All About Jazz: Pat Metheny Makes "One of the Most Innovative, Compositionally Profound Albums of His Career"
Orchestrion, Pat Metheny's adventurous new "solo" recording, is out now. The Guardian calls it "Metheny's most ambitious experiment," one the Star-Ledger says has paid off: "The chiming, undulating result feels organic and joyous." All About Jazz would agree, calling it "not just an unqualified and unequivocally successful experiment, but as one of the most innovative and compositionally profound albums of his career."Read more|Journal Topics:ReviewsReviewsVideo: The Magnetic Fields Say "Sincerity Is an Odd Duck"; Independent, Guardian Give "Realism" Four Stars
Today we bring you the third of a five-episode video series about The Magnetic Fields' forthcoming Nonesuch release, Realism. In this latest segment, Sincerity Is an Odd Duck, band members Stephin Merritt and Claudia Gonson continue their conversation about the new record, examining the oft-pondered notion of fact vs. fiction in Stephin's lyrics. The Guardian gives Realism four stars, citing its mix of "withering put-downs and gorgeous tunes."Read more|Journal Topics:Reviews VideoReviews
The Carolina Chocolate Drops' Nonesuch debut, Genuine Negro Jig, is set for release in the UK this Monday, January 25, one day before the band launches the UK leg of its current tour. The US release has now moved up one week, to February 16. The Times of London gives the album four stars, as does the Guardian, saying the band is "sounding as fresh and enthusiastic as ever ... They are well worth checking out."Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release Artist News ReviewsReviewsTuesday, January 19, 2010|0 comments
The Carolina Chocolate Drops have added a special performance to their tour schedule: an Emergency Benefit Concert for Haiti at New York's City Winery this Wednesday with Patti Smith, The Swell Season, John Wesley Harding, Yo La Tengo, Young People’s Choir of New York City, Joshua Bell, and others. Proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders, Partners in Health, and the Jewish Renaissance Medical Center's emergency mobile hospital unit.Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Artist News ReviewsReviewsTuesday, January 19, 2010|0 comments
The Magnetic Fields' latest release, Realism, is out now. The BBC says the album confirms Stephin Merritt's "stature as the most inventive rhymer in the American lineage since Tom Lehrer," its sound "absolutely prime Merritt ... consistently confirming what unusually inventive arrangers Merritt and his cohorts are." MusicOMH gives it four stars, saying Merritt's "talent for bathing his songs in wonderful arrangements and limpet-like melodies seals his genius status."