Book Notes - Susan Rieger "The Heirs" - In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors incl...
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This is a wonderful contemporary jazz record. Bass guitarist Steve Swallow, drummer Adam Nussbaum and saxophonist Ohad Talmor combine slyly swinging jazz references with all kinds of eclectic inflections – notably through the tonal eloquence and sophistication of Talmor, who was born in Israel, raised in Switzerland and lives in Brooklyn
"Deft flourishes and considered wordplay that Thompson fans will be familiar with."PopMatters
In 1971 Richard Thompson made an impulsive decision to leave Fairport Convention
Consider this: In 1999, Richard Thompson released Mock Tudor, which is one of his two or three best albums, if not just the best. That’s 32 years into his recording career. Imagine if Paul McCartney had released Flaming Pie and it was as good as or better than Revolver. While we’re at it, imagine that everything he’d released in the interim was nearly as good, too. That’s the level of talent at work here.
Akin to albums by the similarly avant-garde artist Björk, each track on /\/\/\Y/\, no matter how different, is unmistakably the work of M.I.A. The leap in her ability, to realise such a distinct vision, is complete. /\/\/\Y/\ is at points a terrifying achievement but, much like life in general, it has so much to offer an inquisitive and open mind–it simply depends whether or not you're bothered enough to scratch beyond the surface and dive in.
Saw her on Jools the other night
Steve Reich's influence has always spun in all directions, but even he must have surprised himself here: rock-band instruments playing in riffs and grooves with the notated precision of classical chamber music.
........ I wanted to connect with you today about Gozaic (gozaic.com), a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which has recently posted an interesting article exploring music-themed destinations to inspire travelers in planning their next adventures:I managed to get really good links about Graceland and a museum about Woodstock
Gozaic is a website site that serves as a destination guide for travelers who, with the newly updated sections, can easily find culture-rich destinations, events and tours based upon interest. The site is a great resource for visitors, featuring more than 600 diverse points of interest; the search function highlights exciting places and events for all types of personal travel passions. Whether visitors are looking for a jazz joint in their local neighborhood or searching for a sailing journey in Turkey, Gozaic’s resource capabilities are prepared to help in any circumstance.
Brand New Eyes is the third album by American Alternative rock band Paramore, released September 29, 2009 through Fueled by Ramen in the United States and Canada.
The album was produced by Rob Cavallo and recorded in Hidden Hills, California from January to March, 2009. It topped the charts in many countries across the world including Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the United Kingdom, making it the band's most successful album to date.
Brown Torpedo, Midnight Mile, Jim Lockey ; The Solemn Sun, Swift Manoeuvre, The Dawn Chorus and David FordSaturday
Hitchhikers of the Galaxy, Screaming 88's, The Echoes, Reachback, Will Kevans, I Call A Strike, Che, Joe Noel, Pete Taylor, China Soul, Ellie Dussak, Gareth Harper, Thrill Collins, Dale Campbell, Ryan Martin, Edd Donovan, Faded Circus, My First Tooth, The Strange Death of Liberal England, Luke Leighfield and 6 Day Riot.
Grinderman 2 continues the animal theme; this time, the cover star is a lone wolf, let loose in a marble bathroom. Which suits the change in mood, the priapic desperation of the first album having been supplanted by ravenous malevolence. "Kitchenette" offers seduction with a side order of threat ("I'll stick my fingers in your biscuit jar and crush all your gingerbread men"),
Inland Territory marks Vienna Teng entering into the group of female singer-songwriters that includes Amos, Regina Spektor, and Neko Case. Her voice and her musical expression capture a full range of emotions through pleasing storytelling and soothing harmonies.
He plays acoustic guitar and harmonica, and his songs are remarkable for the way he mixes sturdy melodies that often sound as accessible as western folk themes, with lyrics in his native language Tetum (thankfully translated in the sleeve notes), that deal with his country's painful history or the need for conservation.
Sarah Vaughan's personal life was a jumble of paradoxes. She had a mercurial personality and could be extremely difficult to work with (especially in areas outside of music), but numerous fellow musicians recounted their experiences with her to be some of the best of their career. None of her marriages was successful, yet she maintained close long-running friendships with a number of male colleagues in the business and was devoted to her parents and adopted daughter. Despite effusive public acclaim, Vaughan was insecure and suffered from stage fright that was, at times, almost incapacitating. While shy and often aloof with strangers, she was quite gregarious and generous with friends
Herbie was a Jewish American jazz flutist and important early practitioner of world music. Early in his career, he also played tenor saxophones and clarinets (including bass clarinet), but Mann was among the first jazz musicians to specialize on the flute and was perhaps jazz music's preeminent flutist during the 1960s
..... the set finds Helm both affirming life and anticipating death. ....Much is raucous, though there are sombre ballads that look directly into the great unknown. The constant throughout is Helm’s subtly spectacular singing. When he was young, he sounded like a wise old man. Now he sounds like an oracle
....During those 14 perfect minutes, it's just her voice and finger-picked acoustic guitar, augmented cautiously by piano, organ, and ripples of electronics
Some artists have such perfectly serene voices that they'd still mesmerize you even if they were singing about hell, damnation, and sex.
One of Fish Records' favourite artists, Gretchen Peters studio albums are full of beautifully constructed songs, killer melodies and lyrics with real heart.
This hand picked 15 song retrospective includes 2 unreleased songs, and the quality of the songs throughout is exceptional
The musical canvas and emotional scope of the work, which lasts over an hour, are huge. After its premiere, Mahler is reported to have said,Sorry - not by the LPO but a fine version - this is one of my favourite pieces of classical music.“Nobody understood it. I wish I could conduct the first performance fifty years after my death.”Conductor Herbert von Karajan said that when one hears Mahler's Fifth, “you forget that time has passed. A great performance of the Fifth is a transforming experience. The fantastic finale almost forces you to hold your breath.”
The Wirral band sounds like they’re enjoying themselves on their sixth LP.
.... the Heston Blumenthals of pop: they used the same ingredients as most other indie bands, but what they concocted was refreshingly strange
.... Want Two - wrapped in a melodic package so rich and varied as to make one giddy- will make sure that his name stands alone. Welcome to the world of Rufus the First...