The legendary Bart Cook was on hand Saturday to whip Agon into shape -- that 1957 masterpiece that, after Apollo and The Four Temperaments, cemented the classic Balanchine style: cerebral, steely, stripped down.
"We were part of the anger of the culture. ... When you look at the Occupy movement and a lot of the anger that's out there now, I think our music still holds. I wouldn't doubt if you found some of them listening to our old LPs." -- John Lydon
On the surface, The Soft Hills is a group both blessed and cursed by the artistic milieu it occupies, and irrevocably so. The similarities to fellow Seattle folkies Fleet Foxes, for example, are unmistakable.
The thing that makes Austin City Limits the benchmark for quality music television are the people who don't get any recognition: the producers, directors, interns, volunteers, and countless others who work behind the scenes.
For Jill Scott's new album The Light of the Sun that will be released June 21st, here is a video with the artist and co-producer JR Hutson discussing the making of eight of its tracks followed by previews of each track.
The ten records that made my decade may not be the most cutting-edge or most obscure or significant of groundbreaking. But they're mine, and I love 'em all passionately. Here's my soundtrack to the decade of "Mission Accomplished."
The first time I heard Fleet Foxes, I thought I liked them because I listened to the album on vinyl. But when I heard them live, I realized that their warmth and honestly came from the bandmembers themselves.