Death Valley Radio Program 869

Death Valley Radio is a format-free program for the musically curious.

In this age of bland radio programming (both commercial and non-) and automated music services, DVR is still built by hand, non-algorithmically — one set at a time.

Death Valley Radio can be heard here at taintradio on Saturdays at 10:00 PM ET and Wednesdays at 10:00 AM ET.

DVR program 869 features lots of mallet percussion (John Lurie, Psapp, Shugo Tokumaru, Vampire Weekend, the Philip Glass Ensemble, Patrick Castillo); contemporary compositions inspired by traditional hymns (Van Dyke Parks, David Rosenboom, Ulysses Owens Jr.); songs of hope (Eric Bibb with Leyla McCalla, Luther Dickinson & the Sons of Mudboy, Will Oldham); and Afrocentric brass (Chucho Valdés & the Afro-Cuban Messengers, Toumani Diabaté’s Symmetric Orchestra, Oumou Sangaré, Angélique Kidjo, Cody ChesnuTT).

Also: “Xmas Gift,” a 1972 poem in which Allen Ginsberg, high on mescaline, meets Albert Einstein more than once without mentioning the atom bomb.

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