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Even More Notes

Posted in Bishop Allen, Neko Case, Toumani Diabate on February 27, 2009 by AmericanaPulse

Yeah… I know I just did a notes column earlier this week, but time crunches sometimes call for easier posts.

***Last month, I posted the first single off of Neko Case’s upcoming album Middle Cyclone. The album still isn’t due until March 3rd, but for a short time you can stream the whole thing from NPR’s website. It’s all part of NPR’s All Songs Considered podcast and a new “Exclusive First Listen” series they’re doing this year. Already, the site has streamed new releases from Andrew Bird, M. Ward, and the Animal Collective among others.

***Also, in case you aren’t already subscribed to the All Songs Considered podcast… this is your invitation. Each week, host Bob Boilen highlights a wide range of new music from all genres and styles. Whether it’s instrumental music from African kora player Toumani Diabate (now touring with Bela Fleck)… or the Brooklyn based pop of Bishop Allen (from this week’s episode)… each show always sends me searching for something new.

Toumani Diabate: Kaounding Cissoko (Buy Album)
Bishop Allen: The Ancient Commonsense of Things (Buy Album)

***The line-up for the March edition of Tennessee Shines has been announced. The bill consists of Theresa Anderson, Scott Miller (the unofficial Godfather of this blog), Donna the Buffalo, and The Gourds. Odds are it will be one heck of a show March 25th at The Bijou Theatre. If you want to make the trip to Knoxville for the show, get your tickets now. These shows almost always sell out, and I have a feeling this one might go a little faster than some others have. If you can’t go to the show, you can always listen live on WDVX.

***On a bit of a sad note… Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist Steven Page has left the Barenaked Ladies. Both Page and the rest of the band say the split is amicable, but the announcement comes less than a year after Page was arrested in New York for cocaine possession. Given the band’s goofy, clean-cut image it’s still hard for me to wrap my head around the charges, and even harder to believe Page has left the band. Even thought I came to it a bit late, their 1992 debut album Gordon was one of my absolute favorites in college.

Here are the Barenaked Ladies, with Steven Page, at their goofy best.

The Barenaked Ladies: Be My Yoko Ono (Buy Album)