The Joy of Radio

Nice article in today’s Times about WFMU, which is an excellent radio station. I myself proudly wear a hoodie, given to me by my wife, promoting WFMU with the slogan: “Eat Flaming Death, Fascist Media Bastards!” I perked up a bit when I ran across the name Ergo Phizmiz, because I have been listening in flabbergasted joy to his record Perpetuum Mobile, and am running over with thoughts about it. Post on that to come soon.

I disagree with Jim Jarmusch, though: WKCR is the greatest radio station on earth. The steady, informative love and brilliance of Phil Schaap, three hours of Dexter Gordon on Wednesday, music composed in 1974 a week or so ago – nothing like coming in to the apartment and hearing I Am Sitting in a Room on the radio. There’s a lot of recordings I hear on the radio that I also own, but it’s special to hear them being broadcast, with that extra helping of serendipity and the feeling that you’re sharing your pleasures with others. It’s been a long held dream of mine to have a radio show, maybe I’ll just have to webcast it. Raise your hand if you’d listen.


I'm a composer and musician, and I write about music—I do that here, for the New York Classical Review, at the Brooklyn Rail (I edit the music section there) and any place else that will have me, like New Music Box and Music & Literature. I also wrote the Miles Davis' Bitches Brew book in the 33 1/3 series.

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