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Deceptive Cadence
10:53 am
Fri April 19, 2013

The Art Of The Centri-Fugue

Pablo Helguera

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Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. His new book is Helguera's Artunes. You can see more of his work atArtworld Salon and on his own site.

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All Songs Considered
10:03 am
Fri April 19, 2013

We're Not Sure What's Happening In This Wreck And Reference Video

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Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 9:08 am

Albums that act like sketchbooks can be brilliant in their own messy ways, with tossed-off riffs or unfinished beats that offer a glimpse into the creative process. The uncategorizable Wreck and Reference has released two weirdly heavy and unnerving records thus far — Black Cassette and Youth (pronounced "No Youth") — by scribbling together doom metal, industrial, drone, noise and whatever else with drums, guitar and a Korg sampler.

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All Songs Considered
5:34 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

First Watch: People Get Ready, 'Middle Name'

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Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 8:10 am

It was probably the best performance piece I've seen in more than a decade. Specific Ocean, a piece by the dance troupe/rock band People Get Ready, which I saw at the New York Live Arts theater in the fall, was a model for the ways musicians can break from the standard, sometimes boring, format of playing on a stage. Some of the songs from Specific Ocean ended up on the group's 2012 self-titled album. Now there's a video, a documentation of that amazing New York performance, featuring the song "Middle Name."

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5:06 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Lang Lang Shares A Tale Of Two Teachers

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 9:26 pm



A great art teacher can made a huge difference in the development of a young artist and a bad teacher can be, well, really bad. Concert pianist Lang Lang had one especially bad teacher. He's just going to call her Professor Angry.

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A Blog Supreme
3:59 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Jazz Salutes Its Disc Jockeys

Symphony Sid Torin (left) hosts a program at WHOM featuring the saxophonist Arnett Cobb.
William Gottlieb The Library of Congress

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 3:42 pm

The advent of bebop added a fresh sound to American music. It also added new voices to some metropolitan radio stations: the late-night jazz DJs who specialized in presenting this new music to their fellow hipster nightflies.

To recognize the work of the groundbreaking DJs who lent them critical exposure, jazz musicians of the period would occasionally write songs in their honor. Here are five of those songs.