Another Thrill Jockey release hits the streets on Tuesday: Brokeback’s Brokeback and the Black
Rock. Check out a teaser track below.
Devendra Banhart’s new CD Mala is out March 12, 2013 on Nonesuch.
Today he shared a teaser track that pays homage to one of our favorite musical abbesses. Check out “Für Hildegard von Bingen” below.
File Under?’s December 2012 Mix (streaming at our MixCloud site here).
Selections by some of our favorite artists and composers: a sampling of those who graced our listening in 2012 (live or or via recording) and filled the year with many adventurous, multifaceted delights. Stay tuned for more mixes in 2013.
1 – Kenji Bunch: “Porch Picking”
Boiling Point: the Music of Kenji Bunch,
2 – John Cage: Sonatas and Interludes. Sonata VII
Cage Unlocked, Avant Media (via BandCamp)
3 – Poul Ruders: Offred Suite I. My Story
Susanna Phillips, soprano;
Odense Symphony Orchestra, Scott Yoo, conductor
BRIDGE CD 9382
4 – Christian Carey: Gilgamesh Suite. I. Heroes’Journey
Gilgamesh Suite EP, File Under Music (via BandCamp)
5 – George Crumb: The Ghosts of Alhambra IV. Paisaje
Crazy Jane (Patrick Mason, David Starobin, Daniel Druckman)
6 – Vivian Fung: excerpt from Violin Concerto
Kristin Lee, violin;
Metropolis Ensemble, Andrew Cyr, conductor
Naxos Canadian Classics CD 8.573009
7 – Ben Broening: Traces (i)
BRIDGE CD 9384
8 – Robert E. Thomas: “there dwells the child that was”
Robert E. Thomas, electronics
9 – Aaron Cassidy: “What then renders these forces visible is a strange smile”
Tristram Williams, trumpet
Neos CD 11201
10 – Elliott Carter: Figment IV
Hsin-Yun Huang, viola
11 – Stefan Prins: Fremdkörper Pt. 1
Klangforum Wien and electronic
Sub Rosa SR 352 2xCD
12 – Judah Adashi: Songs of Kabir (2005) IV:
“O Friend! This Body is his Lyre”
Azica CD 71275
13—Luigi Nono: excerpt from “La Lontanza” …
Miranda Cuckson, violin and voice; Christopher Burns, electronics
14 – Antoine Brumel: excerpt from Mass for the Dead
15 – Christopher Cerrone: How to Breathe Underwater
16 – Bryan Jacobs: “Do You Need, Do To Me, 18 Me, 18 Mean”
Mix Curator – Christian Carey
Engineer – Robert E. Thomas
Over at my BandCamp site, we’re offering “Gilgamesh EP,” which features Gilgamesh Suite for prepared piano and ensemble, for sale to benefit Locrian Chamber Players’s future activities. I’m doing this not to fund my own work, but as a thank you to the group for premiering the piece, and for their continued advocacy for a wide variety of contemporary composers. Locrian’s programming aesthetic is catholic, and the criterion crystal clear: pieces must be a decade or younger.
The scuttlebutt around Columbia University’s new senior composer hire seems to be true. As Alex Ross reported on The Rest is Noise yesterday, Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas will be joining Columbia’s faculty sometime during the 2012-’13 academic year, replacing Tristan Murail, One revels in the possibilities, not only for graduate students in composition, but for the rest of us too; we’ll likely get to hear some terrific programs during his time stateside!
The Wellesz Theatre is streaming Haas’s 2011 opera Bluthaus in its entirety via YouTube (embed below).
Kill Rock Stars is offering several alternate takes of the late Elliott Smith’s songs via their BandCamp site. Below is an embedded stream of a more spacious and vocally distant rendition of “Ballad of Big Nothing.”
File Under ‘out soon’: one of our favorite electronica artists, Toro Y Moi, is shortly releasing Les Sins, a vibrant dancehall side project, via Jiaolong. Stream the release via the SoundCloud embed below.
Thanks to Fact for posting the stream.