Wednesday, January 15, 2014|3 commentsWatch: Brad Mehldau, Mark Guiliana Perform "Just Call Me Nige" from Forthcoming Album, "Mehliana: Taming the Dragon"
Mehliana: Taming the Dragon, the debut album from the electric duo of Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana, is due out from Nonesuch Records on February 25, 2014. During a Mehliana show at Largo in LA last fall, the duo performed songs from the album, including "Just Call Me Nige," a video of which you can now watch here. The duo performs at the Highline Ballroom next Wednesday, January 22. Mehliana: Taming the Dragon is available to preorder on CD and vinyl (due March 18) in the Nonesuch Store with an instant download of the album track “Hungry Ghost.”Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News VideoVideoFriday, January 10, 2014|1 comments
Inside Llewyn Davis, the new film from Joel and Ethan Coen, has expanded to theaters across the United States today. The film is now on over 450 Top 10 lists, and has been hailed as Best Picture of the Year by the New York Times, BBC, Film Comment, Variety, and many others. Inside Llewyn Davis has been nominated for three Golden Globe Awards: Best Motion Picture, Best Actor, and Best Original Song for "Please Mr. Kennedy," which you can watch in a featurette with music producer T Bone Burnett here.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Video FilmVideoFriday, January 10, 2014|2 comments
The Pat Metheny Unity Group, featuring Chris Potter on sax and bass clarinet, Antonio Sanchez on drums, Ben Williams on bass, and multi-instrumentalist Giulio Carmassi, release their first record, Kin (←→), on February 4. You can watch a preview video about Kin (←→), set to various songs from the album, here, then pre-order the album in the Nonesuch Store for an exclusive print autographed by Metheny. The Pat Metheny Unity Group will tour North America beginning February 3, then tour Europe from April through June; tickets are on sale now.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News VideoVideoThursday, January 9, 2014|0 comments
Rokia Traoré, as part of her US tour last fall to mark the release of her new album, Beautiful Africa, stopped by the studios of KCRW in Santa Monica to perform on Morning Becomes Eclectic and talk with the show's guest host, Chris Douridas, about the new album and tour. KCRW has posted video of the complete interview and performance, featuring songs from the new album, which you can watch here. NPR calls her "one of Mali's most revered voices."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Video RadioVideoFriday, January 3, 2014|0 comments
Rokia Traoré, whose new album, Beautiful Africa, landed on a number of Best of the Year lists, recently spoke with PBS NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown about the album. "Rokia Traoré and her music are a mix of African and Western influences and languages," says Brown. "Traoré's new album addresses the problems of Mali and the continent, but also, as its title, Beautiful Africa, suggests, much more." Watch the complete PBS NewsHour piece here.