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Punch Brothers’ T Bone Burnett–produced new album, The Phosphorescent Blues. The album "shows off their eclectic sound," says NPR's Morning Edition. "The album mixes chamber-music intricacy, improvisational flash, lump-in-throat balladry, and a puckish Debussy cover," says the Boston Globe. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune says the new album features "some choral harmonies that are somewhere between the Beach Boys and heaven." The CBC calls the album "triumphant." "Listening to the Punch Brothers is an exercise in wonder," says the Irish Times. "The playing and harmonies are breathtaking. Enjoy." The Herald Scotland calls it "a quite masterly collection from a quintet of virtuosi."Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release Artist News ReviewsAlbum ReleaseTuesday, January 20, 2015|2 comments
Punch Brothers' new album, The Phosphorescent Blues, is due out next week (with vinyl due February 24). But you don't need to wait till then to hear it. The new album is streaming in full all this week exclusively via Press Play series, "where The New York Times debuts noteworthy new music." The band kicks off a brief tour of Ireland and the UK this week; the US tour starts February 20.Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release Artist NewsAlbum ReleaseTuesday, January 13, 2015|2 comments
Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of "Inside Llewyn Davis" is out now on Nonesuch Records. The two-disc collection captures a one-night-only concert held at New York City’s Town Hall in 2013 to celebrate the music of the Coen brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis, featuring live performances by icons and rising stars of folk and Americana. They sang "in pitch perfect tone that left an oft-awestruck audience silently stunned," says the Los Angeles Times, "then vocally thrilled." The Independent on Sunday says it's "as excellent as you would expect with surprising collaborations and stately performances breathing new life into old songs and old fire into new ones."Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release Artist News ReviewsAlbum ReleaseTuesday, January 13, 2015|0 commentsNonesuch Releases Two Original Songs Written and Performed by Ethan Hawke from Richard Linklater’s "Boyhood"
Nonesuch Records, which released the soundtrack to Richard Linklater's film Boyhood last year, has now digitally released two additional songs written specifically for the movie by Ethan Hawke: “Split the Difference (Daddy’s Lullaby),” performed by Hawke and Charlie Sexton, and “Ryan’s Song,” performed by Hawke with Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater, and Jennifer Tooley. “When Rick [Linklater] and I decided to make my character a songwriter," Hawke told the Hollywood Reporter, "he gave me the challenge to write some songs for the movie. We didn’t know at that time whether they would be in the movie or not, but it allowed me to take some time and get into character … If it had been a normal movie I never would have been able to come up with two songs, but I had 12 years!”Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release Artist NewsAlbum ReleaseMonday, December 15, 2014|0 comments
Jonny Greenwood’s soundtrack to Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film, Inherent Vice, is out now on CD and digitally, with the vinyl to follow March 3. An adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel, Inherent Vice, now playing in select theaters in NYC and LA, is set in the tail end of the psychedelic ’60s. The soundtrack features nine compositions by Greenwood, an unreleased Radiohead tune performed by members of Supergrass, plus other recordings from the movie’s era. The New York Times calls it an "excellent playlist." Additional performers include The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Neil Young, Can, and The Marketts, among others.