Director's Cuts Archives

Edition for Sept. 24, 2006
Every once in a while, rockers take a stab at reaching a new generation of listeners, with decidedly mixed results. The movies are a lucrative way into the tween market. Among the artists making music for recent animated films are indie rockers Ben Folds and Paul Westerberg.

Edition for July 23, 2006
An update on artists whose music is evolving: Vienna Teng and Kaki King. Teng's forthcoming album, Dreaming Through The Noise, intimately showcases her talent as a pianist and vocalist. King has moved past the acoustic instrumentals of her earlier discs with her latest effort, Until We Felt Red, coming in August.

Edition for May 7, 2006
Two CDs from far-flung places highlight the power of the human voice: Slovakian crooner Sui Vesan sings in an invented language, and Italian singer Gianmaria Testa's velvety voice belies his day job as a station master for the Italian rail system.

Edition for Feb. 5, 2006
Grammy nominees that won't draw quite the attention that Mariah and Bono do, including offerings from Herbie Hancock, Beck, Black Eyed Peas and Nickel Creek... as well as Jimmy Sturr and his Orchestra and the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble.

Edition for Nov. 27, 2005
Sample a wide variety of stocking-stuffer suggestions, including music from Amadou & Mariam of Mali, the Afro Celt Sound System, Imogen Heap, Big Star, La Noche Buena, Benevento Russo Duo and the Katrina fundraising album Our New Orleans.

Edition for Sept. 18, 2005
The sounds of the '60s can be heard again on three new CDs, including one from Stephen Stills. Ned Wharton picks songs from Stills' first solo effort in 14 years, as well as new music from The Greenhornes and Iron & Wine.

Edition for June 5, 2005
The summer of 2005 may not go down in history as another Summer of Love, but Woodstock's legacy includes a summertime routine of music festivals across the country. Weekend Edition Sunday music director Ned Wharton lists some of the best bets.

Edition for March 6, 2005
Images Tied to Music: A pair of CDs designed to be appreciated with visual components: Bill Frisell's RICHTER 858, based on a series of abstract paintings by German artist Gerhard Richter and Tracker's "soundtrack" for Craig Thompson's illustrated novel Blankets.

Edition for Nov. 28, 2004
Gift picks for the Holiday Season: Music from Tchaikovsky, Handel, A.M. Sixty, Daara J, Issa Bagayogo, Joni Mitchell and more.

Edition for Oct. 3, 2004
Ensemble Modern and a tribute to Frank Zappa.

Edition for June 20, 2004
Father's Day music from the Bernsteins and the Stoltzmans.

Edition for Apr. 18, 2004
Latin-influenced Music from Radio Mundial, Cordero and Kinky.

Edition for Feb. 14, 2004
Music from all-girl British band Electrelane and Seattle-based group Mylab.

Edition for Nov. 30, 2003
Our 2003 CD gift suggestion list: music from the Mexican Divas, Shin, Kerry Getz, the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Jaco Pastorius Big Band and A3. We also look at two compilation CDs: Abayudaya: Music from the Jewish People of Uganda and American Song-Poem Christmas.

Edition for Aug. 31, 2003
Two projects from a guy named E (a.k.a. Mark Oliver Everett): The Eels' Shootenanny! and MC Honky's I Am the Messiah.

Edition for July 6, 2003
The Reputation's garage rock; Big Ideas from The Churchills; Professor Ratbaggy (a.k.a. Paul Kelly); Jing Chi Live! and Big Apple punk with Yes New York.

Edition for Apr. 20, 2003
A new recording by Christoph Poppen and the Hilliard Ensemble of the Cantata No. 4, also known as the Easter Cantata by J.S. Bach

Edition for Jan. 19, 2003
Radio Zumbido; illy B Eats

Edition for Nov. 24, 2002
Tim Sparks' series of adaptations of Jewish melodies, sax player Paquito D'Rivera, singer Eva Cassidy, legendary singer Joni Mitchell, pianist Rachel Z, Afro-Rock Volume One (from the 60s and 70s), Red Hot + Riot tribute album to the late Afro-pop star Fela Anikulapo Kuti, an instrmental album from Big Lazy and surfy holiday instrumentals from Los Straitjackets.

Edition for Sept. 22, 2002
Nickel Creek; Phillips, Grier and Flinner

Edition for July 28, 2002
Medeski, Martin and Wood, Stanton Moore and John Scofield

Edition for May 19, 2002
Composer/Producer Suba, Michael Brook and Hukwe Zawose

Edition for March 24, 2002
Rocker Neil Finn and friends, jazz guitar from Shakti, Jamaican piano jazz from Monty Alexander

Edition for Feb. 3, 2002
Vibraphonist Bill Ware, composer/keyboardist Wayne Horvitz, minimalist composer Steve Reich

Edition for Dec. 9, 2001
E.S.T, Brian Eno and J. Peter Schwalm, Jay Farrar, Catie Curtis, A Mutated Christmas, Sonos Handbell Ensemble

Edition for July 8, 2001
Parasol Records Sampler, Seks Bomba, Ivy, Slang, Cachaito, Gonzalo Rubalcaba

Edition for April 29, 2001
Ralph Towner, Don Preston, !!!, Susheela Raman, Tom Freund, The Music of Eric von Essen Volume II

Edition for Feb. 11, 2001
Dr. Isosceles, Nils Petter Molvaer, Tortoise, Jonatha Brooke, Bill Frisell, Ron Carter

Edition for Dec. 10, 2000
Tim Sparks, Glen Velez, Nacho Sotomayor, Jim's Big Ego, Wynton Marsalis Septet, New Century Saxophone Quartet, John Fahey

Edition for Oct. 22, 2000
Music on the Net, Life after Phish, Erin McKeown, R.L. Burnside, Michael McGoldrick, Capercaille, Milladoiro

Edition for July 16, 2000
Charlie Hunter, Jill Sobule, Ekova, Frikyiwa, Nashville Guitars, King Crimson, Patrick Leonard

Edition for April 2, 2000
Galactic, Music of Eric von Essen, Los Zafiros, Yma Sumac, Wayne Horvitz & Zony Mash

Edition for Dec. 5, 1999
Hasidic New Wave, Hudson Shad, Balkans Without Borders, Vibes, Slo Leak, Carol Noonan, Charlie Byrd

Edition for Aug. 22, 1999
Music Club Records, Robyn Hitchcock, Knots and Crosses, Laurel MacDonald

Edition for May 9, 1999
April March, Jon Hassell, Till Bronner, Junko Onishi, Cibo Matto, United States Three, Mocean Worker

Edition for Dec. 6, 1998
Tom Freund, Paul Kelly, Giovanni Sollima, Vince Guaraldi Trio

Edition for Sept. 6, 1998
Nguyen Le, Hassan Hakmoun, Lounge Lizards, The Grassy Knoll, Makoto Ozone Trio

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