The Napping Wizard Sessions


One Song: Lust for Riff

Season 3, Ep. 4

In this session I go back to the ONE SONG format with a flip. I still take a deep dive into one, well, riff, it just happens to be repeated in several songs. This one song has consistently found its place on top of the pop music charts for over four decades crossing genres and under different guises. Young musicians looking for a breakout hit and seasoned musicians looking to make a comeback need to listen to this show. One song can make all the difference, and this one is tested and – usually – always wins.

(Lou Reed, Negativland) You Can’t Hurry Love, The Supremes, 1966; I’m Ready For Love, Martha and the Vandellas, 1966; C’Mon Marianne, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, 1967; Touch Me, The Doors, 1968; ((You Can’t Hurry God) He’s Right On Time, Dorothy Love Coates, 1953); (I'm Ready for Love, Temptations, 1967); C’mon Marianne, Donny Osmond, 1976; Lust for Life, Iggy Pop, 1977; Heart, Rockpile, 1980; A Town Called Malice, The Jam, 1982; You Can’t Hurry Love, Phil Collins, 1982; Walking on Sunshine, Katrina and the Waves, 1983/1985; You Can’t Hurry Love, Dixie Chicks, 1999; Are You Gonna Be My Girl?, Jet, 2003; Selfish Jean, Travis, 2007; What is Happening? Alphabeat, 2007/2018; Valerie, Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse, 2007; Lust for Life, J2 and Nicole Atkins, c2014.

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Interview: Moo Kwon Han

Season 3, Ep. 1
In this episode I talk with multi-media artist Moo Kwon Han about his recent exhibition, DRUM, at the Gyeongin Art Museum in Seoul, Korea. To make this work, he was granted access to multiple power facilities, many of them nuclear, all in South Korea. In our conversation we unravel the works in the exhibition, from the initial inspirational image of a detail of yellow drums containing radioactively contaminated clothing – a mere fraction of the total drums in this facility – all the way through to a final musical score that encapsulates both the path and the contents of the exhibition. When we see artworks in museums and galleries, it’s like looking at a lightening strike. We’re amazed by the instantaneous moment and evidence of what was created, but we really don’t understand what went into its making. In our conversation, I draw out the creative path Han followed in constructing Drum. I encourage you to look at his website before listening: Han was born in Gyeongju, Korea, andcurrently lives in New York. He has had solo shows at Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul (2017,2020 forthcoming),Doosan Gallery New York (2009), CUE Art Foundation New York(2009), and Gyeongin (Kyung-In) Art Museum, Seoul (2000, 2019). Han’s work has been included in group exhibitions at Cube Museum, Seongnam;NYMedia Center (2017); The Fondazione Filiberto Menna, Salerno, Italy; Galeria U Jezuitow, Poznan, Poland; Bund18 Creative Center, Shanghai, China; Coreana Museum, Seoul, Korea; Nation Centre for Performing Art, Asia Society Mumbai Centre, Mumbai, India; Metropolitan Pavilion, NY; David Zwirner Gallery, NY; Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery/ Asia Society Museum NYC; Unit B Gallery, San Antonio: Hoam Gallery and National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul.​Han received an MFA from the School of Visual Arts NYC (2006), attended the Skowhegan School (2008) and participated in residencies at Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (2015-16), Seoul Foundation for Art and Culture (2013-14), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Program (2011-12), LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island (2010), Art OMI (2009) and CUE Art Foundation(2008) and was a Smack Mellon Hot Pick. He was awarded a Korea Hydro Nuclear Power, Co. andGyeongju Cultural Foundation Grant (2020),Puffin Foundation Grant, and New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowship in Digital/Electronic Arts (2009) and joined as a review panelist (2014/2017).