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April 27, 2008

TODAY: Traversing The Mushroom Kingdom with Darcy James Argue

Darcy James Argue, originally uploaded by Lindsay Beyerstein.


Today at the Brooklyn Museum:

Sunday, April 27, 2008 at 2:00 PM
Brooklyn Museum, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium
Traversing The Mushroom Kingdom

Program to include:
RANDALL WOOLF: Try to Believe
DARCY JAMES ARGUE: [Body Double] (World Premiere)

Darcy James Argue and the Brooklyn Phil meet Murakami

Darcy James Argue, originally uploaded by Lindsay Beyerstein.


Here's what the New Yorker magazine had to say about Darcy James Argue's upcoming debut at the Brooklyn Museum, emphasis added:


Members of the group (joined by the toy pianist Phyllis Chen and the percussionist Svet Stoyanov) come to the Manhattan night club Drom to offer music by Randall Woolf (with video), Frederic Rzewski, and Julia Wolfe, along with a new work by the young jazz master Darcy James Argue. (85 Avenue A, between 5th and 6th Sts. April 27 at 8. For tickets, see

For more information about tomorrow's performance, visit Darcy's blog, Secret Society.

Darcy's new piece, Body Double, is a composition for strings and tepan. The performance is part of the Brooklyn Museum's Music Off the Walls series.

Darcy was commissioned to write a piece inspired by the work of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami in honor of the Murakami retrospective underway at the Brooklyn Museum. The visual inspiration for the composition is Murakami's 1998 painting, Milk.

Photograph: Darcy conducting the Secret Society big band during the group's stint at the Jazz Gallery earlier this month.

April 19, 2008

Secret Society bassist Matt Clohesy

Bassist Matt Clohesy, originally uploaded by Lindsay Beyerstein.

Manhattan, NY.

Secret Society bassist Matt Clohesy setting up at the Jazz Gallery on April 18th.

Now based in New York, Matt is originally from Melbourne, Australia.

To learn more about his other projects check out the Matt Clohesy website (sound).

April 18, 2008

Secret Society, TONIGHT and tomorrow at the Jazz Gallery

Darcy James Argue's
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Friday, April 18
Saturday, April 19
Sets at 9:00 PM & 10:30 PM (both nights)

"Clearly some of the most ambitious and compelling sounds I’ve ever encountered in the past 40 years."
"This powerful and well-stocked ensemble juxtaposes postwar big-band conventions with ideas borrowed from indie rock, classical Minimalism and a handful of other idiomatic regions. The results are well worth hearing."
WHEN: Friday, April 18 (9:00 PM & 10:30 PM) and Saturday, April 19 (9:00 PM & 10:30 PM)
WHERE: The Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, NYC
SUBWAY: 1 to Houston / C, E to Spring
COST: $15 / $10 for members
TICKETS: By phone — 212.242.1063. Online — Friday night / Saturday night

If you're in New York, come out and support Secret Society (aka "the family business"). I'm on roadie and photo duty.

January 07, 2008

Alabama AG records "duet" with Johnny Cash

Alabama's Attorney General recently recorded a "duet" with Johnny Cash:

MONTGOMERY -- Alabama's top law enforcement official would likely disapprove of shooting a man in Reno just to watch him die, but Attorney General Troy King seized the opportunity to perform with the country star who sang those dark lyrics.

The late Johnny Cash told that tale of woe in "Folsom Prison Blues," one of his signature songs. Far less well known was his version of "My Elusive Dreams," a tune he recorded in 1984 but never released -- until King was provided a copy by one of Cash's former producers. []

At least former U.S. AG John Ashcroft actually wrote "Let the Eagle Soar."

Daily Dixie recaps some of AG Troy's Greatest Original Hits.

November 06, 2007

More on the Writers' Guild strike

Veteran scriptwriter John Rogers explains what's at stake in the WGA strike--very accessible, very thorough, and very entertaining.

Darcy James Argue wonders why his union, the American Federation of Musicians, hasn't advocated as effectively for its members as the WGA has.

September 14, 2007

MS town seeks posthumous pardon for Johnny Cash

A Mississippi town is trying to obtain a posthumous pardon for Johnny Cash. In May 1965, the legendary country singer spent the night in the Starkville drunk tank after getting caught picking flowers in someone's yard. [BBC]

May 30, 2007

New Broadway contract for musicians' union

Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians signed a 3-year contract with Broadway producers:

NEW YORK (AP) _ The musicians union Local 802 has amiably agreed to a three-year contract with Broadway producers, a contrast to the last round of negotiations that culminated in a strike and darkened Broadway for days.

Members of Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians approved the contract with The League of American Theatres and Producers, Disney Theatrical Productions, and Musical Rights, Inc., following a union ratification meeting on May 16, officials said.

The contract expands the pool of musicians eligible for health care, and includes more contributions to the health plan from producers. In return, musicians gave up two wage increases during the term of the agreement. No other details were released. [AP]

Consider this an open thread for 802 members and anyone else who wants to talk about the contract.

Comments, complaints, gossip? Dish here.


April 18, 2007

The Grateful Dead and philosophy

On our neighborhood fire trucks, originally uploaded by (ariel).


Congratulations to Steve Gimbel whose new book, The Grateful Dead and Philosophy is in press.

From the official blurb on the Open Court press website:

The Grateful Dead and Philosophy contains essays from twenty professional philosophers whose love of the music and scene have led them to reflect on different philosophical questions that arise from the enigma that is the Grateful Dead. Coming from a variety of perspectives, ancient and modern, Eastern and Western, The Grateful Dead and Philosophy considers how the Grateful Dead fits into the broader trends of American thought running through pragmatism and the Beat poets, how the parking-lot scene with its tie-dyed t-shirt and veggie-burrito vendors was both a rejection and embrace of capitalism, and whether Jerry Garcia and the Buddha were more than just a couple of fat guys talking about peace. The lyrics of the Grateful Dead’s many songs are also the basis for several essays considering questions of fate and freedom, the nature-nurture debate, and gamblers’ ethics.

I always thought Operator was a good meditation on jealousy and privacy. The singer starts off trying to get a telephone operator to divulge details about some love interest of his. It becomes clear that the operator isn't going to give out that information. Eventually the singer gives up and realizes that whatever he thought he wanted to know wasn't that important anyway: I don't know where she's going, I don't care where she's been, Long as she's doin' it right. Long as she's doin' it right...

March 25, 2007

Un-Sunday Sermonette

What the other side is up to: A helpful guide, complete with PowerPoint, to melodies that do and don't praise God.

HT: Amanda.