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  • Tuesday, December 11, 2007

    Tune in to the Playbill Radio show Playbill Presents tonight at 7 PM ET to hear Sweeney Todd producers John Logan (also the film's screenwriter) and Richard Zanuck (both pictured at right) weigh in on working with Stephen Sondheim in adapting the composer's classic musical for the Tim Burton–directed film.

    Journal Topics: Film Radio
  • Tuesday, December 11, 2007

    Jardim Abandonado, the latest album from Sérgio and Odair Assad, was reviewed in today's edition of All Things Considered on NPR. Says Banning Eyre, these "legends of the classical-guitar world" have done their instrument and their precursors proud. Listen to the review here.

    Journal Topics: Radio Reviews
  • Wednesday, December 5, 2007

    On tonight's New Sounds program on WNYC, New York Public Radio, the music of Sérgio Assad will be among the works featured in New American Voices VI, an exploration of the music of Latin America. It's part of WNYC's series The New Americans, which focuses on musicians from around the globe working in the US. 

    Journal Topics: Radio
  • Sunday, November 25, 2007

    David Byrne appeared on BBC Radio 2's The Weekender to discuss the recent reissue of The Knee Plays and play a couple of tracks off the CD. Guest host Jack Docherty let David know how happy he was to have the album on CD, not least because he could finally stop borrowing his dad's car to hear the original version on the car's cassette player. The Houston Press says "the world is richer" for the release of The Knee Plays. The album documents "Byrne at the height of his creative powers, in a constant struggle to define what is interesting, beautiful and ugly about the world."

    Journal Topics: Radio
  • Monday, November 19, 2007

    New York Public Radio station WNYC's Soundcheck staff have released their Picks of the Week. The show's executive producer, Gisele Regatao, points to Youssou N'Dour's Rokku Mi Rokka (Give and Take), and host John Schaefer names David Byrne's The Knee Plays among the "stand-out new albums" worth checking out now.

    Journal Topics: Radio
  • Monday, November 19, 2007

    On this morning's edition of Today, BBC Radio 4's flagship news and current affairs program, David Byrne talked about the inspiration behind The Knee Plays. The piece was originally devised as part of an epic theater piece by director Robert Wilson in 1984 and has just now been released on CD by Nonesuch. Read what he had to say here.

    Journal Topics: Radio
  • Sunday, November 18, 2007

    k.d. lang was the guest on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour, featuring the UK broadcast debut of the song "I Dream of Spring," off her forthcoming album, Watershed. She spoke with Jane Garvey about writing and producing the new album, due out in February, preparing for her US tour, and visiting her hometown of Consort in Alberta, Canada—pop. 736, up from 650 when k.d. was growing up there.

    Journal Topics: Radio
  • Wednesday, November 7, 2007

    The Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt is "an incredibly prolific, creative, and nimble songwriter with the perfect dose of temperamentality needed to attain the moniker of artistic genius," says NPR's Talk of the Nation assistant producer Sarah Handel in an appreciation. "I've seen him live a handful of times, sometimes petulant due to rowdy drunks playing pool, but more often poetic and generous, taking requests from the audience and playing like he's got all night.

    Journal Topics: Radio
  • Tuesday, November 6, 2007

    Seattle radio station KEXP has added to this week's list of featured new releases David Byrne's "In the Future" from the reissue of Knee Plays. The album—on CD for the first time—hit stores yesterday, complete with the original 13 tracks plus seven previously unavailable instrumental tracks. You can hear a clip of "In the Future" on KEXP.org or visit kneeplays.com to hear more from the album and check out site-exclusive bonus materials.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News Radio
  • Monday, November 5, 2007

    Today, NPR has launched a new multimedia music site at npr.org/music, incorporating content from its national programs and several partner stations' programming. Among the site's features are artist interviews, concerts, and live broadcast streams from the member stations. One special feature is Project Song, which challenges songwriters to write and record a new song in two days. Participants are asked to choose from a stack of images and words and write a song based on one of each. Kicking off the series is The Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt, who used the project to create "A Man of a Million Faces."

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio
  • Friday, November 2, 2007

    Richard Goode will be Petroc Trelawny's guest on BBC Radio 3's Music Matters, the station's flagship classical music program, on Saturday, November 3. The two discuss Goode's 45-year career and the joy he finds in collaborating with Dawn Upshaw, with whom he'll perform next week at London's Southbank Centre. Music Matters begins at 12:15 GMT on Radio 3. 

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio
  • Monday, October 22, 2007

    In the October 18 episode of NPR's All Songs Considered, host Bob Boilen opens the show by recalling the first time he heard David Byrne's Knee Plays on cassette, back in 1985. He remembers driving around in his car listening to it—"I played it constantly"—until giving it away as a thank-you gift. He's been waiting 20-plus years for the CD release to replace the missing cassette, and, he says, "It's such a thrill to hear it again." Hear the episode here.

    Journal Topics: Radio Reviews

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