Music Archive

Monday Music: Irma Thomas, “Two Winters Long.”

Often referred to as the “Soul Queen of New Orleans,” Irma Thomas is a songwriter and musician who’s recorded for Mint Records, Chess, Imperial, and Rounder Records. She still performs today, especially in her home state of Lousianna where she owns a club in the French Quarter. Thanks so much to Mike Luster for recommending
Category: Monday Music

Friday Video: Sister Rosetta Tharpe on PBS American Masters

Born in Cotton Plant, Arkansas in 1915, Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Rosetta Nubin Tharpe) is considered the Godmother of rock and soul, influencing musicians like Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, and countless others. She merged the sacred and the secular both lyrically and stylistically, creating a new style of playing that was full of passion. Quoting from
Category: African American

Monday Music: Judee Sill, “The Kiss.”

Songwriter Judee Sill developed a following in the early 1970s, but by the time she died from a drug overdose in 1979 she had fallen out of the spotlight. The first artist signed to David Geffen‘sAsylum label, her history includes a rough childhood, a stint as a prostitute to fuel a heroin habit, working as a
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Monday Music: Kate and Anna McGarrigle “Walking Song.”

A few weeks ago on the Monday Music series we featured Martha Wainwright’s recent recording of “Proserpina.”This week we’re featuring her mother and aunt, the famous McGarrigle sisters from their 1977 album Dancer With the Bruised Knees.  Born in Montreal of English and French Canadaian background, Kate and Anna put out over ten albums from the
Category: Music

Monday Music: Victoria Williams, Live Recording of “This Moment.”

Monday Music is a regular feature on the Boiled Down Juice. What’s on your record player or Itunes? we’d love to hear about it.  We recently stumbled across this 2010 live recording of Victoria Williams singing “This Moment” at SXSW at the Sin City Social Club. Wonderfully eccentric, meandering, and strangely brilliant, this little snippet
Category: Monday Music

Monday Music: Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens “What Have You Done, My Brother?”

Today’s Monday Music comes from the amazing Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens. Growing up singing in churches in Alabama, Shelton went on to sing in many soul clubs in New York before forming the current group with piano player and creative director Cliff Davis. The 2009 release What Have You Done, My Brother? on Daptone
Category: African American

Monday Music: Martha Wainwright on Birth, Death, Motherhood and the Song “Proserpina”

This past weekend NPR’s Jacki Lyden interviewed Martha Wainwright about her most recent album, Come Home to Mama. Martha is the daughter of folk revival musicians Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, and the brother of the brilliant Rufus Wainwright. In 2009 Martha gave birth to her first child. Two months later her mother passed away at the age of 63 after a
Category: Death

Monday Music: “Leaving Eden” by the Carolina Chocolate Drops

The grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops‘ recent album Leaving Eden has been hailed as the one of the best and most important roots albums of the year. It’s their fourth album, and like their previous recordings, draws on the African American string band tradition while mixing in modern vocal styles, rhythms, and nuance. Today’s Monday Music features one
Category: Monday Music

Monday Music: Jim and Kim Lansford

Late last week we heard from our friend’s Mike and Rachel Luster that musician Jim Lansford passed away at his home in Missourri. He was an amazing fiddler, banjo player, and flat picker. His harmonies with wife Kim Lansford were so tightly woven and beautiful. Thanks to Mike and Rachel, we first had the opportunity
Category: Monday Music

Friday Video: Julianna Barwick Tiny Desk Concert

It’s been about a year since we first posted about Julianna Barwick and her choral-inspired, hipster-Enya sounding, transcendent, looping vocal melodies. We recently stumbled across this great NPR tiny desk concert video which gives you a front row seat for Barwick’s sound layering techniques. Filmed at the Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas on March 18,
Category: Friday Videos