After a long hiatus, the rock trio Dinosaur Jr. reunited in 2005. In September, the band released a new album, I Bet on Sky, which was widely praised for its explosive energy and characteristically bold integration of feedback and distortion. I Bet On Sky is the third record the group has released since its reunion, and it finds Dinosaur Jr. sounding just as vital and intense as it did when it first formed 28 years ago.
Gil Evans was born in Canada in 1912. He latched onto jazz and, in time, taught himself to write it. First, for dancers, Evans arranged tunes off the radio for the Claude Thornhill Orchestra as well as the sweet, warm sounds of flutes and French horns. Then Evans downsized the Thornhill sound to a nonet for The Birth of the Cool.
Camilo Lara is the producer and DJ behind one of Mexico City's most unusual emerging sounds. Lara's band Mexican Institute of Sound blends traditional folk tunes with modern electronica and hip-hop beats, making it a trendsetter for a new and vibrant style of music.
We want to turn now to a regular feature we call In Your Ear. That's where our guests tell us about the songs that inspire them. Today we hear from Peter Ramsey. He directed "Rise of the Guardians," which earned a Golden Globe nomination this year for Best Animated Film. "Rise of the Guardians" also made him the first African-American director of a big budget computer-generated animation film. And here he is sharing some of his favorite tunes.