David Krasnow appears in the following:
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Like Michael Jackson, Alex Chilton hit it big young, charting #1 with "The Letter" before he could vote. But Chilton was not like Jackson. His most serious effort at stardom, the early-70s Big Star, never went mainstream; the songs were too innocent, too authentically teenage - the sex ...
Friday, February 26, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Last weekend Kurt interviewed Owen Pallett, a violinist who makes indie-electro-classical-pop, either as a one-man band or with a live orchestra. This weekend, one of Brooklyn’s coolest clubs hosted Miracles of Modern Science, who play violin, cello, mandolin, and double bass, and cite Tears for Fears ...
Monday, January 04, 2010
It's a great day for jazz: Henry Threadgill's first major release since 2001. Saxophonist, composer, bandleader Threadgill is one of the most important and underknown figures in American music. He made his mark in the 1970s with the trio Air, arranging and improvising on Scott Joplin and Jelly Roll Morton songs; unlike many modernists, Threadgill never lost that sense of connection to jazz's earthy, vernacular roots. His dense, knotty, polyrhythmic music may tease your brain, but you'll feel it in the gut – from his Zooid quintet, he builds a visceral propulsion like a symphony. If you're hip to Coltrane or the late Miles, you should acquaint yourself with this living master.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Composer Andrew Byrne spends most of his time in the U.S., but White Bone Country is about the ferocious, almost abstract deserts of his native Australia. The instrumentation of piano and percussion sounds austere, but -- played by crack musicians Stephen Gosling and David Shively -- the ...
Friday, December 18, 2009
When I first talked to Phil Kline about his boombox Christmas carol “Unsilent Night” (for a Village Voice article in 2002), I went in assuming that Kline was Jewish. Nothing weird about that, I figured; “White Christmas” is by Irving Berlin. Wrong. Kline was raised by devout Christians in Pennsylvania. Still, he rejected the idea that his piece was religious music.
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
In this month’s Vanity Fair, contributing editor Jim Windolf tries to analyze the wave of cute overtaking our culture. From Hello Kitty to the laughing baby (you know which baby) (yes you do) (you don’t? Really?), Windolf leaves no fuzzy, big-eyed stone unturned. And he thinks it’s getting worse. Why now?
Friday, November 13, 2009
Friday, November 06, 2009
Generally when somebody says to the editor of a radio program "I’m going to get a grant to do long-form multimedia reporting with a poet writing about the working poor," the editor gets a look on his face. Poetry and poverty -- not the most popular subjects in the rundown. But when that somebody is very persuasive, and also one of the most talented and tenacious producers in public radio, the editor swallows the small thing in his throat and says sheepishly "Great. When’s our first edit?"
Friday, August 07, 2009
Andy Warhol told people he painted soup because he ate it for lunch every day, but the paintings remain mysterious more than 40 years later.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Friday, December 19, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Belarus is called the last dictatorship in Europe. The government censors the arts, so performance troupe Free Theatre Belarus performs secretly, in converted houses, to avoid arrest. American playwright Aaron Landsman went to visit the group in Minsk, and learned what theater is really all about. Produced ...
Friday, January 04, 2008
The Pop artist James Rosenquist captures the hyperbright, supersaturated colors of commercial culture in his paintings. No surprise, then, that he started his career as a billboard painter. Kurt and Rosenquist tour a retrospective of his work at the Guggenheim Museum in New York -- the paintings ...
Friday, November 24, 2006
We trace the ballad of John Henry back to its origins - a cautionary tale about working too hard.
Friday, October 20, 2006
Friday, June 02, 2006
Andy Warhol started painting Campbell's soup cans around the same time he was painting Marilyn Monroe and Liz Taylor. For him, Campbell's was a "star" just like any movie pinup, and he made thousands over the course of his career. Warhol told people he painted soup because he ate it ...
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Sophie Matisse is a New York artist who has been reproducing masterpieces by great painters like Vermeer, da Vinci, Velasquez, and even by her great grandfather Henry Matisse. But her reproductions leave out the crucial people and objects that are supposed to be the focus of our ...