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  • Thursday, May 7, 2020

    Stephin Merritt, whose new album with The Magnetic Fields, Quickies, is out this month, spoke with Jarvis Cocker, of Pulp fame, for the Talkhouse Podcast in Brooklyn back in February. You can now hear their conversation here. "Two of my favorites," says host Elia Einhorn. "These are two of the greatest living songwriters. With witty, literate lyrics, often dissecting the multiplicity of sex, they have reimagined what songwriting can look like and accomplish."

    Journal Topics: Artist News Web
  • Thursday, May 7, 2020

    Lianne La Havas spoke with Genius' Verified series about "Bittersweet," the first single off her forthcoming self-titled album, due July 17 on Nonesuch Records. You can watch it here. "In the context of the whole album," she says, "it's kind of the overview of reconnecting with yourself and realizing that you may have to change something dramatically in your life to make yourself happier and to get more fulfillment from your life. It's basically about realizing that something needs to change, and then taking the steps to do so."

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Wednesday, May 6, 2020

    The members of the original Joshua Redman Quartet—Redman (saxophone), Brad Mehldau (piano), Christian McBride (bass), and Brian Blade (drums)—have released a new song, "Father," from their upcoming album, RoundAgain, due July 10. You can download the track, along with the previously released track "Right Back Round Again," when you pre-order the album, and watch the group perform the Mehldau tune live back in September, in a newly released video directed by Matthew Beighley, here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    British singer/songwriter/guitarist Lianne La Havas releases Lianne La Havas, her first album since 2015’s Blood, July 17 on Nonesuch in the US. La Havas performed the new album track "Paper Thin," along with the previously released album track “Bittersweet” and “Midnight” from Blood in a NPR Tiny Desk (Home) Concert, which also premiered today and can be seen here. Lianne La Havas is available to pre-order on limited-edition clear vinyl, standard vinyl, and CD in the Nonesuch Store.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News Video
  • Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    Mountain Man has released Mountain Man Sings Kacey Musgraves, the latest in its series of cover singles, featuring its version of “Slow Burn” from Musgraves’ 2018 album, Golden Hour. "We are all huge fans of Kacey Musgraves,” says the band. "'Slow Burn' embodies the magic of the unfolding of life, the power of being present and patient and knowing that sometimes things just take time. Like following a thread—it requires attention and curiosity.”

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    "Stephin Merritt is a prolific and highly talented songwriter, musician, and singer," says Vish Kahnna on the latest episode of his Kreative Kontrol podcast. "A contemporary pop genius, Merritt has crafted some of America's most touching and brilliant love songs ... He is perhaps best known for his band The Magnetic Fields, whose hilarious and beautiful twelfth album is called Quickies." On the show, Merritt offers insight on each of the twenty-eight short songs on Quickies, which is available from Nonesuch digitally on May 15, in a five 7" vinyl box set May 29, and a single CD June 19. You can hear their conversation here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Monday, May 4, 2020

    Reasons to Be Cheerful, the online magazine founded by David Byrne, has announced Now Anything Is Possible, a new series that explores the potential of the changes occurring around the world in response to COVID-19. "This is a catalyzing moment and many of the changes that have been made or contemplated are going to be permanent––some of those are good, and some deeply questionable,” says Byrne. "We at Reasons to be Cheerful of course want to know: how can we keep the good stuff? Who is doing it (it's already happening) and how those ideas and initiatives are working out?"

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Saturday, May 2, 2020

    Laurie Anderson was celebrated at Joe's Pub's 2020 Vanguard Gala event back in February. That concert, in which artists and friends perform music from throughout her career, premiered last night as part of the Joe's Pub Live! From the Archives series and can be seen here. Under the music direction of Shara Nova (of My Brightest Diamond), the evening featured performances by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Carl Hancock Rux, Theo Bleckmann, Colin Stetson, Nona Hendryx, Christina Courtin, Joan as Police Woman, Meshell Ndegeocello, and many others.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Friday, May 1, 2020

    Randy Newman was on NPR's Here and Now today to talk with host Jeremy Hobson about his new song to promote social distancing, "Stay Away," proceeds from which go to support the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in New Orleans. They discuss life under quarantine, and Newman performs a bit of another new song he's been working on while at home. You can hear it here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio
  • Friday, May 1, 2020

    Having trouble keeping track of the days lately? Us too. For starters, the calendar says today is May 1. For an assist on getting through the rest of the month, we're kicking off our own 30-Day Song Challenge. We've adjusted the categories a bit and added one more day to complete the month, so if you'd like to play along with us, head to our Instagram or Twitter to grab the square game board now. Then check in each day on Twitter and Instagram Story to hear our picks, reply or tag @NonesuchRecords so we can hear yours, and add the hashtag #30DaySongChallenge for good measure so everyone else can play along too. Enjoy!

    Journal Topics: Artist News Web
  • Thursday, April 30, 2020

    Timo Andres's performance of Philip Glass's Evening Song No. 2, from the forthcoming album, I Still Play, is now available. You can follow along in the score as Andres performs it in the new video here. Evening Song No. 2 is one of eleven new solo piano compositions by artists who have recorded for Nonesuch Records, written in honor of the label’s longtime President Bob Hurwitz as he became Chairman Emeritus in 2017, performed by Andres, Brad Mehldau, Randy Newman, and Jeremy Denk.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Wednesday, April 29, 2020

    David Byrne's American Utopia on Broadway was given a Special Citation at the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards ceremony, held via a special episode of Stars in the House, which you can watch here. Byrne was presented the citation by John Mulaney, who calls American Utopia "the greatest live show of any kind I've ever seen ... It is a fantastic show, and it has brought me a lot of joy."

    Journal Topics: Artist News

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