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You've Got to Hide Your Love Away

Bill Frisell, a guitarist who for many years has been a favorite at the Rochester International Jazz Festival, has a new album out.  It's a tribute to the music of John Lennon. He talks about it in this video.There are song samples here.

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September Songs

Here's a typically lovely and slightly inscrutable ode from our friend e. e. cummings, to mark the equinox...

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Next Stop, Underworld

If an artist scribbles away in her cold garret and no one is around to hear her songs, does she make a living?

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A Curious Copyright Issue

If you spend any time on YouTube, you'll occasionally find a video with the audio disabled due to copyright issues. There is debate about whether the music industry has a right to restrict access in this specific context, but wherever you come down on the issue, this one is a little odd. Check out the red box.

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Summer Soft

I found these guys resting in the shade in the High Falls Gorge this afternoon. They're not contemplating the change of season today, but a lot of us are.

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Meteorology

Beautiful Dreamers CD cover

It seemed tentative at first. There was a bit of tuning. Then Bill Frisell started something more substantial on guitar. Eyvind Kang added colors with the violin and Rudy Royston accented on drums. Now and then, Bill or Eyvind would crouch down and fiddle with knobs on the electronics boxes on the floor.

Burning Down The House

The Meters meet Fela? Ethiopian soul? Staten Island funk? Words fall short when you try to describe The Budos Band, and as great as they sound on record, it's the kind of stuff that begs to be heard live.

I and Love and You

Bill Frisell first caught my attention when he included compositions by Aaron Copland, Bob Dylan, Muddy Waters, Sonny Rollins, John Philip Sousa, Stephen Foster and Madonna on his 1992 album Have A Little Faith. It doesn't seem like a mix like that could hang together.

Originality Born of Incompetence

In general, I think the people at NPR do a great job. From the days when I listened to Ray Suarez host Talk of the Nation every day, I recognized a standard of actually listening to what the guests say and responding appropriately.

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Rhymes With Mullet

In preparation for my show Mystery Train, I often head to the library and check out a couple dozen CDs at a time. Some I know, some I've heard of, some just have interesting covers. I spend an afternoon wading through, finger poised in case a track doesn't grab me.

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