February 8, 2018

Lunchtime Listening

Thursdays in February, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Flaxman Library Special Collections Reading Room, Sharp 508

Every Thursday we play a different program of sound works from our collection of artists’ recordings spanning the 1960s to the present. Come join us as we make space for collective listening!

Light on the South Side
Thursday, February 1, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
2 LP set Pepper's Jukebox, a 17-track compilation of Chicago blues in transition housed in a slipcase with a monograph documenting the music and social scene. LP features tracks by Little Mac Simmons, Arlean Brown, Bobby Rush, Lady Margo, Little Ed, and other modern blues artists.


Negro League Baseball
Thursday, February 8, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Negro League Baseball by Harmony Holiday. A simultaneous subversion and re-invention of the poetics of identity, Harmony Holiday's debut poetry collection and the accompanying audio CD explore the 'impossible/mytho-realistic place' where family is a spectral shadow, and where imagination coincides with history's false faith in tradition. Using the trope of baseball as her analog and the overused spangle of jazz, Holiday invokes nostalgia that avoids nostalgia, writing poems that live in the isolated togetherness of race and culture, and in the dialectic between oppression and decadent experimentation.


Thursday, February 15, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Paradiso by Amobi Chino. In a reversal of the title, the record presents the listener with electronic noise sounds. The artist, formerly known as Diamond Black Hearted Boy, is the co-founder of NON, the family of experimental artists with African roots whose stated mission is a rejection of mass culture and existing political conditions. True to his collaborative principles, Amobi brings in a number of guest artists, including Nkisi and FAKA, rapper Haleek Maul, trans model Aurel Haize Odogbo, singer Benja SL, and Elysia Crampton. Dutch E Germ, aka Tim DeWit, formerly of psych collective Gang Gang Dance, co-produced five of the tracks, including "Paradiso," while Rabit appears on "Negative Fire, III."

Afrique Universelle
Thursday, February 22, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Afrique Universelle by DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid. Africa Remix: Ghost World - A Story In Sound. DJ Spooky presents a project for the Dokolo Foundation at the Venice Biennial 2007. 

*Programming and performance interventions are welcome. Want to get involved? email us at jfabc@saic.edu.