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Songs By Jay-Z, Nina Simone, More More Added To National Recording Registry

The Library of Congress announced Wednesday (March 20) that songs performed by Jay-Z, Cyndi Lauper, Neil Diamond and Nina Simon are among 25 recordings being inducted to the National Recording Registry. This year’s selection includes: Jay-Z’s Blueprint album, Lauper’s “She’s So Unusual,” Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” Simon’s “Mississippi Goddam,” Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September,” Sam & Dave’s “Soul Man,” Curtis Mayfield’s “Superfly,” Sylvester’s “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real),” Ritchie Val...
Tags: Music, Congress, Broadway, Benjamin Britten, Nina Simone, Jay, Martin Luther King Jr, Bruce Houghton, Sylvester, Cyndi Lauper, Robert F Kennedy, Sam Dave, Curtis Mayfield, Dexter Gordon, Stan Freberg, Lauper

JAY-Z’s ‘The Blueprint’ to be Archived in the Library of Congress

Already widely regarded as his best work, the legend of JAY-Z’s The Blueprint continues to grow. Today the National Recording Registry announced that Hov’s 2001 LP is being archived in the Library of Congress alongside other iconic records including Curtis Mayfield’s Superfly, Nina Simone’s “Mississippi Goddam,” and Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September.” Read more after the jump… Started in 2002, the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry aims to catalog sound recordings that are “cu...
Tags: Congress, Jay-z, United States, Jazz, Library Of Congress, De La Soul, Nina Simone, Music News, Woodstock, Curtis Mayfield, Good For Hip Hop, The Blueprint, National Recording Registry, Congress National Recording Registry

Jay-Z’s ‘Blueprint’ Named to National Registry, Along With ‘Schoolhouse Rock,’ ‘Superfly,’ Nina Simone and More

“Minnie the Moocher,” meet “The Blueprint.” The recordings being inducted into the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry for 2019 range from Cab Calloway’s 1931 signature single to a landmark 2001 Jay-Z album, with stops along the way for Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” Curtis Mayfield’s “Superfly,” Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September” and Cyndi Lauper’s “She’s […]
Tags: News, Congress, Jay Z, Library Of Congress, Neil Diamond, Nina Simone, Jay, Cyndi Lauper, Curtis Mayfield, Minnie the Moocher, National Recording Registry

First, Angélique Kidjo paid tribute to Talking Heads; now she's honoring Celia Cruz, the Queen of Salsa

Angélique Kidjo is a three-time Grammy-winning musician and activist from Benin; for more than a week, all I have listened to is her tribute to Talking Heads' 1980 album "Remain in Light," an album so great I bought tickets to see Kidjo perform it live about ten seconds after hearing it. Kidjo is moving from strength to strength, with a forthcoming Afrobeat album called "Celia," which pays tribute to Cuban diva Celia Cruz, the "Queen of Salsa." It comes out on April 19, and judging from...
Tags: Happy Mutants, Video, Music, News, Paris, West Africa, Nina Simone, Cruz, Benin, Tony Allen, Celia Cruz, Angelique Kidjo, Celia, Kidjo, Salsa, Meshell Ndegeocello

Jordan A. Rothacker's Playlist for His Story Collection "Gristle"

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, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Jordan A. Rothacker's collection Gristle is filled with stories varied in style but similar in their empathetic characters and Thoracker's strong storytelling voice. In his own wo...
Tags: Music, California, Georgia, Spain, Pink Floyd, David, Paris, David Bowie, Ohio, Miles Davis, Jordan, Bjork, Woody Allen, Joni Mitchell, Giants, Nina Simone

5 takeaways from night one of KROQ 106.7/FM’s ‘Locals Only’ Fest

For weeks KROQ 106.7/FM listeners spent their Sunday nights rooting and voting for local music during host Kat Corbett’s “Locals Only” program. The competition was fierce, but in the end it was all narrowed down to just 10 bands that would appear on a vinyl compilation manufactured by music producers Linda Perry and Kerry Brown’s L.A.-based We Are Hear label and publishing company. Thanks to KROQ’s event manager Chris Hudson, it also turned into a two-night festival — Friday, March 8 and Saturda...
Tags: Music, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Music Festivals, Coachella, Stagecoach, Slipknot, Nina Simone, Snoop Dogg, Southern California, Concerts, Pomona, Harry Shearer

Van Gogh at Le Atelier des Lumieres

After the runaway success of the Klimt show last year attracting over 100,000 people, Atelier des Lumieres is presenting Van Gogh as their next attraction.   I was invited to the press opening last week, anticipating the same thrill I felt last year when seeing the Klimt show. Arriving at 9:30AM,  a continental breakfast was served and at 10AM Bruno Monnier, the founder of Le Atelier des Lumieres gave a short speech about the opening of Van Gogh.   Next, we were transported for 30 min...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Events, Paris, Nina Simone, Arles, Montmartre, Van Gogh, Remy, Danny Rose, Klimt, Museums/Galleries/Exhibits, Richard Nahem, Lumières, Saint Maur, Atelier des Lumieres

Adia Victoria Captures The Spirits Of The Blues In A Simple Phrase: Black Genius

Her songs are poetic and political, steeped in both punk and cabaret, and sung in a voice that blends Eartha Kitt's cool with Nina Simone's fury. (Image credit: Joshua Asante/Courtesy of the aritst)
Tags: News, Nina Simone, Eartha Kitt, Adia Victoria

Italy's Amycanbe Bestow a Smoky Dream Pop Collage with "White Slide (Live)" (premiere)

None With three LPs, three EPs, several festival stints, and a host of film and television soundtrack appearances (including Savaged, MTV's Catfish, and Royal Pains) behind them, the Italian quartet Amycanbe is justifiably one of the top dream pop acts in Italy. The quartet—vocalist Francesca Amati, keyboardist Mattia "Matta" Dallara, bassist/guitarist Mattia Mercuriali, and drummer Marco Trinchillo—cite acts like Radiohead, David Bowie, Aphex Twin, and Nina Simone as stimuli, and on their late...
Tags: Music, Mtv, Italy, Nina Simone, Premiere, Electronic, Dream Pop, Amati, Royal Pains, Amycanbe, Francesca Amati, Mattia Matta Dallara, Mattia Mercuriali, Marco Trinchillo, Radiohead David Bowie Aphex Twin

Valentina ‘P.D.A’

Los Angeles based Valentina releases the catchy electro pop track P.D.A. The up and coming songstress grew up listening to Nina Simone, Amy Winehouse and Adele.  After learning how to produce in 2018, she found a really cool sound. Other tracks worth listening too are Break My Heart, 10 Feet Tall, and Child.  With her latest track, Valentina notes, “This song is the best way for me to describe the euphoric feeling of falling for someone that you’ve known for a very long time.” Give it a stream!...
Tags: Music, Adele, Los Angeles, Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone, Buzz Artists, Valentina, Kings of A&R, P.D.A, Nina Simone Amy Winehouse

On Black Girl Magic and Georgia Anne Muldrow's Latest, 'Overload'

None The song "Vital Transformation" is solemn yet expansive, austere yet hopeful. It floats along, kickdrum and handclap accents punctuating the lyrics instead of marking four-on-the-floor. The song itself a swirl, it begins with the swirling, layered incantation, "transforming changing higher spiraling higher", repeated three times, along with the insistence, "it's vital". The lyrics read like stanzas of poetry on the page, but take on a warm, relatable quality when their author, Georgia Anne...
Tags: Feature, Music, Hbo, New York, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, India, NFL, Res, Pop, Chicago, Soul, Tennessee, Sony, Sudan, Madonna

Folk Artist Michael McArthur Shares Stirring New Visual for "Save Me From the Fire" (premiere)

None In the midst of a burgeoning career, Michael McArthur did what many singer-songwriters may find unthinkable—he took a break. Requiring respite after years of constant writing, touring, and performing, McArthur spent some time away from his musical passions to focus on repairing his relationship with his spouse and himself. Ever Green, Ever Rain is the result of the folk artist's return to it all after taking what restful moments he had self-prescribed. Fading lines between whimsy and wisdo...
Tags: Music, Nina Simone, Premiere, United, Singer-songwriter, Nina, McArthur, Indie folk, Michael McArthur, Steven Nistor

Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Jan. 18-25

    Aspen Santa Fe Ballet perform Fernando Melo’s Dream Play on Jan. 19 at the Soraya at Cal State Northridge. (Courtesy photo by Sharen Bradford)   There’s always something fascinating to do in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area. Here is a sampling of entertainments this week and also save-the-date events to put on your calendar.   EVENTS   Women’s March Los Angeles: Non-partisan march celebrating organizations that educate and register voters, inspire youth to perfo...
Tags: Local News, Art, Books, Comedy, Museum, Music, San Fernando Valley, Theater, Things to Do, Top Stories LADN

Marci Vogel's Playlist for Her Novella "Death and Other Holidays"

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, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Awarded the 2017 Miami Book Fair/de Groot Prize, Marci Vogel's novella Death and Other Holidays is a lyrical and thoughtful exploration of grief. NPR Books wrote of the book: "Dea...
Tags: Music, Bruce Springsteen, Hollywood, California, George Harrison, Los Angeles, Reagan, David, Gang, Va, Marilyn Monroe, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Grinch, Joni Mitchell, Lapd

Living With Cancer: A Cancer Rap, With Thanks to Nina Simone

After too many cancer-related setbacks and deaths I started belting Nina Simone’s protest with new words, invigorated by her spirit of indignant fury.
Tags: Music, News, Cancer, Nina Simone, Simone, Nina, Race and Ethnicity, Poetry and Poets

Indie Spotlight: Watch TV Like an Author - Jennifer Spiegel

Jennifer Spiegel is no stranger to TNBBC. In fact, she may actually be the most frequent author contributor here on the blog, for which we are incredibly appreciative.  Back in November, she self published her novel   . And today she's here sharing an essay on how much she digs.... TV..... Watching TV Like A Writer * I love TV. I may need to justify my TV habit, my love affair, which it is. Nightly, when the kids are down, my husband and I—shamelessly—make our way to t...
Tags: Books, Better Call Saul, Arizona, Donna Tartt, Nina Simone, Lucy, Michael, Academia, New York University, Tony, George Saunders, Rick, Sawyer, Jimmy, Leslie, MFA

Check Out an Exclusive ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Vinyl Debut

One of the best movie scores of the year, Nicholas Britell‘s If Beale Street Could Talk, is receiving two gorgeous new vinyl releases from Lakeshore Records and Invada Records, and we have an exclusive look at the artwork below. The vinyl editions will be released in vintage period inspired album designs. Check out the art, and other details of the If Beale Street Could Talk vinyl release below. I recently wrote-up the Best Soundtracks of 2018, and Beale Street was #1. How could it not be? I...
Tags: Movies, Vinyl, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, North America, Jezebel, Nina Simone, Puerto Rico, Lakeshore Records, Nicholas Britell, If Beale Street Could Talk, Beale Street, Billy Preston, Soundtracks, Barry Jenkins, Britell

Oyinkan Braithwaite's Playlist for Her Novel "My Sister, the Serial Killer"

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, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Oyinkan Braithwaite's My Sister, the Serial Killer may be the year's most propulsive book, a smart and engaging literary thriller. The New York Times wrote of the book: "It’s Lago...
Tags: Music, Lana Del Rey, Rihanna, David, New York Times, Ariana Grande, Emeli Sandé, Dubai, Kendrick Lamar, Whitney Houston, Nina Simone, Lagos, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Minneapolis Star Tribune, OutKast, Ariana

The Official Music Playlist

Two weeks ago, I wrote about the mini-phenomenon of book playlists — music playlists designed to accompany new books, as a kind of disembodied soundtrack. Then last week, in the newsletter, I wondered out loud what songs would be on a playlist, and asked you, the readers, for help figuring that out. Jason amplified the call on Twitter, and we were off and running. So, for the past week, I took the advice that came in, reached out to a few musically-minded Kottke readers that I trus...
Tags: Radiohead, Nina Simone, Kenny G, Jason, Philip Glass, Weezer, Dionne Warwick, Paul Westerberg, Coltrane, Tom Misch, Dionne, Alex Chilton, Kottke, Tim Carmody, Carmody, Ben Samuels Kalow

Soul Serenade: The Edwin Hawkins Singers, “Ooh Child”

One of my favorite things about my adopted home state of Rhode Island is the state motto. It’s not really a motto at all in the expected sense of a phrase or a sentence. It is simply one word … Hope. The motto is thought to have been derived from the biblical verse that states that “we have this hope as an anchor for the soul.” This is borne out by the fact that Rhode Island’s symbol is an anchor. It seems to me that hope is something that is in short supply these days, not only here in Rhode Is...
Tags: Music, The Beatles, Nina Simone, Rhode Island, Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Ken Shane, Soul Serenade, Richie Havens, Hall & Oates, the Spinners, Valerie Carter, Edwin Hawkins, Buddha Records, Edwin Hawkins Singers, New Birth, Stan Vincent

London Film Review: ‘Been So Long’

Michaela Coel plays a character called Simone in Tinge Krishnan’s neon-bright urban musical “Been So Long” — and whether that’s coincidental, or intended to humor internet fan calls for the up-and-comer to headline a Nina Simone biopic, the message gets across anyway. Not that there’s anything Simone-like about the blend of perky showtunes and steamy […]
Tags: Reviews, Netflix, Festivals, London film festival, Nina Simone, Simone, Krishnan, Michaela Coel, Been So Long, Tinge Krishnan

wentzanity:I dont wanna be that guy bc its awesome that lesbians love hozier but Nina Cried Power is...

wentzanity:I dont wanna be that guy bc its awesome that lesbians love hozier but Nina Cried Power is pretty specifically abt civil rights especially in refference to the black civil rights movement like literally its in the title referring to Nina Simone and Frankly if this site wasnt so overrun by white gays making memes abt themselves theres no way that would be so overlooked lol
Tags: Sport, Cycling, Nina Simone, Hozier, Nina Cried Power


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Tags: Music, Sounds, Nina Simone, Little Liza Jane

Diana Evans' Playlist for Her Novel "Ordinary People"

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, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Diana Evans' smart and entertaining novel Ordinary People is one of my favorite books of the year. The Guardian wrote of the book: "If Ordinary People is about compromise, it is...
Tags: Music, London, Obama, Wikipedia, Thames, David, South London, Evans, John, John Legend, Wiley, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Nina Simone, Jay, Financial Times

Ain’t I A Woman Too

The classical and contemporary music worlds have recently replaced the buzzword “collaboration” with “diversity,” and that push for broader inclusion has largely centered on women. The fundamental issue with the marketing and implementation of this very important matter of inclusion is that the faces and voices in the conversation are largely those of cisgender white women. First off, I want to recognize how inspired I am by the many women who are addressing a number of problems related to inequ...
Tags: Gender, Youtube, Religion, Race, Articles, America, Georgia, United States, Equality, United Nations, Nina Simone, Serena Williams, Black History Month, Third World, Commentary, Parity

Jennifer Spiegel's Playlist for Her Novel "And So We Die, Having First Slept"

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, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Book Notes playlists have been many things, but this is the first anniversary present. Jennifer Spiegel's novel And So We Die, Having First Slept is a smart and dark portrait of a ...
Tags: Music, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin, Beck, America, David, Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, James Taylor, Atlantic City, John, Stevie Nicks, Jack White, Nina Simone, Florence, Young

4 ways to beat the doldrums

We've officially hit the dog days of summer here in Houston, and boy, have I been feeling it.  With this unrelenting heat, I've just been feeling lethargic, unmotivated, and generally ... dull.  I keep wishing I was back in the Caribbean Sea.  Or that it was cooler.  Or that we were moving into our house.Basically, I've been doing anything but focusing on my work and my career.  And this isn't good, because I need to work.So...
Tags: Photography, Houston, Nina Simone, Random Thoughts, Elizabeth Gilbert, Caribbean Sea

Emotion, Through Music, As Weather

In this article, I will leave emotion ungraspable; I do not wish to speak about it definitively. Rather, I would like to focus personally on the relationship, in my life, between music and emotion, blending these two unique realms into one cohabitating discussion. What is emotion? Singularly, I do not know, but combined with music, I do have some feelings… The secrets behind emotion have been long sought. In 1962, psychologist Robert Plutchik wrote about emotion that “there is serious question a...
Tags: Religion, Articles, Earth, United States, Beethoven, Charles Darwin, Nina Simone, Oscar Wilde, Commentary, Kiev, Aristotle, Mozart, John Cage, Strauss, Schumann, Wagner

The sixth night of XRIJF lifted my soul and made me listen to my body...

After the news of the day yesterday, with the Supreme Court issuing its last opinion curbing union rights (my parents were both teachers and I was a Teamster in an earlier life) and Justice Kennedy's decision to retire at the end of the month, I was worried about the state of our democracy. As a lawyer, what happens in the third branch of our government takes on much more significance. I was in a funk... but I started out at Kilbourn Hall with Ulysses S. Owens Jr.'s project Songs of Freedom and ...
Tags: UK, Supreme Court, Jazz, Nina Simone, Kennedy, Owens, SIEGEL, USO, Jazzmeia Horn, Greg Bell, Theo Bleckmann, Kilbourn Hall, Jon Cowherd, XRIJF Picks, Alicia Olatuja, Drew Gress