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  • Friday, December 11, 2020

    Mountain Man has shared a live video of "Moon," a song from its 2018 Nonesuch debut album, Magic Ship, performed for the second of its streaming concert series, Live From the Garden, last night, which you can watch here. The third and final concert takes place next Thursday, December 17. The band filmed the three shows in North Carolina: in the woods, at home, and by the fire. Each night has a different set list.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Thursday, December 10, 2020

    "I can't overstate the tremendous beauty and mastery glimmering here," says Simon Rentner, host of WGBO's The Checkout, about Brad Mehldau's new album, Suite: April 2020. Mehldau discusses the album, which he wrote while sheltering at home with his family and recorded during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, with WBGO's Nate Chinen on the latest episode of the show, which you can hear here.

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

    Composer Sarah Kirkland Snider has released a video for 'Credo' from her critically acclaimed new album, Mass for the Endangered. The video by CandyStations, aka Deborah Johnson, is the fourth in the series for the album from the visual artist, following 'Alleluia,' 'Kyrie,' and 'Sanctus/Benedictus.'

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Wednesday, December 9, 2020

    Nonesuch Records releases its second album from Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Caroline Shaw, Narrow Sea, on January 22, 2021. The title piece was written for Sō Percussion, Dawn Upshaw, and Gilbert Kalish, who perform it on this recording: five parts, each a new setting of a text from The Sacred Harp nineteenth century collection of shape-note hymns. Also on the album is Sō Percussion's performance of Shaw's Taxidermy, which she wrote for the ensemble. A video for Part 2 of Narrow Sea can be seen here.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News Video
  • Tuesday, December 8, 2020

    A remastered, expanded edition of the 2005 benefit album Our New Orleans will be released for the first time on vinyl on January 29, 2021. The two-LP set, also available then digitally, includes five previously unreleased tracks by Davell Crawford, Buckwheat Zydeco and Ry Cooder, Dr. Michael White, Dr. John, and The Wardell Quezergue Orchestra featuring Donald Harrison. A video of the late Dr. John recording the added track “Walking by the River” in 2005 can be seen here. To date, $1.5 million has been raised from the 2005 release to benefit the New Orleans Habitat Musicians’ Village.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News Video
  • Tuesday, December 8, 2020

    Rob Mazurek is on the latest episode of Kreative Kontrol with Vish Khanna, who says this "tremendously gifted" artist has created "one of the finest and most vivid albums of 2020" in the new Exploding Star Orchestra album, Dimensional Stardust. You can hear their conversation here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Tuesday, December 8, 2020

    Mountain Man has shared a video of its performance of John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads," from the first of its streaming concert series, Live From the Garden, which you can watch here. The performance comes from last Thursday's event; the second concert takes place this Thursday, December 10, at 9pm ET, followed by a final set on December 17. The band filmed the three shows in North Carolina: in the woods, at home, and by the fire. Each night has a different set list.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Friday, December 4, 2020

    Clint Mansell's haunting score to director Darren Aronofsky's 2000 film Requiem for a Dream, performed by Kronos Quartet, has returned to vinyl for the film's twentieth anniversary year, out now. The soundtrack was originally released on Nonesuch in 2000; the first vinyl edition was released for Record Store Day in 2016 with new artwork and two previously unreleased bonus tracks. The new 2-LP vinyl edition, which also includes the bonus tracks, features the original 2000 soundtrack cover art for the anniversary. "Brilliant stuff," says Classic FM.

    Journal Topics: Album Release
  • Friday, December 4, 2020

    Devendra Banhart's cover of The Grateful Dead’s “Franklin’s Tower,” first released as an Amazon Original in September in honor of the 45th anniversary of The Grateful Dead album Blues for Allah, is now available to stream and download everywhere. The song was produced and mixed by Noah Georgeson and recorded with his current touring band remotely in various studios and home studios.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Thursday, December 3, 2020

    Brad Mehldau gave a special solo performance without an audience in Amsterdam's Concertgebouw as part of its Empty Concertgebouw Sessions. He performed five pieces from his new album, Suite: April 2020, followed by John Coltrane's "Satellite" and Van Heusen/Burke's "Here’s That Rainy Day." You can watch the session here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Thursday, December 3, 2020

    The Staves have release the song “Satisfied” from their upcoming album, Good Woman, and a live video performance of the same, which can be seen here. "This started out with an acoustic guitar," the band says of "Satisfied." "The song asking its subject, ‘Will they ever be satisfied with what they have? Is it ever enough?’ But also urging them not to give up on themselves, and love. The song really came to life when we added the band and gave strength and a backbone to the whole sentiment of the song (as well as a great groove!). Hope you enjoy.”

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Wednesday, December 2, 2020

    Lianne La Havas's new, self-titled album has made the Best Albums of 2020 lists of the New York Times and NPR Music. Its songs are "brimming with poised musicality," writes the Times's Jon Pareles. "Graceful melodies, supple guitar syncopations, sophisticated harmonies and a voice that can sparkle with anticipation or cry out in pain capture all the hope and heartache of her narrative." NPR's Suraya Mohamed says: "The songs on this album, La Havas' third and perhaps best, reveal how her sophisticated artistry is made of not just brilliantly crafted lyrics, but a rich musicality, full with gorgeous harmonic voicings, catchy rhythms and soulful melodies."

    Journal Topics: Artist News Reviews

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