Facing no interest from record labels, jazz bassist Mimi Jones made two albums under her own imprint. Along the way, she signed two “amazing, bad-ass” musicians — who also happen to be black female instrumentalists.
Category: Music Interviews
On Feb. 7, 1964, the Beatles touched down at JFK airport. To mark the day, we’ll listen back to a 1995 interview with Ringo Starr and a 2001 interview with Paul McCartney.
A decade after the MTV era ended, music videos are enjoying an Internet-fueled rebirth. Racy, interactive and homemade videos now go viral regularly and corporate partnerships and industry recognition are boosting budgets.
From the birthplace of Stax and Sun Records, and the site of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, the pair of rapper-producers snatched soul music and put it to work for a new generation.
Scott Simon hosts a special concert, recorded in 2005, with interviews and performances by Seeger and a cast of gifted artists. Participants include Judy Collins, Ani DiFranco, Bruce Cockburn, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Natalie Merchant, Janis Ian, Holly Near and more.
Seeger believed songs were a way of binding people to a cause. He talks about fellow folk music icon Woody Guthrie and jumping railroad cars in an archival interview from 1985.
On Sunday night, Daft Punk took home the top Grammy Awards — both for their hit single “Get Lucky” and its parent album, Random Access Memories. But if you were hoping to catch a glimpse of the faces behind their masks or hear the voices of the French electronic act, you were out of luck. Their collaborators spoke for them. Last year, though, the “robots” spoke with us about their work. In honor of their big wins, we revisit that interview.
In spite of the robotic persona they’ve cultivated for years, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo elected to make their new album, Random Access Memories, in a real studio, with real musicians. Hear the elusive electronic duo in conversation with All Things Considered‘s Audie Cornish.
A prolific collaborator, Crosby says a good song is better off shared than strategically set aside. His new solo studio album, Croz, is his first such release in two decades.
‘I had a vision,” says the singer, whose latest album showcases the voices of women from Kenya and her home country of Benin.
The New Orleans-based bandleader Alynda Lee Segarra talks about the wide range of political and musical inspirations — from her Puerto Rican background to the Occupy movement and women’s rights in India — behind her band’s new album, Small Town Heroes.
Fanzines have long been a staple of passionate music fans with a typewriter, camera and opinions to burn. Rolling Stone…
Melissa Block talks with Kerry Candaele, director of the documentary Following the Ninth. The film explores how Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony continues to “offer hope in an unhappy world.”
Neither had Pacman nor Peso had ever been far from D.C., but in December the young rappers — born Anthony…
The song by Venezuelan rappers Apache y Canserbero tackles the rampant police corruption plaguing their country — but with a light touch.
Brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence visit KCRW’s studios in Los Angeles to speak with Metropolis host Jason Bentley about the stunning success of their debut album, Settle.