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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 07, 2017 14 comments
Have you ever heard someone say something like, "'80's music sucked"? Or "'70's", or "'90's", etc...? How about "Today's music sucks"? If you have, and you're anything like me, you may have felt a mild sense of pity for the fool. Or anger. Great music is made, always. Just because it wasn't made when we were teenagers doesn't discount it from being great (sorry).
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Alex Halberstadt Posted: Apr 06, 2017 1 comments
Music reaches us in nearly countless ways. We listen in cars, listen in supermarkets, listen during root canals. Music plays while we’re on hold with the cable company, ordering coffee, waiting for a train. Each of these modes serves a different agenda. My boyfriend is a cartoonist who often draws for six to eight hours at a time. The whole time he listens to music. For him it’s a way to mark the passage of time and stimulate a part of his mind that drawing does not reach. "The music I listen to in the studio must have a certain uniformity to it," he told me. "It should be interesting but not emotionally compelling enough to be distracting." This means that recently he’s listened to many hours of Sibelius symphonies, Jandek, and the Long Island death-metal band Suffocation. Go figure.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 05, 2017 0 comments
It's a children's book by musicians and artists that's not for children. It is, however, for us.
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Joe Surdna Posted: Apr 04, 2017 1 comments
No doubt in bloom, with ambient noise, a polyrhythmic chorus of peepers, we slide into longer days and with it a growing festival of capitol nincompoopery. Milk of amnesia and nesting matryoshkas. How long will it last and where are we headed? ‘It is Spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible black.’
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 03, 2017 2 comments
I’m a jazz pianist, and consequently spend more of my available music time practicing and rehearsing than just listening. However, I do love to listen to creative improvisers, whether live or recorded. To me, there’s nothing more exciting and inspiring than musicians improvising together to create something unexpected and beautiful. I’m not particularly excited by recordings assembled piece by piece in a studio or computer…I want the sounds of humans playing instruments together in real time.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 01, 2017 1 comments
Thanks to John DeVore, I attended the premier performance of John Adams' Passion oratorio at Carnegie Hall yesterday evening. It was, in a word, astounding.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 31, 2017 0 comments
One of my favorite book titles, and books, is Peter Handke's The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick. I was reminded of the goalie when thinking about how best to describe the feeling I get when a friend sends over a music recommendation.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 30, 2017 6 comments
Five Lovelies from my record racks.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 27, 2017 4 comments
The process of exploring music is, for me, inextricably related to the passage of time. Like many, I cant help but relate what was occurring in various stages of my life to the music I was listening to at the time. So, I decided to do my bit here from that viewpoint. Some records here are very high profile, chestnuts even, some not so much. Most importantly, all trigger indelible memories.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 24, 2017 2 comments
Free Your Mind...And Your Ass Will Follow, originally released in 1970, is a stone cold classic. George Clinton & Co. are in top form and when Funkadelic are in top form, there's no higher high.

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