- Monday, March 20, 2023
“It was thrilling to talk to her,” Marc Maron says of Laurie Anderson, his guest on the latest episode of WTF with Marc Maron. “Laurie Anderson had a profound impact on my life. Just hearing her in my headset while I talked to her was kind of mind-blowing.” They talk, among other things, about life in 1970s New York with fellow artists like Philip Glass, Gordon Matta-Clark, and Spalding Gray; playing straight man to Andy Kaufman; and a new book she helped edit of Lou Reed’s writing on tai chi. You can hear their conversation here.
- Friday, January 13, 2023
Makaya McCraven, Jeff Parker perform as part of NYC Winter JazzFest. Laurie Anderson is at SFJAZZ. Julia Bullock joins Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for Knoxville: Summer of 1915. Jeremy Denk, Rhiannon Giddens are at Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. Gabriel Kahane performs from Magnificent Bird in NYC. Brad Mehldau, Cécile McLorin Salvant join Blue Note at Sea. Mandy Patinkin kicks off tour in Pennsylvania. Joshua Redman is at Tucson Jazz Festival. Chris Thile is solo in Paducah.Journal Topics: On Tour, Weekend EventsThursday, January 12, 2023
Vagabon (aka Lætitia Tamko) releases a new song, “Carpenter,” today. The single, co-produced by Tamko and Rostam, is her first newly created solo music since her 2019 critically acclaimed self-titled album. “‘Carpenter’ is about that humbling feeling when you desperately want to be knowledgeable, you want to be advanced, you want to be mature, forward thinking, and evolved,” Tamko explains. “It’s about being confronted with your limitations. It’s about that a-ha moment, when a lesson from the past finally clicks and you want to run and tell someone who bore witness to the old you, ‘I finally get it now.’” Vagabon will join Weyes Blood on tour this spring.Journal Topics: Album Release, Artist NewsThursday, January 12, 2023
Here Lies Love, the immersive disco pop musical based on the rise and fall of Imelda Marcos and the People Power Revolution of the Philippines, with music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, will premiere on Broadway this summer at the Broadway Theatre, directed by Alex Timbers and choreographed by Annie-B Parson. Performances will begin Saturday, June 17, ahead of an official opening night on Thursday, July 20.Journal Topics: Artist NewsWednesday, January 11, 2023
Rachael & Vilray were guests on WNYC's All of It with Alison Stewart to perform three songs from their new album, I Love a Love Song!—"Even in the Evenin,'" "I'm Not Ready," and "Just Two"—and chat with Stewart about the making of the album, out this Friday. The duo is also on WBGO's The Third Story to talk with host Leo Sidran about the new album. You can hear both here.Journal Topics: Artist News, RadioTuesday, January 10, 2023Brad Mehldau’s Recording of The Beatles' “I Am the Walrus” Out Today, Along with Live Performance Video
“I Am the Walrus,” from Your Mother Should Know: Brad Mehldau Plays The Beatles, is out today, along with videos of Mehldau performing the song and discussing it at New York’s Village Vanguard, which you can watch here. The live solo album, due February 10, features interpretations of nine songs by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and one by George Harrison, plus a David Bowie classic that draws a connection between The Beatles and pop songwriters who followed.Tuesday, January 10, 2023
Rachael & Vilray were on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform "Is a Good Man Real?" from their new album, I Love a Love Song!, out this coming Friday. You can watch it here. The duo has just announced that it will perform music from the new album live at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on February 24.Journal Topics: Artist News, Television, VideoSaturday, January 7, 2023
Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway performed the title track to their Grammy-nominated debut album, Crooked Tree, on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night. You can watch it here.Journal Topics: Artist News, Television, VideoThursday, January 5, 2023
Rachael & Vilray have unveiled a video for “Just Two,” a new song from their new album, I Love a Love Song!, due January 13. You can watch the video, filmed in the studio in Los Angeles and directed by Jacob Blumberg, here. The duo is slated to perform on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert this Monday, January 9.Thursday, January 5, 2023
Caroline Shaw is on BBC World Service’s Music Life with fellow musicians Patrick Watson, Weyes Blood (with whom Vagabon is touring North America this spring), and Flume. They discuss the idea of perfection as a route to self-sabotage, the pressure to share more of one’s personal life, and more. You can hear their conversation here.Journal Topics: Artist News, Podcast, RadioThursday, January 5, 2023
Singer-songwriter Connie Converse’s song “One By One,” which Julia Bullock performs with Christian Reif on piano on her solo debut album, Walking in the Dark, in an arrangement by Jeremy Siskind, is the subject of the latest episode of Resounding Verse, a podcast about poetry and song hosted by Stephen Rodgers. You can hear it here. "I can’t help but think if [Converse] could only hear this luminous recording, if she only knew that over seventy years after she wrote this song, it would finally find a wide audience, and her songs would finally shine like the sun, she would be pleased," Rodgers says of Bullock's performance.Thursday, January 5, 2023
David Byrne’s American Utopia is the focus of the latest episode of the Suzie Explores podcast. Seven members of the Broadway cast—Bobby Wooten III, Mauro Refosco, Daniel Freedman, Tim Keiper, Stéphane San Juan, Jacquelene Acevedo, and Tendayi Kuumba —joined host Suzie Collier six months after the end of the Broadway run to discuss the show and what’s happened since. You can watch the conversation here.Wednesday, January 4, 2023
Cécile McLorin Salvant performs Harold Arlen & Yip Harburg’s "Over the Rainbow" in a new video recorded at New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center last spring. The video features Salvant with pianist Sullivan Fortner, percussionist Keita Ogawa, guitarist Marvin Sewell, flutist Alexa Tarantino, and bassist Yasushi Nakamura. You can watch it here. She performs Arlen/Harburg's "Optimistic Voices" along with Gregory Porter's "No Love Dying" in a Grammy-nominated arrangement on her Grammy-nominated Nonesuch debut album, Ghost Song.