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  • Thursday, March 23, 2017

    Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, and Edgar Meyer have shared their recording of J.S. Bach's Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645, from their forthcoming album, Bach Trios. You can hear it here and download the track now when you pre-order the album, along with a previously released track, the first movement of Bach's Trio Sonata No. 6 in G Major, BWV 530. Bach Trios, due April 7, comprises works by Bach originally written for keyboard instruments, plus one sonata for viola da gamba.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Thursday, March 23, 2017

    Steve Reich continues as the season-long holder of Carnegie Hall's Debs Composer's Chair. There is a performance of his Tehillim on Friday and the upcoming Three Generations, a four-concert, Reich-curated exploration of the changing direction of concert music from the mid-20th century to the present. The composer spoke about the concerts, his music, and more with WNYC's John Schaefer and shared some recordings on New Sounds; you can hear the episode here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News On Tour Radio
  • Thursday, March 23, 2017

    The Magnetic Fields' 50 Song Memoir, which chronicles the fifty years of songwriter Stephin Merritt's life with one song per year, is available in five-LP and five-CD editions including a 100-page book with an extensive interview by Daniel Handler and facsimile handwritten lyrics by Merritt, and as a standalone book with a full-album download card. Now you can take a quick look inside the package in a new "unboxing" video here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    The Magnetic Fields have unveiled the video for "'92 Weird Diseases," from their new album, 50 Song Memoir. The song is one of fifty on the five-disc set that chronicles the fifty years of songwriter Stephin Merritt's life with one song per year. You can watch the video here. The video was created by Stephanie Beattie, Alex Basco Koch, and José Zayas; produced by Ghost Corporeal. It was originally created for the Magnetic Fields' 50 Song Memoir concert tour directed by Zayas.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independent record stores, is set to take place on Saturday, April 22, 2017, and included among the releases on that day are The Allen Toussaint Collection, a compilation of tracks from his first four albums in its first-ever vinyl release; Emmylou Harris's Queen of the Silver Dollar: The Studio Albums, 1975–1979, her first five studio albums on vinyl and a bonus 45 RPM; and Randy Newman's Lonely at the Top: Studio Albums, 1968–1977, his first five studio albums on vinyl and a bonus 45 RPM.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    The Magnetic Fields' 50 Song Memoir album is out, the tour is on, and we're giving away a copy of the 5-LP vinyl set and a life-sized Stephin Merritt standee! For your chance to win: 1. Visit the merch table at any stop on the US tour. 2. Take a selfie with the cardboard Stephin standee standing there. 3. Post the pic to Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with the hashtag #StephinStandee. Can't make it to a show? Tour not coming to your town? To enter, print out this photo of Stephin at home (it doesn't need to be life-sized!), then follow steps 2 and 3 above. 

    Journal Topics: Artist News On Tour
  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    Audra McDonald, who can currently be seen in theaters across the globe in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, was a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday. She spoke with Colbert about her new baby, who recently provided a unique delivery device for grits, and about a slight snafu during the White House ceremony at which she received the National Medal of the Arts from President Barack Obama. You can watch the interview here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Television
  • Monday, March 20, 2017

    The Magnetic Fields have unveiled the video for "'88 Ethan Frome," from their new album, 50 Song Memoir. The song is one of fifty on the five-disc set that chronicles the fifty years of songwriter Stephin Merritt's life with one song per year. You can watch the video here. The video features illustrations by Alexander Petrowsky and animation by John Erickson. It was produced by Alex Basco Koch and José Zayas for Ghost Corporeal. The video was originally created for the Magnetic Fields' 50 Song Memoir concert tour directed by Zayas, which began last week.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Monday, March 20, 2017

    Happy vernal equinox! Now that spring has arrived in the Northern Hemisphere, we've put together a playlist of Nonesuch recordings as a soundtrack to the longer days, melting snows, and blossoming trees ahead, featuring seasonally appropriate songs from Fleet Foxes, Tigran Hamasyan, Gidon Kremer, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Conor Oberst, The Magnetic Fields, Kronos Quartet, Brad Mehldau, Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Black Keys, Robert Plant, k.d. lang, Emmylou Harris, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile, Michael Daves, Bill Frisell, Devendra Banhart, Wilco, Steve Reich, Allen Toussaint, Randy Newman, World Saxophone Quartet, Dawn Upshaw, Teresa Cristina, Pat Metheny, Caetano Veloso, Guy Clark, and the Nonesuch Explorer Series.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Friday, March 17, 2017

    Conor Oberst's new album, Salutations, is out now. The album, a companion to 2016's lauded Ruminations, comprises full-band versions of the ten tunes from that solo album plus seven additional songs. Salutations was recorded with The Felice Brothers, legendary drummer Jim Keltner, who co-produced the album, and special guests. "The results are quite simply sublime," says Sunday Express. "This is songwriting of the very highest quality, Oberst’s lyrics rarely less than astonishing. Wonderful." It "works exceedingly well," raves Q. "Both retaining the spirit of the original yet also transcending it, this was a risk worth taking." "Salutations is an absolute treat," exclaims Drowned in Sound. The Independent says it's "probably the best work of the singer’s career."

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News Reviews
  • Friday, March 17, 2017

    Stephin Merritt is a guest on the latest episode of the public radio show Studio 360 from PRI and WNYC. He talks with host Kurt Andersen about the making of the new Magnetic Fields album, 50 Song Memoir, which chronicles the 50 years of songwriter his life with one song per year, and performs solo takes on two songs from the album: "'71 I Think I'll Make Another World" and "'91 The Day I Finally ..." You can hear the interview and performance here and on public radio stations across the US.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio
  • Friday, March 17, 2017

    The Magnetic Fields bring 50 Song Memoir to Washington, DC … Timo Andres performs in Brooklyn … Tigran Hamasyan tours Italy, Switzerland … Lake Street Dive plays out West … Conor Oberst plays Houston, New Orleans, Macon … Joshua Redman takes Still Dreaming to Boston … Steve Reich performs Music for 18 Musicians in Michigan ... The Staves conclude tour in Toronto … Chris Thile plays Ghent, Amsterdam, Edinburgh … Caetano Veloso, Teresa Cristina perform in Argentina … and more …

    Journal Topics: On Tour Weekend Events

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