Songs You May Have Missed #640

Angelique Kidjo: “Congoleo” (2004)

West African singer Angelique Kidjo mixes the influences on 2004’s “Congoleo”, an infectious Afro-Caribbean earworm which features balofon, a West African xylophone-type melodic percussion instrument.

The entire Oyaya! album is an infectious exploration of the cross pollination between Latin and African musical traditions.

Songs You May Have Missed #639

Brendan Benson: “Cold Hands (Warm Heart)” (2005)

Hooks and melodies, the things that distinguish power pop, are the forte of Brendan Benson. If you like music with roots reaching back to the best pop of past decades, you’ll find Benson’s tunes instantly likeable.

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Video of the Week: ‘Her Voice is a Playground’–Vocal Coach Reacts to LP’s ‘Lost on You’

This blog recently recognized a most remarkable song and performance, that of Laura Pergolizzi’s “Lost on You”. In this video a vocal coach reacts with delight on her first listen.

2008 Universal Studios fire destroyed up to 500,000 original master recordings, according to magazine report

(Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times)

(via Los Angeles Daily News Business) by City News Service

SANTA MONICA — The Universal Music Group is pushing back on a New York Times Magazine report that, contrary to official statements made more than a decade ago, a 2008 fire at Universal Studios Hollywood destroyed a staggering number of original master recordings stored there.

The devastation, which company executives downplayed or dismissed outright after the fire was extinguished 11 years ago this month, is breathtaking in scope, amounting to what the new report describes as “the biggest disaster in the history of the music industry.”

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Video of the Week: Jay Graydon Shows Us His Guitar Solo from Steely Dan’s ‘Peg’

On a Lighter Note…

Quora: Was Bob Dylan jealous of the mass appeal of the Beatles? (Part 2)

(via Quora) Written by Tony Sienzent

While I agree that Dylan was a restless artist following his own muse, there is no denying that he was totally captivated by The Beatles breakthrough hits in America, listening attentively to “I Want To Hold Your Hand” & “She Loves You (Yeah Yeah Yeah).”

Even though most of his purist folkie friends at Gerde’s Folk City club & The Gaslight & similar locations held their noses at this seemingly meaningless teenie-pop, with the exception of Roger McGuinn who went on to form the ‘American Beatles’ band The Byrds, Dylan privately said that The Beatles harmonies were outrageous & their chords made it all valid. He was very attentive & interested in the Beatlemania phenomena & resisted meeting them until Time Magazine gave him a cover, as they did The Beatles previously, so he would be accepted as an equal (and/or better)…

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