The Signal

Format: 2014-04-23

  Producer Aaron Henkin shares the story of Pennsylvania Avenue, a part of Baltimore that used to sparkle, and now after decades of tarnish, might just be starting to shine again…

Check out Pennsylvania Avenue's Newborn Holistic Ministries and Todd Marcus
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  The Baltimore-based band, Matmos, has built a reputation for creating weird and wonderful experimental music over the past two decades, and their latest project continues that tradition. The Signal’s Lisa Morgan has a profile.

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  The Signal’s Aaron Henkin recently had the pleasure of hosting the first installment in a live, vaudeville-style variety-show called “Vauxhall” at The Creative Alliance’s Patterson Theater.  This debut production featured live music, sketch comedy, and experimental dance, among other things - all of it tied together into one theme:  LIARS.  We’re happy to share an excerpt of the Vauxhall program on this episode of The Signal.

 

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  Stephen Wade always loved listening to old Library of Congress field recordings.  Then one day he decided to hit the road to search out the real-life roots of these iconic time capsules of American music.  For 18 years, this folk pilgrim traveled the country, meeting the friends, families, and sometimes the musicians themselves who were immortalized back in the 1930s and 40s by John A Lomax and his portable disc-cutting machine.

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  If you’re a musician, your album-release date is a big deal.  It’s the culmination of months, sometimes years of dedication, a chance to finally let the rest of the world hear the fruits of your labor.  Now, imagine taking that sense of anticipation and quadrupling it.  On New Year’s Day, 2014, Wendel Patrick is on track to release not one, but four albums.

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  We hear a lot these days about efforts to improve science technology engineering and math education – often known as “STEM” - in our schools. But how do you engage students who aren’t naturally drawn to science and technology? Musician-composer Suzanne Thorpe and multimedia performance artist Bonnie Jones have some ideas.

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  If you’ve been complaining about the heat, you’re not likely to get much sympathy from Moira Egan.  She’s an award-winning poet, a longtime Signal contributor, and an accomplished literary translator.  She’s also 50 years old and increasingly fussy about the thermostat.

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  Old folk tunes sometimes get treated with kid gloves by reverent players who are careful to recreate them just as they sounded generations ago.  There’s some historical value in this delicate approach.  But if you ask Tomas Drgon of Orchester Prazevica, the alternative is a lot more fun.  The Czech-born band-leader visits with Signal producer Aaron Henkin.

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  For every flash-in-the-pan music sensation that comes and goes in the blink of an eye, there’s another kind of band that patiently forges a path for itself with an eye on longevity.  For more than twenty years, Jen and Scott Smith have been writing, performing, and recording music together as Naked Blue.

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  Benn Ray from Atomic Books in Hampden joined us last week with a list of summer-reading recommendations that was quite simply too epic to be contained by the confines of one radio broadcast. He joins the Signal’s Lisa Morgan in studio again this week to pick up where they left off.

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