“Close Up,” volumes 1 through 4 (!) grin1 month ago
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- the new album is in the player now, my copy having just arrived today! The new videos (both available on YouTube) for “Charmer” & “Labrador” are a lot of fun – in their different ways – too. smile6 months ago
is one of the wonderful talents on the Leonard Cohen band … & this is one of her wonderful songs (she’s a songwriter as well as an amazing singer in her own right):
smile12 months ago
I’ve had Leonard Cohen’s “Old Ideas” in the player a lot lately, & am becoming more familiar with the new album by Feist as well, in order that I’ll know the tunes when I get to see & hear both artists in concert later on this year! smile13 months ago
Leonard Cohen fairly frequently (here & on other goals), but here’s another—for how he introduces the members of his band rather than for his music per se.
This is great stuff—I’ll bet you’ll be LOL along with me!
grin14 months ago
I’ve been cranking “Hadestown,” again, pretty much whenever I’m not car-pooling, lately—it’s great stuff! grin15 months ago
- the new Leonard Cohen album – is on the player now, my pre-ordered holiday gift copy having just arrived today! smile15 months ago
myself a (used) copy of the album Hadestown & am enjoying it (ex-library & in fine shape) every bit as much as I’d anticipated! smile16 months ago
I received a copy of Feist’s new album as a holiday gift—& cannot wait to listen to it. “First thing tomorrow” (as it’s already gotten late tonight), I’m promising myself! smile17 months ago
As I browse through this selection of his songs, I’m noting a few of my new favorites here:
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9e5erbiCAg [“Treat Each Other Right”]
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPso8I_jZXU [“Spring Wind”]
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mg-fF-eDyO8 [“Think About You”]
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFcIExPvPWs [“The Marriage Chant”]
smile17 months ago
I can say with a high degree of certainty that I would never have stumbled upon the terrific concept album by Anaïs Mitchell, called “Hadestown,” if it weren’t for the Internet (check out these songs by Ani DiFranco & Greg Brown)!
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAgiK07Py9M [“Why Do We Build The Wall?”]
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWoOfk3UX6w [“How Long?”]
Happy Ears! grin
For more about “Hadestown,” see:
“Based upon the ancient Greek myth of the poet Orpheus and his doomed quest to rescue his wife Eurydice from the underworld, Anaïs Mitchell’s new album Hadestown evokes our Depression-era past, the current financial disaster (though it was written before the stock market collapse), and a post-apocalyptic future.
Anaïs, who sings the part of Eurydice, the character whose (metaphoric) death propels Orpheus into “Hadestown” is joined by a veritable Who’s Who of modern indie folk/rock on the release. Justin Vernon of Bon Iver plays Orpheus; Greg Brown is Hades, Lord of the Underworld (“king of the kingdom of dirt”); Ani DiFranco plays Hades’ strong-willed, subversive wife, Persephone; the Haden Triplets (Petra, Rachel, and Tanya) are the Greek chorus-like Fates and Ben Knox Miller of The Low Anthem is the messenger Hermes. Together, they create a world where people hide behind walls in a misguided attempt to preserve their “freedom” and protect their riches.
Hadestown began its existence in 2006 as a live “folk opera” that Mitchell created in collaboration with director Ben t. Matchstick (Bread & Puppet Theater) and arranger/orchestrator Michael Chorney. After loading the sets and the 22-member cast of Vermont performers into a former circus bus and touring New England during “full-on winter,” it was time to rework a few songs. Next, Mitchell called upon a few fellow musicians to lend their voices to a recorded version—not a cast album, but a stand-alone, self-contained song cycle.” 17 months ago