: Jeremiah Meece of The-Drum on SPF666 and his Club Chemtrails party, the
Reader's Tal Rosenberg on the Feelies upstaging R.E.M., and more
By Tal Rosenberg
In Rotation, CDs, Reckless Records, Tal Rosenberg, Chicago Reader, mp3s, records, Allen Toussaint, R.E.M., covers, YouTube, videos, The Feelies, Dave Mata, DJs, Impala Sound Champions, Soul Summit Chicago, Danny Akalepse, Truth & Soul, Soul Summit, mixtapes, Rich Medina, 45s, seven-inches, Tucker & Bloom, House Shoes, Street Corner Music, producers, Raj Mahal, Jeremiah Meece, The-Drum, Jody, Jeremiah Chrome, VALIS, SPF666, Zak DesFleurs, Dave Barnes, Massacooramaan, Club Chemtrails, Facebook, EPs, Brett Naucke, Ableton, Abletonlive, software
Mar 31, 2014
In a new book the former Gastr del Sol front man discusses why the experimental music of the 1960s was so rarely recorded at the time—and what changes when we listen to it today.
By Peter Margasak
Music Feature, David Grubbs, Bastro, Gastr del Sol, Jim O'Rourke, books, dissertations, University of Chicago, Brooklyn College, Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College, Duke University Press, experimental music, 1960s, records, recordings, documentation, composers, free improvisers, John Cage, Derek Bailey, AMM, La Monte Young, David Tudor, Morton Feldman, Christian Wolff, Fluxus, Earl Browne, David Behrman, Time Records, Columbia Records, CDs, Morton Feldman, mp3 blogs, DRAM, Database o Recorded American Music, Kenneth Goldsmith, Corbett vs. Dempsey, readings, interviews, John Corbett, John McEntire, essays, Tony Conrad, college students, Henry Flynt, Ubuweb, Keith Rowe, Bob Ashley, Alvin Lucier, Charles Curtis, John Cale, Joseph Byrd, The United States of America
Jan 13, 2014
Reader writers recommend Don Cherry's joyful collectivist jazz, Against Me!'s transformative arena punk, and Murmur's inscrutable blackened prog, just for starters.
By Peter Margasak, Leor Galil, Miles Raymer, Bill Meyer, Kevin Warwick, David Whiteis, Kim Kelly, and Philip Montoro
Record Roundup, Abyssal, Iron Bonehead, CDs, records, albums, Against Me!, Total Treble, Tom Gabel, Laura Jane Grace, gender, Don Cherry, Caprice, Peter Gutteridge, The Clean, The Chills, Snapper, The Great Unwashed, Haptic, Entr'acte, 540, Lil B, mixtapes, Mariam the Believer, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Andreas Werliin, Mochi Mochi, Mogwai, Sub Pop, Murmur, Season of Mist, black metal, Matthias Vogels, Alex Perkolup, Charlie Werber, Shane Prendiville, Hatology, Polwechsel, Michael Moser, Werner Dafeldecker, Tempel, Prosthetic, Twista, GMG Entertainment, compilations, UDAD, Coral Records Internazionale, Papadon Washington, UDAD, Leo Welch, Big Legal Mess, You Blew It!, Topshelf, Miles Raymer, seapunk, Evan Thomas Weiss
Nov 26, 2013
Ten of the year's best box sets—including 17 discs of Harry Nilsson, six decades of southeast Asian 78s, and every bit of Woody Guthrie's Library of Congress sessions
By Peter Margasak
Music Feature, William Basinski, Temporary Residence, box sets, records, cds, compilations, Le Grand Kallé, Sterns, Woody Guthrie, Rounder, Herbie Hancock, Columbia, Sony, Legacy, RCA, Harry Nilsson, William Parker, Aum Fidelity, Tompkins Square, Dust-to-Digital, Numero Group, Verve, Universal Music Enterprises, singles
Jun 26, 2013
He's been a doorman, a karate instructor, even an extra in an Adam Sandler movie—and now, after decades of trying, he might finally make it in the music business.
By Leor Galil
Music Feature, Doug Shorts, Wells High School, Chatham, Chess Records, Shades of Brown, soul, vocal soul, funk, Cermakk, Cherries Records, R&B, 45s, seven-inches, Andrew Brearley, records, Herb Butler, WHPK, Master Plan Inc., Bob Abrahamian, record collectors, The Players, Meaty Ogre, doormen, Galapagos4, Brian "Robust" Kuptzin, Sheila Hernando, DJ Shred One, Jazzman, compilations, Numero Group, Frank Dukes, Dap-Kings, Homer Steinweiss, Frederick Douglass Shorts, The Mannequins, The Visitors, Joe Stevenson, Dean Knox, James Clark Revue, Eddie Manning, The Fugitives, Archie Brooks, song-writing, David Rivkin, David Z., record producers, Ed Cody, Brunswick, Gary Jackson, Raymond Haley, Mundo, vanity labels, Wabash YMCA, Motown, Roosevelt Purifoy, Buccellati, mvoies, cassettes, gospel music, CDs, albums, home studios, Funkland, Record Dugout, Steve Batinich, Joe Lopez, Numero Group, Rob Sevier, tapes, acetates, Video
Jun 13, 2013
Despite his pioneering work with electronics and indeterminacy, he’s far more obscure than his friend John Cage—in part because he considered his music a living practice rather than something to be documented.
By Peter Margasak
Music Feature, John Cage, spatialization, sound, liner notes, live music, David Tudor, piano, pianists, composers, New York School, Morton Feldman, Earle Brown, Christian Wolff, graphic notation, indeterminacy, Karlheinz Stockhausen, La Monte Young, Sylvano Bussotti, Stefan Wolpe, interpretation, Black Mountain College, Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, chance, performance, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, scores, recordings, documentation, box sets, CDs, electronic music, experimental music, Irma Wolpe, John Adams, Arnold Schoenberg, Igor Stravinsky, traditional instruments, Pierre Boulez, Matt Rogalsky, Robert Rauschenberg, computer music, neural networks
Nov 16, 2010
Why your mom might kill the CD.
Feb 9, 2010
Held onto the relationship long enough to gain a lifetime of dancing and singing.
Mismatched: Bad Dates, Great Stories, Madonna, herpes, oozing, albums, Napoleon Dynamite, Calvin Klein, iPod, dance, arms, tickets, relationship, crabs, Chlamydia, Dion, Enya, Cds, iTunes, life, long, lifetime, troll, E!, facebook, break, up, break-up, ghosts, past, records, hooks, catch, obsession
Oct 1, 2009
Celebrating the CD's 27th birthday with smooth white funk.