Papers for the Border #9

November 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

“The New England Episode”

Original upload date: Sunday, 11/27/11

You can download/stream the podcast here.


  1. Intro (Jonathan Richman) (0:14)
  2. PftB Host Intro Cut-Up (0:20)
  3. “Emerson” (11:45) – Charles Ives*
  4. “Frolic Architecture” pt 1 (9:05) ~ David Grubbs/Susan Howe ~ Frolic Architecture (Drag City, 2011)
  5. “Hawthorne” (10:13) ~ Charles Ives*
  6. Frolic Architecture pt 2 (9:28)
  7. “The Alcotts” (4:55) ~ Charles Ives*
  8. Frolic Architecture pt 3 (12:22)
  9. “Thoreau” (8:28) ~ Charles Ives*
  10. “Whoever Disenchants” (1:11) – Josephine Foster ~ Graphic as a Star (Fire Records, 2009)
  11. “New England” (2:23) ~ Jonathan Richman ~ Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers (Beserkley, 1976)

*These four movements make up Ives’s “Concord Sonata,” also known as “Piano Sonata No.2 ‘Concord, Mass., 1840-1860.'” This was originally released in 1962 by Time Records as S/8005 (stereo) and as 58005 (mono) under the title “”Concord” Sonata”. It was re-released on CD as part of Volume 5 of the “Earle Brown Contemporary Sound Series” on the WERGO label, in December 2010. (Info from

**Frolic Architecture is the third CD recorded by the duo of avant-garde musician David Grubbs and poet Susan Howe. “Frolic Architecture” is the second of three long poems contained in Howe’s latest book, That This, published by New Directions in 2010. Please take a look at this link to get a visual sense of what it is that Howe is reading in these recordings.


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