Free Association with Brian Carpenter
Episode 121B: Slowly Goes the Night
March 31, 2017 01:15 PM PDT
An essay on urban loneliness, featuring music from the funny and poignant new song cycle Room 29 from singer Jarvis Cocker and pianist Chilly Gonzales, plus music from David Shire, Bill Conti, John Cale, Nick Cave, Bill Callahan, and more.Episode 121A: The Academy in Peril
March 25, 2017 10:59 AM PDT
New music from Colin Stetson, Sxip Shirey, and Glenn Jones & Matthew Azavedo, plus tracks from Henry Threadgill’s Very Very Circus, Moondog, and two tracks from John Cale’s second album The Academy In Peril.
Original air date: March 24, 2017Episode 120: Willard Grant Conspiracy
March 14, 2017 12:08 PM PDT
A tribute to Robert Fisher, the songwriter behind Willard Grant Conspiracy, who passed away last month. Long-time WGC member David Michael Curry visits WZBC to talk about the history and play some selected cuts of the discography, plus a premiere of the forthcoming record Untethered.Episode 119: Glenn Jones
March 03, 2017 06:09 AM PST
Guitarist Glenn Jones visits Free Association to talk about his new record Fleeting and premiere tracks from forthcoming releases Waterworks, a remarkable live recording with Matthew Azevedo, and An Idea In Everything, a collaboration with drummer Chris Corsano and visual and performing artist David Greenberger. Glenn also expounds on the American Primitive style and the influence of John Fahey and Jack Rose in his life.Episode 118B: Spinning
February 26, 2017 11:49 AM PST
New music from the National Geographic series MARS by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, Dirty Projectors, Cuddle Magic, the XX, Radiohead, and Case/Lang/Veirs.Episode 118A: 30th Century Man
February 23, 2017 02:00 PM PST
The career path of singer and composer Scott Walker is one of the more mind-boggling in the history of music. A look at some of his music from 1960s pop star to avant-garde composer of the 21st century, plus guest appearances and turns as producer.Episode 118C: Either/Orchestra
February 11, 2017 12:34 PM PST
Russ Gershon, leader of the Either/Orchestra, brings in his forthcoming record from the Ethiopiques series, plus some never-released Ethiopian radio recordings of the source material. The Either/Orchestra, founded over 30 years ago, has become one of the greatest exponents of Ethiopian big band music, making two trips to Ethiopia plus concerts around the globe. In this episode, Russ gives an oral history of the Ethiopian Armenians and the composer Nerses Nalbandian, whose music set the stage for modern Ethiopian music.Episode 117B: Dark Night of the Soul
February 09, 2017 10:25 AM PST
A set of noir-tinged music from Big Lazy, David Lynch, Angelo Badalamenti, Sparklehorse & Danger Mouse, plus new music from Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.Episode 117A: Are You The Destroyer?
February 07, 2017 01:14 PM PST
New tracks from Brooklyn’s Cuddle Magic and the English band the xx, preceded by two songs from Of Montreal’s magnum opus Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? And a few oddities from Moondog, Albert Marcouer, and Nino Rota.Episode 116B: Year in Music 2016 Part 2
December 17, 2016 05:49 PM PST
Annual recap of the year’s best and most frequently played albums on Free Association, including releases from local artists E, Glenn Jones, Jaggery, Marissa Nadler, Thalia Zedek Band, and Tredicci Bacci.
Brian Carpenter is the host of Free Association, a free-form radio show broadcast from WZBC-FM Boston College 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 documentaries, including in-depth multi-hour programs on jazz composer/instrumentalist Sam Rivers, electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott, and film sound design.
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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