Tuesday, March 15, 2011
the Big Star's Third piece
on March 26th at Mason Hall on the Baruch College campus here in New York, 35 musicians (more or less) will take the stage and perform Big Star's Third album the way it was recorded - with strings.
and I got to write a piece about it for the Village Voice, and in order to write that piece I got to talk to band leader Chris Stamey and R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills and conductor Ari Picker and sax/recorder/clarinet player Lisa Lachot and famed producer and Let's Active creator Mitch Easter and and Tift Merritt (you know, Tambourine) and Matthew Sweet (Girlfriend and Altered Beast) and original Big Star drummer Jody Stephens.
and each and every conversation (and and and) was a pleasure (at least on my end).
this re-creation is a huge deal, by the way, and Carolina won't be playing that night even if they get through their first two games (this posting is not a jinx) as they're in the Newark East Regional and those guys will play the 25th and 27th so you should really try to go if you're at all in the neighborhood.
and if you hate nothing more than Brussels sprouts but reading my writing for free comes in right behind Brussels sprouts on the scale of things you hate then you should know that the Tusk book is still for sale.