Annals of Sound

1 season, 28 episodes

Performances and discussions with musicians and critics.

Annals of Sound

Culture At Home with Meredith Monk Meredith Monk, the vocalist, composer, and director, who’s currently celebrating her fiftieth year as an artist, shows us around her Tribeca loft, plays a shruti box, and feeds her thirty-four-year-old tortoise, Neutron.
Culture The Music of 2014, with Sasha Frere-Jones The New Yorker’s pop critic looks back at the year in music.
Culture An Excerpt from William Basinski’s “Cascade” Composer William Basinski performs an excerpt from his forthcoming release, “Cascade,” at Issue Project Room, in Brooklyn.
Culture A Performance by Perfume Genius The artist sings “I Decline,” from his new album, “Too Bright.”
Culture Loudon Wainwright’s “Man & Dog” It’s an urban love story—about a man, the city, a woman, and a dog—in which “a man has to carry a plastic bag on his person at all times.”
Culture At Home with the Carpenter Family Lauren, Sean, and David Carpenter play Alexey Shor's "Semi-Canonical Great Feud" in the living room of their apartment at The Plaza Hotel.
Culture Sharon Van Etten Performs In Her Apartment Sharon Van Etten, the musician, performs “I Love You but I’m Lost,” from her newest album, “Are We There," at her West Village apartment.
Culture Fatima al Qadiri: Sampling Chinatown Fatima Al Qadiri, the Senegal-born, Kuwait-raised, and Brooklyn-living conceptual electronic musician, has released her newest album, “Asiatisch.”
Culture Peter Rosenberg’s 45s Peter Rosenberg is a rap purist and a d.j. on the radio station Hot 97. These days, many d.j.s don’t actually d.j.—some play sets straight from iTunes; others act more like record producers, or commentators—but Rosenberg still has a thing for vinyl.
Culture M.I.A. Talks “Matangi” The artist discusses her new album, “Matangi,” her artistic inspirations, and why she wants to reinvent the hippie.
Culture Xenia Rubinos: The Art of the Loop Xenia Rubinos, a composer and singer based in Brooklyn, uses a Boss looping pedal to create a sound that's distinctly uneven, textured, and elegant. Here, she and the drummer Marco Buccelli explain their process.
Culture Yasiin Bey with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Yasiin Bey performs with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Culture Jeremy Denk's Piano Lessons The pianist Jeremy Denk discusses two of his important teachers, William Leland and György Sebok.
Culture "Old Shanghai" A group of New Yorker staffers play Beck Hansen's "Old Shanghai."
Culture Nicholson Baker: Whistleblower Song Nicholson Baker performs "Whistleblower Song, " a song he wrote to protest Bradley Manning's imprisonment without a trial.
Culture Nicholson Baker: When You Intervene Nicholson Baker performs "When You Intervene," a song he wrote to protest military intervention and aid.
Culture Nicholson Baker: Nine Women Gathering Firewood Nicholson Baker performs "Nine Women Gathering Firewood," a song he wrote to protest a NATO warplane's inadvertent slaying of nine women.
Culture Nicholson Baker: A Jeju Island Song Nicholson Baker performs "Jeju Island Song," a song he wrote to protest the construction of a U.S. Military base on the Korean island of Jeju.
Culture Dancing to Deadmau5 A video of Deadmau5 in concert at Pier 36, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, shot by the photographer Jessica Dimmock.
Culture "A Better Man," by Green Like July Olimpia Zagnoli, whose illustrations appeared in the 2011 Summer Fiction issue, directs the video for Green Like July's song "A Better Man."
Culture Galahad Michael Arthur illustrates John Ritter's song, "Galahad."
Culture A Long Time Coming Alec Wilkinson discusses Bettye LaVette's distinct vocal style.
Culture The Pavement Reunion Stephen Malkmus and Steve West, of Pavement, discuss the band’s reunion tour.
Culture Perfectly Pounding: Freddie Gibbs Freddie Gibbs, Indiana's second-most-famous musician, breaks down his song, "Midwest Malcolm."
Culture Radio Sondre Sondre Lerche explains how to pronounce his name and performs acoustic versions of "Heartbeat Radio" and Scritti Politti's "The Word Girl."
Culture Fiddle Tunes The violinist and composer Mark O’Connor talks about The O'Connor Violin Method, his new approach to teaching the violin.
Culture "Inuksuit" A performance of "Inuksuit," a percussion-ensemble piece, composed by John Luther Adams, that is designed to be played outdoors.
Culture Playing the Changes The Jazz guitarist Bill Frisell performs at the Blue Note, in New York City, with the bassist Ron Carter and the drummer Paul Motian.