The final location of Kim's, 124 First Avenue, closed its doors this past Monday--leaving behind an era of musical and cinematic brick-and-mortar treasures. Yongman Kim opened his first location in 1987 on Anenue A. The locale came out of what was a corner of videos for sale in his laundromat. From there, a handful of locations opened, only to close nearly a decade later thanks to the interwebz.
Just like we promised we would, Classicalite's A.V. Club is pleased to present the premiere of Russian-German pianist Igor Levit's "music video" for Bach's first partita. Featuring Levit playing the prelude on a beautiful Steinway--in a grand concert hall--you get all the intimate intricacies of Baroque counterpoint warmly captured in Sony Classical's always fidelis sound. It's nearly two minutes of Levit, fresh from perfecting the late Beethoven sonatas, at his finest. Subtle, never rushing, do check out this exclusive footage.
"This is not rock 'n' roll. It's not pop music. It's not folk music; it's this sort of transcendental guitar music," Steve Lowenthal emphatically tells me over the phone. And, indeed, his new book, Dance of Death: The Life of John Fahey, details the style (and story) of perhaps this country's most influential "American primitive" guitarist.