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Playlist: Music Station Picks for June '10

Compiled By: PRX Curators

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Curated Playlist

Here are June picks for music stations from PRX Music Format Curator David Srebnik of Virtuoso Voices.

Find out what David listens for in music programming.

Suggestions from David:

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Carole King & James Taylor: You've Got A Friend

From Joyride Media | 59:00

Joyride Media celebrates the origin of this singer/songwriter-singer/songwriter relationship, their musical collaborations over the past forty years and their current 2010 tour.

Heart’s Ann Wilson hosts the look back that very happily manages to keep us in the present. The show mostly features Carole King in the lead role. Her voice sounds strained at times, but “nobody understands the songs better than she does.” And, JT is still Sweet Baby James, whether singing lead or as back up.

For AAA Stations and news/music stations, there is plenty of music, the right amount of nostalgia and many of the hits that will give your listeners (fans and first timers) a sense of then and (a very relevant) now.

Kingtaylor_small New one-hour special explores the long musical friendship of Carole King & James Taylor From the early days of LA’s legendary club The Troubadour to their extensive 2010 US Tour. Features original recordings of their early hits as well as live recordings of King & Taylor togther in 1971 and 2007. Includes interviews with both artists, as well as Graham Nash, David Wild, Lou Adler and Robert Hilburn.

Iraqi Piano Student

From World Vision Report | 03:12

This 3:12, first-person feature produced by World Vision Report offers your listeners a number of ways to hear and consider current international news from a mostly musical, but highly personal point of view.

It’s worth considering for the arts segment of your local magazine program – with possible ties to immigration (if your market has an international presence), music education and your local music scene.

If you air this piece, please include a back announce saying "This piece originally aired on the World Vision Report." or "This piece came to us from the World Vision Report."

Gems of Bluegrass #1023 Japanese Bluegrass

From Philip Nusbaum | Part of the Gems of Bluegrass series | 04:16

Does the title peak your interest?

Meet the group Bluegrass 45 from Japan. Why do they play bluegrass, and how do they play it so well? They are “compelled” by the music.

The bluegrass is all well done, but you'll hear a trace of something Far East – and public radio bluegrass Master Philip Nusbaum knows how to tell the story.

For your bluegrass show, your Americana programming, or as an insert or interstitial. It’s also a good fit for your local magazine program if it has an arts segment, or as a tie in to stories you might be producing on your market’s international community.

The title says it all: just think of all the forward promotion opportunities...

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Today’s Gem of Bluegrass reviews Japanese Bluegrass, which has all the stylistic variety and creativity as North American bluegrass.

The 2010 Special

From Radio Netherlands Worldwide | Part of the European Jazz Stage: The 2010 Special series | 58:34

Recent performances and a gem from the European Jazz Stage archives: Peter Erskine, McCoy Tyner, John Scofield, Chucho Valdes, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and others swing hard. Really hard.

(The program is 58:00 with a :30 promo at the end of the show.)


Toon Roos feat. Peter Erskine – Obama Song (T. Roos) 6:40

Chucho Valdes Big Band  - Margarita (C. Valdes) 7:28

Galliano, Rubalcaba, Bona, Penn – Love Day (R. Galliano) 7:36

Eric Ineke’s JazzXpress feat. Deborah Brown –

All God’s Chillun Got Rhythm (Bronsilaw Kaper) 4:29

Bed of music for announcement or station ID:      

Paint as you Like   (Michael Moore) 1:00

McCoy Tyner Trio with Gary Bartz, John Scofield & Bill Frisell –

In a Mellow Tone (D. Ellington) 6:43

Pim Jacobs Trio & Rita Reys –

They Can’t Take that Away from Me & That Old Black Magic 5:20

CTI All Stars            - Sugar (S. Turrentine) 5:03

Benjamin Herman Quartet – Cookin’ for Jimmy (Carlo de Wijs) 6:07


Composers Who Peform

From WNYC | Part of the WNYC's Fishko Files series | 06:53

Asks and thoughtfully addresses the age old question – what can we learn from a composer’s performance of their own music? Does the composer have the key to the definitive performance?

Not necessarily, according to Sara Fishko in this edition of WNYC’s Fishko Files. Her well thought out answer-opinions (opinion-answers) leave plenty of room for your listeners to consider the question and answer it for themselves.

Even better, this piece will inspire additional questions and a lot more discussion about the music they hear on disc and in concert performances.

Composers Who Peform

Saraflat_small There's always another recording of Maurice Ravel's famous "Pavane" being released. There were 20 last year alone, and each one of them is performed by a different musician with a personal touch. This proliferation of Pavanes has Sara Fishko thinking about classical composers, performance and the nature of interpretation. Some of the recordings heard in this File: Sergei Rachmoninoff performs his "Oriental Sketch," 1917 Edvard Grieg performs his "To Spring" from Lyric Pieces op. 43 No. 6 Sergei Prokofiev performs his "Piano Concerto No. 3" Rudolf Serkin performs Beethoven's "Piano Sonata No. 14, (Moonlight)" Vladimir Ashkenazy performs Beethoven's "Piano Sonata No. 8, (Path?tique)" Dmitri Shostakovich performs his "Prelude and Fugue No. 12" Sviatoslav Richter performs Shostakovich's "Prelude and Fugue No. 12" Sviatoslav Richter performs Shostakovich's "Prelude and Fugue No. 17" Sergei Rachmoninoff performs his "Piano Concerto No. 2" Robert Casadesus performs Ravel's "Pavane pour une infante d?funte" Itzhak Perlman performs Brahms' "Hungarian Dances"