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Steve Smith
Jackson Heights, NY
Word wrangler. Proud papa. Conspicuous consumer of music, live and otherwise.
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The Girl's ongoing journey through music, with The Dad taking notes. Let’s Eat Grandma I, Gemini (Transgressive; 2016) [before I’ve said a word] “I really like this part of the music, Daddy. I really like the voices. What is this... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Night After Night
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AMM - The Crypt - 12th June 1968 (Matchless; 2008; digital via Otoroku) AMM - An Unintended Legacy (Matchless; 2018) Sleep Concert at Gray Area, 24 Feb 2018 by Robert Rich Robert Rich - Sleep Concert at Gray Area, 24... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Night After Night
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My contributions to the Goings On About Town section in the June 25 issue of The New Yorker, covering the dates June 20 through 26. Click on the image to go to the related page on the New Yorker website. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Night After Night
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I believe that our culture (and by “our culture” I’m talking about North America, and perhaps also Europe, to some extent) has undergone a fundamental shift. Expertise is no longer much valued in the cultural sphere; rather, it seems that... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Night After Night
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William Schuman - Symphony No. 9 ("The Ardeatine Caves") - Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy (RCA Red Seal; 1971) Lili Boulanger - D'un soir triste - BBC Philharmonic/Yan Pascal Tortelier (Chandos; 1999) erased de kooning by vanessa rossetto Vanessa Rossetto - erased... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Night After Night
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The Tape Music of Noah Creshevsky, 1971-... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Night After Night
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It was unexpected, and perfectly lovely, to see this note posted to Facebook by Patricia Kopatchinskaja, the brilliant and idiosyncratic violinist who served as music director of the 2018 Ojai Music Festival, on my return home from co-hosting the livestream... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Night After Night
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Why am I sharing screenshots of concert listings from The New Yorker? Because they are mine. I wrote them. And now, I can say so, because as of the June 18 issue, The New Yorker is publishing bylines with its... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2018 at Night After Night
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At the individual level, however, all social relationships are open to monetization or careerism. Artists, curators and writers have ended up at the same openings, dinner tables and panel discussions for decades, but the operations of their relationships and tastes... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2018 at Night After Night
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Steamroom 40 by Jim O'Rourke Jim O'Rourke - Steamroom 40 (Steamroom; 2018) Leon Kirchner - Lily - Diana Hoagland, Columbia Chamber Soloists/Leon Kirchner; String Quartet No. 2 - Lenox String Quartet (Columbia Masterworks; 1974) Anthony Braxton - Five Compositions (Quartet)... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2018 at Night After Night
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Jakob Ullmann – Müntzers stern/solo II – Dafne Vicente-Sandoval (Edition RZ; 2018; listen to excerpts here) Imbrication by Jeph Jerman Jeph Jerman – Imbrication (Unfathomless; 2018) Sound Diary of Quiet Pedestrians by Mathieu Ruhlmann & Joda Clément Mathieu Ruhlberg &... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2018 at Night After Night
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Tremble In Blue: Or, The Bodies We Leave Behind by Nova Scotian Arms Nova Scotian Arms - Tremble in Blue: Or, The Bodies We Leave Behind (Hooker Vision; 2008) Thomas Martin Nutt - Trichromatic Moiré - Sarah Hennies (Sonic Art... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2018 at Night After Night
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Become Ocean by John Luther Adams John Luther Adams - Become Ocean - Seattle Symphony/Ludovic Morlot (Cantaloupe Music; 2014) Inuksuit by John Luther Adams John Luther Adams - Inuksuit - ensemble/Doug Perkins (Cantaloupe Music; 2013) I Ended Out Moving To... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at Night After Night
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Daniel Land One of the things I've always cherished about Brian Eno's 1982 album Ambient 4: On Land is the sense it gives of occupying a space that's somewhere and nowhere at once. Like Ambient 1: Music for Airports, its... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2018 at Night After Night
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Regular playlists will resume next Monday, Jan. 8, on National Sawdust Log. Meanwhile, this is everything memorable that I spun or streamed between Dec. 18 and Dec. 31, 2017. Rest in peace, Kevin Mahogany and Roswell Rudd. Dec. 18-24, 2017... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at Night After Night
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The first recording I was moved to listen to in 2018 is Hidden, a new Wergo album featuring two dynamic, disparate compositions by Chaya Czernowin. Adiantum Capillus-Veneris (2015-16) is a three-part composition designated "for voice and breath" – the first... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at Night After Night
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Happy New Year, everyone. I'm resolved to keep things humming here again… watch this space. Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at Night After Night
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An occasional tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears lately. Richard Wagner - Die Walküre - Matthias Goerne, Michelle DeYoung, Stuart Skelton, Heidi Melton, Petra Lang, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra/Jaap van Zweden (Naxos) <a href="http://tonkatsurecords.bandcamp.com/album/lark-city">Lark City... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at Night After Night
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An occasional tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears lately. <a href="http://jonathanfinlayson.bandcamp.com/album/moving-still">Moving Still by Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense</a> Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense - Moving Still (Pi Recordings; 2016) Chöying Drolma & Steve Tibbetts -... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at Night After Night
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An occasional tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears lately. Linda Catlin Smith - Memory Forms (Artifact Music; 2001) > Among the Tarnished Stars - The Burdocks; Through the Low Hills - Andrew Smith, Stephen Clarke;... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at Night After Night
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An occasional tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears lately. Van der Graaf Generator - Do Not Disturb (Esoteric Antenna; 2016) Eli Keszler - Last Signs of Speed (Empty Editions; due Nov. 17, 2016) Linda Catlin... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at Night After Night
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Porcupine Tree; photograph by Diana Nitschke Interview: Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree The Volume blog Time Out New York Sept. 20, 2010 (link) Founded in England at the onset of the 1990s, Porcupine Tree was originally passed off as a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2017 at Night After Night
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The Girl's ongoing journey through music, with The Dad taking notes. Kacey Musgraves Pageant Material (Mercury Nashville; 2015) If visceral responses at times convey as much as verbal cues, and sometimes more, then tonight's soak, by turns rowdy and mellow,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Night After Night
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Formed in 1966 in the city whose banner it would fly around the globe, the Art Ensemble of Chicago turned 50 in 2016. Of the longtime classic lineup – saxophonists Roscoe Mitchell and Joseph Jarman, trumpeter Lester Bowie, bassist Malachi... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Night After Night
A bit of news to report, and rather than waxing loquacious I'm simply going to state it plainly: This is, for the foreseeable future, the last post I'll be writing for Night After Night, the blog I've operated on Typepad... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2016 at Night After Night