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  • Thursday, April 8, 2021
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    Congratulations to composer Donnacha Dennehy, who has been awarded a 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship. He joins a diverse group of 184 artists, writers, scholars, and scientists to be so honored by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation this year. “I am thrilled to announce this new group of Guggenheim Fellows,” said Edward Hirsch, President of the Foundation, “especially since this has been a devastating year in so many ways. A Guggenheim Fellowship has always been meaningful, but this year we know it will be a lifeline for many of the new Fellows at a time of great hardship, a survival tool as well as a creative one. The work supported by the Fellowship will help us understand more deeply what we are enduring individually and collectively, and it is an honor for the Foundation to help the Fellows do what they were meant to do.”

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Wednesday, April 7, 2021
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    Mandolinist, singer, and songwriter Chris Thile’s Laysongs will be released on Nonesuch Records on June 4, 2021. Laysongs is his first truly solo album: just Thile, his voice, and his mandolin, on new recordings of six original songs and three covers, all of which contextualize and banter with his ideas about spirituality. Recorded in a converted upstate New York church during the pandemic, Laysongs features the three-part “Salt (in the Wounds) of the Earth,” which was inspired by C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters; a song Thile wrote about Dionysus; a selection from Béla Bartók’s Sonata for Solo Violin; “God Is Alive, Magic Is Afoot” based on Buffy Sainte-Marie’s adaptation of a Leonard Cohen poem; and a Hazel Dickens cover. Nonesuch Store pre-orders include a print of the album cover image autographed by Thile.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Wednesday, April 7, 2021
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    Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independent record stores, takes place over two RSD Drops on two Saturdays this year, and included among the special releases are: on June 12, Conor Oberst's Ruminations (Expanded Edition), a two-LP remastered edition of his acclaimed 2016 solo album with five bonus tracks; and on July 17, Randy Newman’s Roll with the Punches: The Studio Albums (1979–2017), an eight-LP set of his latest seven studio albums, including Bad Love on vinyl for the first time and Faust demos.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Wednesday, April 7, 2021
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    Lianne La Havas is on Song Exploder hosted by Hrishikesh Hirway to discuss "Can't Fight," breaking down the song from her new, self-titled album, how it evolved over seven years before she recorded it, and how she worked with co-producer Mura Masa to create the track on the album. You can hear what she had to say here, where you can also watch the official video for the track.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Tuesday, April 6, 2021
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    Laurie Anderson is on the latest episode of The Adam Buxton Podcast. She talks with Buxton about the release of her debut album, Big Science, on red vinyl this coming Friday and more, like collaborating with a supercomputer, her mind-reading experiment with David Bowie, and the importance of community. "People are making their own pods and realizing we're not living in one big world. The world is way too big for that," she says. "Community, I think, is what a lot of us long for, some people who understand them." You can hear their conversation here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Wednesday, March 31, 2021
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    Lake Street Dive was on NPR's World Cafe to perform three songs from the band's new album, Obviously: "Hypotheticals," "Making Do," and "Being a Woman." Band mates Rachael Price and Mike "McDuck" Olson also spoke with host Raina Douris about the album, working with producer Mike Elizondo, and the band's evolving approach to songwriting. You can listen to the episode and watch the performances below.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio
  • Wednesday, March 31, 2021
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    Congratulations to Lianne La Havas, who has been nominated for a BRIT Award for Female Solo Artist for her new, self-titled album. Also nominated in the category are Arlo Parks, Celeste, Dua Lipa, and Jessie Ware. The 2021 BRIT Awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday, May 11, at The O2 Arena in London, broadcast on ITV and hosted by Jack Whitehall.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Friday, March 26, 2021
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    Laurie Anderson was on BBC Two's Newsnight to talk with Kirsty Wark about her 1982 debut album, Big Science, which Nonesuch is releasing on red vinyl next month, and more. "The themes in it—the ideas of transportation, politics, money, love—in a sense, they're universal," says Wark. "I suppose they work for every generation." "I was really happy when they decided to put that out again," Anderson says. "When I listened to it, it sounded pretty much like now." You can watch their conversation here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Friday, March 26, 2021
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    Kronos Quartet and Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi will perform free for Carnegie Hall's first-ever online festival, Voices of Hope, April 16–30. The two-week festival examines the life-affirming power of music and the arts during times of crisis through more than 100 events, including programming presented by Carnegie Hall and more than 40 cultural and academic institutions across New York City and beyond. Kronos Quartet performs works by Terry Riley and others on April 24, and Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turris perform from their new album, They're Calling Me Home, on April 28.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Wednesday, March 24, 2021
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    Lake Street Dive is on the latest episode of eTown. All five band members talk with host Nick Forster, who calls Lake Street Dive "one of our favorite bands," about their new album, Obviously, and share some songs off the record. Also on the show is Shakey Graves, who joins the band for a virtual collaboration on the Beatles tune "Two of Us." You can listen to the episode and watch the duet here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio Video
  • Tuesday, March 23, 2021
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    Congratulations to Lake Street Dive, whose new album, Obviously, debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Album Chart, No. 1 on the Americana/Folk Chart, and No. 2 on both the Current Rock Albums and Current Alternative Albums charts. The band performed the album opener, "Hypotheticals," on The Ellen Show, which you can watch here.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News Television Video
  • Friday, March 19, 2021
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    Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part, an album of songs written and performed by Caroline Shaw and Sō Percussion, is due June 25 on Nonesuch Records. With Shaw on vocals and Sō filling out this new band, they developed songs in the studio, with lyrics inspired by their own wide-ranging interests: James Joyce, the Sacred Harp hymnal, a poem by Anne Carson, the Bible’s Book of Ruth, the American roots tune “I’ll Fly Away,” the pop music of ABBA, and more. Pre-order to download “To the Sky” now and get a custom climbing pole bean seed packet hand-printed and signed by Shaw.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News Video

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