Regina Spektor

Jun 1, 2012, By Barbara Schultz

It all starts with a grand piano, Regina Spektor’s acrobatic voice and the breathtaking songs that bloom from this classically trained artist’s fertile imagination—that’s a pretty amazing place to start. And then…enter the human beatboxing, acoustic and electronic instruments and, somehow, musical breathing....

Producer's Desk: Tucker Martine

Jun 1, 2012, By Blair Jackson

Over the past 15 years, Tucker Martine has slowly but surely built a reputation as one of the most interesting and inventive producer/engineers in music—one who seeks out adventurous and innovative artists, loves to experiment in the studio with electronics and unusual sonic textures, and works easily in a wide variety of musical styles. His extensive credit list is littered with spectacularly idiosyncratic talents....

Joe Jackson Takes On Duke Ellington

Jun 1, 2012, By Blair Jackson

Duke Ellington was among the most eclectic composers of the 20th century, so it makes sense that Joe Jackson’s new tribute, The Duke (June 26, Razor & Tie), is a stunningly varied, genre-hopping collection. ...

LP at EastWest Studios

May 1, 2012, By Bud Scoppa

Standing on a stage surrounded by her band in the packed tracking room of Hollywood’s EastWest Studios, LP looks like she’s just stepped out of a scene in Todd Haynes’ Bob Dylan fantasia, I’m Not There, as one of the film’s multiple Dylans. A mop of Dionysian curls, a la the inscrutable figure on the cover of Blonde on Blonde, nearly hides her face, and her slender frame is encased in a snug black jacket and pants....

Tom Tucker, Minneapolis Recording Legend, 63

Apr 1, 2012, By Owen Sartori

Renowned recording engineer and educator Tom Tucker, who worked on best-selling records with such artists as Lucinda Williams, Prince, Johnny Lang and Soul Asylum, died unexpectedly on March 1, 2012, at the age of 63....

Classic Tracks: Randy Travis "Forever and Ever, Amen"

Mar 26, 2012, By Alison Richter

Before signing with Warner Bros. Records Nashville, Randy Travis spent a decade looking for a recording contract, and being rejected by everyone. In 1985, when engineer/producer Kyle Lehning first heard the artist then using the stage name “Randy Ray,” Travis was working as the catfish cook at the Nashville Palace; he would perform short sets when he could take a break from his shift in the kitchen. ...

Mickey Hart: Out In Space and Down To Earth

Mar 1, 2012, By Blair Jackson

Former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart has been touring since last fall with a red-hot new band and a batch of excellent songs he co-wrote with the Dead’s lyricist, Robert Hunter....

Theresa Andersson's 'Street Parade'

Mar 1, 2012, By Barbara Schultz

The YouTube video for Theresa Andersson’s song, “Na, Na, Na,” has been viewed more than 1.4 million times. It shows the Swedish-born artist—who’s now based in New Orleans—in her kitchen, creating and layering loops of vocals, drums, guitars, to build her original, melodious, rhythmic song....

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