Celebrate National Native American Heritage Month by taking note of tremendous music honoring the traditions and experiences of the indigenous peoples of North America. Native American music often features flute and drums and can be spiritually healing or provide a rousing rhythm to move to.
I was recently introduced to the album, Good Things by Aloe Blacc. Hidden among his soulful original gems is a fantastic cover of Femme Fatal by The Velvet Underground. The genius of this cover is that it doesn't sound like a cover. It has the feeling of the original but sounds completely different. That got me thinking about other cover songs that I love.
On Veteran's Day, we take the time to honor those that have served our country. It is important to remember that these individuals play other valuable roles in our society as well. Among other things, some veterans have gone on to become famous musicians!
Floating away from his studio in N.Y. to the sun and beaches of L.A., Dave Sitek inflates his solo project with so much talent it is ready to pop. From David Byrne to Karen O to guest appearances by Tunde & Kyp, you can be sure that the Maximum Balloon is here to brighten up any party.
When a musical prodigy such as Dave Sitek decides to do a solo album, fans worry.....Will he grab for the dollars and fill it with tracks featuring Kanye West and Lady Gaga? Will he discover South American cowboy music and try to feed to the masses? Will it sound completely different because he recorded it on the West Coast? Will he go acoustic???? Luckily for his fans, none of these scenarios are the case and what you get is another piece of musical genius by a producer who can do no wrong.
The 2010 Country Music Awards premieres on November 10 at 8 p.m. on ABC. Who are your favorites for Entertainer of the Year, Best Female Vocalist and Best Male Vocalist? Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return as hosts for the third consecutive year.
Today marks the anniversary of John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie's birth. Born on this date in 1917, Dizzy and his contemporaries revolutionized modern jazz and influenced generations of musicians to come. Mr. Gillespie died in 1993, but his music remains legendary.
Celebrate the memory of the "greatest soul singer of all time" with several CDs available at the Library. Solomon Burke died October 10, 2010 in Amsterdam but his amazing soulful voice will not be forgetten.
His songs "Take Me (just as I am)" or "Cry to Me" are personal favorites as is the collection "Don't Give Up on Me." If you are a fan of R&B (Burke partnered with the finest performers), his voice reaffirms there is still a place for S-O-U-L. Lower the lights and sit yourself down to hear a true master at work. Other favorites include:
Opera fans' hearts broke this week with the news of Joan Sutherland's death. She had a phenomenal vocal range, size and quality of voice that raised the standard of operatic performance. Her friend Luciano Pavarotti called Sutherland the "Voice of the Century." Her highest note was a high F-sharp and her voice remained clear and strong throughout her range.
Remember when summer lasted forever, when you would run from the front doors of your school throwing paper in the air and ripping off your uniform to reveal jean shorts and an offensive t-shirt. You would awake at the crack of dawn with boundless energy, bent on climbing every mountain and breaking at least one skateboard deck a day as you rode a 'Wavve' of immortality and invincibility straight through whatever was considered proper behavior.
Those summers almost always included a partner in crime who beyond bumming your parents out, also had a knack for getting in the most trouble and then smiling when the authorities showed up knowing that the next phrase that came out of his mouth was going to lead to deeper trouble.......enter Nathan Williams, lo-fi infamous leader of the Wavves and all around snot nosed punk who's endless summer began long ago and is continually documented in his music including his newest release, 'King Of The Beach'.