Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 2:44 pm
With tourism down and dangerous levels of smog clouding the horizon, Beijing Mayor Wang Anshun has declared it “not a livable city,” according to the China Youth Daily newspaper.
Here & Now’s Lisa Mullins speaks with Will Philipps, a U.K. expat and marathoner who has lived in the Chinese capital for three years and monitors the pollution daily to avoid exercising on “unhealthy air” days.
Rose Cousins makes her first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, West Virginia. One of Canada's most respected young singer-songwriters, Prince Edward Island native Rose Cousins has garnered numerous awards including a JUNO for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year, two Canadian Folk Music Awards for Best Contemporary Singer, six East Coast Music Awards, three Nova Scotia Music Awards, and three PEI Music Awards. Now living in Halifax, Cousins has performed in Boston for nearly a decade, and is deeply involved in that city's musical community.
Jazz percussionist Lionel Hampton once said that "drumming was the best way to get close to God." For me, it's putting together these Drum Fill Friday puzzlers. This week's batch of fills comes from a handful of (I think) instantly recognizable hits, so I'm expecting a lot of perfect scores. Good luck, careful listeners!
As always, if you have a drummer or a fill you'd like to see featured in these weekly puzzlers, let us know in the comments section or via Twitter @allsongs, #drumfillfriday.
Panamanian pianist Danilo Perez worked with Dizzy Gillespie and his United Nations Orchestra, from whom he absorbed bebop and pre-bop styles. But Gillespie also impressed upon Perez the importance of getting to the roots of his own heritage, and Perez began creating music that seeks connection and defies boundaries. In this Piano Jazz session from 1994, he demonstrated his fresh ideas in his original composition "Reminisce."
If all you know about Billy Idol is the hair, the sneer and a string of hits in the '80s, then you need to give this conversation your attention. Idol has a new autobiography named after one of his best-known songs, "Dancing With Myself," and he's recently released a new album called Kings And Queens Of The Underground.
British arranger and scholar John Wilson serves as conductor for numerous orchestras throughout the U.K., including his own.
On this episode of Song Travels, Wilson describes his project to reconstruct the lost scores of iconic MGM films, such as Singin' In The Rain and The Wizard Of Oz. Musical selections include "Love Of My Life" and "Les Girls" from the John Wilson Orchestra's album Cole Porter In Hollywood.
After a four-year hiatus between albums, which singer Colin Meloy largely spent writing and parenting, The Decemberists recently returned with a new album called What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World. Last week, the folk-rock band made its way to Los Angeles to perform new songs on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic, including the single "Make You Better."
Props to a metal band that fully acknowledges its lineage: Philadelphia's Crypt Sermon knows it couldn't exist without Candlemass, Solitude Aeturnus and Dio-era Black Sabbath. On its debut album, Out Of The Garden, the band quickly gets into the business of making majestic doom metal that honors its forebears. Just listen to the hefty "Will Of The Ancient Call."
Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 11:36 am
Two balloonists have unofficially left a distance record in their wake as they head east over the Pacific Ocean. They lifted off from Japan, and now they're getting ready for a landing on Saturday somewhere on Mexico's Baja peninsula.
On this week's show, we start off by chatting with our friend Barrie Hardymon about the CW's terrific telenovela adaptation Jane The Virgin. Why the show is so good, why the show is so different, why the show has been so well received, and have we mentioned how much we adore the lead, Gina Rodriguez? (If you haven't ever read the speech she gave at press tour about turning down Devious Maids, which I reference in the discussion, you really should.)
Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 3:55 pm
Saudi authorities have once again canceled the scheduled flogging of blogger Raif Badawi, who is being punished for insulting Islam, according to Amnesty International, the human rights group that has been closely following the case.