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Journal Archives for Ry Cooder

  • Ry Cooder & Corridos Famosos: "Live in San Francisco" [cover]

    Ry Cooder's "Live in San Francisco" Featured in The New Yorker

    Ry Cooder's first live record in more than 35 years, Live in San Francisco, is featured in an article from The New Yorker's Alec Wilkinson titled "Ry Cooder, Live Again." Wilkinson traces Cooder's career through his studio recordings—"Cooder’s catalogue, reflecting his capacious intelligence, is the broadest and deepest in popular music"—to the new live album. "The solos open like rooms, one into another," writes Wilkinson. "Some of the rooms are still as night, and in others the audience shouts like congregants cheering a preacher."

  • Ry Cooder & Corridos Famosos: "Live in San Francisco" [cover]

    Ry Cooder Talks with KPFK's Jon Weiner About New Album, "Live in San Francisco"

    Ry Cooder's new album, Live in San Francisco, his first live album in more than 35 years, was released earlier this month. He spoke about the new album on the 4 O'Clock Report with Jon Wiener on Pacifica Radio's KPFK 90.7FM Los Angeles yesterday afternoon; the show also includes four tracks from the new album: “Crazy ‘bout an Automobile,” “Do Re Mi,” “Lord Tell Me Why,” and “School Is Out." The Morton Report says of Cooder's new album: "Once this man hits the high beams and races into it, there is A+ action guaranteed ... It's called live music and there is nothing better."

  • Ry Cooder & Corridos Famosos: "Live in San Francisco" [cover]

    Ry Cooder and Corridos Famosos' "Live in San Francisco" Out Now on Nonesuch / Perro Verde Records

    Ry Cooder’s first live record in more than 35 years, Live in San Francisco, is out now. The album, produced by Cooder, was recorded in 2011 during a special two-night engagement with the Corridos Famosos band and a ten-piece Mexican brass band at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall, and includes original songs and interpretations of other material from across his career. "One of those nights when you wish you’d been in Row A," says the Sunday Times of London. Guitarist magazine calls it "sublime, spirited slide 'n' soul from a past-master of the art."

  • Ry Cooder & Corridos Famosos: "Live in San Francisco" [cover]

    Nonesuch / Perro Verde Records Release Ry Cooder and Corridos Famosos’ "Live in San Francisco" September 10

    Nonesuch / Perro Verde Records release Ry Cooder’s first live record in more than 35 years, Live in San Francisco, on September 10, 2013. Recorded in 2011 during a special two-night engagement with the Corridos Famosos band at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall, the album was produced by Cooder and includes original songs and interpretations of other material from throughout his career, plus Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs' "Wooly Bully" and Lead Belly’s "Goodnight Irene." The vinyl edition includes the complete album on two 140-gram LPs with a CD in the sleeve. Nonesuch Store pre-orders on vinyl and CD include an instant download of the track "Lord Tell Me Why"; preview the track here.

  • 2013 Grammy Award Nominees

    Nonesuch Artists Earn 14 Grammy Nominations, Including Five for The Black Keys

    Congratulations to all of the Nonesuch artists who were nominated for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, announced last night by The Recording Academy: The Black Keys, Dan Auerbach, Amadou & Mariam, Björk, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ry Cooder, Dr. John, Brad Mehldau, and Pat Metheny. Together, these artists have garnered an astounding 14 nominations, including a remarkable five nominations for The Black Keys' latest album, El Camino. You can hear music from all the nominated albums on the new Nonesuch Radio channel "2012 Grammy Nominees."

  • 2012 Best: Mojo, Uncut, Paste

    Year's Best Album Lists from Uncut, Mojo, Paste Include The Black Keys, Ry Cooder, Dr. John, Jonny Greenwood, Punch Brothers

    There's still more than a month to go before 2012 comes to a close, but already the music magazines have begun to weigh in on the year's best music. Uncut, Mojo, and Paste have all published their lists of the Best Albums of the Year, and included among them are a number of Nonesuch releases: the latest from The Black Keys, Ry Cooder, Dr. John, Jonny Greenwood, Punch Brothers, Carolina Chocolate Drops, and much more.

  • Ry Cooder: "Tavis Smiley," September 2012

    Watch: Ry Cooder Appears on PBS's "Tavis Smiley"; Talks with PRI's "Smiley & West" About "Election Special"

    Ry Cooder, recently featured in the New York Times, was the guest on PBS's Tavis Smiley show on Monday—fittingly, Labor Day—to discuss his timely new album, Election Special, the specific stories behind some of its tracks, and the broader political and social climate that compelled him to create it. Watch the episode here. Cooder and Smiley continue the conversation with Cornell West on PRI's Smiley & West, a program that inspired one of the songs on the album.

  • Ry Cooder: "Election Special" [cover]

    Ry Cooder Talks to BBC World Service’s “The Strand” About His New Album, “Election Special”

    Ry Cooder is the guest on today’s episode of the BBC World Service's The Strand. He talks about his new album, Election Special, and what motivated him to speak out through its songs. "Here we are in the middle of an incredibly critical Presidential campaign ... and all these issues are brought to the front," says Cooder. "Martin Luther King used to say do something if you can, something you could do. If it was writing a speech or a book or singing or marching, do it, when the need is there. So that’s what I’m doing."

  • Ry Cooder: "Election Special" [cover]

    Ry Cooder's "Election Special" Earns Four Stars from Rolling Stone: "Protest Music Delivered with a Patriot's Gifts"

    Ry Cooder’s new album, Election Special is out now in the US. "A guitar great takes a shot at political satire and hits the mark," exclaims Rolling Stone in a four-star review. "Election Special is protest music delivered with a patriot’s gifts—the American-roots beauty and expert fire in Ry Cooder’s playing—and long memory." The album earns four stars from MSN as well, where it is streaming in full this week. Cooder, says MSN, "has returned to early, deep roots in American folk to forge the most impassioned music of his 50-year career."

  • Ry Cooder: "Election Special" [cover]

    Ry Cooder's New Album Earns Four Stars from Guardian, Independent, More: "Entertaining, Thoughtful, Bravely Original" (Guardian)

    Ry Cooder’s new album, Election Special, is out this week. With its UK release today, having previously earned four stars from Mojo, Election Special has received four-star reviews from the Guardian, Independent, Independent on Sunday, Financial Times, and Scotland on Sunday, as well as the Irish Times. "After last year's magnificent Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down, Ry Cooder returns to the political arena with a vengeance," says the Guardian, which calls it "an entertaining, thoughtful and bravely original set." The Independent on Sunday says Cooder's latest albums "represent the most cogent work of his long career."