Monday, March 16, 2015
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
By Amanda Angel
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.
Monday, August 04, 2014
For this New Sounds, listen to the latest from Zion80, a horn-driven Jewish Afrobeat party band led by guitarist Jon Madof. The name is a nod to the band Africa 70, which was the great Afro-pop band put together by Fela Kuti in Nigeria. On their latest release, Zion80 take on more Jewish-themed music - in this case, Madof’s creative arrangements of 8 tunes from John Zorn’s “Book of Angels” from Masada Book II.
Monday, July 21, 2014
Richard Reed Parry, a composer and member of the rock band Arcade Fire, writes classical compositions based the actual pulse of the performers themselves. Stream his "Music for Heart and Breath" all this week.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Listen to music that grows out of American blues, folk, and the ragtime tradition, with a whole lot of fingerpicking guitar, on this New Sounds. There’s music from the great blues guitarist, Blind Willie Johnson, and variations on one of his most famous themes, “Dark Was the Night,” with variations from the Kronos Quartet, guitarist Gary Lucas, ETHEL with Lionheart in a mass by Phil Kline, and one by guitarist Ry Cooder as well. Plus, listen to music from John Fahey, and other fingerstyle guitarists like English guitarist Davey Graham, John Renbourn ( one of the founders of Pentangle), and the late American guitarist Jack Rose. And more.
Monday, March 31, 2014
Kronos Quartet's new 40th anniversary compilation, "A Thousand Thoughts," takes a well-earned victory lap by bringing together a generous helping of their globe-trotting musical excursions.