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KCRW Rewind — David Byrne & Host Tom Schnabel

Posted April 3, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,488 views]
Tom and David Byrne

The first time David Byrne came to MBE in the early 1980s, he wasn’t very talkative.
I think it was around the time the “Knee Plays“ album came out in 1985, an album Byrne composed for Robert Wilson’s opera the CIVIL warS.
He seemed diffident and awkward, and the sentences he uttered didn’t come out very smoothly.
It wasn’t easy. Maybe part of the reason was that …

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Rhythm Planet Host Tom Schnabel’s Top Albums of 2014

Posted December 25, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,933 views]

1 Hollie Cook — Twice
2 Laura Mvula — Sing To The Moon
3 Susanne Abbuehl — The Gift
4 Dawn Upshaw — Winter Morning Walks

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KCRW Rewind — Barry White & DJ Tom Schnabel

Posted December 1, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 2,569 views]
Tom Schnabel and Barry White by Steve Laufer

In late 1991, I interviewed the great love doctor Barry White.  The a/c had broken down and the temperature in master control was about 95 degrees. Barry’s vanilla-scented jheri-curl suffused the air.
He said his car was parked illegally outside, so I sent my production assistant out to move it.
What kind of car would Barry drive?  Cadillac? Rolls?  Lincoln Continental?
No, he drove a Stutz.  A …

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KCRW DJ Tom Schnabel’s Top 10 Albums of 2013

Posted December 31, 2013 by | 1 Comment | 1,664 views]

Check out Tom Schnabel’s Top 10 of 2013. Find ALL the DJ’s Top 10 lists here. 
1. Lili Boniche – Anthologie (World Village)
2. Aziz Sahmaoui & the University of Gnawa – Aziz Sahmaoui & the University of Gnawa (Adami)
3. Ibrahim Maalouf – Wind (Mi’ster Productions)
4. Laura Mvula – Sing to the Moon (RCA)
5. Dori, Danilo & Nana Caymmi – Caymmi (Som Livre)
6. David Hazeltine – …

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Going to Graceland – Paul Simon on KCRW

Posted June 29, 2012 by | 0 Comments | 3,911 views]
paul simon

From KCRW DJ Tom Schnabel (pictured above with Ariana Morgenstern (far left) and Paul Simon):
Most of you know the “Graceland” CD and its significance. It’s now the 25th anniversary and there’s a film based on Simon’s return to a changed Johannesburg called “Under African Skies”.
What most people don’t know is that we at KCRW had been sending Paul Simon cassette tapes of African bands …

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Music and Architecture

Posted January 20, 2011 by | 10 Comments | 5,356 views]

From KCRW DJ Tom Schnabel:
Goethe once observed that “architecture is frozen music”.
When I told people a few years ago that I taught at SCIARC (Southern California Institute Of Architecture), people would inevitably ask “what’s music got to do with architecture?” To me the differences in the two disciplines were never that great.
Here are two great artists making the connection:

Claude Debussy, French composer (1862-1918), …

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Listening to Takemitsu: More Like Painting Than Music

Posted January 5, 2011 by | 3 Comments | 4,188 views]

From KCRW DJ Tom Schnabel:
I recently revisited some of Toru Takemitsu’s work, which I first heard in college with a recording called “Coral Island.”  It was way too far out for me then.
But listening now, years later, I am amazed by the color, shadings, the dialectic of abstraction and order that inhabit his work.   A few months ago, after reading the obit for boxer …

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Afrocubism: Artist You Should Know

Posted December 1, 2010 by | 2 Comments | 3,974 views]

A great new CD has just come out, and it’s called Afrocubism, and it’s from the great U.K. label World Circuit, purveyor of great world music for almost three decades and best known for producing The Buena Vista Social Club.
In fact, this is the album the Buena Vista Social Club was supposed to have been, had musicians from Mali not been stuck in Burkina …

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Tom’s Music Salon: Three Wishes – An Intimate Look at Jazz Greats

Posted November 11, 2010 by | 0 Comments | 2,595 views]

By KCRW DJ Tom Schnabel:
I recently bought a book compiled and photographed by the one and only jazz patroness, Baroness Pannonica (often called Nica) de Koenigswarter, a member of the old-world aristocratic and fabulously wealthy Rothschild dynasty.
The Baroness took the pictures and wrote down the wishes; the introduction is by her daugher Nadine, and the foreword is from Gary Giddins.
Kathleen Annie Pannonica Rothschild was …

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Michael Franti & Spearhead: Tom’s Music Salon

Posted September 1, 2010 by | 2 Comments | 8,777 views]

The other day I got the new Michael Franti & Spearhead album in the mail.  I knew—once again—that I’d enjoy the music and words inside. It’s called “The Sound of Sunshine.”
KCRW has a long and close history with Michael Franti, going back to the 80’s with his first group, the industrial punk band The Beatnigs, and even more so with his next group, The …

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