Meet the New Boss

March 14th, 2012

Bruce SpringsteenGoing to SXSW? There already? Looking forward to Bruce Springsteen’s keynote? Hoping to at least catch it on NPR? No matter what you plan to do at (or away from, or after) SXSW, we’ve got you covered. First, listen to our interview with Dmitri Vietze, Shanta Thake, and Olivier Conan of Chicha Libre to get the global music perspective on the fest. Then, sit back and listen to our retrospective of the Boss’ musical career — there might just be a couple of performances you haven’t heard before:

Lost in the Flood
Wild Billy’s Circus Story
Night
Racing in the Street
Stolen Car
Highway Patrolman
Born in the USA
One Step Up
Real World
Living Proof
The Line
Mary’s Place
Reno
Pay Me My Money Down
Livin’ in the Future
Good Eye
We Take Care of Our Own

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The Party Continues

January 6th, 2012

Sharon JonesEvery year, KadmusArts greets the New Year with a slideshow that unites great images from festivals around the world with music from the performers that bring these festivals to life. Over the past three years, Howard Fishman, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, and Blitz The Ambassador have graciously allowed us to set our slideshow to their tunes. We thought that you might not be quite ready to wrap up your New Year’s festivities just yet; if so, here’s some music by all three to keep you going — enjoy:

Howard Fishman:
Night After Night
Hey Little Girl
Crash on the Levee
Can’t Get Along

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings:
How Do I Let a Good Man Down?
100 Days, 100 Nights
Let them Knock
I’ll Still Be True

Blitz The Ambassador:
Kill the Radio
Remembering the Future
Free Your Mind
Akwaaba

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25 Years of the Bridge School

November 7th, 2011

Bridge School ConcertYou know Neil Young as a musician, of course — but did you know that, together with his wife Pegi, they have been deeply involved with the founding and funding of a leading school for children with special needs, the Bridge School? Or that the school holds an annual all-acoustic benefit concert, where the world’s leading musicians come and perform? Here are just a few samples from these concerts — and if you like what you hear, support the Bridge School — buy the CD or (even better) the DVD:

Arcade Fire — Wake Up
David Bowie — Heroes
Jerry Garcia (w/Bob Weir) — Ripple
Metallica — Nothing Else Matters
Pearl Jam — Nothing As It Seems
R.E.M. (w/Neil Young) — Country Feedback
Trent Reznor — Hurt
Tom Waits — 16 Shells From A Thirty-Ought-Six
Thom Yorke — Lucky
Neil Young — Down By The River

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It’s The End Of The Band As We Know It

October 3rd, 2011

REMSo, that’s it — R.E.M. has called it quits after thirty-one years. Given the non-stop creativity that Michael Stipe and his bandmates have brought on stage throughout that time, no-one can begrudge them a well-earned retirement. Although… maybe a reunion tour in a few years? That said, as a farewell for now, here is some of the R.E.M. you may have missed out on:

Dangerous Times (1980 Wuxtry Records Demo)
Radio Free Europe (First TV appearance)
Driver 8 (Acoustic performance)
Love Is All Around (Troggs cover)
Low (MTV Unplugged Acoustic Version)
One (Automatic Baby — R.E.M. + U2 — version)
Furry Happy Monsters (On Sesame Street)
Man on the Moon (With Bruce Springsteen)
Feeling Gravity’s Pull (Rehearsal at Olympia Theatre, Dublin)
Supernatural Superserious (Acoustic version in a car)

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New Music for Old Films

August 31st, 2011

Man with a Movie CameraIn recent years, the restoration and widespread availability of film classics from the silent era has been accompanied by the creation of new scores for these films. Now, many aficionados insist that silent film should remain just that — silent — but they are no less misguided than art scholars who insist on the “white purity” of Greek marbles. Here is a sampling of some of today’s most interesting composers for silent film — and, should you get the chance, by all means watch them perform their music as live accompaniment:

Augsburger Tafelconfect & Boris D. Hegenbart-Matsui — Alice In Wonderland (1915, Dir. W.W. Young)
Syntax Orchestra — The Champion (1915, Dir. Charles Chaplin)
Ben Model — Bliss (1917, Dir. Alfred J. Goulding)
Club Foot Orchestra — The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920, Dir. Robert Wiene)
Kelly Rossum — Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920, Dir. John Robertson)
Carl Davis — Flesh and the Devil (1926, Dir. Clarence Brown)
Gerhard Gruber — Cafe Elektric (1927, Dir. Gustav Ucicky)
Alloy Orchestra — Metropolis (1927, Dir. Fritz Lang)
Louis Gentile — Tabu (1931, Dir. F.W. Murnau)

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