Lorde Storms Toward The Throne Of Pop Music
V and PH How do you write about a piece that’s never been heard before?If you listen to something blind do you risk being deaf to what’s going on?How helpful is it to reveal what’s inside the head of a composer? Should the analysis be more about the engine or more about the furnishings of the vehicle’s interior? Isn’t writing about music like dancing about architecture, as the vibrant analogy famously asked? Of course, a piece of music lives and breathes in its own world of sound. Unless it has a text, or a specific descriptive story to tell, its vibrations in the air need nothing more than a working pair of ears. I’m suspicious of works which require us to study them before they make any sense. Neverthelessa piece of music with something to say usually has something valuable you can say about it; those vibrations in the air are not just perfumed clouds with no substance. Furthermore a piece’s maiden flight is a special case.Such is the eclectic nature of contemporary music that nothing can be taken for granted. Fifty years ago a ‘world premiere’ was almost certainly going to be something atonal, usually gritty, and often with little for a non-specialist to hold on to. But in the 21st century we can hear any style and sometimes many styles in the same piece. We live in healthy, liberal times in the arts, and the atonal grit is more thrilling now that it is not the only style on the menu. I’ve written notes for works by several living composers. With Lowell Liebermann’s 2nd piano concerto and George Tsontakis’s Ghost Variations I thought it was crucial for a first-time listener to have the opportunity to know what was happening under the bonnet because the intellectual construction was rigorous, complex, fascinating and hidden. And talking about talking about music, this season at London’s Southbank Centre a whole series is underway where words written about 20th century music (Alex Ross’s superb book ‘ The Rest Is Noise ‘) form the title and the structure of the entire project. The Word was made flesh what we create begins with an idea.
Ray Charles Stamp: U.S. Postal Service To Honor Music Icon With Limited-Edition Stamp
On what would have been his 83rd birthday, the Ray Charles was inducted into the Postal Services Music Icons Forever Stamp Series. Chaka Khan will perform at the Los Angeles first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony and Ashanti will highlight the Atlanta event. (U.S. Postal Service via Getty Images) ATLANTA The U.S. Postal Service is planning to add soul singer Ray Charles to its “Music Icons Forever” stamp series. Postal officials say the agency is releasing a stamp featuring the Albany, Ga., native on Monday along with one of the artist’s previously unreleased songs. Charles was a singer and songwriter who pioneered the soul and rhythm-and-blues genres. He died in 2004. Events are being planned in Atlanta and Los Angeles to celebrate Charles’ inclusion in the series. R&B singer Ashanti and the Morehouse College Glee Club are scheduled to perform at the Atlanta school’s Ray Charles Performing Arts Center. And Chaka Khan is headlining an event at the Grammy Museum. The U.S.
“So much of the music that’s on top 40 radio is so dumb, and people aren’t that dumb,” says the 16-year-old from New Zealand. “People settle for that music because that’s all there is in pop.” Side-stepping the distracting antics of other teen stars, specifically the Disney-preened ones, Lorde (real name: Ella Yelich-O’Connor) is ushering smart, sophisticated pop into a world that desperately needs it. Her single Royals a slow-burning but super-catchy ode to the mundaneness of real life landed atop USA TODAY’s alternative and adult-alternative airplay charts and at No. 8 on USA TODAY’s top 40. She trailed only Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry last week in downloads, with Royals selling 263,000 copies. The song recently hit No. 1 on iTunes and has been steadily climbing Billboard’s Hot 100, sitting currently at No. 3. She’s already gained the admiration of musicians industry-wide, ranging from Cyrus to Elton John. Her single Tennis Court “is one of the most touching, beautiful things on earth,” John recently told USA TODAY . “You just open your mouth in wonder.” Lena Dunham, Olivia Wilde and Carson Daly also count themselves as fans. The Auckland native has two theories about why listeners have connected with her music: “There’s not a lot of reality in pop music sometimes. It can feel quite detached from people’s lives, and so that was something people appreciate about my music maybe. But also, it’s super, super simple, which is kind of refreshing.” Royals was inspired by the lavish, over-the-top lifestyle of hip-hop and pop artists. “I realized that lots of the references (in their lyrics) didn’t really relate to anything in my life,” says Lorde, though she does count herself as a fan of Drake and Nicki Minaj.
CBGB Music & Film Festival Announces Keynote Speakers, Indie Award
Leading the charge of rock music since the 80s, McKagan continues to be a potent and venerable noisemaker in the industry. A multi-faceted artist today, when McKagan isn’t shredding on the stage, he effortlessly morphs into a journalist (SeattleWeekly.com, Playboy.com, ESPN.com), an actor (Dead Pool, Sliders), or a producer (biographical documentary It’s So Easy (And Other Lies)). Outside of the arts, he founded Meridian Rock, a wealth management firm aimed at musicians to help educate them about their finances. His versatility and his impact are the epitome of what it means to be an artist today. CBGB has released an interactive mobile app for iOS and Android smartphones for free download, providing real-time updates on the music showcases, film screenings, and daytime conference schedules. The app lets users set up their own ‘favorites’ schedule for the festival, connect with other fans, and explore previews of the full offering of the CBGB Festival. The CBGB app is available for free on the Apple App store, Google Play, or via direct download at: http://www.oneevent-oneapp.com/cbgb-2013 . As previously announced, the major motion picture,CBGB, will have its U.S. premiere at the festival. Based on the behind-the-scenes story of the beginnings of the US punk movement, the film features a talented ensemble cast channeling the prime movers of the era includingAlan Rickman (HARRY POTTER, LOVE ACTUALLY) as late CBGB owner Hilly Kristal,Malin Akerman (WATCHMEN, THE PROPOSAL) as Debbie Harry of Blondie,Ashley Greene (TWILIGHT) as Lisa Kristal, Taylor Hawkins(Foo Fighters) as Iggy Pop,Mickey Sumner (FRANCIS HA) as Patti Smith,Rupert Grint(HARRY POTTER) as Cheetah Chrome of Dead Boys, andJohnny Galecki(THE BIG BANG THEORY) as record exec Terry Ork among many others. There are a number of ways to participate in the CBGB Festival.There are a limited number of tickets available to attend the Red Carpet Premier of CBGB The Movie at the Landmark Theater on Tuesday, October 8th.Tickets and badges for the CBGB The Movie Red Carpet Premier Experience and three additional different tiers of festival access are available on the CBGB website.The CBGB VIP Platinum Badge is available through Ticketmaster.For more information, please visit either CBGB.com or Ticketmaster.com . An abbreviation for “Country, BlueGrass, and Blues”, CBGB holds a very important place in rock ‘n’ roll history when it began its auspicious origin as a music club on The Bowery in NYC’s East Village. Founded by the late Hilly Kristal in 1973, CBGB became a hotbed for American punk and new music with bands like Ramones, B-52s, Talking Heads, Television, Blondie, the Patti Smith Group, and The Dead Boys.