His account of the rise of Rastafarianism from the persecuted margins of Jamaican society to the center of roots music is one of the finest short histories of the movement available. First published in , Last Night a DJ Saved My Life was one of the first books to take disco seriously, and certainly the most exhaustive to that point, a major and much-needed attempt to rehabilitate the genre.
More a study of the rise of the DJ as an artist—tastemaker, musician, cultural icon—the book begins in the prehistory, with radio disc jockeys as architects of modern pop. It brings us right up to house and techno, genres where DJs are just as important if not more so than the folks who make the records. The rave era was still going, just barely, when the book was published.
His most notorious composition, 4'33" , instructed its performers not to play a single note. He was a student of Zen Buddhism and a devoted amateur mycologist, both disciplines of quietude. The concept of silence came to define Cage so much that it lent itself to the title of this collection of writings. Silence was certainly an important concept for Cage, but as more of a myth than an ideal; after visiting a soundproof isolation chamber at Harvard in , he heard the blood beating in his ears.
And the point of 4'33" wasn't to attain silence, but to underscore its illusory nature, as the rustlings of the audience became the music. Most hip-hop histories deal in mythic imagery: the early graffiti heroes who turned dilapidated subway cars into rolling art galleries or block parties with soundsystems that would dim streetlights.
In the first chunk of the book, music barely enters the equation; instead, we learn about crippling South Bronx poverty, epidemics of arson, civil rights movements, racial tensions, and gang meetings that Chang depicts as a less-cartoonish version of the opening scenes from The Warriors.
So when music eventually does come into the picture, we know a whole lot more about the world of the people making it. The man knows how to tell a story, and there are great stories here. When it comes to music reference books, few, if any, have an air of authority that can touch The Penguin Guide. Fantastic energy from an All-Star Chicago band sets a fine platform for James to strut his stuff. The range of material, from slow-burners where James pours his soul into every line, to the blistering harp on the title track shows a Blues master at the peak of his powers.
Roosevelt gives us 14 tracks covering a wide range of material, from piano instrumentals to slow Blues and even vaudeville songs. Recorded between , when Buddy was a young gun from the West-side, this Chess production was not issued until , and passed almost un-noticed. Fourteen tracks of mostly self-written material show James in contrasting moods, from hard-edged urban Blues to boogies and ballads.
Willie Mabon contributes some great piano to this excellent group, which gives Luther a platform to put his personal stamp on some Chicago favourites and some songs of his own. Recorded in LA with some pretty hot players, these 14 tracks find Billy Boy in great form, despite the low profile of the previous decades. Sticking to the style that made him a first-call session man in the 50s and 60s, Dave has produced an album that might have launched a solo career if it had come out forty years before!
Another London An Ode to A Norwegian Strobe The JJ I Knew video. Frocklebot Intro to Pop Pop Freak Out Tirelessly active as solo artist, session player, composer, producer and record label owner across the British, US and European scenes, Janisch recalls the beginnings of this creative shift in direction. The original tour mainly in the UK featured this core band who had all come over from New York; but excitingly, as a project recording, it now provides a springboard for me to develop and perform these and upcoming compositions with other line-ups, including the next phase with fellow London-based artists.
The influence of living in the capital, over the past fifteen years, has crept into my musical being, so I see this new era as a big transition. Each is quite different to its neighbor because this is a collection of individual pieces written over a period of time, often personal in their inspiration, driven purely out of his mindset and experiences in those moments.
But he also sees it as analogous to what is going on in the wider world right now, especially the continual toxicity of social disclosure driven by tribalist views from differing positions on the political spectrum. Janisch has glimpsed a new horizon for himself and, with inimitable verve, is going for it. Impressively helmed by a bandleader who is in the ascendant. There are also documentary funding agencies here to discuss projects.
Lastly, again this year the well attended 'Docu Brunch' will take place in the Majestic for several hundred attendees and docu experts to meet, mingle and network. Half a century ago, Brazilian composer and musician Antonio Carlos Jobim introduced bossa nova to a worldwide audience with ''The Girl from Ipanema.
There is no commentary; the music speaks for itself. Picture postcards, private photos, official documents, posters, album covers, and sheet music complement the concert footage. The film is in Portugese and English, 84 minutes. It has now, in Cannes, screened twice, out of Competition. The Apple co-founder will be recognized for his technological contributions to the arts.
The 54th Grammy Awards will broadcast live on Sunday, Feb. Recognized for their contribution in the music industry, Ross and the rest of the Lifetime Achievement recipients will be honored at a private ceremony by the Grammy organization on February 11, There will be a formal mention of more.
The new track album, due out Dec. Critics swoon over CG animation so colorful it 'glows' in this Brazilian bird tale voiced by Jesse Eisenberg , will. The Russell Brand -starring tale about the Easter Bunny has owned the multiplex all this month despite being a critical dud.
Now comes " Rio ," a film that not only has been garnering stellar reviews but is dropping into theaters as spring vacations unleash students from schools around the country. Critics have been lauding the film's eye-popping visuals, winning musical numbers and memorable cast of supporting characters. Hannah has been a featured panelist at Pollstar, FestForward, and Knoxville's American Marketing Association Conference, was a finalist for the Young Professionals of Knoxville Outstanding Young Professional Impact Award, and has even been cited in an undergraduate honors thesis.
She resides in Knoxville, TN. Founder, Paramind Records. She is the co-owner of Paramind Records , an equitable, sustainable and community-based record label out of Bloomington, IN. Natalia is also the creator and executive producer of Tiny Dorm Concerts, a student-run concert series filmed at Indiana University featuring local and student musicians. Label Manager, Captured Tracks. Always a lover of music, Pamela first became involved in the music industry as an year-old intern for Chouette Radio Promotions and Ba Da Bing Records in , a busy time for both companies as Beirut's Gulag Orkestar was garnering high acclaim.
That same year, she began working at longtime New York City cultural bastion, the record store Other Music, where she was a buyer, helping to curate the store's taste, as well as in charge of the store's mail order and customer service business. During that time, she also toured as a live member in the bands Blank Dogs and Widowspeak, becoming closely acquainted with the label Captured Tracks. Clark is also the international press officer for Le Guess Who? Director of Production for Burnett Music.
Runner, Westlake Recording Studios. Megan Searl is a 23 year old audio engineer, music producer, songwriter, and musician, living and working in Los Angeles, CA. She graduated from Indiana University - Jacobs School of Music with a degree in Audio Engineering and Sound Production in May of , with a minor in film production and a musical focus in harp performance.NOW That's What I Call Music Vol. by Counter Intuitive Recordsholy split baby 3 bands, one big dream. mom jeans, prince daddy & the hyena, and pictures of vernon all on one 10" record. 3 bands i'm absolutely obsessed with, 2 songs each. the music speaks for itself. artwork by dave mondfernwhonakeren.toubackcoworquowicoratervidoho.co to the #1 homie zoe for killing the guest vocals on the thrashville 2/3!!!!!- mom jeans shirts Missing: Walter Chao*.