Kendrick Lamar's "The Blacker the Berry" was released last night, Feb. 11, and has sparked and online parade of intellectualism. That is, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon ("Wonder Boys") has deciphered a portion of the song's lyrics for the annotation dot-com "Genius."
For skeptics of Dylan's recent measure of work, his recent Frank Sinatra cover album, Shadows in the Night, has bode well with critics and fans alike. And in addition to the aging crooners release, too, he will also be giving away 50,000 albums to random AARP the Magazine subscribers.
William Onyeabor spoke about his newest LP in his first radio interview with BBC Radio 6. Throughout the past week, BBC Radio 6 aired a series of segments from elusive electronic artist William Onyeabor’s first radio interview conducted by Lauren Laverne. In the interview, Onyeabor discusses his plans for a new album to be released by Luaka Bop. “I’m sending out another LP now, but this time around I’m talking strictly about Jesus Christ. It will come to you through my men from the U.S., from New York [Luaka Bop],” he said. This interview comes at an exciting time for Onyeabor, whose complete discography box set was named “Best New Reissue” with a 9.0-rating from Pitchfork. Onyeabor is a bit of a mystery to the music world. Following the eight albums Onyeabor self-released between 1978 and 1985, he became a born-again Christian, refusing to speak about himself or his music again.
For the love of music, indeed, BBC. A most resounding rendition of Brain Wilson's own "God Only Knows" has premiered at BBC Music, which features a studded cast of Beach Boys fans including pop stars like One Direction and Pharrell to classical and opera sensations like Danielle de Niese and Nicola Benedetti.
Pitchfork held their The Pitchfork Review Issue 3 release party at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe last night in celebration of their glossy print endevour. The evenings agenda fearured readings by editor-in-chef of Pitchfork Mark Richardson, Pitchfork staff writer Jenn Pelly and old Pitchforker, new New York Magazine/Vulture pop critic Lindsay Zoladz. The beautiful and, oddly enough, nervous Dee Dee Penny from the Dum Dum Girls closed out the evening with a solo acustic set.
It's become common knowledge that Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood has become a score composer, most famously providing the musical landscape for Paul Anderson's 2008 There Will Be Blood.
You remember that seminal '90s grunge band (that is, not Cobain and his trio), The Smashing Pumpkins. That tightly-voiced Billy Corgan has been hosting ambient/experimental performances at his Chicago tea shop, Madame ZuZu's.
Recorded less than a year before he died, the disc features the likes of Alice Coltrane on piano, Pharaoh Sanders on woods and flutes and Rashied Ali on drums--with Sonny Johnson filling in for Jimmy Garrison on bass.
Keeping you Classicalites abreast of the latest in movie scores, up next comes to us from Mica Levi, frontwoman of Micachu & the Shapes.
Openly gay country 'n' western stars like ABC Nashville's "Will Lexington" have it easy compared to the 1973 LP Lavender Country. Yup, the dichotomy of hetero vs. homo was broken down in the most unusual--and conservative--of music genres.
Inspired by Samuel Beckett's First Love and Korean surrealist writer Yi Sang's The Wings, Lee will present a new suite of darker compositions for strings and percussion. Given the weight of her most recent release Ghil (which was well received even by Pitchfork), Lee should stun audiences aiming for a truly visceral listening experience.
Los Angeles singer-songwriter Beck hosted a recent concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, devoted to a performance of songs from his sheet-music album, "Song Reader."
Cognac, Bösendorfer and stuffed bears--oh, my!
Bösendorfer? Check. Cognac snifter? But of course. Suitcase stuffed full of plush animals? You best believe it, goy. In fact, the only classic missing from this performance--Brooklyn-born Chaim Moshe Tzadik Palestine's first ever gig in his native borough--were the kreteks (i.e. Indonesian clove cigarettes) that minimalist king Charlemagne used to chain smoke to maximal affect.
So, in an effort to keep all you Classicalites abreast of each and every situation, we'll be trawling the web for the best headlines--those stories, those people making the biggest waves.