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Steve Smith
Jackson Heights, NY
Word wrangler. Proud papa. Conspicuous consumer of music, live and otherwise.
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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 5 days ago 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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Kacey Musgraves Bath Time Lessoning No. 1 Kacey Musgraves, Pageant Material (Mercury Nashville; 2015) Nov. 27, 2015 If visceral responses at times convey as much as verbal cues, and sometimes more, then tonight's soak, by turns rowdy and mellow, provides... 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
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 Night After Night
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 Night After Night
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 Night After Night
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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 Night After Night
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 Night After Night
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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 Night After Night
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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 Night After Night
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 Night After Night
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 Night After Night
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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 Night After Night
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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 Night After Night
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 Night After Night
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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 Night After Night