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  • Monday, July 28, 2008

    Nicholas Payton's recent release, Into the Blue, his Nonesuch debut, is among "a great wave of important new jazz recordings" out this summer, according to Chicago Tribune music critic Howard Reich. He points to "a lyric melancholy" that pervades the album and which Payton uses "to haunting effect" throughout.

    Journal Topics: Reviews
  • Monday, July 28, 2008

    Emmylou Harris's US tour is now heading down the West Coast, bringing songs from her latest album, All I Intended to Be, and throughout her varied career, from Seattle to San Diego. After her recent performance in Seattle, the Seattle Times wrote: "Emmylou Harris proves on her latest release that she still has one of the best voices in the business ... The grace of her vocals and the restraint of her songwriting and song choices is what we've come to expect from Harris. The fact that she continues to deliver makes it even more impressive ..."

    Journal Topics: On Tour Reviews
  • Monday, July 28, 2008

    During the last leg of their US tour, The Magnetic Fields played several nights at The Town Hall in New York. While there, Stephin Merritt invited the folks at Other Music backstage to discuss the new record and tape a few solo performances—just him and his bouzouki—of “The Nun’s Litany,” from the new album, and “This Little Ukulele,” from his soundtrack for the 2000 film Eban & Charley. You can watch the videos now ...

    Journal Topics: On Tour Video
  • Monday, July 28, 2008

    Steve Reich is the featured subject of tonight's episode of The Lebrecht Interview on BBC Radio 3. During the summer Proms season in London, Norman Lebrecht speaks with some of the world's leading performers, composers, and conductors. On tonight's episode, which begins at 9:15 PM GMT, Reich and Lebrecht discusses his life in music, including his studies with Luciano Berio, and the role of religion in his life and work.

    Journal Topics: Radio
  • Friday, July 25, 2008

    Here is our weekly list of just some of the many events going on across the globe this weekend featuring Nonesuch artists ...

    Journal Topics: On Tour Weekend Events
  • Friday, July 25, 2008

    Randy Newman performed every song off his forthcoming Nonesuch release, Harps and Angels, this past Wednesday in a special, intimate showcase at the new LA venue Largo at the Coronet. Variety's Steven Mirkin writes that "both the concert and the wonderful new album ... show Newman to be at the height of his powers, writing some of the most acerbic and heartfelt songs of his career."

    Journal Topics: On Tour Reviews
  • Thursday, July 24, 2008

    Laurie Anderson gave the first of five performances at Lincoln Center of her latest piece, Homeland, last night. The New York Sun's Joy Goodwin calls it "the work of a consummate artist at the highest level of her craft" and "the natural extension of what Bob Dylan and the Byrds were doing" in the 1960s, "taking on the establishment with words and melodies, and holding an audience in the palm of their hand."

    Journal Topics: On Tour Reviews
  • Thursday, July 24, 2008

    The Black Keys will be featured tonight on Live from Abbey Road, the TV music series that captures artists performing in the intimate, audience-free setting of the famed Abbey Road studios. The show airs in the US tonight on the Sundance Channel and Friday and Saturday in the UK on More4 and Channel 4, respectively.

    Journal Topics: Television
  • Thursday, July 24, 2008

    The Magnetic Fields recently complete a sold-out, five-night stint at London's Cadogan Hall to which The Independent gives a perfect five stars, calling the band "masters of the pocket symphony" and finding the roots of Stephin Merritt's songwriting in Cole Porter and Tom Lehrer. NME asserts that with the concerts, the group "proved themselves the greatest band in operation today without even breaking a sweat."

    Journal Topics: On Tour Reviews
  • Thursday, July 24, 2008

    k.d. lang is back in the British Isles to close out her European Watershed tour with a string of dates that began last night in Oxford and continue from tonight in Sheffield through Dublin, Ireland, on Monday to the last stop, Brighton, a week later. The Guardian features an extensive interview with k.d. that asserts: "First and always foremost, there was her voice, as pure and wide and open as Canadian skies."

    Journal Topics: On Tour Reviews
  • Thursday, July 24, 2008

    Sam Phillips recently stopped by NPR's World Cafe to speak with host David Dye about her latest Nonesuch release, Don't Do Anything. She also performed four songs off the new album, accompanied by Eric Gorfain on violin and guitar.

    Journal Topics: Radio
  • Thursday, July 24, 2008

    Ry Cooder spoke with Associated Press writer John Rogers about his most recent release, I, Flathead, the third in his trilogy of albums about often overlooked aspects of 20th-century California history. Rogers asserts that with the trilogy, which also includes Chavez Ravine (2005) and My Name Is Buddy (2007), "Cooder has, nearly single-handedly, been keeping alive" the unique sound of mid-century Los Angeles.

    Journal Topics: Reviews

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