The 2009 New Yorker Festival: A MINI-MUSIC SAMPLERBy Daniel J. Kushner
The New Yorker Festival is a celebration of ideas, with provocative discussions about politics, business, film, theater, and literature. But how do you best present poignant ideas when they are sung rather than spoken?
HOW WILL I GET PAID? Music Industry Execs Discuss Payment Models, Pirates, and Monetization at the CMJ Music MarathonBy Mimi Luse
Four days of CMJ-sponsored panel discussions at NYUs Kimmel Center last month saw musicians and music-industry professionals hashing out some of the most pressing issues facing the music business today.
MET 2.0By George Grella
Lincoln Center is different nowadays. Outside, there is a sleek new fountain and a Parisian-style grove.
The Ouija Board of Sonic Energy Douglas Henderson: MUSIC FOR 100 CARPENTERS at Pierogi GalleryBy Jamian Juliano-Villani
The Boiler at Pierogi Gallery has no heat. One hundred seasoned volunteers had agreed to come here to freeze their asses off for the love of music and the promise of beer.
Outsider Looking In DANIEL JOHNSTON: IS AND ALWAYS WAS (Eternal Yip Eye)By Katy Henriksen
No discussion of Daniel Johnstons music seems to be complete without liberal use of the terms lo-fi, outsider artist, or mental illness. Then theres always the mention of his sincerity.
More Songs About Love, Desire, and Restlessness PAOLO CONTE: PSICHE (ECM Records)By Alessandro Cassin
Like the best Barbera wine from his hometown of Asti, Paolo Contes musicianship improves over time. At 72 the gravelly voiced Italian singer-songwriter has mastered his craft to the point where the unexpected occurs routinely.
MAYER HAWTHORNE: Not Through Playin' the Fool for LoveBy Audrea Lim
he legend of Mayer Hawthorne tells of him recording the demos that became A Strange Arrangement as a bit of a joke. He was Andrew Cohen and DJ Haircut then, and he had neither done much singing before, nor intended to shop the demos around to labels at all.