Tuesday, March 4, 2014

tunes on tuesday 3-4: rosanne cash, lost in the trees, ekova, cat stevens, simon/crosby/nash

Tunes on Tuesday is a fun new project. Each week I'll try to bring you five videos or audio files, each one focusing on a song, group or collaboration that just might pique your interest! If you have someone for possible spotlight then shoot me a private e-mail and we'll give it a listen. Hope you enjoy Tunes on Tuesday! 

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Rosanne Cash is back! Her single, The Sunken Lands,  is co-written with her husband John Leventhal, from her newly released album The River and The Thread which showcases songs by these two as well as songs that Rosanne co-wrote with her ex-husband, Rodney Crowell.  The eldest daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, Rosanne's musical style crosses over many genres.  I think The Sunken Lands is hauntingly beautiful and think you're going to really enjoy this too.


I've recently seen Lost in the Trees classified as American orchestral folk-pop and that's about as good a description as any. Their new album, Past Life, is a slicker, more commercial path for them than you'll hear in their previous 3 releases and it's getting them a lot of notice in the wider music world. Whether you prefer their earlier more acoustic stuff or their slick electronic sound, Lost in the Trees is proving that they have a broad musical reach. I got to see Ari Picker and Lost in the Trees this summer when they provided a live soundtrack to an incredible giant puppet production put on by Paperhand Puppet Intervention in Chapel Hill, NC.  I made sure to sit right behind them in the pit so I could watch them not only perform but lend amazing and creative sound effects throughout the show. So here is Daunting Friend off their new cd.


Cat Stevens left the music biz in 1976 but before he did he said his good-byes to his fans with his "Earth Tour". When you watch this video of Tuesday's Dead you just can't help but see the sheer joy and immense fun he was having during this performance.


Ekova's home base is France, though the global-pop group members hail from other parts of the world. The vocalist/cellist is American, oud/guitarist from Algeria and their percussionist is Iranian. Diedre Dubois sings in multiple languages as the group provides a combination acoustic and electric instrumentation built on a completely enchanting drone. Here's the very lively Siip Siie from their 2nd album, Space lullabies and other Fantasmagore.


Paul Simon, David Crosby & Graham Nash join forces in an amazing tribute to George Harrison. Their rendition of Here Comes the Sun gives me goose bumps every time I listen to it. This is a once in a lifetime moment of musical magic.

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Tracey said...

Oh, Cat Stevens!

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

Glad there is this allowance, for "fair use"!!!

Charlotte Edens said...

Cat Stevens may sing "Tuesday's Dead", but Bev, it's never dead with your Tuesday Tunes! :o) Loved the reverence of this performance of "Here Comes the Sun". Always have and will enjoy Stevens' passion and messages! Saw an interview with Rosanne recently and really enjoyed how they developed this album. Loved hearing, new to me Ekova and the blending of such rich sounds. Thanks Bev!