Free Association with Brian Carpenter
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.Episode 116A: Year in Music 2016 Part 1
December 17, 2016 05:45 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.Episode 115: Way Out West
December 03, 2016 06:39 PM PST
Celebrating the 88th birthday of Ennio Morricone comes a wild and evocative set of music from and inspired by the American Old West, including new music from Tredici Bacci, Denver outfits Slim Cessna's Auto Club and Wovenhand, plus Tucson productions of Neko Case, Calexico, and Giant Sand.
Augmented and newly restored from original WZBC broadcast on April 30, 2016.Episode 114B: A Band Called E
November 27, 2016 01:15 PM PST
Gavin McCarthy and Thalia Zedek of E stop by Free Association to talk about their new record released this month on Thrill Jockey, writing, touring, and making music in Boston.Episode 114A: The Tower of Song
November 19, 2016 05:49 PM PST
Brian Carpenter joins Adam Glasseye (Gun Mother, Reverend Glasseye) to journey through the tower of song by Leonard Cohen, one of the greatest songwriters of all time, who passed away last week at the age of 82.Episode 113: Politicians In My Eyes
November 05, 2016 09:09 AM PDT
A set of dark election-themed music leading up to Tuesday, including new music from E (Thalia Zedek, Gavin McCarthy, and Jason Sanford), Franz Ferdinand, Horse Lords, Iggy Pop, and Mission of Burma.Episode 112B: Fright Night 2016 (Part II)
October 24, 2016 07:09 PM PDT
More blood-curdling music plus your requests for Halloween week, including Suicide’s horrifying “Frankie Teardrop”, “Revolution 9″ from The Beatles’ White Album, Petra Haden’s virtuosic vocal treatment of Bernard Hermann’s theme for Psycho, Mike Patton singing Experiment in Terror, and more.
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 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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