Thursday, August 21, 2008

Getachew Mekuria and the Ex band at the Lincoln Center last night. (Yes, I know it's a crappy photo.) Getachew came into the studio in the spring of 2007 through a random find of Teddy: he downloaded some music from one of the Macs at either Metro or Boeskey and Éthiopiques, Vol. 14 was one standouts. I didn't like it at first. Getachew's playing was too frantic and warbly, almost like sonic scribbles; his backing band was kind of unimaginative and unresponsive and tended to repeat the same riff over and over again; and that horror organ sound from the keyboardist drove me apeshit. But at some point it all started to make perfect sense and what I originally perceived as tedium became hypnotic.*

It was a good show last night, a very strange combo of sideways Africa/Middle Eastern modes and ska-ish punk. (I am not well-versed in punk so the ska reference may not be accurate...but there was a three-piece horn section (clarinet, tenor, trombone(r)) playing staccto riffs and that sounded ska-esque to me.) Lots of lovely Ethiopian women wandering around the Lincoln Center campus. (After taking a closer squint at this photo, I realize that Getachew isn't even on stage. He stepped off for a song or two to let the band play solo.)

* I realize this description is an almost exact description of the On the Corner era of Miles Davis, right down the the horror movie organ.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Sat in Madison Square Park, listened to music and watched the evening come in.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Rode to the studio last night after dinner. Dragged the camping chair to the roof and alternately stared at the clouds and read Wallace Stegner's Angle of Repose.

Found this poster outside a night club/cafe on the walk to work this morning. Note the dress code. Ladies: Shoes is a Must!

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Odd day. Sunny then stormy. These are the clouds that showed up during the final hours of the day.

Monday, August 04, 2008

On the bike, up over the QB bridge to Central Park. A lap around CP on the park. Very crowded, chaotic and a bit hilly near the northern end of the park. (I am out of shape.) Then a few hours at Levi's birthday party in Adventure Playground. Then back to the East River path, up over the foot bridge to Randall's Island, across the island to the Triborough and back to Queens. Home, cold water, shower.

Chicago Part 2. All done with Chicago.