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Want to Get Into Jazz? Listen to These 10 Albums First
Jazz music has an interesting history and a fascinating, multi-layered ethos. But even without knowing all that context and background, people instinctively feel that it’s just plain cool. Given that most of us would like to be little more cool, a lot of folk…
Jazz music has an interesting history and a fascinating, multi-layered ethos. But even without knowing all that context and background, people instinctively feel that its just plain cool. Given that most of us would like to be little more cool, a lot of folk… [+6090 chars]
Brett and Kate McKay
2020-02-18 19:29:21




Magnificent new music video from Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli
My old pal Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs will release his first proper solo album, Random Desire, on February 21. Above is "Pantomima," the first single/video for the album, and it's a beaut. Directed by and starring Greg's longtime collaborator Philip Harde…
My old pal Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs will release his first proper solo album, Random Desire, on February 21. Above is "Pantomima," the first single/video for the album, and it's a beaut. Directed by and starring Greg's longtime collaborator Philip Harde… [+1879 chars]
David Pescovitz
2020-01-26 19:17:22




Wynton Marsalis’ Classical Side
Wynton Marsalis’ classical music excursions, and Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love.
Hes a jazz icon, but Wynton Marsalis has always been drawn to classical music as well. Marsalis talks with Kurt Andersen about composing symphonies and performing with orchestras. And the newest installment in our series about influential albums by women, Thi… [+160 chars]
Studio 360
2020-01-23 22:00:02




Makaya McCraven’s Superb Reimagining of Gil-Scott Heron
The jazz drummer and producer adds a shagginess to Scott-Heron’s “I’m New Here,” layering in live instrumentation and old jazz recordings that his parents produced.
He was a renaissance man, the late Gil Scott-Heron once said, of Langston Hughes. He wrote songs; he wrote poetry; he wrote columns; he wrote essays. And as a writer myself, I knew that you couldnt use just one form and get every idea across. This spirit anim… [+1831 chars]
Carrie Battan
2020-02-17 11:00:00




Hey Google, turn up the love
Whether you’re planning to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your partner or best friends (or maybe it’ll be a day of self-care), the Google Assistant can help transform your home from forgettable to festive. On your Assistant-enabled smart speaker or Smart Disp…
Whether youre planning to celebrate Valentines Day with your partner or best friends (or maybe itll be a day of self-care), the Google Assistant can help transform your home from forgettable to festive. On your Assistant-enabled smart speaker or Smart Display… [+1212 chars]
Olive SomuchNot-So-Secret Admirer
2020-02-11 03:45:00




The 5 Best Songs of the Week, from Billie Eilish to Monsta X
New music from Billie Eilish, Monsta X, Marian Hill, Grimes and Jordy.
This Valentine’s Day is a big one for new music: Justin Bieber‘s Changes is out, as is Sam Smith‘s title track of his upcoming album, To Die For. On the rock side, there’s Tame Impala — and The Strokes are back. For rap, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, YG and Pop S… [+5356 chars]
Raisa Bruner
2020-02-14 21:20:59




Marvelous mix of chill-out, ambient, and experimental sounds from DF Tram
My old friend and favorite DJ, DF Tram, pulls threads from from far-out jazz, psych, experimental ambient, spoken word, downtempo EDM, and avant-garde classical to create transgenre ambient mixes. A crate digger of the highest order, he has turned me on to co…
My old friend and favorite DJ, DF Tram, pulls threads from from far-out jazz, psych, experimental ambient, spoken word, downtempo EDM, and avant-garde classical to create transgenre ambient mixes. A crate digger of the highest order, he has turned me on to co… [+2406 chars]
David Pescovitz
2020-02-13 17:14:39




Irreversible Entanglements Announce New Album Who Sent You?
Check out the free jazz collective’s new “No Más” music video
The free jazz collective Irreversible Entanglements have announced their new album: Who Sent You? is out March 20 via International Anthem/Don Giovanni. Watch the video for their new song No Másshot in Johannesburg, South Africa by Imani Nikyah Dennisonbelow.… [+422 chars]
Evan Minsker
2020-02-04 16:02:33




Listen Up
Spoken-word, space jazz, '90s-style R&B and more new music Kate Tempest: Unholy Elixir In June 2019, British spoken-word artist Kate Tempest released The Book Of Traps and Lessons, an album featuring the sharp, powerful single “Holy Elixir.” After extensive t…
Kate Tempest: Unholy Elixir In June 2019, British spoken-word artist Kate Tempest released The Book Of Traps and Lessons, an album featuring the sharp, powerful single “Holy Elixir.” After extensive touring, Tempest returns with “Unholy Elixir,” an even more… [+3117 chars]
CH Editors
2020-02-02 14:03:48




Composer Joe Hisaishi Describes His Creative Process
Princess Mononoke. Castle in the Sky. Kikujiro. It’s hard to imagine any of these films without composer Joe Hisaishi’s iconic scores. Decade after decade, he’s consistently written some of the most memorable movie music of our time. Thank goddess for that. R…
Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. Princess Mononoke. Castle in the Sky. Kikujiro. Its hard to imagine any of these films… [+4998 chars]
Brian Ashcraft
2020-02-04 12:00:00




Smoking video for Wilco's Mikael Jorgensen and The Kin's Isaac Koren's sexy, simmering, and brilliant Nat King Cole cover
For the last couple years, my dear friend Mikael Jorgensen (Wilco, Quindar) and Isaac Koren (The Kin, Bråves) have been exploring their shared passion for the great American songbook and electronic music. They call their act Expandards and have been making th…
For the last couple years, my dear friend Mikael Jorgensen (Wilco, Quindar) and Isaac Koren (The Kin, Bråves) have been exploring their shared passion for the great American songbook and electronic music. They call their act Expandards and have been making th… [+2360 chars]
David Pescovitz
2020-02-15 15:46:45




See All the Winners of the 2020 Grammy Awards
The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards took place this year under the shadow of major tumult at the Recording Academy. They also began just hours after news broke that NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his. daughter Gianna and seven others died in a helicopter crash near Los An…
The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards took place this year under the shadow of major tumult at the Recording Academy. They also began just hours after news broke that NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his . daughter Gianna and seven others died in a helicopter crash near Los A… [+30063 chars]
TIME Staff
2020-01-26 23:53:23




Man performs Moonlight Sonata for 61-year-old elephant
Paul Barton ( previously at Boing Boing) plays the piano for elephants and has been at it for many years. Here he is performing Beethoven's Quasi una fantasia, the Moonlight Sonata, for an old one who's led a rough life. Mongkol is a 61-year-old former loggin…
My old pal Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs will release his first proper solo album, Random Desire, on February 21. Above is “Pantomima,” the first single/video for the album, and it’s a beaut. Directed by and starring Greg’s longtime collaborator Philip Harde… [+1417 chars]
Rob Beschizza
2020-01-31 13:16:21




The Books Briefing: The Artists Who Melodize Our Lives
There’s more to music than meets the ear: Your weekly guide to the best in books
Musicians are often able to wield language and sound in a way that transcends what can be communicated in writing. These unique sensibilities make them compelling and challenging biographical subjects. Many biographers have written about the enigmatic trumpet… [+4672 chars]
Myles Poydras
2020-01-31 15:30:00




Alessia Cara and Tory Lanez lead the 2020 Juno nominations - CBC.ca
Alessia Cara and Tory Lanez lead the 2020 Juno nominations CBC.ca News ​Here Are the 2020 Juno Awards Nominees The Juno Awards will be handed out in Exclaim! Junos host Alessia Cara leads 2020 noms CANOE Alessia Cara to host Junos in Saskatoon; performers, no…
This year's host, singer Alessia Cara, leads the Juno Awards with six nominations, followed by Toronto rapper Tory Lanez with five.  The 23-year-old singer has had a busy couple of years, first releasing her sophomore album, The Pains of Growing, in 2018, an… [+14463 chars]

2020-01-28 16:39:00




Chick Corea’s 16 Pieces of “Cheap But Good Advice for Playing Music in a Group” (1985)
Jazz instrumentalists who “play the changes” have learned to make improvisation look easy. In live performance, the audience shouldn’t see the years of study and practice behind what Willie Thomas calls at Jazz Everyone, “a system that combines the basic jazz…
Jazz instrumentalists who play the changes have learned to make improvisation look easy. In live performance, the audience shouldnt see the years of study and practice behind what Willie Thomas calls at Jazz Everyone, a system that combines the basic jazz lan… [+3676 chars]
Josh Jones
2020-02-10 12:00:21




Super Bowl halftimes: From marching bands to The Boss to Lady Gaga - CTV News
Super Bowl halftimes: From marching bands to The Boss to Lady Gaga CTV News Gloria Estefan Hints at Many 'Surprises' in Jennifer Lopez and Shakira's Super Bowl Halftime Show Showbiz Cheat Sheet Jennifer Lopez's Famous 'Bling Cup' Gets Snatched In New Super Bo…
MIAMI -- Regardless of your musical tastes, it seems the Super Bowl halftime show has gone there. From marching bands to New Orleans jazz, from Latin and Caribbean vibes to Motown. From classic rock to country, pop to hip hop and rap. From the sublime (To… [+4813 chars]
Barry Wilner
2020-01-29 08:56:00




The Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea on how his relationship with his parents impacted his life and music career, and why he sees vulnerability as a strength
Dan Schawbel is a bestselling author, speaker, entrepreneur, and host of the " 5 Questions with Dan Schawbel " podcast, where he interviews world-class humans by asking them just five questions in under 10 minutes. He recently interviewed Flea, the Red Hot Ch…
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Michael Peter Balzary was nicknamed Flea as a teenager because of his inability to sit still. After moving to California, he attended Fairfax High School, where he started his lifelong friendship with Red Hot Chili Peppers lead s… [+6504 chars]
Dan Schawbel
2020-02-16 15:00:00




The Grammys Are Here: What To Expect On Music’s Big Night
Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X lead the nominations going into the show, which is facing a scandal over the exit of the Recording Academy's first fem...
Musics biggest night might just be its most controversial as the 2020 Grammy Awards kicked off on Sunday amid major clashes within the Recording Academy. Just 10 days before the 62nd annual ceremony, it was announced that former president and CEO Deborah Dug… [+28062 chars]
Cole Delbyck
2020-01-26 20:54:55




Fiona Apple's cover of The Waterboys' "The Whole of the Moon"
Currently on heavy rotation at Chez Branwyn: Fiona Apple's cover of The Waterboys' brilliant "The Whole of the Moon." She covered the 1985 classic for the season finale of the Showtime series, The Affair. Apple had written the show's theme song five years ear…
Currently on heavy rotation at Chez Branwyn: Fiona Apple's cover of The Waterboys' brilliant "The Whole of the Moon." She covered the 1985 classic for the season finale of the Showtime series, The Affair. Apple had written the show's theme song five years ea… [+2452 chars]
Gareth Branwyn
2020-02-05 23:00:40
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