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  • Friday, September 18, 2020

    Brad Mehldau's new album, Suite: April 2020, is now available on CD and standard vinyl, following the release of the digital and limited-edition deluxe vinyl editions earlier this year. While sheltering at home with his family in the Netherlands during the COVID-19 pandemic this spring, Mehldau wrote twelve new songs about what he was experiencing; he was able to record them safely in an Amsterdam studio, along with interpretations of three tunes that mean a great deal to him. One thousand numbered and signed copies of the deluxe edition were sold, with a minimum of $90 from each sale donated to the Jazz Foundation of America’s COVID-19 Musician’s Emergency Fund. Brad Mehldau has several solo concerts in Europe ahead.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Friday, September 18, 2020

    Vagabon has released a new version of her song "Home Soon," featured in the new Lionsgate film Antebellum, starring Janelle Monáe. The song was originally released on Vagabon's critically acclaimed self-titled album, which Clash called an “indie-pop masterpiece.” The new mix can be heard here.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News Film
  • Friday, September 18, 2020

    Rostam, in celebration of the three-year anniversary of his Nonesuch debut, Half-Light, has released an acoustic version of the album's title track. The song, which was originally released as part of a compilation album benefitting Fair Fight, features Rostam solo and multi-tracked on guitar, drums, piano, hammond organ, and bass.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Thursday, September 17, 2020

    Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joachim Cooder has released "Over That Road I'm Bound to Go," the latest track from his forthcoming Nonesuch debut album, Over That Road I'm Bound, due October 2. You can watch a video here and download the track with pre-orders of the album, along with the previously released tune "Come Along Buddy."

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Thursday, September 17, 2020

    Reasons to Be Cheerful, the solutions-based online magazine founded by David Byrne, has announced We Are Not Divided, a six-week collaborative journalistic exploration of our capacity to overcome division. We Are Not Divided tells the stories of places and institutions that are succeeding in overcoming division. The project launches today and runs through November 2.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Wednesday, September 16, 2020

    Yola was on Late Night with Seth Meyers last night, for a special performance of Nina Simone’s "To Be Young, Gifted and Black," recorded from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. You can watch the performance here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Television Video
  • Monday, September 14, 2020

    Lake Street Dive's Lounge Around Sounds Variety Hour, which brought some joy and silliness to the early months of the COVID-19 lockdown, will return for three nights of music and laughter this autumn: the first show on September 21, a Halloween special on October 28, and a virtual Thanksgiving gathering on November 23. These are ticketed events with several packages available, including an exclusive Lounge Around Sounds t-shirt.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Monday, September 14, 2020

    We Are Who We Are, a new series from Luca Guadagnino, the director of Call Me By Your Name and I Am Love, premieres on HBO and HBO Max tonight. As with many of Guadagnino's projects, the new show features several recordings by composer John Adams, starting with a selection from his 1995 song play I Was Looking At the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky on tonight's episode, and more in the weeks ahead.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Television
  • Friday, September 11, 2020

    Devendra Banhart is on the latest episode of NPR's Alt.Latino. He spoke with host Felix Contreras and producer Isabella Gomez Sarmiento about his new EP, Vast Ovoid, exploring the difference between disappointment and disillusion; examining pre-COVID art under current conditions; and embracing the strong bond he feels with the Grateful Dead, whose song "Franklin's Tower" he covered for Amazon Music. You can hear their conversation here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio
  • Thursday, September 10, 2020

    Sam Amidon's self-titled album will be released on Nonesuch on October 23, 2020, with the vinyl due January 22, 2021. The album, which Amidon produced and considers the fullest realization to date of his artistic vision, comprises his radical reworkings of mostly traditional folk songs, performed with his frequent band, multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily and drummer Chris Vatalaro, along with saxophonist and label mate Sam Gendel, guitarist Bert Cools, bassist Ruth Goller, and Amidon’s wife, Beth Orton, who adds vocals on three songs. Pre-order to download "Maggie" now and get a signed print. You can watch the "Maggie" video here. Tickets are available for Amidon's October 3 concert and live stream from Kings Place in London.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Thursday, September 10, 2020

    The Staves have released "Trying," the second track from the British trio this year, following last month’s release of "Nazareth." "I wanted to write a song about the state of things in the world and how broken our ability to communicate with each other had become as a society," Camilla Staveley-Taylor says of the new track, "but it became impossible as I was writing to separate my personal life from the broader message ... I feel like trying is what we spend most of our lives doing really. Just trying our best."

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Thursday, September 10, 2020

    Lianne La Havas spoke with BBC Radio 1 broadcaster Phil Taggart on his Slacker Podcast. "It's incredible to see Lianne La Havas on her third record releasing her best music," says Taggart. "She sounds better now, in 2020, than she did at any other point in her career." You can hear their conversation here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News

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