Death Valley Radio Program 877

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 877 features a Mardi Gras mix (Dr. John, the Band, Allen Toussaint, Luther Dickinson, Sid Selvidge, Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Paul Reddick); gospel-inflected jazz (Geof Bradfield, Riverside, Charles Lloyd with Bill Frisell); life in the fast lane (Conor Oberst, the Beatles and Corey Harris, who’s got money on his mind); the Bakersfield sound (Buck Owens, Dwight Yoakam, Buddy Miller with Kacey Musgraves, Caitlin Cary & Thad Cockrell); and some sweet soul music (Johnnie Taylor, Candi Staton, Otis Clay, James Carr).

Each week’s playlist will be archived until the end of time at deathvalleyradio.org.

Death Valley Radio Program 876

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 876 features ukuleles and mandolins (Paul Hemmings, Jorma Kaukonen, Aaron Neville, Peter Case with David Hidalgo, the Louvin Brothers, King’s Sacred Quartette); gurgling Wurlitzers (Randy Newman, Mike Farris, Lizz Wright); world rhythms (Thomas Mapfumo of Zimbabwe, Afel Bocoum and Lobi Traoré of Mali, Kasai Allstars of the DRC, Orishas of Cuba, Daara J of Senegal, the French-Cuban duo Ibeyi); composer Michael Vincent Waller’s “Snowman Suite”; and duets by guitarist Jim McAuley with violinist Leroy Jenkins and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith with bassist John Lindberg.

Also: new music from Larry Keel with Del McCoury, Malcolm Holcombe, and the English trio Three Cane Whale.

Each week’s playlist will be archived until the end of time at deathvalleyradio.org.

Death Valley Radio Program 875

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 875 features surf rock (Bill Frisell’s Big Sur Quintet, R.E.M., Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives); social, political and spiritual commentary (Cody ChesnuTT, Lizz Wright, Bobby McFerrin, Ruthie Foster, Meshell Ndegeocello, Toshi Reagon); and an other-worldly rendition of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’s “I Put a Spell on You” by singer Alice Smith and guitarist Chris Sholar.

Also: new music from Ches Smith with Craig Taborn and Mat Maneri, Orrin Evans, Joe Fiedler, Wayne Horvitz, Kenneth Salters, Rudresh Mahanthappa, and Aruán Ortiz with Eric Revis and Gerald Cleaver.

Each week’s playlist will be archived until the end of time at deathvalleyradio.org.

Death Valley Radio Program 874

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 874 features a previously unreleased live recording of Roscoe Holcomb’s “Graveyard Blues”; non-bluegrass banjos from Anaïs Mitchell, Iron & Wine, Habib Koité and Eric Bibb, Harry Manx and Kevin Breit, Cassandra Wilson, Punch Brothers, This Is the Kit and Clorinde; a 1982 collaboration between the Raybeats and Philip Glass; Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Rubik’s perky electronic pop; and some Afro-centric hip-hop from A Tribe Called Quest and the Jungle Brothers with Q-Tip.

Also: new music from Patty Griffin, Kate Campbell, the string quartet ETHEL and Ulysses Owens Jr., John Luther Adams and the JACK Quartet, Mette Henriette and Spiro.

Each week’s playlist will be archived until the end of time at deathvalleyradio.org.

Death Valley Radio Program 873

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 873 features reports on John Prine and Kate Campbell’s brief chats with Jesus; Evelyn Freeman’s very percussive rendition of “Didn’t It Rain,” a traditional spiritual associated with Sister Rosetta Tharpe; the Staple Singers’ 16-minute gospel rave-up recorded live in Clarksdale, Mississippi; a visit to New Orleans with Jerry Douglas, Dr. John and Don Byron’s New Gospel Quintet; and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Geof Bradfield Quintet and Ken Field’s Revolutionary Snake Ensemble’s calypso-flavored tributes to Charlie Parker, Lead Belly and Harry Belafonte.

Also: Conor Oberst and Mark Lanegan (both of whom need a change of scenery), Cassandra Wilson, Jimi Hendrix, the Roots and Meshell Ndegeocello.

Each week’s playlist will be archived until the end of time at deathvalleyradio.org.

Death Valley Radio Program 872

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 872 features train songs from Buddy Miller’s Majestic Silver Strings, Johnny Cash, Marty Stuart with Mavis Staples, Rev. A.W. Nix, Hank Williams and Elvis Presley; Richard Thompson’s story of a lonely woman’s pilgrimage to Graceland; Gillian Welch and David Rawlings’s meditation on Elvis, who “shook it like a chorus girl, shook it like a Harlem queen, shook it like a midnight rambler”; and the Legendary Shack Shakers’ very spooky cover of “Born Under a Bad Sign,” a song written by William Bell and Booker T. Jones for blues guitarist Albert King in 1967.

Also: new and recent tracks from Frostlake, This Is the Kit, Wayne Horvitz, and Ben Monder with Andrew Cyrille.

Each week’s playlist will be archived until the end of time at deathvalleyradio.org.

Death Valley Radio Program 871

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.

We can really do sad songs. (No brag, just fact.) DVR program 871 features holiday melancholia from Nickel Creek, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Ray Charles, Brook Benton, Peter Rowan with Gillian Welch, Christopher Paul Stelling, Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell and Heidi Talbot.

Also: Rickie Lee Jones asks “How do we explain a time as crazy as ours?”; Kenneth Salters does some interesting things with Dolly Parton’s “Halos and Horns”; Chick Corea and Béla Fleck get extremely frisky; and longtime colleagues Wadada Leo Smith and John Lindberg finally record as a duo.

This week’s message, courtesy of Todd Snider: “If life is anything, it’s embarrassing. A rusty nail through a careless shoe.”

Each week’s playlist will be archived until the end of time at deathvalleyradio.org.

Death Valley Radio Program 870

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 870 welcomes the winter solstice and features new music from a duo called Food and Austrian guitarist Christian Fennesz; a transcendent collaboration between Eddie Vedder and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, produced by Ry Cooder; Stephen Layton and Polyphony’s recording of “Alleluia,” a work described by its composer Randall Thompson as “slow, sad and comparable to the Book of Job”; and Kronos Quartet with Sufjan Stevens performing “Tenebre,” Bryce Dessner’s “investigation of the relationship between music and light.”

Also: new old music from the Dave Douglas Quintet (the African-American hymn “There Is a Balm in Gilead”) and the Geof Bradfield Quintet (the Baptist hymn “Before This Time Another Year”).

Each week’s playlist will be archived until the end of time at deathvalleyradio.org.

 

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.

Each week’s playlist will be archived until the end of time at deathvalleyradio.org.

 

Death Valley Radio Program 868

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.

Death Valley Radio program 868 features a piece from the CD companion to Documerica, ETHEL’s new multi-media project inspired by a massive photo archive created by the US EPA in 1971; Bryan Murray, whose tribute to Merle Haggard just wouldn’t be the same without guitarist Eugene Chadbourne and saxophonist Jon Irabagon; and Sound Prints, a quintet led by Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas.

Also: pianist Chick Corea and banjoist Béla Fleck performing “a stressful little number” live in concert; composer Michael Vincent Waller sounding very much like Erik Satie; and trumpeter Pete Rodríguez saluting his father, a singer and percussionist best known for his work with the Fania All-Stars.

Each week’s playlist will be archived until the end of time at deathvalleyradio.org.