Tom Moon http://wemu.org en A Sax Trio Taps Tradition While Thriving In The Present http://wemu.org/post/sax-trio-taps-tradition-while-thriving-present <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AueMO4N2BLA</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:58:00 +0000 Tom Moon 48831 at http://wemu.org A Sax Trio Taps Tradition While Thriving In The Present Album Review: 'While You Were Sleeping' http://wemu.org/post/album-review-while-you-were-sleeping Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, BYLINE: A jazz singer for the hip-hop generation - that's how Jose James was described after he released his first album last year for the famed Blue Note record label. James has now released a follow-up. It's called, While You Were Sleeping. And reviewer Tom Moon says the 35-year-old shows phenomenal growth.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING")<p>JOSE JAMES: (Singing) Shadows long upon my face. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Tom Moon 47474 at http://wemu.org Album Review: 'Everyday Robots' http://wemu.org/post/album-review-everyday-robots Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Damon Albarn's first solo album is out today. Albarn was the frontman of the acclaimed British rock band Blur in the '90s, and since 2000, he has spearheaded the multi-platinum group Gorillaz.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE WINDMILL")<p>GORILLAZ: (Singing) Take it all it on your stride. And it's sticking, falling down. Love forever...<p>SIEGEL: Reviewer Tom Moon says Albarn's new work seeks out the flipside to the Gorillaz' manic intensity. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:03:00 +0000 Tom Moon 45122 at http://wemu.org Album Review: 'Morning Phase' http://wemu.org/post/album-review-morning-phase Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The singer and songwriter Beck is considered one of the most innovative artists of his generation. This week, he released "Morning Phase," his first new album in six years. Critic Tom Moon says the new record returns back to the brooding pop of 2002's "Sea Change," which many consider his best work.<p>TOM MOON: We hear it constantly. Everything in this on-demand culture seems to be moving fast and getting faster. Here's an exception: The new songs from noted contrarian Beck. They're slow. Deliciously, magnificently slow. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Tom Moon 42059 at http://wemu.org Album Review: 'Sun Structures,' By Temples http://wemu.org/post/album-review-sun-structures-temples Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Finally this hour, a new perspective on the enduring influence of The Beatles. It comes from another four-piece British rock band called Temples. The group is from the town of Kettering. Critics have been raving about them since last summer. Their debut album, "Sun Structures," has now been released here in the U.S. And hearing it might whisk you away to 1960s Liverpool. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Tom Moon 41481 at http://wemu.org Pop's Resident Provocateur Fizzles On 'ARTPOP' http://wemu.org/post/pops-resident-provocateur-fizzles-artpop <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP3ctBs3510</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 20:14:00 +0000 Tom Moon 37571 at http://wemu.org Pop's Resident Provocateur Fizzles On 'ARTPOP' Tom Odell: A Polarizing New Voice Shows Promise http://wemu.org/post/tom-odell-polarizing-new-voice-shows-promise <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rgHYP0dD_4</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 20:33:00 +0000 Tom Moon 35128 at http://wemu.org Tom Odell: A Polarizing New Voice Shows Promise Buddy Guy: 'Rhythm And Blues' Titan Channels Guitar Wisdom http://wemu.org/post/buddy-guy-rhythm-and-blues-titan-channels-guitar-wisdom <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vNW0oeRltg</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 20:08:00 +0000 Tom Moon 33221 at http://wemu.org Buddy Guy: 'Rhythm And Blues' Titan Channels Guitar Wisdom Pat Metheny And John Zorn: A Vivid Sound World http://wemu.org/post/pat-metheny-and-john-zorn-vivid-sound-world Guitarist <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CCwQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.npr.org%2Fartists%2F15124280%2Fpat-metheny&ei=-tebUbSCINf-4APLkICAAQ&usg=AFQjCNHXjWctRNt3bG2V1msmN_686O3S0w&sig2=PZZXJTdrbtVPfD-eaYgRRw&bvm=bv.46751780,d.dmg" target="_blank">Pat Metheny</a> is revered for his bright, accessible modern jazz. Saxophonist and composer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15510102/john-zorn">John Zorn</a> is associated with much knottier, often dissonant experiments. Metheny's new <em>Tap: John Zorn's Book of Angels, Vol. Tue, 21 May 2013 21:43:00 +0000 Tom Moon 29721 at http://wemu.org Pat Metheny And John Zorn: A Vivid Sound World Dawes' Story Gets A Fine New Chapter http://wemu.org/post/dawes-story-gets-fine-new-chapter <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GH8Jjz6PRYk</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 20:49:00 +0000 Tom Moon 28382 at http://wemu.org Dawes' Story Gets A Fine New Chapter Atoms For Peace: Thom Yorke's Electronic Shadow-World http://wemu.org/post/atoms-peace-thom-yorkes-electronic-shadow-world When singer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15182392/thom-yorke">Thom Yorke</a> stepped away from his influential rock band <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15152697/radiohead">Radiohead</a> in 2006 to release <em>The Eraser</em>, many thought the quirky electronic project was a one-off. Not so, it turns out. Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich called on rock-star friends for a tour, and since then, the group has convened occasionally in the studio. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 23:22:00 +0000 Tom Moon 26179 at http://wemu.org Atoms For Peace: Thom Yorke's Electronic Shadow-World Jim James: On A Spiritual Quest In The Digital Age http://wemu.org/post/jim-james-spiritual-quest-digital-age <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsvTfaAAVBg</p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 21:20:00 +0000 Tom Moon 25533 at http://wemu.org Jim James: On A Spiritual Quest In The Digital Age Is Fleetwood Mac's Expanded 'Rumours' A Bit Much? http://wemu.org/post/fleetwood-macs-expanded-rumours-bit-much <em>An expanded version of </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/102442872/fleetwood-mac" target="_blank">Fleetwood Mac</a><em>'s 1977 album </em>Rumours<em> comes out this week, to mark the 35th anniversary of one of the top-selling albums of the '70s. The deluxe set includes demos, outtakes from the recording sessions, live recordings and a documentary DVD, along with a vinyl pressing of the original album. </em><p>The original 11 songs of the pop-rock classic <em>Rumours</em> can be experienced easily in one sitting. Apparently, that's just not enough anymore. Mon, 04 Feb 2013 21:46:00 +0000 Tom Moon 25109 at http://wemu.org Is Fleetwood Mac's Expanded 'Rumours' A Bit Much? A 1969 Bootleg Unearths Miles Davis' 'Lost' Quintet http://wemu.org/post/1969-bootleg-unearths-miles-davis-lost-quintet After a slew of multidisc sets devoted to key points in the career of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15368370/miles-davis" target="_blank">Miles Davis</a>, you'd think Columbia Records would have unearthed every speck of consequential music by now. But not quite.<p>This week, Columbia brings out <em>Live in Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. Wed, 30 Jan 2013 20:27:00 +0000 Tom Moon 24903 at http://wemu.org A 1969 Bootleg Unearths Miles Davis' 'Lost' Quintet Bruno Mars Goes Anyplace And Everyplace On 'Jukebox' http://wemu.org/post/bruno-mars-goes-anyplace-and-everyplace-jukebox <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-fA-gBCkj0</p> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 20:13:00 +0000 Tom Moon 23008 at http://wemu.org Bruno Mars Goes Anyplace And Everyplace On 'Jukebox' Neil Young Still Vital On 'Psychedelic Pill' http://wemu.org/post/neil-young-still-vital-psychedelic-pill <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bemz-7fofcs</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCbEOT4PTDc</p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 18:03:00 +0000 Tom Moon 21364 at http://wemu.org Neil Young Still Vital On 'Psychedelic Pill' Elina Duni: Love, Lust And Albanian Folk Songs http://wemu.org/post/elina-duni-love-lust-and-albanian-folk-songs The spread of formal jazz education has created a new breed of global musician: one who uses improvisation, and other devices associated with jazz, to transform folk and traditional music. The Albanian singer Elina Duni is part of this rising class. Her latest release, <em>Matane Malit </em>("Beyond the Mountain"), offers a transfixing balance of old and new.<p>When Duni was growing up, the singer and composer says she didn't pay much attention to the folk music loved by her grandparents. Fri, 19 Oct 2012 19:13:00 +0000 Tom Moon 20946 at http://wemu.org Elina Duni: Love, Lust And Albanian Folk Songs Lianne La Havas: A Cool Antidote For Late Summer's Heat http://wemu.org/post/lianne-la-havas-cool-antidote-late-summers-heat It's gotten to that point in the dog days of August where the air is stale and nothing seems to be moving. But sometimes all it takes to snap me out of a late-summer heat coma is the sound of a new and electrifying voice — like that of Lianne La Havas.<p>The first thing that grabbed me about the 22-year-old British singer was a curious moment halfway through a song called "Lost & Found" on her debut record, <em>Is Your Love Big Enough?</em> The music is moving at a stately, confessional pace. She's sharing a lot, maybe too much, about being hurt by a lover. Wed, 08 Aug 2012 20:27:00 +0000 Tom Moon 17737 at http://wemu.org Lianne La Havas: A Cool Antidote For Late Summer's Heat A Posthumous Masterpiece Adds To E.S.T.'s Legacy http://wemu.org/post/posthumous-masterpiece-adds-ests-legacy When the pianist Esbjorn Svensson died in a scuba accident in 2008, many fans of his group, the Swedish trio known as <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/88608964/e-s-t" target="_blank">E.S.T.</a>, wondered if there might be some unreleased experiments lurking in a studio vault. There were. Just out is a disc called <em>301,</em> which was recorded in 2008 during sessions for the group's final album.<p>Usually the posthumous album is a downer, a collection of scraps that don't add much to a legacy, but that's not the case with <em>301</em>. Mon, 25 Jun 2012 20:10:00 +0000 Tom Moon 15699 at http://wemu.org A Posthumous Masterpiece Adds To E.S.T.'s Legacy Dr. John: Swamp Grooves From The Bayou Underworld http://wemu.org/post/dr-john-swamp-grooves-bayou-underworld Right now, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/102424474/dan-auerbach">Dan Auerbach</a> is living a rock-star moment, with his hard-hitting blues-rock duo <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15193815/the-black-keys" target="_blank">The Black Keys</a> selling out arenas all over the country. Lots of people want him on their records. So what does he do? He seeks out the 71-year-old <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14987602/dr-john" target="_blank">Dr. Tue, 03 Apr 2012 19:10:00 +0000 Tom Moon 12016 at http://wemu.org Dr. John: Swamp Grooves From The Bayou Underworld Review: Two New Perspectives On Jazz, Gospel http://wemu.org/post/review-two-new-perspectives-jazz-gospel Critic Tom Moon reviews two contrasting perspectives on the intersection of jazz and gospel music. Multi-instrumentalist Don Byron has just released "Love, Peace and Soul" featuring his New Gospel Quintet. Also out is a set of duets between the late pianist Hank Jones and bassist Charlie Haden, titled "Come Sunday." Moon says the two projects reimagine old-time religious tunes in surprisingly different ways. Mon, 12 Mar 2012 21:16:00 +0000 Tom Moon 10940 at http://wemu.org Gospel Meets Jazz, With Unpredictable Results http://wemu.org/post/gospel-meets-jazz-unpredictable-results <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYeAlAM5gFY</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WA0co7g-1rI</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPoK1lryfh4</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kC5AqS3gec</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIX6btGIn8w</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dj_SXaX9ffY</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJgtT1Dr-1I</p> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 19:24:00 +0000 Tom Moon 10943 at http://wemu.org Gospel Meets Jazz, With Unpredictable Results Heartless Bastards: Rousing Songs, Born On The Road http://wemu.org/post/heartless-bastards-rousing-songs-born-road It's true that you can still get by in rock 'n' roll on the strength of a unique voice. But it helps if said voice has something interesting to work with.<p>On the first three records by <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15182404" target="_blank">Heartless Bastards</a>, that wasn't always the case. <em>The Mountain</em>, from 2008, had some terrific songs about a breakup, and a few that got bogged down in a rut. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 21:04:00 +0000 Tom Moon 10320 at http://wemu.org Heartless Bastards: Rousing Songs, Born On The Road Dr. Dog: A Standout Among Stereotypes http://wemu.org/post/dr-dog-standout-among-stereotypes Sometimes I wonder: Do the members of young indie-rock bands know that they're walking stereotypes? There's the scruffy dude who's obsessed with everything vintage and analog, the <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/124322253/pavement" target="_blank">Pavement</a>-worshiping, whiny-voiced lead singer, the rhythm section that knows its way around every oddity recorded by <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15420606/the-kinks" target="_blank">The Kinks</a>. That's pretty much how I pegged the Philadelphia sextet <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15291938/dr-dog" target="_blank">Dr. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 21:09:00 +0000 Tom Moon 9681 at http://wemu.org Dr. Dog: A Standout Among Stereotypes The Roots: A Song Cycle For A Life Cycle http://wemu.org/post/roots-song-cycle-life-cycle The hip-hop band <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15121130/the-roots" target="_self">The Roots</a> might currently be the hardest-working band in show business. Five nights a week, it's the house band on <em>Late Night with Jimmy Fallon</em>, and is constantly collaborating with other artists. And this week, the band issued its 10th studio album. Tue, 06 Dec 2011 20:36:00 +0000 Tom Moon 6493 at http://wemu.org The Roots: A Song Cycle For A Life Cycle