March 8, 2011

there is a place past the blues
i never wanna see again

Alice Neel, Gerard Malanga, 1969

* From Lance Bangs:

This is one of my favorite live performances I’ve filmed; Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy walking out onto a minor league baseball park in Coney Island in the summer of 2003. Music can easily dissipate when it is performed outdoors in an open space in the summer, and the audience were primarily there to see Bjork and Sigur Ros who were performing later that evening. Will seemed to stare into the occasion and began adapting the words of Rabindranath Tagore’s “2-15” to describe the set and setting, then spun it into “New Partner.” The woman accompanying him is Cynthia Hopkins.

-- Watch it here.

* In NYC? Check out the Animal Farm reading Thursday March 10, 2011 (8pm) at Happy Ending (302 Broome Street) in Manhattan. Janice Shapiro, Jerry Williams and Mariya Gusev will be reading from recent work.

* Two (fantastic covers) for Tuesday:

-- California Dreaming, covered by soul great Lee Moses.

-- Sunshine of Your Love, covered by funk great Spanky Wilson. Wow! What a voice.

* "You can learn more by going to the opera than you ever can by reading Emerson. Like that there are two sexes." -- David Markson


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