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12:03 pm
Sat August 24, 2013

Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos On The Importance Of Structure

Franz Ferdinand's latest album is titled Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action.
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Originally published on Sun August 25, 2013 11:17 am

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A Blog Supreme
5:28 am
Sat August 24, 2013

What Albert Murray Taught Us About Jazz

Albert Murray in 1974.
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An essayist, cultural theorist, novelist, educator and biographer who died on August 18 at 97, Albert Murray spent more than five decades developing his thesis that America is a culturally miscegenated nation. His contention was that blacks are part white, and vice versa: that both races, in spite of slavery and racism, have borrowed from and created each other. In all of his writing, jazz music — derived from the blues idiom of African-Americans — was the soundtrack at the center of his aesthetic conception.

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The Record
5:49 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Haven't I Heard This Song Before?

The hook in Vanilla Ice's song "Ice Ice Baby" was based on a passage from "Under Pressure" by David Bowie and Queen, but the rapper denied the similarity at first.
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Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 9:12 pm

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The Record
9:42 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Race And Country Music Then And Now

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Jerry "Swamp Dogg" Williams, Jr. Charles Hughes quotes the songwriter and performer as saying, "Everything I write and sing comes out country, and that's why I have to take so much time in arrangements and instrumentation, because — if not — I'd just be cutting a bunch of country records with black people. And we know that black people are not makin' it in country."
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Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 11:17 am

In a recent book, Hidden in the Mix: The African American Presence in Country Music, editor Diane Pecknold rounds up some of the better music writers in academia in order to put a light on country's many black roots and the country's unease with said roots. It's not perfect, but what's good here makes the collection indispensable.

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The Record
1:50 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

The Blast Radius Of Kendrick Lamar's 'Control' Verse

Kendrick Lamar performing in the Netherlands three days before his verse shook up the rap world.
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Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 6:23 pm

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Music News
12:11 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

A Unique Digital Music Service, For Locals Only

Iowa City librarian Jason Paulios reviews recently donated CDs. Paulios says donations of old music give the library greater freedom to purchase new stuff, as well as license digital versions directly from smaller artists.
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Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 1:30 pm

Iowa City librarian Jason Paulios pulls out his smartphone, enters his library-card number and begins downloading an album by local metal band Blizzard at Sea.

"So it's extracting now," he says, eyes on the screen. "It's at about 90 percent."

The download takes about five minutes to complete. Paulios says it's a great way to check out local music: You could be waiting for a concert to start, download an album by the band you're about to see and then listen to it on the way home.

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Thistle and Shamrock
12:03 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Thistle And Shamrock: New Summer Releases, Part 1

Karine Polwart
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Catch up on the latest traditional and contemporary recordings from rising talent in the Celtic roots music scene, along with new releases from our most popular artists.

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Thistle and Shamrock
11:03 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Thistle And Shamrock: Family Gathering

Mícheál Ó Domhnaill
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Some of the finest Celtic music recorded since it was so labeled has sprung from a few influential musical families. Hear the Brennans, the O'Domhnaills , the Cunninghams, the Fishers, and the Lunnys. Together and individually, they have helped shape the genre.

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The Record
7:04 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Marian McPartland, 'Piano Jazz' Host, Has Died

Marian McPartland.
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Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 4:23 pm

Marian McPartland, who gave the world an intimate, insider's perspective on one of the most elusive topics in music — jazz improvisation — died of natural causes Tuesday night at her home in Long Island, N.Y. She was 95.

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Microphone Check
12:26 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Goodie Mob On Hip-Hop Made By And For Adults

Goodie Mob is, from left to right, Khujo, T-Mo, Cee-Lo and Big Gipp.
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Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 2:50 pm

  • Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley With Goodie Mob

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