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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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The Vaccines – Come Of Age: Exclusive album stream

The Vaccines – Come Of Age: Exclusive album stream | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Listen to the second Vaccines record a week before release – and let us know your thoughts!The Vaccines certainly want to sound like they mean business on this second album.
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Watch a New Sigur Rós Video for "Dauðalogn"

Sigur Rós’ ongoing “Mystery Film Experiment” continues with a stunning video for “Dauðalogn,” directed by Henry Jun Wah Lee....
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Jazz Articles: The Bad Plus to Release New Album, ‘Made Possible,’ Sept. 25

Jazz Articles: The Bad Plus to Release New Album, ‘Made Possible,’ Sept. 25 | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

The Bad Plus will release their next album, titled Made Possible (eOne), on Sept. 25. Recorded in upstate New York, it is the eighth studio album by the trio consisting of bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer David King. The nine tracks include eight originals plus a tribute to the late drummer Paul Motian, “Victoria.”

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Paul Weston & His Orchestra - Reflections Of An Indian Boy [1955]

Paul Weston & His Orchestra - Reflections Of An Indian Boy [1955] | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Issued in 1955 on the Columbia label, Reflections Of An Indian Boy is an homage to composer Carl Fischer's ethnicity, which, when spun, comes to life as an intriguing entry in the catalog of '50s popular music.First off, I want to say a few words...
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Africa Express: its past in pictures

Africa Express: its past in pictures | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Africa Express starts making its way round the UK next week – in a train packed with musicians both African and British that departs from London on Sunday.
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Jazz Musician of the Day: Charlie Parker

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All About Jazz is celebrating Charlie Parker's birthday today!
Charlie Parker was one of the most influential improvising soloists in jazz, and a central figure in the development of bop in the 1940s. A legendary figure in his own lifetime, he was idolized by those who worked with him, and he inspired a generation of jazz performers and composers.

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An Art Pepper jazz retrieval, two Souzas and one from The Physics - The Seattle Times

An Art Pepper jazz retrieval, two Souzas and one from The Physics - The Seattle Times | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
An Art Pepper jazz retrieval, two Souzas and one from The PhysicsThe Seattle TimesNew CDs (and vinyl) albums released this week of Tuesday, Aug.
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This Is What the Decemberists Look Like on "The Simpsons"

This Is What the Decemberists Look Like on "The Simpsons" | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Looks like the Decemberists will join Tom Waits as guests on an upcoming episode of "The Simpsons". Colin Meloy posted that amazing image you see above today on Twitter, seeming to confirm that the band offers a classroom performance of sorts,...
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Stream Cat Power's New Album, Sun

Stream Cat Power's New Album, Sun | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
On Sept. 4, Cat Power, also known as Chan Marshall, will be releasing Sun, her first album of original material in six years.
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JazzDoc: Gil Evans - JazzWax

JazzDoc: Gil Evans - JazzWax | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
For those of you extending your weekend by a day, here's a documentary of Gil Evans. It isn't the greatest ever made, but it will do...
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Six Things You Didn't Know About David Foster Wallace

Six Things You Didn't Know About David Foster Wallace | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Not music, but . . . hey, it's still interesting, right? When David Foster Wallace committed suicide in 2008 it was clear he had been profoundly depressed But the first major biography of the writer DT Max's Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story out on August 30th reveals an even more troubled mind than...

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Robert Cray Band: Nothin but Love – review

Robert Cray Band:  Nothin but Love – review | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

The blues guitarist is back in a rich vein of form, writes Neil Spencer...taut and gritty (the sessions took just a fortnight) and Cray burns with urgency

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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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33rd Detroit Jazz Festival features star-studded lineup

33rd Detroit Jazz Festival features star-studded lineup | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
33rd Detroit Jazz Festival features star-studded lineupDetroit Free PressThe Detroit festival remains the largest free jazz festival in North America -- perhaps the world -- playing out on four downtown stages that stretch from Hart Plaza up...
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23 Musicians Share Their Paintings :: Blogs :: List of the Day :: Paste

23 Musicians Share Their Paintings :: Blogs :: List of the Day :: Paste | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
We asked 23 musicians—including Mindy Smith, Julianna Hatfield, Robyn Hitchcock, Joseph Arthur and Ani DiFranco—about their love of painting and to share some of their works.
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Jazz and freedom

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I've always thought that there is a conceptual link between spontaneous order, conversation (in the Oakeshottian sense) and jazz. Here is a small squib from a libertarian blog that makes such a link though I'm not a libertarian ... from manwithoutqualities

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In Search Of... is finally coming to DVD

Back in June I hipped readers to the fact that one of the greatest TV shows of all time, Get A Life, is finally getting a proper DVD release after previously only being afforded two four-episode volumes from Rhino Home Video.
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Satan is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers by Charlie Louvin with Benjamin Whitmer :: Books :: Reviews :: Paste

Satan is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers by Charlie Louvin with Benjamin Whitmer :: Books :: Reviews :: Paste | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Picking cotton the old fashioned way—by hand—was damned hard and unpleasant work. For the late Charlie Louvin, picking country music and making a living at it was hard as hell too. 

For the late Charlie Louvin, picking country music and making a living at it was hard as hell too. He did both and lived to tell about it in his unadorned country way. Neither the life he led nor his descriptions of it turn out to be stuff for the weak of heart.

Louvin’s memoir tells the story of a generation of country music now gone. Charlie finished writing Satan is Real with Benjamin Whitmer shortly before he passed away in 2011. The era when he and his brother Ira rose to fame as the Louvin Brothers died years before. If you ever saw Louvin, Bill Monroe or Roy Acuff perform, you witnessed an icon of a way of country music life that no longer exists—history as it happened.

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New Orleans' post-Katrina gentrification is touchy

New Orleans' post-Katrina gentrification is touchy | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

With Isaac bearing down on New Orleans, the city finds itself at a delicate moment in its rebuilding since Hurricane Katrina struck seven years ago. Private and government investment is fueling the push to overhaul some of the city's troubled but culturally rich neighborhoods near the French Quarter, where poor families are being replaced as wealthier ones move in. While the city's in a boom and even gentrifying, some question whether it will wither the roots that grew the city's distinctive identity.

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Jimmy Forrest: Sit Down and Relax - JazzWax

Jimmy Forrest: Sit Down and Relax - JazzWax | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

On the Prestige Records' thermometer, tenor saxophonist Jimmy Forrest sat roughly halfway between Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt. Forrest had Ammons' bulldog gospel attack but he also had Stitt's glossy slipperiness. Forrest, of course, had his own distinct swinging style that sounded like the blues mounted on roller skates. He could be both intimate and bossy—improvising long, serpentine lines and resolving them neatly. Forrest could add a fresh quality to virtually any song, even the most frayed standard.

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Nick Cave on His Surprising Soundtrack for 'Lawless'

Nick Cave on His Surprising Soundtrack for 'Lawless' | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Listening to 85-year-old bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley sing Captain Beefheart and Velvet Underground songs on the soundtrack to Lawless is certainly disorienting – which is the effect Nick Cave wanted for his film  Cave wrote the screenplay and...
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Africa Express: a magical mystery tour

Africa Express: a magical mystery tour | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Eighty musicians, one train and a string of stops across Britain. On Sunday 2 September the train will pull out of Euston station with approximately 80 musicians on board, roughly half of whom comprise a who's who of African talent. As well as Baaba Maal, fresh from hosting his own Africa Utopia festival at the Southbank in London, there will be the blind husband-and-wife duo Amadou and Mariam from Mali; their compatriot, the kora player Toumani Diabaté; South African producer Spoek Mathambo; Ghanian rapper M.anifest; Egyptian rapper Karim Rush; Congo-born singer Baloji and dozens more. Wandering out of the photographer's studio now is another, Jupiter Bokondji, tired from playing a stunning show with his band Okwess International at the Womad festival in Wiltshire the previous afternoon.

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Lester Young

Jazz Musician of the Day: Lester Young | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Lester “Prez" Young was one of the giants of the tenor saxophone. He was the greatest improviser between Coleman Hawkins and Louis Armstrong of the 1920s and Charlie Parker in the 1940s. From the beginning, he set out to be different: He had his own lingo; In the Forties, he grew his hair out. The other tenor players held their saxophones upright in front of them, so Young held his out to the side...

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Flashback: Bruce Springsteen Opens for Dr. Hook in 1973

Flashback: Bruce Springsteen Opens for Dr. Hook in 1973 | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
When Bruce Springsteen performed at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles on May 1st 1973 he was still largely unknown to the public His debut LP Greetings From Asbury Park NJ hit shelves that January amid a flurry of "new Dylan" hype but it failed...
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