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Steve Martin Awards Third Annual Bluegrass Prize

Steve Martin Awards Third Annual Bluegrass Prize | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Mark Johnson, known in his field for having mastered a challenging style of five-string banjo-playing, has won the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass.
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What's the first album you owned?

What's the first album you owned? | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
That's the question we asked readers earlier this week – and here's a selection of responses. Is your first album on the list?Earlier this week we asked readers to tell us about the first album they bought.
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Lo'Jo: Cinéma el Mundo – review

Lo'Jo: Cinéma el Mundo – review | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

This album follows much the same formula as the their 12, but this time round there's an even more exotic soundscape, writes Robin Denselow...Thirty years, and 13 albums on, my favourite French/global band are back and on classic form – though I must still repeat the one complaint I have made about them in the past. Based in a former farmhouse, out among the vineyards near Angers, they have created a unique style, mixing the poetry and chanson of soulful singer/keyboard player Denis Paén with the sophisticated, attacking, vocals of two Algerian sisters, Yamina and Nadia Nid El Mourid, along with taut, rhythmic backing and the inspired violin work of Richard Bourreau.

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Bon Iver to Stream Radio City Music Hall Performance

Bon Iver to Stream Radio City Music Hall Performance | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
This Friday, Sept. 21, the Bowery Live YouTube channel are set to stream Bon Iver’s performance from Radio City Music Hall, live in HD, at 9:15 p.m. EDT....
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Brad Mehldau: (Unlikely) Songs By Other People

Brad Mehldau: (Unlikely) Songs By Other People | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
At this point, there's nothing special about jazz musicians playing post-Beatles pop: It's just the new normal. But one of the trendsetters on that score was pianist Brad Mehldau and his versions of Radiohead and Nick Drake tunes. Now, Mehldau's trio has a new covers album out.

Where Do You Start was recorded at the sessions for the all-originals album Ode, which came out this spring. Good as Ode was, I like the new one a bit more — most of it anyway — not least for the unlikely selections.

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Watch Animal Collective Play "Father Time" and "Today's Supernatural" Last Summer in Brooklyn

Watch Animal Collective Play "Father Time" and "Today's Supernatural" Last Summer in Brooklyn | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Animal Collective's North American fall tour begins tonight in Seattle. In honor of that, Domino has shared two videos from a July 12, 2011 show at Brooklyn's Prospect Park. Here, the band plays their Centipede Hz cuts "Father Time" and "Today's Supernatural", with tons of psychedelic light effects.

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Happy Chilean Independence Day!!

Happy Chilean Independence Day!! | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Today, in 1810, Chile declared its independence from Spain, making it Chile Independence Day!! Celebrate with us by making Chilean Empanadas w/ Cilantro Sauce from Food.com.
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Review: Band Of Horses – Mirage Rock [Album] - Altsounds.com

Review: Band Of Horses – Mirage Rock [Album] - Altsounds.com | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Review: Band Of Horses – Mirage Rock [Album]Altsounds.comThe Seattle born Band Of Horses never fail to build upon their last release, bringing forth a new twist on their Alternative Country leanings without detracting too far from what they are...
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Album Stream: Bettye LaVette- Thankful n' Thoughtful

Album Stream: Bettye LaVette- Thankful n' Thoughtful | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Bettye LaVette has been busy. The R&B songstress is entering her 50th year in the music industry, and will release her new album, Thankful n’ Thoughtful, on Sept. 25 followed by her autobiography, A Woman Like Me, on Sept. 25 followed by her autobiography, A Woman Like Me, on Sept. 27.

LaVette’s latest album tackles covers of classic artists including Bob Dylan and Tom Waits. Lavette also re-imagines songs by newer bands, such as the Black Keys and Gnarls Barkley. She’s not afraid to bear her soul and sing from the bottom of her heart, making it clear why Lavette has such staying power as a singer.

Listen to the exclusive stream of Thankful n’ Thoughtful below.

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Watch the Mountain Goats' John Darnielle Play "Harlem Roulette" on the Waterfront in New York

Watch the Mountain Goats' John Darnielle Play "Harlem Roulette" on the Waterfront in New York | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Pitchfork.tv recently sat down with the Mountain Goats' John Darnielle on the waterfront in New York. He played his Transcendental Youth cut "Harlem Roulette" and chatted about his fascination with a subject of the song, Frankie Lymon, and the depressing nature of child stars.

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Radical Music: Sometimes Shocking, Sometimes Subtle

Radical Music: Sometimes Shocking, Sometimes Subtle | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Both Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” and Debussy’s “Jeux” were radical works that still have the power to shock.
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Bill Evans: Carnegie Hall (1976) - JazzWax

Bill Evans: Carnegie Hall (1976) - JazzWax | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

On June 25, 1976, three months before Bill Evans recordedTogether Again, his second album with Tony Bennett, the pianist appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival in New York with Bennett. In fact, the event at Carnegie Hall was billed as An Evening with Tony Bennett and featured two sets—one with the Bill Evans Trio and a second with Evans and a massive orchestra accompanying Bennett....

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New Music: DAVID BYRNE AND ST. VINCENT

New Music: DAVID BYRNE AND ST. VINCENT | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
“Love This Giant” is the new joint album by David Byrne and Annie Clark (who performs as St. Vincent). Here are the names of the arrangers who helped realize the brass and reeds on the album: Tony Finno, Kelly Pratt, Lenny Pickett and Ken Thomson. Mr. Byrne and Ms. Clark e-mailed them ideas for horn parts, written with Logic software; in at least one case the arrangers wrote some transitions as well. .
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Preview the Sufjan Ballet "Year of the Rabbit"

Preview the Sufjan Ballet "Year of the Rabbit" | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
On October 5, the ballet "Year of the Rabbit", choreographed by Justin Peck and set to music by Sufjan Stevens, will premiere at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater in New York. It will be performed by dancers from the New York City Ballet.
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Los Lobos - Kiko 20th Anniversary Edition (Shout Factory, 2012)

Los Lobos - Kiko 20th Anniversary Edition (Shout Factory, 2012) | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
This was one of my favorite albums from my college years, so it was with a degree of nostalgia that I picked up this newly remastered edition.
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Universal Takeover of EMI Music Is Approved

The regulators backed a reduced version of the Universal Music Group’s $1.9 billion takeover of EMI music, saying concessions would ensure continued competition.
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Joy Road: Complete Works of Pepper Adams

Joy Road: Complete Works of Pepper Adams | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
If Gerry Mulligan's mannered, contrapuntal baritone saxophone style can be likened to a badminton player, then Pepper Adams' approach can be compared to a street brawler.

Born in Michigan, Adams moved as a child with his family to upstate New York and then to Detroit, where at age 16 he took up the baritone sax. His relocation back to New York in the mid-1950s put him in play on the recording scene, particularly with hard bop players. Joy Road: The Complete Works of Pepper Adams (Motema) is now available, and the five-CD set is a breathtaking and heartfelt interpretive salute to one of jazz's finest and least-known baritone saxophonists and composers (ask for it by number : j-043 --ed.)

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'Greetings From Tim Buckley' Trailer

The trailer for the upcoming Jeff and Tim Buckley biopic, Greetings From Tim Buckley has dropped following the film's recent premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The movie stars Penn Badgley of Gossip Girl as the younger Buckley trying to come to grips with his relationship (or lack thereof) with his famous father in the lead up to an April 26, 1991, tribute concert for the folk singer that Jeff participated in. While the concert itself did happen, the rest of the film, as director Daniel Algrant told Rolling Stone recently, is "fictionalized and conjecture." Most notable about the trailer is it shows Badgley's rather impressive turn as Jeff Buckley, especially his full-falsetto rendition of "Once I Was," which you get a taste of at the end of the clip.

 

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Recollections of Satchmo, 1959 - By Girish Trivedi

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JazzTimes reader Girish Trivedi, of Mumbai, India, sent in some recently discovered photographs of Louis Armstrong performing in Italy. Below are Trivedi’s memories of that concert and a meditation on Armstrong’s legacy.

I recently found two pictures of the Louis Armstrong Sextet that I had taken from the audience on my Brownie, of a live concert that took place at Teatro Alfieri in Turin, Italy, on May 1, 1959. The group had Armstrong on trumpet, Trummy Young on trombone, Peanuts Hucko on clarinet, Arvell Shaw on bass, Billy Kyle on piano and Danny Barcelona on drums.

 

The memory I have of the eventful Armstrong concert in 1959 is that after his opening number, "When It's Sleepy Time Down South," his sextet played, among other compositions, "Muskrat Ramble," "When the Saints Go Marching In" and "Tiger Rag."

A "jaded" Armstrong at 57 was electrifying, and the majestic tone of his trumpet was never in doubt. However, his playing did not equal his Hot Five and Seven sides, recorded in the '20s.

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Randy Newman Releases Wicked New Track 'I'm Dreaming'

Randy Newman Releases Wicked New Track 'I'm Dreaming' | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Randy Newman has released a swooning, lyrically wicked new cut, "I'm Dreaming," that finds the songwriter stepping into the shoes of a narrator who's "dreaming of a white President/ Someone whom we can understand/ Someone who knows where we're coming from." The track is available now as a free download, and Newman is encouraging listeners to donate to the United Negro College Fund.

 

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Unveiling the genius of Ray Charles

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Since Somerville native Matt Glaser’s younger days in Upper East Manhattan, the world renowned violinist and Berklee Professor has worshipped, like many, at the feet of “The Genius.”

“A lot of the music I’ve tried to make has been inspired by Ray Charles” Glaser said. “Its like a flame in the background for me.”

With such a flame as an inspiration, it seemed a no brainer to hold a symposium on the history of American roots music in Charles’s honor. A man who so effectively and eloquently tied the different forms of rural American music together.

The three day symposium, Inspired by Ray, to be held Sept 21-23 at Berklee College of Music, will be a mix of presentations and performances, from discussions on Charles’s involvement in both the black and blind community, to performances by many world renowned musicians who have crossed paths with Charles or his music in some form or another.

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Farewell New Orleans Musical Great James "Sugar Boy" Crawford

Farewell New Orleans Musical Great James "Sugar Boy" Crawford | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

As reported yesterday by the New Orleans' Times-Picayune website nola.com New Orleans rhythm & blues legend James “Sugar Boy” Crawford passed on Saturday while under hospice care following a brief illness. He was 77 years of age. The New Orleans singer will live on through his music and through one song in particular; the song that most folks know as "Iko Iko" which was a rendition of his song which, in turn, was his interpretation of much earlier N.O. traditional music.

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Thrill Jockey’s 20th Anniversary Featuring Tortoise

Thrill Jockey’s 20th Anniversary Featuring Tortoise | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Over the past two decades, the Chicago-based indie label Thrill Jockey has built a reputation for releasing music that is esoteric yet substantial. Sift through its catalog and you’ll find no real through-lines except quality and a certain curatorial hipness. The label’s lengthy roster includes everything from Liturgy’s black metal through the stagy synthpop of Future Islands, the Appalachian reels of the Black Twig Pickers, and plenty from the Windy City jazz avant-garde: Fred Anderson, Hamid Drake, Bill Dixon, Rob Mazurek and Nicole Mitchell all have Thrill Jockey projects in their discographies.

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Weather Report’s Birdland and Jazz Fusion « Jazz Beat

Weather Report’s Birdland and Jazz Fusion « Jazz Beat | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

n the early 1970s, jazz fusion gained popularity when American saxophonist Wayne Shorter, Austrian-born keyboard player Joe Zawinul, and Czech bassist Miroslav Vitous formed the jazz band Weather Report. The group played their hit song “Birdland” live at Stadthalle Offenbach Concert in Germany, in 1978. The jazz-fusion instrumental composition was written by Zawinul using brand new elaborate musical technology that incorporated a Polyphonic synthesizer and new forms of amplification.

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Catherine Russell gets into the swing of things

Catherine Russell gets into the swing of things | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
OAKLAND — As a young singer making her way on the New York scene in the mid-1980s, Catherine Russell saw herself walking in Tina Turner's thigh-high boots, belting out rock and soul.

Decades later, she hasn't exactly given up the rock 'n' roll lifestyle, but she's made a name for herself interpreting sassy, vintage pop and blues tunes from the era that ended with the advent of Elvis.

"I like anything that swings, generally the sound of music between the 1920s and '50s," says Russell, 55, while relaxing backstage before an Oakland performance with the Dukes of September Rhythm Revue, a tour on which she's singing backup for Donald Fagen, Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald.


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