Social Distancing With Mike Scott of the Waterboys: Nail Polish, Kid’s Movies and New Music

I also notice the stuff she listens to. She’s crazy for the Haschak Sisters and the Gem Sisters. I like them, too. She watches their videos on YouTube and she’s just got her first MP3 player (ordered online, delivered by post), and so we’ve been getting their songs on that.

RS Charts: The Weeknd Holds Number One Spot on Artists 500 Chart

Interestingly, the other two artists with big Top 10 debuts on the RS 200 failed to make much of a dent on the Artists 500 due to their reliance on actual sales as opposed to streaming. The aforementioned 5 Seconds of Summer, for instance, narrowly missed out on Number One on the RS 200 with […]

How Björk broke the sound barrier

Shortly before his death, in 1992, John Cage said: “We live in a time I think not of mainstream, but of many streams, or even, if you insist, upon a river of time, that we have come to delta, maybe even beyond delta to an ocean which is going back to the skies.” Stream, delta, […]

John Prine: this extraordinarily gifted songwriter was the envy of all

Prine was an extraordinarily gifted songwriter. Gruff, funny, empathetic, imaginative, he was a born storyteller. When playing live, his peers might occasionally “rap” with the audience, but Prine seemed as much in his element spinning lengthy yarns between songs as singing them. Devotees of his debut album – or the acclaimed Bruised Orange in 1978, […]

Joan Baez: where to start in her back catalogue

There’s a strange, theremin-like purity to Baez’s singing voice in the traditional songs of her 1960 self-titled album that has led many critics to name it the best of her output that decade. Yet her outlaw taste and versatile abilities are more visible on Joan Baez/5, which includes singular takes on songs written by Johnny […]

Don’t fear coronavirus, says Andrea Bocelli before Milan concert

Milan’s cathedral is closed under the lockdown but will open its doors on Sunday to Bocelli and the organist Emanuele Vianelli, who will play one of the world’s largest pipe organs. The event begins at 7pm local time (1800 BST) and will be streamed live on YouTube. The repertoire of songs will include Ave Maria […]

The House That Hendrix Built: Inside the Birth of the Record Plant

The recording of Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower” was less spontaneous, and targeted for airplay. Originally recorded in England, “Watchtower” was reworked countless times at Record Plant through the summer of 1968, with Hendrix trying out numerous sidemen and laying down multiple versions of the same solo. Hendrix cut all the vocals for the solo […]

Dylan Goes Electric! by Elijah Wald review – when Bob took a Stratocaster to the Newport folk festival

It seems that Seeger probably did not try to cut through cables with an axe, but he did recount what had happened with the crestfallen conclusion: “I thought he had so much promise.” Others, by contrast, knew what time it was. In the folk magazine Sing Out!, the critic Paul Nelson compared the two musicians […]

John Prine, revered American folk songwriter, dies of coronavirus complications at 73

The artist’s wife Fiona had said on March 17 that she had tested positive for Covid-19, and his family on March 29 said Prine was intubated and in “critical” condition due to the virus that’s left more than 80,000 people dead worldwide.

John Prine Was One of the Great American Songwriters. He Was Also All of Us.

Between verses about the quickness of death and the joys of life and love, Prine wrote jarring story songs and protest anthems illuminating faults in the American experiment. Having narrowly escaped deployment to Vietnam after being drafted in the late ‘60s, he wrote pointed anti-war tunes like “Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You into Heaven […]