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  • Friday, August 8, 2008|0 comments has launched the remaining segments of the video interview and performance of Randy discussing and playing songs from his latest release, Harps and Angels. On today's videos, Randy talks about writing the title track, how Jackson Brown's name makes its way onto "A Piece of the Pie," and making the record with producers Lenny Waronker and Mitchell Froom; he also performs the newly updated version of "Laugh and Be Happy" that appears on the new record. You can watch all of the videos now at

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  • Thursday, August 7, 2008|0 comments

    Randy Newman brings the music of his latest Nonesuch release, Harps and Angels, to the WNYC studios to perform live on The Leonard Lopate Show today. He discusses the pros and cons of political commentary on NPR's All Things Considered and on the latest videos at The New Statesman suggests that Randy's unique brand of storytelling has never been better realized than on Harps and Angels; Bloomberg says it "contains some of the most literate lyrics likely to be penned in 2008" and "some of Newman's most heartfelt ballads"; the San Diego Union-Tribune calls the album "a masterful collection of songs" with "exquisite lyrics set to the most sophisticated music he has yet written" outside a film score.

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  • Tuesday, August 5, 2008|0 comments

    Today marks the long-awaited release of Randy Newman's Harps and Angels, and the reviews continue to come in, with the Associate Press saying that Randy "has produced a record to rival his best work, and it may be the best album of 2008." At noon ET, NPR will broadcast a recent concert Randy gave in which he and his band performed the new record in its entirety. Also from NPR, All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen invited Randy to guest DJ this week's show. "I really liked his older stuff," says Boilen of Randy. "I like him better when he's older."

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  • Ry Cooder

    Monday, August 4, 2008|0 comments

    Ry Cooder recently spoke with Studio 360 host Kurt Anderson about his latest Nonesuch release, I, Flathead, the third in his California trilogy of records, as well as the many facets of his rich career. Cooder tells Anderson of, among other things, his earliest professional gigs in his hometown of Los Angeles while still in high school in the 1960s. "My fate was sealed, so to speak," he says, "because I had participated in this most miraculous thing I had ever seen ... that being a record studio."

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  • Steve Reich - color

    Monday, July 28, 2008|0 comments

    Steve Reich is the featured subject of tonight's episode of The Lebrecht Interview on BBC Radio 3. During the summer Proms season in London, Norman Lebrecht speaks with some of the world's leading performers, composers, and conductors. On tonight's episode, which begins at 9:15 PM GMT, Reich and Lebrecht discusses his life in music, including his studies with Luciano Berio, and the role of religion in his life and work.

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