Lior’s new album, Corner of an Endless Road, came out over the weekend. “Heal Me”, one of my favorites from the album, is linked below.

Alison Krauss & Robert Plant: Raising Sand

I’m really enjoying Raising Sand — I think it’s the best album from Alison Krauss since the live recording with Union Station. Robert Plant, as famous as he may be, has never been someone I’ve listened to, but he and Alison have made something significant. Their voices blend effortlessly, and the style they create is truly unique, simultaneously rustic and modern.

My favorite tracks right now are “Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us”, “Through the Morning, Through the Night”, “Polly Come Home” and “Please Read the Letter”. Honestly though, the whole album is excellent — it’s hard to pick favorites.

The track I’ve included below is beautiful but doesn’t feature much of Robert, so definitely look elsewhere if you’re interested in hearing them together. The composition and orchestration is exceptionally focused and deceptively complex, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Brandi Carlile

image credit: Jason Tang

Brandi Carlile has one of the more beautiful voices I’ve heard in a while. In 2004 she was signed by Columbia Records based on recordings she had been making off and on from home. The following year she was featured in Rolling Stone’s 10 Artists to Watch in 2005.

The track included below was recorded during a 11-day marathon session, and Brandi’s voice cracks near the end due to the intensity of the process. She describes the vocals in the recording as “technically wrong but emotionally right”.

P.S. New readers: all music posted on this site is available in the podcast.

Burning Man 2007: Recap

photo credit: John Curley

photo credit: Colleen Morgan

photo credit: John Curley

Largest turn-out ever this year with over 45,000 people, perhaps the most press ever due to the early burning of the man, and certainly the most live and archived media produced on site since its inception in 1986.

I was planning on going — would have been dragging a drum or two of biodiesel via Metrolina Biofuels for a generator, sound system and video projector to meet up with the people from Green Society. In the end I didn’t go for a number of reasons, but in bowing out I am regrouping in force for next year.

If you didn’t go or if you’re just now getting back, there’s a lot of digital remnants from this year’s Burn. I’ve been following it all fairly closely and am posting the best of what I’ve seen. Please let me know if I’m missing anything cool.

Clara Rockmore on Theremin

The theremin was invented in 1919, consists of two oscillators and two antennas, and was the first musical instrument designed to be played without actually being touched.

Clara Rockmore was born in 1911, was a child prodigy on the violin, and is widely considered the most accomplished theremin performer ever. She developed an original technique and fingering system for the instrument which allowed her to perform fast passages and large interval jumps.