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  • Monday, April 20, 2020

    "Randy Newman is an Oscar-winning singer-songwriter whose music never fails to capture the spirit of the times," says CBS Sunday Morning host Jane Pauley in her introduction to Newman's appearance on the show. He and his wife Gretchen spoke with correspondent John Blackstone about life under quarantine and his new song, "Stay Away," a call to social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, which the show calls "a love song of sorts, perfect for a time of isolation." You can watch the piece here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Television Video
  • Monday, April 20, 2020

    Composer and conductor John Adams spoke with France Musique for a thirty-minute tête-à-tête in English during a trip to conduct Orchestre Symphonique de Radio France in concert earlier this year. The conversation covers his music, musical influences, current events, current social trends, Kendrick Lamar, and some of his favorite pieces by Debussy, Stravinsky, and more. You can watch it here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Saturday, April 18, 2020

    Record Store Day may have been delayed a bit, but now is a great time to show how we Love Record Stores by shopping online at local independent record stores. Find yours in the US at recordstoreday.com and around the world at recordstores.love.

    Journal Topics: News
  • Friday, April 17, 2020

    Randy Newman’s new song, “Stay Away,” a PSA about COVID-19 safety, is now available to purchase and stream. Proceeds will benefit the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in New Orleans, a city to which Newman has a deep, lifelong personal connection. "New Orleans is really suffering, and since African Americans are taking the brunt of the punishment, I thought something to help the Ninth Ward would be a good idea,” Newman said. “The Ellis Marsalis Center has a great reputation among musicians and people I know who live in the city. If the song makes a great deal of money, all bets are off.”

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Thursday, April 16, 2020

    The Magnetic Fields have released "(I Want to Join A) Biker Gang," a new song from their forthcoming album, Quickies, due in May. Quickies features twenty-eight new short songs by Stephin Merritt, ranging in length from thirteen seconds to two minutes and thirty-five seconds. You can watch the video for "(I Want to Join A) Biker Gang" here now. The Magnetic Fields residencies at City Winery venues originally scheduled for this spring and summer have been rescheduled for January and February 2021, due to COVID-19.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Thursday, April 16, 2020

    Lake Street Dive, whose Lounge Around Sounds tour was due to be taking place now, will bring the joy and silliness of the planned tour from their own homes to those of fans around the world with the online Lounge Around Sounds Variety Hour of music, story-telling, jokes, and games. Tune in via the band's Facebook page and website on Wednesday, April 22, at 8pm ET, to join in on an hour of pay-what-you-can fun. Pajamas encouraged. A portion of the night’s proceeds will go to Off Their Plate, an organization helping feed frontline healthcare workers.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Thursday, April 16, 2020

    Devendra Banhart has released a cover of Ioanna Gika's song "Swan" on Banhart's YouTube and Gika's Bandcamp with all proceeds going to the Downtown Women's Center in Los Angeles. You can hear it here. "It is a pleasure to hear the song through Devendra’s distinct voice and vision," Gika says. "He is not only a prodigious artist, but one whom I have always appreciated for the way that he fosters community. Together, we have decided that we would like all proceeds from this cover to go to the Downtown Women’s Center in Los Angeles. Providing housing, healthcare, and assistance, the DWC is an important organization and one that is meaningful to us both."

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2020

    Lianne La Havas joined the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jules Buckley for a performance at Barbican Hall in London in February. On the program was a special orchestral version of La Havas's new song, "Bittersweet," which you can now see here. The full concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 7:30pm BST on April 28.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Tuesday, April 14, 2020

    Ellis Marsalis, who passed away due to complications from COVID-19 earlier this month, spent the last decade of his life doing what he loved—educating underserved children and young musicians—at the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in the Musicians' Village of New Orleans' Ninth Ward. Nonesuch Records is proud to have contributed to the Center over the decade through sales of the 2005 album Our New Orleans and encourages those who can to help the Center continue its invaluable work by donating at ellismarsaliscenter.org/donate.

    Journal Topics: News
  • Tuesday, April 14, 2020

    Attacca Quartet helped celebrate the tenth anniversary of WNYC/WQXR's The Greene Space and mark the release of its recording of Caroline Shaw's Orange with a performance at the venue on April 12, 2019. The event, which also includes a Q&A with New Sounds host John Schaefer, was revisited in a live stream yesterday and can be seen here. Orange, for which Attacca Quartet earned the Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance, will be released on a two-LP vinyl edition later this year.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Monday, April 13, 2020

    Ry Cooder has written a new song "Congregatin'," a public service message encouraging everyone to do the opposite and social distance to combat COVID-19. Or, as he sings: no more congregatin'. You can watch him perform the song from home here.

    Journal Topics: Video
  • Friday, April 10, 2020

    Guatemalan-born singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno has released "Yo Me Quedo en Casa," a new video in partnership with UNICEF Guatemala and with the help of some young family members and friends to remind everyone to stay home and practice social distancing to help stop COVID-19. You can watch it and find the lyrics here. And, as part of UNICEF's efforts to promote learning at home, families are encouraged to record a video of their children singing the song using the hashtag #AprendoEnCasa. Moreno was named a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF Guatemala in February.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video

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