Archive for the 'Nina Simone' Category

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Nina Simone would have been 84 this week — as such, fans the world over have been celebrating the iconoclast’s deep and dynamic catalog. Incredibly, a new highlight of Simone’s career surfaced late last year via the release of an extremely rare 1969 concert in Germany, the aptly titled A Very Rare Evening. Given a […]

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

This is everything. Recorded live in Los Angeles, 29 years ago, at the now defunct Vine St. Bar & Grill. Culled from the Verve record Let It Be Me, “Be My Husband” kicks off the set, finding Simone both spirited and in control. Nina Simone :: Be My Husband (live, 1987) Note the, weighted, lived-in […]

Monday, June 15th, 2015

She begins in mid-flow. Sitting down at the piano, effectively taking the reins from her band, the first thing she says into the microphone is ‘So…‘ One simple word, an aside to every single soul in that auditorium. It’s almost a sigh, like the sound of a truth-teller getting down to business, or a teacher […]

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Nina Simone’s work, eclectic and nuanced, continually surprises. Her rendition of Jacques Brel’s “The Desperate Ones” is one of countless such displays. A delicate and poetic gem (which appeared on our November mix), the tune closes out Simone’s 1969 LP Nina Simone and Piano! The title is literal: it features only her voice and piano. Released between […]

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne” is a strange, haunting thing. Largely carried by Cohen’s monotone, yet slightly lilting voice and sparse guitar accompaniment, the song evokes a dark, ambiguous feeling. The angelic backing vocals and seraphic strings that periodically emerge give the song a heavenly relief – a bittersweet release of giving yourself into a formless and […]

Monday, November 5th, 2012
Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

“I thought it was interesting that Nina Simone did a sort of answer to “Revolution”. That was very good — it was sort of like “Revolution,” but not quite. That I sort of enjoyed, somebody who reacted immediately to what I had said.” – John Lennon, 1971