It started in 1966 as a three-week agreement among composer and conductor Thad Jones, drummer Mel Lewis and Max Gordon, the proprietor of The Village Vanguard in New York. And it continues, gloriously.
A hymn is a faith song, and Joe Pug knows about faith. It was a leap of faith which moved him to quit school in pursuit of songwriting in the first place. So it's no surprise that his stirring new song "Hymn #76" balances on faith. "To love me is to set up on a mountain," he sings. "Every step is harder than the last."
A modern master of acoustic folk blues, Chris Smither makes his 12th appearance on Mountain Stage here. Smither begins with "Open Up," the lead-off track from his 2006 release Leave the Light On, and Bob Dylan's "Visions of Johanna" also makes an appearance.
Being a mariachi is a specialized gig. You might be able to fool people who don't know the music by wearing those tight pants and little jackets and playing with lots of vibrato. But hardcore mariachi fans will call you out in a minute if you try to fake it.
There's an overwhelming amount of electronic music available on the web, and every week a new crop emerges. Countless remixes, edits and mashups make their way through the web every day. It's a lot to sift through; everyone could use a little help.
The music I'm obsessed with this week is an EP called Trap S--- by a producer named UZ.
We don't know much about UZ — I spoke with him over email, but his alias was about all the guy would reveal about himself. The name of his EP is a profane piece of slang that the producer traces back to hip-hop.