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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

It’s this year’s frontrunner for strangest musical collaboration. Today: A look at Lulu, the brand new album by Lou Reed and Metallica. And, a discussion about other unusual musical partnerships – both successful… and not. Plus: Transgender artist, singer-songwriter, and actor Justin Vivian Bond joins us with a new memoir, a solo album – and a live performance.

Waiting for the Sandman

Lou Reed and Metallica have just released this year’s frontrunner for strangest musical collaboration: Lulu, a 10-song album inspired by the work of German Expressionist playwright Frank Wedekind. We get reactions from Maura Johnston of the Village Voice and Phil Freeman, music writer and editor of RoadRunnerRecords.com. Plus, Maura and Phil help us explore unusual musical partnerships – and they offer their picks of the good and not so good.

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In Studio: Justin Vivian Bond

Transgender artist, singer-songwriter, and actor Justin Vivian Bond (or, “v”) first turned heads in the ‘90s with the drag cabaret act Kiki and Herb, and later starred in the 2006 film “Shortbus.” Today, v joins us with a new memoir, called “Tango,” a solo album, called “Dendrophile” – and a live performance.

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Strange Musical Bedfellows

Loutallica is part of a long history of musical collaboration, says John Schaefer. 

Michael Webster Quintet

Gig Alert: Michael Webster Quintet

Saxophonist Michael Webster brings his own fresh take on classical and Latin jazz to the Brooklyn Lyceum on Wednesday night.

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