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Celebrating Radio with a Final Spin

David Garland presents his final show, and it's full of radio magic, plus music celebrating radio by The Beach Boys, Robert Wyatt, Young Marble Giants, Musiq Soulchild, and others.

Spinning On Air Rocks!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

David Garland celebrates the 28-year run of Spinning On Air with unique performances by Deerhoof, The GOASTT, Grizzly Bear, Akron/Family, Liturgy, Patti Smith, and others.
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A Tale of Two Songwriters: Connie Converse and Laura Marling

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Two songwriters who have been championed on Spinning On Air: unreleased recordings by Connie Converse and in-studio performances by Laura Marling.
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Amazing Spinning On Air Performances, Part 2

Sunday, August 09, 2015

The 28-year run of Spinning On Air on WNYC concludes this month, and David Garland presents the illuminating spark of originality and insight that musicians have shared on the show.
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Amazing Spinning On Air Performances, Part 1

Sunday, August 02, 2015

The very first Spinning On Air broadcast was exactly 28 years ago! David Garland features music recorded for the show by Sufjan Stevens, Van Dyke Parks, Dirty Projectors, and others. 
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Rhythm Tote

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Years ago in a second-hand store, David Garland's eye was caught by the vintage illustration on a "Rhythm Tote" carrying case full of 45 RPM records. Here's what he found inside. 
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Live at Roulette: 3 Degrees of Robert Wyatt

Sunday, July 19, 2015

A concert tribute to the great British musician and songwriter Robert Wyatt, performed by some of New York City's finest musicians.
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Live at Roulette: Devon Sproule and Diane Cluck

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Devon Sproule and Diane Cluck each use basic tools of the songwriter--voice and guitar--to create magic: songs that surprise, move, and inspire. Recorded live at Roulette in Brooklyn.
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The World's Most-Used Musical Sequence!

Sunday, July 05, 2015

What do Beethoven, Rihanna, The Beatles, The Supremes, and many others have in common? The Andalusian Cadence, a four-note progression that's the world's most-used musical sequence!
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The Gorgeous, Unlikely Music of Colleen

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Colleen creates modern French vocal chamber music influenced by Jamaican Dub, played on an electric Renaissance viola da gamba. She performs and talks about her recent music.
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Cantar alla Viola Revives a Sound Not Heard Since the Renaissance

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Voice and viola da gamba duo Cantar alla Viola joins David Garland in the WNYC studio to perform and talk about music of the Renaissance, plus their unique take on Brazilian Bossa Nova.
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The Startling Joy of Ornette Coleman

Sunday, June 14, 2015

David Garland presents a selection of Ornette Coleman's recordings that should please aficionados, and also serve as an introduction for anyone curious about Coleman's music.
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Listening to the Voice Within

Sunday, June 07, 2015

David Garland presents introspective music by Percy Mayfield, Jacob Cooper, Julia Holter, Harry Nilsson, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Kyle Gann, Dougie Bowne, Aaron Roche, and Michael Price.
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Spinning On Air Performance Series at Roulette

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Roulette has invited Spinning On Air's David Garland to curate four evenings of adventurous songwriters June 2 - 5, featuring composers who are finding new paths in the land of song.
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Michael Giacchino Presents His Music for 'Tomorrowland,' 'Jurassic World,' and 'Inside Out'

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Composer Michael Giacchino joins David Garland to present music from "Tomorrowland," and to premier music from "Jurassic World" and "Inside Out."
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Jenny Hval's Transgressive Pop

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Jenny Hval's songs combine pop music with experimentalism; the melodic gestures of love songs with pointed feminist commentary. She plays her music, and talks about it with David Garland
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Mother's Day

Sunday, May 10, 2015

From old gems to modern takes on motherhood, and laments for mothers lost by James Brown and John Lennon, David Garland presents a treasury of songs for Mother's Day.
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Tenzin Choegyal, a Compassionate Voice from Tibet

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Singer Tenzin Choegyal was born in Tibet. He writes songs that draw on his past and his world travels. With Jesse Paris Smith he performs in the studio, and talks with David Garland.
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Spinning On Earth - An Earth Day Special on Climate Change with Patti Smith, Pathway to Paris, and More

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Music and conversation in The Greene Space with musician/poets Patti Smith, Anne Waldman, Larkin Grimm; 350.org's May Boeve; Jesse Paris Smith and Rebecca Foon of Pathway to Paris.
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Instrument of the Angels

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Some performers are extending the harp into new territory, and their music is devilishly heavenly. David Garland presents new and old recordings by experimental harpists.
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Laura Marling Goes Electric

Sunday, April 05, 2015

British songwriter Laura Marling talks with David Garland about solitude, empathy, love and anxiety, and with her band performs songs from her new album, "Short Movie."
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