Randy Newman to Appear on WFUV's "Words and Music from Studio A," Featured in Four-Part Filter Series
Randy Newman is the guest on Words and Music from Studio A from New York's NPR member station WFUV tonight. Newman performs songs from his latest Nonesuch release, the Randy Newman Songbook Vol. 2, and talks with host Claudia Marshall about the project, which takes a fresh look at both classic and more recent work in new solo takes on 16 of his celebrated songs. Tune in to WFUV at 90.7 FM in New York City and online at wfuv.org tonight at 9 PM EST to hear the complete program, and catch a sneak peek when an excerpt from the interview airs at 4:45 PM as part of the station's Take Five segment.
To pick up a copy of Songbook Vol. 2, to which the St. Petersburg Times gives a perfect A grade, or any of the albums in Randy Newman's Nonesuch catalog, head to the Nonesuch Store, where orders include high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s of the album at checkout.
Newman is the subject of a week-long series of articles from Filter magazine. Introducing the series, Filter's Marty Sartini Garner writes of the Songbook albums: "These stripped-down versions expose the complexity of Newman’s piano phrasing and put his lyrics at the forefront. Though notable for its sophisticated use of synthesizers, the heart of the original “Dixie Flyer” (from 1988’s Land of Dreams) gets lost under the track’s shine; the version that appears on the second Songbook reveals twining and nostalgic piano rolls that play out like Fats Domino in a minor key, driving home the song’s ruminations on the summers Newman spent in New Orleans as a child."
Read more of the article plus today's entry, A Conversation with Randy Newman, Part 1, at filtermagazine.com, and check back throughout the week for additional articles: It's Lonely at the Top: A Selected Randy Newman Discography (Wednesday); A Conversation with Randy Newman, Part 2 (Thursday); and Just Remember What Your Old Pal Said with Lenny Waronker and We Belong Together, As Told by Mitchell Froom (Friday).
Randy Newman will perform at the Vancouver Island MusicFest this coming Saturday and heads to Australia at the end of the month for a two-week tour that includes performances with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony. For more information, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.