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Music + Culture
1:38 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Record Store Day: To Support Local and Independent Music

Deadbeat Records in Moscow, Idaho

This Saturday, April 21st will be the world wide observance of Record Store Day. The idea of celebrating independently owned record stores and artists has been going on for 5 years. At the same time there’s been an increase in listening to music on vinyl.

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Music + Culture
2:59 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Orchestras Commemorate Centennial of the Sinking of Titanic

With the 100th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the Titanic approaching this Saturday, April 14, the Wenatchee Valley Symphony and the Yakima Symphony will each be commemorating the event with concerts that feature music from James Cameron's Academy Award-winning film Titanic.

 

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Music + Culture
8:06 am
Wed April 4, 2012

The Classics Rock with the Bottom Line Duo

Photo by GH KIM Photography

From “Walk like an Egyptian” to “Flight of the Bumblebee” the Bottom Line Duo break down musical stereotypes with humor and artistry,  and they do it on recycled instruments!  Okay, the instruments are just plain old, but you get the idea.  You can catch this husband and wife, bass and cello duo at Englewood Christian Church in Yakima this Thursday afternoon, April 4th, at 1:30.  

Check out their cool rendition of "Walk Like an Egyptian."  The bass makes for a cool a percussive instrument!

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Byrne Music Installation
7:14 am
Wed April 4, 2012

David Byrne Presents Found Sound Installation

The Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.
Photo by Nigel Chadwick Wikimedia Commons

Did you know London has a tempo of 122.86 beats per minute? So says musician David Byrne, of Talking Heads and solo career fame. Byrne’s new sound installation , titled “Get It Away,” builds a song around sampled sounds recorded in the city.

“It turned out that most of the sounds seemed to converge around a common rhythm,” Byrne says, “I let the sounds dictate the groove, the tempo, and then I simply played along.”

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Music + Culture
1:14 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Tacoma Symphony Orchestra to Feature Faure's "Requiem"

The Tacoma Symphony Orchestra's concert on March 31, 2012 will be highlighted by the performance of Faure's Requiem. Despite changes to the orchestration of the work to incorporate a full orchestra three years after its debut in Paris, the TSO will present the piece in its original format.

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Music + Culture
3:08 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

A True Masterpiece: Lost In The Trees

If you feel like being surrounded by mystery, enchantment, and beauty then Lost In The Trees’ new album, A Church That Fits Our Needs is a stellar fit.  The album has a special feeling.  Like that moment when you’re shoe shopping and you find a pair that fits your foot in a perfect way.  That might be a strange comparison, but my heart rushes when I listen to this album.  The movement of every song on this album is impeccable, leaving you with a feeling of hope and wonder.  With the lush-like vocals, lyrics, and sounds of cellos, violin, viola, tuba, piano, guitar bass, and percuss

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Music + Culture
2:40 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Kick Back & Relax to Real Estate

One of my favorite bands, Real Estate stopped by NPR to perform a three-song Tiny Desk Concert.  Real Estate’s latest album Days has been on repeat for me since its release from Domino Records last fall.  For being a surf-rock, lo-fi, breezy pop kind of band this album fits perfectly with a crisp autumn or winter day. 

Watch Real Estate’s Tiny Desk Concert here.

Music + Culture
12:46 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

A Jazzy Spin on an Infamous Classical Piece

The music of two innovators from the last two centuries comes together Saturday night in Tacoma.  Tacoma Philharmonic and Broadway Center present ‘The Bad Plus – on Sacred Ground: Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring’.  According to Billboard, The Bad Plus is America’s most “audacious, rule-breaking jazz trio”.  They will be performing one of the most famous works of 20th century art, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, a work that at its premiere in 1913 caused a riot among the audience

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Deceptive Cadence
4:59 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

'Kinshasa Symphony': An Ode To Musical Joy In Central Africa

A member of the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste plays outdoors in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.
courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed March 7, 2012 11:34 am

An amazing new documentary film is a must-see not just for music lovers, but for anyone who needs to see the nourishing power of the arts and human connections.

Kinshasa Symphony takes us into the everyday lives of the members of a most unlikely ensemble: the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste, located in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a place ravaged by war, endemic poverty and corruption.

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Retro Cocktail Hour
2:56 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Cover Art From The "Space-Age"

From the late 1940s through the early '60s, the space race spawned a short-lived genre of "outer space exotica". Although the music on these records was often considerably less adventurous than the album covers promised, it's an fascinating mix of instrumental pop, electronic gadgetry, big band swing, movie music and garden variety elevator music. Here's a sampling of some memorable "space" records.

Click on the image gallery to see a sampling.

See more at Retro Cocktail Hour online

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