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Fiona Apple & Múm

7th Jul 09 (Tue) 1 comment

Two unrelated music news items worthy of note…

Fiona Apple is back in the studio for the first time in three years.  As SPIN reports, Fiona will contribute two new recordings to The Best Is Yet to Come, a forthcoming compilation honoring Cy Coleman, a composer whose most famous material was performed by Frank Sinatra.  On the collection, Apple performs Coleman’s “Why Try to Change Me Now” and “I Walk a Little Faster,” which was popularized by Tony Bennett.  Patty Griffin, Nikka Costa, Jill Sobule, and Missy Higgins are among the other artists who honor Coleman’s musical legacy on the album.  No release date set, from what I can tell.

Here’s an audio YouTube of Fiona’s “Why Try to Change Me Now”…

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Icelandic band Múm (pronounced “moom”) is releasing another album and is touring the U.S.  I received my ticket to the Portland show (Nov 4th) in the mail today.  I figured it was related to an album, but hadn’t heard that until today (over on the BrooklynVegan blog).  Musically, Múm are akin to Sigur Rós meets Frog Pocket. And for those not in the know about Frog Pocket… well, the prior sentence meant that Múm are like a glitchy-electronic Sigur Rós.

Honestly, I hadn’t looked, but I now find out that Múm’s new album (Sing Along to Songs You Don’t Know) is due out in August 2009, but it has already been leaked.  Oh, internets, when you you ever learn that in order for the arts to continue and flourish, you should pay for it!

Anyway, Múm’s 2009 tour dates are as follows:

  • Jul 08 TEATRI DI VITA Bologna #
  • Jul 11 Loop festival afterparty at Digital Brighton #
  • Jul 12 Loop festival Brighton
  • Jul 13 TabarnacleLondon
  • Aug 14 SUMMER SUNDAE festival Leicester
  • Aug 15 Studio 24 Edinburgh
  • Aug 17 National museum of Wales Cardiff, Wales
  • Aug 18 Norwich art center Norwhich
  • Aug 27 Atomic CafeMunich (DE)
  • Aug 28 Beatpol Dresden (DE)
  • Sep 05 Lido Berlin (DE)
  • Sep 06 Knust Hamburg (DE)
  • Sep 07 Gebaeude 9 Cologne (DE)
  • Oct 21 the Somerville Theatre Somerville, Massachusetts
  • Oct 22 First Unitarian Church Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 23 Black Cat Washington DC, Washington DC
  • Oct 24 Le Poisson Rouge NY, New York
  • Oct 26 Le National Montreal, Quebec
  • Oct 27 Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, Ontario
  • Oct 28 Logan Square Auditorium Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 29 McGuire Theater Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Nov 01 Marquee Room Calgary, Alberta
  • Nov 02 Richards on Richards Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Nov 03 Showbox at the Market Seattle, Washington
  • Nov 04 Aladdin Theater Portland, Oregon
  • Nov 05 The Independent San Francisco, California
  • Nov 06 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 07 Yost Theatre Santa Ana, California
    # múm DJ set

~Dan – np: DavkaDavka Live

REVIEW: Swing Shift Big Band @ Wildish Theater (Springfield, OR – – 4/10/09)

11th Apr 09 (Sat) Leave a comment

Ok, I’m totally gonna “phone this in”… the snippet from the invite email I got covers what they played:

While Swing Shift has always based much of its style on the inspiration of Count Basie, this is the first time that we have offered a full evening of music in the classic Basie tradition. The band will perform standards such as “Moten Swing,” “Corner Pocket” and “Vine Street Rumble,” along with lesser-known gems, including Quincy Jones’ “Jessica’s Day.” Featured soloists for the evening will be trombonist Glenn Bonney, who will be heard on Benny Carter’s beautiful “Sunset Glow,” and trumpeter Warren Wellford, performing “Pensive Miss,” a gorgeous ballad by Neal Hefti. There will also (of course) be generous helpings of piano in the Count Basie tradition, ably essayed by pianist John Polese, as well as contributions from alto saxophonists Sean Flannery and Travis Wong and trumpeters Steve O’Brien and Dana Heitman.

The second half of the concert will showcase music that was performed by the remarkable pairing of singer Frank Sinatra and the Basie band. The three albums that they recorded in the early 1960’s still serve as the model for a singer working with a big band, and virtually every song from those collaborations are standards today. Aaron Anderson, Swing Shift’s regular vocalist, will be finally be heard as a featured artist, singing (among others) “Come Fly With Me,” “Nice And Easy,” “Fly Me To the Moon” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.” Lead trumpeter Dana Heitman is responsible for the recreation of many of these arrangements, most of which have never been available for performance by other groups.

Great show… they played a 45 minute instrumental Count Basie set, and then came out with trombonist Aaron Anderson on vocals for a 45 minute Frank Sinatra / Count Basie set.  I was really impressed all around with the musicianship, the venue, and the vocals (and I usually don’t really prefer jazz with vocals).  It was a really, really good show… and not just because it was free.

Setlist:

  • Step Right Up
  • Corner Pocket
  • In a Mellotone
  • Jessica’s Day
  • Pensive Miss
  • 4-5-6
  • Sunset Glow
  • Every Tub
    Intermission
  • Come Fly With Me
  • I’ve Got You Under My Skin
  • Fly Me to the Moon
  • The Shadow of Your Smile
  • One for My Baby
  • Nice and Easy
  • I Get a Kick Out of You
  • That’s Life
  • My Kind of Town
  • Encore: Smack Dab in the Middle

The Appropriate Linkage:

~Dan – np: Jerry CantrellDegradation Trip, Vols 1 & 2

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