Tag Archives: Music

New Release-Hope Sandoval And The Warm Inventions :: Until The Hunter

Last week, we were treated to a new album release from Hope Sandoval and The Warm Inventions, Until The Hunter.  The new album breaks a seven-year silence from Hope’s last recording with the Warm Inventions. Joining her on vocals this time around is Warm Inventions member, Colm O Ciosoig of My Bloody Valentine.  Continue reading New Release-Hope Sandoval And The Warm Inventions :: Until The Hunter

New Release: A Tribe Called Quest :: We Got It From Here

Yesterday, A Tribe Called Quest released their first album in 18 years, and it appears to be getting the ubiquitous nod for album of the year.  Appearances from Kanye West, Andre 3000 and Kendrick Lamar with Busta Rhymes and Consequence as well. Continue reading New Release: A Tribe Called Quest :: We Got It From Here

Steve Reich :: It’s Gonna Rain

On January 27, 1965, composer Steve Reich premiered his piece It’s Gonna Rain in San Francisco. The piece consists of the manipulation of a taped recording of Brother Walter, a charismatic Pentecostal preacher in Union Square.  Brother Walter’s fire and brimstone sermon begins to mutate into echoes of itself forming a constantly changing, pulsing canon made of human speech woven into an interlocking rhythm.  Continue reading Steve Reich :: It’s Gonna Rain

Leon Russell, r.i.p

We lost Leon Russell (born Claude Russell Bridges; April 2, 1942 – November 13, 2016) yesterday.  Saluting and waving goodbye to a talented and influential musician, composer & producer who helped shape an era in rock and popular music.

Here is a clip from the documentary The Wrecking Crew in which Leon’s early days as a session player are remembered:

Leon as part of the Mad Dogs and Englishmen band, 1969 -70

An excerpt from the Homewood Sessions, 1971

Leon & Elton John, performing a song from their album, The Union Pt2, 2012

According to a statement on his website, Leon died in his sleep at his Nashville home November 13, 2016, at the age of 74.  He was convalescing from heart surgery in July.