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LPR Live brings the excitement of the live-concert experience back to life with recordings from Greenwich Village’s Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. Drawn from performances of the finest contemporary classical music alongside interviews with its composers and performers, LPR Live draws back the curtain on new music from this underground hotbed of creativity and experimentation. LPR Live is produced by Q2 Music, WQXR's online home for discovery and the finest in today's classical music.
 
Radio Happy Hour is a monthly radio comedy with guest stars and a murder mystery every time. Past guests have included The Hold Steady, Norah Jones, Andrew WK, Jolie Holland, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, Michael Showalter, Chuck Klosterman, and Kumail Nanjiani
 
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Grisly History

Graham Parker and Michael Ruiz

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Grisly History is a long-form historical podcast detailing the true nature of adventure, destiny, and war. Through supporting evidence, archival documents, and eye-witness accounts, Grisly History pulls back the curtain on apocryphal events and paints a true-to-life image of history’s most harrowing tales. Grisly History is hosted by Graham Parker and produced by Michael Ruiz. More information about the podcast can be found on GrislyHistory.com
 
Join us as we take a look behind the scenes with the independent musicians of New Orleans and surrounding areas in Louisiana. Learn about upcoming projects before they drop. Experience the rich heritage of iconic venues and get first had accounts of exclusive events. Musicians are remarkable people. Get to know them, their struggles, and the inspiration for their art. Neworlreansmusicians.com is dedicated to uplifting the artists and providing them with the tools necessary to elevate their c ...
 
Le salon de coiffure what!: the « ThierreeZ BARBERSHOP », est depuis 10 ans, un lieu au coeur du centre ville d’Aix-en-Provence dédié à la création coiffure et musicale. Sur fond de Hip-Hop ou de musique électronique, dans une déco rétro/moderne et dans un style digne des barbershops new-yorkais des années 50, prenez place dans un vrai fauteuil de barbier où ThierreeZ, précurseur du « hairdesign », s’attaquera à votre chevelure pour une sculpture sur cheveux ou toute autre coupe de votre cho ...
 
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Steeped in the rich Cajun heritage of southern Louisiana, Poisson Rouge perpetuates a message and a way of life under threat of extinction. Descendants of French ex-patriots from Nova Scotia, those that came to settle in Louisiana became known as Cajuns, or les Cadiens. Join us as we delve into the Acadian/ Creole heritage and the folkways that sub…
 
Taking a small detour from our Ends of the Earth main series, our summer break concludes with a closer look at one of our favorite stories explored on the Grisly History TikTok account–that of the Boston Molasses Disaster. This little-known event spelled ruin for much of Boston's North End, and our discussion sheds light on how and why this event t…
 
Raised among musicians, his father, his uncle, and his cousins played an integral part in his entry into music. He began playing second chair coronet at McMain High School and came up being shown that to be a real musician, your talent transcended genres. Through necessity, he eventually found his way to the upright bass and the electric bass. He g…
 
Once a professional wedding photographer, Charles Dye took the plunge into the music photography world. Now his work is featured in Offbeat Magazine. His subjects include such notable artists as Rocking Dopsie, Grammy nominee Corey Ledet, Down, Papa Mali, Galactic, Crowbar, Johnathan "Boogie" Long, and Dash Rip Rock as well as up-and-coming musicia…
 
Duane Simoneaux has owned and operated OCD Recording & Production in Metairie for fourteen years. Hear about how he built his studio, what he uses, and how he works with bands. Among his extensive list of projects are Crowbar, Exhorder, Blackwater Canal, Konstricted, Misled, Spacemetal, Wicked River Rising, Sun God Seven, Motoriot, Intrepid Bastard…
 
Blackwater Canal is a new metal band in Louisiana comprised of four veterans and is sure to shake up the scene. Also included is behind the scenes audio after the interview. Members' previous projects include - Singer: Blake Lowery, Exit 39, Gravel Face, Pig Knukkle. Guitarist: Jay Gracianette, Christ Inversion, Graveyard Rodeo, Sinkhole. Bassist: …
 
Jimmys Music Club opened on Willow St. in uptown New Orleans with its first act Lil Queenie and the Percolators. From there it featured live acts such as The Neville Brothers, The Sheiks, Dr. John, James Booker, Professor Longhair, Muddy Waters, Black Flag, Foghat, Greg Allman, Dead Kennedys, and so many more national acts. It was a New Orleans sta…
 
So inspired from the Book of Revelation at age six, he wrote his first composition. Returning to Christ after decades of debauchery touring nationally with The Sheiks, he became a minister and went on to write his first solo gospel album. Michael O'Hara joins us once again, this time to discuss his album that became a hit production. We dive into h…
 
We took a tour of Rabadash Studios in Mandeville, Louisiana and sat down with owner John Autin to learn about the building's historic past and what artists can expect recording there. John has owned Rabadash Records for over forty years and has recently added this studio and Rabadash Radio to his list of music industry services. Rabadash Studios Ar…
 
Author, songwriter, performer, actor and four time Grammy Nominee Michael O'Hara talks about his childhood in the Baptist Church, his debauchery while touring nationally with The Sheiks, his songwriting experiences with Patti LaBelle, Cece Peniston and Donna Summer to name a few), and his journey to salvation in this never before heard all encompas…
 
In this special episode of Grisly History for the first of April, we take a break from our Ends of The Earth series and take a look at a little-known disaster that would forever change the dairy markets of Venezuela. Happy April Fools Day! Special thanks to our friends of the podcast for lending their voices to this passionate and cheesy product: N…
 
Join us as we sit with Levi Clark, a local metal musician from New Orleans, Louisiana. Hear about how a dead man's diary dating back to the Civil War became the inspiration for his upcoming EP Gettysburg. Learn how his childhood and family inspired him to become the musician he is today. Hear stories about gigs gone wrong, and gigs that turned into…
 
In the aftermath of Franklin's Lost Expedition, further glory in arctic and antarctic exploration lay at the poles. One man's audacious attempt to seek this glory would involve a mode of transportation rarely used–and never in such a manner as he had planned. This is the story of S.A. Andrée's Balloon Expedition. Ends of the Earth explores the incr…
 
John Franklin and his expedition were lost the barren lands of the Canadian Archipelago–but what happened next? In this episode of Grisly History, we explore the theories, mysteries, and final pieces to the puzzle that is the Lost Expedition. Ends of the Earth explores the increasingly vain efforts taken by those hoping to conquer the earth's poles…
 
At the behest of an aging John Barrow, Sir John Franklin once again returns to the Canadian Archipelago to finally sail the mythic northwest passage. On this episode of Grisly History, we explore the background of what would become Franklin's last expedition, and what would eventually become one of the greatest mysteries of the North. Ends of the E…
 
This week, host Graham Parker has a conversation with Paul VanPeenen, an all-around outdoorsman who has retraced the paths of some of Canada’s most famous explorers. Paul's remarkable knowledge of John Franklin and the explorers of Canada’s far north, as well as outdoor living in the arctic and global travel in general, makes for some very engaging…
 
With the Coppermine Expedition portion of our Ends of the Earth series wrapped up, producer Michael Ruiz and host Graham Parker engage in an informal discussion on events surrounding the story of the Coppermine Expedition, shed light on more controversial elements of the story, and even try lichen soup for themselves. Apocrypha episodes of Grisly H…
 
After a brutal few years in the Canadian tundra, Sir John Franklin and those in his expedition prepare to traverse the last hundred miles to the northern shores of Canada. Yet, when they arrive and rescue is nowhere to be found, the Coppermine Expedition has only one way to survive–heading back the way they came. And, with a murderer in their midst…
 
In the early 19th century, European explorers had set their sights on the mythic Northwest Passage. A new trade route over the top of North America could open up incredible opportunities, but finding a route through the brutal Arctic Archipelago would prove to be one of the greatest challenges ever taken by explorers. Ends of the Earth explores the…
 
With Anatomy of a Disaster wrapped up, producer Michael Ruiz and host Graham Parker engage in an informal discussion on events surrounding the story of the USS Indianapolis, the exoneration of Captain McVay, and a discussion on the process and journey of creating Grisly History itself. Apocrypha episodes of Grisly History are discussions that act a…
 
The USS Indianapolis sank in just twelve minutes–but it would be four days before U.S. Naval Command would even learn of the sinking. Of the estimated 890 men who survived the sinking, survival became an even greater challenge. With virtually no food, water, or lifeboats, the remaining man faced exposure, dehydration, saltwater poisoning, and shark…
 
Once the crown jewel of the U.S. Naval fleet, the USS Indianapolis, was sent on a secret mission—to deliver the parts for the first atomic bomb. However, her return trip was tragically cut short when two torpedoes struck her hull and sank the vessel in just twelve minutes. Yet, it is what happened after the sinking that defines the story of the USS…
 
You didn't learn these stories in history class. GRISLY HISTORY is a monthly historical podcast detailing the true nature of adventure, destiny, and war. Through supporting evidence, archival documents, and eye-witness accounts, Grisly History pulls back the curtain on apocryphal events and paints a true-to-life image of history’s most harrowing ta…
 
Jaga Jazzist is an eight-piece Norwegian instrumental ensemble that draws inspiration from jazz, vintage funk, Krautrock and shoegaze. But it adds up to something different: a mesmerizing, exploratory and overwhelmingly energetic sound. Led by composer Lars Horntveth, the band first came together in 1994, and to date has released seven full-length …
 
Bruce Brubaker and Francesco Tristano are two virtuoso pianists from very different musical backgrounds. Brubaker is known for his performances of music by John Adams and Meredith Monk whereas Tristano alternates classical performances with beat-driven electronic dance music. On “The Glass Piano Versions” the two mix their influences with Philip Gl…
 
The music of GABI is hard to pin down. Chopped vocal fragments float and cluster among classical orchestration, found sounds and abstract electronic textures. Taking cues from Meredith Monk and Björk, her music uses the power of the human voice to create strange, densely-textured soundscapes. --- About the podcast: LPR Live brings the excitement of…
 
For composer Daniel Wohl, the distinction between a physical performer and an electronic sound is inconsequential. While he builds on the traditions of heady electronic pioneers like Morton Subotnick and Paul Lansky, he also draws inspiration from pulse-driven dance beats and minimalist chamber music. On this episode, Wohl discusses the art, appeal…
 
Eartheater is the solo project of Queens-based singer, songwriter and guitarist Alexandra Drewchin. Her music exists in an alien world all its own, often incorporating looped textures and pitch-shifted vocals alongside elements of mystical folk and ambient music. On this episode, she discusses her process, the singular and nomadic lifestyle of the …
 
Composer Dan Trueman is the inventor of a new instrument: the prepared digital piano. Last October, we joined Trueman and So Percussion's Adam Sliwinski for conversation and a performance demonstrating the interactive instrument's capabilities, which utilize old-fashioned composition techniques while looking toward the future of music performance. …
 
Port St. Willow, the project of Brooklyn-based Nicholas Principe, performed its second improvisational, atmospheric album Syncope at Le Poisson Rouge this past November. Join Principe, multi-instrumentalist Andrew Dunn and drummer Tommy Crane backstage to discuss the art of performing ambient music live and bringing new life to recorded music in a …
 
Join the ambitious chamber group Ensemble LPR for a performance by American composer Andrew Norman. His 'Grand Turismo' for eight virtuoso violinists, draws its inspiration from the racing-car video game of the same name. --- About the podcast: LPR Live brings the excitement of the live-concert experience back to life with recordings from Greenwich…
 
Bing & Ruth – an ensemble of classically trained musicians – blends the colors of ambient electronic music with contemporary classical and jazz. Join us for backstage conversation with band-members and an exclusive performance. --- About the podcast: LPR Live brings the excitement of the live-concert experience back to life with recordings from Gre…
 
The second season of LPR Live launches with composer and Arcade Fire violinist Sarah Neufeld. Her new album "The Ridge" melds elements of classical, folk and pop. --- About the podcast: LPR Live brings the excitement of the live-concert experience back to life with recordings from Greenwich Village’s pioneering Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. Dr…
 
Despite being one of relatively few chamber music pieces in his catalog, John Adams’s 2008 String Quartet stands among the composer’s most compelling works and has been solidly adopted into the chamber-music canon. This episode features a live performance of the titanic two-movement piece, performed live at Le Poisson Rouge by the Attacca Quartet. …
 
If you're a composer and you at least partially acknowledge the musical history that came before you, you're left in a tough position. How can you even put pen to paper when so much profound music already exists? Do you disregard it? Build upon it? Scrawl graffiti on its pages or bow in reverence? In this episode we hear music that does a little bi…
 
David Lang's music hangs beautifully in the balance between head and heart. Despite the intricate mathematical undercurrents of his musical language and the rigorous construction of his forms, Lang's music is always primarily concerned with expression. This episode of LPR Live features two movements from Lang's Memory Pieces for piano, one of the c…
 
Simply put, the vast majority of classical music performance features the work of dead composers. Performers don't have the chance to ask a work's creator for advice; can't inquire about phrasing, articulation, or dynamics; and almost never were these pieces written specifically for them. For this episode of LPR Live, however, quite the opposite is…
 
One of America’s most revered experimentalists, Terry Riley turned 80 years old in 2015. Somehow, he remains eternally youthful and effortlessly hip, continuing to compose and perform at an invigorated pace. For decades now Riley has furthered the musical traditions he helped start in the '60s while serving as an inspiration to newer and younger ge…
 
Christopher Cerrone is one of those “on-the-brink” artists. The Brooklyn-based composer, riding an impressive wave of accolade and acclaim for his opera Invisible Cities, can seemingly not be heard enough, accumulating important commissions and performances across the country. This episode of LPR Live offers a bird’s eye view of his work for string…
 
On paper John Cage and Domenico Scarlatti—the experimental American composer and the late-Baroque keyboard maverick—make for an odd juxtaposition. But where some might hear contrast in the sonatas of this unlikely couple, pianist David Greilsammer hears complement. This episode of LPR Live features the Israeli virtuoso live in performance of four s…
 
LPR Live, a new podcast from WQXR's Q2 Music showcasing music recorded live at Greenwich Village's Le Poisson Rouge, launches with a throwback to Steve Reich's seminal 1988 Different Trains for string quartet and tape, performed by the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME). Steve Reich undoubtedly stands as one of America’s most influential c…
 
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