20170422

Lucy in the Purple Sky With Diamonds and Pearls

Dig if you will a picture
Of yourself in a boat on a river
With trees and the sky engaged in a kiss.
How come someone calls you.
You answer quite slowly
As if I were the tears in your eyes?

Elephant flowers of yellow and green
Are always in your hair.
Look for the third eye girl in the sun
And you’re gone.

Lucy cried, I almost died
Lucy cried, I almost died
Lucy cried, I almost died
Ahhhhhh

Go down to Graffiti Bridge, by the fountain,
Where rock hard people eat a funky pie.
Everyone smiles, up yours, you’re a star,
They need a purple high.

Lady cab driver appears on the shore
Waiting to take you away.
Something about her mixes with the clouds
And you’re gone.

Lucy cried, I almost died
Lucy cried, I almost died
Lucy cried, I almost died
Ahhhhhh

Picture yourself and I in a station
With plectrum electrum engaged in a kiss.
Suddenly somebody's somebody somewhere
I guess I should have closed my eyes.

Lucy cried, I almost died
Lucy cried, I almost died
Lucy cried, I almost died
Ahhhhhh

Lucy cried, I almost died
Lucy cried, I almost died
Lucy cried, I almost died
Ahhhhhh

Lucy cried, I almost died
Lucy cried, I almost died
Lucy cried, I almost died
Ahhhhhh




Freak out to a BONUS JAM by Chocomang


20170204

Roy

"You came!" the saxophonist said to me. "It's just a club gig."
"Weren't they once all club gigs?" I imagined saying to him. 
"No, " I imagined him responding. "I used to be in the circus."

20160712

Me interviewed on Fun 2 Know


On a recent trip to Philadelphia, WPRB DJ Dan Buskirk invited me to be a guest on his Fun 2 Know podcast. He kindly and generously summed up our chat better than I could so I'll just quote him.

Conversation with writer, music journalist, WFMU DJ and record producer Kurt Gottschalk. Originally out of Illinois, Kurt's earned a masters at the Columbia School of Journalism in 1997. He has written about arts and politics for All About Jazz, Signal to Noise, Time Out-New York, The Village Voice, The Wire and publications in Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Portugal and Russia. He has twice been recognized for "best feature writing" by the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalist. He also has hosted the Miniature Minotaur radio show on WFMU. He's also the author of two works of fiction, LITTLE APPLES: A STORY CYCLE and SENTENCES. Kurt's cover story on guitarist Loren Connor is the cover story of the June 2016 issue of the British magazine The Wire.
I became familiar with Kurt in the most modern of ways, a mutual Facebook friend neither of us really know saw our shared interests and recommended that we became Facebook friends. We both have avid interest in jazz music, 20th century rock and pop music and experimental sounds. We met for lunch about a year ago when Kurt was down from New York City for a Philadelphia trip and when we planned to meet up in early summer for a show from the Philadelphia chamber choir The Crossing I took the opportunity to sit Kurt down to record a conversation at the show kitchen table studio. We discuss Kurt's love of avant gardist Anthony Braxton as well as his record collecting roots, getting cheated by the Kiss Army, living in Chicago in the 90s, John Zorn's New York, Kurt's work with guitarist Loren Connors, the late Bernie Worrell and being visited by Prince in his dreams.


You can hear the whole episode here


20160627

My first cover story for the Wire and one of my favorite guitarists. This was a pleasure to work on.


20160115

January 13, approximately 11:30 pm

We shared our first kiss
in the bitter cold -
she looked girlish, 
suddenly cautious. 
A few strands
of her black hair
blew between our lips
after the first, brief, 
mouths almost meeting 
and the second and third,
with the cab driver waiting.

On the way to the subway 
I listened to Diamond Dogs
because Bowie isn't here anymore.

20150903

Czech Pop (in Czech)


My friend Pavel Klus├ík interviewed me for this article on Czech pop of the '60s and I can't read what I said.

20150814

Boohbayler

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