16 May 2010

Read It In The Sunday Papers

Why should we go out when the internet's always on? TNOP brings you news from the music world outside . . .

Claudia Roth Pierpont reviews Harvey G. Cohen's new work Duke Ellington's America, which tackles the elusive link of the American master's compositions with the omnipresent subject of race in the US.

Jazz critic Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune focuses on the New Orleans music-centric HBO series Treme.

For those who dig Everything But The Girl and her vocal guest spots with Massive Attack, you'll be pleased that vocalist Tracey Thorn has returned with a fine solo effort, released this past week. Thorn talks with The Alternate Side about the new CD, Love And Its Opposite. You also get some live performance from her home with the bonus of checking out her kids' art work. And NPR is streaming all of Love And Its Opposite for your sampling pleasure.

Unless you've been away from all things media, the re-release of The Rolling Stones' Exile On Main St. has been everywhere. TNOP has waded through alot of media hype and recommends the three pieces that Greg Kot contributed to his Turn It Up blog: separate interviews with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, as well as a retrospective review of the classic double LP itself.

NME reports that both Keane and The National have hit the UK album charts with great success in their first week of release.

Jim Carroll of The Irish Times catches up with James Murphy in Spain. But he;s supposed to be in Dublin playing some shows. Seems volcanic ash got in the way. Is Murphy grumpy or is This Is Happening really the last LCD Soundsystem album?

The Black Cab Sessions recently shipped their well-travelled vehicle overseas to pick up some notables at SXSW. Laura Marling was among them, and she provided a fine version of her "Rambling Man" from the new CD I Speak Because I Can. And her show in Boston the other night also earned a rave review.

Devastated recently by flood waters, The Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville is cleaning up building damage and trying to salvage priceless artifacts.

Martin Scorsese's documentary on George Harrison now has a title: Living In The Material World. It will premiere in 2011.

The Hold Steady made an appearance on The Colbert Report this week. Craig Finn discussed Catholicism and the band played "Hurricane J" from the new Heaven Is Whenever.

Psyched for the upcoming summer festival season? The Times of London offers its "definitive guide to the top 100 music festivals" large and small, not only in the UK but Europe and the US as well.

Over at Muzzle of Bees, Daniel Brielmaier remembers a hot summer night in 1989 when The Replacements and a jammed crowd sweated through a memorable performance in a small room at a local university in Milwaukee. And offers a six-song EP of the set to show The 'Mats "could still kick it out."

That's it from here. Fold the papers nicely either for recycling or use in the kitty litter box. Joe Jackson leads us out . . .

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