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Who would have thought that in this age of auto-tune and EDM bleeps that sound like functions on a microwave oven, a member of a made-for television boy band would carry the torch for rock music. Yet here he is: Harry Styles, the 23-year-old “X Factor U.K.” grad and One Direction fave, who has delivered... Read more »
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my cast away this week is the singer songwriter Ed Sheeran's a musical storyteller for the modern age if you're not already having his latest chart topping hit there's a teenager nearby that sure he will be his compositions Bridge the gap between Dylan and Eminem a Troubadour with a soft spot for hip hop and.
The Guardian - Music
22 days
From the nightingale to the linnet, via the blackcap and the corn bunting, UK birdsong is as unique and inspiring as the music it influences Nightingales have played the unwitting muse to human poets, playwrights and composers for centuries, from Shakespeare and Hardy to Coleridge and Tchaikovsky. Last year, Nitin Sawhney received a front-row performance from one such feathered troubadour during the making of TV show The Animal Symphony – an experience the initially sceptical composer described to me as “a revelation”. This month, the organisers behind the UK’s National nightingale festival are hoping to give us all a chance to enjoy these notoriously shy and increasingly rare icons, with a month of guided walks, talks and nature concerts, combining live folk music and storytelling with in situ birdsong. It’s a fine way to honour the return of these small, brown, thrush-like beauties, who winter in west Africa before flying over 2,500 miles to spend summer in the English countryside. Continue reading...
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The Guardian - Music
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(Cooking Vinyl) After producing 14 albums of well-crafted, heartfelt guitar pop – and never quite gaining commercial success to match his critical acclaimCanadian troubadour Ron Sexsmith is considering calling it a day. The clue is in the title, of course, and he has spoken of feeling adrift in today’s music industry. But in truth, Sexsmith has never fitted in, and The Last Rider is no exception – there are no sonic fireworks here, nor bold, ear-grabbing melodies. Rather, the 53-year-old trades in elegant songcraft and romantic ruminations, completely out of step with modern trends: Our Way and Upward Dog sound like the kind of records you’d like Paul McCartney (a Sexsmith fan) to be making now; West Gwillimbury boasts a Costello-esque melody, and is as zeitgeisty as a song about a town in south-central Ontario is ever likely to be. If Sexsmith really is calling it a day, the music world will keep on turning – but it will be a lesser place. Continue reading...
The Huffington Post
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Adele already knows that she did some pretty cool stuff when she was 21, and she has a new stat to prove it. This week, her album 21, which debuted in 2011, surpassed Carole Kings 1971 Tapestry for time spent on the Billboard 200 by a woman, Billboard reported . 21 just completed its 319th week on the chart where Kings album spent a nonconsecutive 318 weeks. Thats over six years. Thats over 73 months. Thats 2,233 days. Thats a long time. Billboard notes that while Adeles album has appeared on the chart every week since its debut, Kings dipped out of the ranking in 1977 after 302 weeks, and reappeared in 2010. That years Troubadour Reunion tour reuniting King with James Taylor for performances around the world is likely a factor in her renewed popularity; Beautiful: The Carole King Musical made its debut three years later.
The Sun Daily - Showbiz
3 months
AFTER months of uncertainty and controversy, Bob Dylan finally accepted the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature at a jovial, champagne-laced ceremony on Saturday, the Swedish Academy announced. The academy, which awards the coveted prize, ended prolonged speculation as to whether the 75-year-old troubadour would use a concert stopover in Stockholm to accept the gold medal and diploma awarded to him back in October. They were handed to Dylan at a "private ceremony in Stockholm" attended by 12 academy members, Sara Danius, the academy's permanent secretary, said in a blog post. "Spirits were high. Champagne was had," Danius confided. "Quite a bit of time was spent looking closely at the gold medal, in particular the beautifully crafted back, an image of a young man sitting under a laurel tree who listens to the Muse," she added. "Taken from Virgil's Aeneid, the inscription reads: 'Inventas vitam iuvat excoluisse per artes,' loosely translated as 'And they who bettered life on earth by their newly found mastery'.
The Guardian - Music
4 months
AFP News Agency
5 months
Kraig Moss became known as the ‘Trump Troubadour’ when he gave his time and money to support Donald Trump with his music during the US primaries. He was passionate because Trump promised to fight the scourge of heroin addiction, which took Mossson Rob three years ago. Now, Moss says he feels let down by Trump over his failed health care reform which didnt act on Trump's campaign pledges to stop heroin addiction, and he worries this could signal how the president will approach other key policies.
France 24
5 months
He traveled from rally to rally with his guitar in tow, crooning pro-Donald Trump tunes and hailing the then Republican candidate as the answer to the US heroin epidemic that took his son's life. Though his songs earned him the moniker "the Trump troubadour," these days Kraig Moss has stopped singing for the president: the US leader's push for a health bill that would have restricted access to opioid addiction treatment for thousands of people left the 58-year-old mired in doubt. When Moss strums his guitar now, it's to sing sorrowful ballads in memory of his son Rob, who died of a heroin overdose in 2014 at the age of 24. Trump "is the one that pioneered the idea that we have a heroin epidemic in this country," Moss said. "I feel on that subject very let down -- because that's what drove me in order to want to do everything I did; make all of the sacrifices I did to follow him around.
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Kraig Moss followed Trump to more than 45 campaign rallies, but lost faith in the president over his push for the GOP backed health care bill.
TIME - Top Stories
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John Mayer , emotional troubadour extraordinaire, has a new album coming out next month and as expected, he has a lot of feelings about it particularly a breakup song that alludes to his ex, pop princess Katy Perry . In a sprawling interview with the New York Times , Mayer shared that the album's first single, a wistful but catchy ballad by the name of Still Feel Like Your Man is about missing Perry after their very public breakup in 2014 . Who else would I be thinking about? he said. And by the way, its a testament to the fact that I have not dated a lot of people in the last five, six years. That was my only relationship. So its like, give me this, people. In addition to apparently not dating much, Mayer also revealed in the interview that he recently quit drinking and is very thoughtfully entering cannabis lifestyle.
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The Guardian - Music
6 months
(Nonesuch) Related: Stephin Merritt on his musical memoir: 'People who could be insulted, I cleared with them first' In his years as the Magnetic Fields , US songwriter Stephin Merritt has not shied away from concept. Following sprawling works such as 69 Love Songs , and an album of songs beginning with the letter “i”, the 52-year-old left-field troubadour has written a life in 50 musical vignettes, whose fun tropes include incorporating seven instruments in seven different combinations. All the possible Merritts are on board, from stentorian intellectual chansonnier to giddy teenage new waver – one whose amused air rarely falters, even when listing painful physical ailments (Weird Diseases), or being misunderstood (Quotes). Musical quirks do pile up, but the joys here are many, from Merritt’s deadpan views on ethics, discos, Levi’s 501s, tears and his local (Be True to Your Bar), to his magnificent way with a tune, in which complexity lurks within simplicity. Continue reading...
The Guardian - Music
6 months
(Nonesuch) In his years as The Magnetic Fields , US songwriter Stephin Merritt has not shied away from concept. Following sprawling works such as 69 Love Songs , and an album of songs beginning with the letter i, the 52-year-old left-field troubadour has written a life in 50 musical vignettes, whose fun tropes include incorporating seven instruments in seven different combinations. All the possible Merritts are on board, from stentorian intellectual chansonnier to giddy teenage New Waver – one whose amused air rarely falters, even when listing painful physical ailments (Weird Diseases), or being misunderstood (Quotes). Musical quirks do pile up, but the joys here are many, from Merritt’s deadpan views on ethics, discos, Levi’s 501s, tears and his local (Be True To Your Bar), to his magnificent way with a tune, in which complexity lurks within simplicity. Continue reading...
Beijing Bulletin
24 days
At the Troubadour, it was as if that Nashville flirtation never happened as Crow premiered eight songs that fit in seamlessly with her 90s rock-radio standards. ...
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There is a huge resurgence in development, especially within existing structures that have been vacant since Katrina or before, said Wayne Hendricks, general manager of The Troubadour, a Joie de Vivre Hotels property that just opened this month, making it the company's first in the South. The 184-room hotel occupies a former office building and historic landmark in the Central Business District, the tourist zone buffering the French Quarter and the Lower Garden District, and checks all the boutique boxes: lighting installations from a local artist, uniforms by a local designer and a rooftop bar pouring frozen drinks, a nod to New Orleans' daiquiri drive-thru institutions. According to Hendricks, the hotel's location in the conveniently-located-but-bland CBD represents part of the resurgence of an area in the city where development has lagged for many years.
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Like Shiva, creator and destroyer of worlds. 1 What could go wrong? When the Trumpees, echoing Dubya’s taunt to Iraqi insurgents who became Al-Qaeda in Iraq, then morphed into ISIS during Obama’s promised withdrawal, boldly dare the world to “Bring It On”, they’re looking in the rearview mirror at Iran-Contra. But the past, the chronicler of our national sins told us, “is never dead. It’s not even past.” 2 Marx went him one better: “History does indeed repeat itself, the first time as tragedy, the second as farce.” 3 But this? What strange beast is this slouching toward Washington? Better take a look over your shoulder. The most subversive thing in America, a troubadour sang, is a long memory. 4 Resurrecting Ghosts Who can watch an aging Oliver North retelling other people’s war stories on Fox, rhapsodizing about some heroic exploit in the age of knightly chivalry, or singing Homeric praise of some newfangledarms and the man”, and not feel a faint nostalgia for the Reagan years? Those were the days.
The Huffington Post
5 months
For example, in medieval Spain, the Troubadour poets borrowed their lyrical beauty from Arabic . Arabic was the courtly language of southern Spain until the 15th century. Similarly, the 12th-century Palatine Chapel in Sicily was painted and gilded in the imperial style of the Fatimids , the rulers of Egypt between the 10th and 12th centuries. Such exchanges were common, thanks to the mobility of people as well as ideas. The point is that the story of Islam cannot be told without a deeper understanding of its cultural history: Even for early Muslim rulers , it was the Byzantine empire, the Roman empire and the Sassanian empire (the pre-Islamic Persian empire) that provided models. Such overlaps continued over the centuries, resulting in heterodox and cosmopolitan societies. The term "Middle East" - coined in the 19th century - fails to describe the complex social and cultural mosaic or religions that have existed in the region most closely associated with Islam - and continue to do so today.