Monday, August 29, 2011

Music Notes: Marissa Nadler Interview, More "Today" Show Concerts, Steve Cropper Talks About His Idols

Video for Marissa Nadler's "Alabaster Queen," from her self-titled album. 

Here's a mishmash of musical news, with notes on live performances, interviews with musicians, and more.
  • Legendary guitarist Steve Cropper has played with many greats over the decades. On his latest album, he pays tribute to his idols, the 5 Royales. Hear an interview with Cropper here.
  • Marissa Nadler is the subject of an interview in The Rumpus. I really like this singer-songwriter's new self-titled album, and will be interested to learn more about her.
  • Two more shows have been added to the "Today" Show free concert series: Blondie (on Sept. 12) and Lady Antebellum (Sept. 13) will play the popular early-morning series in Rockefeller Plaza. (Info via
  • YouTube has signed a licensing deal with music publishers, ending a four-year legal battle. Under the deal, which covers songwriting rights, YouTube will pay licensing fees to the National Music Publishers Association. According to the L.A. Times, the deal "paves the way for YouTube and Google to begin monetizing user-generated videos that contain music written by artists represented by the NMPA."
  • The 10th anniversary of the film "O Brother Where Art Thou" is being marked with the release of a two-CD collection featuring more old-timey music from the movie, featuring artists who weren't on the original disc (which is included as part of the set), such as Van Dyke Parks, Colin Linden, and Alan O'Bryant. It also features more songs from the performers who appeared on the 2001 album.

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