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Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze - An Appreciation of JJ Cale
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As Heard on Public Radio:
All Things Considered: Eric Clapton & JJ Cale - Notes on a Freindship
Eric Clapton has often stated that JJ Cale is one of the single most important figures in rock history, a sentiment echoed by many of his fellow musicians. Cale s influence on Clapton and many of today s artists cannot be understated. To honor JJ s legacy, a year after his passing, Clapton gathered a group of like-minded friends and musicians for Eric Clapton & Friends - The Breeze (An Appreciation of JJ Cale). With performances by Clapton, Mark Knopfler, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Derek Trucks and Don White, the album features 16 beloved JJ Cale songs and is named for the 1972 single “Call Me The Breeze.”
Partners by Barbra Streisand
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As Heard on Public Radio:
Q with Jian Ghomeshi: Barbara Streisand (link coming 9/17)
CBC Music: First Play: Barbra Streisand, Partners
All Songs Considered: Song Premiere: Barbra Streisand And John Legend Together
WGBH: Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn
"Partners" is Barbra Streisand’s new album, featuring 12 inimitable new Streisand duets with the world’s greatest male vocalists. This is the legendary artist’s first duets album in more than a decade, and debuts new studio recordings of Streisand classics and others songs.
"Partners" is comprised of 12 songs, many of which are regarded as Streisand classics. Among the songs included are "New York State Of Mind," with Billy Joel, "Come Rain Or Come Shine," with John Mayer, "Love Me Tender," with Elvis Presley, "The Way We Were," with Lionel Richie, "What Kind Of Fool," with John Legend, "People," with Stevie Wonder, "I Can Still See Your Face," with Andrea Bocelli, "Evergreen," with Babyface, and Ms. Streisand’s first studio-recorded duet with her son Jason Gould, on "How Deep Is The Ocean."
Ms. Streisand is currently the best-selling female recording artist in history and the only woman to make the All-Time Top 10 Best Selling artists list. She has recorded 51 gold, 30 platinum and 13 multi-platinum albums in her career, including nine #1s, and is the only recording artist to have accomplished #1 album in five consecutive decades. Recognized as an icon in multiple entertainment fields, Ms. Streisand has attained unprecedented achievements as a recording artist, actor of stage and screen, concert performer, movie producer, film director, author and songwriter. In her accomplished career she has been awarded two Oscars, five Emmys, ten Golden Globes, eight Grammys, a special Tony award in 1970 as star of the decade, and two Cable Ace awards the only artist to receive honors in all of those fields of endeavor. Ms. Streisand is the recipient of the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Endowment for the Arts Medal, two Peabody Awards, A Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Grammy Legend Award. Ms. Streisand is also the first film director to receive the Kennedy Center Honors.
The Voyager by Jenny Lewis
Soundcheck: Jenny Lewis Fights Fear And Insomnia On ‘The Voyager’
The Current: Interview: Jenny Lewis talks about ‘The Voyager’
Fresh Air: 'The Voyager' is an Album You Might Want to Spend Time With
The Current: Album Review: Jenny Lewis, ‘The Voyager’
NPR: Jenny Lewis: Newport Folk 2014
NPR First Listen: Jenny Lewis, ‘The Voyager’
All Things Considered: Rainbow In The Dark: Jenny Lewis On Staring Down Sadness
Morning Edition: Jenny Lewis Stands Out with ‘Voyager’
Dinner Party Download: Jenny Lewis Shares Mint Chips, Ticking Clocks
KEXP: Album Review: Jenny Lewis - The Voyager
Sound Opinions: The Voyager review
Celebrated California singer songwriter Jenny Lewis presents The Voyager. This is the former Rilo Kiley frontwoman s third solo album and first in six years, following 2006’s Rabbit Fur Coat (with The Watson Twins) and 2008’s Acid Tongue.
The Voyager is Lewis’s most deeply personal album to date, documenting her struggle to cope following the death of her estranged father in 2010 and the subsequent break-up of Rilo Kiley. The Voyager’s rootsy, golden glow comes courtesy of Lewis and the artists she chose to produce various tracks, including Ryan Adams (who, alongside Mike Viola, produced all but three of the tracks), Beck, and Lewis’ longtime collaborator Johnathan Rice. The Voyager finds the always relatable songwriter at her sharp-witted best, singing about her recent experiences with honesty and incisiveness.
Far from Finished by Bill Cosby
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KQED Forum: Bill Cosby on 50 Years of Comedy
Morning Edition: Bill Cosby - Still Himself after All These Years
Bill Cosby is Far From Finished. In his first comedy special in thirty years, he leaves the audience asking once again, “How did he get inside our house?” Whether he’s talking about friendship, first love, marriage or raising children, the result is people laughing so hard their faces hurt, their sides are splitting and they can’t breathe. This extended concert event is a must see for your whole family.
Bill Cosby Collection - Rediscover the comic genius of Bill Cosby who earned the 12th Mark Twain Prize for American Humor (Garrison Keillor is another recipient) with this collection that explores childhood and much more: Why Is There Air? recorded live, It’s True, It’s True and his first release, Bill Cosby Is a Very Funny Fellow. After listening, you will wonder why Bill Cosby has won only 9 Grammy Awards.
Are We There by Sharon Van Etten
Morning Becomes Eclectic: Sharon Van Etten
The Current: Sharon Van Etten performs live in The Current studio
KCRW: Sharon Van Etten, ‘Nothing Will Change’ (Live)
World Cafe: Sharon Van Etten On World Cafe
WFUV: Sharon Van Etten, ‘Taking Chances’ (Live)
NPR’s All Songs TV: Sharon Van Etten, ‘Every Time The Sun Comes Up’
All Songs Considered: New Mix: Damon Albarn, Sharon Van Etten, Beach House, More
KEXP: Album Review: Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
Sound Opinions: Are We There review
Sharon Van Etten writes from free-flowing emotional honesty and vulnerability, creating a bond with the listener that few contemporary musicians can match. Are We There is a self-produced album of exceptional intimacy, sublime generosity, and immense breadth.
Hypnotic Eye by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
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Q with Jiam Ghomeshi: Tom Petty in Studio for the Full Hour
NPR First Listen: Hypnotic Eye by Tom Petty
Hypnotic Eye is the 13th studio album from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and the first album from the band in four years. “I knew I wanted to do a rock & roll record, ” Petty told Rolling Stone in April. “We hadn’t made a straight hard-rockin’ record, from beginning to end, in a long time.”
Yes by Jason Mraz
Q with Jian Ghomeshi: 'Say Yes' to Jason Mraz
The singer songwriter talks about his new album and performs in the Q studio.
Acoustic Classics by Richard Thompson
Acoustic Classics, a collection of newly recorded timeless Richard Thompson songs, features 14 tracks culled from his 40-plus-year music career. For the first time ever, acoustic versions of songs like “I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight” and “Dimming of the Day” mingle with cornerstone classics like “1952 Vincent Black Lightning” and “Beeswing” as well as other acoustically rendered gems.
"I really wanted to have something that would reflect the acoustic shows," Richard explains, "But we didn’t have anything like that. Just some old, slightly scratchy recordings of solo sets that I wasn’t really happy with." His last proper solo acoustic release was the live Small Town Romance, and that was more than 30 years ago! In the meantime, the acoustic shows have evolved as a full parallel to his band tours.
Thompson was named by Rolling Stone Magazine’s as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of all time and considered one of the UK’s most outstanding songwriters and musicians. The recipient of a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award, Mojo’s Les Paul Award and curator of the prestigious Meltdown Festival at the Southbank in 2010, Thompson was most recently honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting by the Americana Music Association.
In the Lonely Hour by Sam Smith
The Current: Album Review: Sam Smith, ‘In The Lonely Hour’
First Listen: Sam Smith ‘In the Lonely Hour”
All Things Considered: Sam Smith: A Young Man’s Lonliness
Here & Now: New Music from Sam Smith
World Cafe: Sam Smith in Studio
British singer-songwriter Sam Smith isn’t shy. With a steady, well-trained swell of a voice and a knack for whipping in and out of his falsetto in a hairsbreadth, he doesn’t feel the need to hide — not by stifling his vocal abilities and not by ducking beneath distracting, colorful production. But on his full-length debut, In the Lonely Hour, he proves that he can play that game when he feels like it.
Pushin’ Against a Stone by Valerie June
World Cafe: Valerie June
The Current: Valerie June in Studio
All Things Considered: Valerie June on Learning to Love Perfectly imperfect Voices
Fresh Air: Valerie June Wants to be on your Mind
Fresh, young voices are exactly what the music world needs to find to prosper. And in Valerie June, the bluegrass world has found yet another strong artist to continue the stretch of winners from this genre… the alt indie folk scene is vibrant and this young lady is a perfect addition. Let’s hope airplay, record sales and more albums follow as I would love to hear what she has to say!
Ultraviolence by Lana Del Rey
Sound Opinions: Ultraviolence review
Weekend Edition: Lana Del Rey: ‘I Don’t Have Other People In Mind’
NPR’s The Record: Darkness Comes Alive: The Paradox Of Lana Del Rey
All Things Considered: Album Review: ‘Ultraviolence’
The Current: Album Review: Lana Del Rey, ‘Ultraviolence’
Fresh Air: Lana Del Rey’s ‘Ultraviolence’ Has a Firm Grasp on Pop History
The Current: Lana Del Rey performs in The Current studio
The Current: Theft of the Dial: Lana Del Rey
World Cafe: Lana Del Rey On World Cafe
KEXP: Album Review: Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence
Brand new album from platinum, Grammy nominated recording artist Lana Del Rey! The album features the hit songs West Coast and Shades of Cool.
Lazaretto by Jack White
Sound Opinions: Lazaretto review
NPR Music: Jack White, Live In Concert
All Things Considered: From Jack White, A Fierce New Record Raised in Captivity
The Current: Album Review: Jack White, ‘Lazaretto’
All Songs Considered: Jack White’s ‘Lazaretto’: The All Songs Interview
All Songs Considered: 'Ultra LP' Version Of Jack White's New Album Has Some Crazy Surprises
The Current: Jack White unveils “High Ball Stepper”, sets release date for ‘Lazaretto’
Jack White presents his new album Lazaretto, on Third Man Records/Columbia. Lazaretto inhabits an exciting place in White’s expansive discography as the follow-up to 2012’s Gold-certified international #1 Blunderbuss, and will be preceded by first single and title track “Lazaretto,” to be released later this month.
Platinum by Miranda Lambert
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NPR: NPR Music’s 25 Favorite Albums Of 2014 (So Far)
Fresh Air: Miranda Lambert’s ‘Platinum’ Has Backyard Swagger
NPR: ‘Pricilla’ An Ode to ‘Being Queen of a King’
Best-selling and award-winning country music artist Miranda Lambert has a new album called “Platinum.” Rock critic Ken Tucker says the new album continues Lambert’s mission to create songs about women who are complex, fun-loving and assertive.
Now 50: Now That’s What I Call Music!
Weekend Edition: Now That’s What We Call a Hit CD!
Now That’s What I Call Music!, a compilation of best-selling top 40 music, released its 50th U.S. album this week.
NPR Driveway Moments for Moms
Morning Edition: 'Mom' Remembers her Olympic Past
All Things Considered: A Partially Empty Nest, with Mixed Feelings
This collection of radio moments is all about mothers, including the hilarious real-life messages Amy Borkowsky’s mother leaves on her answering machine, and Minnesotan Kevin Kling’s yearly conflict between Mother’s Day and the fishing opener. Hosted by Peter Sagal from Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! 2 hours on 2 CDs.