Check out the latest issue of the Nass for musings on life, death, and music:
“Spirits in the Night” – Susannah Sharpless - Bruce Springsteen & Bon Iver live and alive.
“Flocks of birds, lit from underneath by Bruce Springsteen’s lightshow, fly over the Met Life stadium. The light strips off their brown feathers and wraps them in a pure bright white. They look unearthly against the polluted murk of the New Jersey sky. Below them is a tangle of spotlights and flashes and monitors, threaded through with a lean howl of a voice. I am far away and in the back, tucked away into the darkness, level with the flying things. I feel just as fleeting …” Read.
“Will My Eyes Be Closed or Open?” – Joel Newberger – Ordinary, suicidal thoughts in Emerson and Bjork’s “Hyperballad”.
“Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote that the kingdom of thought has no enclosures. The city of this Muse, he wrote, has no moat and stands inviting to all who would set to it inquiry, even who ask in words friable, or wobbling, queer, who only wonder something, who wonder this or that in the final thought before sleep or the first thought of dawn, who do not even know they are asking, yet are, and are answered graciously by kings and queens. Thought is as abundant and familiar as air and water are. Always, it slides tectonically across the face of the knowable world, and regenerates, and replaces itself …” Read.
This Thanksgiving, WPRB wants to give you something to be thankful for. Things can get hectic on Thanksgiving day – the turkey isn’t done on time, the in-laws are bickering, the niece is unexpectedly vegetarian, etc. What better way to keep it all in perspective than some great classical music? “Towe on Thursday” will be presenting the special “Philadelphia Orchestra Thursday” from 6 AM to 6 PM!
Teri Noel Towe writes:
“My co-host will be Mike Cone, a member of the Board of the Philadelphia Orchestra and a friend since our undergraduate days at Princeton University. Mike and I will celebrate the 112th anniversary of the founding of one of the world’s greatest orchestras and the centenary of the appointment of the legendary Leopold Stokowski as Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Midway through this all-day presentation of recordings made by the Philadelphia Orchestra between 1927 and 2012, we’ll première Mike’s recent documentary, Aaron Copland and the American Vernacular, and we’ll also broadcast Mike’s recent interview with popular Philadelphia Orchestra guest conductor Stéphane Denève.
Mike and I hope that you will be able to listen in!”
By this time, most of our listeners have seen images of the wreckage incurred by Sandy. While WPRB was able to weather Superstorm Sandy without any disruption to our daily operations, some other stations – including freeform pioneer WFMU, were not as lucky.
To ensure the survival of New Jersey radio, WPRB is asking its listenership to open its hearts and minds and donate to WFMU to help them rebuild equipment after substantial electrical damage wrecked havoc on their studios. Your support at this critical time is essential not only their survival, but also the survival of unique and innovative radio in our great state!
WFMU has served as a critical point of inspiration for WPRB staffers, and in the past year we’ve connected with several WFMUers to find new ways to adapt to an ever-changing media landscape. Now, it’s our chance to give back to the station that has helped us develop a renewed mission. You can help WFMU recover from Sandy by clicking here.
For all electronic music fans out there, it’s time to score your passes to the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, taking place tomorrow and Friday on and around North 6th in Williamsburg. Established and emerging artists from the local (i.e., New York City, official U.S. city of electronic things) and international scenes will be there to electrify your world. Plus there will be a food truck and artsy things happening on the street, so really, why aren’t you already there counting down the hours?
Here’s a peek at the lineup:
Baths: bringing a strong musical background and an eclectic ambient style that incorporates both the acoustic and the electronic
Deadboy: crafting a dancefloor mix with elements of garage, hardcore, house, and “futuristic melancholia”
FaltyDL: representing NYC with tracks merging dubstep, hip hop, garage, soul, electronica, and even more things
Body Language: energizing the place with dancehall remixes and electropop
Drop The Lime: blending rockabilly & blues with the dance music skills of DJ Luca Venezia
… and about 40 more. If you’re interested in music that uses technology in any way, don’t miss this chance!