12/30/09 playlist

Charles Ives ~ Waltz ~ Theo Bleckmann & Kneebody

Michael Gandolfi ~ Themes from a Midsummer Night ~ BMOP dir. Gil Rose

Roomful of Teeth ~ Passacaglia (Caroline Shaw)
Final Fantasy ~ Library
Bang on a Can ~ The Manufacture of Tangled Ivory (Annie Gosfield)
Icebreaker ~ the Archangel Trip (Gavin Bryars)

Moondog ~ From One to Nine
Anon. ~ Dinaresade
East Village Opera Company ~ Habanera
Chris Turner & Peter Wetzler ~ Broken Reed
Osso ~ Year of the Ox (Sufjan Stevens)
Sufjan Stevens ~ Year of the Tiger
Bang on a Can All-Stars ~ 2/1 (Brian Eno)

Tin Hat Trio ~ Company
Lawrence Dillon ~ The Voice (from an upcoming Naxos release)
Theo Bleckmann ~ Songs my Mother Taught Me (Charles Ives)
Bon Iver ~ Woods
Balmorhea ~ a Circumnavigation

XXXMas playlist

Despite my skull having been magically transformed into crystal, I fought through my vodka-induced haze to to bring some hollandaise cheer to any who might have tuned in.

Toro Takemitsu ~ Three Film Scores for Strings
Gavin Bryars ~ Cadman Requiem
Terry Riley ~ In C (Paul Hillier and Ars Nova Copenhagen)
Tarik O'Regan ~ Triptych
Milford Graves ~ Transmutations
Theo Bleckmann ~ The Housatonic at Stockbridge
Cordame ~ Mediterranée

And then I woke up.... Around about this time it was 12:30 and Classical prgramming was done for the day. I also brought a crate full of vinyl and a hard drive full of goodies and just started spinning for the next 2.5 hours.

(*played on vinyl)

Woods ~ Bon Iver
Let Us Down Easy ~ Ryan Adams *
The Perfect Space ~ the Avett Brothers *
Boat Behind ~ Kings of Convenience *
Sell Me A Coat ~ David Bowie *
The Pharaohs ~ Neko Case *
Do Not Go Quietly Unto Your Grave ~ Morphine
Librarian ~ My Morning Jacket *

That's Us/Wild Combination ~ Arthur Russell
Lion in a Coma ~ Animal Collective *
Alan Parson's in a Winter Wonderland ~ Grandaddy
Winter Sleep ~ Valgier Sigurdsson *
You're An Actor Out Of Work ~ St. Vincent *
Be Less Critical ~ House on Fire
Powerless ~ the Flaming Lips
Thine Planetarium ~ RJD2 *
Money ~ Apollo Sunshine *
I'll Be Home For Christmas ~ Bob Dylan
Welfare Breed ~ King Khan & the Shrines *
Kissability ~ Sonic Youth *

The Other Side of Grace ~ Banter/3.1
The Moog & Me ~ Dick Hyman *
Marrow ~ St. Vincent *
Electronic Renaissance ~ Belle & Sebastian
Ivan Meets G.I. Joe ~ the Clash *
D.J. ~ David Bowie *
Redondo Beach ~ Patti Smith *
Laundry Room ~ the Avett Brothers *
This is a Dream of Win & Regine ~ Final Fantasy
I'd Rather Dance With You ~ Kings of Convenience
Breakfast at Denny's ~ Combustible Edison *
Yo Shakespeare ~ Icebreaker
My Girls ~ Animal Collective *
Of Course ~ Jane's Addiction *

And then I had to go to dinner at my parents..

12/23/09 playlist

All works performed by Boston Modern Orchestra Project dir. Gil Rose
all recordings provided by BMOP/sound

Gunther Schuller ~ Concertino for Jazz Quartet & Orchestra (BMOP/sound 1004)

Michael Gandolfi ~ Y2K Compliant (BMOP/sound 1002)

Elliott Schwartz ~ Chamber Concerto V: Water Music (BMOP/sound 1013)

John Cage ~ Sixteen Dances No. 15 [The Erotic] (BMOP/sound 1012)

Lukas Foss ~ The Prairie w/Providence Singers dir. Andrew Clark (BMOP/sound 1007)

Charles Fussell ~ Wilde, Symphony for Baritone & Orchestra (BMOP/sound 1005)

A brief absence, a strong return, and some thoughts on minimalism

Greetings New Music Lovers,

   Due to holiday scheduling and other personal time conflicts I'm about half-way through a two & a half week absence, however, next week I will be returning with a vengeance. Not only have I been diligently scouring the Interwebs to bring you the freshest, tastiest New Music I can find (and boy-oh-boy do I have lots of new treats for you) but I'll be on the air three times in the next two weeks! Next week I'll be doing my regular Wednesday time slot, and then I'll also be hosting on Christmas morning. And what better way to celebrate the Yuletide than with Icebreaker, NOW Ensemble, and Arthur Russell? I'll then be on again the following Wednesday, and as if that wasn't enough, my friend and colleague Joe Ray will be hosting on the mornings of the 24th & 31st. Joe has a taste for the difficult and obscure, so who knows what goodies he'll bring to the airwaves. Perhaps we'll get treated to some Nancarrow, Stockhausen, or the Plunderphonics of Christian Marclay.


  To paraphrase Milton Babbitt, this next part might have been entitled "Who Cares if You Listen?" I find myself increasingly drawn towards minimalism and ambient works. For example, last night when I got home from work (after being locked in the parking lot for about 20 minutes) I listened to Paul Hillier's version of In C, Bang on a Can's live recording of Music for Airports, and Walled Gardens by itsnotyouitsme. (Incidentally, I think the only thing that could make me more of an Indie-Classical Hipster ™ is if I had listened to GVSU's In C Remixed instead) Anyway, I realized that part of what appeals to me about this music is it gives you the option of listening closely or as background. Finding time to give listening our full attention is difficult, yet I frequently have music on while doing other things. With minimalism and ambient works I find that I can either pay close attention and be rewarded for the effort, or I can check in now and again to find something interesting and wonderful happening.

Justin H Brierley
Indie-Classical Hipster ™

12/04/09 playlist

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Gavin Bryars ~ Cello Concerto: Farewell to Philosophy

Derek Bermel ~ Elixir
Adrian Knight ~ Cabrini-Green

interview with David T. Little featuring the following works;
Electric Proletariat
Sweet Light Crude
Spalding Gray
Piano Trio; movements I & III

David's links