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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 weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears. Joseph Schwantner - New Morning for the World - Willie Stargell, Eastman Philharmonia/David Effron (Mercury; 1983) Scholars by Buke and Gase Buke and Gase - Scholars (Brassland;... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Night After Night
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A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears. Nature Denatured and Found Again by Michael Pisaro Michael Pisaro - Nature Denatured and Found Again (Gravity Wave; due Feb. 15, 2019) Tom Carter - Raw Mono... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Night After Night
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A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears. MFCD A | Andrea Borghi | Sostrato by Marginal Frequency Andrea Borghi - Sostrato (Marginal Frequency; 2017) Jeanne Lee with Ran Blake - The Newest Sound You... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Night After Night
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My contributions to the Goings On About Town section in the February 18/February 25, 2018 issue of The New Yorker, covering the dates February 13-26. (Click on any listing to enlarge it.) [link] [link] [link] Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Night After Night
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The Girl's continuing journey through music, with The Dad taking notes. Barbara Hannigan singing with the Berlin Philharmonic (Photograph: YouTube) Hans Abrahamsen let me tell you Barbara Hannigan, Boston Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons (WCRB broadcast; 2016) "Pretty," says the girl, who... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2019 at Night After Night
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A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears. Dead & Company - Playing in the Sand, Riviera Maya, MX, 2/15/18 (Los Muertos/Rhino; 2019) Pat Metheny - Tap: John Zorn's Book of Angels, Vol. 20 (Tzadik/Nonesuch;... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2019 at Night After Night
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A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears. Franz Joseph Haydn - String Quartet in D (Op. 71, No. 2) - Maxwell String Quartet (YouTube; 2017) Joey Roukens - Boundless (Homage to L.B.) - Royal... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2019 at Night After Night
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A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears. Two Functions in Three Dimensions: music for meditative cooking by Nat Evans Nat Evans - Two Functions in Three Dimensions: music for meditative cooking - Scott Worthington... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2019 at Night After Night
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My contributions to the Goings On About Town section in the January 14, 2019 issue of The New Yorker, covering the dates January 9-15. (Click on any listing to enlarge it.) [link] [link] [link] Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2019 at Night After Night
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A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears. Bent Knee - Land Animal (Inside Out/Sony; 2017) Derek Bailey - Solo - London 1985 (YouTube; 1985) Derek Bailey - Playing for Friends on 5th Street (Straw2Gold... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2019 at Night After Night
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A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears. Medeski Martin & Wood/Alarm Will Sound - Omnisphere (Indirecto; 2018) IRISIRI by Eartheater Eartheater - Irisiri (PAN; 2018) Sleeping/Walking by Black Eagle Child Black Eagle Child -... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2019 at Night After Night
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My contributions to the Goings On About Town section in the January 7, 2019 issue of The New Yorker, covering the dates January 2-8. (Click on any listing to enlarge it.) [link] [link] Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2019 at Night After Night
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The popular understanding of what a critic does is that a critic tells you whether something is good or bad. But that is the least interesting part of a critic’s job, when all is said and done, because two critics... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2019 at Night After Night
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Up until about 15 years ago, I maintained a document whose existence I cherished: a near-complete listing of all the concerts I'd attended during my lifetime up to that point. "Near-complete," because I'm pretty sure it started with Spyro Gyra... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2019 at Night After Night
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My contributions to the Goings On About Town section in the December 24/December 31, 2018 issue of The New Yorker, covering the dates December 19-January 1. (Click on any listing to enlarge it.) [link] [link] [link] [link] Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2018 at Night After Night
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A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears. Mark R. Taylor - Aftermaths - Teodora Stepančić (Another Timbre; 2018) > For Alex Schady; from Moments Musicaux Book 1; Aftermaths Set One; from Moments Musicaux Book... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2018 at Night After Night
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A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears. Landmarks by Celer + Forest Management Celer + Forest Management - Landmarks (Constellation Tatsu; 2018) Henry Threadgill - The Complete Novus and Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2018 at Night After Night
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A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears. Within / Without by Kyle Landstra Kyle Landstra - Within / Without (Muzan Editions; 2018) Clara de Asís - Do Nothing (Another Timbre; 2018) Bruno Duplant -... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2018 at Night After Night
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A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears. Tom Carter - 58 Minutes Over Brussels (self-released Bandcamp subscriber exclusive; 2018) Bobby Previte - Rhapsody (RareNoise; 2018) Sonar with David Torn - Vortex (RareNoise; 2018) Retroactions... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2018 at Night After Night
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A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears. Sarah Hennies - Fleas (Ultraviolet Light; 2018) Travelling by Muyassar Kurdi Muyassar Kurdi - Travelling (No Rent; 2018) Lilliput by riverrun riverrun - Lilliput (self-released; 2018) D’Agala... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2018 at Night After Night
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A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears. Frank Zappa - The Yellow Shark - Ensemble Modern/Peter Rundel (1993/2012; Barking Pumpkin/Zappa Family Trust) Roman Grygoriv & Illia Razumeiko - IYOV - Maryana Golovko, Anna Marych,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2018 at Night After Night
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A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears. Chaya Czernowin - Hidden (Wergo; 2018) > Adiantum Capillus-Veneris - Inbal Hever; Hidden - JACK Quartet The Bad Plus - These Are the Vistas (Columbia; 2003) Orrin... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2018 at Night After Night
Digging in deep, really deep, to compile year-end lists is both exhilarating and exhausting, illuminating and intimidating. Crucial challenge: Recall the impact of things that happened many months ago, then balance against impact of things that just happened.— Steve Smith... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2018 at Night After Night
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Seth Parker Woods. Photograph: Michael Yu Four years ago, I started a weekly series on this blog titled Wandelwatching, devoted to news and essays about composers of the Wandelweiser Group, a loosely knit global collective inspired by post-Cagean ideas concerning... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2018 at Night After Night
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My contributions to the Goings On About Town section in the December 10, 2018 issue of The New Yorker, covering the dates December 5-11. (Click on any listing to enlarge it.) [link] [link] [link] Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2018 at Night After Night