Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
When Ralph Steadman came to the studio to talk with Kurt Andersen, we couldn’t resist asking him to do a sketch. Quite a few laughs, a fair share of “Oh dears,” and “a final flourish of splatter” later, we ended up with two drawings of Kurt and a studio desk covered in ink. Watch the video.
Monday, August 04, 2014
The last thing you’d expect to hear out of country crooner Lydia Loveless is a pop song. But when she launches into a Kesha’s “Blind” — sans Autotune or a distracting dance beat — it seems like the song has been waiting for her all along.
Monday, June 30, 2014
June Update: I’m excited to report that Jenrose Fitzgerald and I are working on mostly original material. I am feeling more confident about singing and trusting of my voice. I am continuing the work to improve my range and technique. But my main focus is songwriting, arranging, and playing guitar.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
June Update: It's crazy to think that we are approaching the halfway mark of this year. I have, finally, settled on a theme... I am going to do a seasonal painting of foliage and the sky. I really like the way it is showing the different hues of the sky and a progression of time.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Johnny Cash told the story of a young woman's murder in "Delia's Gone." Now Hurray for the Riff Raff’s Alynda Lee Segarra adds another chapter to the tale with “The Body Electric.” She and the band recently performed the song live in Studio 360.
Friday, June 06, 2014
The novelist credits a near-death experience with encouraging him to remember the authentic details of childhood.
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
The Scene: Miami
From WLRN's Arts desk
The "CBGB of the South," Miami's Churchill's Pub, has been the setting for Iggy Pop music videos and a scene from "There's Something About Mary." Now Dave Daniels, who has run the bar since 1979, is retiring.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
The Scene: Kansas City
From KCUR's Arts & Culture desk, a service of Kansas City Public Media
A doctor with stage IV prostate cancer decided he doesn't want a fancy store-bought coffin. When he asked a local artist to help him build a simple pine box, they formed an unlikely friendship.
Monday, May 12, 2014
The Scene: Concord
From New Hampshire Public Radio's Word of Mouth, hosted by Virginia Prescott
Since so many rejection letters feel utterly impersonal, we thought it would be fun to do dramatic readings of some of history's worst rejection letters — sent to Gertrude Stein, Nirvana, Andy Warhol, and a would-be artist for Disney (whose main shortcoming appears to be that she was female).
Thursday, May 08, 2014
W.C. Handy was the first to publish a body of songs identified as blues, based on lyrics and melodies from black Southern culture, that became known throughout America. His hit “Yellow Dog Blues,” was published in 1914, making the year a turning point in the history of the blues. Now we want to hear your version of the classic.
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
May Update: They say laughter is the best medicine, and I'm sure it can be except when you've just had your abdomen sliced open. Waking up every morning and laying there trying to see what hurts and what doesn't is not necessarily interesting but it IS curious...
Monday, April 14, 2014
April Update: I finished a cut of the text, and, I have to say, I’m surprised that I didn’t have to get rid of much. Generally, I amalgamated angels — there are maybe two dozen individual angels with speaking roles — and I cut a large number of earthquakes. John the Revelator just could not get enough ...