Phosphorescent, aka Matthew Houck, stops by the Cutting Room Studios NYC for a live session with a full band and performs songs from the album "Muchacho". Recorded 3/20/2013 - 4 songs: Terror In The Canyons (The Wounded Master), Song For Zula, The Quotidian Beasts, A New Anhedonia
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Say “Flying Lotus” in Los Angeles and you’re already halfway to hipness. Say FlyLo, and you’re closer still. FlyLo, Flying Lotus, the artist formerly known as Steven Ellison, is a music producer, DJ, and electronic composer of the hippest, highest order right now.
His latest music, he says, “a collage of mystical states, dreams, sleep and lullabies.” A descent through the time ether that never loses the beat.
This hour, On Point: the music and the man of the moment, Flying Lotus.
One night, in seventh grade, I stayed late into the night waiting to record “Another Brick In The Wall” onto a cassette. That year, it was all the rage and I wanted to be able to play it at will. Over and over. As the deejay droned on and Pink Floyd never seemed to some play, I began to randomly tape the songs I liked.
Thirty-four years later, I’m still connecting the musical dots. Enjoy.
Echo And The Bunnymen vs. Florence The Machine.
A less kitschy version of Eurovision showcases music sung in languages at risk of disappearing.
Nick Cave is best known as a singer-songwriter and front man of the legendary Bad Seeds. But he has a second life as a novelist, and has just published his second book, The Death of Bunny Munro, which comes complete with a surround-sound audio version with music he has composed himself.
He describes the challenge of creating a multi-media novel, and explains why he decided to write about a drug-addled sex maniac. He also muses on father-son relationships, seagulls and the attractions of Brighton. Along the way, he reveals why novels are easier to write than songs, what he gets up to on the tour bus and why he is praying that Kylie Minogue will forgive him.
The day Thelon Oeming moved into an apartment in a working class area of Toronto, he saw a hunched-back man shouting to himself in the middle of the street.
Soon after that, the sounds of an accordion filled the air and Thelon discovered that this apparently tormented man was Vern Nash, a talented musician and his new neighbor. Thelon’s instincts were to record Vern, and maybe even to help him.
Who is Vern Nash? was produced in 2005.
The music industry now has a powerful new ally in its long-running fight against illegal file sharing: your friendly neighborhood internet service provider. After years of on and off negotiation with the RIAA and MPAA, the major U.S. ISPs – AT&T, Verizon, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner – have voluntarily agreed to police users they suspect of downloading illegal material. They will “police”them, or as the ISPs are spinning it, “educate” them. Illegal downloaders will receive a series of warnings before their internet connections are slowed to a crawl. U2 manager Paul McGuinness, an early advocate of ISPs taking on greater responsibility for online piracy, applauded the move. But Greg is wary. Now that ISPs have taken up the anti-piracy banner, will the U.S. government be next?
1b The music industry has yet another reason to celebrate. For the first time since 2004, music sales are up. (And sure, only by 1%, but still!) While sales by superstar acts like Adele and Eminem did their part, the real surprise was the spike in catalog sales. Seems people just can’t seem to get enough of that Credence Clearwater Revival.
2 tUnE-yArDs’s second album w h o k i l l made it onto both Jim and Greg’s lists of the Best Albums of 2011 (so far). This week, Jim and Greg are in the studio with the creative force behind the band, New England native Merrill Garbus. Garbus has come a long way since her days as a professional puppeteer, when she performed for modest crowds with the indie act Sister Suvi and lived with her parents. This month the Oakland-based musician will be one of the most anticipated acts at the Pitchfork Music Festival. Like one of her early influences, Paul Simon, Garbus incorporates plenty of African polyrhythms and vocal textures into her music, and she doesn’t shy away from discussions about cultural appropriation. She also takes huge risks as a live performer, looping her voice, drums, and ukulele onstage to become a veritable one-woman band. She performs the feat feat live in the studio, taking Jim and Greg through the beginning of “Powa.” With the backing of bassist Nate Brenner and a hefty horn section, she also performs “Doorstep” and the band’s breakout song “Bizness.”
3 Jim riffs on tUnE-yArDs’ love for African rhythms. It reminds us of yet another Western band to put African beats to its own creative use. This week, it’s the British new wave group Bow Wow Wow. Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood created the band in 1980, but were out a lead singer until they discovered 14-year-old Annabella Lwin working at a dry cleaner and singing along to Stevie Wonder. Jim’s pick, “C30 C60 C90 Go!” makes ample use of the then-popular “Burundi Beat,” a rhythm cribbed from a French anthropologist’s recording of native Burundian percussionists. Tracked down years later, the original Burundian musicians singled out Bow Wow Wow for special props. Sure they stole the beat, but they also gave it a new spin.
“Are you trying to make me cry?” she asked. Probably. But things get away from me after this much one-track repeat. Where have you been?
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