Dr. John, Sara Watkins, Amadou & Mariam, Krzysztof Penderecki, Jonny Greenwood, Jeremy Denk on NPR Listeners List of Year's Best
Last week, the staff at NPR Music announced their 25 Favorite Albums of 2012 (So Far), including Dr. John's Locked Down and Jeremy Denk's Ligeti/Beethoven. NPR listeners have now weighed in. Their list of the year's best albums (so far) includes those two albums and adds Amadou & Mariam's Folila, Sara Watkins' Sun Midnight Sun, and the new album of works by Krzysztof Penderecki and Jonny Greenwood. Says NPR: "The poll results reconfirmed that we've got another great year of music on our hands."
Last week, the staff at NPR Music announced their 25 Favorite Albums of 2012 (So Far), which included two Nonesuch albums—Dr. John's Locked Down and Jeremy Denk's Ligeti/Beethoven—and their 50 Favorite Songs of 2012 (So Far), which included Amadou & Mariam's "Dougou Badia" (featuring Santigold), off their new Because/Nonesuch album, Folila. After announcing its own favorites, NPR opened up the polls to its listeners to get their opinion on the topic, and the results are now in.
It seems that the listeners agree with the NPR staff: they've including the aforementioned Dr. John, Jeremy Denk, and Amadou & Mariam albums on their eclectic list of the year's best albums (so far). The listeners have also added two additional Nonesuch releases to their best-of list as well: Sara Watkins' Sun Midnight Sun and the new album pairing works by Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki with those they inspired by composer/guitarist Jonny Greenwood.
"Most importantly," writes NPR producer Robin Hilton, "the poll results reconfirmed that we've got another great year of music on our hands."
Read more and see the complete list at npr.org/music.
To pick up a copy of any of these albums, head to the Nonesuch Store, where CD and vinyl orders include an instant download of the album at checkout; the albums are also available to purchase as MP3s and FLAC lossless files.
Friday, February 24, 2017Friday, February 24, 2017
Freedom Highway, Rhiannon Giddens' follow-up to her highly praised solo debut album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, is out now. It's a "rich collection," says NPR. "[H]ope comes back to life in Giddens' music." Pitchfork exclaims: "Rhiannon Giddens emerges as a peerless and powerful voice in roots music on her second solo album." The AP calls it "a rich tapestry with threads of blues, folk, gospel, soul, country and jazz ... rootsy and relevant, delivered with crystal-clear emotion and understated musical skill." Uncut names this "remarkably wise and timely new album" its Album of the Month. It earns four stars in American Songwriter, Irish Times ("a record for and of our times"), Observer, and Guardian, which calls it a "powerful and timely set."
Thursday, February 23, 2017Thursday, February 23, 2017
Lake Street Dive was the guest on PBS's Charlie Rose on Tuesday. The quartet spoke with guest host Anthony Mason about how they formed the band, the trust and chemistry within the group, philosophies of success and artistic integrity, and more. They also perform their song “Rental Love” and offer their take on Prince’s “When You Were Mine.” You can watch it here.