For some reason, I'm listening to multiple versions of Charles Ives' "Gyp the Blood" or Hearst!? Which is Worst?!. The Hearst in question is newspaper magnate and California castle owner William Randolph Hearst. Gyp the Blood, aka Harry Horowitz, was an early 20th century New York City gang leader ultimately executed after a trial hyped in Hearst's newspapers.
The Ensemble Modern recording makes the musically odd sound forceful and enchanting.
As for why Ives, I've spent the last month listening to Radiohead (before and after the subdued but excellent UC Berkeley concert) and to Kieran Hebden's electronic Four Tet (after adding to the collection). Returning to more traditional sounds, for me anyway, has been problematic e.g. Aaron Copland's music in comparison sounds lifeless and monochromatic. I know the music is worthy but it's like watching John Ford's Stagecoach again after seeing Deadwood. Fortunately, Charles Ives' work is audacious enough to compete.