MUSIC

Deceptive Cadence
12:03 am
Sat September 15, 2012

Trouble In The Twin Cities: Two Orchestras In Labor Disputes

The Minnesota Orchestra may go on strike after management proposed to cut musicians' salaries by 28 percent.
Courtesy of the Minnesota Orchestra

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 1:47 pm

For a metro area of only about 3.5 million people, the Twin Cities region is unusual in the way it supports not one, but two world-class orchestras. Now, with looming deficits on the horizon and musicians' contracts at both the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra expiring Sept. 30, the Twin Cities may have two orchestras on strike.

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Music Interviews
12:03 am
Sat September 15, 2012

Calexico: Road Songs For Wandering Souls

John Convertino and Joey Burns have been performing as Calexico since 1996. Their latest album is called Algiers.
Jairo Zavala Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat September 15, 2012 8:55 am

At 11 a.m. on a weekday, Calexico rehearses for its upcoming tour in a cramped studio on the south side of Tucson, Ariz. The stereotypical musician would just be getting up, but lead singer and songwriter Joey Burns has been up since dawn with his twin baby girls.

Trumpet player Jacob Valenzuela arrives late to the rehearsal — and that's because his washing machine broke and he had to deal with a small flood. Valenzuela grabs his trumpet as the band launches into "Splitter," the first single from Calexico's new album.

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Music Reviews
2:30 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Haunted Harmonies On The xx's 'Coexist​'

The xx's new album, Coexist, comes out Sept. 11.
Jamie-James Medina Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 3:50 pm

The focal point of The xx, on its debut as well as its new album Coexist, is the existential romance between the singers, Oliver Sim and Romy Madley Croft — each of whom sounds adrift in his or her own bubble.

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World Cafe
1:26 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Dirty Projectors On World Cafe

Dirty Projectors.
Courtesy of the artist

This past July, the prolific indie-rock band Dirty Projectors returned with a new record, Swing Lo Magellan. Just as accessible as the group's 2009 breakthrough, Bitte Orca, Dirty Projectors' sixth studio album places an added emphasis on the songs' concepts rather than just unique pop arrangements.

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World Cafe: Sense Of Place
11:16 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Experience Havana, Cuba With World Cafe

WXPN

Explore an interactive map for city highlights, photos and videos — including a video tour of Havana with jazz singer Janet Valdes and live performances from World Cafe's trip to Cuba.

A Blog Supreme
10:10 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Around The Jazz Internet: Sept. 14, 2012

The Neil Cowley Trio is: (L-R) Evan Jenkins, Cowley, Rex Horan.
Courtesy of the artist

Next Wednesday: new Dave Douglas band live in concert. But first, these news:

  • Burning Ambulance has been counting down the 50 Greatest Saxophonists ever all week. Featuring guest lists from Jon Irabagon and Rudresh Mahanthappa.
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Studio Sessions
10:03 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Son Of Music Royalty Ben Taylor Takes The Stage

Originally published on Sat September 15, 2012 2:53 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. You know that old saying, you have big shoes to fill? As the son of James Taylor and Carly Simon, Ben Taylor probably knows more about that than most. His dad was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His mom has an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a Grammy. Each is one of the most beloved artists of their generation, so a little pressure, maybe?

Thankfully, critics found, in his 2003 debut album, "Famous Among the Barns," a unique twist on American folk music.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:53 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Mostly Cloudy With A Chance Of Beethoven

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 1:48 pm

Got an idea for a classical cartoon, or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

A Blog Supreme
8:37 am
Fri September 14, 2012

A Piece Of Technology That Makes Listening To Jazz Better

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:11 pm

Maybe you remember when you first realized that the rabbit hole of jazz was far, far deeper than you'd possibly imagined. That the same tenor saxophone player on Kind of Blue also made Blue Train and Giant Steps and A Love Supreme and Interstellar Space and dozens of other albums and who knows how many guest appearances, and that that was just what people recorded of John Coltrane. And that all those records involved scores of other contributors, who in turn played with scores of other people over scores of years.

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Deceptive Cadence
5:03 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Van Cliburn Speaks, Atlanta's War Of Words And Domingo's Successor

Pianist Van Cliburn made a surprise appearance at the 50th Anniversary Van Cliburn Competition Gold Medalists concert in Fort Worth, Texas Sept. 6.
Courtesy of the Van Cliburn Foundation

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 11:26 am

  • Very touching: the ailing Van Cliburn addressed the Fort Worth audience at the concert celebrating his competition's 50th anniversary: "I personally want to thank you all for all of your faithful support. Never forget that I love you all from the bottom of my heart forever."
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MUSIC
11:59 am
Thu September 13, 2012

New Releases Sept 10, 2012

Artist Title Genre
David Byrne & St Vincent Love This Giant Rock +
Helio Sequence Negotiations Rock
Two Gallants Bloom & The Blight Rock
Bob Mould Silver Age Rock
Pet Shop Boys Elysium Rock
Ryan Bingham Tomorrowland Rock Folk
Grateful Dead Spring 1990-So Glad You Made It Rock
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MUSIC
11:45 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Sugar's Picks for 9/10/2012

Bettye LaVette / Thankful N' Thoughtful / Anti

The Soul Blues Jazz singer with a lot of history and great pipes takes on songs by Dylan, Neil Young, Black Keys, Tom Waits & Sly Stone and celebrates her 50 years on stage.

The Helio Sequence / Negotiations / SubPop

2 guys writing, singing, producing & playing a variety of instruments create a lush, sultry sound that is refreshing.

David Byrne & St Vincent / Love This Giant / 4AD

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MUSIC
3:58 pm
Sun September 9, 2012

The XX // Coexist

9.10.12 Young Turks

If you haven’t heard The xx before, their unique sound is hard to describe, but it's irresistible. (I still regularly turn to their first record from 2009 for everything from road trips to cooking music.) The music is soft, and although the vocals are lovely centerpieces, they also somehow fade into the songs. Chord arrangements are simple but combine to make beautiful tracks.

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MUSIC
3:17 pm
Sat September 8, 2012

Bob Dylan // Tempest

Released 9.11.12 Columbia Records

Not many artists stay sharp, relevant, and great into their 70’s and later (Picasso, Neil Young, Vladimir Horowitz, et al., come to mind), I have no problem including Bob, at 71, in this elite group. If you are a Dylan fan and don’t have this record you must run, not walk, to your computer and order it.

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MUSIC
9:45 pm
Sat September 1, 2012

Pickwick

Seattle band, Pickwick, have cultivated their own unique take on garage rock, gospel, and 60s era pop while interpreting those genres through a modern lens. KVNF DJ, Stephanie Ogburn interviewed the band backstage at Blues and Brews…

Sugar's Picks
3:01 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Sugar's Picks for 8/28/2012

John Hiatt / Mystic Pinball / New West

He always manages to make you think and laugh and scratch your head and with 12 new songs, you may be doing all of the above at the same time.

Shamekia Copeland / 33+1/3 / Telarc

With the reference to good old vinyl, the Blues maven is joined by Buddy Guy and she covers songs made popular by the likes of Dylan, Lucinda Williams, Sam Cooke, and makes them entirely their own.

Ry Cooder / Election Special / NonesuchPolitically

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Jaden Carlson Interview
2:33 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Talkin' Music: Jaden Carlson

Pass the Mic reporter, Sadie Miller interviews 11 year old singer-songwriter,  Jaden Carlson.

TALKIN' MUSIC
9:17 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Talkin Music: Little Hurricane

The San Diego blues duo, Little Hurricane, talks with KVNF DJ, Stephanie Ogburn, at the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival.

Album Reviews
3:47 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Sonny & The Sunsets // Longtime Companion

Released 7.31.12 Polyvinyl

Sonny Smith recorded a country album after a breakup...When our tummies settle from the chuckle that incites, two things become clear:

  1. The drive to use steel guitar in the midst of pain must be innate
  2. A twang suits Sonny pretty well.
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MUSIC
4:47 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Bonnie “Prince" Billy // Now Here’s My Plan

Released 7.24.12  Drag City

If this is your introduction to Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, you are meeting a man part-genius, part-indulgent rambler. His score’s of albums under a variety of names (Palace Music, Palace Brothers, Palace, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Bonnie Billy, Bonnie 'Blue' Billy, & Will Oldham) are expansive and lonely, romping and snide, and all together strangely harmonious

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