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Mountain Stage
1:20 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Josh Ritter On Mountain Stage

Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 8:48 am

Singer, songwriter and author Josh Ritter had just reissued his second album, The Golden Age of Radio, when he appeared on Mountain Stage in April 2003.

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A Blog Supreme
3:41 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Philip Dizack: What You Learn When You're Older

Philip Dizack at WBGO, with saxophonist Jake Saslow in the background.
Josh Jackson WBGO

A lot can happen in six years. For Milwaukee-bred trumpeter Philip Dizack, it marked the passage of an era worth documenting in his own artistic chronology.

"End of an Era represents a moment when what you had is gone," he says about his new album during this session from WBGO's The Checkout. "For me, it's specific things like family relationships that ended. Both of my grandparents passed away. All those things were very personal, but I saw that everyone goes through something. And it's all the same."

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Music Reviews
12:40 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Budapest Quartet Gets To The Heart Of Beethoven

The Budapest String Quartet in 1919.
Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 11:42 am

The Budapest String Quartet has always been my standard-bearer for chamber music. I grew up listening to their recordings, and especially admired not only their gorgeous sound, but also the uncanny interaction among all four players, even when there were changes in personnel. They had a way of playing as if they were speaking to each other, expressing deep and sometimes complicated feelings.

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Mountain Stage
11:49 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Rosanne Cash On Mountain Stage

Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 8:58 am

Rosanne Cash started out working with her father, the late Johnny Cash, then released her own self-titled debut in 1978. She's since made 11 more records and topped various Billboard charts with 11 singles. Refusing to be held by genre limitations, Cash is known variously as a rock, pop, folk and country performer.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:33 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Esa-Pekka Salonen's Excellent Violin Adventure

Composer-conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen's award-winning Violin Concerto receives its debut recording.
Mat Hennek Deutsche Grammophon

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 10:42 am

After 17 years molding the Los Angeles Philharmonic into one of the smartest and most adventurous U.S. orchestras, music director Esa-Pekka Salonen called it quits in 2009. Among his reasons for leaving the ensemble was to devote more time to composing.

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Mountain Stage
2:27 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Joan Baez On Mountain Stage

Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 8:45 am

Ever since shortly after her famed performance at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival, Joan Baez has been an internationally known star, famous for classic albums and a career marked by social and political activism.

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A Blog Supreme
12:22 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

'Treme,' Ep. 25: Sugar Boy's Salute

Big Chief Albert Lambreaux (Clarke Peters, center) has his Mardi Gras Indian practice interrupted by a visit from members of the Creole Wild West tribe.
Paul Schiraldi HBO

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 1:41 pm

If you're one of the few viewers still confused about what Treme is saying about art, do note this episode's "play-within-a-play" staging of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot. The existentialist play revolves around two characters, Vladimir (nicknamed Didi) and Estragon (called Gogo), who wait interminably for a mysterious "Godot" by a desolate country road. It's clearly meant to parallel New Orleans residents' wait for essential social services, complete with the barren backdrop of the city post-Katrina.

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A Blog Supreme
3:01 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Around The Jazz Internet: Oct. 12, 2012

The late John Tchicai (right) performs in London in 2010, with drummer Tony Marsh and bassist John Edwards.
andynew Flickr

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 3:35 pm

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
2:19 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

ATJ Observes Thelonious Monk's 95th Birthday

On the next edition of All This Jazz, on Saturday the 13th, our second-hour theme will be "Monk's Tunes." Thelonious Monk would have turned 95 earlier this week; he was born on October 10th, 1917. (He died in 1982.)

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Mountain Stage
1:10 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Pat Fitzgerald & Robin Dale Ford On Mountain Stage

Todd Paris Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 8:55 am

Pat Fitzgerald and Robin Dale Ford make their first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. The two have worked together and separately for more than 20 years, in the process becoming an integral part of Alaska's unique musical landscape, where rock and acoustic music often find common ground.

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