Monday, July 2, 2007

Episode 031 - feat. Chris Murphy, Invert, James Sudakow, Kari Tieger

Invert - Truth Serum
Kari Tieger - Sonatine pour violon et piano
Chris Murphy - "Night of the Hunter"
James Sudakow - "Black"

Hello everybody,

This show comes to you from the Doodlebug Memorial in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. The Doodlebug was a single-car commuter train that collided with a 73-car freight train in the summer of 1940. The incident had begun to fade into local memory until three local middle school students started doing a research project on the incident - a project that swelled into a major fundraising campaign to build the memorial. It was dedicated on the 65th anniversary of the crash at a service that I am proud to say I attended. Details about the event and pictures of the memorial are available here on the website --

Invert makes a second appearance on this show - the string quartet with two cellists. In between their last appearance and this one, the group has released a CD called The Strange Parade. This is the final cut from that disc, a tune called Truth Serum.

Kari Tieger, a pianist and composer out of Riverside, Rhode Island, is on for her second appearance as well. This is a recently composed duet with violinist Lauren Benowitz.

Chris Murphy is an electric violinist fron Los Angeles, currently supporting his recent release Luminous. I confess I hadn't heard of Chris before he sent me his CD, but his disc features two musicians I have had a great deal of respect for for some time: Mike Watt (formerly of fIREHOSE and The Minutemen) and Nels Cline (of Wilco and, incidentally, Mike Watt's touring band). This tune features Nels on guitar - and he and Chris sound amazing together.

James Sudakow is an up-an-coming artist out of Long Beach, California. His latest release, Green is an ambitious progressive rock exploration of soud and texture. A very engaging and enjoyable listen.

Next week finds me in Seattle. I'll do my best to have a show out by next Monday. But we'll see.
Thanks for listening!

Mark Allender, producer-host
phone: 330-781-4387
skype: mark.allender

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