Last Words: National Sawdust Log at a Time of Transition

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As National Sawdust Log ceases operation at a time of drastic challenge, editor and lead writer Steve Smith looks back at what this bold joint initiative among artists, journalists, and critics achieved.

Playlist (Abschied).

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This week's tally of memorable things National Sawdust Log editor Steve Smith has stuck in his ears includes selections featuring Bill Rieflin, Franz Brüggen, Radu Lupu, and Maria Callas.

On the Record: March 27, 2020

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This week in On the Record, The Necks defy expectation and categorization on 'Three,' their 21st album, new on Northern Spy. Plus dozens of listings for forthcoming releases.

Playlist (Out Beyond Earshot).

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This week's tally of memorable things National Sawdust Log editor Steve Smith has stuck in his ears includes selections featuring Lea Bertucci, Starbirthed, Will Guthrie, and Beatriz Ferreyra.

On the Record: Bandcamp Crisis Response Edition

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This week in On the Record: Bandcamp has responded to the current COVID-19 pandemic by waiving its fees for 24 hours, directing more money to artists and labels—here are some new and recent releases to buy today.

Inside National Sawdust: Kinds of Kings Explore Meyer Sound

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Vanessa Ague talks to composers Gemma Peacocke and Cassie Wieland about the music they created for a Kinds of Kings residency concert at National Sawdust in March, now postponed and awaiting rescheduling.

Playlist (Ich habe genug).

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This week's tally of memorable things National Sawdust Log editor Steve Smith has stuck in his ears includes selections featuring David Grubbs & Taku Unami, Ellen Fullman, Rachel Beetz, and Charles Wuorinen.

In Review: Frequency Festival

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"What is a river?" Chicago's fifth Frequency Festival – presented Feb. 24-March 1, and reviewed by Hannah Edgar – investigated the spirit and sound of water, as interpreted by Éliane Radigue and Annea Lockwood.

Playlist (Engineered to Suit You).

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This week's tally of memorable things National Sawdust Log editor Steve Smith has stuck in his ears includes selections featuring Tyshawn Sorey, Porcupine Tree, Liza Lim, and Olga Neuwirth.

New York Philharmonic: Project 19 Opens with Captivating Works

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Rebecca S. Lentjes looks back on the first three orchestral programs of "Project 19," the New York Philharmonic's ambitious initiative celebrating the centenary of women's suffrage with new works by 19 distinguished composers.