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St. Vincent (Annie Clarke) and David Bryne

Last year’s collaboration between St. Vincent (Annie Clarke) and David Bryne was surprising on many levels. The album they wrote and recorded together, Love This Giant, is inspired and artful, if not as immediately accessible as some of the solo work each of them has made in the past. On stage, performed live at the Strathmore music hall in Bethesda, MD, the songs found their heart and soul. A band of brilliant brass players made the tunes swing a lot more than they do on the record.

Love This Giant allowed both Byrne and Clark to make songs that were slightly out of their comfort zones; they dug into less familiar territory and found something fresh. When performed live, new songs such as “Who” and “I Am an Ape” sound powerful. But old favorites also surfaced from their solo catalogs, whether it was Talking Heads’ “Burning Down the House” or the Byrne-Eno collaboration “Strange Overtones,” or St. Vincent performing “Marrow” from her 2009 album Actor.

All of these performances became less about nostalgia or their individual fame, and more about creation and building on something great, from a pair of strong creative souls born 30 years apart.

As you watch the performance, keep an eye out for Kelly Pratt, formerly of the band Beirut, on lead horn, as well as fantastic synchronized dancing choreographed by Annie-B Parson. You can also see Byrne and Clark rehearse for the concert in this special video from our In Practice series.—BOB BOILEN 



“Strange Overtones”


“The One Who Broke Your Heart”

“I Am An Ape”

“The Forest Awakes”

“I Should Watch TV”


“Burning Down The House”


Annie Clark: Guitar/Vocals

David Byrne: Guitar/Vocals

Daniel Mintseris: Keyboards, Musical Director

Brian Wolfe: Drums

Kelly Pratt: Trumpet, Flugelhorn, French Horn, Flute

Dave Nelson: Trombone

Jon Natchez: Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone

Bryan Murray: Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone

Rachel Drehmann: French Horn

Jason Disu: Trombone

John Altieri: Sousaphone, Tuba

Carter Yasutake: Trumpet, Flugelhorn


Producers: Mito Habe-Evans, Robin Hilton; Videographers: Denise DeBelius, Christopher Parks, Maggie Starbard, A.J. Wilhelm; Audio engineer: Pete Keppler; Special thanks to: The Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Md.; Executive producers: Anya Grundmann, Keith Jenkins

(Source: ymutate)

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if this guy comes to your town do not miss his show, it is fantastic

                        Joseph Arthur

                      Travel As Equals

on David Letterman 1-19-12

wikipedia: Joseph Arthur (born September 28, 1971) is an American singer-songwriter and artist from Akron, Ohio. Combining poetic lyrics with a layered sonic palette, Arthur has built his reputation over the years through critically acclaimed releases and constant touring; his unique solo live performances incorporate the use of a number of distortion and loop pedals, and his shows are recorded live at the soundboard and made available to concertgoers immediately following the show on recordable media. Arthur was discovered by Peter Gabriel in the mid-’90s, and signed to Gabriel’s Real World label as the first North American artist on the label’s roster. 

Arthur is also an acclaimed painter and designer. His artwork has graced the sleeves of his entire discography; the sleeve design for his 1999 extended play Vacancy was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Recording Package.

Joseph’s most recent double disc “Redemption City” is available for free pay as much as you want download from his website

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This one is for all the children out there needing some miracles and the wonderful people who care for them (ymutate has been blessed recently to meet a few of these people and this one honors them all and my new friend Dori)


                        Beth Orton

                       O-o-h Child

"O-o-h Child" is a 1970 single recorded and released by Chicago soul family group the Five Stairsteps, who released it on the Buddah label. Written by Stan Vincent and included on the band’s The Stairsteps album from 1970, it has become the Stairsteps’ signature song and has inspired more than twenty covers since its release. The lyrics tell young children that "things are gonna get easier" in times of strife. The song’s uplifting message helped the song to become popular among pop and rhythm and blues audiences when it was released. This was the Stairsteps’ only single to reach the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number eight on that chart while peaking at number fourteen on the R&B chart. It would be their last R&B top 40 (they had several top 40 R&B hits in the 1960s) until 1976’s "From Us to You". The song is ranked #392 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Here is the original version by The Five Stairsteps on Soultrain.

Laura Nyro also covered the song and in recognition of her recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, here is a mix of her doing I’m So Proud, Dedicated to The One I Love, La La Means I Love You, Up on The Roof, It’s Gonna Take A Miracle, and Aint No Mountain High Enough

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ymutate thanks all you good folks who have inquired about where did I go.  I have been fortunate enough to be in the process of a glorious transformation and renewal.  Will resume posting art sometime soon, though sporadically because life has a fullness now that has been long gone.  With that in mind I offer this marvelous video of  

       Al Green performing Sam Cooke’s A Change Is Gonna Come 

Here is the history of the song and given the specter of Mitt Romney and the republican horror knocking at our door, I do request that all of you too young to know, or old enough to have forgotten that this country has evolved past some of the isms to think about if you want the fears and prejudices of those who do not want to move forward to turn back the clock.  

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Upon hearing Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” in 1963, Cooke was greatly moved that such a poignant song about racism in America could come from someone who was not black.  While on tour in May 1963, and after speaking with sit-in demonstrators in Durham, North Carolina following a concert, Cooke returned to his tour bus and wrote the first draft of what would become “A Change Is Gonna Come”. The song also reflected much of Cooke’s own inner turmoil. Known for his polished image and light-hearted songs such as “You Send Me” and “Twistin’ the Night Away”, he had long felt the need to address the situation of discrimination and racism in America. However, his image and fears of losing his largely white fan base prevented him from doing so.

The song, very much a departure for Cooke, reflected two major incidents in his life. The first was the death of Cooke’s 18-month-old son, Vincent, who died of an accidental drowning in June of that year. The second major incident came on October 8, 1963, when Cooke and his band tried to register at a “whites only” motel in Shreveport, Louisiana and were summarily arrested for disturbing the peace. Both incidents are represented in the weary tone and lyrics of the piece, especially the final verse: There have been times that I thought I couldn’t last for long/but now I think I’m able to carry on/It’s been a long time coming, but I know a change is gonna come.

“A Change Is Gonna Come” is a 1964 single by R&B singer-songwriter Sam Cooke, written and first recorded in 1963 and released under the RCA Victor label shortly after his death in late 1964. Though only a modest hit for Cooke in comparison with his previous singles, the song came to exemplify the sixties’ Civil Rights Movement. The song has gained in popularity and critical acclaim in the decades since its release, and is #12 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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Satoko Fujii — piano, melodica

Carla Kihlstedt — violin, voice

Satoko Fujii (Fujii Satoko, born 1958) is a Japanese avant-garde jazz pianist and composer. Fujii started playing the piano at age 4, receiving classical training until she was 20, when she became interested in improvisation and jazz. She came to the United States in 1985, graduating from the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1987, returning to the US in 1993, achieving a graduate diploma in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1996. She returned to Japan with her new husband, trumpeter Natsuki Tamura, leader of Gato Libre. She leads various big bands in Japan, such as Ma-do and Orchestra Tokyo.

Carla Kihlstedt is an American violinist, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist from Lancaster, Pennsylvania currently living in Oakland, California. She is a founding member of Tin Hat Trio (now renamed Tin Hat), Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, The Book of Knots and Causing a Tiger. Other musical projects include 2 Foot Yard, Charming Hostess and Carla Kihlstedt & Satoko Fujii. She has also worked occasionally on projects with Tom Waits and Fred Frith, and recorded numerous albums as a guest or session musician. Kihlstedt has studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

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truly wonderful, Joni fronts a jazz supergroup 

Joni Mitchell - Edith And Kingpin

The band includes Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, Randy Brecker, Jaco Pastorius, and Don Alias. 

more gems from this concert

Shadows and Light  In France They Kiss On Mainstreet  Amelia

Furry Sings The Blues  Black Crow and from 1986 Hejira

plus A Case of You by Joni (1974) and by Diana Krall 

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nice fusion from Norwegian trumpeter                       

       Nils Petter Molvaer

live at Jazz Baltica, 1998

Here is a video of the entire Jazz Baltica concert performance of Khmer

Tracks:  Ligotage - Platonic Tears - Tragaman - Khmer

Nils Petter Molvaer - trumpet

Eivind Aarseth - guitar

Audun Erlien - bass

Rune Arnesend - turntables

DJ Strangefruit - drums

Wetle Holte - drums

Nils Petter Molvær also known as NPM (born September 18, 1960) is a Norwegian jazz trumpeter, composer, and producer. Molvær is considered a pioneer in fusing jazz and electronic music, showcased on his best-selling album Khmer, released by the German record label ECM in October 1997 in Europe and early 1998 in North America.

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