Laughter

the human race has one really effective weapon


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Three Concerts: Michael Pisaro, Kevin Drumm + Jason Lescalleet, Joe Panzner + Greg Stuart

Photos from three shows in Boston, Massachusetts: November 6th, 7th, and 11th (2014). Music by Michael Pisaro, Antoine Beuger, Eugene A. Kim, Teodora Stepančić, Assaf Gidron, Adi Snir, Kevin Drumm, Jason Lescalleet, Joe Panzner, and Greg Stuart. Photos include program details. Click for larger versions.


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Wandelweiser and Michael Pisaro in Boston

Serbian pianist and composer Teodora Stepančić, along with members of the Wandelweiser collective, will be joining Michael Pisaro at the Goethe Institut in Boston on Thursday, November 6th for a set of composed and improvised music. Details can be found here.

On Tuesday, November 11th, Michael Pisaro will be joined by Joe Panzner and Greg Stuart at the New England Conservatory. They will perform Closed Categories in Cartesian Worlds and White Metal. An untitled work from John Mallia and Katarina Miljkovic is also on the bill. Further details here.

Last but not least, Michael Pisaro, Jason Brogan, and Joe Panzner will perform Pisaro’s Concentric Rings in Magnetic Levitation at the John Knowles Paine Concert Hall at Harvard University on Thursday, November 13th. Details here.

All performances are free and open to the public, and all of them start at 8:00 PM.


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The Shadow Ring: Live at O’Brien’s Pub ’97

detail from Graham Lambkins Untitled, 2009

detail from Graham Lambkin’s Untitled (2009)

Graham Lambkin recently posted a complete soundboard recording of The Shadow Ring’s final concert to the Kye Youtube channel. The show took place at O’Brien’s Pub in Allston, Massachusetts on 27 September 1997.  This is the only complete Shadow Ring bootleg I’ve run across anywhere, though I don’t spend much time searching torrents.

A couple of short live videos have been posted by Graham in the past.

The sound quality for this recording (taken right from the mixing console) is top notch—the kind of thing Kye could have released officially and charged for, but here it is for free. Make sure to say thanks in the video comments:


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Photo of the Day: Heroes

photo credits: Kylie Atwood/CBS News

photo credits: Kylie Atwood/CBS News

I’ve watched the video of the first explosion too many times to count. I knew some people who were nearby, who watched it all unfold. The first images of the injured and the blood-stained sidewalks were almost too surreal to believe. The sight of that fireball in downtown Boston, where I’ve walked many times, turned me numb.

But now all I see and think about are the people who ran toward the explosion to help.

That’s what bravery, selflessness, and heroism looks like.

Thank you for giving us all some hope in this mess.