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Steve Smith
Jackson Heights, NY
Word wrangler. Proud papa. Conspicuous consumer of music, live and otherwise.
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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 …after…
Away With You by Mary Halvorson Mary Halvorson Octet - Away With You (Firehouse 12; due Oct. 28) Claude Debussy - Images; Jeux; Nocturnes; La Mer; Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune; Marche écossaise sur un theme populaire; Printemps; Two movements... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2016 at …after…
King Crimson - Radical Action (To Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind) (DGM/Panegyric) Uton and Ø+yn/Bird People and Creation VI - Monster Collab (Cosmic Winnetou) Strom Noir - The White Colour of the Clouds (Cosmic Winnetou) America's National Parks by... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2016 at …after…
Steve Flato - Road to Ruins (Abrash) The Grey Eminence by Warfather Warfather - The Grey Eminence (Greyhaze) King Crimson - "Easy Money," "Suitable Grounds for the Blues," "Sailors Tale," "Starless," "Level Five" - 2016 European Tour downloads (DGMLive) Pearl... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at …after…
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Fall and all attendant memories Crowd the day with unrelated histories Each year leaves its unresolving fantasies To hang around each corner Hang around each street. Thick with ghosts, the wind whips round in circuitries Carrying words as strangers exchange... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2016 at …after…
Eve by Thalia Zedek Band Thalia Zedek Band - Eve (Thrill Jockey) Come - 11:11 (Matador) Uzi - Sleep Asylum (Homestead) Dangerous Birds - "Alpha Romeo"/"Smile on Your Face" (Propeller Product) Live Skull - Dusted (Homestead) Live Skull - Snuffer... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at …after…
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Steven Tyler, by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP The ticket: Pop music Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016 XENIA RUBINOS This dependably vital, consistently inventive singer and rapper continues to twist her Afro-Caribbean cultural and musical roots into unexpected and instantly appealing new branches, the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2016 at …after…
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Bent Knee, by Ben Stas for the Boston Globe The week ahead: Pop & rock Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 BLACK SABBATH They say this is our last chance to see three-quarters of the quintessential English heavy-metal band, and you get... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2016 at …after…
Michael Daugherty - Tales of Hemingway; American Gothic; Once Upon a Castle - Zuill Bailey, Paul Jacobs, Nashville Symphony/Giancarlo Guerrero (Naxos) Morton Subotnick - Music for the Double Life of Amphibians (Wergo) > Axolotl - Joel Krosnick; Ascent Into Air... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2016 at …after…
John Adams - Scheherazade.2 - Leila Josefowicz, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra/David Robertson (Nonesuch; due Sept. 30) Kiss - Kiss Rocks Vegas (Eagle Rock) Marillion - F.E.A.R. (F**k Everyone and Run) (earMUSIC; due Sept. 23) No Place Fast by Wayne Horvitz... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2016 at …after…
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Black Sabbath The ticket: Pop music Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016 BLACK SABBATH They say this is our last chance to see three-quarters of the quintessential English heavy-metal band, and you get the sense they’re telling the truth this time. The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2016 at …after…
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Zac Brown Band, by Josh Reynolds for the Boston Globe The week ahead: Pop & rock Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016 ZAC BROWN BAND Though their flag is nominally planted in the country-music world, Brown and his Atlanta cohorts are seasoned... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at …after…
Carlos Santana & Cindy Blackman Santana - "The Star-Spangled Banner" (YouTube) Johannes Brahms - Symphony No. 3 in F - Houston Symphony/Leopold Stokowski (Everest) Herbie Hancock/Wayne Shorter - 1+1 (Verve) Marcus Miller - Tutu Revisited - Live at Leverkusen 2009... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at …after…
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X The ticket: Pop music Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016 X Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Billy Zoom, and DJ Bonebrake: Now and always, this simply is one of the very best bands that American music has ever produced, punk or otherwise.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2016 at …after…
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With the drawing of this Love and the voice of this Calling We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at …after…
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EPMD, by Simon Abrams The week ahead: Pop & rock Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 EPMD The influential hip-hop duo of Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith is back in business again, celebrating its 30th anniversary with a road trip focused on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at …after…
Keith Rowe/Günter Müller/Taku Sugimoto - The World Turned Upside Down (Erstwhile) dogs in english porcelain by vanessa rossetto Vanessa Rossetto - dogs in english porcelain (Music Appreciation) mineral orange by vanessa rossetto Vanessa Rossetto - Mineral Orange (Kye) exotic exit... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at …after…
Yes - Millersville University, Millersville, PA, Feb. 28, 1984 (audience recording, unknown origin) Yes - Celeste Center, Ohio State Fair, Columbus, OH, July 27, 2016 (audience recording, unknown origin) Yes - Boston Garden, Boston, MA, Sept. 9, 1980 (audience recording,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at …after…
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Drake, by Scott Legato/FilmMagic The ticket: Pop & rock Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016 THE GO-GO’S The band fondly tagged during its heyday as “America’s sweethearts” is calling this a farewell tour — which doesn’t mean you’ll never see the group... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2016 at …after…
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Pearl Jam, by Chad Batka/The New York Times The week ahead: Pop & rock Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 PEARL JAM Big hits, deep cuts, surprise guests (Cheap Trick! Sting! Jack White!) — no wonder the current trek by this seasoned... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at …after…
Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine (Epic) Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (Def Jam) Opeth - Ghost Reveries (Roadrunner) Jane Ira Bloom - Early Americans (Outline) Yes - Yessongs... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at …after…
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Bryan Ferry, by Zak Hussein/Getty Images The ticket: Pop music Sunday, July 31, 2016 BRYAN FERRY The suave English gentleman vocalist is touring with a crack band that includes longtime guitar associate Neil Hubbard, and playing a set list that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at …after…
Dead & Company - Fenway Park, Boston, MA, July 15, 2016 (Archive.org) La Barranca - Fatalis (Fonarte Latino) Steven Wilson - Insurgentes (Kscope) Opeth - Sorceress (Moderbolget/Nuclear Blast; due Sept. 30) Orchid by Opeth Opeth - Orchid (Candlelight) Artificial Organ... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2016 at …after…
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Garbage The week ahead: Pop & rock Thursday, July 28, 2016 GARBAGE Having celebrated their 20th anniversary on tour last fall, Shirley Manson & Co. return to town in support of a strong, dark new album, “Strange Little Birds,” with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at …after…
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Super Furry Animals The ticket: Pop music Sunday, July 24, 2016 HEART + JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS + CHEAP TRICK They’re calling this trifecta “Rock Hall Three for All,” a play on the Hall of Fame status each band... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2016 at …after…