Author: Lauren Leadingham

Director of Content

There’s Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald. And then there’s Jolie Holland: the present day éminence grise of the jazz-folk-blues vein, whose voice so exquisitely demarcates the difference between solid gold and Pinchbeck alloy. The singer/songwriter will be reissuing her first full-length studio album, Escondida, as a limited edition vinyl-only release on January 31st to commemorate its 15th anniversary. Pressed on 140-gram vinyl for optimal audio quality, Escondida will come as two 45RPM LPs.   “It’s been really interesting just looking back. I often think about everything that’s changed in the music industry, how that record was made,” Jolie tells…

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Louis Armstrong once spoke about his hit song “What a Wonderful World,” lecturing, “It ain’t the world that’s so bad but what we’re doin’ to it. And all I’m saying is, see, what a wonderful world it would be if only we’d give it a chance.” And all I’m saying is, did we heed his exhortation to give way to a more peaceful world order? Jolie Holland and Booker T. Jones collaborated back in 2007 to commemorate then 40th anniversary of “What a Wonderful World,” originally penned by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss. The song proved succor for the…

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With a guitar tone and vocal lassitude as pristine as they have ever been, J. Mascis has released his reworking of Tom Petty’s “Don’t Do Me Like That.” While putting his own twist on it, the Dinosaur Jr. frontman was careful to preserve the pith of the song, which is in its punch. Indeed, fills stay untampered with, notes are unwasted, and the overall rhythmic pattern just as it was in the original. The release comes almost a year after someone shot a video of Mascis singing the 1979 hit to a rather empty karaoke bar in Provincetown, Massachusetts with…

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