Posts Tagged ‘Nonesuch Records’

Sam Phillips – Little Plastic Life

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“Anyone who rues the scarcity of smart, serious pop music for grown-ups should snap of up the entire Sam Phillips catalog”. wrote the Boston Globe. “Don’t miss Phillips’s splendid new effort, Don’t Do Anything, a collection that dances in her signature mystery space between darkness and light with strange grace, emotional candor, and winsome hooks”.

In 2008, after a long string of gorgeous and layered pop albums produced by T Bone Burnett, Sam Phillips found herself in 2008 producing her own sessions for the first time on her seventh album, Don’t Do Anything (Nonesuch Records).

The album is rooted in a live performance setting with superb string arrangements from The Section Quartet on several tracks. It has been said that there are themes on this album that suggest notions of betrayal and broken hearts…and the uncertain navigation of the soul. Check out this intimate live performance of “Little Plastic Life” HERE.

At the time of the album’s release, Sam had just completed scoring all of the original music to the long running/Emmy-winning fan favorite TV series Gilmore Girls. The show’s creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, a professional dancer, personally tapped Sam to score the show because she didn’t want a typical soundtrack, she wanted the music to be one of the characters in the story…as though it were the music inside the mother and daughter’s heads. Fans are rejoicing at the news of the recent announcement of Netflix‘s four-episode revival featuring the majority of the original cast (Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel) and Pallidino at the helm. Filming began last week and the original score will once again be provided by Phillips. Get ready for the triumphant return of the La La’s!

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Contact & Licensing info:
Sam Phillips is published by Eden Bridge Music/Some Kind Of Music, LLC (ASCAP) contact: Damon Booth – info@notablemusic.net. Administered by Downtown Music Publishing – contact: Sean McGraw seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com. Master controlled by Nonesuch Records/Warner Music Group.

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Nickel Creek – Where Is Love Now

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About one year ago the Grammy-winning trio Nickel Creek reformed after nine years of busy solo careers to pull off a 25th anniversary renunion tour. Luckily for us, they recorded a superb album to accompany it; the Grammy-nominated A Dotted Line on Nonesuch Records. Virtuosi Chris Thile, Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins close out their album with one of our favorite covers of all time, the splendid Sam Phillips tune “Where Is Love Now” feat Sara Watkins on lead vocals.

Watch a great live version HERE.

If you can’t catch Nickel Creek members Sara and Sean Watkins and their Watkins Family Hour band (feat. Fiona Apple, Don Heffington, Sebastian Steinberg & special guests) tonight in Los Angeles at Largo at the Coronet, fear not. They are will be on tour all summer long. Also, the Watkins Family Hour debut album will be available on July 24 via Family Hour Records/Thirty Tigers. Click HERE for a full list of tour dates.

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Contact & Licensing info:
Sam Phillips is published by Eden Bridge Music/Some Kind Of Music, LLC (ASCAP) contact: Damon Booth – info@notablemusic.net. Administered by Downtown Music Publishing – contact: Sean McGraw seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com. Master controlled by Nonesuch Records/Warner Music Group.

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Sam Phillips – Reflecting Light

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Just about this time eleven years ago, Sam Phillips released the second of what would become a trio of excellent albums for Nonesuch Records, A Boot And A Shoe. It’s an album that was described by the Los Angeles Times as delivering “deft, powerful strokes” and Billboard proclaimed it: “A disc of graceful beauty”.

We could not have agreed more! You may also recognize its’ sixth track, the striking “Reflecting Light” from the 2009 film and soundtrack to, Crazy Heart. The film earned Jeff Bridges an Academy Award for Best Actor and is one of our all-time faves. Sam sings and plays guitar, T Bone Burnett plays bass, it’s Patrick Warren on piano and pump organ and the great Section Quartet (Eric Gorfain/violin, Daphne Chen/violin, Richard Dodd/cello, Leah Katz/viola) on strings.

Not that I’ve worn out, I’ve worn out the world
I’m on my knees in fascination
Looking through the night
And the moon’s never seen me before
But I’m reflecting light

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Contact & Licensing info:
Sam Phillips is published by Eden Bridge Music/Some Kind Of Music, LLC (ASCAP) contact: Damon Booth – info@notablemusic.net. Administered by Downtown Music Publishing – contact: Sean McGraw seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com. Master controlled by Nonesuch Records/Warner Music Group.

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Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us

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Last week, the Kennedy Center and the Grammy Museum announced that Robert Plant & Alison Krauss would appear in celebration of “Lead Belly at 125: A Tribute to an American Songster”. The concert will honor the musical legacy of Huddie William Ledbetter and will take place on April 25th at the Kennedy Center. More performers include Buddy Miller, Lucinda Williams, and Valerie June.

The pairing reminded us of Plant & Krauss’s brilliant 2007 album, Raising Sand which won Album of the Year at the 2009 Grammy Awards (plus all four other categories it was nominated for) and went on to sell over a million copies in the U.S. alone. The songs were hand-picked by producer T Bone Burnett including this week’s Top Tune, a stunning version of “Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us” written by our very own Sam Phillips.

The tune was recorded by Phillips herself a year later on her eleventh studio album, 2008′s Don’t Do Anything on Nonesuch Records. It was inspired by Sister Rosetta Tharpe as Sam explains:

“I was using her (Tharpe) to talk about the things that we can’t see that happen all around us – the inspiration, the good things that happen to us all the time, and where do those things from? I think through music and art is how we get to ecstatic experiences. There are other ways too, but I think for us the familiar ways are through music and art”.

We couldn’t agree more!

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Contact & Licensing info:
Sam Phillips is published by Eden Bridge Music/Some Kind Of Music, LLC (ASCAP) contact: Damon Booth – info@notablemusic.net. Administered by Downtown Music Publishing – contact: Sean McGraw seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com. Master controlled by Rounder Records c/o Concord Music Group.

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