Episode #3412

A Very New Sounds Christmas (Eve)

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Twas the night before Christmas, and all on New Sounds, John Schaefer has collected music for the season, in the vein of the strange and unusual.  From the inventive Respect Sextet, hear several arrangements of well-chosen and lesser-known tunes from the record, "Respect in Yule."  The selections include a holiday classic by the Band, "Christmas Must Be Tonight," an Ethiopian-inspired arrangement of a Herbert Howells choral piece, "A Spotless Rose," with help from the Ensemble Signal, and an arrangement of Sir John Tavener's "The Lamb," with the JACK Quartet.  Also, hear Tavener's original, "The Lamb," along with twisted songs by The Real Tuesday Weld and Sufjan Stevens. 

There's also wintry music from the composers of the Icelandic label Bedroom Community, featuring pieces and arrangements by Nico Muhly, Valgeir Sigurdsson, and Daniel Bjarnason.  Plus, music from the Irish guitarist/composer Dave Flynn, and his well-timed, "Christmas Eve."

PROGRAM #3412, Christmas Eve, New Sounds-Style  (First aired on 12/24/12)    





Dave Flynn

Private recording

Christmas Eve [4:00]

Only available as a free download to contributors to Flynn’s Fund It campaign.

Respect Sextet

Respect in Yule

Christmas Must Be Tonight [6:30]

Mode/Avant #14.

Various artists: The Real Tuesday Weld (Stephen Coates)


Song Of December

Highline Records (UK). Available thru eMusic

Sufjan Stevens

Silver and Gold

Justice Delivers Its Death [3:30]

Asthamtic Kitty Records.

Respect Sextet

Respect in Yule

A Spotless Rose [8:30]

See above.

Nico Muhly

Bedroom Community YULE 2011

The Holly and the Ivy

The YULE mixes were free to all purchasers of Bedroom Community records in December 2011. Now seems to be out of print.

Valgeir Sigurdsson

Bedroom Community YULE 2012

"Gleðilegt jóðl" [3:00]

Free to all purchasers of Bedroom Community records in December 2012. Info:

Daniel Bjarnason

Bedroom Community YULE 2012

Enn fagnar heimur [2:30]

See preceding.

John Tavener/The Tallis Scholars

Ikon of Light

The Lamb [4:00]

Gimell Records, UK.
Available as an import at

Respect Sextet

Respect in Yule

The Lamb, excerpt [6:30]

Mode/Avant #14.

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