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Friday, April 25, 2014 local almanac

Apr 25, 2014 12:01 am
Weather right now

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="128"] Cairo: High 64F; low 39F.[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="125"] Catskill: High 64F; low 29F.[/caption]









READ TEMPERATURE IN HUDSON: On thermometer in Studio A.

FAR LEFT: The temperature on the far left is from the Hawthorne Valley Farm Weather Page.
MIDDLE TEMP: Cairo from Weather Underground page.
FAR RIGHT: Catskill from Weather Underground page.

Local weather forecast
Today’s forecast is specific to Catskill, in Greene County:

Today: Partly cloudy. High near 66. Friday night, showers. Low around 43. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Forecast for the next three days:
Saturday: Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 4 p.m. Partly sunny. High near 63. Saturday night, a chance of showers and thunderstorms before 3 a.m., then a slight chance of showers between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. Mostly cloudy. Low around 41.
Sunday: Partly sunny. High near 59. Sunday night, partly cloudy. Low around 40.
Monday: Mostly sunny. High near 60. Monday night, mostly cloudy. Low around 43.

Sunrise today: 5:57 a.m.
Sunset today: 7:48 p.m.
Length of the day: 13:50 hrs.

Town meetings
Today is the fourth Friday of the month.
WGXC suggests calling ahead to confirm time and location.

CLERMONT Zoning Board of Appeals, 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 1795 Route 9, Clermont (537-6868).
HUDSON Common Council Legal Committee Workshop cancelled; Historic Preservation Committee (tentative) at 10 a.m. at City Hall, 520 Warren Street, Hudson (828-1030).

The day ahead on 90.7-FM

12:05 a.m.: Radio Stew: Magnetic Fields Sounds and songs about magnetism and repulsion from Walter Egan ("Magnet and Steel"), Sebadoh ("Magnet's Coil"), Dinosaur Jr. ("Repulsion"), Bombay Bicycle Club ("Magnet"), Quasi ("Repulsion"), NRBQ ("Magnet"), Wings "Magneto and Titanium Man"), Handsome Boy Modeling Club ("Magnetizing"), and Jean Michel Jarre ("Chants Magnetiques Pt. 1").
1 a.m.: Taran's Free Jazz Hour: Steve Lacy Episode 12 of 2014 of two-hour free jazz show that airs on eight European radio stations and free103point9 Online Radio and WGXC 90.7-FM in the Hudson Valley, in New York, in the United States. Click on title to access the playlist.
3 a.m.: Two Radio Solos "Two Radio Solos" by Michael Snow (1980): "Short Wavelength" (39:14) and "The Papaya Plantations" (47:12). Cassette released by Freedom In A Vacuum, 1988. Two Radio Solos is a cassette of 2 playing-the-radio improvisations done in 1980 and released in 1988 by a no longer existing Toronto company (it’s still available though).’ Apart form being one of the greatest experimental film makers of all time, Canadian Michael Snow (b Toronto 1929) has also extensively played piano, trumpet, synth and percussion on numerous records and live performances. His recorded output includes many jazz and improvisation records, with the Canadian Creative Music Collective (CCMC) amongst others. Snow issued several legendary experimental albums on his own as well, like 1975’s ‘Musics For Piano, Whistling, Microphone And Tape Recorder’ [excerpt here] or ‘The Last LP’ in 1987 (full album here]. ‘Two Radio Solos’ was recorded in between those 2 masterpieces and offers lenghty improvisations played on a Nordmende radio receiver (pictured above). Here as well, Snow is dealing with long durations, like in his films ‘Wavelength’ (1966-67) and ‘La Région Centrale’ (1971). The tracks are vast collages of foreign radio broadcasts, static bursts and abstract electronic sounds, all ‘played’ with the radio surfing the shortwave frequencies (2 to 30 MHz). Chinese and Russian languages are recognizable, as well as english. I suspect there was a kind of post-production editing of one kind or another, contrary to what Snow states on the cover: some recordings are noticeably sped up, some passages juxtapose 2 sound sources and some cut-ups are obvious. The B side is a joyous collage of languages from around the world, embarking many exotic world musics, lounge music, electronic sounds and gray noise as well, all sourced from the Nordmende. ‘The Papaya Plantations’ at times sounds like regular electroacoustic music, but mostly like an autonomous sound organism with a noisy life of its own. In the liner notes to ‘Musics for Piano, Whistling...’, Snow writes about the ‘hearing/seeing/thinking experience of certain parts of certain of my films’. I assume one could consider the radio listener as defined by all the wavelengths he receives at a given moment, so that the human being is inhabiting a specific region of the electromagnetic spectrum. Listening to the radio you tune to all frequencies, all at once. This tape conjures such magic.

6 a.m.: Background Briefing with Ian Masters Inside breaking international and national news. A radio program featuring international and national news, expert guests, policy makers and critics with analysis and insight on national security, foreign and domestic policy, political, cultural and social issues. This program goes far beyond the headlines and deep under the radar to bring forward truths unheard in the American media.
7 a.m.: WGXC Morning Show News, weather, events and music, live from Wave Farm. Hosted by Tom Roe, in for Philip Grant. Call in to have your say: (518) 622-2598.
8 a.m.: Democracy Now! hosted by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez.
9 a.m. WGXC Morning Show continues with local news, weather, interviews and events.
4 p.m.: WGXC Afternoon Show: Omar Sosa Cheryl K., host of “The Jazz Disturbance,” will interview pianist Omar Sosa before his evening performance with his ensemble in Hudson. Plus news, weather, music, events and more. Hosted by Mark Bailey and Gregor Trieste.
6 p.m.: Feature Story News
7 p.m.: Guest DJ: Blake Day and Julian Nagy Blake Day and Julian Nagy play cover songs.  
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