Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Thursday, April 03, 2014
"Now is the Winter of our Discontent / Made glorious Summer by this sun of York..." (Shakespeare's Richard III) or, if you prefer, "Winter is Coming" (or at least Season 4 of "Game of Thrones.") For this New Sounds program listen to songs about winter, as we welcome spring from San Francisco-based finger-style guitarist Sean Smith to the minimalist cool of the Geoff Smith Band. There's the rare bit of instrumental music from Meredith Monk along with music for cellist Zach Miskin, written by guitarist Bryce Dessner (the National, Clogs), as well as keyboard music from David Borden. Also, from New York-based Matt McBane and Build, hear "Imagining Winter." Listen to Icelandic composer Valgeir Sigurðsson's take on winter, as well as Japanese pianist/composer/producer Ryuchi Sakamoto's music, "Ice." That, and more.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
This week on Car Talk, Tom and Ray help test a device that should strike fear in the hearts of all mechanics: a voice biometrics-based lie detector. Elsewhere, Corinne can't seem to get an oil change without a broken dipstick as a bonus; Christine's keys are stuck in her ignition--which may not be too worrisome, since her car won't start; and can struggling musician Dan fix his van's exhaust with guitar strings and an orange juice can? Also, a story that offers even more proof why you should never drive like Tommy! All this and more, this week on Car Talk.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
By Brian Wise
Paco de Lucia, widely considered to be the world's greatest flamenco guitarist, died on Wednesday at age 66, after suffering a heart attack while on vacation in Mexico.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
For this New Sounds, listen to highlights from the 2014 New York Guitar Festival Marathon concert, recorded at and by Merkin Hall. The program was full of music from both North and South America, and took place on January 20, 2014 (Martin Luther King Day.) Listen to California guitarist Connie Sheu, playing music from Canada, along with Jorge Caballero playing music by American composer John Major. There’s also music from Uruguay & Brazil performed by the Uruguayan and Brazilian duo, Duo Siqueira-Lima. Plus, hear music from New York Guitar Festival co-curator William Kanengiser, and still more Brazilian guitar music from the Brasil Guitar Duo.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Badi Assad is considered one of the greatest guitarists in Brazil and for her latest album, Between Love and Luck, she was inspired by a new addition to the family: her baby daughter. Hear her perform a solo acoustic set in the Soundcheck studio.
Monday, January 20, 2014
Dutch lutenist Jozef van Wissem visits the studio with none other than minimalist director and comic book hair model Jim Jarmusch. Their filmmaker/musician collaboration, "The Joy that Never Ends" combines palindromic trance / mystical lute pieces by Van Wissem, and Jarmusch's waves of subtle guitar feedback meandering from his amplifier. For this New Sounds program, they offer live performance of their collaboration as a preview for their live show at Issue Project Room on Friday, Oct. 14. As a fun aside, Jozef van Wissem (who performs on a 24-string Baroque lute) has also written music for the medieval SIMS video game.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
By Katie Bishop : Producer, Death, Sex & Money
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
As a wise man named Dave Grohl once said, "Joan Jett is the real deal. She is a real rock and roller." The founding member of the all-female '70s rock band The Runaways and longtime leader of her own band, The Blackhearts, recently released her first album of new material in almost a decade. Titled Unvarnished, the record is a reflection of Jett's recent life experiences -- dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in her town of Long Beach; moving past the deaths of her parents; and reflecting on the place of social media in today's society.
We talk with Jett in the Soundcheck studio about her latest album, blasting through rock and roll stereotypes as a young female artist, and why she roots for the Green Bay Packers.
Friday, October 11, 2013
It’s an all-acoustic program of music on this New Sounds, including music from Colin Jacobsen & the Silk Road Ensemble, violinist Hilary Hahn, and guitarist Kevin Hufnagel. If Hufnagel’s name sounds familiar, it could be because we heard from his ambient record “Transparencies” previously on New Sounds, or perhaps more likely, it is because of his work as a guitarist in Dysrhythmia, Gorguts, and Vaura, (largely metal outfits) among others. But on his latest release, “Ashland,” he has made a record of captivating and thoughtful instrumental miniatures built around the baritone ukulele, both prepared (with wooden file, hair elastic and sewing needle in the strings - nod to John Cage) and unaltered.
Monday, September 30, 2013