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All new music from Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby, Peter Holsapple, Kate Jacobs, Peter Blegvad, Dave Schramm, Robin Holcomb, and Don Piper with special guests Howe Gelb, Katell Keineg, Michael Hurley, and Jennie Lowe Stearns.
Presented by: Nicholas Hill
The Radio Free All Stars: Dave Schramm, David Mansfield, JD Foster, Andy Burton, and Konrad Meissner.
A hot day in New York City, down on Clinton Street in The Maid’s Room. Michael Hurley and Katell Keineg were in town and joined the Radio Free All Stars for some gorgeousness. Some of it in Welsh. Howe Gelb and Jennie Lowe Stearns were virtual guests; regular members Dave Schramm and Don Piper went live. Holsapple, Wreckless & Amy, and Robin sent finished songs and Kate and P. Blegvad were somewhere in between with layered vocals and Words of Power (wop bop a loo bop etc.)
Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby, Wrong End of the Night (Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby); recorded and performed by Wreckless and Amy, Grantland Music admin. by Bug Music
Howe Gelb, Forever and a Day (Howe Gelb); recorded and performed by Howe Gelb with live overdubs by the Radio Free All Stars;
Katell Keineg, Platfform 0 (Katell Keineg); recorded live with the Radio Free All Stars;
Peter Holsapple, Morning Train (Peter Holsapple); performed and recorded by Peter; Hospital Music (BMI) admin Bug Music
Michael Hurley, Disaster on the Wheel (Michael Hurley); recorded live with the Radio Free All Stars and with Betsy Nichols on background vocals; Snocko Music, admin by Bug Music
Jennie Lowe Stearns, Best He Can (Jennie Lowe Stearns) performed and recorded by Jennie; Porchbone Publishing (BMI)
Kate Jacobs, When the Summer Comes (Kate Jacobs) performed and recorded by Kate with live overdubs by the Radio Free All Stars; Small Pond Music (BMI)
Peter Blegvad, W.O.P. (Words of Power) (Peter Blegvad) performed and recorded by Peter with live overdubs by Konrad Meissner (drums) and Andy Burton (moog); Copyright Control Peter Blegvad
Dave Schramm, Two Left Feet (Dave Schramm) live with the Radio Free All Stars; Hot Stove Music (BMI)
Robin Holcomb, Arena (Robin Holcomb); performed and recorded by Robin (see note below); St. Rose Music (ASCAP)
Don Piper, Dying to be Old (Don Piper); recorded live with the Radio Free All Stars; Situational Sounds (ASCAP)
Michael Hurley, The Tea Song (Michael Hurley); recorded live with the Radio Free All Stars and with Betsy Nichols on background vocals; Snocko Music, admin. by Bug Music
Engineered by Hector Castillo at The Maid’s Room, NYC
April 26, 2011
Mixed by JD Foster and Dave Schramm
Additional guests: Ted Barron (photography); Betsey Nichols, Heather Fae Speaker
Thanks to Jack McKeever and Jimi Zhivago
Robin Holcomb on Arena: It did occur to me that there is a song that I wrote not too long ago that has been heard by nearly no one, and not released on any recording. It is called “Arena” and is part The Heartsong of Charging Elk an oratorio written by Wayne Horvitz (with some other lyrics by Rinde Eckert). It’s only been performed a couple of times.
The work is based on the novel The Heartsong of Charging Elk by James Welch which tells the story of Charging Elk, an Oglala Sioux rider in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show who is abandoned by the troupe in Marseilles, France after he is thrown from his horse during a performance. Left behind in the hospital with no language, clothes, money, friends or family, to add insult to injury, his papers are mixed up with those of another rider who died. So he is released into society as an even more anonymous man. Within days of his release he is arrested for vagrancy. His life continues in France with many twists and turns.
I wrote Arena telling of Charging Elk’s visit, many years later, to the site of his accident.
Peter Blegvad on W.O.P. (Words of Power): It would be pushing it a bit to call the WOP montage a song. It ain’t even sprechgesang or sprechstimme, it’s speech, obviously. But when 4 voices perform the same text/score out of synch like that so it’s only occasionally intelligible it begins to approximate music, I think. And the text is ABOUT song, as attentive listeners may realize. Specifically it’s about songs – like “Louie Louie” “Woolly Bully” “Diddy Wah Diddy” and “Surfin Bird” from the early 60s – which featured WOPS – Words Of Power which make no sense, but work like the ABRACADABRA in a spell to make things change, to make things strange.