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Beyond Hamsterdam: Baltimore Tracks from "The Wire"

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  • David Simon, Creator of "The Wire," Named a 2010 MacArthur Fellow

    Congratulations to David Simon, the creator of The Wire (to which Nonesuch released the soundtrack) and Treme, who was named a MacArthur Fellow for 2010. The Fellows, selected for their creativity, originality, and potential to make important contributions in the future, receive $500,000 each in “no strings attached” support over the next five years. MacArthur Fellowships, often referred to as "Genius" grants, offer Fellows unprecedented freedom and opportunity to reflect, create, and explore. Dawn Upshaw was named a Fellow in 2007.

  • Nonesuch Albums Abound in Year-End Best Lists

    While 2008 may go down as one of the more turbulent years in recent (or distant) memory, or, more optimistically, a time of change, there is much to celebrate in the year in music. Nonesuch artists across all genres have contributed to that and, accordingly, have made their way onto many critics' lists of the year's best. For the final Nonesuch Journal article of the year, we offer an overview of just some of that year-end critical praise.

About this Album

"No other program has ever done anything remotely like what this one does, namely to portray the social, political, and economic life of an American city with the scope, observational precision, and moral vision of great literature.” Slate

Nonesuch released “…and all the pieces matter”— Five Years of Music from The Wire, the first soundtrack from the critically acclaimed, Peabody Award–winning HBO series The Wire in January 2008—two days after the series kicked off its fifth season on the pay television network. Although music plays a significant role in the David Simon–created drama, it has never before been collected and released as an album.

Beyond Hamsterdam: Baltimore Tracks from The Wire, comprises only the “…and all the pieces matter” tracks by Baltimore musicians, tracks from the city's club and hip-hop scene that have never before appeared on a major label release, including Rod Lee’s “Dance My Pain Away,” Tyree Colion’s “Projects,” Diablo’s “Jail Flick,” Mullyman’s “The Life, The Hood, The Streetz,” and “What You Know About Baltimore?” by Ogun featuring Phathead.

Over the course of five seasons, The Wire developed a portrait of Baltimore through the themes of education, the war on drugs, the decline of the working class, the role of political leadership in addressing urban problems, and the mass media’s impact on the city.


DoMaJe (1), Tyree Colion (2), Rod Lee (3), DJ Technics (4), Ogun feat. Phathead (5), Diablo (6), The Get ’em Mamis feat. L. Cash (7), Dirty Hartz feat. Verb (8), Bossman (9), Mullyman (10), Lafayette Gilchrist (11)

Produced by Doreen Vail, Maurette Brown-Clark, J.B. Wilkins, Nina Noble (1); Juan Donovan & Jamal Roberts for Darkroom Productions Inc. (2, 5-7); Rod Lee (3); Glenn Brand a.k.a. DJ Technics (4); Debonair Samir & Aaron LaCrate (8); Richard Shelton & Loren Hill for One Up Entertainment (9); James Mbah (10)

This compilation mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York City
Executive Producer: David Simon
Producers: Karen L. Thorson and Blake Leyh
Executive Producer for Nonesuch Records: David Bither

Design: Sequel Studio, New York

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