Music

All Songs Considered
12:20 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Song Premiere: Pere Ubu, 'Free White'

Pere Ubu
Courtesy of the Artist

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 8:32 pm

Pere Ubu made some of the darkest and most creative music of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Thirty five years after its release, The Modern Dance would easily make my top 10 of all time. We hear the word "industrial" bandied about to describe music — The Modern Dance exemplified that genre.

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A Blog Supreme
12:06 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

A Brief History Of Jazz Education, Pt. 1

Bassist Percy Heath demonstrates a technique to a student at the summer jazz workshop in Lenox, Mass. in 1959.
Alfred Eisenstaedt Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 1:21 pm

One year ago, when I began graduate study in ethnomusicology at UCLA, I found myself undergoing what has become a familiar ritual. As I played my trombone in a near-empty classroom accompanied by a play-a-long recording, it occurred to me that I was in the midst of my sixth college big band audition. A professor — in this special case, guitar legend Kenny Burrell — led the proceedings. When he engulfed my hand in his massive grip, I learned that I was in.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:56 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Exercise Your 'Rite' To Vote

Pablo Helguera

Got an idea for a classical cartoon, or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

Deceptive Cadence
9:23 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

Some of the instruments, scores and other materials the New Amsterdam label is trying to salvage after Sandy.
David Andrako courtesy of New Amsterdam Records

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 9:57 am

  • Sandy has wreaked havoc for many musicians in the Northeast, along with everyone else up here. The New Amsterdam label for new music, located in Brooklyn's Red Hook neighborhood, says it took quite a hit: "Our space was flooded with almost four feet of polluted sea water. As a result, about 70% of our catalog of CDs has been destroyed — CDs we hold on behalf of our artists (we do not own them). Literally ALL of our financial records were destroyed, including our back-up hard-drive.
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Music
11:40 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

On the Next Galactic Travels 2012-11-08

On the next Galactic Travels...
Credit Bill Fox / WDS Productions

On the next Galactic Travels, the month-long focus on Palancar continues.  The Featured CD at Midnight will be Ambient Train Wreck Series Volume One on Blue Water Records.  You'll also hear music by one of the artists appearing at the Soundscapes Concert Series on Sunday, December 2, 8:00 pm at the Nazareth Center for the

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The Record
4:53 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Go See The Old Guys

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 7:22 am

Neil Young made me write this. Before last Thursday, when ol' Shakey and his golden garage band Crazy Horse stomped through my local amphitheater, the last thing I'd thought I'd be excited about was a bunch of guys hovering around 70, playing loud rock and roll into the night.

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World Cafe
4:41 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Nick Waterhouse On World Cafe

Nick Waterhouse.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 8:33 pm

Although Nick Waterhouse wears his classic soul influences on his sleeve, behind his Buddy Holly glasses lies a timeless talent for spirited rock and rhythms that anyone can appreciate. His debut album, Time's All Gone, has received positive reviews, as have his raucous, house-party-flavored live shows.

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Mountain Stage
4:21 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Jonathan Edwards On Mountain Stage

Stephan Hoglund Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 9:47 am

Singer-songwriter Jonathan Edwards makes his second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minn. Edwards opens with the song for which he's best known: his infectious Top 5 hit from 1972, "Sunshine." He's backed by the Mountain Stage band for all but the final song of his set, the rousing "This Island Earth," which he sings a cappella. When he finishes, host Larry Groce tells the audience, "If you think he's not a good singer, try singing that one yourself."

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Moogfest
3:57 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Ana Sia In Concert: Moogfest 2012

Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 2:32 pm

Ana Sia's DJ sets pull from a broad range of dance music styles, but are centered on bass-driven electronic beats. The San Francisco-based artist revealed her first full-length compilation, Surreal Estate, on the label Frite Nite last year, which is home to some of the most exciting electronic music coming out of California.

Sia's profile is on the rise due to performances at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Detroit Electronic Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, and now Moogfest.

Here, Ana Sia performs as part of Moogfest 2012 in Asheville, N.C.

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Thistle and Shamrock
1:43 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Thistle And Shamrock: Mythography

Old Blind Dog

Ballads and tunes of Celtic origin and inspiration lead us, this week, on an exploration of myth, legend and mystery.

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