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My contributions to the Goings On About Town section in the July 23 issue of The New Yorker, covering the dates July 18-24.

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A thread from Twitter, begun as a simple response to someone else's tweet on Thursday…

After which came another response to a subsequent tweet on Friday, inspired by the first…

To explain that last sentence: Larry Blumenfeld, during his fondly remembered tenure as editor of Jazziz, hired me to write a handful of small articles while I was working in P.R. – obviously I never wrote about anything remotely related to the clients I represented – and then brought me on as his assistant editor when BMG Classics, the last company at which I held a P.R. job, eliminated my department and laid off most of the staff in 2000. Thanks to Larry, I wasn't unemployed even for a weekend.

Bradley Bambarger brought me back to classical music journalism – and, really, to classical music, period – early in 2001, when he hired me to take over his weekly column about the classical recording industry at Billboard. And K. Leander Williams, who knew me mostly from the jazz world, but also was aware of my classical background and the new Billboard post, passed my name to the powers-that-were at Time Out New York when that magazine was looking for a classical-music editor, also in 2001.

I then added a brief thread later on Friday, expanding upon that second response tweet and taking a little more agency for my route to full-time employment in journalism.

A true story. Maybe someday I'll expand on it in prose, but for now, I just wanted to preserve that thread and stick it all in one place.

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My contributions to the Goings On About Town section in the July 9/July 16 double issue of The New Yorker, covering the dates July 4-17.

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My contributions to the Goings On About Town section in the July 9/July 16 double issue of The New Yorker, covering the dates July 4-17.

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Playlist July 2 2018


King Crimson - The Elements 2018 Tour Box (DGM; 2018)

Jim O'Rourke - sleep like it's winter (Newhere; 2018)

Norbert Rodenkirchen/Robbie Lee/James Ilgenfritz - Opalescence (Telegraph Harp; 2018)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Requiem in D minor (K. 626); Kyrie in D minor (K. 341) - Barbara Bonney, Anne Sofie von Otter, Hans Peter Blochwitz, Williard White (Philips; 1987)

Toshi Ichiyanagi - sapporo - Eye Music (Edition Wandelweiser; 2018; listen here.)

Franz Joseph Haydn - The Creation - Donna Brown, Sylvia McNair, Caroline Stormer, Michael Schade, Rodney Gilfry, Gerald Finley, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner (Archiv; 1997)

John Cage - Two2 - Mark Knoop & Philip Thomas (Another Timbre; 2018)

Francis Plagne & crys cole - Two Words (Black Truffle; due July 27, 2018)

Foresteppe - Mæta (Eilean; due July 7, 2018)

The Prairie Lines - Today Leap and Stop Time (Eilean; due July 7, 2018)

John Coltrane - Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Impulse!; 1963/2018)

Cyril Bondi, Pierre-Yves Martel & Christoph Schiller - tse (Another Timbre; 2018)

Magnus Granberg - Es schwindelt mir, es brennt mein Eingeweide (Another Timbre; 2018)

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Playlist July 2 2018


King Crimson - The Elements 2018 Tour Box (DGM; 2018)

Jim O'Rourke - sleep like it's winter (Newhere; 2018)

Norbert Rodenkirchen/Robbie Lee/James Ilgenfritz - Opalescence (Telegraph Harp; 2018)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Requiem in D minor (K. 626); Kyrie in D minor (K. 341) - Barbara Bonney, Anne Sofie von Otter, Hans Peter Blochwitz, Williard White (Philips; 1987)

Toshi Ichiyanagi - sapporo - Eye Music (Edition Wandelweiser; 2018; listen here.)

Franz Joseph Haydn - The Creation - Donna Brown, Sylvia McNair, Caroline Stormer, Michael Schade, Rodney Gilfry, Gerald Finley, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner (Archiv; 1997)

John Cage - Two2 - Mark Knoop & Philip Thomas (Another Timbre; 2018)

Francis Plagne & crys cole - Two Words (Black Truffle; due July 27, 2018)

Foresteppe - Mæta (Eilean; due July 7, 2018)

The Prairie Lines - Today Leap and Stop Time (Eilean; due July 7, 2018)

John Coltrane - Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Impulse!; 1963/2018)

Cyril Bondi, Pierre-Yves Martel & Christoph Schiller - tse (Another Timbre; 2018)

Magnus Granberg - Es schwindelt mir, es brennt mein Eingeweide (Another Timbre; 2018)

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My contributions to the Goings On About Town section in the July 2 issue of The New Yorker, covering the dates June 27 through July 3.

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My contributions to the Goings On About Town section in the July 2 issue of The New Yorker, covering the dates June 27 through July 3.

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Playlist June 25 2018

Gavin Bryars - The Fifth Century; Two Love Songs - The Crossing/Donald Nally, Prism Quartet (ECM; 2017)

Biliana Voutchkova/Michael Thieke - Blurred Music (elsewhere; due July 5, 2018)

Melaine Dalibert - Musique pour le lever du jour (elsewhere; due July 5, 2018)

Dead and CompanyCiti Field, Flushing Meadows, NY, June 15, 2018 (Nugs.net; 2018)

Mark Ernestus' Ndagga Rhythm Force - Yermande (Ndagga; 2016)

Norbert Rodenkirchen/Robbie Lee/James Ilgenfritz - Opalescence (Telegraph Harp; 2018)

Dennis González New Dallas Quartet - Stefan (Silkheart; 1987)

Pascal Battus/Anne-F Jacques/Tim Olive - Trois Conseillers (Caduc.; 2018)

Coppice - Green Flame (Caduc.; 2018)

Aaron Martin - Touch Dissolves (IIKKI; due July 12, 2018)

PJS - Sweet La Vie (Leaving Records; 2018)

John Luther Adams - Canticles of the Sky - Olvier Coates (RVNG Intl.; 2018)

John Adams - Light Over Water (New Albion; 1987)

King Crimson - Earthbound (from Sailors Tales) (DGM; 1972/2017. More information here.)

Forma - Semblance (Kranky; due July 20, 2018)

Michael Leonhart Orchestra - The Painted Lady Suite (Sunnyside; 2018)

Jeremiah Cymerman - Decay of the Angel (5049 Records; due Aug. 17, 2018. More information here.)

King Crimson - Unidentified Show #2 (from Sailors Tales) (DGM; 2017. More information here.)

Pantera - Cowboys from Hell (Atco; 1990)

Kuzu - Hiljaisuus (Astral Spirits; due Sept. 2018. More information here.)

King Crimson - 2018 European Tour "Hot Tickles" (DGMLive; 2018. More information here.)

Ralph Vaughan Williams - Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6 - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Andrew Manze (Onyx; 2018)

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Playlist June 25 2018

Gavin Bryars - The Fifth Century; Two Love Songs - The Crossing/Donald Nally, Prism Quartet (ECM; 2017)

Biliana Voutchkova/Michael Thieke - Blurred Music (elsewhere; due July 5, 2018)

Melaine Dalibert - Musique pour le lever du jour (elsewhere; due July 5, 2018)

Dead and CompanyCiti Field, Flushing Meadows, NY, June 15, 2018 (Nugs.net; 2018)

Mark Ernestus' Ndagga Rhythm Force - Yermande (Ndagga; 2016)

Norbert Rodenkirchen/Robbie Lee/James Ilgenfritz - Opalescence (Telegraph Harp; 2018)

Dennis González New Dallas Quartet - Stefan (Silkheart; 1987)

Pascal Battus/Anne-F Jacques/Tim Olive - Trois Conseillers (Caduc.; 2018)

Coppice - Green Flame (Caduc.; 2018)

Aaron Martin - Touch Dissolves (IIKKI; due July 12, 2018)

PJS - Sweet La Vie (Leaving Records; 2018)

John Luther Adams - Canticles of the Sky - Olvier Coates (RVNG Intl.; 2018)

John Adams - Light Over Water (New Albion; 1987)

King Crimson - Earthbound (from Sailors Tales) (DGM; 1972/2017. More information here.)

Forma - Semblance (Kranky; due July 20, 2018)

Michael Leonhart Orchestra - The Painted Lady Suite (Sunnyside; 2018)

Jeremiah Cymerman - Decay of the Angel (5049 Records; due Aug. 17, 2018. More information here.)

King Crimson - Unidentified Show #2 (from Sailors Tales) (DGM; 2017. More information here.)

Pantera - Cowboys from Hell (Atco; 1990)

Kuzu - Hiljaisuus (Astral Spirits; due Sept. 2018. More information here.)

King Crimson - 2018 European Tour "Hot Tickles" (DGMLive; 2018. More information here.)

Ralph Vaughan Williams - Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6 - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Andrew Manze (Onyx; 2018)

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