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I saw her on our first color TV set and that was it for me. The years after that, I was able to emulate her voice when I sang to the records I can see how she was the precurser for my obsession with Prince, etc. When I saw her perform in person for the first time, it was amazing. That was amazing. And the people there to see her were amazing, too.

On one side, was a man who brought his wife for their 30th wedding anniversary; on the other side, were a mother who brought her daughter to experience her musical she-ro.

We all talked and cried thoughout the concert-it was wonderful. Like going to see Prince. Barbra's voice didn't get husky until the end of the three hour concert And then, the pro that she is, she dropped down to a lower vocal range in the end. But, it was amazing to hear her perform for me--I know not everyone likes her voice and it is still great that sheis still touring and making records. Didn't think, of course, that she would be around doing it after Prince But, people forget, back inBarbra was still sucessful in the movies and music, too.

Her sexually ambiguous movie "Yentl" came out around the same time Actually, I remember going to see back-to-back movies of Yentl and Purple Rain. That was nice PT. Thanks for sharing. I became a fan of hers when she had the LP with Donna Summer. My Mom is a fan as well. I'm glad we have so much in common.

But, seriously, when I was going through a hard time back in the 80s--Streisand and Prince were my "go-tos" for that same period of time. Seems strange--but not really. At the same time I listened to Prince I played this:. Still speaks to me Nas then proceeds to provide a few poignant verses about perseverance in these dark times and ultimately seeing the light.

The Land which stars Badu, Michael K. Williamsand Machine Gun Kelly and the soundtrack are slated to release on July Listen below via Rolling Stone. As we pointed out over the weekendSwedish pop starlet Zara Larsson let her fans know that she had finally completed her debut album — well, her debut in most territories of the world; she released an LP called 1 in Scandinavia back in Zara even retweeted a fan account that indicated the album would be released sometime in September.

Expect to hear something new from Norah Jones in a matter of weeks. See them both below. As for new material? Well, we might have to wait for that. Toni revealed she was working on a new LP in and promised a new single by the end of the yearbut it never eventuated. Mariah Carey is the latest musician to grace the cover of Complex.

I respect that. He actually helped me through a lot of situations with his knowledge. He always had a plan. Ariana Grande has posted two previously unreleased tracks to her SoundCloud page. Both songs were intended for her debut album, Yours Truly. New York bred artist, Stalking Gia, is perfect for listening to while relaxing outside and the sun shining on your face.

Classic rockers re-record their golden-age catalogs for many reasons. The results are engaging and energized. The same goes for the rest of the album. The album is already available for pre-order in other countries and should be added to US iTunes tonight. Burn 2. Tragedy 3. Flipside 4. And Then There Was You 6.

Day Breaks 8. Peace 9. Once I Had A Laugh Sleeping Wild Carry On Fleurette Africaine African Flower. Audio via SoundCloud. At once lyrically melancholy and instrumentally uplifting, the song captures a wide swath of emotions in its brief runtime, an impressively mature and nuanced work from a year-old like Yanofsky. Has there ever been an artist who catalog has been as purloined, chopped, reshuffled and repackaged as Elvis Presley?

From the glut of hastily assembled albums released in the wake of his untimely death at the age of 42 in August of to the seemingly endless stream of live recordings, greatest hits packages and remastered editions of his original albums, it seems everything Elvis ever laid to tape has seen the light of day in some way, shape or form. Painted as a bloated caricature of the heartthrob he had once been, the version of Elvis in the s that exists within the collective cultural unconscious is an exaggerated parody of the truth.

To be sure, by the s Elvis was far from the person he had been when he first sent shivers down the spines of countless teenagers and put the fear of the devil in their bewildered parents. But the same could be said of nearly anyone still performing after 20 years of cultural relevance. To expect him to remain the pomaded, hip-shaking hell-raiser of his early 20s was not only unfair to his artistic growth, but also wildly impractical. The fact of the matter is, regardless of who you are, time changes you; either through experience, the acquisition of knowledge or wealth and the mere passage of time.

Naturally, the musical landscape had changed a great deal since his Sun Records debut, but unlike many of his peers who found themselves being packaged on the Oldies revival tour circuit playing their moldering hits well past their expiration date, Elvis continued to move forward with only the occasional glance back.

Rather than relying on the recorded output of his younger years to carry him through the years, Elvis remained an avid collector of songs, tackling contemporary pop and country with aplomb. Much of this is evident in the seemingly endless stream of live recordings that have surfaced over the years, the s in particular finding a loose and jovial Elvis joking equally with the audience and his backing band while tearing through number after number with a seasoned voice far more powerful than that of his early, rockabilly days.

So to marginalize his final years as being little more than a descent into ambivalence and irrelevance is to ignore the facts. As these sessions attest, Elvis was recording vibrant performances very nearly up to the end of his life. Not only this, but he was constantly touring, working on new material and generally pushing himself well past the point an icon of his status needed to, his position having long been cemented within popular culture.

The mere fact he continued to be a creative force is a testament to his devotion to the music more than anything. From his earliest days appropriating the sound of black musicians to his final years reimagining pop hits, Elvis served as a sieve through which the music around him flowed. And while there have been many others who have taken on the work of others, very few have taken on the work of others and made it their own, putting their own indelible stamp on well-known material.

This was something Elvis was the master of, as evidenced by his late-period live recordings and, as is the case with the newly issued collection Way Down in the Jungle Roomstill commanded an audience.

Instead it maintains an impressive vibrancy that saw the single rich 1 on the country charts and an impressive 31 on the pop charts in a year dominated by Saturday Night Fever. And while all of the material collected here is impressive, there is nothing new for collectors.

Instead, this set is designed to collect all of the recordings Elvis and company made over two different sessions in the fabled Jungle Room. Tiffany 7" on Zoo Music. Twerps: Dreamin', Twerps on Underwater Peoples Kathryn Calder: Who Are You?

Icebird: Going and Going. Elba: From a Sinking Ship, Elba, self-released 3. Mates of State: Maracas, Mountaintops on Barsuk 2. Cabin Dogs: Twilight, Midnight Trail, self-released 5.

Armand Margjeka: Momma, Margo-Margo, self-released 5. Debbie Neigher: Evergreens, Debbie Neigherself-released Circuit des Yeux:Portrait on De Stijl Superhumanoids: Mikelah, Mikelah 7" on White Iris White Denim: Drug, D on Downtown 7. Art Brut: Lost Weekend, Brilliant! Priestbird: Diamonds, Beachcombers on Benzod 9. Love Inks: Blackeye, E. Helvetia: Arise, Pt. Alexander: Truth, Alexander on Rough Trade 5. II EP on Woodsist 5. Seapony: Dreaming, Dreaming 7" on Hardly Art The Caribbean: Mr.

Yuck: Rubber, Yuck on Fat Possum. Win Win: Releaserpm ft. Woodsman: Serfer, Rare Forms on Lefse 6. Destroyer: Chinatown, Kaputt on Merge Records 9. Tape Deck Mountain: P. The Dead Trees: Back to L. Andrew McNair lives in Seattle. Aside from producing the OnlineRock podcast and writing record reviews, he spends his days helping people fix their broken internets at a local internet service provider.

Through a daily music news blog, weekly podcast, and regular series of live concerts, The Bay Bridged has spotlighted over of the best bands from the Bay Area and continues to discover and promote great music from the best in undiscovered and up-and-coming local musicians.

Fresh Air with Terry Gross - The Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is,e of public radio's most popular programs. Many musicians, directors and actors are featured regularly, this program. KEXP is the first radio station in the U. Challenges of what we were going through. Working with them, she explains, truly was a dream, in and out of the studio — they became great friends besides great musicians working together. So he was up for it and we decided to go straight into it before going over songs.

Viola and Salem have been producers, and Chavez has been guitarist on road. It was a leap of faith that these people with different backgrounds would work together. It worked out better than I could have imagined. Out drummer, Victor, was amazing. Out bass player Freund is an artist himself and plays killer upright which added a new flavor to whole project. They are strategic in what they brought to the table.

We had no idea it would be a love fest. Yamagata pauses then laughs again, this time with a half-amazed note in her voice. These guys cut their rates and rearranged their schedules for me. It was nonstop laughter and pranks and silliness like camp. Everyone was great. He works with his violin between his legs and makes insane arrangements then piles tracks over on over himself.

The whole experience and the freedom to work that way with such wonderful musicians was just incredible. The guys did not end up paying for her album, though sincerely wanted to; instead she used the grassroots fan-funding program called PledgeMusic. A portion of the money raised also goes to charity. Her job was then to deliver them the album, which she did. A reminder to me that people are being touched and a reminder to what I have to say. The things I write about are universal experiences.

Hearing that I helped someone get over a relationship or sickness means a lot. I wrote these things in the middles of the night while I was alone, so knowing they are reaching and helping others is very touching. I just had so much fun making [the record]. All of this stuff is a complete story. I can get by musically and play along with myself and get by. I do feel like I dig pretty deep into the psyche of relationships.

Some songs I think are gritty and liberating for people who want to be empowered. Some are the late night, let it all out soundtracks for people vulnerable with themselves.

For now, Yamagata is working on promoting the release of Chesapeake, touring, building her own label, and working as an independent artist. She has a long-term goal in mind: to give back to the music community. I hit the lottery years ago when my stuff was picked up and put out there and feel grateful for that. If I could do that for them, I would. Yes, they are horrendous and ugly with horrible teeth according to her.

But they can swim and walk on land and are very resilient, just as she feels. Which is why she uses the name. Following some early misfires, the country-punk twanger is definitely — defiantly — coming into her own. Biram, the Waco Brothers, and Wayne Hancock. So it was kind of awesome to discover it that way.

Loveless followed an interesting trajectory to her current sound. Her dad is a musician, and owned a nightclub when she was a kid. She says she was too young to stick around for the shows, but she would hear the bands soundcheck, playing mostly rock, metal, and blues. She knew she wanted to play music early on, she figures around eight or nine. If she has to pinpoint a moment that solidified her desire to be a musician, it was a giant mainstream pop star that made the difference, not some hard-living bluesman in the club.

She found punk music when she moved from her small hometown, Cochocton, Ohio, to the big city of Columbus. Like everyone probably thought I was a little less grizzled than they were. Loveless had been exposed to country and gospel music as a kid, artists like Emmylou Harris and Loretta Lynn, and the continuum of country to punk was a natural progression.

I think what makes punk-country punk is the lyrics. And it kind of sounded like I failed at that. That changed with Indestructible Machine. Loveless has drawn comparisons to a lot of bigger artists, most frequently Lucinda Williams and Neko Case, which brings its own kind of pressure.

Does she shrink from those comparisons or embrace them? She is also fielding plenty of questions about drinking in her lyrics. Loveless has the advantage of being surrounded by family on tour. Her husband, Ben, is her bass player and her father is her drummer.

How does she handle it? After getting stressed out or tired or something. More exciting, and busier. Which makes it harder for Loveless to work on new material.

Will Loveless change as much between albums two and three as she did between albums one and two? LP deluxe, expanded reissue of the Sand classic prompts us to flip through our back pages.

Be aware that since many changes have taken place in the Giant Sand universe — for one thing, Joey Burns and John Convertino are no longer in the band and now concentrate full time on Calexico — but as a widescreen snapshot of how things stood at that particular point in time, I think it still can prove valuable to any true fan of the group.

I hope you enjoy both pieces. Not quite. In the Giant Sand world, things tend to turn upon their own idiosyncrasies, and those whims rarely align themselves with the goings-on of LP mainstream music biz. It dealt with the not clinging to most of the things Even If I Doesnt - Rachael Yamagata - Chesapeake (Vinyl other bands cling to. Recalling his first night in L.

Those tapes became the two albums. A few years Even If I Doesnt - Rachael Yamagata - Chesapeake (Vinyl, readying a new Giant Sand release, he consented to issue the record as a Howe Gelb solo album because his label complained there was too much recent Sand product to market and promote already! With Gelb, it seems, a working combo or stylistic vision is only as fixed as the chemistry churning within. And over the years — sixteen and counting for Giant Sand, which boasts more alumni than Menudo and is now on its 15th album 24th if you include compilations and side projects Even If I Doesnt - Rachael Yamagata - Chesapeake (Vinyl the Giant Sand chemistry has yielded some volatile products indeed, the results of a catching-lightning-in-a-bottle creative aesthetic and a deeply-felt appreciation for how different combinations of personalities can offer new, challenging, artistic possibilities.

Brushing sleep from his eyes, Luka reaches for his juice bottle and, after a few cursory sucks, glances around the room and smiles winningly for mom, grandmother and journalist. By now family pooch Rosa has also sauntered into the kitchen. Rosa sniffs suspiciously at the intruder, examines the other occupants of the room for any potential food handouts, then darts out the door into the back yard where Papa Howe is finishing up trenching out irrigation basins for the trees and shrubs.

Numerous times over the course of the afternoon the Gelb phone will ring: Thrill Jockey label maven Bettina Richards, reminding Gelb of an interview slated for the following afternoon; guitarist Nick Luca, recently added to the Giant Sand touring lineup, inquiring about details regarding an upcoming appearance at South By Southwest.

None are unwelcome, however, and an impromptu father-son jam session on upright piano and cardboard box drums — you may figure who played what is particularly touching. Gelb clearly dotes on the kid. It was a brand new company, they had high ideals, really free-minded, and they were good about paying us health insurance. Everything about it was healthy. Or so it seemed. During the next couple of years a handful of Giant Sand one-offs, mostly comprising live material, appeared on indie labels.

But Gelb, who freely admits to being fascinated with the way the music business works, still hungered for that increased exposure for his band that a worldwide release would bring.

Then, right as a creative nexus seemed to be just over the horizon for Giant Sand, tragedy struck. Gelb, who was in the midst of a European tour with Burns, Convertino and Germano, raced home to Tucson to help care for his dying friend.

Afterwards, walking up to Gelb to offer my condolences, I noticed his hands were shaking as they gripped mine. His voice, too, seemed to have an uncharacteristic shakiness to it.

He provided a balance. Then, when he was gone, I was spinning out of balance. It was just too weird. Harvey fame arrived in Tucson. By all accounts the relationship clicked — Parish would even wind up choosing the desert on the outskirts of Tucson as the site for his wedding — but from a recording standpoint, somehow the old Giant Sand magic proved elusive, something Gelb freely admits.

So I was hearing stuff in the music, or maybe too aware of my own participation. And the camaraderie in the band was low because there were different agendas. Whereas previously Gelb would take his band out on tour, work up new material on the road, then return home and hit the studio, he now had to contend with an unintended by-product of the free-wheeling Giant Sand modus operandi.

We could do anything we wanted and we became our own flavor. And I loved that! The upside of this competition: the quality of the material, the playmanship and the aesthetics got better. The downside of course: it fucked with the sanctuary of certain things I held dear, the removal of all things that had a non-competitive nature, the non-descriptiveness.

Giant Sand always seemed flexible enough for each player to enjoy ample space, both within the group and without. Why, then, do you think your recording and touring with other artists and doing Calexico messed with the equation? Are we gonna go on tour? So maybe that OP8 thing started that whole self-doubt thought process, about how much he was needed. You always doubt what you do. Yet at the same time, the V2 deal should have been a source of challenge: time to get on with life, look forward to this new album.

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