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Envisioning Future Feminism

Future Feminism is a provocative, celebratory collaboration. Participants Bianca Casady, Sierra Casady, and Kembra Pfahler join David Garland to talk and to perform in the WNYC Studio.

Voices From Another World

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Extraordinary singing voices. David Garland presents recordings by Bishi Bhattacharya, Antony, Jenny Hval & Susanna, Samarth Nagarkar, Palimpsest, and CocoRosie.
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John Zorn Presents Masada: Angels, Inspiration, and Improvisation

Sunday, August 31, 2014

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.
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The Eastern-Influenced Irish Blues of Guitarist Cian Nugent

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Irish guitar virtuoso Cian Nugent says his music has "Irish intentions" even though it isn't traditional Celtic music. 
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Rhythm Tote

Sunday, August 17, 2014

About 15 years ago in a second-hand store in Maine, host/producer David Garland's eye was caught by the vintage illustration on a "Rhythm Tote" carrying case full of 45 RPM records. Showing two teen-age girls enjoying their records, the Rhythm Tote turns out to be a time capsule from a very particular moment in pop history. David Garland opens up the Rhythm Tote, and invites you to listen, dance, reminisce, or enjoy these old songs for the first time. 

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Tom Brosseau's Songs of Wonder, Wondering, and Modern Devices

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The North Dakota singer-songwriter tackles such topics as being stuck on a roof, ambivalence about new beginnings, and our contemporary tendency to cradle our devices rather than our loved ones.

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The Improbable Delights of Industrial Musicals

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Steve Young, a writer for The Late Show with David Letterman, and musician/writer/artist Sport Murphy have been marveling at and collecting Industrial Musical LPs for years, and now they've created a lavish, humorous coffee table book titled Everything's Coming Up Profits: The Golden Age of Industrial Musicals. David Garland welcomes Young and Murphy to the WNYC Studio to talk about and play examples of this music from a time when corporations wooed, soothed, and inspired their workforce with staged, costumed musicals featuring bouncy, razzle-dazzle songs about selling, buying, silicone, tractors, bathroom fixtures, air conditioners, or whatever was most germane.

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Karen Mantler's Lean Songs for Lean Times

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Karen Mantler has felt the economic downturn. In fact, her new album is called "Business is Bad." But for Karen, less has always been more. Her jazzy songs are lean, witty, and keenly observed, without an once of fat, or an extra note. She brings her new trio, with Doug Wieselman and Kato Hideki, to the WNYC Studio, joining David Garland for performances and conversation.

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Devon Sproule: Tuneful, Tender, and Nimble

Sunday, July 20, 2014

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. David Garland welcomes Devon Sproule to the WNYC Studio to perform and talk about her music.

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The Subtly Experimental Indie R&B of Bernice

Sunday, July 13, 2014

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 to the WNYC Studio for performance and conversation.

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The World's Most-Used Musical Sequence!

Sunday, July 06, 2014

What do Beethoven, David Bowie, Green Day, Mozart, *NSYNC, Pete Seeger, Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Duke Ellington, The Supremes, Rihanna, and many others all have in common? They all use the Andalusian Cadence, a four-note progression that's the world's most-used musical sequence.

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Grey Reverend: Songs, Skateboards, and Heroes' Lies

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Composer and singer L.D. Brown records as Grey Reverend, and his songs display his reverence for the grey areas of emotion and musical style. David Garland welcomes Grey Reverend to WNYC for this in-studio performance and conversation. Along with songs from his new album, A Hero's Lie, Grey Reverend brings us his thoughts and observations on flawed heroes, skateboarding, racism, songwriting, and much more.

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Songs of Sunlight for a Sunday Serenade

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Here's a serenade for a summer Sunday. Songs about patches of sunlight, heroic pigeons, country living, and time passing, from Françoise Hardy, The Unthanks, Son Lux, The Zombies, Louis Munroe, and others. Plus some mellifluous instrumentals from Alexander Turnquist, Francis Lai, Tim Kuhl's St. Helena, and the late Elodie Lauten.

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Father & Son: Tim & Jeff Buckley

Sunday, June 15, 2014

For Father's Day, David Garland presents music recorded by a father and son who both wrote beautiful, adventurous songs before meeting tragic early endings.

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Viking Moses Plays Short Stories in Song

Sunday, June 08, 2014

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. Massei 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 in mainland China, and talks about his experiences there with host David Garland.

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Bird Songs & Songs About Birds

Sunday, June 01, 2014

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 Incredible String Band, The Beach Boys, Anita O'Day, and Dave Van Ronk. Plus an excerpt from Jim Fassett's "Symphony of the Birds," a tape collage constructed from recordings of bird song.

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Weaving Tradition and Modernity In Song

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Jen Shyu performs her dramatic, unusual music in the WNYC Studio. Shyu weaves together influences from jazz, classical, and various traditions including music of Korea and Java, as well as Taiwan and East Timor where her parents were born. Shyu speaks with David Garland about her musical odyssey, and performs pieces from her new solo opera "Solo Rites: Seven Breaths." Using Taiwanese moon lute, piano, Korean gayageum, and her extraordinary singing voice, Jen Shyu addresses heritage, politics, poetry, and women's issues and experiences.

 

Jen Shyu "Qemaiaqaiam: Taiwanese Women’s Song of the Pinuyumayan people" on WNYC's Spinning On Air

 

Jen Shyu "Song for Naldo" on WNYC's Spinning On Air

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Musical Messages from Saturn: 100 years of Sun Ra

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Composer and keyboardist Sun Ra studied esoteric subjects and created a vast catalog of unusual music displaying a cosmic vision rooted in jazz. To honor Sun Ra's Centenary, David Garland is joined by Sun Ra archivist Michael D. Anderson and WFMU's Irwin Chusid, who share some classics and rarities.

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Mother & Son: Molly & Nick Drake

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The powerful, 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. It hasn't been entirely clear just from where he evolved his distinctive musical style. Now a brand new album gives David Garland the opportunity to show that the songwriter who had the greatest influence on Nick Drake was his mother, Molly Drake.

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21st Century Psychedelia from Sean Lennon and The GOASTT

Sunday, May 04, 2014

The GOASTT (or more formally The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger) perform and talk about their new music in the WNYC Studio. Fronted by Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl, the band has expanded and received an infusion of electricity. 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 Yoko Ono. David Garland welcomes the group to the studio as they sing and play ornate, rowdy, tuneful songs from their new album "Midnight Sun."

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Patti Smith & Tree Laboratory Live

Sunday, April 27, 2014

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. David Garland presents these highlights from the April 23rd performance.

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