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Tuesday, Nov 17, 2009

60 years ago this week: One of the seminal moments in musical theatre history transpired with the opening of Rodgers Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music on Broadway. That first production, starring Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel, ended up running for 1,443 performances and spawned the massively popular 1965 film and countless movie theatre sing-a-longs since then.


Mary Martin singing “The Sound of Music”


And the movie trailer…



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Tuesday, Nov 17, 2009

San Francisco’s Girls are blogosphere darlings at this point, clogging the intertubes with video after video of the same old songs, feeding our insatiable appetite for a slurry of content. “Laura” sounds the same as ever: soupy, jangly, delicious. Stay tuned for footage of Girls playing “Laura” in a basement, “Laura” on The Gong Show, “Laura” on the moons of Jupiter…



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Tuesday, Nov 17, 2009

In the year that saw the ambitious remastering and re-release of the entire Beatles catalogue, the Cute Beatle is still going strong. Paul McCartney was always the Beatle that most enjoyed live performance and that enthusiasm has never dimmed throughout his long and storied career. Good Evening New York City captures the excitement from McCartney’s most recent tour with two CDs and a DVD packed with solo, Beatles, and Wings classics, including “Hey Jude”, “Yesterday”, “Band on the Run”, and 30 others.



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Tuesday, Nov 17, 2009

10 years ago this week: Leading Tex-Mex music figure Doug Sahm passed away at the young age of 58. In the ‘60s he founded the cult favorite the Sir Douglas Quintet and later in his career he teamed with Augie Meyers, Freddy Fender, and Flaco Jimenez for the Mexican-infused country of the Texas Tornados.


Doug Sahm on Austin City Limits


The Sir Douglas Quintet


The Texas Tornados



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Tuesday, Nov 17, 2009

Grammy Award winning multi-instrumentalist Sam Bush (of New Grass Revival) recently launched an internet video series, SBTV (Sam Bush TV). The idea for SBTV came in response to the overwhelming popularity of Bush’s previous series, “Ask Sam Anything”. The show currently boasts three episodes, featuring behind the scenes footage of Bush’s personal life and music, and became public on 20 October, 2009, the same day Bush’s self-produced Circles Around Me was released.


The new album includes collaborations from bluegrass greats Del McCoury, Edgar Meyer, Jerry Douglas and the Sam Bush Band. The real treat on the album is a demo with Courtney Johnson, co-founder of New Grass Revival, who passed away 13 years ago. The recently discovered demo dates back to 1976.



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