#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(S)

RECORDING

CUT(S)

SOURCE

Moondog

Moondog 1 & 2

 

Bells are Ringing, [1:16]

CBS/Sony 44994
Amazon.com

Moondog

Moondog 1 & 2

 

Lament I, "Bird's Lament" [1:43]

CBS/Sony 44994
Amazon.com

Moondog

elpmas

Westward Ho! [6:00]

Kopf - #KD 123314
Try boomkat.com or honestjons.com or Emusic.com

Hobocombo

Moondog Mask

Desert Boogaloo [5:42]

Trovarobato Parade / Lineria 
trovarobato.bandcamp.com

Sylvain Rifflet & Jon Irabagon

Perpetual Motion a Celebration of Moondog

Moondog: Bird's Lament [3:06]
Moondog: My Tiny Butterfly [3:53]

Jazz Village
Available for download at iTunes, eMusic.com, Amazon.com
Physical release due out 10/14/14 jazzvillagemusic.com

Moondog

Sax Pax for a Sax

New Amsterdam [6:25]

Atlantic 83069 
Download from eMusic.comAmazon.com, or iTunes

Hobocombo

Now that it’s the opposite, it’s twice upon a time

Moondog: Bird's Lament [3:41]

audioglobe.it or hobocombo.bandcamp.com

Moondog & Bklyn Phil

New Music America, Live at Brooklyn Academy of Music, 1989

Tale of Two Cities, Good for Goodie [6:21]

These performances not commercially available.

Kronos Quartet

Early Music

Moondog: Syncrony No. 2 [2:41]

Nonesuch 79457
nonesuch.com

Moondog

More Moondog

All is Loneliness [:58]

Fantasy 17812 / 4 Men with Beards 176
Download from eMusic.comAmazon.com, or iTunes

Big Brother & the Holding Company, feat. Janis Joplin

Big Brother & the Holding Company

All Is Loneliness [2:31]

Columbia / Sony Music 9801
Download from eMusic.comAmazon.com, or iTunes

Antony & the Johnsons

Soundcloud, recorded live in 2005

All is Loneliness, excerpt [:30]

soundcloud.com