Episode #2885

The 2008 Listener Poll Show

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Thursday, January 08, 2009

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

Comments [4]

Sheldon from New York

Thanks John and Caryn for consistently providing us with the best and most interesting new music offerings out there. Cheers to you and the whole NYC team.

Sheldon from MajorWho

Jan. 09 2009 02:10 PM
John Schaefer from WNYC

Thanks, Mary Ann! We're so glad to hear that you think we're tireless... 'cause boy, are we exhausted.

John and Caryn (aka, "the team")

Jan. 09 2009 12:01 PM
Maryanne Willoughby from Jersey City NJ

Hi John and New Sounds team, thank you again it has been another stellar year! I have been deeply inspired from the output of music and am so grateful to have this venue on the radio. I have learned so much about life and music from you.
Thank you for that you do so tirelessly
Mary Ann

Jan. 08 2009 11:36 PM
Doreen D. Spungin from No. Woodmere, NY

I see that the "Upcoming" list isn't being updated. Will it be catching up soon?
Thanks for all the challenging and wonderful music.

Jan. 08 2009 02:31 PM

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