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Jazz singer Nancy Wilson dies - The Washington Post
“Never have I gone anywhere and said, ‘Make me somebody,’ ” she said. “I came here as somebody. Consequently, you can’t turn me away from what I believe. These are the songs I like. And I’ve never recorded anything that totally wasn’t my choice.”
identity  songwriting  business  black  music  jazz  livemusic  popmusic 
5 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
Twitter
About to kick off; plenty of room, so come through if you can!
Oakland  livemusic  from twitter
december 2015 by allaboutgeorge
Path — George Kelly
Chief closes out a brief opening set (at Stork Club) [pic] —
panorama  livemusic  rock  from twitter
september 2012 by allaboutgeorge
Kind of Blue | Feature | Oakland, Berkeley & Bay Area News & Arts Coverage
Of course, the Bay Area will never be able to rival New York, if only because of sheer density. With 7 million residents, New York can sustain countless venues that stay open late. Few people have cars. Everything is laid out specifically to generate a vibrant nightlife scene.

In the Bay Area we have sprawl, a lower population density, and a subway system that shuts down at midnight. No matter how much lip service we pay to the idea of nightlife — in any form, not just jazz — we're topographically set up to inhibit it.
jazz  music  livemusic  bayarea  nyc 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Richard Thompson – I don’t think there are rules « Americana and Roots Music - No Depression
The thing is not to be satisfied with the style of the folksinger sort of singer-songwriter; to come out and push the limits of what you can do to accompany yourself as a singer, on the guitar.
There can be something kind of seductive about somebody who’s very introverted onstage, who stares at those shoes, strums, doesn’t say very much — and draws you into their world. I think that can work, in terms of performance, though it’s not the right way for me. I was nervous onstage, and didn’t want to be standing there looking nervous, so I figured I’d use some bluster, use the personalities of a couple of male friends of mine…
ND: Would you like to name names?
RT: Uh — no! They were a couple of loud bass players who shout in restaurants. I decided to be loud onstage, tell jokes between numbers, so if the songs were kind of quiet and introverted, there’d be some contrast. I could put the audience a little off-balance; they wouldn’t know what to expect.
music  livemusic  songwriting 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
At 25, Turtle Island Quartet turns back to Hendrix
"Sometimes you want to take a piece and really reinvent it. But this is music that I loved as a kid, and it was holy ground to me. I didn't want to undo it, I wanted to just be it. Hendrix was layering lines on top of each other, overdubbing them into a soundscape. It was perfect for a string quartet."
classical  classicalmusic  jazz  livemusic  sanfrancisco  rock  music  songwriting  beauty 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Neil Gaiman on Amanda Palmer & the Dresden Dolls | SPIN.com
And when it's all over, and it's two a.m. and we are back in the hotel and the adrenaline is fading, Amanda, who has been subdued and awkward since the gig finished, starts crying, silently, uncontrollably, and I hold her, not sure what to say.

"You saw how good it was tonight?" she asks as she cries, and I tell her that, yes. I did, and for the first time it occurs to me how bad it must have got to make her leave something that meant that much to her, that made so many people happy.

Her cheeks are black with wet eye-make-up and it's smearing on the sheets and the pillow as she sobs and I hold her tight, and try with all my might to understand.
music  love  relationships  beauty  livemusic  rock 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Murder Ballad Bash lets inner monsters out to play: Music | KQED Public Media for Northern CA
"Every single year, I just get so excited about all the amazing people that play, and this year is really no exception. The theme for the show has always been murder ballads and songs of misery and despair. There's a lot of ground you can cover under that cloak, I think. A lot of the songs, they're not specifically about murder, they might just be about the really dark side of love -- or just the dark side of life. You never know what to expect, but it always ends up being a really great show."
songwriting  berkeley  music  livemusic 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Music 2.0: Breaking It Down with Bruce Houghton < PopMatters
Work outward in concentric circles or target a few cities that you can get to within a day’s drive. This makes it possible for you to keep going back and build something.

Festivals are also great ways to build an audience. But don’t just go on stage once and think you’re a star. Stay all weekend and offer to play extra shows for free. Busk if you have to or hang out with fans and other bands. And be sure to hand out flyers for a show in 90 days at a nearby club.
music  livemusic  work  attention 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
GAYNGS: Daytrotter Session recorded Oct 1, 2010
These 10 men, occasionally 23 people, often somewhere in between, are beholden to nothing but their inner boombox and what seems to be pumping on them are the sounds of Hall & Oates, the Bee Gees, Bread, Eric B & Rakim, A Tribe Called Quest, The Doobie Brothers and Sade.
music  livemusic  indie 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
A New Country Masterpiece | Jamey Johnson's The Guitar Song | By Barry Mazor - WSJ.com
"The traditional country music—or as it's commonly called in my house, 'music'—that's where you learned things," he said. "In the little town I grew up in, that music came in, and it fed the soul and challenged the spirit. It got you thinking about everything, every aspect of life, as songs should—not just the funny times, not just the good ones, but the serious ones, too. There was a language that country-music writers, singers and listeners in general understood. That language is not being passed down these days; not a lot of people can really speak it. But you can still learn it if you try, and that's the fine art of country music."
country  music  songwriting  livemusic  aesthetics  language 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Vijay Iyer's jazz pulls from grab bag of genres and years - latimes.com
"You know, I hope that in doing so people start to accept that there are these other perspectives on [jazz], that one can actually encompass all these things and it's not about this-versus-that, or the past versus the future. That whole dynamic kind of drives me mad, because that's not ever what this music was. It wasn't ever about tradition versus modernity. It was always about one in the other, or one through the other."
jazz  music  livemusic  tradition  creativity  aesthetics 
august 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Peter Case Live at McCabe's - Americana and roots music - No Depression
Then, there came this thing where I just wanted to rock and roll. I mean, we rock and roll because we can. It really made me appreciate life and on the other hand I realized we don't really have control .I had to trust that everything was going to work out. Before the surgery I had this weird feeling. I saw the dawn coming up in the east over L.A. It was like I was seeing it for the first time. Like when I was kid in San Francisco. Then, I spent time reading William Blake.

After, I just got this feeling like we're gonna die...so let's do some rocking. Be in the moment. I'll tell you what it was like. The world was beautiful. It was like I was on this huge precipice seeing the sunrise across L.A. Everything was very beautiful. And I was on this huge cliff ready to fall, but I enjoyed the beauty of it. That's what it's about, man.
rock  music  livemusic  creativity  death  health  attention  beauty 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
In Conversation With Vijay Iyer, Part I - Sepia Mutiny
I guess my point is that I’m not trying to force these other influences into music; I’m just being honest about who I am. I realized sometime in my early 20s that if I was going to keep making music, it had to authentically reflect me as a person, my reality and what’s happening around me.

As for how I balance it all, I think it’s mainly a matter of life being long, and me being sort of a restless person. I’ve been lucky in my life to intersect with a lot of different interesting folks, and it’s really these associations with people and their knowledge that drive the work.
jazz  music  creativity  identity  art  livemusic 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
New Music’s Tireless Advocate - The Bay Citizen
“I talked to composers because I was trying to understand the Bay Area new music scene, and they began asking me to perform their music,” said Cahill, whose composer friends at that time included Larry Polansky, Evan Ziporyn, Amirkhanian and Adams. “Premiering these pieces gave me a feeling that I never had while playing Beethoven and Brahms. I felt like I was introducing something new.”
classical  classicalmusic  newmusic  oakland  baycitizen  nytimes  art  bayarea  music  livemusic 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Sting's classical effect - latimes.com
"I can't imagine a more conservative music than rock 'n' roll," he said. "It's tyranny in the backbeat. It's 4/4 time. It's the same three chords 'round and 'round. It's almost like a fundamentalist religion. Stravinsky is more rebellious than rock 'n' roll by far. Rock 'n' roll has become like a dead art."

The criticism Sting's endured over his long career for weaving jazz or Algerian music into rock has only inspired him. "People want to keep you in the box they've given you," he said. "It's a tribal consciousness. Stay in your class. Stay in your country. Because if you move you're trouble. But the fact is, that volatile molecule is the one that transforms everything for the better. So I think it's always worth doing."
music  songwriting  classical  classicalmusic  livemusic  rock 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Music - James Taylor and Carole King’s ‘Troubadour Reunion’ Tour - NYTimes.com
As reunions go, this one is less dramatic than some others from the period. While Ms. King and Mr. Taylor performed and recorded together quite a bit in the early 1970s, they were never formally a duo. They never fell out and never broke up. Most significantly — and highly uncharacteristically for those freewheeling times — they were never lovers, so there was no complicated personal history to resolve. If the tour can be said to have a message, it’s that not everything has to end — or end badly.

“It’s nice to see a man and a woman who have continually respected what they meant to each other professionally,” said Sheila Weller, the author of “Girls Like Us,” a book about Ms. King, Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon. “It’s like the people in ‘The Big Chill’: ‘I will never let you down. No matter where you are, call me and I’ll come.’ ”
friendship  music  livemusic  songwriting  1960s  1970s  women  men 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
thoughts on supporting live music...or why most jazz clubs are small - Americana and roots music - No Depression
Which brings me to this: if collectively we don't support all of the elements...recorded music in whatever form it evolves into, live performances and what I'll call ancillary items...they will all go away. If we value music, we need to support it. We need to make an effort and a commitment to put aside the money and time and get our butts out there as well as being open to hearing new things. God only knows we (me) is behind the computer too much, in front of a screen too often or pursuing other mindless pursuits.
music  livemusic  art  attention  jazz 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Aquarium Drunkard » Beach House :: The AD Interview
VL: [...] And I think that’s our lot in life; we’re musical soulmates. And I realize it more and more; it’s a lot harder to find your musical partner than your love partner.

AD: And they don’t necessarily have to be intertwined.

VL: No, and that’s the really special thing! And I think that’s why people always ask or they don’t understand or they don’t believe, “Well, how can you do this without this?” and exactly, that’s why! Because if we were involved, I think our project would destroy itself. I wonder how people do that. It’s something that I don’t really understand. But honestly, either way, I don’t really have time; my love, fortunately or unfortunately, is in making things and writing things, listening to other people’s music and reading about other people. My relationship is with the universe.
music  interviews  behavior  livemusic  creativity  relationships  rock  love 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Bruce Lundvall, Chairman Emeritus at Blue Note Records | Cultural Conversation by Ashley Kahn - WSJ.com
"When I was a kid, I was a jazz fan and a terrible saxophone player. But I was also an R&B fan—and pop-music fan to some degree. Everything about music attracted me."
music  business  jazz  classical  classicalmusic  art  livemusic 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Portrait of the artist: Rufus Wainwright, musician | Culture | The Guardian
What advice would you give a young musician? "Sing your songs in public at least twice a week – even if it's only at weddings and barmitzvahs. The more you do, the quicker you learn which songs travel."
music  songwriting  livemusic  advice  diy  attention  presence 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Timothy McSweeney's Internet Tendency: Dispatches From a Guy Trying Unsuccessfully to Sell a Song In Nashville.
When we were doing our first living room recordings for our band, with a little four-track recorder, my friend John coached me to imagine I was John Mellencamp, and not try to "sing" like some Methodist choir member. He was basically trying to get me to Yell on Key. That advice and my admiration for mid-to-late-sixties Dylan are the main influences on the voice I use for my now perhaps-understandably-infrequent performances.

Demand appears to have ebbed over the years.

Still, you can't be a singer-songwriter unless you try to be both sides of that hyphen.
songwriting  creativity  music  livemusic  humor  writing 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Chatroulette Piano Improv’s Merton on YouTube Takedowns, Ben Folds and What’s Under That Hoodie
NewTeeVee: Does Chatroulette have value beyond novelty as a communications device?

Merton: I think it does. It’s always going to be a strange communications device because you can’t choose with whom you’re going to communicate. But I think they should keep that format because I think that’s what makes it special. It’s inconvenient that there’s a bunch of naked dudes on there, but the fact that they can do that allows me to do what I do, in a certain sense, because there’s freedom all around. If that’s what has to stay in order for it to stay a free speech situation, that’s fine with me.
interview  internet  web  online  creativity  music  youtube  video  livemusic  improvisation  piano 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Surfer Blood Is Between Buzz and Break at South by Southwest - NYTimes.com
Ms. Brownstein offered her advice for surviving the yearlong Internet hype machine, which will continue to churn long after the bands of South by Southwest leave Austin.

“Yes, the Internet obviously foments a lot of buzz and chatter,” she said, “but there’s nothing more exciting than having a friend tell you that they saw a great show by a great band and that you should check it out. So hopefully by the time you’re on your 10th show, every single person that wants to see you will see you and go back to their towns across America and the world and preach about Surfer Blood. That’s the only way to keep a band on your radar.”

“The blogs,” she added, “will already be on to something new.”
music  sxsw  livemusic  austin  texas  indie  rock  internet 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Jake Shimabukuro, 'Hendrix of ukulele,' hits Bay Area for 3 shows - ContraCostaTimes.com
"I always believe that music should bring joy. That's my whole thing. And I really believe that the ukulele is an instrument that makes people happy," he says. "You can just mention its name and people will smile. I really believe that the ukulele is the instrument of peace. If everyone played the ukulele, the world would be a better place.

"Sometimes I'll come home and, if I'm having a bad day, I'll just take that thing out of the case and strum a few chords, and it's like, 'Man.' It's like a whole yoga session in one strum."
ukulele  music  livemusic  hawaii  peace  beauty  oakland  bayarea 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Sinatra Song Often Strikes Deadly Chord - NYTimes.com
“ ‘I did it my way’ — it’s so arrogant,” Mr. Albarracin said. “The lyrics evoke feelings of pride and arrogance in the singer, as if you’re somebody when you’re really nobody. It covers up your failures. That’s why it leads to fights.”
music  karaoke  philippines  livemusic  art  crime  death  murder  aesthetics  songwriting  men  behavior  reputation 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Aimee Mann clicks into a disturbed world | The Japan Times Online
"I'm always interested in the same thing," she says. "I like to write about messed up people who have relationships where the dynamic is strange. People are interesting, and most are fairly disturbed. I don't know anybody who you would call well adjusted. I know people who are flawed and who are trying to improve, and I applaud that." [...]

"I have a lot of compassion for people," she says briskly. "It's not easy being a person. I even feel sorry for giant celebrities. I think it's a tougher gig than people give them credit for." [...]

"I like to write in the first person but from somebody else's point of view," she explains. "How would it feel to be doing what they're doing, or feeling what they're feeling? The best way to do that is to figure out how you are alike. Maybe you take a person who you think isn't like you and it's not your story, and you start telling their story and discover the part of it that is your story."
songwriting  japan  music  livemusic  attention  writing  creativity  story  celebrity  psychology  relationships 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
While My Guitar Gently Beeps - The Beatles - Rock Band - NYTimes.com
“In 10 years’ time you’ll be standing there, and you will be Paul McCartney. You know that, don’t you?” He made a sound like a “Star Trek” transporter. “You’ll have a holographic case, and it will just encase you, and you will be Paul McCartney.” He paused and then said, “God knows what that will mean for me.” Then he added slyly, “I’ll be the guy on the original record.”
music  livemusic  games  gaming  creativity  beatles  mtv 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
BoldasLIVE #1 w/Nona Hendryx, afternoon of 7/22/07, Brooklyn Lyceum, tickets $8 w/under 13 free
"I call it a platform because I envision the output of BoldasLIVE taking many forms: innovative discussion forums, panels and, yes, even full-on shows."
blipster  black  rock  livemusic  nyc  interviews  public  brooklyn 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge

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