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Holcombe Waller sings like an angel and writes songs that shine an empathetic light on dark emotions. This Portland, Oregon-based artist returns to Spinning On Air to present new songs with his ensemble The Healers providing colorful accompaniment on strings, French horn, piano, banjo, and more. Holcombe speaks with host David Garland about his music and his recent theatrical concert at The Public Theater, "Into the Dark Unknown: The Hope Chest."
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The musical landscapes of Mountains include lush valleys and vertiginous heights, gentle slopes and walks in the clouds. This Brooklyn-based duo of childhood friends Koen Holtkamp and Brendon Anderegg uses plugged-in acoustic guitars and an array of electronics to create a dense sound full of detail. Host David Garland welcomes Mountains to the WNYC Studio to perform and talk about their music.
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"Power/Play" is a musical kaleidoscope of culture and politics; a powerful and playful collage of references and insights; a revealing re-mix of the familiar and the new. New York-based composer and singer Nora York began work on "Power/Play" soon after Congress passed the bipartisan resolution authorizing President Bush to use military force in 2002. With verses from Bob Dylan’s 1963 song "Masters of War" as its centerpiece and leitmotif, "Power/Play"...
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2005 was a great year for in-studio performances on Spinning On Air, so this week and next we'll hear some of the passionate, compelling, surprising music recorded for the program during the past year. Featured are artists who are finding new paths connecting art and pop, and new ways to reach us with music. Host David Garland has chosen examples of great, creative songwriting in performances that can't be heard anywhere else. This week: Antony and the Johnsons, Jose Gonzalez, Michael Gira's...
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Yoko Ono has always pushed the boundaries of art, culture, and politics. At 80 years old she's still an active, daring artist and musician, and a provocative public figure. Her relationship with John Lennon of The Beatles is one of the most prominent love stories of our time. She has helped shape our cultural landscape. Now the controversial legend joins David Garland to present her newest work, the album Take Me to the Land of Hell. The album's music, produced by Ono's son Sean Lennon and Yuka...
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For the last 19 years on WNYC David Garland has been spinning a varying, choice selection of the many spooky, zany, recordings celebrating Halloween. This year, knock again on Spinning On Air's creaking oaken door to receive a grab bag of tricky musical treats. From Ultimate Spinach's "Hip Death Goddess" to Cat Power's "Werewolf," and from Boris Karloff to the Shaggs, you'll get a wide range of songs about ghosts, witches and more, including recordings made for Spinning On...
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Sept. 10th marks the centenary of Raymond Scott, inventor, musician, band-leader, and composer of unusual, joyful, jazzy pieces such as "Powerhouse," "Reckless Night on Board an Ocean Liner," and "Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals." Spinning On Air has long championed Scott's music, and this show brings long-time listeners up to date on Scott discoveries and releases, or can serve as an introduction to the work of this one-of-a-kind pop experimentalist....
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Evoking a kind of medieval psychedelia, inspiring visions of suits of armor and electric guitars in fern forests, the Philadelphia band Fern Knight plays their music in the WNYC Studio. With cello, guitar, electric violin, harp, percussion, and vocals they make music that's lyrical and gently noisy. Host David Garland talks with them about their myths and music.

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When writing film scores, composers generally shape their music to fit the contours of a specific narrative, scene, and mood. But listened to out of the original context, film scores invite new interpretations, and stimulate the invention of movies for the mind's eye. David Garland presents music to accompany your own imaginary cinema, from great film score composers such as Ennio Morricone, Alexandre Desplat, Nino Rota, Georges Delerue, Alex North, and others.
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New York City lost one of its local bohemian heroes on July 12th. Poet, songwriter, singer and radical Tuli Kupferberg died at age 86. Throughout his long life he pushed and prodded at society and politics with his work. With The Fugs, a band he co-founded in 1964, Kupferberg specialized in breaking taboos through tuneful, energetic songs, but he also brought a lyrical, poetic sensibility to the group. Host David Garland presents some funny, provocative work by this indelible, quintessential...
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With her group Spider, Jane Herships weaves a delicate web of introspective songs about returning, renewal, and promises. With spare use of guitar, piano, bass, drums, and pedal steel guitar, the songs hover around a hush. Jane and her group bring these gentle songs into the WNYC Studio to perform them, and talk about them—quietly—with host David Garland.
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For April Fool's Day, host David Garland offers some intentionally and unintentionally funny music. He'll also be joined by singer Sport Murphy, and David and Sport will invite listener participation to help create some genre-bending "Mad Lib" songs, and then perform them live.
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Plastic Spoon plays songs about money. This newly-formed New York group features Karen Mantler (voice, harmonica), Kato Hideki (bass), Doug Wieselman (guitar), and Shahzad Ismaily (drums) -- great, creative musicians who've played with everybody, pushed musical boundaries, and are now experimenting with being a somewhat normal rock band. They sing a song about Karl Marx, another about billionaire David Koch, plus there's a rollicking song about paying--and not paying--the utility bill. Host...
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As Arborea, Buck and Shanti Curran often make music in an old cabin on the shore of a lake in Maine. But this time they bring their string instruments, voices, and delicate, pine needle songs to WNYC for this in-studio performance on Spinning On Air. The snow is deep in Maine, but the music and conversation are warm here in New York City as host David Garland welcomes Arborea.
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Bernice is a band from Toronto, the project of imaginative songwriter and acrobatic singer Robin Dann. Dann says of the band, "We play indie R&B - songs that breathe, sometimes dance, and have plenty of soul and body feel." David Garland welcomes Bernice (which includes musicians from Toronto's experimental music scene) to the WNYC Studio for performance and conversation.
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Viking Moses is the musical project of songwriter Brendon Massei, and the band visits the WNYC Studio to perform and talk about their songs. With a personal take on the styles of rock and country, Massei's songs can be like short stories--brief narratives featuring characters in search of their place in the world, and beyond this world. Massei himself is a wanderer who has been on tour nearly nonstop since his first visit to Spinning On Air ten years ago. He has just returned from performances...
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Each week Spinning On Air brings listeners to the meeting points of Art and Pop, with a special emphasis on creative songwriting. This week host David Garland offers some highlights from the many in-studio performances of the past year, including Peter Moren, Ikue Mori, Eric Carbonara, Lightspeed Champion, Laura Marling, Sian Alice Group, Osso string quartet plays Sufjan Stevens, Fern Knight, Ilham, Grey Reverend, Golden Ghost, and Arborea. Part 2 will be heard next week. Listen to these...
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Dutch composer and performer Jozef van Wissem builds music with the sonorities of his unusual instrument: a 24-string Baroque lute. This show first aired April 11, 2010. The instrument is old-style, but the music is modern, drawing on minimalism and trance music as well as the lute's roots to conjure a timeless experience. Jozef van Wissem joins host David Garland to talk about and perform his music in the WNYC Studio.
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Ever since he started the band XTC in the late '70s, Andy Partridge has been writing songs that are both adventurous and catchy. Bending the rules of songwriting until they're nice and bouncy, Partridge has used them as a springboard to a distinctive style he continues to explore and enlarge. After listening to "Fuzzy Warbles," a nine-CD set of Partridge's song demos, host David Garland calls Partridge on the phone for an in-depth conversation about songwriting ideas, craft, and fun....
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Amanda Palmer's songs are not only an experience of lyrics and music; she also makes listeners feel the drama of the action of performance. Amanda sits (and sometimes rises to her feet) at the WNYC piano to croon, sing, and scream some of the songs that appear on her brand new album (released Sept. 16), "Who Killed Amanda Palmer." She also performs a brand new song co-written with famed author Neil Gaiman. With host David Garland, Amanda discusses the thoughts and passions behind...
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Olivia Chaney brings her beautiful singing voice to a heart-breaking Scottish folk song, a song about a garden by Chilean songwriter Violetta Para, Georges Brassens' setting of a 13th Century French text, her Nick Drake-influenced arrangement of a song by 17th Century English composer Henry Purcell, and a short piece by Nick Drake's mother Molly Drake. Plus Chaney performs her own songs about connections, consolations, and imperfections, accompanying herself on the guitar and piano. David...
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Spinning On Air brings listeners to the meeting points of Art and Pop—usually in the world of music, but in other fields as well. In the late 1950s and early '60s, author Ann Bannon wrote paperback novels in the genre that's now known as lesbian pulp fiction. She brought more imagination and skill to her work than might have been necessary, and so created memorable, complex characters; a vivid portrait of a time and place; and a series of books that helped a generation know and understand...
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Two songwriters on tour together pause briefly in the WNYC Studio to each perform a set of their songs. Vancouver-based Ora Cogan wraps her curling vine of a voice around the bluesy melodies of her introspective and soothing songs. Boston-based Milo Jones uses his agile and intimate voice to sing startling tales of misanthropy. Host David Garland invites them in and talks with Ora about her music; Milo prefers singing to talking.
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Legendary lesbian songwriter Gretchen Phillips and musician Kenny Mellman (Herb of the outrageous cabaret duo Kiki and Herb) serve as guest DJs and join host David Garland on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, to present and talk about songs that helped them become aware of and embrace their gay identities. Including music by Team Dresch, Marc Almond, Joan Jett, Lesbians on Ecstasy, Grace Jones, and Antony and the Johnsons.
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A community of Brooklyn-based songwriters, The Wingdale Community Singers continues the old folk tradition of keenly observed songs about the worlds around us and within us. Comprised of novelist Rick Moody, visual artist Nina Katchadourian, and composers Hannah Marcus and David Grubbs, the band, along with bassist Elyssa Linowes, returns to Spinning On Air to sing songs from their new album "Spirit Duplicator," and talk with host David Garland.
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Birds and their songs aren't fully understood by humans, but birds appear again and again in human songs as symbols of freedom, flight, beauty, and more. With The Incredible String Band's "White Bird" as a center piece, David Garland presents an hour of songs about birds, including pieces by Laura Marling and Scott Matthew recorded for Spinning On Air, and works by The Beach Boys, Anita O'Day, and Dave Van Ronk. Plus an excerpt from Jim Fassett's "Symphony of the Birds," a...
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Spinning On Air host David Garland has curated 22 concerts at The Stone during the last weeks of 2009. The concert series features musicians who subtly, insistingly, and creatively expand the potential of song. By investing songs with both heart and brain, and by tapping into the alchemy of the understandable and the mysterious, these daring songwriters prove that the ancient combination of words and music can still yield surprises, open new vistas, and permit and promote profound...
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The original Star Trek television series ran for just three seasons (1966-1969), but it made an indelible impact on viewers, fans, and American culture. Along with the stories, characters, and visuals of the series, the music composed for the show contributed to the power and magic of Star Trek. La-La Land, a west coast record company, has just released a 15 CD boxed set of every note of music composed for the original Star Trek. This compendium was a labor of love for its producers, and one of...
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Offering much more color than their name implies, the band Dark Dark Dark brings a love of surprise, emotional intensity, and an orchestral sensibility to their music. Songs lunge, blaze, and soothe, carried by the powerful voice of Nona Marie Invie. Hailing from Minnesota, Brooklyn, and New Orleans, the members of Dark Dark Dark convene in the WNYC Studio to play their music, and talk about it with host David Garland. This show first aired Nov. 7, 2011.
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Refreshing, startling, and also engaging, Diane Cluck is an artist willing to explore the frontiers of song, and occasionally report back to us what she discovers there. Diane uses the usual songwriter tools of words and music, and voice and guitar, but somehow her songs are very unusual. They manage to inspire new ideas and perceptions, with unique perspectives providing revealing insights. She first visited Spinning On Air in 2004, and now Diane Cluck returns to perform some new songs with...
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Van Dyke Parks has been shaping new possibilities of song since his 1960s collaborations with Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, and his landmark 1968 album "Song Cycle." Having worked with everyone from Grace Kelly to Joanna Newsom during his long career, Parks is now performing together with the band Clare and The Reasons, and host David Garland welcomes them all to the WNYC Studio to talk about their music, and perform songs old and new.
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Amplified dangling forks and spoons provide accompaniment to the songs of Avocet. Avocet is Meara O’Reilly, who has visited Spinning On Air before with the band Feathers. This time she brings her voice, guitar, and the extraordinary amplified silverware instrument she created, to the WNYC Studio for performances with her friends Eban Portnoy and Sarah Magenheimer of the band Flying. An avocet is a kind of water bird, and avian themes abound in Meara’s songs. She talks about this, her...
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Sean Lennon returns to the WNYC Studio with Mystical Weapons, his improvisational collaboration with Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier; artist, animator and projectionist Martha Colburn; and multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily. Both Sean and Shahzad share electric guitars, basses, and keyboards. Martha Colburn handles her films the way a performing DJ handles records: using the projectors like turntables, the images are mixed and manipulated live, with visuals forming an important component of...
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The green hills of Vermont provide plenty of room for eccentric growth. The group Feathers resides there, and it's a large band of songwriters who are multi-instrumentalists and singers. Their music has been described as psych-folk, but the complexity and variety of their songs show that categories aren't their concern. Sometimes lilting, sometimes angular, Feathers' songs float comfortably across the supposed borders between tradition and experimentation. For this show Feathers brings their...
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Songwriter and performer Meg Baird shares some recent music. With roots that reach back to the folk songs collected by her great-great uncle I. G. Greer, Meg Baird writes songs that blend reassuring traditions with modern uncertainties, creating music that's engrossing and disquieting. Meg first performed on the show as member of the band Espers in 2004, and host David Garland welcomes her back for a set of original songs as well as a few well-chosen covers.
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Thinguma*jigSaw is a duo from Norway. He, The Severed Headmaster, plays banjo and sings in falsetto. She, Little Myth Epiphanymph, plays musical saw, flute, and melodica. Together they make what they call "splatter-folk"--songs (in English) inspired by old murder ballads, horror movies, musical minimalism, beautiful acoustic sounds, and Norwegian fjords and Irish landscapes. Joining host David Garland in the WNYC Studio, Thinguma*jigSaw performs and talks about their music.
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Johann Johannsson and ensemble live at Le Poisson Rouge, April 30, 2010, edited and mixed by David Garland, plus an interview with Johannsson.
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Chilly Gonzales is a Canadian who lives in Paris. He’s an “amateur” rapper who’s recently been performing his raps with symphony orchestra. “The Reminder,” the 2007 album he produced with Feist, was nominated for a Grammy. In 2009 he set a Guinness World Record for the longest concert by a solo artist; he played piano for over 27 hours. He’s challenged other pianists to public piano battles—and has won. He regularly performs dressed in pajamas and bathrobe. He has declared...
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Some recent releases of song/visions from Matteah Baim, Emily Scott, Holden, John Houx, Angel Deradoorian, Bill Callahan, Julianna Barwick, Scott Matthew, God Help the Girl, Tune Yards, and more.
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This London-based, five-person group brings their orchestral sound to the WNYC Studio. Their range—from intense to lyrical—is revealed gradually as each song unfolds, offers new possibilities, and points in new directions. Along with vocalist Sian Alice Ahern are drums, electric guitar, violin, piano, bass, and more. The band talks with host David Garland, and performs songs ranging from full ensemble at full-throttle, to the intimacy of just voice and piano.
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Swedish musician Jose Gonzalez (yes, that's correct!) builds songs out of rhythmic patterns he plays on his classical guitar, making what may be the world's quietest dance music, with enigmatic, gentle vocals. Jose joins host David Garland to perform and talk about his songs in the WNYC studio. Also featured are recordings by young British guitarist James Blackshaw, whose finger-picked 12-string instrumentals are both meditative and energizing.
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This is the music of gradual change. A piano piece that runs for nearly six hours. Pensive. Music that sweeps the listener along into an elegiac exploration of gentle tonal and rhythmic shifts. This is November by Dennis Johnson, a piece he notated partially in 1959, and recorded informally in 1962. Very few people ever heard the piece, but Johnson's friend La Monte Young was one who did, and November influenced Young's composition The Well-Tuned Piano, and set the stage for Minimalism, one of...
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Named for both a constellation and its brightest star, Orion Rigel Dommisse nevertheless writes very down-to-earth songs about the astronomy of the human heart. She creates her own insular but engrossing world of music as she sings, accompanying herself on an electric cello which she plucks like an oversized guitar. Orion joins host David Garland in the WNYC Studio to talk about her music and the emotions behind it, and to perform with both her cello, and at the grand piano.
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The intimacy of Marissa Nadler's songs is shaded by cobwebs and apparitions. She's a young songwriter with an affinity for old ghost stories, murder ballads, and Edgar Allen Poe, as well as her own visions of contemporary life. Marissa joins host David Garland to talk about and perform her songs in the WNYC Studio. Marissa's new album, Little Hells, comes out this week, and she'll sing several songs from that album.
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40 years ago on July 20th men walked on the moon. Ever since the voyage of Apollo 11, public interest in lunar adventures seems to have waned. But there was a lot of enthusiasm for the "conquest" of the moon prior to 1969, and host David Garland has the evidence: pop and jazz songs, psychedelic experiments, and a crater-full of kiddie records, all waxing rhapsodic about what a trip to the moon MIGHT be like. Take off into yesterday's world of tomorrow!
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Joel Frederiksen is a singer and lute player who specializes in performing centuries-old songs. But his new project, “Requiem for a Pink Moon: an Elizabethan Tribute to Nick Drake,” is something new and unprecedented. He joins David Garland to present highlights from this new album. In “Requiem for a Pink Moon” Frederiksen and his Ensemble Phoenix Munich intermix songs by 16th Century masters such as John Dowland and Thomas Campion, with songs by Nick Drake, the 20th Century British...
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As you might guess from the band's name, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger makes songs that are ornate, fanciful, tuneful, and unusual. It's a collaborative duo featuring Sean Lennon (son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono) and his partner in life and music, Charlotte Kemp Muhl. They play multiple instruments, and sing in harmony about elegant gardens, dystopian futures, striving scientists, a smarmy impresario, and much more. Host David Garland brings them to the WNYC Studio for lively conversation...
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Here's British songwriter Laura Marling singing insightful new songs about "the push and pull nature of the human psyche," as she describes it in the interview that accompanies this in-studio session. Laura returns for her fourth visit to Spinning On Air. Her first visit was in 2008 when she was just 17 years old and already a powerful, original songwriter and performer. Now she sings songs from her fourth album Once I Was an Eagle (Ribbon Music), a lengthy new collection of...
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A computer purchase that led to a call from the Secret Service; the five best things in the world; the importance of nightmares; the solace of playing a trumpet these are topics of songs by Brian Lipson. Brian hones his austere songs to a sharp edge, yet they have a friendly, homemade quality. Accompanying himself on guitar, Brian sings his songs in the WNYC studio and talks about them with host David Garland. David stumbled on a micro-release CDR of Brian's songs and is pleased to offer them...
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Karen Mantler creates rather complex songs about things that are important to her, such as her cat Arnold. She has also written about the death of her cat, and her "Pet Project" is a group of songs about her search through the animal kingdom for a new pet. This singular composer, lyricist, harmonica player, keyboardist, and arranger joins David Garland to present and talk about her music. Break in to Watt World Headquarters for more info about Karen Mantler's recordings, and those of...
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The Beatles helped introduce a new kind of sonic opulence to pop music in the 1960s. Host David Garland presents some Beatles recordings, intriguing cover versions of Beatles songs, and Sixties pop opulence by Pink Floyd, Love, Phil Ochs, The Mamas and the Papas, Harper's Bizarre, and others.
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A good song can give you new views on life and relationships. Or, more specifically regarding the good songs on this show, new views of love, chemicals, cathedrals, nightmares, animals, and Aberdeen. Host David Garland presents new and recent recordings by Antony and the Johnsons, Frida Hyvonen, Larkin Grimm, Elephant Micah, and Felicia Atkinson with Sylvain Chauveau.
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The BQE is a large orchestral piece by Sufjan Stevens inspired by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, its effect on New York, films of the flow and congestion of the Expressway, and also the joys of hoola-hooping. Premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2007, The BQE is full of musical verve and pageantry. Tonight we hear the whole piece, start to finish, without interruption, and with an introduction culled from host David Garland's 2007 interview with Stevens.
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Visiting from Austin, Texas, The Weird Weeds perform their distinctive songs in the WNYC Studio. Singing drummer Nick Hennies provokes a wide array of sounds from his percussion; Sandy Ewen sits on the floor with her guitar in her lap, sings, and bows her guitar with pieces of chalk; Aaron Russell's guitar playing is the ground from which the music sprouts. The songs are focussed, but do indeed take "weird" shapes at times. The band joins host David Garland to play and talk about...
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Devon Sproule's singing is honest and moving, playful and powerful. Her songs draw on folk, pop, and country influences, all in the service of her distinctive, personal, highly melodic sound. Growing up in the rural Virginia egalitarian, intentional community Twin Oaks, Devon started writing songs at a young age. These days she's having particular success in the United Kingdom. David Garland welcomes Devon Sproule to the WNYC Studio to perform and talk about her music.
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Singer/harpist/songwriter Joanna Newsom made a strong impression on Spinning On Air listeners--and everyone else who heard her--a couple years ago when her album "The Milk-Eyed Mender" was released. On Tuesday her new album comes out. Its title is "Ys," and though it has only five songs, it's nearly an hour long, with lots of Newsom's unusual lyrics, and an orchestra added to her rhythmic harp playing. The orchestrations are by Van Dyke Parks, long a unique creative force in...
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Offering much more color than their name implies, the band Dark Dark Dark brings a love of surprise, emotional intensity, and an orchestral sensibility to their music. Songs lunge, blaze, and soothe, carried by the powerful voice of Nona Marie Invie. Hailing from Minnesota, Brooklyn, and New Orleans, the members of Dark Dark Dark convene in the WNYC Studio to play their music, and talk about it with host David Garland.
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The name Glass Ghost might imply something fragile and ethereal, but this Glass Ghost has some sharp edges and a haunting quality. A duo of just vocalist/keyboardist Eliot Krimsky and drummer Mike Johnson, the band sets Eliot's falsetto voice in stripped-down, rhythmic, oddly tuneful songs about the metamorphosis of a modern business man. Host David Garland welcomes Glass Ghost to the WNYC to perform and talk about their music.
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The theremin is an early 20th Century electronic instrument that has seen a renaissance of interest in its unique sound and performance technique. Host David Garland presents the theremin's elegant and eerie sound played by first generation performers Clara Rockmore, Samuel J. Hoffman, and Paul Tanner, as well as current players such as Lydia Kavina, Pamelia Kurstin, Rob Schwimmer, and Dorit Chrysler. Musical genres include pop, easy listening, classical, jazz, and experimental, and of course...
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Akron Family joins host David Garland for a brand new episode in the 4th of July series, Independents Days. Akron/Family is celebrated for their musical adventurousness, the transcendental spirit in their music, and the crackling excitement of their marathon live shows. Akron/Family visited Spinning On Air in 2005 when their first album was released, and have returned several times since to share their changes and development. The band's latest album is Set 'em Wild, Set 'em Free, and this time...
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The musical landscapes of Mountains include lush valleys and vertiginous heights, gentle slopes and walks in the clouds. This Brooklyn-based duo of childhood friends Koen Holtkamp and Brendon Anderegg uses plugged-in acoustic guitars and an array of electronics to create a dense sound full of detail. Host David Garland welcomes Mountains to the WNYC Studio to perform and talk about their music.
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Some songs about singing and other essential activities. We hear imaginative recordings by contemporary groups such as Tiger Saw, Great Lake Swimmers, and Wax & Wane, plus some ear-catching older recordings by Julie Driscoll, Karen Dalton, Bryan Maclean, and the late Scottish eccentric Ivor Cutler. Also featured are a few tracks from the new album by the New York-based band Mountains, which makes an unusual kind of chamber music with acoustic guitars, accordion, and computers.
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