Free Association with Brian Carpenter
Episode 110C: Low Symphony, Moondog, and Hotel Overture
September 18, 2016 07:37 PM PDT
All three movements of Philip Glass’s first symphony, the “Low Symphony”, inspired by David Bowie and Brian Eno’s 1977 masterpiece Low. Plus Moondog's Symphonique #1 from 1969 and Carla Bley’s grand overture “Hotel Overture” to her 1971 jazz opera Escalator Over the Hill.Episode 110B: MFA Now
September 15, 2016 06:27 AM PDT
Kristen Hoskins, Curator of Lectures, Courses, and Concerts at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, stops by to talk about the fall season of exhibitions, including Frances Stark and Christian Marclay's 24-hour film The Clock.Episode 110A: One More Time With Feeling
September 11, 2016 09:16 AM PDT
Haunting ballads off of two new records from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Thalia Zedek Band. Plus new and old music for voice and choir by Petra Haden, Roomful of Teeth, The Swingle Singers, and Gyorgi Ligeti.Episode 109A: Saxophonology and The Sacred Triangle
June 04, 2016 08:42 PM PDT
Saxophone-driven pieces by Moon Hooch, Morphine, and Colin Stetson plus songs from the so-called Sacred Triangle aka David Bowie, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop. Two tracks from an incredible new record from Iggy Pop (possibly his last?) produced by Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age.
Episode 109A: Saxophonology and The Sacred Triangle
June 04, 2016 08:41 PM PDT
Saxophone-driven pieces by Moon Hooch, Morphine, and Colin Stetson plus songs from the so-called Sacred Triangle aka David Bowie, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop. Two tracks from an incredible new record from Iggy Pop (possibly his last?) produced by Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age.Episode 109C: Andrew Stern
May 27, 2016 06:07 PM PDT
Andrew Stern, one of Boston’s most innovative and adventurous guitarists, visited Free Association to talk about his wide-ranging music and influences.Episode 109B: Anyone Who Had a Heart
May 26, 2016 08:11 PM PDT
A celebration of one of the greatest songwriters, Burt Bacharach, on his birthday with several adventurous arrangements of his music from Marc Ribot, Eyvind Kang, Yuka Honda, Sean Lennon, and Dave Douglas...plus a few songs from his greatest interpreter Dionne Warwick from her 1964 masterpiece Anyone Who Had a Heart.Episode 108B: Free Jazz and Doo-Wop with a Side of Angelo
May 07, 2016 09:54 AM PDT
A haunting ride from no wave to free jazz to 1950s doo-wop to the world of David Lynch and Angelo Badamalenti. Plus a new record by Jaye Bartell.Episode 108A: Way Out West
April 30, 2016 03:43 PM PDT
A wild and evocative set of music from and inspired by the American Old West, from Tucson, Arizona productions (Giant Sand, Calexico, Neko Case) to California cow punk bands of the 80s (Gun Club, The Cramps) to the cinematic sounds of Ennio Morricone.Episode 107A: Ode to The Purple One
April 22, 2016 05:35 PM PDT
Prince was a force of nature…an astounding multi-instrumentalist, singer, and composer. Here are a few deep cuts, B sides, and popular songs mixed in with a few inspirations and artists inspired by Prince.
Brian Carpenter is the host of Free Association, a free-form radio show with occasional special guests. Carpenter is the lead singer of The Confessions and Beat Circus in Boston, and the founder of Brooklyn's Ghost Train Orchestra. Carpenter has also produced several radio special programs, including "Rivers and Rhythms: A Sam Rivers Retrospective" (aired on WZBC 2012) and "The Sound of Horror: Sound Design in Science-Fiction and Horror Films" (aired on WZBC 2010).
Brian Carpenter is a composer, arranger, radio producer, engineer, singer/songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He is the trumpeter, arranger, and founder of the Ghost Train Orchestra. In 2004, he founded the Boston-based band Beat Circus, for which he has composed a "Weird American Gothic" trilogy of original songs and compositions. In 2010, the Beat Circus album Boy From Black Mountain won the Independent Music Award for Best Alt/Country Album. He is the lead singer and songwriter of the Boston-based Brian Carpenter & The Confessions. He also produces a radio program called Free Association on WZBC-FM in Boston.
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