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  • Marcel Cellier by Henri Kudelski

    Marcel Cellier, Who Recorded Award-Winning "Mystery of Bulgarian Voices" Albums, Dies at 88

    Marcel Cellier, the Swiss music producer, radio broadcaster, ethnomusicologist, and musician, has died at the age of 88. Cellier, who recorded the famed series of albums of the Bulgarian State Television female vocal choir, Mystère des Voix Bulgares, first released in the US on Nonesuch Records in the late 1980s, died at a hospital in the Swiss Riviera on Friday, December 13, 2013. The album's release sparked a global interest in the captivating voices of the choir and was followed by a second volume, which earned a Grammy Award and led to an extensive world tour, a third recording, and a box set.

  • Ken Burns: "Baseball" [cover]

    Celebrate Jackie Robinson Day with a Tune From Ken Burns's "Baseball"

    To celebrate Jackie Robinson Day—marking the day when, in 1947, Jackie Robinson made his major league debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers and broke the color barrier in professional baseball—the Nonesuch Journal revisits Natalie Cole's performance of "Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?," off the original soundtrack recording to Ken Burns's landmark 1994 documentary Baseball. Listen to the track here.

  • Billy Bragg & Wilco: "Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions" [cover + print]

    Nonesuch Celebrates Woody Guthrie Centennial with "Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions," Out April 21; Pre-Order Now

    On the acclaimed Mermaid Avenue albums, Billy Bragg and Wilco put music to lyrics by folk legend Woody Guthrie for which he had not written music or made recordings. Tweedy and Bragg were "the perfect pair to conclude that Guthrie ... was a prophetic rock-and-roller with a whole lot to say," said the New York Times. On Record Store Day, April 21, Nonesuch will release Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions, which includes the original two volumes of Mermaid Avenue (the second re-mastered); a third volume with 17 previously unreleased recordings from those sessions; the 1999 documentary on the sessions, Man in the Sand; and a 48-page booklet with new liner notes by Nora Guthrie, lyrics, archival photographs, and facsimiles of lyric sheets and sketches by Woody Guthrie. Pre-orders include an exclusive print of Guthrie’s lyric sheet for “Hoodoo Voodoo.”

  • Nonesuch Store 4th Anniversary Sale: 34% Off CDs, LPs, DVDs

    Order Now for the Holidays with Free Shipping Plus 34% Off CDs, LPs, DVDs

    With the holidays right around the corner, now's the perfect time to head to the Nonesuch Store and receive 34% off the standard retail price on all CDs, LPs, and DVDs. That's an extra savings of about 20% off the everyday low prices listed on the site. As always, all US orders over $20 receive free standard shipping. To receive in-stock items by December 23 in the US, standard-shipping orders should be placed by 9 PM ET this Thursday, December 15. Rush orders should be placed by Friday.

  • Nonesuch Store 4th Anniversary Sale: 34% Off CDs, LPs, DVDs

    Cyber Monday and Beyond: Nonesuch Store Anniversary Sale Continues with 34% Off CDs, LPs, DVDs

    Happy Cyber Monday! The savings continue as the Nonesuch Store fourth anniversary sale, which began last week, rolls into Cyber Monday and beyond, with all CDs, LPs, and DVDs here at 34% off the standard retail price. That's an extra savings of about 20% off the everyday low prices listed on the site; the final reduction will be show at checkout. Sale prices start around $7, with the average title at about $12. As always, almost every album includes high-quality MP3s at checkout.

  • Our New Orleans [cover]

    New Orleans Habitat Musicians’ Village Toddler Park Opens, Featuring Walkway Named in Honor of Nonesuch President Bob Hurwitz

    New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity dedicated the newly finished Musicians’ Village Toddler Park today in the Upper Ninth Ward of New Orleans, made possible through the support of Nonesuch Records / Warner Music Group, New York Life, and The Talbott Foundation. The central walkway, Hurwitz Way, is named in honor of Nonesuch president Bob Hurwitz. In 2005, Nonesuch released the benefit album Our New Orleans, which raised 1.1 million dollars, donated to New Orleans Habitat for Humanity to create new housing for the Musicians' Village.

  • Carolina Chocolate Drops 2011 guitar

    Carolina Chocolate Drops to Debut Theater Piece at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music

    The Carolina Chocolate Drops are collaborating on their first theater piece, which will be performed at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music this November. Keep a Song in Your Soul: The Black Roots of Vaudeville was commissioned by Old Town and explores songs written and performed by African Americans between 1830 and 1930. The band is working with jazz composer-pianist Reginald R. Robinson and the Old Town School's Reggio "The Hoofer" Laughlin on the production. Bandmember Dom Flemons tells the Willamette Week, “There’s so much stuff that people just don’t know about in terms of music ... we want to reach back and grab that stuff and make it live again.”

  • Björk 2011 harp

    Pitchfork Interviews Björk for Its Fifteenth Anniversary; "Crystalline Series" Available Today

    Music and culture website launched 15 years ago this summer, in 1996, and in honor of this anniversary, the site is taking a look at artists "who've left a mark on the musical landscape over the past 15 years"; Björk was chosen for the first feature in the series. Writer Brandon Stosuy talks to the artist about her career and her work since 1996 through her upcoming album, Biophilia. As the release of Biophilia draws closer, Björk's "Crystalline Series"—four 12" vinyl imports from the UK featuring variations on music from Biophilia—have been made available. The series includes remixes from Grammy-winning engineer Serban Ghenea, British electronic artist Matthew Herbert (who previously collaborated with Björk on her album Vespertine), and musician Omar Souleyman.

  • Jac Holzman bw

    Nonesuch Founder Jac Holzman to Be Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Congratulations to Jac Holzman, the founder of Nonesuch Records and its former parent company Elektra Records, who will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011 and receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award. “We are pleased to welcome these artists and executives into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” said Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation President and CEO Joel Peresman. “They truly represent the variety of people that have defined and continue to influence music and the business of Rock and Roll.”

  • The Black Keys: "Brothers" [cover]

    The Black Keys to Perform Live on KCRW; "Brothers" Makes More Top Ten Lists

    Tune in to KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic today to hear the Black Keys perform tracks from their album, Brothers, which host Jason Bentley rated No. 1 on his Top Albums of 2010. The album comes in at No. 7 on TIME's Top 10 Albums of the Year; the magazine calls it "a classic, unmuddled rock-'n'-roll record." The New York Post places Brothers, an album "filled with ear-candy," at No. 6 in his Top Ten Albums of the Year. Watch a video for the album track "Everlasting Light" here.