Tuesday, April 8, 2014|1 commentsEmmylou Harris's "Wrecking Ball" Reissue Out Now, Remastered, with Previously Unreleased Material, Behind-the-Scenes DVD
Today marks the reissue of Emmylou Harris’s groundbreaking album Wrecking Ball, produced by Daniel Lanois. It features the remastered original album, a bonus CD of previously unreleased material, and a DVD of the behind-the-scenes documentary Building the Wrecking Ball. The San Francisco Chronicle calls the album "one of the crowning achievements of both of their careers, one of the finest albums by anyone in the past two decades." The reissue earns five stars from Mojo and Uncut, which calls it "ambitious and audacious ... a masterpiece." Harris and Lanois are on tour now, performing music from the album.Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release Artist NewsAlbum ReleaseTuesday, April 8, 2014|0 comments
Nonesuch celebrates Kronos Quartet, long known as interpreters of music from around the world, in its 40th anniversary year with two releases: Kronos Explorer Series, a box set of five classic albums from five different parts of the world, and A Thousand Thoughts, a new album that looks at Kronos’s geographically wide-ranging sources, featuring music from 14 different countries. Both are out today in North America (international release April 21). Kronos continues its anniversary celebration at the Switchboard Music Festival in its hometown of San Francisco this Saturday.Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release Artist NewsAlbum ReleaseTuesday, April 8, 2014|0 comments"Toumani & Sidiki," First Collaboration Between Father-and-Son Kora Masters, Due May 19 from World Circuit
Toumani Diabaté, widely recognized as the greatest living kora player, and his eldest son Sidiki, release the recording Toumani & Sidiki on World Circuit on May 19. The Guardian has called it "the finest Toumani collaboration since his classic work with Ali Farka Touré." The album, produced by World Circuit’s Nick Gold with engineer Jerry Boys, is a set of unaccompanied kora duets, featuring both obscure, almost forgotten kora pieces and a new look at some Mandé classics from Mali. With this album, Toumani aims "to show the positive side of Mali," to reassert the legacy of a country with access to untold musical riches.Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release Artist NewsAlbum ReleaseWednesday, April 2, 2014|1 commentsDavid Byrne’s "Here Lies Love" Cast Recording Out May 6 on Nonesuch; Public Theater Production Returns to Stage April 14
Nonesuch Records will release the cast recording of David Byrne’s Here Lies Love on May 6. The recording features music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim as performed by the original 2013 Public Theater cast of the Here Lies Love musical starring Ruthie Ann Miles and Jose Llana as Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos. Pre-order in the Nonesuch Store for an instant download of the track “Child of the Philippines” (heard here). Here Lies Love returns to New York’s Public Theater this spring with performances beginning April 14; opening night set for May 1.Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release Artist NewsAlbum ReleaseTuesday, April 1, 2014|0 comments
Today marks the release of A Dotted Line, the new album from Nickel Creek—Chris Thile, Sara Watkins, and Sean Watkins—reuniting for the first time since its 2007 "indefinite hiatus" for the album and a US tour, which begins April 16. The band performs on The Tonight Show this Wednesday and on A Prairie Home Companion on Saturday. The Boston Globe exclaims: "Nickel Creek picks up the thread in glorious fashion on A Dotted Line ... a vibrant reminder of Nickel Creek’s youthful promise and proof that it has plenty left to say." The Evening Standard calls it "fearless and excellent." Pop Matters calls it "a work of supreme songcraft." BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris says: "Nickel Creek are back together; all is well with the world."