Bridging Versions of Cities at Extreme Volumes

Confession time: I don’t normally find myself in the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York. And if I had ever planned to be there, I would not have expected for it to be for a crushingly loud and yet liberating program of music played by nine guitarists and a drummer. In fact, that was how I spent my Monday night: taking in a program featuring three symphonies written by composer Glenn Branca, as […]

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Listening to Glenn Branca on a Friday Afternoon

Living in New York lately has involved plenty of encounters with things that loom: by which I mean the weather we’ve had for the past few weeks. Even more specifically, precipitation, along with massive waves of cold. Maybe it’s time to listen to some music that taps into that deeply elemental sensibility we’re becoming increasingly familiar with. Thus: Glenn Branca. The Free Music Archive has  his excellent 2011 set from the Primavera Sound Festival, and it’s ideal music for today. […]

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