ON THE PODCAST this week - Neil Gaiman with My Brightest Diamond

On this week’s Wits, author neil-gaiman presents the worst submissions to our Bad Gaiman Challenge – where we asked you to send in your poorest imitations of Neil Gaiman’s writing. We also hear Neil selling real estate, or rather, “unreal” estate, and in Pop Song Correspondence, Satan applies for a job at Radio Shack. Plus, music from My Brightest Diamond.


My Brightest Diamond: Pressure

A video premiere and interview with a dazzling singer-songwriter. By Sammy Maine.
Sufjan Stevens Teams With Son Lux and Rapper Serengeti as s / s / s, EP Due on Anticon

Sufjan Stevens has teamed up with two Anticon artists, Son Lux and the rapper Serengeti for a new project called s / s / s. They’ll release the four track Beak & Claw EP on March 20 via Anticon.
The six-minute track “Museum Day” features Sufjan singing Auto-Tuned lines alongside rap verses from Serengeti. The EP features vocal contributions from Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond on closer “If This Is Real”, while Doseone from Subtle and Themselves appears on the opening track, “Octomom”.
Sufjan and Serengeti were introduced in 2009, when they worked together on Buck 65’s remix of Sufjan’s cover of Castanets’ “You Are the Blood” for the benefit compilation Dark Was the Night.

Beak & Claw EP:

01 Octomom
02 Museum Day
03 Beyond Any Doubt
04 If This Is Real


NEW SHOW: Saturday, November 8 - Neil Gaiman with My Brightest Diamond

Our friend Neil Gaiman is coming back to hang out with us! And we get to welcome with the amazingly talented My Brightest Diamond!!

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Neil Gaiman is the bestselling author of books for adults and children.  The recipient of many awards, his works have been adapted for film, television, stage and radio. Some of Neil’s most notable titles include The Graveyard Book (the first book to ever win both the Newbery and Carnegie medals), American Gods and 2013’s UK National Book Award’s Book of the Year, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. 2 million people follow him on Twitter.  Born in the UK, he now lives in the US with his wife, the musician and writer, Amanda Palmer.

As impressive as her list of recent collaborators, Shara Worden’s voice and arresting live performances have left audiences thunderstruck from the Sydney Opera house to Lincoln Center to the House of Blues. She’s performed under the experimental-pop moniker My Brightest Diamond for the last seven years, and counts Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dressner (The National), The Decemberists, Bon Iver, David Byrne and Laurie Anderson among collaborators and friends.  Her latest album, out September16, is titled This is My Hand.

ON THE RADIO and PODCAST - Neil Gaiman with My Brightest Diamond, pt. 2

This week on Wits, acclaimed best-selling author neil-gaiman tells tales of his time in a teenage punk band, reveals the conversations he’s had while owning multiple talking animals, and tackles the role of a smooth jazz trumpeter tasked with saving the world from Murder Cat. Singer/songwriter Shara Worden joins us for a Wits Game Show about some of the most obscure comic books ever made, and we get beautiful eclectic music from My Brightest Diamond.

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Fear Of The Unknown And The Blazing Sun
  • Fear Of The Unknown And The Blazing Sun
  • Colin Stetson
  • New History Warfare: Volume 2 - Judges

Colin Stetson - Fear of the Unknown and the Blazing Sun

Listening to Colin’s latest album “New History Warfare: Volume 2 - Judges” today I was struck that the man coupled with a suitable creative mind could create the most interesting acoustic (i.e. not programmed) dance music. That thought is only borne out here by his clear ability to use his sax to create a solid rhythm and mesmerising melodic riff. Over it, Laurie Anderson speaks about empathy and otherworldly things, and Shara Worden’s normally soaring voice is no less engaging at it intones its way through the latter half of the track, Stetson’s rhythm clacking and limping like faulty clockwork. Why can’t I stop listening to this?


“The Lotus Eaters” by Sarah Kirkland Snider, ft. Shara Worden and Signal.

From the song cycle Penelope

literally why would anyone not listen to the decemberist’s rock opera “the hazards of love" 

  • a FAWN by day a HOT YOUNG MAN by night
  • the prettiest prelude known to man
  • sordid family relations 
  • a talking living forest with a bitch ass jealous queen mommy as its queen
  • Evul Villain Song (aka the catchiest song about infanticide ever) 
  • shara worden
  • shara worden singing a lot of really impressive notes
  • a song with a longer title than most fall out boy songs (The Hazards Of Love 1: The Prettiest Whistles Won’t Wrestle The Thistles Undone)
  • colin meloy’s godlike voice and ineffably eloquent lyrics
  • what more do you need

Annie Clark & Shara Worden - Freak Out!

um..hello adorable badass.