Episode #3156

Listener Poll Show for 2010

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Thursday, January 06, 2011

Here's the rebuttal to last night’s program where the listeners weigh in on the best new music releases of 2010. First off, a big thank you to all of the listeners who voted! We found that there were some hard-fought battles this year between well-waged Facebook (and other social media) campaigns and other organized mailing list calls-to-action. However, we have a clear front-runner, with some unexpected and predictable results.  The voting closed at noon today.  Tonight's 25th annual New Sounds Listener Poll show will contain the music that emerged victorious from this year's contest.

PROGRAM #        3156, Listener Poll 2010                       (First aired on 1-6-11)                                                         





10. Steven Mackey, Synergy, Rinde Eckert & BMOP


Finale, excerpt [2:00]

BMOP/Modern Sound 1019

9. Redhooker


Standing Still, excerpt [4:00]

Soft Landing Records SLR002
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8. Timothy Andres, David Kaplan

Shy and Mighty

Timothy Andres : Out of Shape [4:00]

Nonesuch 522413

7.  So Percussion and Matmos

Treasure State

Flame [4:35]

Cantaloupe Music 21065

6. Brian Eno/ Jon Hopkins /Leo Abrahams

Small Craft on a Milk Sea

Lesser Heaven [3:21]

Warp CD 207

5. Nico Muhly

I Drink the Air Before Me

Storm Center [3:35]

Decca 00028947825708

4. Kronos Quartet with Alim & Fargana Qasimov and Homayun Sakhi

Rainbow: Music of Central Asia vol. 8

Qashlarin Kamandir, excerpt [5:00]

Smithsonian Folkways 9628 *

Honorable Mention: William Brittelle

Television Landscape

Dunes of Vermillion, excerpt [2:00]

New Amsterdam Records

3. New York Polyphony

Tudor City

Andrew Smith:Surrexit Christus [3:24]

Avie Records AV2186

2. Maya Beiser


Tamar Muskal: Mar De Leche, excerpt [4:30]

Innova 778

1. Steve Reich/Bang on a Can All-Stars/eighth blackbird

Double Sextet / 2 x 5

Double Sextet – Fast (3)

Nonesuch 524583

Comments [1]

David Lipten from Florida

I am puzzled by the similarity of all of the pieces represented on this list. Why the fascination with what is essentially two-dimensional, flat, non-narrative albeit very attractive wallpaper? Seems like there's an overarching attraction to what is perceived of as being hip without there being really any substance. While the emperors, do have clothes and they're pretty, they're also really cheap.

Jan. 12 2011 02:22 PM

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