The 2008 Listener Poll Show

Here's the rebuttal to last night’s program where the listeners weigh in on the best new music releases of 2008. 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 a young composer who blogs, a bit of Afro-pop, and a string quartet. BUT, find out who emerged victorious from this year's contest on the 23rd annual New Sounds Listener Poll show.

Also, there were a few "Honorable Mentions" included in the poll, because they seemed like fun at the time and we are curious about you: Best Reissue, Best New Music Venue, a write-in option for the Best Live Event of 2008, and the Best Portal for New Music (websites, subscription services, blogs)

And those winners are:
Best Reissue: Overwhelmingly, the listeners chose Philip Glass' Glass Box: A Nonesuch Retrospective 10 CD set

Best New Music Venue: Le Poisson Rouge, by quite a few votes. But BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) was a strong second.

Best Concert Event of 2008: the all-night long Bang on a Can Marathon 2008 beat out GlobalFEST 2008 by just one vote.

Best Website/Blog/Online Portal for Discovering New Music: Interestingly, the listeners chose NPR Music.

Thanks again to everyone who responded to our survey.

NEW SOUNDS with John Schaefer, a Production of WNYC-FM PROGRAM # 2885, the Listener Poll Results 2008 (First aired on Thurs, Jan 8, 2009)

Songs and Poems for Solo Cello





10. Kakande


Paya Paya [5:00]

Jumbie #0008*

9. itsnotyouitsme

walled gardens

great day [6:00]

New Amsterdam #36311

8. Bill Frisell

History, Mystery

Probability Cloud, Part II [1 :00]
Probability Cloud, reprise [1:30]

Nonesuch #400039

7. Cheb I Sabbah


Koi Bole Ram Ram (feat. Rana Singh) [5:30]

Six Degrees #1142

6. Steve Reich

The Daniel Variations

Mvmt. 3: Let the Dream Fall Back on the Dreaded, excerpt [5:00]

Nonesuch #406780**

5. Nico Muhly


Mothertongue, conclusion: Monster [3:30]

Brassland #018***

4. Meredith Monk


Particular Dance [4:00]

ECM #2026 **

3. Toumani Diabate

The Mande Variations

Elyne Road [5:00]

Nonesuch #433724**

2. Kronos Quartet & Wu Man

The Cusp of Magic

Terry Riley: The Cusp of Magic, excerpt [5:00]

Nonesuch #95985 **

1. Philip Glass

Poem No. 4 [3:00]

Orange Mountain #0037 ** www.orangemountain