Category Archives: music

film: still the boss (springsteen and i)

Springsteen and I is a brilliantly unusual rock documentary made from films taken by fans of themselves talking about themselves and Bruce. They include a Danish groundskeeper who speaks with the twang of the American South, suburban mums, factory workers, … Continue reading

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this was new york

When ironic hipsters were earnest. Some new lyrics might be in order: Everybody knows that the data’s strip-mined Everybody knows that the wires are tapped Everybody knows that an ad will follow Everybody knows that your steps are mapped @ … Continue reading

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music: mama’s chicken gumbo

The Yiddish Twist Orchestra is not klezmer, though you might think so from the name. It’s hard to say exactly what it is, other than a topnotch band that delighted its audience by fluently quoting everything from the Dayenu to … Continue reading

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pianists’ progress

The Third Maj Lind International Piano Competition is going on in Helsinki this week and I watched one of the 10 preliminary heats, in which four or five alphabetically grouped contestants perform a 40-minute hexathlon: Bach prelude and fugue, Classical sonata, three … Continue reading

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Three memorable gigs in Helsinki

1. Tarharyhmä, ca. 1995. That was Maija Vilkkuna’s old band, an all-girl punk outfit that played everything double fast (if you have eMusic, look up Jenny Choi and the Third Shift, “My First Time” – that’s what they sounded like). … Continue reading

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Vin Scelsa’s Idiot’s Delight has a web show, every Tuesday through Thursday from noon to 6 pm Eastern time. One more reason not to bother going back to New York. PS 2015: Vin sounds a little slower these days but … Continue reading

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New voices in folk: Beth Amsel, November Project. From Live 365  and Patrick.

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