[Gabriel’s Guide] shifts neatly from the sound-worlds of the vernacular to the avant-garde. Punchy “Motor Tours” transition between sections and recall the bustling postminimalism of John Adams. Mr. Kahane labels interludes “Knee Plays,” after Philip Glass and Robert Wilson’s “Einstein on the Beach.”
Will Robin was nice enough to preview Gabriel’s Guide to the 48 States in The New York Times last week.
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and I will be performing the piece at Carnegie Hall this Saturday.
I’m going to this! Are you going to this?? Music and history nerds, spread the word!
So Victoria made this awesome awesome poster. And Choc O Pain (The newest and awesomest bakery in Jersey City. I’m addicted. It’s a problem.) is sponsoring bread to go with the delectables we’re making to sell at the show!
More to the point, that image is a public domain piece by Arthur Rackham. It’s about Midsummer, and it’s for a fairy playing a double bass, and another one playing percussion. Not quite marimba and cello but HOLY CRAP HOW DID I NOT FIND OUT ABOUT THIS THING YEARS AGO!
I saw a version of this when it was at Brooklyn Public Library because I am extremely predictable. It’s beautiful. Go to this one, even though it’s not at a library.
I will have this song in my head all day even more than usual, because HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY FIONA MAAZEL!
the sleeve that held the boarding pass from my flight from Des Moines through Kansas City to Atlanta on August 2, 2001 - if this is what I think it is, I was going to Athens to play at Team Clermont’s Blue Ribbon Ball. All summer I’d been working on new songs for an album I’d be recording in October for 4AD. The album was about these characters I’d dreamed up a long time ago; their broader story involved an alcohol-soaked trek from California through Nevada and then bottom-crawling across the country until they wound up in northern Florida.
I narrowed the focus of the action as the summer progressed, but this shows that as of August 2001 I was still playing with the “they leave California” part of the story, which was and kinda still is my favorite part. Up top it says “Bottom Feeders,” which I remember at that point as both a potential song and album title, and the lyric reads: “if you don’t give a rat a pellet/he’s not going to push the lever/take one last look at the west coast/say goodbye forever”
I saved the rat for the title of “Alpha Rats Nest,” I wrote the lyric to “No Children” in the motel when I got to Athens, a lot of time passed and then I ran across this while digging through old notebooks last night and here we all are
This is your periodic reminder than John Darnielle is really good at Tumblr.
This is a film of a setting of a poem inspired by a tweet by a robot. I love the internet. Jason Buckwalter and Kimberly Christie are thoroughly charming, and John Belkot did a great job directing this little film. Victoria Nece did the title sequence and color treatment that makes the ‘train platform’ complete. I love strange, little poems. When you’re writing a ‘song cycle’ or piece of ‘chamber music’ per se, you often have to take ten minutes with this sort of text. Or when you write a song you have at least three. But part of the beauty of these poems is their size, and the quiet space they create around themselves. One of my favorite things about the internet, filled as it is with brevity and low budget film, is the chance to do a piece of this scale and have it feel at home. This is how I read poetry, and how I love poetry, and for all that it’s hard to fit ‘being a composer’ into ‘the internet’, this works. So thanks, Erin, Jason, Kimberly, John, and Victoria, for making this possible. I’m very grateful. (via No Experiences No. 2 | Kevin Clark)
A musical film of a poem of a tweet by Horse E-books! YOU GUYS!
In which John Darnielle responds to my question about why he called his own song Going To Georgia “misogynist garbage” at a recent show.
Update: A little more.
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