Tuesdays at Midnight : WCOM 103.5, www.WCOMfm.org
November 27, 2013
The 12th and final episode examines the mysterious life and times of the late songwriter John Shade. Click the link above to stream, right-click to download (ctrl+click on a mac).
November 13, 2013
Harry Nilsson, while still not a household name, is one of the most successful, beloved, and critically acclaimed songwriters of all time. He was covered by everyone from Three Dog Night to Aimee Mann, and collaborated with the likes of The Beatles and Randy Newman. These are 15 of my favorite Nilsson songs. Click the link above to stream, right-click to download (ctrl+click on a mac).
October 16, 2013
Warren Zevon was one of the greatest songwriters ever. He showed wit, sarcasm, and philosophy with his lyrics, and exuded humanity in a sea of Hollywood charlatans. Imagine a much darker Randy Newman. He was beloved by everyone from Bob Dylan to David Letterman. Here’s an hour of my favorite Zevon stuff. Click the link above to stream, or right click + “save as” to download (ctrl+click on a mac).
October 02, 2013
Every day I get 20-30 emails asking me, “what were you listening to in your musically formative years, by which I mean, THE MID NINETIES?”
This episode is an attempt to answer that question.
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September 25, 2013
Exploring the vast, fascinating musical universe of Phish.
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August 28, 2013
In this episode, Mr. Godowsky listens to a bunch of soul singers. Starting with the recently ripped-off Marvin Gaye and ending with the recently incarcerated R. Kelly. Tune in. Right click the link above to download (control+click on a mac).
August 28, 2013
DID NOT RECORD DUE TO A TECHNICAL ERROR
But, it was only ONE SONG. Gavin Bryars’ “The Sinking Of The Titanic.” It’s an epic hour-long piece that might just be my favorite piece of classic music ever. Not sure why. Bryars referred to it as the musical equivalent of concept art. It contains elements of “Autumn,” the Episcopalian hymn that the string quartet played as the ship sank, altered a bit to resemble the sound of underwater reverberations. There are wood blocks mimicking morse code, and clips of interviews with actual survivors. Somehow it never sounds like a novelty though. The original version on Eno’s label was too short for my taste, and the 2007 version is over-produced to a pretty awful extent. go find the 1995 version on POINT music. You won’t regret it.
August 14, 2013
It’s August 14, and you can’t get any further from Valentine’s Day without getting closer to the next one. In observance, this week’s show is all about anti-love songs. Click the link above to listen, or right-click (control+click on a mac) to download.
August 07, 2013
Episode 4 examines some of the great songwriters the world lost far too early. Sadly there isn’t enough time to cover all of them (Sorry, Janis.) But a lot of ground is covered in 60 minutes, from Robert Johnson to Kurt Cobain to, most recently, Vic Chesnutt and Jason Molina. Click the link above to stream, or right click (control+click on a mac) to download.
July 31, 2013
In this episode we’ll examine some great minimalist composers who make the modern classical world better: John Adams, Thomas Ades, Arvo Part, Philip Glass, Nico Muhly, and Brooklyn Rider.
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July 27, 2013
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July 27, 2013
Discussing (and listening to) great songwriters who don’t get the credit they deserve.
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