music

Music
3:31 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

What About Bob? Explaining The Obsession Of Dylan Fans

Ross Reynolds talks with author David Kinney about this new book "The Dylanologists: Adventures in the Land of Bob."

Seattle Hip-Hop
8:17 am
Mon July 21, 2014

First Listen: Shabazz Palaces, 'Lese Majesty'

Shabazz Palaces' new album, Lese Majesty, comes out July 29.
Patrick O'Brien-Smith Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 5:41 am

Broadcasting live from the land of legal weed and sliding into the frame like a giant Pacific octopus, here comes Lese Majesty, the third album from Seattle's Shabazz Palaces. It's definitely hip-hop, but... was that a drum? Human? Synthesizer? Sample of an old record? We may never know. MC and producer Ishmael Butler keeps his cards close.

Read more
Music History
4:57 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

'Imbecile Slush': Surprising Early Reactions To Crooning

Crooner Bing Crosby in 1942.
Credit From Wikipedia

In 1932, a new singing style was emerging: crooning. What we might consider easy listening now wasn't necessarily received cordially by its contemporaries. Cardinal O'Connell of Boston described it as "imbecile slush" and "a degenerate form of singing.”

Read more
Musical Originality
7:49 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Why Would More Than 500 Artists Sample The Same Song?

Mark Ronson on the TED stage.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Sat June 28, 2014 7:56 am

  • Guy Raz Interview With Mark Ronson
  • Listen to the Story

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode What Is Original?

Read more
Please, Let It Go
1:12 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Eddie Vedder Sings That 'Frozen' Song

Eddie Vedder performing in 2008.
Credit Flickr Photo/Mike Arieta (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The "Frozen" shark has been jumped.

How many months have we been saying, “enough of that song from Disney's 'Frozen!'” The song “Let It Go” has been inescapable on the web, television and the radio. But it's not so bad — it’s not like Pearl Jam is doing it.

That is, until Friday night in Milan, Italy, when Eddie Vedder and the boys were in the middle of playing their song, “Daughter.”

I guess it reminded Eddie of his own daughters, that he's gotten older and so have you.

Read more
Off Beat
7:49 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Think Before You Clap: You Could Be Beat Deaf

They mean well.
iStockPhoto

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 8:31 am

People who can't clap on the beat drive comedian Aaron Michael King crazy, especially one group in particular. He devoted a whole YouTube sketch to ... some white people he knows.

Read more
Music
7:37 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Rodney Crowell: Tiny Desk Concert

Rodney Crowell performs at a Tiny Desk in May 2014.
Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 7:54 am

Rodney Crowell performs with the ease and swagger of a man comfortable in his ways. He carries his songs the way he carries his old guitar: out in the open, no case, almost as an extension of his body.

Read more
Oh, My, God, Becky
11:42 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Critics Debate Sir Mix-A-Lot's Show At Seattle Symphony

Sir Mix-A-Lot is joined on stage at Benaroya Hall by the Seattle Symphony and a troupe of spirited dancers.
Credit Seattle Symphony YouTube Video

Critics are squabbling over Seattle Symphony's latest program: teaming up with Sir Mix-A-Lot and some dancing women at Benaroya Hall in a performance of "Baby Got Back."

You don't associate orchestral music with liking big butts and not lying, but the video of the performance is a hit — more than two million views on YouTube so far. (Scroll down to watch the video.)

Read more
I Like ...
3:10 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

My Posse's At The Symphony? Sir Mix-A-Lot Goes Classical

Hip hop artist Anthony Ray, aka Sir Mix-A-Lot.
Credit KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot about his upcoming performance with the Seattle Symphony.

Update: The performance was a hit, with women from the audience getting on stage and dancing to Mix's classic, "Baby Got Back."  

Seattle Symphony
3:21 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Dave Beck Contemplates The Challenges Of A 21st Century Symphony

Attracting a younger crowd is a big challenge for the Seattle Symphony.
Flickr Photo/@HyeonsikMoon (CC-BY-NC-ND)

When the League of American Orchestras' annual meeting kicks off in Seattle on June 6, the almost 1,000 conventioneers will have more than classical music on their minds. American symphony orchestras are thinking about survival in an era where potential audiences have the world available at the tap of a smart phone.

Classical musician and radio host Dave Beck of Seattle's KING-FM jokes "there are lots of people in classical music audiences whose hair is even grayer than mine."

Read more
Music History
3:02 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Jimi Hendrix, Seattle And Race In Post-War American Culture

The Jimi Hendrix statue across the street from Seattle Central Community College on Capitol Hill.
Credit Flickr Photo/Charlie Brooks (CC-BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde speaks with cultural historian, musician and writer Peter Bacon Hales about Jimi Hendrix's cover of Bob Dylan's "All Along The Watchtower," which is the subject of a chapter in his new book, "Outside The Gates Of Eden: The Dream Of America From Hiroshima To Now."

Catchy Tunes
3:01 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Local Musicians Talk About Their Love For Disney Classics

What is it about Disney music that keeps us singing and dancing no matter what the age?
Flickr Photo/Carlos (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds interviews saxophonist and bandleader Jacob Zimmerman and vocalist Katie Jacobsen about an evening of music from Disney films they’ll be performing with others Saturday night at the Royal Room in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood.

Zimmerman has performed marching band renditions of Disney favorites in the Disneyland All-American College Band. Jacobsen loved Disney music as a kid, and then got into it again when she began giving voice lessons and all the girls wanted to sing Disney songs.

Music Education
3:07 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Quinton Morris: Teaching The Next Generation Of Musicians

Violinist Quinton Morris with a young student.
Credit Courtesy of Quinton Morris

He's only 36 years old, but violinist Quinton Morris has the kind of resume that would make anybody a little jealous.

Solo performance at Carnegie Hall? Check.

Read more
Music News
9:47 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Saturn Still Swings: Celebrating Sun Ra At 100

"In my music I speak of unknown things, impossible things, ancient things, potential things," Sun Ra said in a 1980 documentary. May 22, 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the composer and bandleader's birth.
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 6:18 am

Today marks 100 years since Sun Ra was born — or, as the musician might have put it, since he arrived on Earth. An influential jazz composer, keyboardist and bandleader, Sun Ra always insisted he was just visiting this planet.

Read more
Overloaded Quincy Hospital
7:49 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Rural Hospital Frustrated With Role As Sasquatch Festival's Emergency Room

Dr. Fernando Dietsch is the chief medical officer and E.R. director at Quincy Valley Medical Center.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 8:31 am

Over three days, the annual pilgrimage of 25,000 rollicking concertgoers to the Sasquatch Music Festival turns central Washington's picturesque Gorge Amphitheater along the Columbia River into the largest city in Grant County.

Read more

Pages