Chris Thile | Bach: Sonatas & Partitas Vol 1


Yes, that Chris Thile from Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek and The Goat Rodeo Sessions. He has taken his mandolin and produced something classical with Bach: Sonatas and Partitas Volume 1. It's straightforward Bach, but it's not simple. It's elegant and beautiful and at times you'd swear you hear his fingers catch fire. 

Paste gives Bach it 8.9/10. Music OMH says, "Thile now must be considered ... one of the contemporary masters of the mandolin, exercising his powers across multiple genres."

PBS gives us 6 1/2 minutes of music and conversation that takes an artist I love and puts him a cut above the rest. If this clip doesn't demand that we stop and listen, I'm not sure what will...

Dirty Three for $4.99

Dirty three

Dirty Three is some of my very favorite, go-to music for reading and concentration-based study. It's beautiful and different: violin, guitar, and drums. It's like a post-rock classical style, but you have to hear it to understand. So cool. A bunch of albums are $4.99...

Super-Cheap & Good Music

The whole Seed Your Cloud thing on Amazon is still going with several new deals on good music.

Super-Cheap Classical & Opera

$5 Albums for January

Blind music $5 albums for January are already up, and there are a thousand! First, the $5 albums on my Best Albums of 2010 list, then the Reformissionary Recommendations from the other January albums.

Here are $5 albums from my Best Albums of 2010 list...

Honorable Mention: Beach House
34. Justin Townes Earle
32. Avi Buffalo
31. Joe Pug
25. The Social Network Soundtrack
23. Caribou
19. Lost In The Trees
16. The Tallest Man On Earth
15. Menomena
13. Broken Bells
11. Besnard Lakes
7. Mumford & Sons
1. Four Tet

Great albums (some from this year & some from previous years)...

Classical - several albums here including classical composers (Chopin | Liszt | Haydn | Mozart & many more) | albums based on instruments (violin | piano) | albums for mood preferences (relaxing | for your mind | romantic). Worth filing through all of them if you are a lover of classical music.

Check out all the Amazon January $5 deals by categoryAmazons best of 2010 | Indie & Alt/Rock | Folk | Dance & Electronic | Pop | Rock | Country | Greatest Hits | Classic RockSoundtrack | Children's Albums

Music Monday 10.4.10

If you read my music posts even occasionally you probably know of my love of all things Delta Spirit. Both of their first two albums are outstanding: Ode To Sunshine (2008) | History From Below (2010). They recently appeared on Jools Holland playing one of my favorite songs, "Bushwick Blues."

And here's "9/11" from the same show...