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  • Sunday, November 25, 2007

    David Byrne appeared on BBC Radio 2's The Weekender to discuss the recent reissue of The Knee Plays and play a couple of tracks off the CD. Guest host Jack Docherty let David know how happy he was to have the album on CD, not least because he could finally stop borrowing his dad's car to hear the original version on the car's cassette player. The Houston Press says "the world is richer" for the release of The Knee Plays. The album documents "Byrne at the height of his creative powers, in a constant struggle to define what is interesting, beautiful and ugly about the world."

    Journal Topics: Radio
  • Thursday, November 22, 2007

    The Guardian has revealed the last batch of albums on its list of the 1,000 all-time must-hears. Earlier this week, we brought you Nonesuch artists A through M on the list. Here are N through Z, along with the Guardian's take on albums from Orchestra Baobab, Astor Piazzolla, Radio Tarifa, Oumou Sangare, SFJAZZ Collective, Taraf de Haïdouks, Rokia Traoré, and Wilco.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Thursday, November 22, 2007

    "We were raised in a country where the borders between different types and styles of music are not very clear." So says Rio-born guitarist Sérgio Assad, in an interview with the Adelaide Advertiser. In their upcoming concerts with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, as part of the Adelaide International Guitar Festival, Sérgio and Odair Assad present Piazzolla's genre-bending piece Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, along with Rodrigo's Concierto Madrigal.

    Journal Topics: On Tour
  • Wednesday, November 21, 2007

    During her visit to the BBC Radio 2 studios in London last Friday, k.d. lang stopped to spend some time with "Pudsey," the mascot for the charity Children in Need. The organization works to improve the lives of disadvantaged children in the UK. 

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Wednesday, November 21, 2007

    Given the number of ardent fans Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd has developed over the years, it's understandable that some questions might follow the buzz about the upcoming Tim Burton–directed film version starring Johnny Depp. Like, "Can Johnny sing?" Now you can see, and hear, for yourself, in this video of Johnny in the recording studio, discussing his early concerns and proving them wrong with a performance of "Epiphany."

    Journal Topics: Film Video
  • Wednesday, November 21, 2007

    The CMJ chart numbers have been released, and Youssou N'Dour's Rokku Mi Rokka (Give and Take) moves up ten slots—the week's biggest mover—to hit No. 1 on the New World chart. Youssou performs tonight and tomorrow night at NYC's Nokia Theatre as part of the Great African Ball. 

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Wednesday, November 21, 2007

    Singer k.d. lang stopped by the set of the popular British TV talk show Parkinson last Saturday to perform the new song "I Dream of Spring," off her upcoming Nonesuch release, Watershed, due out in February. The show's host, Michael Parkinson, a mainstay in the UK for more than 35 years, will be retiring at the end of the year. As the series winds down, he's asked his favorite guests to come back on for the last few shows, and k.d. is among them.

    Journal Topics: Television
  • Wednesday, November 21, 2007

    In the midst of a tour across the US, Caetano Veloso stopped for two nights in NYC, where he performed songs from throughout his career, focusing on his latest album, , for packed crowds at the Nokia Theatre. "Lyrically, much of is unabashedly carnal," says the New York Times. "Yet Mr. Veloso’s voice carries an abiding tenderness, and he sounded nearly as alluring on bitter new tunes (like 'Rocks,' a natural closer) as on vintage fare ('Sampa,' a natural singalong)."

    Journal Topics: On Tour Reviews
  • Wednesday, November 21, 2007

    The Tim Burtondirected film version of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd starring Johnny Depp hits theaters across the country next month. Catch a glimpse of what's in store in the film's trailer here.

    Journal Topics: Film Video
  • Tuesday, November 20, 2007

    "Confident and charismatic, he's a dynamic performer regardless of the style of music he's playing, a smart, stirring songwriter and a remarkable vocalist," says the Wall Street Journal's review of Youssou N'Dour's show in Miami on Friday. "N'Dour's voice is stunning, elastic and powerful." The Washington Post's review of Monday's show at the Kennedy Center, titled "Star of Dakar—and the World," exclaims that N'Dour "demonstrated that his reputation as one of the world's greatest singers is not hyperbole.

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  • Tuesday, November 20, 2007

    Congratulations to Ry Cooder, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist by the Americana Music Association (AMA), in a ceremony held earlier this month at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Tuesday, November 20, 2007

    With iPods now holding up to 160 gigabytes of your favorite music, it might not be such a bad idea to start thinking of the 1,000 or so albums you just can't live without. Or, as the Guardian (UK) has put it, the 1,000 albums you must hear before you die. All this week, the Guardian is revealing, day by day, the records its music team thinks are must-hears "before you shuffle off your mortal coil." Out so far on the list, released alphabetically by artist, are groups A through M. Here's some of what the Guardian's music mavens had to say about the Nonesuch albums they included from Amadou & Mariam, Laurie Anderson, Buena Vista Social Club, Brian Eno & David Byrne, Ali Farka Touré, Ibrahim Ferrer, Bill Frisell, Kronos Quartet, Pat Metheny, Steve Reich, and Orlando Cachaito López.

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