Tuesday, September 29, 2009
is what Tim Page the music critic called Glenn Gould. Privately they were close friends. When Gould had finished his legendary 1981 re-recording of the Goldberg variations he asked Tim Page, who was then a host of a music show at WNYC, to do an interview with him. Only, Gould would script it all! Casting his friend Tim Page in the role of music critic Tim Page and himself in the role as Glenn Gould and a fictitious actor “Sir John”.
Monday, September 28, 2009
As the Belvedere Torso inspired Michelangelo, Michelangelo inspired Robert Mapplethorpe. The Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence, Italy, has never exhibited a contemporary artist in the revered museum that houses Michelangelo's 'David.' Until now.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
When Johnny Cash listed 100 essential country songs for his daughter, Rosanne, he included one he was famous for singing himself, 'Long Black Veil.' In her upcoming album, The List, Rosanne Cash covers twelve of those 100 songs, including the haunting love ballad.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Today, “Jennifer’s Body” opens in theaters. Written by Diablo Cody (who recently stopped by Studio 360), this new horror flick tells the story of Jennifer (Megan Fox), a popular high school girl possessed by a man-eating demon. Her best friend, Needy (Amanda Seyfried), is the yin to Jennifer’s yang: unpopular, mousy, a bit of a nerd. But when Jennifer develops a taste for her best friend’s boyfriend, it’s up to Needy to stop her.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Today, artists across the country are commemorating the eighth anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Here in New York City, I’ll be heading to the September 11th Memorial Sing, tonight 5-7:30pm. Organized by the Brooklyn Arts Council, 20 local musicians (including Papa Dish) will perform songs written specially for the occasion. It will be held at the Empire Fulton Ferry State Park in DUMBO, Brooklyn: it’s one of the most striking views of Lower Manhattan and the rays of light that will tower over the city until dawn.
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Last weekend on the show, we heard from Paulus Berensohn -- a sculptor based at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, and a man of strong opinions when it comes to things clay. He believes clay is the source of life on this planet, that there is movement everywhere, and that it’s important to understand both principles when taking on the potter's wheel.
Friday, September 04, 2009
They Might Be Giants is just about my favorite working band, and not just because they're also the only band -- apart from the Byrds, many many years ago -- with whom I've actually worked a show onstage and back stage. TMBG are smart and good and nice and funny. And live in Brooklyn. Really: what more could one want?
Thursday, September 03, 2009
Kehinde Wiley creates big, bold paintings of young black men that are a throwback to 18th century classical portraiture. His sitters strike regal poses against vibrant, ornate patterns, wearing colorful T-shirts, caps and baggy jeans. It's like Baroque gone day-glo. Opening today at the Deitch Projects gallery in New York is a new exhibit of Wiley's portraits called 'Black Light.'
Monday, August 31, 2009
Once in a while, a listener will write in to Studio 360 asking for a transcript of a story we've broadcast. Unfortunately, we don't have transcripts of the shows (it's just too time consuming and we have a very small staff), so we normally direct our listeners to the free streaming audio and mp3 downloads available on our website.
Friday, August 28, 2009
This week on Studio 360, we take an in-depth look at The Wizard of Oz, assuredly one of the most beloved (and bizarre) fables to capture Americans' imaginations. This year marks the 70th anniversary of Warner Bros' film adaptation of Frank L. Baum's children's book and for the past year the studio has been throwing the movie quite the birthday party. The festivities will come to a gloriously over-the-top conclusion next month with an event Warner Bros. is calling 'The Emerald Gala' in New York City.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Don't be fooled by the first 20 seconds of this video-- it's is not just another cute toddler Youtube sensation. Prepare to be impressed and a little freaked out by some very slick video editing. The toddler noises and mugging for the camera get transformed into what could quite possibly be the next dance hall hit. If Kidz Bop were to cover Crystal Castles' "Vanished", it would sound something like this.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Reports of the death of Auto-Tune are greatly exaggerated. This week on the show, we hear from the Gregory Brothers, a band that has turned the music industry's favorite note-correction software on TV newscasters and politicians. With their series of viral web videos "Auto-Tune the News," they've made divas out of talking heads.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Fifty years ago today, Columbia Records released Miles Davis' groundbreaking album Kind of Blue. In a year of amazing jazz releases - among them John Coltrane's Giant Steps and Charles Mingus' Mingus Ah Um - Blue stands out. Fifty years later, it's still the album that hardcore jazz buffs and neophytes can agree is one of the all time greats.
Friday, August 14, 2009
This week, Angela Frucci brings us the story of Ocarina, the iPhone app created by computer programmer Ge Wang that allows you 'play' your iPhone by blowing into its microphone (with pleasant, vaguely pan-pipe-like results). A YouTube search yields Ocarina performances of everything from 'Stairway to Heaven' to that favorite of high school choral directors 'Oh Shenandoah.' It's not hard to see why Ocarina's so popular -- this is cheery, melodic stuff.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
What happens when you mix the King of Pop with the King of Pop Art? The answer is Andy Warhol's 1984 portrait of Michael Jackson, which will hit the New York auction block later this month. The bidding will start at $840,000, but since both Jackson and Warhol are dead, the piece is expected to sell for much, much more. "We estimate this painting, created in 1984, will sell for $1 million to $10 million," said Ruth Vered, owner of the Vered Gallery, which will be selling the portrait.