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Duets by Linda Ronstadt
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The Diane Rehm Show: Singer Linda Ronstadt
Rhino brings together 14 of Linda Ronstadt’s most memorable musical partnerships, along with a previously unreleased collaboration with Laurie Lewis, for a collection that was created with help from Ronstadt and her longtime manager, John Boylan.
Other Notable Music by Linda Ronstadt:
Trio II: One of my absolute favorite albums! If you want to listen to some stellar acoustic & vocal performances, this is the album. Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris combine for their second album alternating lead vocal duties and harmony. They are backed by a crack band which provided the music for O Brother Where Art Thou. The album won a Grammy Award for their cover of Neil Young’s “After the Goldrush.”
Canciones De Mi Padre - Linda pays homage to her roots in this ranchera album. Linda is backed by Mariachi Vargas on this wonderful cd. The album demonstrates that she is one of few artists who cannot be categorized and that she has a unique ability record in multiple genres.
Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind - Contemporary Pop album featuring the mega commercial hit duet “Don’t Know Much” with Aaron Neville. This album begins with strong songwriting aided by lush orchestration and that voice. Among my favorites is “Adios” which was produced by Brian Wilson.
For Sentimental Reasons - No Linda Ronstadt list would be complete without including at least one of the collaborations with Nelson Riddle. Linda defied record labels, agents and critics to record “standards” during a time in which that was something pop/rock singers just didn’t do. For Sentimental Reasons proves that the third time was the charm as it is their best collaboration and includes “When You Wish Upon a Star,” “My Funny Valentine,” and “‘Round Midnight.”
Shine On by Sarah McLachlan
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The Key: Sara McLachlan
Three Time Grammy Winner and legendary singer songwriter makes her Verve debut with her eighth studio album, SHINE ON. Sarah has sold over 40 million albums in her career and is one of the most respected female artists in music today.The new album was recorded in Vancouver with longtime collaborator/producer Pierre Marchand,along with contributions from producer/songwriter Bob Rock and keyboardist Vincent Jones.In a press release, McLachlan revealed that the album was inspired by her father’s passing and her own appreciation of life: This album is about moving through the second half of my life in a more mindful and meaningful way, recognizing that every day, every moment is precious and though we all have our issues and problems, our damages, we all have the ability to continue to learn, grow from our experiences, thrive and shine on. Many of the songs are inspired at least partially or wholly by my father’s passing three years ago and the profound effect losing him had on me. I had to find my footing againwithout the anchor of his unconditional love.
Indie Cindy by Pixies
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KCRW Presents: Pixies
World Cafe: Pixies On World Cafe
NPR: Pixies: Tiny Desk Concert
NPR: First Listen: Pixies, ‘Indie Cindy’
2014 will be the year that PIXIES indelibly stamp their musical footprint on rock history. On April 29, the Alternative Rock legends release their first studio album since 1991 s Trompe Le Monde . Needless to say, with two million catalogue album sales to their credit, and the recent press announcement for the new record creating huge waves of anticipation, a lot of people are very, very excited.
Do to the Beast by Afghan Whigs
The Current: Album Review: Afghan Whigs, ‘Do To The Beast’
The Current: Barb Abney’s 20th Afghan-Whigs-iversary
NPR First Listen: The Afghan Whigs, ‘Do To The Beast’
KCRW Presents: The Afghan Whigs
The Current: Afghan Whigs announce first new album in 16 years
Do to the Beast is the first new album by The Afghan Whigs in over a decade and a half. Founded in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1988, the band has long stood out from its peers, with their savage blend of hard rock, classic soul, and frontman Greg Dulli’s searing angst and obsessions. The new album is both a homecoming it marks their return to Sub Pop and a glimpse into the future of one of the most acclaimed bands of the past thirty years.
III by Death
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NPR First Listen: Death, ‘Death III’
All Songs Considered: Song Premiere: Death, ‘North Street’
Morning Edition: Death: A ’70s Rock Trailblazer, Reborn
Archive collection from the proto-Punk band. Death III slams the door on the vault with a powerful set of songs that bring equal amounts of Rock and ethereal soul-searching, in high-fidelity, rich bottomed, studio-grade sound. Alongside songs from 1975, 1976 and 1980, Death III contains 2 songs from 1992, as the Hackney brothers reconvened nearly a decade after they’d stopped playing together. Death III serves as a companion piece of sorts to the A Band Called Death documentary, tracking the band’s movement from spiritual young rockers to older and wiser, bruised-but-undefeated brothers, in pure musical terms.
Love Without Fear by Dan Wilson
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World Cafe: Dan Wilson
The Current: Dan Wilson performs in The Current studio (2014)
Wits: Fred Willard with Dan Wilson
The Current: Dan Wilson talks about the success of ‘Closing Time’ and the changing industry
The Current: Dan Wilson debuts new single ‘Disappearing’
The Current: Theft of the Dial: Dan & Matt Wilson (2013)
MPR News: Dan Wilson on the science of the tearful ballad
From his early days as singer and guitarist for Minneapolis cult favorites Trip Shakespeare to his Grammy-winning turn as songsmith for acts like the Dixie Chicks and Adele, Dan Wilson’s career has been a humble and inspiring Midwestern success story. Pouring his passions and talent into various collaborations, production efforts, and graphic art, Wilson has dedicated a relatively scant amount of time (though plenty of effort) to his career as a solo artist. 2007’s sharp collection Free Life was only his first studio LP and it took him another seven years to follow it up with the warm, meditative Love Without Fear. Although Wilson began his career in the mid 1980’s, he’s chosen his projects carefully and since the dissolution of Semisonic (his second and most successful band) in 2001, he’s made it his business to stand for quality over quantity. The eleven songs on Love Without Fear pull from the various styles in which Wilson has worked, blending bits of country and Americana with straight-ahead rock and pop, all fused to a sturdy spine of classic singer/songwriter music. Even more so than on Free Life, the songs are delivered on warmly-recorded acoustic guitar or piano and tastefully backed by a band of industry pros and guests like Blake Mills, Nickel Creek’s Sean Watkins, and Dixie Chick Natalie Maines. There’s certainly a weariness to tracks like the country waltz “Too Much” and the darkly epic “However Long,” but Wilson never wallows in it. His songs have always carried a thread of hope and contain a silver lining more often than not. It’s what gives legs to a great track like “A Song Can Be About Anything” which is actually about a breakup or to the lovely, melancholic album closer and Missy Higgins duet “Even the Stars Are Sleeping.” Love Without Fear is a strong, mature work and it’s great to hear Wilson step out from behind his collaborators to present his own work again. His songwriting may have brought him the most success, but it’s Wilson’s superb tenor voice that gives those songs a life of their own. Let’s hope it’s not another seven years before we hear it again.
The Both by The Both (Aimee Mann and Ted Leo)
NPR: First Listen: The Both, ‘The Both’
NPR Music: The Both: Tiny Desk Concert
Wits: Episode 38 | Tim Heidecker with Aimee Mann and Ted Leo
Wits: Episode 42 | Aimee Mann and Ted Leo
Critically acclaimed musicians Aimee Mann and Ted Leo have joined forces for a collaborative project they call The Both. The duo’s self-titled debut will be released April 15 via SuperEgo Records. Building on a friendship forged while they were on tour together last year, it was Leo’s solo sets that piqued Mann’s interest in getting on stage with him and writing music together. Of the project, Mann notes, “Honestly, I feel like for the first time, I’m part of a rock band.”
Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne
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WFPK: Album of the Month - Looking into You
Strange Currency: New Music
A Tribute album to Jackson Browne featuring Ben Harper, Lyle Lovett, Keb Mo, Bonnie Raitt, Shawn Colvin, Bruce Hornsby and Bruce Springsteen, among others.
Out Among the Stars by Johnny Cash
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Q with Jian Ghomeshi: New Music from Johnny Cash
Nashville Public Radio: Masterpiece or Pretty Good Songs?
The Current: Johnny Cash’s lost album, ‘Out Among the Stars’, releases today
Discovered in 2012, Out Among The Stars is truly a lost, previously unreleased Johnny Cash album. These aren’t alternate takes or different versions of songs that you’ve heard. These are brand new songs to the Cash canon.Completed in 2013 by Johnny’s only son John Carter Cash, Out Among The Stars is a pivotal Johnny Cash album lost in time, and now ready to become a classic.
3rd by The Baseball Project
The Current: The Baseball Project perform in The Current studio
KEXP: The Baseball Project: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Home Run
Weekend Edition: The Baseball Project: Double Play
NPR: Baseball Project: When Perfection Slips Away
All Things Considered: The Baseball Project: For Love Of The Game
Only a Game: The Baseball Project Reaches Third (Album)
2014 album from the super group. The Baseball Project, the critically acclaimed alt-rock supergroup featuring Peter Buck (R.E.M., The Minus 5), Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5, Young Fresh Fellows, R.E.M.), Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Linda Pitmon and Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate), deliver another batch of songs inspired by the great American past-time. This collection continues their tradition of inspired rock songs that provide passionately funny and sarcastically reverent commentary on the sport of baseball. And those who aren’t fans of the sport can still enjoy the music, while brushing up on their knowledge.
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition) by Elton John
Fresh Air: Elton John
This 40th anniversary super deluxe box set includes the original album remastered, a CD of all-new cover versions by contemporary artists personally chosen by Elton with additional tracks and B-sides, the full LIVE AT HAMMERSMITH ‘73 concert on two CDs, and a DVD of Bryan Forbes’ 1973 film ELTON JOHN AND BERNIE TAUPIN SAY GOODBYE TO NORMA JEAN AND OTHER THINGS. In addition to the discs, the box also contains a 100-page illustrated hardback book packed with rare photos, memorabilia and a new essay containing interviews with Elton John and Bernie Taupin.
English Oceans by Drive-By Truckers
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The Current: Drive By Truckers in Studio
The Current: Video - Drive By Truckers
Mountain Stage: Drive-By Truckers On Mountain Stage
English Oceans, the band’s 12th release, is an elegantly balanced and deeply engaged new effort that finds the group refreshed and firing on all cylinders. ‘It can go from this chainsaw rock ‘n’ roll to this very delicate, pretty-sounding stuff,’ says Mike Cooley.
English Oceans was recorded over 13 sessions at Chase Park Transduction Studios in Athens, GA with their longtime producer, David Barbe. Cooley fans will be happy that he brought six new songs to the sessions and this record marks the first time that Cooley sings a song penned by Patterson Hood on ‘Til He s Dead or Rises.’
In typical DBT fashion the songs depict an array of characters. ‘Pauline Hawkins,’ is based on a new novel by Willy Vlautin. DBT’s ever-keen political edge can be seen in two songs on the record. Cooley s ‘Made Up English Oceans’ and Hood’s ‘The Part of Him.’ ‘It’s about political assholery — there’s someone new playing that role every few months,’ says Hood. ‘Grand Canyon,’ the final song on the album, is an emotionally overwhelming tribute to Craig Lieske, a longtime member of DBT’s touring family. Lieske died suddenly in January and the album is dedicated to him.
The album was recorded with a compact, retooled lineup. Jay Gonzalez, who joined the band in 2008 as keyboardist, has added guitar to his duties, while bassist Matt Patton was drafted from the Tuscaloosa group The Dexateens. ‘It’s a very tasteful group, and when it needs to be it can be a very big, powerful, over-the-top band, too, and it can go from one to the other seamlessly,’ says Hood.
The Punk Singer
NPR: Silent For Years, A Riot Grrrl Steps Back To The Mic
Day to Day: Kathleen Hanna: A Riot Grrrl’s New Act
All Things Considered: Bikini Kill Rises Again, No Less Relevant
NPR’s The Record: Revolution Girl Style, 20 Years Later
Fresh Air: Kathleen Hanna and Johanna Fateman of the Band, Le Tigre
Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre, rose to national attention as the reluctant but never shy voice of the riot grrrl movement. In so doing she became both one of the most famously outspoken feminist icons and a cultural lightning rod. While her critics wished she would just shut up, her fans hoped she never would. So when in 2005 Hanna stopped shouting, many wondered why. Through 20 years of archival footage and intimate interviews with Hanna and those who were part of the scene, including music legends Joan Jett and Adam Horowitz, THE PUNK SINGER takes viewers on a fascinating tour of contemporary music and offers a never-before-seen view into the life of this fearless leader.
Supermodel by Foster the People
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Morning Edition: For Foster the People Frontman, Fame and Isolation
The Current: ‘Supermodel” Review by Mac Wilson
Supermodel is the highly anticipated new album from Foster The People featuring first single “Coming of Age.” Produced by Paul Epworth, the globally influenced album is the follow-up to the group’s critically acclaimed 2011 debut Torches. Recorded in various locations around the world, Supermodel began as frontman Mark Foster and producer Paul Epworth set up a writing studio in a riad in Essaouira, Morocco at the end of 2012. “We didn’t have any rules. We just created as much as we could in seven days,” Foster recalls, “And in the spirit of wanderlust and discovery we ended up stumbling on the musical identity of what this record was going to feel like.”From Morocco the album continued to migrate with Foster and the band. Work continued at Woodshed Studios in Malibu, Henson Studios and Bronson Island in Los Angeles and was finished at Epworth’s Wolf Tone Studios in London.
Teeth Dreams by The Hold Steady
The Current: Hear the Hold Steady’s new single ‘I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You’
The Current: The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn talks about his days as a college music journalist
The Current: Craig Finn Performs in the UBS Forum
The Current: Craig Finn of the Hold Steady talks with host Mary Lucia
The Current: Theft of the Dial: Craig Finn
The Current: Craig Finn says he’s disappointed in the music played at Target Field
The Current: The Hold Steady performs in The Current studio
The Current: The Hold Steady hold court
The Current: Hold Steady perform in studio
The Current: Hold Steady performs in studio
The Current: Slideshow: The Hold Steady at Rock the Garden 2012
The Current: Album Review: Craig Finn - Clear Heart Full Eyes
The Current: Album Review: The Hold Steady - Heaven is Whenever
Teeth Dreams is the sixth album from one of America’s most acclaimed rock bands.
This is their first release in four years. Their last, Heaven is Whenever, came out in May 2010.
The songs on Teeth Dreams came together over the past three years. Many of them went through significant changes along the way. Four years is the most time between any two The Hold Steady releases.
Guitarist Steve Selvidge joined The Hold Steady for the Heaven is Whenever tour. Teeth Dreams is the first THS release where Selvidge participated in the writing and recording. A number of the songs were written at sessions in Memphis, where Steve lives.
The album was produced and mixed by Nick Raskulinecz. Nick has produced records by Foo Fighters, Rush, Alice in Chains, Deftones, Ghost and more.
Teeth Dreams was recorded and mixed at Rock Falcon Studios in Franklin,TN. It is the first record that THS has made outside of the NYC area.
This five-piece line up (two guitars, bass, drums, vocals) of the band showcases a bigger and tougher sound. The guitars are especially present on this release.
This is the first release on the band’s own Positive Jams imprint, which is in partnership with Washington Square/Razor & Tie.
The title Teeth Dreams refers to a common nighttime dream. Dreams about teeth are usually triggered by anxiety. Anxiety is a theme that shows up in a number of songs on the album.
The band recently launched an official fan club called The Unified Scene, and released a five song covers EP to the members of the club.
The Hold Steady played their first show in 2003. They are entering their second decade as a band. The Hold Steady has been cited as influential by numerous rock acts such as Japandroids, Titus Andronicus, Frank Turner and many others.
THS has toured heavily, and has played at least one show in all 50 states. They achieved this in summer 2013 when they played a show in Wyoming, the last state on their list.