Tuesday, October 17, 2006

After listening to Tortoise's A Lazarus Taxon triple-disc odds-n-ends box (good, almost always interesting, though not as compelling as TNT) and Steve Reich's Phases 5-disc Nonesuch compendium (astonishing in its breadth, and the likes of Kronos Quartet and Bang on a Can have rarely sounded better), I realize that what I really want is for Tortoise to commission and record a work by Steve Reich. (Further recommended listening: Sonic Youth's Goodbye 20th Century, a double [self-released on SYR] on which they tackle 20th-century classical/avant-garde composers to much better effect than you may have been led to believe.)

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