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Play List 10/20/11 1:15-3:00pm

October 20, 2011

Hey! News is back on WRSU! So I’m starting at 1:15pm from now on….

I’ve been listening to a lot of Shostakovich, so we’ll see if that pops up on the show. Normally when I come into the station I don’t feel like listening to what I’ve been listening at home, but it’s Shostakovich, and I can rarely get enough of that when I’m in the mood for it. Also, last plug for Beta Test’s gig Saturday. Here’s the program notes and tickets. Since I like you, enter “Frankenstein” in the discount code for a few bucks off.

Wagner, Melinda – Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra: III – Joseph Alessi, NY Philharmonic

Curtis-Smith, C – A Civil War Song Cycle: Shiloh – Mary Bonhag, C. Curtis-Smith
Paul Muller – Super Moon Rising – Dark Sunset
Kourosh Yaghmaei – Gole Yakh – Back From The Brink

Fat Eyes – Clothes Pin Rhythm -Invasion of the Mysteron Killer Sounds
Jaoe Mardin – Turkish Waltz – Fairytales, Interrupted
Jazzfakers – Kenny G Voodoo Ceremony – Two

Jim Jackson – Jim Jackson’s Kansas City Blues Pt. 1 – Blues Classics
Galante, Carlo – Urban Ring – Sentieri Selvaggi
Bad Jazz Troupe – Breakdown Treat – Motor City Drum Ensemble DJ Kicks

Trumbore, Dale – Snow White Turns Sixty: sleeping beauty, rapunzel after the marriage, bluebeard’s wife – Gillian Hollis, Dale Trumbore.  Information about upcoming performances here
Davis, Don- Rio de Sangre: Act 1 finale – Florentine Opera Company
Jens Lekman – Waiting for Kirsten – An Argument with Myself

Florent Ghys – Pull Blanc, Chemis Rouge – Baroque Tardif
Wilco – Dawned on Me – The Whole Love
Zomby – Natalia’s Song – Dedication

White, Barbara – My barn having burned to the ground, I can now see the moon – Tara Helen O’Connor, Alan Kay, Laura Frautschi, Sophie Shao, John Blacklow


Bookmarks Mid October 2011

October 17, 2011

I’ve been mostly successful at not letting the Internet distract me, so I haven’t been updating the bookmarks lately.

  • Michael Monroe created some ring tones for the new school year. These are possibly more nerdy than my IT Crowd ring tone.
  • Hilobrow on invisible censorship.  Also in here is a definition for the avant-garde that seems very useful. I’ve been reminded a few times a line of thinking that the modernist vision of the avant-garde is impractical in a post-modern world where fringes don’t exist, at least in the formal elements of music. That definition seems to ignore that there will always be cultural boundaries of taste, and the avant-garde will always be able to stand on the opposite side of that line.
  • Warren Ellis on life irradiated by fiction. I have plenty of examples of books and albums with very specific location based memories. It also calls to mind site specific art, but I think the concept is more powerful when the art isn’t tailored to a specific place. Burroughs would deliberately read with his television on to note the random synchronicity of the world around him. Regularly the television or books would comment on each other and add layers of meaning to his experience of both.

Program Notes

October 14, 2011

imageMy parents got new furniture in their living room, so for a few days all of the stuff stored in drawers and shelves ended up in piles waiting for new homes. One of the gems was this collectible program for Bruce Springsteen’s Tunnel of Love Express Tour (interesting to me, the tour features the E Street Band, but the album only only include a few of the members sparingly).


I found this while trying to decide if I wanted to create program notes for the upcoming Beta Test concert. I’ve recently seen a lot of hate for program notes. They’re bland and a barrier between the audience and performers. So, I was planning to tweet some snippets and then collect my thoughts to discuss on stage during the performance. But then, as if it was planted for me to see, I found The Boss’s connection to his adoring fans.


There’s a short essay on what Bruce was trying to do with the Tunnel of Love album and lyrics sprinkled around phots that evoke the musical material. My favorite is the bride with the nuclear reactors in the background, but there are also your typical Bruce is a rock star hanging out in rock star places images. It’s not ground breaking, but it is effective.

I think that is the problem with most classical program notes. It’s not that program notes are evil, but they’re often ineffective. Trained musicians often aren’t taught how to communicate with the written word or striking images, and if a performing organization is going to create program notes, they need to focus on using them for what they do best. Longwinded dense essays on the history of a piece of music can definitely send the wrong signals about classical music being a living art form. But that isn’t the only way ensembles can use printed material accompanying a concert. I resist the notion that sharing your passion for music is detrimental if it is printed inside a booklet.


(You can check out the program notes I wrote for the concert here. You can also pick up tickets on Ticket Leap. Hope to see you there!)


Play List 10/13/2011 1-3pm

October 13, 2011

Schumann, William – A Free Song – University of Illinois Chorale and Oratorio Society
Mackey, Steve – It Is Time: Marimba – So Percussion
Paul Muller – Dark Sunset – Dark Sunset
Custodio Castelo – Homenagem a Paredes – The Art of the Portuguese Fado Guitar

Fall on Your Sword – Bob the Robot – Another Earth
Plaid – missing – scintilli
J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science – Space and Time – Under Cover

Feldman, Morton – Trio: finale section – Aki Takahashi, Rohan de Saram, Marc Sabat
Van Brink, Matthew – Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano – Noah Getaz, Andrew Simpson
Heinick, David – Mantis – Christopher Creviston, Hannah Gruber

Florent Ghys – Phase Parisienne – Baroque Tardif
Oscar Peterson – medley – Unmistakable
David jahson – King of Kings Dub – Mysteron Killer Sounds

Harrison, Lou – Double Concerto for Violin with Javanese Gamelan: Stampede – Kenneth Goldsmith, Terry King, Mills College Gamelan Ensemble

Muhly, Nico – I drink the Air Before Me: Finale

Play List 10/6/2011 1-3pm

October 6, 2011

Motor City Drum Ensemble – L.O.V.E – DJ Kicks
Mackey, Steve – It Is Time: Metronome – So Percussion
Autechre – Flutter – EPs 1991-2002

Paul H. Muller – Trade Center II – Dark Sunset
Human League – Night People – Credo
Silverman, Faye-Ellen – Pregnant Pauses: III – Corona Guitar Quartet

The Harbours Band – Koma Mosi – Nigeria Special
Dave Douglas – Solato – Orange Afternoons
Florent Ghys – Quatrieme – Baroque Tardif

Roll the Dice – Idle Hands – In Dust
Tcherepinin, Alexander – Concert Studies: The Lute – Tianshu Wang
Biosphere – Sendai 1 – N-Plants

Bach, JS – Oboe Sinfonia: Largo – Heinz Holliger
O’regan Tarik – Acallam na Senorach: The Spring – National Chamber Choir of Ireland
Mogwai – Hound of Winter – Earth Division EP

Del Corno, Filippo – Dogma #6 – Sentieri Selvaggi
Diplo – Diplo Rhythm – Mysteron Kill Sounds
mhoa  – eg blei sogen av ein atterganger – meiningslaust oppgulp

Muhly, Nico – Bright Mass: Gloria – Los Angeles Master Chorale

Sounds and Sights: Nicola Sani, HMBKR, Christian Carey, Mathias Delphlanque

September 30, 2011
I’ve been super busy putting together non-radio stuff, and here are some of the things I’ve been listening to in that time. No sights this time around,  just sounds.

Play List 9/29/11 1-3pm

September 29, 2011

Paul H. Muller – Prayer for Katie C. – Dark Sunset

George Taylor, Nicholas Goluses – Night Dreamer – Night Strings
Lukas Ligeti – A Hook in the Sky – Pattern Time
King Tubby – Fat Thing Version – Mysteron Killer Sound

Artcrime – Finale – EP
Dave Douglas Brass Ecstasy – Lush Life – Rare Metals
Sun Ra- Door to the Cosmos – Motor City Drum Ensemble (DJ Kicks)

The Decemberists – Hey That’s No Way to Say Goodbye – iTunes Session
Brian Eno with Rick Holland – For Real – Drums Between the Bells
Beirut – A Candle’s Fire – The Rip Tide

Blanchard, Carver – Audubon: The Dauphin – Carver Blanchard
Trumbore, Dale – Sara Teasdale Songs – Gillian Hollis, Dale Trumbore
St. Vincent – Hysterical Strength – Strange Mercy

Fall on Your Sword – End Titles – Another Earth
?arcka – The Best (ft. Random) – …Never Been Arcka-ed
Greenstein, Judd – clear, dawn, dance – ymusic

Joe Mardin – Baby Groove – Fairytales Interrupted
Bedard, Denis – Fantasie – Christopher Creviston, Hannah Gruber
moha! – naaljos ljom – meininglaust oppgulp