It depends who’s selling. As some artists release records that feel like footnotes to bigger businesses, others double down on their value.
New York Times MusicThe market prices for records used to be essentially consistent. Now the album is valued on a sliding scale — for people using streaming services, access to an album is (or feels) free; the most dedicated put their money where their fandom is.
Bruce Morrow, who some fans thought would retire after leaving SiriusXM this month, is returning, at age 84, to the station where he worked in the 1960s.
New York Times MusicSome fans thought that Bruce Morrow — better know as Cousin Brucie — would retire after leaving Sirius XM. Instead, he is returning, at 84, to the station where he worked in the 1960s.
The Italian composer wrote atmospheric scores for spaghetti westerns and some 500 films by a Who’s Who of international directors.
New York Times MusicEnnio Morricone, the composer whose atmospheric scores for spaghetti westerns and some 500 films by a Who’s Who of international directors made him one of the world’s most versatile and influential creators of music for the modern cinema, has died at 91
Unlike the existential threat posed by the coronavirus outbreak, cultural life returned swiftly to normal after the flu.
New York Times MusicThe 1918 flu pandemic did not transform the American cultural scene, as the new coronavirus threatens to. When the outbreak eased, in 1919, musical life returned swiftly to normal.
Local stations have cut down on D.J.s coming to the studio, but playlists and personalities are holding strong as small stations get a chance to build bigger audiences.
New York Times MusicAt dublab, the electronic dance music-flavored station in Los Angeles, each broadcast day now begins with a new episode of “The Quarantine Tapes”: short phone interviews with hunkered-down artists including Henry Rollins and Werner Herzog
For the better part of five decades, he was the baritone saxophonist and linchpin of one of the most idiosyncratic and influential ensembles in jazz.
New York Times MusicDanny Ray Thompson, who spent the better part of five decades as the baritone saxophonist and linchpin of Sun Ra’s Arkestra, one of the most idiosyncratic and influential ensembles in jazz, has died at 72
Returning with its fourth album after its singer faced an accusation of sexual coercion, a band known for baring it all holds back.
New York Times MusicOver the first three Pinegrove albums, Evan Stephens Hall marked himself as a singer and lyricist of uncommon vulnerability.
What’s unfolded over the last two years, unclear as it has been, has troubled that dynamic.
“It has been good for me getting out of the bubble and understanding how, for some people, the work that I’ve done is important.”
New York Times MusicThom Yorke on streaming: "If you ignore the fact that the artists aren’t being paid and are having their careers destroyed, people’s having access to all this music could be a wonderful thing." via @NYTmag
After an outcry, the station decided to continue to air its influential, eclectic new music program, which has been a tastemaker since 1982.
New York Times MusicLaurie Anderson: “Both the cancellation and the reversal reminded me of how vital these shows are in the middle of the vast sea of commercial and straight up pop music.”
New York Times MusicJohn. Schaefer — who had asked Laurie Anderson, his first guest, to be his last — said that he still looked forward to having her back on the show.
“It’s not going to be the interview that we feared it would be,” he said.