Always an enigma, John Zorn
, winner of a MacArthur Fellowship
, founder of avant garde record label Tzadik
proponent of radical Jewish culture
, leader of the hard core group Naked City
, creator of the Masada songbook,
of other things,
has, with the likes of Mark Ribot, Cyro Baptista and Mike Pattoon, released a heart-breakingly lovely Christmas record, A Dreamer's Christmas. [more inside]
Paul Motian (wiki
), one of the great jazz drummers of our time, is dead at 80. [more inside]
is a French astrophotographer
. His new collection, Jeux Lunaires
(Moon Games) features whimsical and beautiful photos of the moon (NPR Gallery
). Many of the photos have been coupled with a poem and collected in a book which you can preview online. [more inside]
Featuring Nellie McKay, Cyndi Lauper, Tori Amos, Martha Wainwright, Steve Earle, Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Kate Pierson (of the B-52s) and many others, Here Lies Love
is the result of a recent collaboration
between David Byrne
and Fatboy Slim.
22-tracks long, it tells the story of the Iron Butterfly, aka Imelda Marcos, first lady of the Philippines,
and her relationship with her childhood servant Estrella Cumpas. Its official release is April 6th, but until then you can listen to the whole thing on NPR Music.
The double-disc set will also feature a 120 page booklet and a DVD of historical footage. [more inside]
The Third Coast International Audio Festival recognizes excellence in audio documentary, and the 2009 awards have been announced. You can listen to all of the winners' work as well as a two hour broadcast of the highlights.
uses algorithms to determine if a song will be a hit. [more inside]
Earlier today, NASA released the first photos taken by the Hubble Space Telescope since it was refurbished last May
- and the results are absolutely stunning.