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Quarrel

From NPR:

The Ghana-born, L.A.-based Moses Sumney has released a second track from his first full-length record, Aromanticism, featuring a stellar line-up and stunning, soulful meditations.

"Quarrel" starts with a slow burn — just vocals over downtempo electronics and acoustics. "He who asks for much / has much to give," Sumney opens. "I don't ask for much / just enough to live," he continues, and a fluttering harp wanders in, punctuating his lyrics. Sumney tells NPR, after seeing harpist Brandee Youngeron YouTube, he "flew to Harlem last summer just to record her."

The track quickly wells into a complex polyphony. Sumney's long-time collaborator, Thundercat, appears on bass, and Jamire Williams (Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble) joins on drums to lay down a constantly changing R&B groove. Paris Strother (KING trio) flips between flickering, piercing synth lines and jazz-flaired piano solos, and Cam O'bi (known for his work with Chance the RapperNonameVic Mensa) partners with Joshua Willing Halpern (Beck) to produce the track.

"Quarrel" is just as thematically complex as it is musically, touching themes of isolation and pent-up anguish: "Don't call it a lover's quarrel," Sumney dares, "We cannot be lovers / 'Cause I'm the other." The accompanying visuals, done by Sam Cannon, feature a rose trapped in amber. Sumney explains that he wanted something that was simultaneously romantic and a send-up to romanticism— the rose is "preserved against its will, but still manages to decay."

He who asks for much
Has much to give
I don’t ask for much
Just enough to live
But in the light
Morning will reveal the spoils of night
Through the walls of Jericho
Lies a heart of stone

 

With you half the battle
Is proving that we’re at war
I would give my life just for the privilege to ignore

 

Don’t call it a Lovers’ Quarrel

 

To whom much is given
Much is required
Luxurious liver
You never inquire

 

It ain't right, you see
Who is your family?
If I dont have tools to fight
Calling this a quarrel isn’t right

 

Quoting this a quarrel
So immorally implies
We’re equal opponents
And we both antagonize

 

Don’t call it a Lovers’ Quarrel
Don’t call it a Lovers’ Quarrel

 

We cannot be lovers
Cuz I am the other
We cannot be lovers
Long as I’m the other

Marseille

Track taken from "Marseille" - Ahmad Jamal NEW ALBUM // OUT : June 2017 on Jazz Village
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Images : Julien Caja / Giant Steps Medias
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Ahmad Jamal : Piano
James Cammack : Double Bass
Herlin Riley : Drums
Manolo Badrena : Percussions
Abd Al Malik : Vocals
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℗ et © 2017 harmonia mundi musique S.A.S. | JazzVillage, a label of [PIAS]

Produced by Ahmad Jamal, Catherine Vallon-Barry & Seydou Barry
Recorded in July 2016 by Vincent Mahey, studio Sextan, Malakoff, France
Mixed in August 2016 by Vincent Mahey, Studio Sextan, Malakoff, France
Mastered in January 2017 by Raphaël Jonin, J RAPH i.n.g, Cordes-sur-Ciel, France
Executive Producers : Seydou Barry / Jazzbook Records and Pascal Bussy

Piano provided by Steinway & Sons

Wichita Lineman

R.E.M.'s take on Jimmy Webb's classic "existential country song" "Wichita Lineman" (1994) made famous by Glenn Campbell who recorded the song in 1968. Campbell passed away Tuesday at the age of 81.

 

I am a lineman for the county
And I drive the main road
Searchin' in the sun for another overload

 

I hear you singing in the wire
I can hear you thru the whine
And the Wichita lineman
Is still on the line

 

I know I need a small vacation
But it don't look like rain
And if it snows that stretch down south
Won't ever stand the strain

 

And I need you more than want you
And I want you for all time
And the Wichita lineman
Is still on the line

 

And I need you more than want you
And I want you for all time
And the Wichita lineman
Is still on the line

Oh, You Pretty Things

David Bowie - Oh, You Pretty Things. Live from the BBC, 1972

 

Wake up you sleepy head
Put on some clothes, get out of bed
Put another log on the fire for me
I've made some breakfast and coffee
Look out my window and what do I see
A crack in the sky
and a hand reaching down to me
All the nightmares came today
And it looks as though they're
here to stay

 

What are we coming to
No room for me, no fun for you
I think about a world to come
Where the books were found by the Golden ones
Written in pain, written in awe
By a puzzled man who questioned
What we came here for
All the strangers came today
And it looks as though they're here to stay

 

Oh You Pretty Things
Don't you know you're driving your
Mamas and Papas insane
Oh You Pretty Things
Don't you know you're driving your
Mamas and Papas insane
Let me make it plain
You gotta make way for the Homo Superior

 

Look at your children
See their faces in golden rays
Don't kid yourself they belong to you
They're the start of a coming race
The earth is a bitch
We've finished our news
Homo Sapiens have outgrown their use
All the strangers came today
And it looks as though they're here to stay

 

Oh You Pretty Things
Don't you know you're driving your
Mamas and Papas insane
Oh You Pretty Things
Don't you know you're driving your
Mamas and Papas insane
Let me say it again
You gotta make way for the Homo Superior

Aula de Música

Radiohead - Videotape - Live From The Basement

 

Welcome to Vox Pop: Earworm!

 

In my first episode of Earworm, I speak with Warren Lain. He's a Radiohead fan who also happens to be an incredibly talented musician and music teacher. In December 2016 he uploaded a 38 minute video to YouTube about a Radiohead song that I deeply love, "Videotape." He had been thinking about the music theory behind this seemingly simple song for the better part of a decade. The reason? “Videotape”, a slow rhythmically monotonous song, is actually syncopated. I’m joined also by Erin Barra, a professor at Berklee College of Music, who helped Warren and I explain this musical illusion.

 

The ways in which Radiohead's music has challenged me as a musician and songwriter are unspeakable, but I try my best to put it in words in this video about this deeply embedded musical idea hiding in plain sight (hearing): hidden syncopation.

This is a subject worth many more videos and words, but for now, to view it through the lens of "Videotape" I hope excites and motivates you to get out there and really study and make more music.

Things It Would Have Been Helpful To Know Before The Revolution

Father John Misty - Things It Would Have Been Helpful To Know Before The Revolution

 

VIDEO CREDITS
Director: Chris Hopewell
Video Production House: Jacknife Films
Video Producer: Rosie Lea Brind
Editor: Tom Weller
Director of Photography:  Jon Davey 
Art Direction: Chris Hopewell
Key Animators: Roos Mattaar, Cadi Catlow, Virpi Kettu, Louis McNamara
Art Department: Chris Hopewell, Rosie Lea Brind, Bonnie Griffin, Jo Garland, Siobhan Raw, Rebecca Prior, Elaine Andrew, Lucy Roberts, Mary Murphy, Alison Garner, Zoe Veness, Andy Stewart and Louis McNamara
Edit/Grade: Tom Weller
Digital compositing: Jon Davey and Tom Weller at Jacknife and Bill Pollock at Bonch
Director’s Manager/Rep: Molly Bohas

 

It got too hot
And so we overthrew the system
‘Cause there’s no place for human existence like right here
On this bright blue marble
Orbited by trash
Man, there’s no beating that
It was no big thing to give up the way of life we had

 

My social life
Is now quite a bit less hectic
The nightlife and the protests are pretty scarce
Now I mostly spend the long days
Walking through the city
Empty as a tomb
Sometimes I miss the top of the food chain
But what a perfect afternoon

 

Industry and commerce toppled to their knees
The gears of progress halted
The underclass set free
The super-ego shattered with our ideologies
The obscene injunction to enjoy life
Disappears as in a dream
And as we return to out native state
To our primal scene
The temperature, it started dropping
And the ice floes began to freeze

 

From time to time
We all get a bit restless
With no one advertising to us constantly
But the tribe at the former airport
Some nights has meat and dancing
If you don't mind gathering and hunting
We’re all still pretty good at eating on the run
Things it would have been helpful to know before the revolution

 

Though I’ll admit
Some degree of resentment
For the sudden lack of convenience around here
There are some visionaries among us
Developing some products
To aid us in our struggle to survive

 

On this godless rock that refuses to die