07/16/2010 11:01 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Dog Ears Music: Volume 132


A Fine FrenzyA Fine Frenzy is the brainchild of Seattle native/L.A import singer/songwriter Alison Sudol. Shortly after graduating high school, Alison formed her first professional band. By 2007, A Fine Frenzy signed with Virgin Records and has a prolific collection of recordings to date. Tours/shared stages include The Stooges, Rufus Wainwright, and Brandi Carlile. Appearances include Letterman, The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, and a guest spot on CSI: New York. Credits include House, How I Met Your Mother, and Defying Gravity. Get "Stood Up," from A Fine Frenzy's 2009 release Bomb in a Birdcage (Bonus Track Version).

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Artist: A Fine Frenzy

Song: Stood Up

Album: Bomb in a Birdcage (Bonus Track Version)

Isaac Stern with János Rolla and Franz Liszt Chamber OrchestraMaster violinist Isaac Stern was born in the Ukraine in 1920 and raised from infancy in San Francisco. Fluent in piano and violin before grade school, Isaac debuted with the San Francisco Symphony at age 16. A fierce supporter of the arts, Stern made his mark at Carnegie Hall beginning in 1943, both as a virtuoso (with over 200 performances) and as an administrator (he helped save the hall in 1960 and again in 1986). Collaborations include San Francisco Symphony, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Emanuel Ax, Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz, Arthur Rubinstein, Pablo Casals, André Previn, Aaron Copland, Igor Stravinsky, Leonard Bernstein, and Benny Goodman. Accolades for this French Legion of Honor commander (1990) include the first Albert Schweitzer Award (1974), Kennedy Center Honors (1984), a Lifetime Achievement Grammy (1987), an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Classical Music Performance (1987), and Israel's Wolf Prize (1987). Download "Grave," from the 1998 release Caprice Viennois: Music of Kreisler.

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Artist: Isaac Stern with János Rolla and Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra

Song: Grave

Album: Caprice Viennois: Music of Kreisler

The Beau BrummelsPop-rock quintette The Beau Brummels was founded in Flower Power-era San Francisco by Sal Valentino, Ron Meagher, John Peterson, Ron Elliott, and Declan Mulligan. In 1965, they inked their freshman deal with Autumn Records and cut two albums with visionary musicman Sly Stone at the helm. From '66 until their disbandment in the '70s, they made Warner Brothers their home. Credits/appearances include music TV shows Shindig and Hullaballoo, The Flintstones cartoon, and the film Village of Giants starring Ron Howard and Beau Bridges. Dig the early California Sound with "Just a Little," from Introducing The Beau Brummels.

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Artist: The Beau Brummels

Song: Just a Little

Album: Introducing The Beau Brummels

Tom TykwerComposer, director, screenwriter, and producer Tom Tykwer was born in the former West Germany in 1965. Tykwer's love of music and film began in childhood. He later fused his talents and is now in demand the world over. Directorial credits include Run Lola Run, Heaven, The Princess and the Warrior, and Perfume. Soundtrack credits include the title track for The Matrix: Revolutions, True, and The International. Tykwer's thumbprint of creativity includes the Pale 3 collective, with Johnny Klimek & Reinhold Heil. Discover "Tailing the Consultant," from 2009's The International (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack).

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Artist: Tom Tykwer

Song: Tailing the Consultant

Album: The International (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Dorothy FieldsSongwriter/lyricist Dorothy Fields was born in 1905 of Vaudeville royalty (her father was actor Lew Fields). In a household rumbling with music and entertainment, Dorothy caught the bug early and started writing songs. After meeting songwriter Jimmy McHugh in 1928, her career took off. Fields went on to pen classics "I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby," "On the Sunny Side of the Street," "Don't Blame Me," and the Oscar-winning "The Way You Look Tonight," written with Jerome Kern. Broadway credits include Sweet Charity, Redhead, and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Collaborations include brother Herb Fields, Max Steiner, Fritz Kreisler, Oscar Levant, Mike Todd, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Harold Arlen, Cole Porter, and Quincy Jones. The songstress passed away in 1974. Remember her with the 1951 track "He Had Refinement," from An Evening With Dorothy Fields.

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Artist: Dorothy Fields

Song: He Had Refinement

Album: An Evening With Dorothy Fields

Little Freddie KingBluesman Little Freddie King was born Fread E. Martin in McComb, Mississippi, just before World War II, into a musical family, the cousin of Lightnin' Hopkins. As a boy, Little Freddie learned the guitar from his blues-guitarist dad, and in his teens, he relocated to New Orleans to make his bones. After issuing a limited release in the mid-'60s, King cut his full-fledged debut album in 1971 for New Orleans-based Ahura Mazda Records. He went on to record for the Orleans, Fat Possum, and MadeWright labels. Shared stages include Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker, and Harmonica Williams. Discover the fresh-as-ever "Messin' Around tha House (Hip Hop Beat)," from his 2008 Messin' Around tha House.

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Artist: Little Freddie King

Song: Messin' Around tha House (Hip Hop Beat)

Album: Messin' Around tha House