Music News 7/2/2020


I look forward to seeing and talking music with you when our store re-opens to customers (even on a limited basis) starting next Monday, July 6. See you next week.


Khuangbin, MORDECHAI (Dead Oceans, $14.98) – Earlier this year, the Houston-based trio Khruangbin—bassist Laura Lee Ochoa, guitarist Mark Speer, drummer DJ Johnson—collaborated with singer Leon Bridges on a 4-song EP, Texas Sun. Now they continue their unique approach to melding influences from around the world to create something very original. East Asian surf-rock, Persian funk, Jamaican dub, but also hints of Congolese guitar, and Indian chant are all in the mix. Perfect summer music…

JANÁĈEK: SOLO PIANO (Signum Classics, $17.99) – Thomas Adès is one of the leading composers of our time, but he is also a world-class pianist. He brings a unique pianistic (as well as compositional) insights to the three major piano suites of Janáĉek: On an Overgrown Path; From the Street 1.X.1905, and In the Mists. A true love letter from one composer to another.


The Dust to Digital label (based in Atlanta) have released some of the most important and most lovingly produced historical box sets in the last decade. Here are two:

VOICES OF MISSISSIPPI: Artists and Musicians Documented by William Ferris (Dust to Digital, 3 CDs/1 DVD and book, $53.98) – This deluxe, canvas-covered cigar-box includes a 120-page hardcover book in full color edited by William Ferris; three CDs -- two of the CDs feature blues and gospel recordings (1966-1978), and the final CD features interviews and storytelling (1968-1994); and one DVD featuring documentary films (1972-1980). Transcriptions and annotations are provided for each track.
William Ferris is Professor of History and senior associate director of the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Ferris co-edited the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (1989).

MUSIC OF MOROCCO: From the Library of Congress, Recorded by Paul Bowles 1959 (Dust to Digital, 4 CDs and book, $61.98) – Writer and composer Paul Bowles relocated to Morocco in 1947, and fell in love with its written and musical cultures. In 1959 for the Library of Congress, he drove his Volkswagen Beetle on a six month field-recording journey all over Morocco to record as many musical traditions he could find.

Music of Morocco presents the best of those recordings—it includes four CDs and a 120-page book with field notes by Bowles, and extensive annotations by scholar Philip Schuyler. The set comes in a beautiful cloth cigar box, with silk-screened and embossed Moroccan designs.

1 copy each available

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