The Hawaiian War Chant appears on nearly every album of Hawaiian and exotic music recorded in the 1950s and '60s. It's an up-tempo number, and so a lot of eccentric, excited arrangements of the tune were recorded. David Garland offers version after version of this ditty, which was actually inspired by an old love song.
David Garland reached deep into the archive, and found a cassette tape of the very first Spinning On Air show, broadcast August 2, 1987. Appropriately enough, it features music that makes prominent use of tape recorders as musical instruments and compositional tools. During this month we're celebrating 25 years of Spinning On Air by listening to a few shows from the program's archives.
David Garland presents some highlights from recent years, including Laura Marling, Sufjan Stevens, Antony and the Johnsons, Dirty Projectors, Michael Gira, Diane Cluck, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, and others-- even a portion of Christian Marclay's on-air improvisation on multiple turntables from November, 1987.
Judy Collins joins David Garland to talk about her landmark album "Wildflowers." In 1967 singer Judy Collins wanted to make an album that would take her and her listeners to new musical territory. "Wildflowers" featured music by two remarkable songwriters who hadn't yet had much exposure: Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, plus Collins' own first remarkable songs. The album is still just as daring and romantic as Collins intended it to be.
Here are some story-songs, grounded in old blues and British folk traditions, performed by musicians for whom the past is just a starting point. Host David Garland offers the distinctive, captivating voices of Woody Guthrie, Connie Converse, Alasdair Roberts, Sam Amidon, and others; musicians old and new who all have stories to sing.
Composer, singer, and pianist Reuben Butchart brings his song cycle "Nameless and Awake" to the WNYC Studio. Setting poems by John William Carroll, Butchart's music combines a soulful contemporary singing style with intricate, detailed arrangements. David Garland talks with Butchart about the songs and how the music came together at Robert Wilson's Watermill Center.
Chilly Gonzales joins David Garland in the WNYC Studio to perform his piano music, and for a lively conversation about the ideas behind it.
In “Requiem for a Pink Moon” Joel Frederiksen and his Ensemble Phoenix Munich intermix songs by 16th Century masters such as John Dowland and Thomas Campion, with songs by Nick Drake, the 20th Century British songwriter who died in 1974 at age 26. Frederiksen joins David Garland to present highlights from this new album.
Say hello to some new music and recent reissues. These affable sounds greet you with unusual insights and a knack for telling engaging musical stories. David Garland presents music from Brooklyn, Mali, England, Canada, Italy and elsewhere, some of Jonny Greenwood's score from the film "The Master," and some new musical settings of poems by e. e. cummings.
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.
David Garland welcomes pianist Adam Tendler for an introduction to the unusual, beautiful sounds of Cage's Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano, and some of the ideas and thoughts behind them. Featured are highlights from Tendler's performance of the piece recorded at Seabury Hall, Maui, in 2008.
These days, when blue jeans, building exteriors, singing voices, signage (and so much more) are calculatedly "weathered" for a patina of "authenticity," it's refreshing to listen to some authentically authentic songs.
David Garland presents recordings new and old by musicians exploring the paths that unite East and West, including a new collaboration between Jesse Sparhawk and Eric Carbonara, a classic recording by Bill Evans and Herbie Mann, and music by Nils Frahm, The Stone Poneys, Clem Alford, and Ravi Shankar.
Here's music that's thickly slathered with sound. For these musicians, more is more, and more is better. David Garland also presents some music to calm down to.
British songwriter Laura Marling returns for her third visit to Spinning On Air. Her first visit was in 2008 when she was just 17 and already an insightful, original songwriter. Now she performs songs from her third album "A Creature I Don't Know" and talks about the album's themes and narratives with host David Garland. Laura sings powerfully about beasts, muses, rage, and joy, and even performs a brand new, still untitled song.
Imbibe some sounds to refresh your summer. David Garland presents the Lee Hazelwood/Nancy Sinatra classic "Summer Wine," some instrumental guitar recordings from the '20s, '50s, '60s, and '70s, plus brand new recordings by Nina Nastasia, Clare and the Reasons, Kemp & Eden, Rozi Plain, Will Stratton, and others.
The New York-based mini-orchestra yMusic champions music by young composers whose work combines the complexity of classical music, and the tuneful, rhythmic energy of pop. Today yMusic gathers in the WNYC Studio to talk with David Garland about their musical adventures, and to play striking music by Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond), Judd Greenstein, and Son Lux.
Composer Dave Longstreth first brought his band Dirty Projectors to Spinning On Air back in 2005. Now, seven years later, they're back in the studio to perform songs from their newest album, "Swing Lo Magellan." David Garland talks with Longstreth and members of the group about the music, how they created it, and the ideas behind it.