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This month Spinning On Air offers some past programs featuring appearances by musicians early in their careers. This show, from April 08, 2005, features an in-studio performance by the band Dirty Projectors. --- Original blurb: Dave Longstreth is one of those rare composers who has created his own musical world, with its own unusual laws of musical physics. Passionate songs that seem on the verge of falling apart suddenly turn on a dime; melodies that seem improvised are repeated exactly by the...
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There are a lot of different stories out there floating around about the mysterious band Wooden Wand and the Vanishing Voice. Are they really carnival refugees, former denizens of a toxic dump, or child prodigies, as their website (woodenwand.net) suggests? One thing for sure is that they are a band with powerful songs and a knack for improvising musical incantations. Host David Garland invites WWVV into the WNYC studio to dim the lights and play for a full hour, mixing blues, folk,...
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Guitarist/composer Eric Carbonara creates lyrical pieces that bob and weave around stylistic borders, drawing lines of connection between Andalusian Roma-Flamenco, Hindustani, North African, and North American influences to form a kind of exalted pidgin style of playing that covers a wide emotional terrain from meditative calm to restless intensity. Carbonara joins host David Garland in the WNYC Studio to talk about and perform his music.
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Bishi is a singer, composer, multi-media artist, and style icon who grew up in London. She's the daughter of immigrants from India, and as a young girl felt caught between two cultures. Now, by drawing on Eastern and Western classical traditions and vibrant British street culture, she has blended her influences and backgrounds into powerful, gorgeous music that embraces her hybrid identity. David Garland welcomes Bishi to the WNYC studio to talk about her life and work, perform music from her...
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Will Stratton writes songs that balance ingenuity and ambiguity with directness and beauty. He's just 22, and already working on his third album, bringing his unique vision into focus. Stratton brought some new and recent songs and three guitars into the WNYC Studio to perform, and talk about his music with host David Garland.
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John Martyn, a Scottish songwriter, guitarist and singer, died a couple days ago, on Jan. 29th. His recordings range from acoustic folk guitar virtuosity, to gentle, insightful songs, and daring, jazzy improvisations. His singing evolved from a straightforward folk style to a slurred moan from deep in his soul. Host David Garland presents a range of songs from Martyn's albums, plus a solo John Martyn session recorded in 1977 by WNYC engineer Edward Haber.
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WNYC’s Must Have Festival is a week-long, on-air music festival designed to help you create the classical music library of your dreams. Spinning on Air's David Garland is joined tonight by Radio Lab's Jad Abumrad, who will talk about his choices of Must Have music.
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The GOASTT (or more formally The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger) perform and talk about their new music in the WNYC Studio. This band, founded by Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl, has expanded and received an infusion of electricity since they first played on Spinning On Air in 2010. The wild spirit of the 1960s is heard in their music, continuing that decade's melding of rock songs with experimental and psychedelic influences--a melding originally led in part by Sean's parents John Lennon and...
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This show features the full set that Diane Cluck recorded for WNYC in November, 2004. Alternating in-studio performances with home recordings, it presents her songs from several different angles. Hauntingly personal, idiosyncratic, beautiful and intense, Diane's music offers a powerful experience. Though she tends to let her music speak for itself, Diane talks a bit with host David Garland about her songwriting and the thoughts and experiences behind it.
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Some people only like music that meets and confirms their expectations: familiar stuff done the familiar way. But they're missing out on the glorious disorientation that music (or any art form) can provide when expectations are tweaked, creatively confounded, or even deliberately ignored. David Garland presents an array of music that may subtly or radically surprise and stimulate you, including new and unreleased music from Lambchop, Larkin Grimm, Sydney Wayser, Jody Redhage, Hospitality, and...
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Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney sits down with Spinning On Air's David Garland for a lively conversation about Sir Paul's music-making, his thoughts on collaboration, his musical background, and his latest orchestral project, the ballet "Ocean's Kingdom." Included are a couple McCartney-penned Beatles classics, and an excerpt from the new ballet. Also, with Martin Scorsese's documentary about another of the Beatles, "George Harrison: Living In The Material World" shown on...
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Judy Collins' 1967 album "Wildflowers" is a lovely collection of thoughtful songs sung beautifully to inventive, timeless orchestral arrangements. The songs were mostly by Collins herself, and Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell, who were receiving some of their first exposure on the album. There hasn't been another album quite like it, before or since. In October, 2013, Judy Collins joined David Garland on Spinning On Air to talk about and present selections from "Wildflowers."...
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Performing their dramatic, mysterious, politically-charged songs, the seven members of The Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra-La-La Band (all of whom sing) bring their violins, cello, double bass, drums, and electric and acoustic guitars all the way from Montreal to the WNYC studio for Spinning On Air. Host David Garland welcomes them and discusses with them their songs about citizens, missiles, electric chairs, beauty, and strength.
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These days, when blue jeans, building exteriors, singing voices, signage (and so much more) are calculatedly "weathered" for a patina of "authenticity," it's refreshing to listen to some authentically authentic songs. Host David Garland presents haunting and surprising songs from some great blues and folk performers including Mississippi John Hurt, Dock Boggs, Skip James, and others. This show first aired Jan. 9, 2011.
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Songs are often more like questions than answers. They're starting points for consideration, introspection, and inspiration. Host David Garland presents some songs that wonder about time, sung by Judy Collins, Scarlett Johannson, Justin Victoria Bond, and Scott Walker, and secular songs about god by John Lennon, Robert Wyatt, Sufjan Stevens, and others. Plus some joyful songs about the moment of now.
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The French ensemble Orchestre National de Jazz, directed by Daniel Yvinec, has recorded an album called "Around Robert Wyatt" which celebrates, investigates, and reinterprets the songs of Wyatt. With the 1960s group Soft Machine, and on his many subsequent solo albums, British composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Robert Wyatt has created songs that are adventurous, but always personal, human, and humane. Host David Garland presents highlights from "Around Robert...
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David Michael Stith has fashioned an album of songs out of sounds, gestures, and phrases; building them up, orchestrating them, and mixing in memories of childhood games in the dusk, fantasies of surfing in the clouds, and melodies that wind and unfurl. That album is called "Heavy Ghost," and it's new on Sufjan Stevens' Asthmatic Kitty label. DM Stith joins host David Garland to talk about his music-making, and to translate his sprawling album into songs he can play in the WNYC Studio.
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Yoko Ono is nothing less than a cultural icon. From her early years in New York's artistic avant-garde, to her marriage and collaborations with Beatle John Lennon, to her creative activism promoting peace, Ono has made, and continues to make, a powerful impact on our world. Sean Lennon--Ono and John Lennon's son born in 1975--is a creative musician in his own right, and has been performing with and directing his mother's Plastic Ono Band for years. Spinning On Air host/producer David Garland...
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Originally from London, songwriter Essie Jain left her home town for New York a few years ago in pursuit of her muse. Having performed traditional Irish music and studied opera and classical cello back home, Essie cleaned her aesthetic slate and has started writing austere, intense, lovely songs in a personal style. Her understated approach is perfect for the radio. Joined by guitarist Patrick Glynn and drummer Jim White, Essie plays piano, guitar and sings her songs in the WNYC Studio, and...
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These musicians from Finland are making unusual music which seems unconfined by stylistic categories. They don't make a big distinction between songs and sound-textures, or even between composition and improvisation. Using voices, zithers, guitars, fiddles and flutes, as well as electronic toys, simple noise makers, digital delays and other electronic devices, they create music of hand-made, lacy delicacy and intense strength. This show features striking concert performances recorded in...
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27 year-old singer, insightful songwriter, and finger-picking guitar virtuoso Will Stratton is now feeling well and creating songs, but 2013 was a rough year for him. Stratton was diagnosed with Stage 3 testicular cancer and underwent difficult but successful chemotherapy treatment and surgery. Part of his recovery involved doing what he loves: making music. Stratton first shared his songs on Spinning On Air in 2010, and now he again joins David Garland, with new songs to sing, and a survivor's...
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Sometimes diverse musical influences intersect in the orchestra, with exciting results. For his "Music Festival from India," in 1974 Ravi Shankar assembled an orchestra of instruments and musicians from the various traditions of India, and composed colorful pieces that bring those traditions together with Western harmony and ensemble playing. The album that resulted was produced by George Harrison, and was out of print for decades. David Garland presents selections from that old LP,...
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British songwriter Laura Marling returns for her third visit to Spinning On Air. Her first visit was in 2008 when she was just 17 and already an insightful, original songwriter. Now she performs songs from her forthcoming third album "A Creature I Don't Know" (Ribbon Music, release date Sept. 13), and talks about the album's themes and narratives with host David Garland. Laura sings powerfully about beasts, muses, rage, and joy, and even performs a brand new, still untitled song.
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Say hello to some new music and recent reissues. These affable sounds greet you with unusual insights and a knack for telling engaging musical stories. David Garland presents music from Brooklyn, Mali, England, Canada, Italy and elsewhere, some of Jonny Greenwood's score from the film "The Master," and some new musical settings of poems by e. e. cummings.
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Composer Dave Longstreth first brought his band Dirty Projectors to Spinning On Air back in 2005. Now, seven years later, they're back in the studio to perform songs from their newest album, "Swing Lo Magellan." Longstreth has a very original musical mind. His songs have unusual shapes, and veer in unexpected directions. Voices rise, fall, and mesh intricately. The music is complex, yet it has an exciting impact. With these new songs, Dirty Projectors is also getting a bit more candid...
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The music of Golden Ghost isn’t spooky, but there’s something uncanny about it. What’s uncanny is the way these songs can be a bit strange, but nevertheless connect so surprisingly and affectingly to the listener in a very human way. Singer, guitarist and songwriter Laura Goetz is Golden Ghost, and she brings her boisterous and introspective songs to the WNYC Studio. She’s joined in her performances by Viking Moses (Brendon Massei) on bass and vocals, with a little assist from host...
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We’re trying to figure it all out—with songs. Terry Riley’s “A Spark from the Infinite” is just one of several songs here about striving for a bit of insight and wisdom, giving voice to the religious impulse, reconciling or contrasting the secular and sacred. David Garland presents a couple different takes on heaven from Talking Heads, and the amazing gospel singer Rance Allen; a sonic contemplation from Panda Bear’s “Young Prayer”; an old Leonard Cohen classic performed by...
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Essie Jain presents “All Became Golden,” an album that’s not just a new collection of her beautiful songs, it’s a new idea of what an album can be. “All Became Golden” is as much a film as it is an audio experience. Instigated by filmmaker Natalie Johns, who wanted to help revitalize her friend Essie Jain’s songwriting, the album was recorded in a large mid-town Manhattan studio, and performed in the anachronistic method of great recordings by performers such as Frank Sinatra,...
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Hannah Marcus returns to Spinning On Air with new songs and a new ensemble to play them. A group that includes piano, tuba, trumpet, guitar, and double bass makes it harder than ever to fit Hannah into any narrow category, but allows her to create beautiful and unusual accompaniments for her thoughtful songs. Most recently on Spinning On Air as a member of The Wingdale Community Singers (with Rick Moody and David Grubbs) this time Hannah joins host David Garland to talk about and present her...
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Kevin Barker's new songs are straightforward and uncluttered observations about love, walking, cats, and mice. Known for his recordings as Currituck County, and as an in-demand guitarist with Antony, Devendra, Vashti, and Joanna Newsom, Barker brings an open heart and skilled fingers to his gentle songs. Host David Garland welcomes Barker back to the show for an in-studio performance and conversation. "Family Jams," Barker's documentary film about Devendra Banhart, Newsom and others...
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First there was Tin Pan Alley, then the Brill Building, and then New York City began producing another kind of song. As folk musicians evolved into singer/songwriters, there were New Yorkers who gave their music a distinctive touch. Some, like Janis Ian and Laura Nyro, were precocious upper-west-side girls who were particularly eloquent and musical. Down in Greenwich Village, Dave Van Ronk and Fred Neil developed their rousing and touching songs, and duos Jim & Jean and Bunky & Jake...
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David Garland reached deep into the archive, and found a cassette tape of the very first Spinning On Air show, broadcast August 2, 1987. Appropriately enough, it features music that makes prominent use of tape recorders as musical instruments and compositional tools. During this month we're celebrating 25 years of Spinning On Air by listening to a few shows from the program's archives. This one includes music by Perrey & Kingsley, Les Paul, Otto Leuning, Elsa Popping and her Pixie Land...
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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 her cello, and at the grand piano. This show first aired on...
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"Passing Strange" is an unusual musical theater piece currently being performed at The Public Theater. It elegantly and innovatively tells a coming of age story that involves art, race, class, and the effort to find one's self with out being too selfish. Show creators Stew and Heidi Rodewald join host David Garland to talk about their songwriting in general, and the special concerns and satisfactions of creating and performing musical theater. And we'll hear some songs from...
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The powerful, mysterious, delicate music of English songwriter Nick Drake was underappreciated during his brief lifetime. But since Drake's death at age 26 in 1974, his recordings have gradually reached more and more listeners. Drake is now a strong influence on contemporary songwriters, revered as much for his distinctive vocal and guitar style as for his beautiful, melancholy songs. It's not hard to hear that Drake's timeless songs were somewhat influenced by the British folk scene of his...
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Words and music do an elegant dance of meaning and dreaming in the music of San Francisco-based songwriter Mark David Ashworth. Singing his own lyrics, and setting poems by William Carlos Williams, Mary Oliver, and Robert Louis Stevenson, Ashworth explores themes of the natural world, ancient colonization, and personal insight. Host David Garland welcomes Ashworth to the WNYC Studio to talk about his music, and to perform with guitarist Taylor Jacobs and vocalist Crystal Fulbright.
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A human and a family of whales view each other over a distance; that's the inspiration for "Mount Wittenberg Orca," a song cycle Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors wrote for his group and singer Björk. Distance and connectedness are themes in new songs by Antony and the Johnsons, Owen Pallett, and Sufjan Stevens, too. Host David Garland presents "Mount Wittenberg Orca," and other new recordings that expand the possibilities of song.
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Songwriter Sufjan Stevens has always shown a fascination with orchestral color and sound in his recordings, and his popular albums of songs usually include some purely instrumental pieces. Now he brings an orchestra of eleven players (including Sufjan himself) into the WNYC Studio for a live performance of pieces from his new instrumental composition “The BQE.” Sufjan talks with host David Garland about the music and the ideas behind it, which include the story of the Brooklyn Queens...
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Earlier this year British singer/songwriter Vashti Bunyan gave her first-ever American performance right here on Spinning On Air. Since then she's been touring in Europe and recently returned to the U.S. to great acclaim. When Vashti and her ensemble were in New York a few weeks ago, they crowded into host David Garland's apartment and performed some songs in his living room. Despite the snug fit, the performances sound great, and you can hear them on this show. Also, selections from a recently...
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Doveman is a New York City-based quintet that creates delicately wrought songs. They're also a free-wheeling powerhouse band, and paradoxically they can manage to be both in the course of a single song. The songs are by pianist and singer Thomas Bartlett, whose wide-ranging musical interests are also reflected in his Audiofile column for Salon.com. Thomas and his band join host David Garland to talk about their music and to perform in the WNYC studio. They categorize their music as "lamp...
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British songwriter Vashti Bunyan visits Spinning On Air for her first American performance and radio interview. Her new, second album, “Lookaftering,” was released 35 years after her first album, and the story of her earlier artistic discouragement and current renewal of creativity is moving and fascinating. Despite the obscurity of Vashti's early work, her music has been an important influence on young "freak-folk" songwriters such as Devendra Banhart. For this show, Vashti joins...
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British songwriter Vashti Bunyan visits Spinning On Air for her first American performance and radio interview. Her new, second album, “Lookaftering,” was released 35 years after her first album, and the story of her earlier artistic discouragement and current renewal of creativity is moving and fascinating. Despite the obscurity of Vashti's early work, her music has been an important influence on young "freak-folk" songwriters such as Devendra Banhart. For this show, Vashti joins...
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Songwriter, singer, poet, memoirist, artist, icon Patti Smith performs in WNYC's The Greene Space. In a program of songs and poetry coordinated by her daughter Jesse Paris Smith, Patti Smith performs with Tree Laboratory (Jesse Paris Smith and Eric Hoegemeyer) and her long-time collaborator guitarist Lenny Kaye. They titled the event "Mixing Memory and Desire: An Evening of Music, Poetry, Sound, and Remembrance," celebrating the "chaos and transformation of spring." Tree...
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For the last 23 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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Some songs sound like we're overhearing someone talk to themselves, or maybe think out loud. Through lyrics, tone, and vocal quality they convey a sense of shared privacy. In this show host David Garland lets us eavesdrop on some creative and ruminative songs that are new, by Elephant Micah, Mike Bones, Visitations, Jakob Olausson, Ed Askew, June Madrona, a few old ones by Michael Yonkers, The Incredible String Band, and Joni Mitchell.
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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. 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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Prolific avant-garde composer John Zorn visits the WNYC Studio to present some of his Masada series of compositions along with pianist Uri Caine, guitarist Jon Madof, and saxophonist Uri Gurvich. David Garland talks with Zorn and the musicians about the unique aspects of this group of 613 pieces, which are specially designed to inspire their interpreters, cultivating new growth from Klezmer roots. From September 2nd through 7th, Zorn and many others will perform selections from Zorn's Book of...
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Quinn Walker is excited. He’s excited to perform music: he’s a one-man band, singing, playing guitar, electronics, and drums all at once. He’s excited to write songs: a prolific composer, his first commercial album is a double CD set culled from the six or more albums he’s self-produced in just the last couple of years. Quinn Walker joins host David Garland to talk about his music and to give the first-ever radio performance of his exciting and surprising songs. (Originally aired Jan....
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Since the late Sixties, composer, pianist, singer, lyricist Annette Peacock has been making unusual songs full of paradoxes. As a rare treat, Annette Peacock joins host David Garland to talk about her music.
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The band White Magic made a vivid impression a couple years ago with an EP of memorable, mysterious songs. Since then the group dissolved and re-grouped, still featuring the distinctive voice and songwriting of Mira Billotte as its defining sound, now with versatile guitarist Douglas Shaw. Mira's swooping, authoritative singing and unusual piano playing build songs that are like tuneful incantations. She's joined by Douglas in the WNYC studio to perform a set of new and traditional songs, and...
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The band Deerhoof—vocalist/bassist Satomi Matsuzaki, drummer Greg Saunier, and guitarist John Dieterich—make high-energy experimental music which is somehow also fun, exciting rock. Deerhoof is full of surprises: an exhilarating romp through a sonic world of tuneful melodies, percussion eruptions, guitar virtuosity, and sudden twists and turns. Host David Garland welcomes Deerhoof to the WNYC Studio for a live performance and to talk a bit about how they put their extraordinary music...
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Bitch is a songwriter with an unusual sense of instrumental texture. With violin, ukulele, electric bass, percussion, and more—plus her striking voice—she puts her lyrics and narratives in settings that wake up listeners’ ears to her sounds and stories. Like many singer-songwriters, she sings of her experiences and feelings, but she also makes her feminism, lesbianism, and politics part of her songs. Bitch and her band The Exciting Conclusion join host David Garland to talk about her...
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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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Ed Askew could be considered an “outsider” artist -- he certainly operates outside the mainstream -- but there’s nothing arcane or closed-off about Ed’s songs. His first album was recorded in 1968 and Ed is still in touch with his unique muse, creating music that’s disarmingly full of heart. Ed’s music has been featured on Spinning On Air before, but this time he gives us the rare chance to hear him perform in the WNYC Studio and talk about his music with host David Garland. Pianist...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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