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Options April 24, 2018: Strings of spring, with Rasputina in studio.


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Artist Track Album Label Approx. start time
Tiny Lights  Red Planet   Options Hazel's Wreath  Gaia Records  0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Julia Kent  Flag of No country   Options Asperities    0:04:41 (Pop‑up)
Colin Blunstone  Smokey Day   Options One Year  Epic  0:09:27 (Pop‑up)
Joan Baez  Song in the Blood   Options Baptism: A Journey Through Our Time  Vanguard  0:12:47 (Pop‑up)
Gerard Manset  Elegie funebre   Options La Mort d'Orion    0:17:03 (Pop‑up)
Helena Espvall & Masaki Batoh  Death Letter   Options Helena Espvall & Masaki Batoh    0:21:05 (Pop‑up)
Bob Brown  Seek the Sun   Options The Wall I Built Myself  Tompkins Square  0:26:39 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Helena Espvall and Ernesto Diaz-Infante 

Against a Realization In Weathered Iron   Options

A Hallowed Shell of Ash and Rust 


0:31:53 (Pop‑up)
Live performance and chat with Rasputina
With a fondness for all things Victorian, Rasputina has been making cello-heavy music for some 20+ years now. Melora Creager's singular vision drives Rasputina, which they describe as a "historically based women's cello rock band that includes men." In advance of a show a headlining at The Gramercy Theatre on Wednesday April 25th, Rasputina played live for WFMU.
Rasputina  1816, The Year Without a Summer   Options     0:37:46 (Pop‑up)
Rasputina  Signs of the Zodiac   Options     0:44:36 (Pop‑up)
Rasputina  Momma was an Opium Smoker   Options     0:54:01 (Pop‑up)
Rasputina  Indian Weed   Options     1:01:09 (Pop‑up)
Rasputina  That's No Lie   Options     1:10:33 (Pop‑up)
Rasputina  Yonder the Yinder   Options None But the Lonely Heart  Filthy Bonnet Recording Co  1:15:20 (Pop‑up)
Rasputina  God Knows I'm Good   Options The Feel-Good Hits of 1817  Filthy Bonnet Recording Co  1:38:15 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Helena Espvall and Ernesto Diaz-Infante 

Against a Realization In Weathered Iron   Options



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Gary Higgins  Expecting to Fly   Options Red Hash  Drag City  1:39:34 (Pop‑up)
John Hsu, Louis Bagger & Judith Davidoff: Marin Marais  La Guitare   Options Pieces de Viole from Book Three, 1711  Musical Heritage Society  1:33:18 (Pop‑up)
New York Rock & Roll Ensemble  Brandenberg   Options Faithful Friends  Atco  1:40:10 (Pop‑up)
The Nickel Bag   The Night is Darkening Round Me   Options Doing Their Love Thing  Kama Sutra Records  1:45:17 (Pop‑up)
David Garland  Another Rivet in the Machine of the Universe   Options Verdancy    1:48:36 (Pop‑up)
Light Rain  La Baranca   Options Dream Suite  Magi Productions  1:55:46 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Helena Espvall and Ernesto Diaz-Infante 




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Sandy Denny  John the Gun   Options     2:13:58 (Pop‑up)
Kate Bush  Mother Stands for Comfort   Options Hounds of Love  EMI  2:18:40 (Pop‑up)
Linda Thompson  Go Home   Options Versatile Heart    2:21:43 (Pop‑up)
Entourage Music and Theatre Ensemble  Nature Spirits   Options The Neptune Collection  Smithsonian Folkways  2:26:12 (Pop‑up)
Anna & Elizabeth  Farewell to Erin   Options The Invisible Comes to Us  Smithsonian Folkways  2:32:35 (Pop‑up)
Johanna Warren  Cleansed by Fire   Options Gemini II  Spirit House  2:38:55 (Pop‑up)
Wes Swing  Missing Winter   Options And the Heart    2:43:55 (Pop‑up)
Kelly Moran  Intermolecular Forces   Options Microcosms    2:47:18 (Pop‑up)
Gina Leishman  The Lovers   Options Geography    2:53:58 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Helena Espvall and Ernesto Diaz-Infante 




2:58:08 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:06pm listener 126464:

saw Tiny Lights awhile back
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:09pm DC:

Off to a beautiful start! That Tiny Lights vocal melody knocked my proverbial socks off!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:26pm Irene Trudel:

Hi listener 126464 and DC! Just getting set up for our live set with Rasputina. Tiny Lights popped into my head because of Jane Scarpantoni's cello playing. Loved seeing them back in the Maxwell's days.
Avatar 9:26pm herb.nyc:

Bonjour. I love that French chanson. Even a neurotic would groove to it. (I posted this on Dez's fill in last soir: Hi all, see April 7 The Economist, p68. It sez "neurotics rate all music as bad", paraphrased. But I say they'd dig the music now. )
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:31pm listener 126464:

I like that. The Maxwell's days.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:41pm Mister Dobalina:

Sweet track.
Avatar 9:41pm herb.nyc:

1816 had no summer? Stupid climate change. Nice to hear Rasputina- I last saw them when they opened for BandSebastian at town hall.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:42pm Mister Dobalina:

Nice blossom pic. Just tuning in.
Avatar 9:46pm herb.nyc:

(Jane Scarpontoni pt'd out chris stamey's wife to me, last Thursday, at chris' book read/signing at McNally Jackson bks. She signed my copy.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:58pm Cliff back in the U.S.S.A.:

Just tuned in a half hour ago, hearing Rasputina play live is a lovely surprise!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:02pm Cliff back in the U.S.S.A.:

I was obsessed with their first album when it came out (my favorite song was "Dig Ophelia") but I haven't followed them since then.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:02pm Mister Dobalina:

  10:05pm Bobby:

Gasp! That was so great.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:23pm Mister Dobalina:

Nice piece.
  10:27pm Carmichael:

Heya Irene and people who listen to music.
  10:35pm katharsis:

  10:40pm Scott Steven Erickson:

Tuned into this show thanks to Rasputina! The missing song from their playlist was "Momma was an Opium Smoker."
  10:42pm Scott Steven Erickson:

And I think the last one is called "That's No Lie."
  10:43pm Andrew:

Used to like Mr. Tree from NY R&R Ensemble.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:45pm Cliff back in the U.S.S.A.:

Rasputina was great! Glad to hear them again.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:50pm Irene Trudel:

Thanks for filling in the holes in my memory, Scott! During a live set, if I don't write it down immediately it's forgotten. Hi also to you, Cliff, Mister Dobalina, Carmichael, katharsis, and Andrew. Glad you liked the Rasputina set!
  11:18pm Andrew:

Wikipedia has entries for the 3 Juliard students in NY R&R Ensemble.

In particular the entry for Michael Kamen is quite long and includes the paragraph:

Kamen became a highly sought-after arranger in the realms of pop and rock music. His contemporaries in this field included Academy Award winner Anne Dudley, Richard Niles, and Nick Ingman. His successes include his work with Pink Floyd, David Gilmour and Roger Waters[3] (he is one of the few people invited to work with both former Pink Floyd members, even after their acrimonious split), as well as Queen (orchestration on Who Wants To Live Forever), Eric Clapton (on Edge of Darkness), Roger Daltrey, Aerosmith (live orchestral version of Dream On for MTV), Tom Petty, Bon Jovi, David Bowie, Bryan Ferry, Eurythmics, Queensr├┐che, Rush, Metallica (on the song "Nothing Else Matters" and their live album, S&M), Def Leppard, Herbie Hancock, Tim Curry, The Cranberries, Bryan Adams, Jim Croce, Coldplay, Sting, Guns N' Roses (on their performance of November Rain on the MTV Video Music Awards) and Kate Bush. For Bush, Kamen delivered an orchestral backing for "Moments of Pleasure" from The Red Shoes album, substantially building upon a simple piano theme Bush had composed. In this instance and many others, he conducted the orchestra personally for the recording. In 1984, two years after moving to London,[4] Kamen had similarly heightened the effect of a pop recording for the Eurythmics "Here Comes the Rain Again", that score relying as much on his compositional skills as his arranging talents.
  11:20pm Andrew:

Sorry. Think I should have edited that overlong paragraph down.
  11:21pm katharsis:

Of all the kb songs you could have picked
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:21pm Irene Trudel:

Wow, Andrew! I had no idea he had so many credits. Funny that I'm playing Kate Bush right now. Pure coincidence. I'm going to have to find Michael Kamen someday for an interview.
  11:22pm katharsis:

This one most appropriate for me personally right now
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:25pm Irene Trudel:

So glad, katharsis. Just picked at random because it fit the set.
  11:29pm Andrew:

Alas, Michael Kamen is no longer with us. I knew you would like the Kate Bush connection. I'm also impressed by the list of the people he worked with and this doesn't count his 11 ballets and a distinguished film and television career in another giant Wikipedia paragraph.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:30pm Irene Trudel:

Oh, that's too bad! Thanks thought for bringing him to our attention.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:36pm WillCrete:

Thanks much for the music tonight Irene. I've really been enjoying all the Entourage Music and Theatre Ensemble being played around this spring. Each time their work comes on I am moved by its texture, patience, and pacing, sensing as well much motion and movement. A creative project I am happy to be learning more about.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:41pm Irene Trudel:

Thanks Will! Entourage is a favorite of mine. I've been hoping to bring their guitarist, Wall Matthews back on the show to talk about the reissues and play a bit.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:43pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks for tonight's show, Irene. Have a good week.
Avatar 11:47pm northguineahills:

Moved to FL, missed winter (it did get below freezing about 5 times).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:50pm Fox:

Goodnight, all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:51pm WillCrete:

Hi Irene. Wow! That would be fascinating to hear more from Wall Matthews. I hope he does indeed get to make a visit to the show. He has such a sensitive touch on the instrument and a creative rhythmic sensibility. It would be of course wonderful to hear more about his practice, both past and current, as well as all the collaborative work Entourage did with dance, theater, and film over the years
  12:00am katharsis:

Thank you.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02am Irene Trudel:

Thanks Ken and all! Next week we're having our annual celebration of Citizen Kafka--Sholcoth! Catch you all then.
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