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Low On Alice Coltrane, Harsh Winters, And Other Inspirations For Their Haunting New Album

Under The Influence is a new revival of a very old Stereogum franchise, in which we ask artists to talk about the inspirations behind their albums. From other music, to film, to novels, to stray notes left behind by friends, and who knows what else, this is what’s on people’s minds when they’re writing the songs we eventually come to know and love.
Tags: Music, Under The Influence, Swans, Low, PJ Harvey, Roberta Flack, EMA, Alice Coltrane, Alec Empire, Sunn O, BJ Burton, I Am The Slow Dancing Umbrella


A tiny, invasive bug and the climate crisis are changing how guitars are made, and shifting the course of music history

Fender; Marianne Ayala/Insider Swamp ash is a wood prized by guitar makers and musicians for its light weight and resonant sound. But flooding, and a tiny bug, threaten the wood and the sound that is synonymous with rock music. Fender is phasing out ash after 70 years of use, and ash trees could soon disappear altogether. See more stories on Insider's business page. In 1970, when Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page recorded the iconic solo on "Stairway to Heaven," he was playing a 1959 Fend...
Tags: Music, Florida, Texas, Science, Mississippi, Entertainment, Climate Change, China, Trees, US, America, Trends, Jimi Hendrix, Canada, United States, Portland


The Fugees Dropped The Score 25 Years Ago Today

February 13, 1996 will always be one of the biggest days in hip hop history. 2Pac released his All Eyez On Me joint and the Fugees dropped the Score also. All Eyez On Me has been talked about ever since. The Score from the Fugees went on to sell over 20 million copies worldwide. Unfortunately, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef and Pras never recorded another album again. The Score has appeared on numerous greatest albums lists. The Fugees went on to win a Grammy for the Best Rap album also. Fu-Gee-La was th...
Tags: Music, Albums, United States, Hip Hop, Jazz, Bob Marley, Lauryn Hill, Roberta Flack, John Forte, Fugees, The Fugees, The Score, On This Day In History, Lauryn Hill Wyclef, Fu Gee La, Mask Cowboys


Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

This week we talked with Mike Campbell, SUSS, and Stephen Malkmus; reviewed new albums from Megan Thee Stallion, Hypoluxo, and Aesop Rock; reviewed old albums from Kanye West, Robyn, Erykah Badu, and the New Pornographers; and chose the 10 best songs by Chris Stapleton, Mitski, and Grandaddy. Also Lil Yachty remade the Saved By The Bell theme song. Something for everyone. THIS WEEK’S 10 HIGHEST RATED COMMENTS #10  jzga Score:36 | Nov 16th don’t think this was the epi...
Tags: Music, Lana Del Rey, Georgia, Stephen Malkmus, Mtv, Dolly Parton, Madonna, Harry, Donald Trump, Morrissey, Bell, Shut Up Dude, Gladys Knight, Tom, Scott, LDR


The Number Ones Bonus Tracks: Mark Morrison’s “Return Of The Mack”

Welcome to the Number Ones Bonus Tracks, the addendum to our regular Number Ones column. We at Stereogum recently wrapped up our fundraising campaign, and we’d like to thank everyone who donated to support this site and keep it going. To those All Access donors who pledged $1,000, I promised that I’d write a Number Ones-style column on a song of their choosing, as long as that song charted on the Billboard Hot 100. We’ll publish those once a week for the next couple of months. *** Mark Morri...
Tags: Europe, Music, UK, London, Australia, La, US, America, Atlantic, New Zealand, Miami, Leicester, Detroit, Bobby Brown, Bahamas, ESG


Watch James Blake Cover Joni Mitchell’s “A Case Of You” On James Corden

During quarantine, James Blake has been keeping himself plenty busy. He's released his "You're Too Precious" single. He's shown up on Kehlani's "Grieving." He's been knocking out livestream covers -- Radiohead, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and Roberta Flack. He's apparently working on a new record. More »
Tags: Video, Music, Joni Mitchell, James Corden, Kehlani, James Blake, Roberta Flack, James Blake Cover Joni Mitchell, Radiohead Stevie Wonder Ray Charles


Music: 'Trying Times,' Roberta Flack

'Tryin' Times,' Roberta Flack. Producer: Joel Dorn Guitar: John Pizzarelli Drums: Ray Lucas Piano: Robert Flack Vocals: Roberta Flack Bass Guitar: Ron Carter Composer: Donny Hathaway Composer: Leroy Hutson Lyrics: Tryin' times, what the world is talkin' about You got confusion all over the land, yeah You got mother against daughter, you got father against son You know the whole thing is getting out of hand Then maybe folks wouldn't have to suffer If there was more love for your brother Bu...
Tags: Video, Music, News, Mood, John Pizzarelli, Roberta Flack, Ron Carter, Robert Flack, Joel Dorn, Ray Lucas, Roberta Flack Bass Guitar, Leroy Hutson, LyricFind Songwriters, Donny Hathaway Leroy Hutson Tryin Times


Watch James Blake Cover Ray Charles And Roberta Flack In Latest Quarantine Livestream

James Blake returned to Instagram Live yesterday for another livestreamed concert from home in Los Angeles. The session has now been archived on Blake's YouTube page, and just like last time, it includes the debut of some noteworthy covers. More »
Tags: Video, Music, Beyonce, Los Angeles, Chance The Rapper, Joy Division, Ray Charles, Blake, James Blake, Roberta Flack, James Blake Cover Ray Charles And Roberta Flack


The Virtuoso

Roberta Flack is only solo artist to win two consecutive Record of the Year Grammys and she helped usher in an enduring style of R&B. Could she be pop music's most under-appreciated influence?(Image credit: David Redfern/Getty Images)
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Rafiq Bhatia – “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” (Feat. Cécile McLorin Salvant)

The always adventurous Rafiq Bhatia has a new EP called Standards Vol. 1 dropping at the end of this month. The premise is simple enough: Bhatia, an experimental pop artist signed to the rootsy, punk-adjacent ANTI- label, is presenting his own spin on a handful of songs so classic they've been covered many times before. More »
Tags: Music, Roberta Flack, Bhatia, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Rafiq Bhatia


Iggy Pop, Public Enemy, Roberta Flack To Receive Lifetime Achievement Grammys

The Grammys have announced their slate of Special Merit Awards for 2020. As Variety reports, Chicago, Roberta Flack, Isaac Hayes, Iggy Pop, John Prine, Public Enemy, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards, celebrating "performers who have made outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording." Notably, neither Pop … More »
Tags: Music, News, Rosetta Tharpe, Roberta Flack


The Number Ones: Roberta Flack’s “Feel Like Makin’ Love”

In The Number Ones, I'm reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart's beginning, in 1958, and working my way up into the present. More »
Tags: Music, Roberta Flack, Makin, Eugene McDaniels, The Number Ones


Soul Serenade: Roberta Flack And Donny Hathaway, “The Closer I Get To You”

When an artist dies too young it is always tempting to mourn not only the loss of his or her spirit but also the loss of the great work they might have done had they lived. Such is the case with Donny Hathaway whose premature loss robbed the world of what would have undoubtedly been the great music he would have made. If there can be said to be a silver lining it is that Hathaway left us with some wonderful work including a magnificent series of duets with Roberta Flack that will endure forever....
Tags: Music, New York, Bbc, Chicago, Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Ken Shane, Soul Serenade, Atlantic Records, Donny Hathaway, Howard University, Hathaway, Roberta Flack, Flack, David Franklin, Jet Magazine, Reggie Lucas


Soprano Gabrielle Goodman to Release CD: "Black Portraits: Slavery to Freedom"

Gabrielle Goodman Soprano/Composer    Vocalist, composer, educator and author Gabrielle Goodman is an artist who has left her indelible print in the music industry. The  classically trained, soulful songstress is poised to release her first classical  CD in 2019 entitled Black Portraits: Slavery to Freedom. The Baltimore-born, Peabody Conservatory graduate is known throughout the world as an extremely versatile artist who sings jazz, R&B and gospel, as well as classic...
Tags: Japan, Religion, US, Miles Davis, Baltimore, Maya Angelou, Berklee College of Music, Bizet, Michael Buble, Ella Fitzgerald, Roberta Flack, Chaka Khan, Goodman, Flack, William J Zick, Norman Connors


The Number Ones: Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly With His Song”

In The Number Ones, I'm reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart's beginning, in 1958, and working my way up into the present. More »
Tags: Music, Don Mclean, Roberta Flack, The Number Ones


The Number Ones: Roberta Flack’s “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”

In The Number Ones, I'm reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart's beginning, in 1958, and working my way up into the present. More »
Tags: Music, Roberta Flack, Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger, The Number Ones


Alicia Keys Wows at the Grammys With Dual Piano Flex (VIDEO)

As host of the 2019 Grammy Awards, it was expected that Alicia Keys would take the stage at some point during the 3.5-hour show. But we had no idea she would flex on all of us by playing two pianos at the same damn time!Is anyone else feeling like @aliciakeys is who they wanna be when they grow up? https://t.co/y0yxj6eH6A #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/D6ps9VpkXu— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 11, 2019 After showing off a bit with her dual piano playing skills (shout to Hazel Scott!), Keys the...
Tags: Videos, Music, Celebs, Television, Entertainment, Alicia Keys, Pop Culture, Jazz, Grammys, Ella Mai, Roberta Flack, Ed O Keefe, ALICIA, Cee Lo, Performances, Grammys 2019


Grammys 2019: Women dominate the award show performances

The 61st Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was dominated by strong female-led performances. From the start with Cuban-American singer-songwriter and former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello was on fire with her Grammy nominated-single “Havana” as she was joined by fellow Latin stars Ricky Martin and J Balvin, as well as Young Thug and trumpet player Arturo Sandoval. That along with 15-time Grammy Award-winner and powerhouse R&B singer Alicia Keys hosting, set the tone for the evening. Early on, Ke...
Tags: Music, Kacey Musgraves, Los Angeles, Sport, Neil Young, Things To Do, Soccer, Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Dolly Parton, David Bowie, Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lopez, Mark Ronson, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga


Infiniti QX Inspiration: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

“I thought the sun rose in your eyes, and the moon and the stars were the gifts you gave … to the dark … and the endless skies, my love,” sang Roberta Flack in the heady and decadent early ’70s. Suffice it to say this writer didn’t feel the earth move in his hand upon […] The post Infiniti QX Inspiration: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Roberta Flack


A La Carte (December 31)

Today’s Kindle deals include a few more books to round out 2018. There should be some new deals tomorrow to kick off the new month and new year. (Yesterday on the blog: How We Worshipped One Sunday in December) The Primacy of the Master of Divinity Degree Should future pastors receive theological education in general and work toward the MDiv in particular? Jason Allen offers his answer here. “Recently I found myself corresponding with future seminary students about the differ...
Tags: Blogging, West, Jesus, Christ, Pew Research Center, Donny Hathaway, A La Carte, Soviet Union, Leviticus, Roberta Flack, Randy Alcorn, Nikita Khrushchev, Jason Allen, How America Grew Bored


Norman Gimbel, Oscar, Grammy-Winning Lyricist, Dies at 91

Norman Gimbel, an Oscar and Grammy-winning composer whose lyrics graced hit songs such as Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly with His Song” and Jim Croce’s “I Got a Name,” died at the age of 91 on December 19 at his longtime home in Montecito, Calif. His death was confirmed by BMI, which paid tribute on […]
Tags: News, Roberta Flack, Jim Croce, Norman Gimbel, Montecito Calif, Laverne & Shirley, Killing Me Softly With His Song


News guide: Nixon, dancing candidates and uniting mankind

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Who has the moves in the Alaska governor’s race? What were you doing when Roberta Flack topped the charts? And what does the OWL Party stand for? Here’s a news guide to Tuesday’s election. FROM NIXON TO TRUMP Richard Nixon was president, “All in the Family” was the top-rated television show […]
Tags: News, Ap, Alaska, Nixon, Richard Nixon, Roberta Flack, Anchorage Alaska, Nation & World, Nation & World Politics, OWL Party


Octavio Solis's Playlist for His Memoir "Retablos"

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. Octavio Solis's Retablos is a poignant and lyrical memoir-in-essays about growing up on the U.S./Mexico border. Kirkus wrote of the book: "In this coming-of-age memoir, a playwrig...
Tags: Music, Washington, Mexico, La, Wikipedia, John Lennon, David, Wings, Paris, Paul Mccartney, Vietnam, Detroit, Border Patrol, San Antonio, El Paso, Kirkus


AP Exclusive: Roberta Flack ready to sing again

NEW YORK (AP) — Once a week, Roberta Flack gives a musical performance for an exclusive group. The lucky audience consists of a musical director, who works with the legend to keep her instrument — her voice — in top form. It would be an important exercise for any singer, but even more critical given […]
Tags: New York, News, Ap, Roberta Flack, Nation & World


Deeply Rooted Alumni: Where Are They Now? Nicole Clarke-Springer

Nicole Clarke-Springer Nicole Clarke-Springer , an alumna of DRDT’s apprentice program, is currently the company’s Dance Education Director. She received her B.S. in arts administration-dance from Butler University in Indianapolis, where she was awarded Butler Ballet’s Outstanding Performer. Shortly after graduating, she found her dance home within the Deeply ...
Tags: New York, Religion, Indianapolis, Chicagoland, Istanbul, Steve Harvey, Chicago State University, Roberta Flack, Butler University, Flack, Ailey, David Logan Center, William J Zick, Dounia, Clifton Brown, DRDT


Dizzy Heights #41: When You Think It’s All Over, It’s Not Over — Questions, Vol. I

Big, super-ultra-mega show this week, as there are scores of song titles that are also questions. And of course, what do I do but practically lead off with a song that I’ve already played. I keep a list of songs played to prevent this very thing from happening, but here we are. I also also lucky enough to secure a couple of liners/bumpers/whatever those in the biz call them from Dizzy Heights-friendly artists. I’ll give you a hint: one of them, like Jim Kerr, is a fellow Scotsman. Tons of artist...
Tags: Podcast, Music, The Smiths, Monaco, Arctic Monkeys, Mandy Moore, Duran Duran, Rush, The Moody Blues, Gene, Tower of Power, Travis, Roberta Flack, Thompson Twins, Jim Kerr, Jesus Jones


Vintage Varietals: 20 R&B Jams To Slow Your Roll

Kool & the Gang, Chaka Khan and Roberta Flack all know: a slinky, slow groove is essential to keeping your cool.(Image credit: Eslah Attar & Samantha Clark/NPR)
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Olivia Chaney on Offa Rex, Her Collaboration with the Decemberists (interview)

I was lucky enough to catch two of Offa Rex's performances this past summer, having been instantaneously won over by the lead single and title track from the record, The Queen of Hearts . The melodious harmonium intro on the track is so entrancing, I didn't want to miss their brief tour. The band had only scheduled a few dates due in part to other commitments and perhaps limited by their already busy schedules, the Decemberists are actively touring and had their own fe...
Tags: Music, Portland, Beethoven, Npr, Leonard Cohen, The Decemberists, Folk, Joan Baez, Colin, Cohen, Newport, Dylan, Roberta Flack, Chaney, Joni, Ewan MacColl


Book Notes - Ray Padgett "Cover Me: The Stories Behind the Greatest Cover Songs of All Time"

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 Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Lauren Groff, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Jesmyn Ward, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. For almost ten years Ray Padgett has been featuring cover songs on his blog Cover Me along with insightful commentary. In Cover Me: The Stories Behind the Greatest Cover Song...
Tags: Music, New York, Georgia, David, Atlantic, Dolly Parton, Mick Jagger, Elvis Presley, Boy George, Houston, Whitney Houston, Leeds, Will Ferrell, Slayer, Elvis, Roy Hamilton