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


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