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There’s just something wonderful about video chatting with friends online: hearing them laugh, seeing what’s around them and knowing you are miles apart, yet you still feel connected.
We understand that, and we’re happy to offer something special online and broadcast it live across the interwebs.
At Nacional Records, we’re thrilled that Starbucks is carrying our exclusive compilation of Latin alternative music Cafe con Musica. It’s a 16-track album, in both Spanish and English, featuring a diverse group of artists like the Colombian fusion act Aterciopelados, hip hop artist Ana Tijoux and electronic DJs Nortec Collective.
Nacional Records focuses on the music world that is sometimes called 'Latin,' sometimes 'bilingual' and sometimes 'World' – but can always be called ‘cool.’ I have always wished there was one name for this music. Words like jazz, hip hop, salsa and heavy metal are all so perfect for their genres. Each gives you a flag to fly.
I am thrilled to be partnering with Starbucks again for Every Mother Counts 2012, an incredible compilation album featuring 19 songs. Most are inspired by motherhood, some by parenthood, but all benefit community-based maternal health programs around the world.
Through Every Mother Counts 2011, thousands heard our mission to reduce preventable maternal deaths and improve maternal health worldwide. While selecting artists and songs for the first album, we couldn’t resist gathering names for a second, and I am so happy that we did! This year, we broadened our vision to include male artists (fathers) as well, because our mission is something that everyone who values mothers can support to make a lasting impact.
I was watching an iTunes webcast of Paul McCartney performing songs from his new album live from Capitol Studios in Hollywood when I realized that something was a little…off.
The hands! Paul wasn’t holding a guitar or bass and that’s just not what he’s used to.
A few months ago, I received an invitation in the mail from Columbia Records to hear the new Leonard Cohen album “Old Ideas” played at the home of the Canadian consulate in Los Angeles – Leonard in attendance.
I’ve been a disciple of Leonard’s music and poetry since 1968 when his first record, Songs of Leonard Cohen, was released. Attending meant I would be paying for my travel from Seattle to Los Angeles out of pocket. But I told myself: “You want to do this, so go and do it! You’ll never get this chance again.”
Bob Dylan has been famous for so long that it’s easy to forget how he first became famous. It wasn’t as a recording artist or performer, but as a songwriter.
His self-titled debut album appeared 50 years ago this spring and failed to generate much attention, except among some industry insiders, some of whom dubbed it “Hammond’s folly,” a jab at John Hammond, the legendary producer/label exec/talent scout who brought the barely-out-of-his-teens Dylan to Columbia Records.
Preparing material for his second album, Dylan penned an anti-war tune that came to the attention of th
Music by Bacharach features 16 prime recordings associated with a man whose name is synonymous with a certain kind of complex yet assessable pop music.
Burt Bacharach transcends the role as a behind-the-scenes songsmith. Despite the fact that he didn’t sing much and mostly worked in the service of others, Bacharach was a ‘60s star. He hosted prime-time television specials, was pictured on magazine covers and, with his wife at the time—screen star Angie Dickinson—appeared in a series of commercials (“Say yes!”).
At last, it’s time to log off. You do the 21st century equivalent of punching the clock and face what remains of the day. It’s time to uncoil a bit and music is a vital part of the process.
Our Timothy J. has put together the brand new , a selection of a dozen songs that say “day is done.” Bearing a striking nightscape cover, the CD offers up choice gems by , , and other modern music innovators. It’s a forum for music with an electronic undercurrent that’s suited for taking things down a notch. Dating from the late 1990s to 2011, these warmly buzzing tracks capture the heyday of international electronica, whether you call it nu jazz, ambient or whatever.
The end of the year is at hand. In the spirit of out with the old and in with the new, here are a few track selections for New Year’s Eve festivities, be they outrageous or intimate.
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