1. The California-based band Bouquet take their audience above the clouds on the Hyatt’s Bar 54 roof deck and serenade them against the city skyline as part of Clocktower’s After Hours performance series. Bar 54 is NYC’s highest rooftop lounge with river-to-river views. This event took place July 9, 2014 and was produced in partnership with Times Square Arts.

    Bouquet is a kaleidoscopic pop duo from Los Angeles, CA consisting of Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs and Max Foreman. The two set out to create a uniquely inviting, immersive sound, intoning delicate vocal harmonies to a rising, ghostlike mass of guitar, trembling synthesizer, and pulsations of early rhythm machines. Bouquet’s music echoes undefinable post-punk wonders Young Marble Giants and This Mortal Coil, synth heroes such as Cluster and Suicide, and the dulcet sensibilities of Sibylle Baier and Sandy Denny.

  2. The final Beck Playlist, No. 5 of 5 “Fave Stars” These are some of my most-played Beck tracks, not counting ones already included in previous playlists.
    As a bonus, I included “Elevator Music” just for fun.

  3. Playlist: Beck No. 4 Soundtracks
    5 Well-known appearances by Beck on movie soundtracks, in order of the year they were released.

  4. Reaper vs. Hindenburg : A Review Challenge

    It’s been a long time since I’ve had to properly edit together an audio interview. Recently, my friend The Madd Wikkid was in town for a show, so I decided to take the opportunity to sit down for an interview to talk about his creative process and the kinds of projects he was working on. 

    For years, I was using Audacity almost exclusively, even though on a basic level I previously learned how to use Adobe Audition and to some extent, Pro Tools. I decided that since I will be working on new kinds of projects, that it’s time to try some new platforms. 

    I downloaded trial versions of both Reaper and Hindenburg, thanks to a combination of online research and recommendations from friends. I’m going to edit two versions of the interview: 

    One using Reaper and one using Hindenburg. I will share some of the results and my thoughts here when they are both complete. 

    I’m looking forward to trying both of these out and seeing which features I enjoy using the most.

  5. Playlist: Beck No. 3 “Under the Covers”

    Playlist: Beck No. 3 “Under the Covers”

    For Beck playlist No. 3 of 5 in my countdown to his upcoming NYC shows, I have to step beyond the limits of Spotify. This means you’ll have to do a little bit of link-clicking, but I promise you it’s totally worth it. 

    The following are five inspiring covers of classic songs as performed by Beck, in no real order. 

    1. "Devil Inside" (INXS) from the Record Club Series     
    2. "Your Cheatin’ Heart" (Hank Williams)                                                      
    3. "Leopard-Skin Pillbox Hat" (Bob Dylan)                                                    
    4. "I’ll Be Your Mirror" (Velvet Underground & Nico)  Record Club Series    
    5. "Billie Jean" (Michael Jackson) Jimmy Kimmel Live (fan video)                

    Which one is your favorite? Is there one out there that you like better that didn’t make the list? 

  6. Friday Five Playlist: Beck #2 “Blues Harp”
    This special Friday Five is actually playlist #2 of 5 in my countdown to Beck at Hammerstein Ballroom. Beck is well known for his varying use of harmonica. Here are five very different tracks, in styles that range from glitchy to grunge to ballads.

  7. Beck #1: Tools of the Trade
    I like to sometimes post a “Friday Five” playlist of tracks. In anticipation of Beck at the Hammerstein Ballroom in 5 days (!!!) I’ve decided to share a 5-track Beck playlist every day for the next 5 days. This first playlist, “Tools of the Trade” is a collection of instrument (or music tool) themed titles.

  8. Today’s Tuesday Cool is a voice from the past. As radio interviewers, one of the things we take into consideration when interviewing artists is the importance of keeping a record of the individual to preserve for future generations. Clocktower sometimes features archived interviews with voices from the past in the art and literary worlds. I’ve read Tennessee Williams’ autobiography twice. To hear some of it in his own words in this recording from a NYC apartment in the 1970’s is something special, and it’s wonderful that it’s been preserved and made available here.

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    Tennessee Williams reads from his book, Memoirs. He is joined by Charles Ruas and the director of his later plays, Bill Lentch. Within the passages that he reads, he examines his childhood, as well as his thoughts on religion and politics. The initial publishing of his memoir was met with an extreme amount of criticism. While he had lived openly as a gay man and the nature of his drug abuse was public, the candid manner of which he approached these subjects was controversial. Even during this interview, Williams openly discusses his trials with addiction and depression. He also reads from a selection of his own poetry and briefly discusses his career trajectory as a playwright. Lentch’s support for the dramatists work is constant. The three of them discuss Williams’ vision as a mature playwright and it is generally agreed upon that his later works were written “before their time.” For more historic audio, goto:
    http://clocktower.org/series/historic-audio-from-the-archives-of-charles-ruas

  9. You’re welcome…