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Gustavo Santaolalla is perhaps best known for his film scores in Brokeback Mountain and The Motorcycle Diaries. Now, the Academy Award-winner has gone back to his roots as a musician. In a session from WBGO, Santaolalla talks about his film music and plays a lute-like instrument solo.
From New Albany, Ohio, an 18-year-old pianist tackles Beethoven's "Waldstein" Sonata, a teenage violinist from Boston plays Wieniawski, and an 18-year-old soprano, who is brave enough to admit when her parents are right, sings a song for spring. This program originally aired on May 28, 2008
Halstead has gone from making warm, fuzzy, distorted noise in Slowdive to dusty Americana in Mojave 3. Now on his own, he plays music with a stunning yet carefree style. Here, he shares his acoustic sound in a session from KEXP.
Rustic in instrumentation but punk-rock in spirit, O'Death is an jug-swigging porch band in a raw, dark way. The band has honed its energetic Americana through self-released CDs and frequent touring. Here, O'Death performs new music in a session from WXPN.
It's hard to believe that the guitar noise of A Place to Bury Strangers comes from just three people. At the Gibson Showroom in New York City, the band ran through a quick sound check and delivered by far the loudest set KEXP recorded during the CMJ Music Festival.
KEXP At CMJ: A Place to Bury Strangers in the Studio 10/25/08
The artist-in-residence at New York's Middle Collegiate Church is on a mission to transform the way people think about organists and their instruments. On his new CD Revolutionary, he plays a virtual pipe organ that uses computers, amplifiers and speakers to create a big, bold range of sound.
In her latest solo album, Jonatha Brooke sets the unreleased lyrics and prose of Woody Guthrie to the sound or her own personal blend of folk, pop and rock. In a session with David Dye, Brooke plays songs from her new album, The Works.
Jonatha Brooke In Studio On World Cafe, 10/24/2008
In a session recorded by KEXP during the CMJ Music Festival, Fujiya & Miyagi's members play the ambient funk cuts off Lightbulbs. The band closed the set with an unreleased song, "Sick and Tired" — a piano-driven romper that sounds like David Bowie's "Suffragette City" on a heavy krautrock kick.
KEXP At CMJ: Fujiya & Miyagi in the Studio 10/23/08
Hatfield has worked with Blake Babies, The Lemonheads and the trio that shares her name, and she's been a prominent player in projects such as TV's My So-Called Life and The Adventures of Pete & Pete. Here, she shares new music and her thoughts on publishing in a session from WFUV.
Hatfield's 10th album as a solo artist showcases her ability to draw on her own emotional experiences in her songwriting. In a session with World Cafe host David Dye, Hatfield performs songs from her new CD, How To Walk Away.
Juliana Hatfield In Studio On World Cafe, 10/23/2008
The music of Railroad Earth defies conventional classification. The group's bluegrass-influenced style deftly combines exceptional songwriting and interesting improvisations, and the result is earning it praise among the finest jam bands. Here, Railroad Earth brings its unique style to World Cafe.
Railroad Earth In Studio On World Cafe, 10/23/2008
When Deerhoof released "Fresh Born" as downloadable sheet music, fans had the opportunity to record their own interpretation. As with the many covers born from the project, Deerhoof gives a little more edge to the song in a session KEXP recorded at the CMJ Music Festival.
From the Top travels to the Heifetz International Music Institute, on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, in New Hampshire, where a quartet of string players tackles a Schumann classic, and a speed reading 16-year-old violinist plays Bazzini's virtuosic Round of the Goblins.