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Bjork

Spinning on Air

Music New and on the Way

Sunday, March 22, 2015

New and forthcoming releases, mostly by musicians who have visited Spinning On Air to share their uncategorizable music, including Sufjan Stevens, Colleen, Chilly Gonzales, and others.

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Studio 360

Björk, Scott McCloud, & the Secret to a Pop Hit

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Björk pushes pop music into new, weird territories of art and science. Scott McCloud teaches us how to understand comics. And research shows what pop hits have in common.

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Studio 360

Björk's Brave New Musical World

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Björk has expanded the definition of pop stardom to include art, fashion, and general weirdness. For her last album, she added app development and musical instrument invention.

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WNYC News

Björk at MoMA: 'Abominable'

Friday, March 06, 2015

For WNYC's art critic Deborah Solomon, the museum's mid-career retrospective of the pop-artist is too much about the worship of a celebrity, and not enough about art.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

Decapitated Swan Dress Edition

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens along with Carl Wilson review the Oscars, Bjork's latest album, and weigh in on the audiophile debate. Our sponsors today: Netflix, presenting season three of House of Cards. Starring Kevin Spacey and...

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Soundcheck

Bjork Releases Her 'Complete Heartbreak' Album, 'Vulnicura'

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Just in time for her MoMA retrospective and a series of intimate New York performances, the innovative Icelandic artist has released her latest, Vulnicura, early. But how is it?
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New Sounds

Extended Covers

Sunday, August 24, 2014

For this New Sounds, hear new compositions that take as their starting point pre-existing pieces of music, like music based on works by Thelonious Monk or David Bowie.

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New Sounds

Alone at My Wedding

Thursday, August 14, 2014

This New Sounds is all about party music from the Balkans, Near East, and Central Asia.  From the frantic and sweaty pop that provides the soundtrack for celebrations in Egypt, to Punjabi wedding music, it’s all here.  Listen to music from the Albanian horn band Fanfara Tirana, along with a Bjork tune arranged by Syrian pop legend Omar Souleyman.  Then there’s music from Egyptian DJs of the Cairo Liberation Front, and music from Brooklyn-based Punjabi sweaty-making party band, Red Baraat.  Plus, listen to the highly danceable Syrian electronic dabke music, also heard at weddings and parties.  And more.

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New Sounds

Atmospheric Songs

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Listen to atmospheric songs with unusual textures and unexpected sounds or noises woven into them on this New Sounds program.  Hear songs from Brian Eno, Antony & the Johnsons, and Eno’s friend the poet and composer Ebe Oke.  There's also something by Susanna & the Magical Orchestra from Sweden, along with music from Bjork off of the record, "Medulla."  Then hear a song by Irish singer Iarla Ó Lionáird from his record Foxlight.  Plus, something of a murder ballad from the folkster Sam Amidon, and more.

 

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New Sounds

Music for Big Bands

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

From Bjork’s sleeper hit, “It’s Oh So Quiet” from the 1990’s, to much more recent big band recordings, like that of the German-based Monika Roscher Bigband, listen to horns a-plenty in clever arrangements on this New Sounds.  Roscher is a German electric guitarist, singer, and big band leader, of an atypical big band, which sometimes incorporates more exciting, innovative possibilities that might have come from techno or punk.  Roscher says of her 18-piece band, “We’re experimental, and a bit weird. It can be a shock, if you’re not expecting it.” She also has been known to perform in hoods & masks.

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New Sounds

Works of Nature

Sunday, May 11, 2014

On this New Sounds, listen to music inspired by natural phenomena. We’ll hear songs and pieces written around themes of nature and science, - from atomic to cosmic-  and humanity’s relationships with said same.  From Bjork’s innovative and collaborative project, “Biophilia,” where instruments and apps were designed for the multimedia experience, there's a meeting of astrophysics, string theory, neurology, biology - and music.  We'll sample from this latest concept project, and more.

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New Sounds

Neither Pop Nor Art Song

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

At the junction of art and pop songs lies tonight's New Sounds program. Listen to a song by Clogs, featuring guest vocalists Sufjan Stevens and Shara Worden.  Also, listen to music from Sarah Kirkland Snider from her gorgeous work, "Penelope," with vocals again by Shara Worden.  There's music from How To Destroy Angels, which is Reznor's latest collaboration with Atticus Ross and Rob Sheridan, along with his singer wife Mariqueen Maandig.  Hear innovative songstress Katie Mullins, as she crafts melodies around the African thumb piano, the mbira.  Plus, songs from David Sylvian, Evelyn Glennie featuring Bjork, and Susanna and the Magical Orchestra.

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New Sounds

Orchestral Songs

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Once the province of classical or “adult contemporary” singers, the orchestra is increasingly being heard backing up adventurous rockers.  On this New Sounds program, we’ll hear Thomas Feiner, Bjork, David Sylvian, Kate Bush, Joanna Newsom, and Anne Ternheim, among others.

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New Sounds

Orchestral Pop

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

This New Sounds program serves up orchestral pop in various guises, including brand new music from the reclusive Scott Walker, from his forthcoming release "Bish Bosch," where he uses the sounds of samurai swords and falling marbles, among other unsettling things.  There's also music from American singer/songwriter and composer Daniel James, under the name Canon Blue, from his "Rumspringa," with orchestral arrangements contributed by string quartet Amiina (most famously for being Sigur Rós’ string section.)

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New Sounds

Extended Covers

Monday, August 05, 2013

For this New Sounds, hear new works based on existing ones.

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New Sounds

Alone at My Wedding

Monday, April 29, 2013

This New Sounds is all about party music from the Balkans, Near East, and Central Asia.  From the frantic and sweaty pop that provides the soundtrack for celebrations in Egypt, to Punjabi wedding music, it’s all here.  Listen to music from the Albanian horn band Fanfara Tirana, along with a Bjork tune arranged by Syrian pop legend Omar Souleyman.  Then there’s music from Egyptian DJs of the Cairo Liberation Front, and music from Brooklyn-based Punjabi sweaty-making party band, Red Baraat.  Plus, listen to the highly danceable Syrian electronic dabke music, also heard at weddings and parties.  And more.

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New Sounds

Works of Nature

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A few days late to the Earth Day Party, on this New Sounds, listen to music inspired by natural phenomena. We’ll hear songs and pieces written around themes of nature and science, - from atomic to cosmic-  and humanity’s relationships with said same.  From Bjork’s innovative and collaborative project, “Biophilia,” where instruments and apps were designed for the multimedia experience, there's a meeting of astrophysics, string theory, neurology, biology - and music.  We'll sample from this latest concept project, and more.

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Spinning on Air

Pianissimo 2

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Piano music can have a very personal touch. The piano allows a composer or performer to all alone manifest a full vision of what their music can be. David Garland presents another hour of lyrical, soulful, playful piano music, featuring recordings by Chilly Gonzales, Duke Ellington, and others.

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New Sounds

Atmospheric Songs

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Listen to atmospheric songs with unusual textures and unexpected sounds or noises woven into them on this New Sounds program.  Hear songs from Brian Eno, Antony & the Johnsons, and Eno’s friend the poet and composer Ebe Oke.  There's also something by Susanna & the Magical Orchestra from Sweden, along with music from Bjork off of the record, "Medulla."  Then hear a song by Irish singer Iarla Ó Lionáird from his record Foxlight.  Plus, something of a murder ballad from the folkster Sam Amidon, and more.

 

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New Sounds

Neither Pop Nor Art Song

Monday, February 04, 2013

At the junction of art and pop songs lies tonight's New Sounds program. Listen to a song by Clogs, featuring guest vocalists Sufjan Stevens and Shara Worden.  Also, listen to music from Sarah Kirkland Snider from her gorgeous work, "Penelope," with vocals again by Shara Worden.  There's music from How To Destroy Angels, which is Reznor's latest collaboration with Atticus Ross and Rob Sheridan, along with his singer wife Mariqueen Maandig.  Hear innovative songstress Katie Mullins, as she crafts melodies around the African thumb piano, the mbira.  Plus, songs from David Sylvian, Evelyn Glennie featuring Bjork, and Susanna and the Magical Orchestra.

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