Music Review http://culturecatch.com/music en Mariza In USA http://culturecatch.com/node/3840 <span>Mariza In USA</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dusty-wright" lang="" about="/users/dusty-wright" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dusty Wright</a></span> <span>April 4, 2019 - 23:26</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/music" hreflang="en">Music Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/753" hreflang="en">fado</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><figure role="group" class="embedded-entity"><article><img alt="Thumbnail" class="img-responsive" height="1043" src="/sites/default/files/styles/width_1200/public/2019/2019-04/mariza3_image.jpg?itok=160tTaye" title="mariza3_image.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" width="1200" /></article><figcaption>Photo courtesy of Rock Paper Scissors</figcaption></figure><p>The critically-lauded Portugal-based fado singer <a href="https://www.mariza.com" target="_blank">Mariza</a> starts her US tour tomorrow in LA. She'll end her month long tour with a show in New York City on May 1st to play Town Hall. Born in Mozambique, the Portugal-based artist adds a touch of Africa into her musical mix. Fado is a folk music genre that can be traced to Lisbon, Portugal around the 1820s. Generally it's a style of Portuguese singing that is done in cafés and restaurants. Mariza's 7th album -- <em>Mariza</em> -- was recently released. Below is a track from the stunning new effort. </p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Y90lr965Ea0?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3840&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="6GZc614QeMeW-HcZ8jbf_TDwLJb51UUBnETi8DgHz04"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 05 Apr 2019 03:26:00 +0000 Dusty Wright 3840 at http://culturecatch.com Video of the Week: "Deutschland" http://culturecatch.com/node/3838 <span>Video of the Week: &quot;Deutschland&quot;</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dusty-wright" lang="" about="/users/dusty-wright" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dusty Wright</a></span> <span>March 29, 2019 - 06:01</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/music" hreflang="en">Music Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/770" hreflang="en">hard rock(127)</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/NeQM1c-XCDc?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>The Berlin-based hard rock band <a href="https://www.rammstein.de/" target="_blank">Rammstein</a> have done it again. This sixth man outfit have released what may be their most controversial video yet. Directed by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/specterthedirector/" target="_blank">Specter Berlin</a>, the cinematic and expensive video for "Deutschland" has already garnered 7 million views <em>and</em> plenty of criticism. It's certainly disturbing, yet visually stunning -- a tribute to their homeland of Germany and some of the atrocities committed by said homeland throughout the ages. The video's message wrestles with the pain of separation and the feeling of coming to terms with such a divisive past. No doubt lead singer <a data-reactid="183" href="https://loudwire.com/tags/till-lindemann" target="_blank">Till Lindemann</a> has directed his conflicted feelings about his homeland in the chorus. Here's the translation of those lyrics: </p> <blockquote> <p>"Germany / My heart in flames<br data-reactid="191" /> Want to love you / want to damn you<br data-reactid="193" /> Germany / Your breath is cold<br data-reactid="197" /> So young / And yet so old<br data-reactid="201" /> Germany / your love<br /> Is boon and bane<br /> Germany / my love<br /> I can't give you<br /> Germany!"</p> </blockquote> <p>There are some very heavy and graphic scenes that depict some of the brutalities committed by Germany throughout the ages. One in particular has been condemned by Germany's Jewish leaders who've accused the band of trivializing The Holocaust. Felix Klein,  Germany's commissioner for anti-semitism, said: "I think it is a tasteless exploitation of artistic freedom."</p> <p>In the 30-second teaser video that was released before the entire video, the band members are seen dressed in stripped concentration camp uniforms with nooses around their necks. But later in the song, lead guitarist <a data-reactid="229" href="https://www.rammstein.de/" target="_blank">Richard Kruspe</a> dressed in a Nazi uniform gets shot in the face by vocalist Till Lindemann, who is in one of those concentration camp victims.</p> <p>The video was</p> <p>Rammstein's 7th album will be released on May 17. It's their first new album in 10 years. You can pre-order it <a data-reactid="249" href="https://lnk.to/Rammstein_PreOrder" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3838&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="10gXhXnZ7VanVaNCopuZ34DEcJ4VXBrHZkLG69tL8U4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 29 Mar 2019 10:01:36 +0000 Dusty Wright 3838 at http://culturecatch.com Song of the Week: "Echoes" http://culturecatch.com/node/3820 <span>Song of the Week: &quot;Echoes&quot;</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dusty-wright" lang="" about="/users/dusty-wright" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dusty Wright</a></span> <span>February 8, 2019 - 09:59</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/music" hreflang="en">Music Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/679" hreflang="en">song of the week</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/e8iO1kmY8A8?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>Americana prog cover tune anyone? If anyone could pull it off it would be the much-beloved Mexican acoustic rock guitar duo <a href="www.rodgab.com/" target="_blank">Rodrigo y Gabriela</a>. Huge fans of Pink Floyd, "Echoes" is from their latest album entitled <i>Mettavolution </i>(ATO Records), released on April 26th. It takes up one half of their new album, much like the song did when it was originally released on Pink Floyd's <em>Meddle</em> album in 1971. But this is a much different journey, one accented by stunning acoustic guitar work, the duos interplay creating their own mesmerizing and psychedelic acoustic textures. Sit back and enjoy. (Photo credit: Ebru Yildiz)</p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3820&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="qHvumWpnAK7pNTtDDTjW655M6VkUMVgH_Y_1j0X_NFY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 08 Feb 2019 14:59:28 +0000 Dusty Wright 3820 at http://culturecatch.com Video of the Week: "This Land" http://culturecatch.com/node/3812 <span>Video of the Week: &quot;This Land&quot;</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dusty-wright" lang="" about="/users/dusty-wright" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dusty Wright</a></span> <span>January 10, 2019 - 18:03</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/music" hreflang="en">Music Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/357" hreflang="en">guitarist</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/679" hreflang="en">song of the week</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9KgNaRQ_J-c?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>Blues artist/guitarist Gary Clark Jr. is angry and this tune sets things straight. This is a tweak on an original refrain from a chorus from an original protest singer from a bygone era, rewritten from an African-American's vantage. And wait until the epilogue hits you square in the face. This is an extremely moving song and video about racism in American. Epically executed by Gary and his director Savanah Leaf. </p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3812&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="iDayz7wPxXedzlLwJGdPdWf9HiHNTR6wZ0EjbG38FOI"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 10 Jan 2019 23:03:58 +0000 Dusty Wright 3812 at http://culturecatch.com Augmenting Bowie's Reality http://culturecatch.com/node/3808 <span>Augmenting Bowie&#039;s Reality</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dusty-wright" lang="" about="/users/dusty-wright" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dusty Wright</a></span> <span>January 3, 2019 - 10:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/music" hreflang="en">Music Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/763" hreflang="en">augmented reality</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><figure role="group" class="embedded-entity"><article><img alt="Thumbnail" class="img-responsive" height="1285" src="/sites/default/files/styles/width_1200/public/2019/2019-04/bowie-is-real-app-content-image-2019.png?itok=EliEiEMu" title="david-bowie-is-real" typeof="foaf:Image" width="1000" /></article><figcaption>Photo: Courtesy of the David Bowie Archive and Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.</figcaption></figure><p>Even in death, Bowie continues to embrace the future.</p> <blockquote> <p>"<strong><em>This brings the amazing </em>David Bowie is<em> exhibition to a wider audience. It's great that his fans get to experience it. It was a privilege to be involved.</em></strong>" - <strong>Gary Oldman</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>The <em>David Bowie is</em> AR (augmented reality)/VR (virtual reality) mobile app is the first release resulting from a collaboration between the David Bowie Archive and Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., who hosted the exhibition in Tokyo in 2017. The New York-based studio Planeta is designing and developing the AR/VR interpretations of the original museum experience at the V&amp;A. The AR adaptation mirrors the physical exhibition through a sequence of audio-visual spaces through which the works and artifacts of Bowie's life can be explored. 3D renderings preserve and present his costumes and treasured objects such as musical scores, storyboards, handwritten lyrics, and even diary entries--all in 360-degree detail, enabling intimate "behind the glass" access rivalling that of the visitors to the original exhibit, and enhanced by an immersive audio experience featuring Bowie’s music and narration, best experienced with headphones.</p> <p><em>David Bowie is </em>record-breaking exhibition drew over 2 million visitors across 12 cities -- the most visited touring exhibition in the history of the V&amp;A -- and has been granted digital immortality. <em>David Bowie is</em>, curated by Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh, set the standard for others to follow. The visual richness of this show and visionary nature of Bowie and his music made this a must for AR/VR reality.</p> <p>Award-winning actor Gary Oldman provided the narration for this new mobile app. (Check him out as a priest in the audacious Bowie video for the single "<a href="https://youtu.be/7wL9NUZRZ4I" target="_blank">The Next Day</a>." He and David were close friends.) </p> <p>The app which debuts on Jan. 8th -- which would have been David's 72nd birthday -- will cost $7.99. More info here: <a href="https://nastylittleman.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=13daec772857eef90d4e2c19a&amp;id=ff0ba6ef71&amp;e=f553d89571" target="_blank">https://davidbowieisreal.com/</a></p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3808&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="d9ssolGrE4HFHIFdaAqqPOYTVxwH6xVX7t_tjIDKp1w"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 03 Jan 2019 15:00:00 +0000 Dusty Wright 3808 at http://culturecatch.com Song of the Week: Change of Pace http://culturecatch.com/node/3800 <span>Song of the Week: Change of Pace</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dusty-wright" lang="" about="/users/dusty-wright" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dusty Wright</a></span> <span>December 6, 2018 - 17:53</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/music" hreflang="en">Music Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/580" hreflang="en">folk rock</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/636" hreflang="en">indie rock</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/94" hreflang="en">rock</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Q5cVWCChpPo?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>Check it out! <a href="http://www.andyfrasco.com/" target="_blank">Andy Frasco</a> &amp; the U.N. have just released yet another catchy, badass tune to uplift and inspire. It's Friday and time to get on your good foot. Hailing from LA, Frasco (lead vocals, piano), Andee Avila (drums), Shawn Eckels (Guitar), Ernie Chang (Saxophone), and Chris Lorentz (Bass) know how to throw it down. From his soon-to-be released third studio album <em>Change of Pace</em> (2/22/19), check out the studio version <a href="https://soundcloud.com/andyfrasco/change-of-pace-2" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3800&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="mYW0BtVeVp99xNhYcKOBMSgpvjwtPAm158kO7J9MDH4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 06 Dec 2018 22:53:04 +0000 Dusty Wright 3800 at http://culturecatch.com Album of the Week: Stay Awake http://culturecatch.com/node/3796 <span>Album of the Week: Stay Awake</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dusty-wright" lang="" about="/users/dusty-wright" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dusty Wright</a></span> <span>November 27, 2018 - 13:36</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/music" hreflang="en">Music Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/778" hreflang="en">soundtrack</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><figure role="group" class="embedded-entity"><article><img alt="Thumbnail" class="img-responsive" height="1002" src="/sites/default/files/styles/width_1200/public/2018/2018-11/stay-awake-album.jpg?itok=CMTbfiOa" title="stay-awake-album.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" width="1016" /></article><figcaption>Image courtesy of A&amp;M/UMe</figcaption></figure><p>Various Artists - <em>Stay Awake</em> (A&amp;M/UMe)</p> <p>I hail producer Hal Wilner, not just for his short-lived but innovative  music variety television show <em>Sunday Night</em>, or his Sirius radio show with Lou Reed, but his excellent tribute records including the timeless classic Disney tribute <em>Stay Awake </em>(A&amp;M/UMe). Originally released in 1988, this remastered Record Store Day Black Friday album on double vinyl (only 3500 copies) sounds simply amazing. And it features a marvelously eclectic mix of artists like Michael Stipe, Bill Frisell, Harry Nilsson, Aaron Neville, NRBQ, Sun Ra Arkestra, Suzanne Vega to name but a few. One can't help but applaud a producer who would willingly take on the music of the Disney catalog and then set those beloved songs on fire by allowing the musicians complete poetic license. </p> <p>The sonic depth and quality of these iconic tunes jump off the album. And with so many extraordinary tracks to choose from one must listen to it in its entirety to experience the aural majesty. Some of my favorites include Bonnie Raitt and Was (Not Was)'s soulfully bluesy reading of the ballad "Baby Mine" from <em>Dumbo</em>, James Taylor's poignant and moving cover of "Second Star To The Right" from <em>Peter Pan, </em>Tom Waits' clanging and  banging "Heigh Ho (The Dwarves Marching Song)" from <em>Snow White</em><em>, </em>and my very favorite -- Los Lobos' spirited Americana roots-rock take on "I Wanna Be Like You (The Monkey Song)" that was originally done by Louis Prima for <em>Jungle Book</em>.</p> <p>Treat yourself to an early holiday gift and buy this album now!</p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3796&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="COAc01DGAMhi1af4-8fX9pDBxjuC5B_dKMjoRk7LHn8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 27 Nov 2018 18:36:54 +0000 Dusty Wright 3796 at http://culturecatch.com Video of the Week: "Alexa" http://culturecatch.com/node/3793 <span>Video of the Week: &quot;Alexa&quot;</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dusty-wright" lang="" about="/users/dusty-wright" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dusty Wright</a></span> <span>November 15, 2018 - 08:57</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/music" hreflang="en">Music Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/127" hreflang="en">music video</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tYQyKFud64w?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p align="left">British folk/indie singer-songwriter BEANS ON TOAST new single and video for "Alexa" is required viewing for all tech savvy, tech-challenged, and music lovers alike. This clever animated video -- using discarded Amazon boxes -- is a cautionary tale that examines the future of AI, voice-activated Internet controls, and Amazon's continued world domination. The video begins with Beans saying: <em>"And this one's got an intro that goes 'ALEXA play Beans on Toast... ALEXA' so nobody can listen to it on their Amazon Echo." </em>This is a funny but thought-provoking tune warning us about our <em>Brave New World</em>.</p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3793&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="SLpblTKUrSI5pOGX7VFJHsTX-gixRBmWoZbbr0qGh10"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 13:57:32 +0000 Dusty Wright 3793 at http://culturecatch.com Video of the Week: "Mr. Weinstein Will See You Now" http://culturecatch.com/node/3776 <span>Video of the Week: &quot;Mr. Weinstein Will See You Now&quot;</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dusty-wright" lang="" about="/users/dusty-wright" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dusty Wright</a></span> <span>October 6, 2018 - 10:55</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/music" hreflang="en">Music Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/127" hreflang="en">music video</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/578" hreflang="en">NSFW</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/juubxnkgnS8?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>Bold, courageous and required viewing, the video for the song "Mr. Weinstein Will See You Now," by singer/songwriter <a href="http://amandapalmer.net/" target="_blank">Amanda Palmer</a> (The Dresden Dolls) and co-singer/writer <a href="https://www.jasminepower.com/" target="_blank">Jasmine Power</a>, who have literally bared their souls on this song and video, have created art that cuts to the bone. It must be seen and shared with everyone. Released on October 5th, the one-year anniversary of the #MeToo movement, it has quickly gathered press attention all over the globe. This past July, a group of women from all walks of life gathered one Sunday in a former Episcopalian rectory in Brooklyn, NY under the direction of choreographer Noemie Lafrance to create an explosive video to accompany the song. The cast, production and set crew were comprised of over 60 women from the New York area working on both sides of the camera. Many of the cast were performers with little or no film or stage experience from Palmer's extensive internet fanbase. The results of this fearless collaboration will shake you to your core. </p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3776&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="qD2zsnapt2pQDEUFCB3F9NzK6t5KcW3LL_vcfQP3M5Q"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sat, 06 Oct 2018 14:55:11 +0000 Dusty Wright 3776 at http://culturecatch.com Album of the Week: Music From Big Pink http://culturecatch.com/node/3765 <span>Album of the Week: Music From Big Pink</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dusty-wright" lang="" about="/users/dusty-wright" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dusty Wright</a></span> <span>September 14, 2018 - 10:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/music" hreflang="en">Music Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/441" hreflang="en">music</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/417" hreflang="en">vinyl</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/sWNgvsv243A?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>The Band - <em>Music from Big Pink</em> (Capitol)</p> <p>Can you imagine the shock waves that this album caused upon its release in 1968? At the height of the psychedelic rock era? Some critics have suggested that it spawned the "Americana" music movement. George Harrison and Eric Clapton even cited The Band and this album as steering their future careers via their/its "roots" sound. In fact, Clapton was so knocked out by them, he wanted to join them.</p> <p>"I was given an acetate of <em>Big Pink</em> back in England and it shook me to the core," he said during a press conference at the Toronto International Film Festival to promote his doc, <em><a href="http://www.tiff.net/tiff/eric-clapton-life-in-12-bars/?v=eric-clapton-life-in-12-bars">Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars</a></em>.</p> <blockquote> <p>"I was in Cream at the time with already the notion that it wasn't going in the right direction, and I thought, well this is what it is. I knew who (guitarist) Robbie Robertson was but I didn't realize that was their group. I thought they just appeared. I thought they were all from the Mississippi Delta."</p> </blockquote> <p>Clapton even went as far as traveling to Woodstock to "jam" with The Band, but alas they were quite happy with Robbie on lead guitar. Clapton was so inspired that he wold quit Cream and begin his own solo career odyssey.</p> <p>As far as debut albums, it doesn't get much better than this for any act. Certainly helps to have had the opportunity to tour, play and record with Bob Dylan prior to recording this masterpiece. The opening track, the epic and ragged love ballad "Tears of Rage," co-written by Dylan and Richard Manuel, sets the tone for what is to follow. It's easy to get lost in the ramshackle vibe and synergy that was created by Robbie Robertston (guitar), Rick Danko (bass, vocals), Richard Manuel (keyboards, vocals), Levon Helm (drums, vocals) and Garth Hudson (keyboards and accordion).  John Simon's production has so much breathe that you feel like you're literally sitting in the middle of the studio. The new remix and remastering adds additional subtle tonal hues that draw the listener in. Their inter-band harmony vocals have never sounded more ragged or more beautiful. The interweaving of the keyboards, guitar, bass, and drums from song to song hangs together like master paintings inside a national art gallery. </p> <p>Can you imagine what it must have been like hearing any of these songs on the radio back in the day? Robbie Roberston's beloved classic "The Weight" — a traveling song about Robbie visiting the Martin guitar factory in “Nazareth” Pennsylvania and written on a Martin guitar — has stood the test of time as one of the greatest songs ever committed to vinyl. And the album closes with two majestic Dylan tracks -- "This Wheel's on Fire" by Dylan and Danko and another Dylan timeless classic, the redemptive gospel-fueled ballad "I Shall Be Released." These two tracks, along with others on The Band’s debut, were born during <i>The Basement Tapes</i> rehearsals and recordings that gave birth to this majestic album.</p> <p>It was no happy accident that <em>Music from Big Pink</em> would usher in a new sound. Moreover, it would be the first of many extraordinary albums they would record and share with the world. With the release of this remixed and remastered two-LP set on 180-gram 45 r.p.m. vinyl, Capitol may usher in a whole new generation of singer-songwriters, musicians, and bands to follow suit. Music should be inspirational, and music this well conceived and executed should continue to inspire and inform musicians and listeners alike. </p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3765&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="U8xqhkL9A401sLGCMil4_P7btevhuRvQ64EqZzyMFRs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 14 Sep 2018 14:00:00 +0000 Dusty Wright 3765 at http://culturecatch.com