#3634: Music by Moondog

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Listen to music by the American composer Moondog, aka Louis Hardin, or "the Viking of 6th Avenue," who was also a musician, a poet and the inventor of several musical instruments (and was blind.) He adopted his nom de plume in honor of a dog "who used to howl at the moon more than any dog I knew of." Moondog performed daily in a cape and Viking helmet on the corner of 52nd Street and 6th Avenue in New York City, up until 1974, when he left for Germany. He died on September 8, 1999 at the age of 83 in Munster, Germany. 

Also, hear Moondog's music as arranged by sax-men Sylvain Rifflet & Jon Irabagon, as well as reinterpretations of Moondog's music by the trio called Hobocombo for this New Sounds program. And more.

PROGRAM #3634 Music of Moondog (First aired on 9/08/2014)  

ARTIST: Moondog
WORK: Bells are Ringing, [1:16]
RECORDING: Moondog 1 & 2
SOURCE: CBS/Sony 44994
INFO: Amazon.com

ARTIST: Moondog
WORK: Lament I, "Bird's Lament" [1:43]
RECORDING: Moondog 1 & 2
SOURCE: CBS/Sony 44994
INFO: Amazon.com

ARTIST: Moondog
WORK: Westward Ho! [6:00]
RECORDING: elpmas
SOURCE: Kopf - #KD 123314
INFO: Try boomkat.com or honestjons.com or Emusic.com

ARTIST: Hobocombo
WORK: Desert Boogaloo [5:42]
RECORDING: Moondog Mask
SOURCE: Trovarobato Parade / Lineria 
INFO:trovarobato.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Sylvain Rifflet & Jon Irabagon
WORK: Moondog: Bird's Lament [3:06], Moondog: My Tiny Butterfly [3:53]
RECORDING: Perpetual Motion a Celebration of Moondog
SOURCE: Jazz Village
INFO: Available for download at iTunes, eMusic.com, Amazon.com

ARTIST: Moondog
WORK: New Amsterdam [6:25]
RECORDING: Sax Pax for a Sax
SOURCE: Atlantic 83069
INFO: Download from eMusic.comAmazon.com, or iTunes

ARTIST: Hobocombo
WORK: Moondog: Bird's Lament [3:41]
RECORDING: Now that it’s the opposite, it’s twice upon a time
SOURCE/INFO: audioglobe.it or hobocombo.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Moondog & Bklyn Phil
WORK: Tale of Two Cities, Good for Goodie [6:21]
RECORDING: New Music America, Live at Brooklyn Academy of Music, 1989
SOURCE/INFO: These performances not commercially available.

ARTIST: Kronos Quartet
WORK: Moondog: Syncrony No. 2 [2:41]
RECORDING: Early Music
SOURCE: Nonesuch 79457
INFO: nonesuch.com

ARTIST: Moondog
WORK: All is Loneliness [:58]
RECORDING: More Moondog
SOURCE: Fantasy 17812 / 4 Men with Beards 176
INFO: Download from eMusic.comAmazon.com, or iTunes

ARTIST: Big Brother & the Holding Company, feat. Janis Joplin
WORK: All Is Loneliness [2:31]
RECORDING: Big Brother & the Holding Company
SOURCE: Columbia / Sony Music 9801
INFO: Download from eMusic.comAmazon.com, or iTunes

ARTIST: Antony & the Johnsons
WORK: All is Loneliness, excerpt [:30]
RECORDING: Soundcloud, recorded live in 2005
SOURCE/INFO: soundcloud.com