The Ramones’ self-titled 1976 album to be reissued this summer!

In 1976, The Ramones released their self-titled first album. Although the record was not a success at first, it “became the founding document of punk rock.”

 

The Ramones

The Ramones

 

On the occasion of the album’s 40th anniversary, Rhino Records is reissuing an expanded album this summer! In addition, there will be an exhibition entitled “Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk,” at the Queens Museum beginning April 10.

Read more about the Ramones album on the New York Times!

Musical Christmas Gift Guide!

The New York Times has reviewed some of this year’s best Christmas CDs in case you need some gift-giving advice! From Soul to Swing to hymns, these tunes will put you in the christmas spirit.

 

Drake misses Billboard #1 again

Drake was hoping for his new single Hotline Bling to reach #1 on the Billboard charts. However, he originally released the song’s video only on Apple Music, a company that doesn’t report viewership data to Billboard. The New York Time’s Anastasia Tsioulucas writes, “Maybe Drake’s disappointment serves as a little bit of a cautionary tale for other artists: The streaming platform you choose just might decide your chart fate.”

Here’s the video:

David Wax Museum @ Columbus Theatre this Saturday!

David Wax Museum blends American and Mexican folk music to create a sound unlike any other. The New York Times describes their style as “lonesome Appalachian harmonies over mariachi horn lines and rhythms.”

The band will be performing at the Columbus Theatre in Providence, RI this Saturday. columbustheatre.com

 

Too Beautiful for Words

NYTimes recently hosted a Fall Musical Preview, featuring a ton of artists who have shows opening this season. Jennifer Hudson is the first on the list, singing “Too Beautiful for Words” from “The Color Purple”!

 

Nicki Minaj speaks out for black women in pop music

Nicki Minaj made a splash on Twitter when she tweeted: Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 4.56.58 PM

With this tweet she implied that because she was a black woman, and because her video celebrated black women, it did not get nominated for best video of the year. Taylor Swift thought this was a personal jab, because she herself had been nominated. This “feud” made headlines and distracted from the real issue Minaj was bringing up.

Here’s what some people have to say about the issue:

NYTIMES: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/23/arts/music/nicki-minaj-black-women-rarely-rewarded-for-pop-culture-contributions.html?ref=arts

SLATE: http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2015/07/22/nicki_minaj_taylor_swift_vmas_feud_rapper_calls_out_mtv_for_anaconda_video.html

 

36 Hours in Providence

Check out what the NYTimes thinks is worth doing in Providence: 36 Hours in Providence

 

Providence

 

They should add McCarten Violins to the list, don’t you think? 🙂

What’s worth $45 Million…?

The Stradivari ‘MacDonald’ Viola!!

 

 

One of only 10 surviving Stradivari violas, the ‘MacDonald’ is valued at $45 million. The viola went up for auction at Sotheby’s this spring, but bidders failed to meet the asking price.

If it had sold, it would have surpassed the current auction record of $15.9 million for Stradivari’s ‘Lady Blunt’ violin. The ‘MacDonald’ was owned and played by Peter Schidlof of the Amadeus Quartet until 1987. Now the Schidlof family is selling the instrument, and attempting to capitalize on its incredibly rarity and history.

 

Listen to violist David Aaron Carpenter play Bach’s Suite No.3 in C on this beautiful and pricey instrument:

Read this fascinating story about the ‘MacDonald’ in the NYT. And read about its chances of selling on BusinessWeek.