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We live our lives surrounded by people, but experience is individual. We use words to externalize ideas and feelings but, at best, they’re a rough sketch of the nebulous phenomenon that is consciousness; words are discrete, but living is fluid and murky. And yet, for the most part, we keep using words. Because while it's fun to have feelings about things we encounter, it's more fun to have the same feelings as other people, at the...
Interpol guitarist Daniel Kessler is convinced his band could have separated in its nascent stage. If Interpol met an early demise, he reasons, it wouldn't have been an implosion born of clashing personalities and difference is musical taste, but a situation where band members were ripped apart by factors outside of their control. Like basically any aspiring band seeking some semblance of purpose and direction, Interpol played gigs to disinterested beer-swillers whose mild appreciation resonated in...
Ornette Coleman, the visionary saxophonist, composer, and godfather of free jazz, died today at age 85. Coleman's final performance took place on June 12th, 2014, at Brooklyn's Prospect Park Bandshell, as part of Celebrate Ornette!, a free tribute concert organized by Celebrate Brooklyn, the Blue Note Jazz Festival, and the musician's son, drummer Denardo Coleman. A formidable group of artists gathered to pay tribute: First, jazz percussion legend Sonny Rollins introduced Coleman, saying, “I’m going to say something that Ornette already said to...
It’s early June. The imperative for rejoicing on beds of grass and for guzzling beers and sangria on various rooftops is reaching critical mass. Ok, maybe our collective urge for summertime frolocking isn’t quite THAT alarming--after all, as I write this, the sky looks a turgid gray and the temperature barely rounds upwards of 65 degrees. But still! The weather is bound to get inhospitably warm in due time, and when it does, Prospect...