Aaron Copland's The Second Hurricane is a "children's opera" but I find I enjoy it. And Bernstein's narration is in some way reassuring ("I know I have.")
Miklós Rózsa wrote the score for 1959's The World, the Flesh and the Devil. The movie tells the story of the few remaining survivors in a post-apocalyptic Manhattan. There are many shots of empty streets and buildings and the music is sparse and unmemorable. Not on Spotify.
From my wife's CD collection, I listened to PJ Harvey's 4-Track Demos on my commute. Fierce, intense, crude and passionate, the music makes the recent Liz Phair demo release sound mellow in comparison.
Although I hated banjo from the days of the idiotic Hee Haw TV show, I'm beginning to come around, starting when I heard and watched a musician play the instrument on Haight Street. If I come to the music with the notion that the sound is percussive and even minimalistic, it sounds better. 32 tracks from Black Banjo Songsters of North Carolina and Virginia is good, if a bit too much. Spotify's The Pulse of Drone Folk is also good, but not particularly drone-ish.
I marked seven tracks from this week's Spotify Discover Weekly playlist. The artists were Aukai, Dictaphone, Don Cherry, Kikagaku Moyo, Linda Smith, Mount Kimbie and Mark Pritchard. All new to me except Don Cherry. Somewhat dark playlist with varying texture and beat and no classical.