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04/16 | Cliff Furnald’s RootsWorld Radio | Posted by Bob Rogers

On the 99th edition of RootsWorld radio, we’ll wander down the east coast of Africa, hop to the south Atlantic, pop to the Nordic north, and then wrap the globe in one song and unwrap it in another. Artists will include Caetano Veloso, Mlimani Park Orchestra,  Shikamoo Jazz, Eduardo Durão, D. O. Misiani and Shirati Jazz,  Jocelyn Pook, Aalto, NID, Tom Zè, Sacha Silva, Tom Kerstens G Plus and Spiro.  Wednesdays 5pm (Eastern) & Saturdays 8am.  Archived editions: Sundays 6am, Thursdays 2am.

04/15 | Downhome With Howling Dick | Posted by Bob Rogers

Posted by Howling Dick on April 13, 2014 @ 6:00 am | Post a comment

There’s a regal procession on the porch this week as Howling opens surprise packages, reminisces about school days, DIY  and  the roots of psychedelic pop. Its amazing he still finds time to play an hour of the finest blues ‘n roots on the net – but he does. Well, it is TAINT isn’t it! Sundays 10am (Eastern), Tuesdays 6pm, Thursdays midnight, Saturdays 10pm.


Pink Anderson “One day son, there gonna be flying pigs!”

Did You Ever Love A Woman B.B. King Singin’ The Blues VIDEO
Yonder Wall Freddie King King of the Blues VIDEO
Down Don’t Bother Me Albert King Born Under A Bad Sign VIDEO
Everything’s Gonna Be Alright T-Model Ford Bad Man VIDEO
The Things I Used To Do Thomas Ford Breaking Everything But Even VIDEO
Church, I’m Fully Saved To-day Blind Willie Johnson The Complete Masters VIDEO
In My Time of Dying Shane Speal 12 Stones VIDEO
Face In The Crowd The Bluesbenders Mayfield VIDEO
Yes I Know Sugar Boy and the Sinners All You Can Eat VIDEO
Baby Please Don’t Go Big Joe Williams All The Masterpieces VIDEO
Everyday In The Week Blues Pink Anderson East Coast Blues VIDEO
Land Of The Crossroads Mick Kolassa Michissippi Mick VIDEO
Have Mercy Baby Jelly Roll Kings Not The Same Old Blues Crap VIDEO
Mislead Mother Roosevelt Sykes The Honeydripper VIDEO
Messin’ Around Memphis Slim Rockin’ This House  – 1946-53 VIDEO
Elvis Presley John Ginty / Albert Castiglia Bad News Travels VIDEO

04/10 | Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 4/11 & Tues 4/15 | Posted by Bob Rogers

Posted by Rafi Zabor on April 10, 2014 @ 2:51 pm | Post a comment

Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic recorded what is probably the dominant modern interpretation of Stravinsky’s Sacre du Printemps in one session in Brooklyn at the Hotel St. George in January 1958—just listen to how closely the contemporary go-to recording by Valery Gergiev follows it—and it’s probably still the most exciting version on record (if you want something different, try Fischer/Budapest). No orchestra had sounded anything like Lenny’s Phil—so vigorous and American and bursting with muscle—and Stravinsky himself said “Wow!” when he hard them play his piece (though of course, it being Igor, his single syllable was not unironic). The recording was remastered a couple of years ago, reissued with Gray Foy’s wonderful cover art, and it strips away reverb and reveals fresh detail, perhaps at the price of some harshness. I would have used it on the show—Updoc, 8PM Friday and noon next Tuesday, Hotel St. George time—but the version I have access to had little quarter-second gaps between the fourteen tracks, so I went with the 1993 digitation, which still rocks the house just fine. For the rest of the show I rounded up some usual suspects: seasonal tunes you’d expect from Miles and Brownie, Sarah Vaughan and Julie London both hung up the most, Bill Evans, Astor Piazzolla, Django . . . Then back to Lenny and the Phil, appropriately manic fit to burst on Schumann’s “Spring” Symphony. It’s been a long tall bitch of a winter here in New York and the new season needs all the boosterism it can get.GrayFoyLarge

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04/08 | Cliff Furnald’s RootsWorld Radio, Wed. 4/9 & Sat. 4/12 | Posted by Bob Rogers

The 98th edition will include some new Nordic explorations, 3 traditional works from Azerbaijan, a little jazz and a little folk. We will also feature the world premiere of a new recording by an ensemble we heard perform live on this program just about a year ago. SANS is a quartet with zither and winds player Andrew Cronshaw,  Finnish singer Sanna Kurki-Suonio, reeds player Ian Blake, and Tigran Aleksanyan on the Armenian reed pipe called the duduk. We’ll be featuring an extended performance from their new CD, SANS Live.    Other artists will include Phønix,  Spiro, Ramiz Guliyev, NID, Violons Barbares, Gochag Askarov and Nazaket Teymurova. Wednesdays 5pm (Eastern) & Saturdays 8am.  See taintradio program schedule for other times.
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04/07 | New programs, Tuesday, April 8th | Posted by Bob Rogers

taintradio proudly presents two new programs.

Chicago Bound, Tuesdays midnight-1 (eastern), from Chicago-based producer Leslie Keros.

Surplus Value/The History of the Microphone, Tuesdays 7-9pm, from New York-based producer Kip Hanrahan.

More to come…

taintradio, a venue for independent producers

700 billion listeners can’t be wrong

04/03 | Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri. 4/4 & Tues. 4/8 | Posted by Bob Rogers

Posted by Rafi Zabor on April 3, 2014 @ 11:32 am

This week’s Updoc—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday—starts out with a trinity and ends up pentagonal; first some Sonny Rollins left out of last week’s love fest, then the most intense bootleg recording of the John Coltrane Quartet with Eric Dolphy I’ve ever heard—an Impressions that must have had a pentecostal flame bright above it for the horns to be speaking in tongues like that—and finishing with a cut from the new Miles Davis release of the complete concerts from the Fillmore East in 1970. After that it was advisable to dial things down a bit, with Tore Takemitsu’s orchestral piece A Flock Descends Into the Pentagonal Garden, a pause for breath and a sip of water. After that a few French songs, a Gypsy improv, and Tony Bennett wandering the Street of Dreams. More Takemitsu, this time on traditional Japanese instruments, until Branford Marsalis restores our heartbeats with The Flaming Sword. This might be one of the rites of spring. Tu-wit, tu-wu.Screen Shot 2014-04-02 at 4.14.11 AM

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04/02 | Max Shea’s Martian Gardens, Wed., 4/2 & Sat., 4/5 | Posted by Bob Rogers

webcast: Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. — 9:00 p.m. EDT
Webcast date: April 2, 2014
Host: Max Shea

online playlists: Martian Gardens blog

hour one

Elainie Lillios: La Fête de la huitièmme decennie
Electronic Music Midwest (various artists)
Irritable Hedgehog Music/2014
electroacoustic music: Elainie Lillios; composition year: 2012; time: 2:08

Glenn Kotche: selections from Anomaly, Movements 1-7
a. Anomaly Mvt. 4  (4:03)
b. Anomaly Mvt. 5 (1:57)
c. Anomaly Mvt. 6 (4:02)
d. Anomaly Mvt. 7 (3:04)
Cantaloupe Music/2014
(for percussion and string quartet); drumkit, acoustic and electronic percussion: Glenn Kotche; string quartet, percussion: Kronos Quartet; recorded at The Loft, Chicago; composition year: 2007; total excerpts time: 13:06

Beth Anderson: March Swale
Swales and Angels
New World Records/2004
Rubio String Quartet (violins: Dirk Van de Velde, Dirk Van den Hauwe; viola: Marc Sonnaert, cello: Ilia Laporev); recorded at Mirror Image, New York City, November, 2003; composition year: 2000; time: 5:26

Beth Anderson: Comment
The Praying Mantis and the Bluebird
MSR Classics/2013
flute: Andrew Bolotowsky; recorded at Patrych Studios, New York City, August 2012; composition year: 2003; time: 3:14

Ben Johnston: selections from The Tavern
a. Prelude (0:45)
b. Who Says Words With My Mouth (3:41)
c. A Community of Spirit (2:41)
d. A Children’s Game (6:43)
Ruminations – Settings of Rumi & Billie Holiday
MicroFest Records/2014
voice, microtonal guitar: John Schneider; texts: Rumi; composition year: 1998; total excerpts time: 12:45

John Schneider: December 1942 (H. Partch)
a. Come Away, Death (2:59)
b. The Heron (1:16)
c. The Rose (2:30)
Just Guitars
Bridge Records/2003
composer: Harry Partch; voice, Adapted Guitar I: John Schneider; texts: a. Shakespeare; b. Tsurayuki; c. Ella Young; recorded in Los Angeles, 1997; composition year: 1942;  time: 6:45

hour two
Updated March 30, 2014

Daniel Goode: Circular Thoughts
New World Records/2014
solo clarinet: Daniel Goode; recorded in New York City, circa 1980, composition year: 1974; time: 19:41

Morton Subotnick: Until Spring (Side One)
Volume 2: Electronic Works (Sidewinder/Until Spring)
Mode Records/2004
(for 4-channel tape); synthesizer, tape: Morton Subotnick; recorded at CalArts, 1975; remastered 2003; time: 15:01

Robert Normandeau: Puzzle
Puzzles DVD
empreintes DIGITALes/2005
(for 16-channel tape) electroacoustic music realized at the composer’s studio, Montreal, 2003; premiered at Open Space, Victoria, British Columbia, October 9, 2003; time: 5:39

Jorge Antunes: Mixolydia *
In Defense of the Machine
Pogus Productions/2013
(for theremin and electronics); theremin: Lydia Kavina; recorded at Sala-Villa-Lobos’s Teatro Nacional de Brasilia, Brazil, December 5, 1997; composition year: 1995; time: 11:30
*WMUA live version only

hour three
TAINT Radio and WMUA automation versions only
Updated April 1, 2014

Robert Scott Thompson: Orgone
Ghost Words
Aucourant Records/2008
electroacoustic music: RST; composition year: 2008; premiered at SOUND Festival of Music, Aberdeen, Scotland, November 15, 2008; time: 15:31

Eleanor Hovda: Ikima
The Eleanor Hovda Collection
Innova Recordings/2012
shakuhachi: Eleanor Hovda; composition year: 1985; time: 4:40

Tim Hodgkinson: Amhas/Nirriti
Mode Records/2014
(for ensemble and electronic sound); The Hyperion Ensemble, conductor: Tim Hodgkinson; recorded at the Auditorium St. Germain, Paris, SPECTRUM XXI 2006 Festival, November 21, 2006; composition year: 2001; time: 16:53


In fond memory of Robert Ashley (March 28, 1930 — March 3, 2014)

Melody Sumner Carnahan: Victims
The Time is Now — The Fiction of MSC (various artists)
Frog Peak Music/1996
voice: Robert Ashley; text: MSC; time: 8:07

Robert Ashley: Empire (excerpt)
Atalanta (Acts of God) Volume II
Lovely Music, Ltd./2010
voice, text: Robert Ashley; voice: Jacqueline Humbert; electronic orchestration, processing: Robert Ashley, Tom Hamilton; Atalanta (Acts of God) composed 1982-1991; excerpt time: 21:00

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04/02 | New Program | Posted by Kip Hanrahan

Surplus Value / The History of the Microphone begins Tuesday, April 8th.

04/02 | Cliff Furnald’s RootsWorld Radio, Wed., 4/2 & Sat., 4/5 | Posted by Bob Rogers

On RootsWorld Radio #097, host Cliff Furnald goes to the far side of roots, with edgy experiments from Scotland and sublime art music from Korea. He’ll offer a tip of the tin hat to Blind Joe Death and listen to some rhymes from Occitania. And of course, much more. Artists will include Martin Green, Valeria Cimó, Yeahwon Shin, Aidan O’Rourke, Mulatu Astake, Habib Koite, John Fahey and his Orchestra, Tin Hat Trio, La Talvera, Bugel Koar and Fia na Roca.  Wednesdays 5pm (Eastern) & Saturdays 8am.
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03/27 | Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri. 3/8 & Tues. 4/1 | Posted by Bob Rogers

Posted by Rafi Zabor on March 27, 2014 @ 1:23 pm | Post a comment

Sonny Rollins’ Roadshow Vol. 3 is coming out in the first week of May, but for some of us the anticipation is too much to bear, so this week’s Updoc, Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, no foolin’— 8pm Friday and noon next Tuesday, East Broadway Rundown time–SonnyPic—is another Sonny Rollins love-fest. But wait: I didn’t go to the record collection but trawled through concert videos and bootlegs for terrific lesser-known material, and found it. Most of the concerts are from the ‘80s, with bands of varying quality but Sonny radiant, and there’s a 22-minute St. Thomas from the quartet with Ornettists Don Cherry and Billy Higgins, an outtake from the sessions that yielded Our Man in Jazz: Sonny more staggeringly formidable, less grandly joyful than he would be twenty years on, but you’ll feel plenty of glow nonetheless. Since even Sonny Rollins needs a break from Sonny Rollins now and then, Updoc takes one with the Mt. Everest of piano sonatas, Beethoven’s Hammerklavier, the rock drill he used to break through to his late period music, as played by the phenomenal youngster Igor Levit, who has the whole gigantic thing working in all its parts. Then back to Rollins playing The Tennessee Waltz, embracing the melody in his bear-hug, undaunted by obvious sentiment and arcane technicalities alike: he’s as broad as a mountain range, as fine as sunlight, and an apparently endless source of deep-delved joy.

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