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Mildred Bailey: Queen of Swing

In the 1930s, as the country struggled through the Depression, households buckled under the strain of poverty and fear of darkening world events. What kept most people from being swallowed by nagging pessimism and despair was the radio. The dramas and music that came over the airwaves provided much-needed relief from anxiety and worry. The first and finest female singing voice during these years was Mildred Bailey. She not only forged breaks for singers like Bing Crosby but also influenced a ge...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Georgia, Idaho, Jazz, Cbs, Crosby, Coeur, Bailey, Bing Crosby, Whiteman, Paul Whiteman, Spokane Wash, Benny Goodman, Will Friedwald


How Musicians Are Starting To Grapple With The Climate Impact Of Touring

“It seems to me that the only solution commensurate with the scale of the problem is fundamentally changing the way musicians work. We have to stop seeing it as reasonable that we’d play in Barcelona one day, London the next, and New York two days later. And stop seeing it as reasonable that, at a big festival in Barcelona, fifty thousand out of the hundred thousand people there have flown from the U.K. to attend.” – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Music, New York, London, Barcelona, 02.18.20


Watch the Grateful Dead Slip Past Security & Play a Gig at Columbia University’s Anti-Vietnam Protest (1968)

In 1968, the Vietnam War was not a catalyst for protests but a sort of nexus for all other injustices--the part contained elements of the whole: racism, class war, capitalist profiteering, imperialism. It was symptom and cause, much like climate change feels today. In April of that year, one inflection point happened on New York’s Columbia University campus. The University wanted to build a military gym, not on campus, but in Morningside Park, a public space that bordered on Harlem. The ...
Tags: Google, Music, New York, College, Department Of Defense, University, Columbia University, East Coast, Grateful Dead, Harlem, Garcia, Facebook Twitter, Scully, The University, KCRW, Mickey Hart


Woman Sues Rick James Estate Over Alleged 1979 Rape

The funk musician Rick James has been dead for nearly 16 years, but a woman is now suing his estate, claiming that James raped her in 1979, when she was 15. The woman, whose name has not been given, has filed a lawsuit under the Child Victims Act, a New York state law … More »
Tags: Music, New York, News, James, Rick James


Huey, Judy and Jimmy

This week in The Wall Street Journal, my "Anatomy of a Song" column for the arts section was on Huey Lewis and the News's The Power of Love (go here). The 1985 hit nearly didn't happen when Huey ruled out writing a song called Back to the Future and was a little uncertain about writing for a movie, something he had never done before. As for the song for which he wrote the lyrics, Huey came up with them while on a run and thoughts about his new wife and two kids were top of mind. Here's Huey'...
Tags: New York, Spain, Bbc, Chicago, James Bond, Jazz, Miles Davis, Mansion, Chanel, Wall Street Journal, Joe, Empire State Building, Judy, Donald Fagen, Steely Dan, John Boorman


Datingtipps & positive Denkanstöße für Plus-Size-Frauen

Mittlerweile können wir uns hoffentlich alle darauf einigen, dass der Valentinstag, na ja sagen wir mal ein bisschen albern ist. Das letzte Mal habe ich mir deswegen Stress gemacht, als ich etwa 13 Jahre alt war. Ich war dabei, die Valentinstagskarten für meine Klassenkamarad*innen auszudrucken und auf einmal war die Druckerpatrone leer. Schon krass wie zeitig die Gesellschaft (oder in diesem Fall meine Lehrerin) damit anfängt, uns diesen Schwachsinn einzutrichtern: Romantik ist wichtig. Versau...
Tags: Fashion, Music, New York, Tipps, Welt, Seite, Marie, Bilder, Markel, Panik, Rolle, Ding, Aber, Ospina, Jahren, Stadt


Kathleen Donohoe's Playlist for Her Novel "Ghosts of the Missing"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Roxane Gay, and many others. Kathleen Donohoe's Ghosts of the Missing is a smart and engaging literary thriller. Kirkus wrote of the book: "Donohoe is skilled at cultivating the pervasively disconcerting and m...
Tags: Music, New York, David, Ireland, Sinead O'connor, Carney, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Evelyn, Rowan, Scully, Angela, Cyndi Lauper, Mulder, Hudson Valley


Videos: Tony Bennett, the '60s

If you're not smiling broadly as Tony Bennett sings in a video, something is off. In addition to being a terrific pop and jazz singer (coming in behind and ahead of the beat and improvising along the way), Tony was a visual explosion of joy. This was especially true in the 1960s, when he was often on TV at the top of his game. Here are videos of Tony in action from 1960 to 1969, many of which you probably haven't seen before: Here's Tony in 1960 on NBC... Here's Tony in 1961 on Dinah Shore's...
Tags: New York, Jazz, Tony, Tony Bennett, Andy Williams, Marc Myers, Muscular Dystrophy Association, NBC Here, Dinah Shore s Chevy Show Here, NBC Bob Hope, Les Brown Orchestra


Best live music cities in the world

Vegas is not just for Elvis anymore. Or Celine. Or Britney. Or the Thunder from Down Under and Cirque du Soleil. As of this year, it has officially become the world’s capital of live music, at least according to leisure travel planners lastminute.com. In a recent survey, the travel site took a look at the number of live music events set to take place in major cities around the world. And not only did Sin City place far ahead of live-music perennials like Austin and Nashville, it was the top c...
Tags: Travel, Music, New York, London, Berlin, US, Toronto, Los Angeles, Austin, Miami, Nashville, Las Vegas, Montreal, Elvis, Sin City, Vegas


70’s Style And Soul: Amazing Candid Photographs Taken In Soul Clubs In Memphis And New York, 1973

David Reed/Getty Images These candid photographs, taken in Soul clubs in Memphis and New York, are the work of photographer David Reed. Still working today, Reed was first commissioned by the UK’s Sunday Times Magazine in 1969, and worked for them continuously until 1990. h/t: vintag.es, retronaut David Reed/Getty Images Reed was also a regular contributor both to Nova Magazine... Source
Tags: Photography, Fashion, Music, UK, New York, Design, Retro, Memphis, 1970s, Reed, David Reed, Sunday Times Magazine, David Reed Getty Images Reed


Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross: Episode One Hundred Thirty-Eight

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross:  Episode One Hundred Thirty EightThe start of the new decade equals the first new episode of the year!  And there is no shortage of topics for the boys, as they catch up with each other – and the world – after the holiday season.  Making it even sweeter, it was recorded on Rob’s 55th birthday, so this is, indeed, a celebratory show!   Beginning with the heartfelt tributes to Neil Innes and Don Imus, the boys tackle the ugliness of racial attacks in Ne...
Tags: Food, Art, Books, Podcast, Music, Politics, New York, Television, Film, Australia, Theatre, Sports, Iran, Current Events, Rob, Popdose


Phantom Posse – “Changing” (Feat. Makonnen & Yohuna)

Next month, the New York-bred collective Phantom Posse are releasing a new album, Forever Underground. Last month we heard "It's All You" from it, which featured Vagabon's Laetitia Tamko and GABI, and today we're getting "Changing," which features the unlikely combination of Makonnen and Yohuna. Makonnen has been a longtime affiliate of Phantom … More »
Tags: Music, New York, Ilovemakonnen, Gabi, Makonnen, Yohuna, Laetitia Tamko, Phantom Posse, Yohuna Makonnen


This Week's Shows: Feb. 10-16

5 Show Picks for the Week Wednesday/Thursday: The Lone Bellow at the Troubadour “Half Moon Light,” first album from the Lone Bellow since 2017, is full of the trio’s signature rich harmonies and evocative lyrics. The New York band warms up for a nationwide tour with shows Wednesday and Thursday at the Troubadour, with Bellsaint … Continue reading This Week's Shows: Feb. 10-16 →
Tags: Music, New York, Uncategorized, Bellow, Bellsaint Continue


Erin Pringle's Playlist for Her Novel "Hezada! I Miss You"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Roxane Gay, and many others. Erin Pringle's novel Hezada! I Miss You is a moving and compelling examination of love and loss in small town America. In her own words, here is Erin Pringle's Book Notes music pla...
Tags: Music, England, New York, Lana Del Rey, Norah Jones, America, Neil Young, Sufjan Stevens, David, Billy Joel, Mcdonalds, Barbie, Frank Sinatra, Duran Duran, Kfc, Alice


Mandy, Joe and Brian

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed Mandy Patinkin for my "House Call" column in the Mansion section (go here). Mandy talked about growing up in Chicago, the reason he hated school and why he lowers his voice when playing Saul Berenson on Showtime's Homeland series, which returns for its final season on  Sunday (February 9). [Photo above of Mandy Patinkin on the New York set of Homeland by Mark Seliger/courtesy of Showtime] Here's Mandy as Saul, with Clare Danes in season 2...
Tags: Europe, New York, London, Mississippi, Australia, Amazon Prime, Chicago, Showtime, Oscar, Brazil, Manhattan, Jazz, Andy Warhol, Brian, Edinburgh, Connor


Stream Pop Smoke’s New Mixtape Meet The Woo 2

Last year, the Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke released "Welcome To The Party," the single that might go down in history as the big breakout moment for Brooklyn drill music. The New York version of the genre is a mellow, melodic, heavy-hearted take on the original Chicago drill, and it's closer in sound and … More »
Tags: Music, New York, Chicago, Brooklyn, Album Stream, Pop Smoke


T.S.A. Denies Opening Case of Mali Musician Whose Instrument Was Destroyed

When Ballake Sissoko, a renowned kora player from Mali, looked in his case at his Paris home after flying from New York, he found that the instrument in pieces.
Tags: Music, New York, News, Paris, Mali, Airport Security, Sissoko, Musical instruments, Transportation Security Administration, Ballaké Sissoko, Ballaké, 3MA (Music Group


BTS’ Latest Power Move Is Connecting People Through Major Works of Public Art

Is it a web? A nest? A trap? According to British sculptor Antony Gormley, the new public art installation at New York’s Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 3 is all of the above. “New York Clearing,” which opened to the public on Feb. 5 and will remain on display through March 27, is one of five site-specific projects helmed by K-pop supergroup BTS. Technically, it’s part of promotion for the group’s hotly-anticipated upcoming album, Map of the Soul: 7, out later in February. But the art is meant to...
Tags: Art, Music, New York, London, News, Berlin, New York City, Uncategorized, Seoul, Antony Gormley, Antony, Lee, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Gormley, Thomas Arnold, Roy Rochlin


‘I Knew Inevitably It Would Betray You.’ James Taylor on Avoiding the Trap of Celebrity

It’s a dreary afternoon, so James Taylor is building us a fire. First he drags a bucket of kindling into the living room of his sprawling western Massachusetts house. Then he kneels on the rug in front of the hearth and begins, with deliberate precision, to chop up a few choice pieces of wood with a hatchet. Once the fire is crackling, he slowly unfolds himself into a standing position–all six-plus feet of him, still lanky and imposing at 71–and settles into a plush armchair. It’s the kind ...
Tags: Music, New York, London, Lana Del Rey, News, Taylor Swift, Massachusetts, New York City, Uncategorized, Paul Simon, America, Barack Obama, David Bowie, Broadway, Elton John, Brazil


Neuer Monat, neuer Look: 9 Outfit-Ideen für den Februar 2020

Für die meisten Menschen ist der Februar einfach nur ein ganz gewöhnlicher Monat. Ein Monat, der gefühlt drei Mal so lange dauert wie sagen wir mal der Juli oder August. Ein Monat, der außer grauen Tagen und vielleicht noch dem Valentinstag (wenn das dein Ding ist) nicht gerade viel zu bieten hat. Für Fashionfans ist der Februar dagegen einer von zwei Modemonaten. Sprich jetzt ist die Zeit, sich von den Shows in Paris, London und New York genug Inspiration zu holen, um bis zum September, dem zwe...
Tags: Fashion, Music, New York, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris London, Ding, Muster, Monat, Davon, Neuer Monat, Monat Ein Monat, Ein Monat, Lippen Asymmetrie Mismatched Fashion Krawatte


‘There’s a Wide-Open Horizon of Possibility.’ Musicians Are Using AI to Create Otherwise Impossible New Songs

In November, the musician Grimes made a bold prediction. “I feel like we’re in the end of art, human art,” she said on Sean Carroll’s Mindscape podcast . “Once there’s actually AGI (Artificial General Intelligence), they’re gonna be so much better at making art than us.” Her comments sparked a meltdown on social media. The musician Zola Jesus called Grimes the “voice of silicon fascist privilege.” Majical Cloudz frontman Devon Welsh accused her of taking “the bird’s-eye view of b...
Tags: Music, New York, Hollywood, London, News, Berlin, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Gold, Kanye West, David Bowie, Alan Turing, Bronze, Evans, Grimes, Drake


February's Best eBook Deals

eBooks on sale for $1.99 this month: Between Them by Richard Ford The Captives by Debra Jo Immergut How to Read Poetry Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster Jimmy Stewart by Michael Munn Marilyn Monroe by Michelle Morgan The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier My Life with Earth, Wind & Fire by Maurice White Pat Conroy by Bernie Schein Property by Lionel Shriver Travels by Paul Bowles Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe by Tim Leong Winter Loon by Susan Bernhard eBook...
Tags: Music, New York, David, Nelson Mandela, Wu Tang, Richard Ford, Thomas, Kurt Vonnegut, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Obamas, Sidney Poitier, Jimmy Stewart, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Lamont, Michelle Morgan, Walter Mosley


Here’s Why This Member of The Beach Boys is Now Boycotting His Own Music

(NEW YORK) — One of the co-founders of The Beach Boys has joined a boycott of his own music to protest it being used by another band member at an animal hunting convention. Brian Wilson has denounced a performance of Beach Boys music on Wednesday at the Safari Club International Convention in Reno, Nevada. The concert is being led by The Beach Boys’ co-founder, lead singer and chief lyricist Mike Love. In a tweet, Wilson said he and band member Al Jardine are “emphatically opposed” to trophy hun...
Tags: Music, New York, News, Entertainment, California, Uncategorized, United States, Brian Wilson, Hunting, Donald Trump, Reno, Humane Society, Wilson, Trump, The Beach Boys, Al Jardine


Alles, was du über entzündete Nippelpiercings wissen solltest

Nachdem du buchstäblich jahrelang hin- und herüberlegt hast, ob du dir die Brustwarze piercen lassen sollst, hast du es endlich gewagt. Eigentlich könntest du jetzt super happy sein – schließlich sieht das Ergebnis mega aus! Aber irgendetwas stimmt da nicht… Die Haut um dein neues Schmuckstück herum ist ungewöhnlich warm und angeschwollen. Und irgendein komisches Sekret läuft da auch noch raus. Also beginnst du dich zu fragen: Hat sich mein nigelnagelneues Nippelpiercing etwa entzündet? ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, New York, Thompson, Tipps, Bilder, Wie, Lin, Panik, Wasser, Beispiel, Alles, Loch, Dann, Stelle, Brian Keith Thompson


Stream: CMON, ‘Zoo’

The new single from L.A.-based duo CMON feels like going on a road trip in your head, scenery flashing by in a polychromatic blur, insistently propulsive but at the same time lulling. “Zoo,” out today, is the follow-up to “Coo” (no, all their song titles do not rhyme) melds the duo’s affection for ’80s FM radio fare and dance music, adding brushstrokes of atmospherics to make it their own brand of psychedelic pop. The new song comes with the news that CMON’s debut album “Confusing Mix Of Nations...
Tags: Music, New York, Featured, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Miami, Brussels, Costa, Caribbean, Cmon, Los Angeles Bands, Latest Music, Carribean, Zebulon, Josh da Costa, Jamen Whitelock


Coronavirus: Kann dich ein Mundschutz vor der Ansteckung bewahren?

Der Ausbruch des Coronavirus in China sorgt für weitverbreitete Paranoia. Laut Focus ist aktuell von etwa 11000 Erkrankungen und 250 Toten die Rede. Diese Zahlen klingen dramatisch – besonders, wenn sie in Zusammenhang mit der Zeitspanne gebracht werden, in der sie entstanden sind. Aber ist das wirklich Grund genug, durchzudrehen, Panik zu bekommen und das absolute Chaos ausbrechen zu lassen?  Eine Kollegin erzählte mir letzte Woche, dass es bei DM ein bestimmtes Desinfektionsmittel nic...
Tags: Fashion, Music, New York, China, Luft, Panik, Aber, Schutz, Kann, Mund, Maske, Gesicht, Eine Kollegin, Zusammenhang, Nachfrage, Mundschutz


Run, Duke and Frankie

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed Joseph Simmons, better known as Run of RUN DMC, the early crossover rap trio of the 1980s (go here). Since becoming an ordained minister, he's now known as Rev Run. We talked about his years growing up in Hollis, Queens for my "House Call" column in the Mansion section. He also talked about his poet father, who was responsible for many of the group's rap lyrics. [Photo above of Joseph Simmons at his home in New Jersey, courtesy of Harpe...
Tags: New York, New Jersey, Jazz, Mansion, Harpercollins, Wall Street Journal, Penn, Sinatra, Frankie, Duke Ellington, Joseph Simmons, Ellington, Joe Scott, Albany Calif, Marc Myers, Redbone


Brad Schreiber's Playlist for His Book "Music is Power: Popular Songs, Social Justice, and the Will to Change"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Roxane Gay, and many others. Brad Schreiber's Music is Power engagingly explores the intersection of music and political action over the past 100 years Douglas Rushkoff wrote of the book: "An inspiring tour th...
Tags: Music, New York, London, Law, Washington, La, Iraq, US, Pink Floyd, David, South Africa, Bob Dylan, Aclu, Salt Lake City, Bronx, Sun City


Stream Tha God Fahim’s New Album Lost Kingz

Atlanta rapper Tha God Fahim is a sort of hardass mystic, a guy with one foot in the dirt and another on the astral plane. Fahim, a frequent collaborator of far-out New Jersey enigma Mach-Hommy, is one of many on the present-day rap underground who's inspired by the sound of mid-'90s New York rap but … More »
Tags: Music, New York, Atlanta, New Jersey, Album Stream, Fahim, Mach Hommy, Tha God Fahim


Gang Starr – “Bad Name (Remix)” (Feat. Method Man & Redman)

Gang Starr, the duo of Guru and DJ Premier, were one of the defining New York rap groups of the '90s, and they remain the greatest, purest exemplars of that era's boom-bap sound. Guru died in 2010, but last year, Premier assembled a bunch of the group's unreleased tracks, dropping the posthumous Gang Starr album … More »
Tags: Music, New York, Starr, Guru, Redman, Method Man, DJ Premier, Gang Starr



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