Hayes Biggs played by Thomas Stumpf (YouTube)

Pianist Thomas Stumpf’s latest Albany Records recording features composer Hayes Biggs’s first Piano Prelude, The Secret the Silent Lazarus Would Not Reveal. Based on the poem, “The Afterlife,” by Billy Collins, it is a virtuosic traversal of the piano’s low register, featuring sepulchrally jazzy chords and ominous angular melodies. Stumpf’s Reflections on Time and Mortality, a two-disc set, also includes pieces by Chopin, Debussy, Janàcek, Bartók, JohnContinue reading “Hayes Biggs played by Thomas Stumpf (YouTube)”

Jens Lekman: “What’s That Perfume You Wear?” (Video)

Jens Lekman has announced his new album, Life Will See You Now, will be released on February 17th via Secretly Canadian. He’s shared a video of the leadoff single, “What’s That Perfume You Wear?” and is touring in support of the recording, both in the United States and Europe (dates below).   Jens Lekman Tour Dates Thu. FebContinue reading “Jens Lekman: “What’s That Perfume You Wear?” (Video)”

Low – “Some Hearts (At Christmastime)”

  A new Christmas song from our favorite slowcore Mormons:     “To friends who have moved away and friends who have passed on this year. To one and all, especially those who are alone, we wish you a Merry Christmas and new hope for the new year. May we all find ways to liftContinue reading “Low – “Some Hearts (At Christmastime)””

Radiohead: “Present Tense” (Video)

The third video of a song from Radiohead’s latest LP, A Moon Shaped Pool (XL), is “Present Tense,” on which, accompanied by a drum machine, Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood play an intimate guitar duet. The video was directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, an auteur perhaps best known for the acclaimed film There Will Be Blood, to which Greenwood contributed music.

Clipping: “A Better Place” (live)

Daveed Diggs has a compelling post-Hamilton project. Check out the video for “A Better Place” below (and don’t forget to notice the HUGE modular synth rack!). Sub Pop artists Clipping have recently released a debut album for the imprint.

Charles Bradley – Changes (CD Review)

Changes Charles Bradley Daptone Records 041 CD/LP   Those who discount Charles Bradley as a retro act imitating James Brown are missing out on something very special. The sixty-eight year old singer’s latest full length recording, Changes, reveals a mature artist whose vocal powers are undiminished but whose interpretive skills are ever more sharply refined. His accompanists, the Menahan Street Band and Budos Band, createContinue reading “Charles Bradley – Changes (CD Review)”

RIP David Bowie

David Bowie has died. This past week saw the release of his final album, Blackstar, on his 69th birthday. Producer Tony Visconti called the album a “parting gift.” Reports of Bowie’s final years suggest a harrowing journey. His making music until the end demonstrates a truly indomitable spirit. It serves as a source of inspiration,Continue reading “RIP David Bowie”