Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 9:09 am
Musicians and bandmates Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch, who record together under the name Milky Chance, tell World Cafe host David Dye that it took them six years to put together their viral hit "Stolen Dance." Soon after, however, the two put out their first full-length album, Sadnecessary, which saw them exploring folk, R&B and reggae, all buoyed by a catchy electronic foundation.
Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 9:36 am
It's rare that a record lays out a mission statement as efficiently as the new supergroup Thompson does in the first 60 seconds of "Family." Here's Teddy Thompson, singing about the perils of being surrounded by his particular relatives:
My father is one of the greats to ever step on a stage
My mother has the most beautiful voice in the world
Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 8:44 am
Robert Lee Watt fell in love with the French horn at an early age. He met a lot of resistance from people who thought his background and his race made a career with the instrument unlikely — but he went on to become the first African-American French hornist hired by a major symphony in the United States.
He became the assistant first French horn for the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1970, and stayed with the orchestra for 37 years. His memoir, The Black Horn, tells how he got there.
Pert Near Sandstone appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minn. Hailing from the Twin Cities region, the group puts a Midwestern stamp on Appalachian string-band music, old-time and bluegrass. It's played throughout the Midwest and beyond, sharing the stage with the likes of Trampled By Turtles, Del McCoury and Yonder Mountain String Band.
A vital force on the West Coast jazz scene, Pete Jolly was a pianist and accordionist known for his movie soundtracks and television themes, including Get Smart, Dallas and M*A*S*H.
On this episode of Piano Jazz from 1986, Jolly showcases his swinging piano style with a solo in "You, The Night And The Music"; then, host Marian McPartland joins in for a performance of "Barbados." McPartland solos in "Close Enough For Love," and the two performers create a rousing finale as they play a two-person version of "Oleo."
Bill Miller performs on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the north shore of Lake Superior in Cook County, Minn. A Mohican Indian from northern Wisconsin, Miller has long been one of the most admired figures in Native American music and beyond.
In the noise-improv trio Borbetomagus, Jim Sauter hooks bells with Don Dietrich to obliterate any notion you have of the saxophone (sorry, birthday boy Adolphe Sax). In Oneida and Man Forever, Kid Millions is a psychedelic shaman of the drums. In "Game Jump," Sauter issues a brief warning that sounds something like a zombie-infested cruise ship bellowing its final notes before it plummets into a blood-freezing ocean. Then it's on.