Playlist.

A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears lately.


This Spotify jukebox does not correspond precisely with the listed selections that follow, but attempts to maintain the playlist’s personality, continuity, and spirit.

Johann Sebastian BachGoldberg Variations (BWV 988); Ludwig van BeethovenDiabelli Variations (Op. 120); Frederic RzewskiThe People United Will Never Be Defeated! – Igor Levit (Sony Classical; 2015)


Aaron DillowayThe Gag File (Dais; 2017)

Jimmy Giuffre 3 & 4New York Concerts (Elemental Music; 1965/2015)


GoshevenLeaper (Opal Tapes; 2017)


Zeal & ArdorDevil Is Fine (self-released; 2017)

Jean-Luc GuionnetCathédrale Notre-Dame, Évreux, France, April 10, 2013 from Bending Contumax: Organ Works (2008-2014) (No Schools; 2015)


Michael PisaroA wave and waves – Speak Percussion with Greg Stuart (self-released; 2017)

Grateful DeadDave’s Picks 2017 Bonus Disc (Grateful Dead/Rhino; 1971/2017)


Vanessa Rossettoerased de kooning (Music Appreciation; 2017)


Vanessa Rossettorocinante (Music Appreciation; 2017)


Vanessa Rossettowhole stories (Kye; 2014)


Vanessa Rossettodogs in english porcelain (Music Appreciation; 2009)

Kara-Lis CoverdaleGrafts (Boomkat Editions; 2017)


Félicia AtkinsonHand in Hand (Shelter Press; 2017)

Grateful DeadDave’s Picks, Vol. 22: Felt Forum, New York, NY 12/7/71 (Grateful Dead/Rhino; 1971/2017)


CarcassHeartwork (Earache; 1993)


Bobby Previte – The 23 Constellations of Joan Miró – Live in England (Rank Hypocrisy; 2009)


Daniel CorralRefractions – Daniel Corral, Jeremy Kerner, Isaura String Quartet (Populist; 2017)

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