Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 11:31 am
In his rockabilly history Go Cat Go!, ethnomusicologist Craig Morrison describes the typical cradle of rock 'n' roll: a community hall reconfigured to serve as a nightclub for a night. "There might be Christmas lights strung across the back of the stage, tables and chairs around the perimeter of the room, food available for purchase, and maybe booze," Morrison writes. A jittery, ambitious band plays as loudly as possible, in order to be heard over the din of all the flirting, fighting and dancing.
He opened his last album, 2013's band project Junip, with a thought experiment Nietzsche could love: "What would you do if it all came back to you?" The song, "Line Of Fire," dwells in a mood of idle 3 a.m. musing; González tosses out existential/metaphysical conundrums like he's feeding bread to ducks — casually, without worrying much about concrete answers.
Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 2:48 pm
Sam Smith, the British singer whose debut album, In the Lonely Hour, was one of only two albums released in 2014 to go platinum, won four Grammys, including Record and Song of the Year, as well as Best New Artist.
The Songwriting Evolution Of Ray Davies And The Kinks Februrary 4, 2015 - The best of the British invasion bands, The Who, The Beatles and The Kinks, were able to quickly evolve out of the first singles oriented era and embrace the album.
Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 2:18 pm
Two stretched concepts made the rock 'n' roll coming out of Sun Studios in the 1950s unlike other music of its kind: time and space. In a shabby little room near downtown Memphis, Sam Phillips gave the men and kids he recorded all the room in the world. "Spontaneity" was Phillips' mantra, which was particularly potent for the youngest Sun cats.
Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 9:41 am
What does it take for a work of art to become an intervention? In music, any reinterpretation alters the original, if only because different fingerprints touch it. But certain lineages — folk music, for example — are built on the bones of those retellings. Whoever owns a song for a period of time connects it to her lived experience and the world in which she lives, and it changes. It might also change the world, or a small part of it.
The World Cafe Ray Davies Interview Part One - "You Really Got Me" The British Invasion band Kinks put out so much music on Pye Records between 1964 and 1971 that their brand new Anthology of the period takes 5 discs just to scratch the surface.
Find Out What You Don't Know About Billy Idol If what you know about Billy Idol is the hair, the sneer and "More, More, More" then you need to give this conversation your attention. Idol has a new autobiography named after one of his best known songs, "Dancing With Myself."
Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Band Are Superlatives Men At Work's Colin Hay, He Came From a Land Down Under We continue to comb our archive for artists from the decade of synths and irregular haircuts as 80's Week continues on the World Cafe.