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  • Monday, April 19, 2021
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  • Monday, April 19, 2021

    Lake Street Dive, whose new album, Obviously, recently topped the Non-Commercial / Public Radio charts, could be heard on two such stations last week. For The Current, 89.3FM out of Minneapolis/St. Paul, the band performed three songs from the new album—"Making Do," "Hypotheticals," and "Being a Woman"—and Rachael Price and Akie Bermiss spoke with host Bill DeVille about the album and some tour bus memories. For WYCE in Grand Rapids the band performed "Hypotheticals" and "Same Old News," and Mike Calabrese and Mike "McDuck" Olson spoke with WYCE music director Shane German. You can watch both sessions here.

    Journal Topics: Radio Video
  • Monday, April 19, 2021

    Sam Amidon was the subject of a profile on PBS NewsHour Weekend. "Amidon has developed a shining reputation for taking something very old and making it sound brand new," says host Hari Sreenivasan. Amidon talks with special correspondent Tom Casciato about his career in music, from his earliest days immersed in the music of his performer parents to his 2020 self-titled album. You can watch their conversation and a new performance of the album track "Maggie" here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Television Video
  • Friday, April 16, 2021

    The Black Keys have released a video for "Crawling Kingsnake," the opening track and first single from their just-announced upcoming album, Delta Kream. The video was directed by Tim Hardiman and filmed at Jimmy Duck Holmes’ Blue Front Café, the oldest active juke joint in America. You can watch it here. "We were honored to play alongside Kenny Brown and Eric Deaton, who are a direct link to R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough," says Dan Auerbach. "This is the Mississippi hill country sound that Pat and I first bonded over.”

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Friday, April 16, 2021

    Sam Gendel’s album DRM, released by Nonesuch digitally last October, is now available on vinyl. The follow-up to his March 2020 Nonesuch debut, Satin Doll, DRM features Gendel’s solo musical experiments with vintage instruments such as a forty-year-old Electro Harmonix DRM32 drum machine, antique synthesizers, and a sixty-year-old nylon-string guitar—accompanied by his voice. Gendel says: “I’m imagining people listening to [it] and thinking, ‘What the hell is this?’, like they’d just encountered some sailing ship in the sky.”

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Friday, April 16, 2021

    Rhiannon Giddens is the guest on the latest episode of Object of Sound with Hanif Abdurraqib. The two examine what it means when one refers to home, a topic Giddens contemplates on her new album with Francesco Turrisi, They're Calling Me Home. You can listen to their conversation here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio
  • Thursday, April 15, 2021

    The Black Keys' tenth studio album, Delta Kream, is due May 14 via Nonesuch Records. The record celebrates the band’s roots, featuring eleven Mississippi hill country blues standards that they have loved since they were teenagers, before they were a band, including songs by R. L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough, among others. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney recorded Delta Kream at Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville; they were joined by musicians Kenny Brown and Eric Deaton, long-time members of the bands of blues legends including R. L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. The album takes its name from William Eggleston’s iconic Mississippi photograph that is on its cover.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Wednesday, April 14, 2021

    Laurie Anderson was the subject of a feature profile on NPR's All Things Considered by contributor Allyson McCabe, marking last week's red vinyl release of Anderson's 1982 debut album, Big Science. The profile examines the breadth of her career, from her earliest performance pieces to her Grammy Award–winning 2018 collaboration with Kronos Quartet, Landfall, to new projects she has in the works. You can listen to the piece, featuring conversations with Anderson, Kronos Quartet's David Harrington, and others, here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio
  • Tuesday, April 13, 2021

    k.d. lang is on The Rex Chapman Show with Josh Hopkins for an extensive conversation about her love of basketball, and the Portland Trail Blazers in particular, as well as her career in music. "Singing is an extension of your soul," lang says. "It was about opening up my true self. I don't think I would be a really good singer if I was trying to conform into a social idea of who I should be. I wouldn't sing the same." You can watch their conversation here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Tuesday, April 13, 2021

    Brad Mehldau’s Variations on a Melancholy Theme is due June 11, 2021, on Nonesuch. The recording features the pianist/composer and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, which commissioned this orchestral version of the work—a theme and eleven variations plus a cadenza and postlude. The album also includes an encore, “Variations ‘X’ and ‘Y.'" "I imagine it as if Brahms woke up one day and had the blues," Mehldau says of the piece, which combines the classical form with jazz harmonies. "While the theme evokes melancholy, I let it be used as a springboard for other happy, wild, violent, and reckless emotions as the variations progress." You can watch a video with excerpts from the piece here.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Friday, April 9, 2021

    Rhiannon Giddens’ new album, They're Calling Me Home, recorded with Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, is out now on Nonesuch Records (vinyl June 11). Giddens and Turrisi, who both live in Ireland when they aren’t on tour, have been there since March 2020 due to the pandemic. The two expats found themselves drawn to the music of their native and adoptive countries of America, Italy, and Ireland during lockdown. Exploring the emotions brought up by the moment, Giddens and Turrisi decamped to Hellfire, a small studio on a working farm outside of Dublin, to record these songs over six days. Giddens has released a video for "Avalon," an original song on the album, which you can watch here.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Friday, April 9, 2021

    Laurie Anderson’s 1982 debut album, Big Science, has returned to vinyl for the first time in thirty years with a new red vinyl edition, out now on Nonesuch Records. The vinyl includes the re-mastered original album first released on CD for the 25th anniversary of Big Science on Nonesuch in 2007. "It's worth considering how readily Big Science stands alone, untethered from time and place," says Uncut of its Reissue of the Month. "And how, over the course of its near-40-year existence, it has been a record that has come to acquire new resonance with each generation, now standing as one of the most influential albums of the past four decades."

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Thursday, April 8, 2021

    Rhiannon Giddens is a guest on the latest episode of NPR's Here & Now ahead of tomorrow's release of her new album with Francesco Turrisi, They're Calling Me Home. "If you're looking for music to soothe your spirit, Rhiannon Giddens is here for you," says host Peter O'Dowd. They discuss the new album, which Giddens and Turrisi, ex-pats in Ireland, recorded during the COVID-19 lockdown, and its themes of the longing for the comfort of home and the metaphorical call "home" of death. You can hear the conversation here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio

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