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12:39 am
Fri September 28, 2012

The Special Focus for October, 2012.

Galactic Travels Special Focus
Bill Fox WDS Productions

The Special Focus for October will be Modulator ESP, a.k.a. Jez Creek from Nottingham, England.  He performs improvised music that explores the boundaries of dark ambient, drone, Berlin School sequencing, and noise using modular synthesis, real-time sampling, sound manipulation, and live looping.

All Songs Considered Blog
5:23 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

First Watch: J.Viewz, 'About The Sea'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 4:35 pm

Brooklyn-based electronic-music producer Jonathan Dagan, a.k.a. J.Viewz, writes songs that whirl and clatter like tiny Rube Goldberg devices. So it's only reasonable that his videos might function the same way. Witness "About the Sea," in which small green squares reveal a series of patterns before giving way to gorgeous animated nature scenes.

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A Blog Supreme
5:05 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Five Essential Bud Powell Recordings

Bud Powell pioneered bebop-style improvisation on the piano.
Metronome Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 12:12 pm

Ever wish you could travel back in time to New York's 52nd Street — circa 1950, during the heyday of bebop — and whisper into Charlie Parker, or Dizzy Gillespie, or Thelonious Monk's ear, and ask them: Who was their favorite pianist to listen to? They would all give the same answer: Bud Powell.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:34 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Klaus Heymann: On 25 Years Of Naxos — And Changing The Classical Music Business

Naxos founder Klaus Heymann.
Lam King Yin Courtesy of Naxos

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 1:07 pm

Twenty-five years ago, no one — and I mean no one — would have predicted that a little budget label out of Hong Kong would totally upend the classical music industry. But after doing everything pretty much counter to received wisdom, the Naxos catalog includes more than 7,000 recordings, and they've sold more than 115 million CDs worldwide. A very popular streaming service, the Naxos Music Library, contains nearly a million tracks.

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JazzSet
3:54 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Catherine Russell, Virginia Mayhew On JazzSet

Catherine Russell performs at the Mary Lou Williams Festival.
Margot Schulman Courtesy of the Kennedy Center

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 10:34 am

Catherine Russell is a lady born to music. Her father, Luis Russell (1902-63), was Louis Armstrong's orchestra leader beginning in the mid-1930s. Her mother, Carline Ray, is a bassist, singer, great all-around musician and a member of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, the 1940s all-woman band that swung as hard as the men. "This Daughter of Jazz Is One Cool Cat," reads the headline of Nat Hentoff's profile for The Wall Street Journal.

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World Cafe
3:49 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Yasek Manzano: Jazz From Havana's Streets

Yasek Manzano.
Courtesy of the artist

All month, World Cafe invites listeners to discover the music of Havana, Cuba, with the series Sense of Place.

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The Record
3:33 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Mumford & Sons Preaches To Masses

Mumford & Sons is led by singer Marcus Mumford (second from left). The band's second album, Babel, was released on Sept. 25 and is on pace to be the highest-selling debut of 2012.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 7:24 pm

Marcus Mumford may not seem like the kind of guy who'd start a bar fight.

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Mountain Stage
3:32 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

The dB's On Mountain Stage

The dB's.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 10:02 am

The newly reunited power-pop pioneers in The dB's make their first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.V. Often described as the band that filled the gap between Big Star and R.E.M. in the early '80s, The dB's helped change the course of guitar-driven power-pop for years to come.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:45 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

The 2012 Gramophone Awards: Some Surprises, Lots Of (Repeated) Familiar Names

Tenor Joseph Calleja, the 2012 Gramophone Artist of the Year.
Mathias Bothor courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 1:07 pm

In terms of international prestige, it's hard to think of bigger prizes in the classical community than those given annually by the British classical music magazine Gramophone (where I served as the North America editor for several years). Sure, the Grammys have more general name recognition, but these Eurocentric awards, completely dedicated to classical music, offer far more depth and breadth than their nearest American counterparts, both in terms of artists and repertoire.

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Music
12:17 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Tonight on Galactic Travels 2012-09-27

Bill Fox WDS Productions

Tonight on Galactic Travels, I'll conclude the month-long focus on Manikin Records, celebrating two decades of music.  Many important artists have had their music released on this label.  The Featured CD at Midnight will be disk two from "Second Decade 2002-2012."  I will also play music by artists appearing at the Soundscapes Concert Series held

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