1. Happy Birthday!

    HBD, Emily.


  2. Marcus Roberts is Old School and New School

    Marcus Roberts is Old School and New School

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    Marcus Roberts is as impressive as any musician covered by The Daily Music Break. It’s not fair to the others to say more impressive, since some personal struggles are not as dramatic and obvious as blindness. Also, of course, many musicians are blind. However, it’s difficult…

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  3. Mississippi John Hurt’s Precise and Gentle Blues

    Mississippi John Hurt’s Precise and Gentle Blues

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    Mississippi John Hurt was born in Teoc, Mississippi in 1893. Biographies of these old blues players often seem strikingly similar to each other. It isn’t that anyone is plagiarizing. It is far more likely that the original source material is the same. Thus, the story that…

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  4. New Music: Duke Dumont

    This is music from English DJ Duke Dumont, whose real name is Adam George Dyment. The name of the song is “Won’t Look Back.” Here are Dumont’s website and Wikipedia entries.


  5. Playlist: Six From the Rolling Stones

    Playlist: Six From the Rolling Stones

    It’s easy to forget just how great the greatest band in rock and roll history was.

    Unlike Muhammed Ali — the other great 1960s and 70s institution that didn’t know when to quit — the fact that the band soldiers on and on hurts nobody. It got silly after a while. But, after all, it’s only rock and roll.

    Check out other posts about the band here and here. Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings are here and here

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  6. Bombino: Rock via North Africa

    Bombino: Rock via North Africa

    Bombino is Goumour Almoctar, a musician who was born in Tidene, Niger, on January 1, 1980. He is member of the nomadic Ifoghas tribe, which part of the Tuareg people. The Tuaregs are an ancient people of Berber extraction who inhabit North Africa.

    Both the story of the Tuareg and Bambino’s story are complicated. In one way, however,…

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  7. Podcast: Howard Pollack on the Brilliance of George and Ira Gershwin

    Podcast: Howard Pollack on the Brilliance of George and Ira Gershwin


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    The Gershwins – composer George and lyrist Ira – are among the most important figures in American music history.

    George_Ira_GerswhinAs with many transformative artists, the boys were in the right place at the right time: They were born around the turn of the century (Ira in 1896…

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  8. Gustav Mahler “Expanded the Orchestra to its Breaking Point”

    Gustav Mahler “Expanded the Orchestra to its Breaking Point”

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    Gustav Mahler was born in 1860 in what is now the Czech Republic. Wikipedia calls Mahler a “bridge between the 19th-century Austro-German tradition” and modernism. His output wasn’t great and he worked mainly as a conductor.

    Mahler’s symphonies, the profile says, employed…

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  9. “This Life” from Curtis Stigers

    "This Life" is the theme Sons of Anarchy, which had its final season premiere this week.


  10. Playlist: Five From Richard Thompson

    Playlist: Five From Richard Thompson

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    Richard_thompsonRichard Thompson’s career is hard to sum up because it has been so long, varied and distinguished. Though he is thought of by many primarily as a songwriter, Thompson placed 19th in Rolling Stone’s 2011 feature on the top 100 guitarists of all time.

    This is what David Fricke wrote about Thompson in the story:

    By the time he left [Fairport Convention], in…

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