Ahead of Wolf Parade’s show at Brooklyn Steel Oct. 21, members Dan Boeckner and Spencer Krug talk about about privileged classes making art, vanishing creative communities, and what it takes to stare down the political zeitgeist through song.
About Steve Smith
I've been involved professionally in music and media for close to 30 years, and personally for perhaps a decade longer. Apart from a two-year sojourn in Boston, I've been based in or around New York City since June 1993. After a long string of roles and positions in mass media, I've recently taken up the role of director of publications at National Sawdust, a revolutionary young performing-arts venue and incubator in Wiliamsburg, Brooklyn. You can learn more about that venture at nationalsawdust.org.
My work email address, for press releases, pitches, potential contributions, and whatnot, is email@example.com.
Prior to joining National Sawdust, I spent just over two years as an assistant arts editor at the Boston Globe, where I had the privilege of overseeing that esteemed newspaper's coverage of music and the visual arts. Before that, I served for 13 years as a music editor (first classical music, and then everything) for Time Out New York, and for seven years concurrently as a freelance classical-music reporter and reviewer for The New York Times.
While nearly all of my work is now focused on National Sawdust, I continue to contribute interviews and concert and CD reviews for RollingStone.com. My writing has appeared previously in the Washington Post, Village Voice, Billboard, Musical America, The Wire, Signal to Noise [RIP], Decibel, Jazziz, Jazz Times, Down Beat, Chamber Music, and Symphony magazines.
Before turning to journalism full time, I was a classical radio DJ in Houston, and then worked as a publicist at BMG Classics, the Knitting Factory, Third Floor Media (representing the Columbia Records jazz roster, the Village Vanguard, select projects on Blue Note Records, and more), and other NYC organizations. Artists with whom I worked directly include Tim Berne, Bobby Previte, Dave Douglas, and Ellery Eskelin.
I trained formally as a classical percussionist, and then put those skills to use with jazz and rock bands in Houston and New York. I graduated from Clear Creek High School in League City, TX, in 1984, and from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, in 1988. I'm married to Dr. Lara Pellegrinelli, an accomplished journalist, critic, and academic. Our daughter, Annina, is a budding singer, dancer, painter, and social-media superstar.
If you want to send something to me via snail mail, please drop me a line via email first to determine the best destination.
Entries by Steve Smith
Listen to an exclusive full-album stream of ‘for Duane’ by composer Nicholas Deyoe, due Oct. 20 on Populist Records, and read about the personal relationships that shaped the music.
A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears, including music by Reinier Van Houdt, Django Bates’s Belovèd, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Richard Horowitz, Gyða Valtýsdottir, Plaistow, and Sun Ra…
Stream an exclusive preview track from ‘The Slow Reveal,’ the forthcoming second album by percussion-heavy post-rock quartet ensemble, et al.
A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears, including music by Éliane Radigue, fraufraulein, David Lee Myers, Tangerine Dream, Ashley Walters, Nicholas Deyoe, and more.
The violinist and composer Abraham Brody felt compelled from an early age to seek out his cultural roots – a journey that has taken him via Vienna to Vilnius and points far beyond, and seen him collaborate with Siberian shamans and the celebrated performance artist Marina Abramović.
Listen to an exclusive full-album stream of Orpheus Unsung, a new instrumental opera by electric guitarist Steven Mackey and drummer Jason Treuting, due Oct. 6 on New Amsterdam Records.
Alexei Lubimov, Antoine Beuger, Jérôme Combier, Zola Jesus, Mario Diaz de Leon, King Crimson, and other striking sounds heard lately at Night After Night HQ.
Gustav Mahler, Quatuor Bozzini, Pascale Citron, Kris Davis, Sarah Cahill, Joda Clément, Mdou Moctar, and other striking sounds heard lately at Night After Night HQ.
Michel Van der Aa’s Blank Out shows what’s possible when powerful music, refined text, inventive stagecraft, and an affirmative embrace of technology are brought to bear by someone who has faith in opera’s potential.