Festival of Trees: Melanie Thiel interviews Kevin Guyette from the ARC of Warren County about the annual Festival of Trees fundraiser at Rossi Chevrolet in Washington, NJ. The event is December 11, 2014 and proceeds benefit the ARC of Warren and Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc.
Though he collaborated with Talking Heads, made classic disco records and influenced countless fellow musicians, Arthur Russell was not well-known during his too-short life, which ended in 1992 due to complications from AIDS.
Earlier this month, All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen traveled to Reykjavik, Iceland to attend the annual Iceland Airwaves music festival. Kevin Cole and the crew from NPR member station KEXP were there to broadcast and record bands at the festival. The lineup included bands from around the world, but Airwaves is a rare chance to hear bands from Iceland itself — about 150 of them were on the bill, and Bob and Kevin pick three standouts here.
Mike Agranoff has been at the center of the northern New Jersey folk scene for close to 40 years. As program director of the Folk Project, the nonprofit collective of musicians and fans, he has helped bring a rich array of artists to the Minstrel in Morristown But Agranoff is also a working musician himself, and he will celebrate the release of his fourth CD, Straight Lines, with a performance at the Minstrel on November 28. Agranoff talks with Contours contributor Bill Nutt about his new CD, the Folk Project, and the difference between being a songwriter and a “songf
Birthdays this week include Talking Heads/Tom Tom Club bassist Tina Weymouth, Graham Parker, “Little” Steven Van Zandt & Joe Walsh. On the docket this week: JFK Assassination in ’63, the Beatles released “The White Album” in ‘68, so we’ll do a big, fat set to celebrate that masterpiece. Also, a tip of the hat to Jack Kerouac; new stuff from the Foo Fighters, U2 & the first single from the upcoming Marilyn Manson record entitled “The Pale Emperor”.