Sunday, June 1, 2008
Today, the Nonesuch Journal launches a week-long series of video interviews with Emmylou Harris, leading up to next week's release of her third solo record on Nonesuch, All I Intended to Be. Over the course of these five episodes, the singer/songwriter discusses the making of the new album and her relationship to its songs. The album, produced by Brian Ahern, is due out on June 10 and is available for pre-order now in the Nonesuch Store or through the link at the bottom of this entry.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Earlier this year, Steve Reich joined Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore for a discussion of the composer's career at the annual South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. Pitchfork Media's new video site, pitchfork.tv, recorded the event back in March and has now posted it as a two-part special presentation you can watch here.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
New York's Other Music presented Toumani Diabate in a rare in-store solo lecture-demonstration earlier this year for the Live at Other Music series, to celebrate the release of his new album, The Mande Variations, and now offers up two videos from the event. "When we’re lucky enough to host a musician with the singular vision and dedication of Malian griot and kora prodigy Toumani Diabate," says Other Music's Josh Madell, "it makes us all take pause."
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
k.d. lang's "Shadow and the Frame," off her recent Nonesuch release Watershed, joins an eclectic mix of song selects on USA Today's Playlist this week, which also includes the likes of the Rolling Stones and Ray Davies. USA Today says k.d. sings "elegantly, painfully" on the track, with its "spare and exquisite string arrangement." You can hear the song on a video clip that is the first of six webisodes launched in January, available here.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Director Paul Thomas Anderson's Academy Award-winning epic There Will Be Blood is out on DVD today. Two versions are available: a single-disc version and a special collector's edition with an additional bonus disc featuring among other things, a 1920s-era silent film on the early days of the oil industry, set to music by the film's scorer, Jonny Greenwood.
Monday, March 31, 2008
The Tim Burton-directed film version of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, starring Johnny Depp as the Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Helena Bonham Carter as his cohort in crime, is available now on DVD. The special collector's edition includes an in-depth look at the Sondheim musical, behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the film, and the history of the legend of the Demon Barber, among a number of additional special features.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
In the Nonesuch Journal's final episode from Stephen Sondheim's discussion of Sweeney Todd, the composer expresses a preference for singing actors (over acting singers) and has high praise for all of the actors in the film, beginning with Johnny Depp's "extraordinary" performance in the title role.
Check the Sweeney Todd page on nonesuch.com early next week for more from this interview with Stephen Sondheim and to hear three full tracks of the actors on the film's soundtrack.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
In the second installment of the Stephen Sondheim interview on the making of Sweeney Todd, the composer discusses some of the major inspirations behind the musical (think film) and puts to rest one longstanding misconception about the work. In the end, though, it could all be summed up in one very basic principle; says Sondheim: "All I wanted to do was scare an audience."
For Part 1 of this interview from yesterday's Nonesuch Journal, click here. Check back tomorrow for more.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Stephen Sondheim recently sat down for an interview to discuss the forthcoming film version of his 1979 musical masterpiece, Sweeney Todd. Over the next few days, leading up to the December 18 Nonesuch Records release of the film's soundtrack, the Nonesuch Journal will bring you exclusive video footage of the composer's candid take on Tim Burton's adaptation of his beloved (and very bloody) work.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
In this week's sparkling new 40th Anniversary edition of Rolling Stone, the magazine calls readers' attention to linktv.org/worldmusic, the international nonprofit network LinkTV 's site for on-demand streaming music videos, interviews, and documentaries on music and musicians from around the world.