The Record
5:31 am
Sat December 29, 2012

Reflecting On EMI, An Industry Giant Felled In 2012

The London headquarters of EMI, whose sale this year brought the number of major labels from four to three.
Simon Dawson Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Sat December 29, 2012 5:38 pm

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Music Interviews
2:03 am
Sat December 29, 2012

Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home Tells The Story Of A Town

The Cash family house today.
Michael Hibblen

Originally published on Sat December 29, 2012 5:38 pm

It's been almost a decade since Johnny Cash died, but fans still travel from around the world to see the place the music legend often described as key to his development: his boyhood home in the eastern Arkansas town of Dyess. The small house will soon serve as a museum — not only as a tribute to Johnny Cash, but also to tell the history of the town.

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NPR Story
4:18 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Remembering Fontella Bass, Voice Of A Soul Classic

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 5:06 pm



The voice of a great soul classic has died. Fontella Bass sang the 1965 hit "Rescue Me." She was 72 years old and died from complications caused by a recent heart attack. NPR's Elizabeth Blair has this appreciation.

ELIZABETH BLAIR, BYLINE: It's a perfect song with a perfect voice.


FONTELLA BASS: (Singing) Rescue me. Take me in your arms. Rescue me. I love your tender charms. I'm rather lonely and I'm blue. I need you and your love, too. Come on and rescue me.

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Mountain Stage
2:33 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

April Verch Band On Mountain Stage

April Verch Band.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

The April Verch Band makes its first-ever appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.V. A young, internationally renowned Canadian fiddler, singer, songwriter and step-dancer, Verch embraces mountain and old-time music that's true to tradition but distinct in its own right.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:03 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

O Fortuna, Why So Negative?

Pablo Helguera

Got an idea for a classical cartoon, or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. His new book is Helguera's Artunes. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

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Best Music Of 2012
11:21 am
Fri December 28, 2012

The Most Stylish Music Videos Of 2012

Solange and her Sapeur co-stars in the video for "Losing You."

Originally published on Sat March 16, 2013 4:58 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
8:03 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

The real Joyce Hatto, pre-scandal, with condutor Martin Fogel and composer Walter Gaze Cooper at the piano in 1954.
Fred Ramage Getty Images

Originally published on Sun December 30, 2012 10:33 pm

  • This week, BBC One premiered a made-for-TV treatment of the Joyce Hatto scandal called "Loving Miss Hatto," with Francesca Annis and Alfred Molina as the leads. Remember her?
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3:21 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Cafe Tacvba: A Legendary Mexican Rock Band Stays Fresh

Ruben Albarran is the frontman for Cafe Tacvba.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 11:32 am

When Cafe Tacvba first emerged in the early '90s, the band's fusion of rock and traditional Mexican styles was revolutionary for Latin music. Now, its first album in five years, El Objeto Antes Llamado Disco (The Object Formerly Known as a Disc), finds Cafe Tacvba experimenting even more with a mix of rock, folk and electronic sounds.

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12:19 am
Fri December 28, 2012

On the Next Galactic Travels 2013-01-03

On the next Galactic Travels...
Credit Bill Fox / WDS Productions

On the next Galactic Travels, the month-long focus on Mystified begins.  The Featured CD at Midnight will be Tribute To Forbidden Planet on Roil Noise Records.

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11:59 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

The Special Focus for January, 2013.

Mystified is the Special Focus on Galactic Travels for January, 2013.
Credit Bill Fox

The Special Focus for January is Mystified, a.k.a. Thomas Park.  The music of Mystified is of an atmospheric nature that is ideal for listening while working, sleeping, or doing other things.  The music is an exploration of texture and is serious music for serious people.

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