Kronos Quartet at NYUAD and NYC

  Bryan and I had the good fortune last week to be able to hear the visionary Kronos Quartet twice each during their week-long residence at NYU Abu Dhabi where we’re presently teaching. The ensemble played at NYUAD Arts Center’s Black Box...

And I fell …

The good folks at genius.com asked me to annotate a passage from my 33 1/3 volume on Television’s Marquee Moon. Here’s what I came up with: Read

Lou Reed, 1942-2013

So it’s just about three days since Lou Reed died and I admit I’m kind of holding my breath, waiting to see if he rises from the tomb on the morning of the third day. It’s hard to imagine him as anything other than transformed into a more perfect...

John Cale on I’ve Got a Secret, 1963

From Alex Ross, The Rest Is Noise: [John] Cage’s definitive refutation of Beethoven came in the form of an epic, almost daylong performance of Erik Satie’s piano piece Vexations. The original score is only a page long and would normally take just a minute...

Kiss Me Again (1978)

Dinosaur, “Kiss Me Again,” 12-inch, side A, 1978. Composed by Arthur Russell. Remix by Jimmy Simpson. The personnel for this record blows my mind: Arthur Russell (cello, organ) David Byrne (guitar) Sammy Figueroa (percussion) Frank Owens (piano) Henry...