Here’s what’s coming on this week’s State of Wonder:
01:18: Blitzen Trapper’s about to drop a new record. “All Across This Land” is available Oct. 2. Here’s a preview, with Eric Earley telling us about remaining an old logging town for one of the songs, “Cadillac Road.”
03:31: Denny Swofford, the co-founder of Cavity Search Records, talks with Matt Drenik (Battleme, Lions) about the label’s early days. Their conversation is being released as an opbmusic podcast this week.
12:40: Elizabeth Gilbert talks about coming back from a creative slump, and kicking her creativity in the gear. Her new book is called “Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.” Check her out in Portland on Oct. 4.
21:50: Oregon Art Beat’s Robe Imbriano gives us the lowdown on an ambitious new musical from Artists Repertory Theatre, “Cuba Libre” — a collaboration with playwright Carlos Lacamara, and Grammy—Nominated Afro-Carribean band Tiempo Libre.
28:10: An opbmusic session with Wild Ones, who are sounding ferocious on “Heatwave.”
37:38: What do buildings sound like? Third Angle New Music creates a new performance for the library at Mount Angel Abbey. The building was designed by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, and the work draws on both Finnish tradition and the ethos of the building. But Third Angle takes it one step further - they’re actually using the building as an instrument.
45:38: Just hanging out with a living legend. Soul jazz giant Les McCann, on his 80th birthday, stops in to talk to Derek Smith of KMHD’s Morning Shift, to talk about his music and photography.