13 November 2009

(Ain't That) Good News

Ben Ratliff of the New York Times reports that a treasure trove of recordings from past Newport Jazz Festival performances are being prepared for on-line access at Wolfgang's Vault: "the archives include many, many tapes: 1,000 to 1,200 individual performances, dating at least to 1955, the festival’s second year, and continuing to the end of the century. It is not a complete audio record — certain years contain only a small number of performances, or are missing completely — but it is a major one nonetheless." 1959 concerts from Count Basie & His Orchestra, Dakota Staton and The Jazz Messengers are available now at the site.

The entertaining Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros are featured in the latest of the "Tiny Desk Concert" series at All Songs Considered.

Jim DeRogatis blogs about the upcoming 12th Annual Jeff Buckley Tribute, to take place on November 17 & 18 at Uncommon Ground in Chicago. Good luck getting tickets.

Rolling Stone has put together 40 musical moments from the 40 year history of the groundbreaking PBS/Children's Television Workshop series Sesame Street. Make sure to catch the videos of Johnny Cash ("Nasty Dan") and Stevie Wonder ("Superstition").

Wes Anderson's new animated film, Fantastic Mr. Fox, opens in theaters today. Spinner provides us with ten unique moments in Anderson's past films that are punctuated memorably with music.

The Guardian profiles the Northern Irish band Ash. One of Celtic Ray's favorites, he suggests that you listen to "Kung Fu" to kick start your weekend.

Ray also reports that Solas played a rousing show in Denver this past week to a sold-out crowd.

The reinvigorated Crawdaddy! Magazine profiles Alex Chilton's output from 1976 to 1981.

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