Music’s Super Tuesday: Drake, Sting, Kings Of Leon, Icona Pop, Elton John And Cher All Have New Cds

But while they had energy, humor and good songs in abundance, Board is dull. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas The 15 cuts suggest Elton and producer T Bone Burnett werent fully committed to the trio concept. Bass and drums remain subdued throughout, and several songs are dressed up with strings and backup singers. Meanwhile, John plays polite piano in starchy renditions of generic ballads. Theres no Bad Side of the Moon here. Longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin wrote the lyrics, which read as if he mailed them in. I went to Paris once, I thought I had a plan, I woke up with an accent, I wound up in quicksand, goes the chorus to My Quicksand, which does create a sinking feeling. The hourlong album is heavily back loaded, and the final three cuts are the best. Mexican Vacation (Kids in the Candlelight) swings with a gospel feel, and the inventive instrumental, Dream #3, offers more surprises than anything else in the set. On the autobiographical closing title cut, Sir Elton is supported by warm horns and is convincing as a cabaret singer. Its a better role for him than trying to reclaim his youth. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Secret Code: Music Score May Lead to Nazi Gold

Music therapy has been shown to improve the physical, mental and emotional well-being of patients of all ages, from neonates to octogenarians with dementia, says the AMTA. It has helped premature infants and their parents shorten stays in the neonatal intensive care unit and helped improve the motor, cognitive, verbal and social function of patients who have neurological disorders or brain injuries. Musical therapy is a noninvasive intervention for patients who have chronic illness or pain, and for those with developmental disabilities, including the autism spectrum. It has proved to be effective with recovering drug addicts and hospice patients. Tuned in to therapy George first heard about music therapy when she was a senior music theater performance major at Western Michigan University. She also noticed that when she played the piano for her grandfather who had Alzheimers disease he was more relaxed and in the moment. After working as a performer for several yearsshe sings and plays piano, guitar, violin and drums George enrolled in the University of Georgias masters degree program in music therapy in 2006. A year later, she completed an internship and 1,200 hours of practice to become a board-certified music therapist through the Certification Board for Music Therapists. We run into issues when people who arent properly trained or licensed practice music therapeutically. It can actually be harmful to patients and clients. Anyone who is going to work with babies in a neonatal intensive care unit, for instance, requires some medical training, said George, who holds a special certification to work in the NICU. The American Music Therapy Association has been urging states to pass legislation making the MT-BC the minimum credential for practicing music therapy. George is proud that Georgia is a pioneer in the movement. There are only 120 music therapists in Georgia, so there were no paid lobbyists for this bill. It passed because of a huge grassroots effort, she said.

“I can’t wait to see what they find down there,” says another. Behind it all is 51-year-old Leon Giesen, a Dutch filmmaker and musician with a tantalizing theory. He is convinced that Nazi treasure is languishing below Mittenwald’s roads — gold or diamonds, at the very least. The whole idea of Nazi gold has long held a grip on the public imagination, and as a former Nazi stronghold, Bavaria provides fertile soil for many an aspiring Indiana Jones. In 1944, with the Allies and the Soviet Army threatening to advance, it was here that Heinrich Himmler, one of the most powerful men in Nazi Germany, planned to build an Alpine Fortress — a national redoubt where Nazi Germany would fight from until the end. And that’s not all. In April 1945, the Wehrmacht armed forces and officials of the Reichsbank approved a plan to store at least part of the reserves of the German Reichsbank at Einsiedl, a small town on the southwest shore of Lake Walchen. Much of these assets were handed over to the Allies, but around 100 gold bars, sacks of dollars and Swiss francs and possibly even more hoards went missing. ‘Like a Treasure Map’ Even though Giesen’s theory is an outlandish one by any standards, it has generated reams of publicity in his native Netherlands. It revolves around an annotated score of the “March Impromptu” by composer Gottfried Federlein. Legend has it that in the final days of World War II, Adolf Hitler’s private secretary Martin Bormann scribbled letters, figures and runes on the score that form a code giving the coordinates of the hidden Nazi treasure.

Heavy smoke rises from the Westgate Mall in Nairobi Kenya Monday Sept. 23 2013. Multiple large blasts have rocked the mall where a hostage siege is in its third day. Associated Press reporters on the scene heard multiple blasts and a barrage of gunfire. Security forces have been attempting to rescue an unknown number of hostages inside the mall held by al-Qaida-linked terrorists.  (AP Photo/ Jerome Delay)

Title: ‘Nothing Was the Same’ Venue: Cash Money/Universal Related Stories Barclays at 1: Music’s A-list came to Brooklyn Today marks musics Super Tuesday. A flood of new albums will pour into the download device of your choice and wash through the last remaining record stores. Big-name young stars like Drake, Kings of Leon and Icona Pop face off against long-in-the-tooth brand names like Sting, Elton John and Cher. Its part of the music industrys annual fall push to boost its bottom line. Between the back-to-school weeks and the holidays, ears and wallets always open wider. Which of the new CDs will click and which will stumble? Heres our guide: Drake 3 Stars No more Mr. Nice Guy roles will do for Drake. On the third CD by the worlds first major Jewish/Canadian hip-hop star, you wont find any more moping about a lost love, or any striving to be accepted as a major rap player. Drake’s new CD, ‘Nothing Was the Same’ Thats a risk. Both approaches played key parts in the distinction, and appeal, of Drakes biggest album, 2011s Take Care. To the contrary, this time the star declares, Im on my worst behavior, setting up a long run of raps favored activities: chest-pumping, argument-starting and score-settling. Right at the start, Drake evens the playing field with one of raps giants, boasting Im as famous as my mentor (i.e., Lil Wayne). From there, he whips out declarations like Im the kid with the motormouth/Im the one you should worry about, Im holding all the cards/and nas wanna play chess, or simply Im the big homie. In his new music, Drake isnt being especially ingratiating or cottoning to commercial expectations, not that he ever did.

Music Review: Drake plays melancholy king on introspective 3rd album ‘Nothing Was the Same’

Heavy smoke rises from the Westgate Mall in Nairobi Kenya Monday Sept. 23 2013. Multiple large blasts have rocked the mall where a hostage siege is in its third day. Associated Press reporters on the scene heard multiple blasts and a barrage of gunfire. Security forces have been attempting to rescue an unknown number of hostages inside the mall held by al-Qaida-linked terrorists.  (AP Photo/ Jerome Delay)

Nothing is for dark rooms and headphones. There are few hooks here, almost no choruses, not much to sing along to. The heart-on-his-sleeve rapper with a million friends and the tightest of crews seems all alone here after ridding himself of fake friends, trying to sort out why all the success, the money, the drugs and the women leave him with a hollow feeling. He tells us over the course of the album how his relationships with his family and friends, like Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj, have been strained. The only pleasant memories seem to come from his childhood represented by that chubby-cheeked cherub in the cover painting and the 90s are all over the album, serving as touchstone, reminder and measuring stick. He references the Wu-Tang Clan in the song Wu-Tang Forever and in a half-dozen other places. Nothing is full of the kind of studied minimalism and sped-up soul vocal samples favored by RZA and his acolytes like West, who well get back to in a minute. But hes not aping the game-changers as much as using them as a landmark. So the biggest star in the rap world retreats. Ive been plottin on the low, he sings on Furthest Thing, Schemin on the low, the furthest thing from perfect like everybody I know. Its moments like this that differentiate Nothing Was the Same from the years other releases in the three-way battle for king of the hill. Where Yeezus shows us West has turned confrontational in the post-fame portion of his career and Jay Z has become condescending with Magna Carta … Holy Grail, Drake becomes more and more confessional with each release.

Microsoft mixes it up with Surface Music Cover

Microsoft’s new touch cover for next-generationSurface tablets-cum-notebooks is aimed squarely at the music community. Part of the company’s RemixProject , the Music Cover offers virtual sliders, volume controls and drum pads, and when connected to either of the companys new tablets, will automatically launch a music creation and editing app. However, unlike the devices to which it can connect — the Surface Pro 2 and the Surface 2 — the cover and its software will not be going on sale on October 22. Instead, Microsoft has launched a competition on Vine offering consumers the chance to win one and a Surface 2 to connect it to. To be in with a chance of winning, simply make a six-second video demonstrating why you deserve a Surface Music Kit. Microsoft hasn’t indicated how many of these mobile mixing desks are up for grabs but for now at least it will be the only way of getting one. The company is yet to confirm a release date for the product or even a suggested retail price. Instead it appears to be trying to build interest and stimulate demand among consumers. As such, the competition is just the start. The special cover and its software are part of a larger musical social network the company is trying to create that blends creativity with sharing. Device users will be able to export their creations and share them with their friends and even their idols because, as part of the project, Microsoft is roping in a number of pretty big musical names, starting with Linkin Park , with further groups and solo artists to be named every month. Microsoft will also be giving tester versions of the device and its software to bands and studios and DJs in order to get them to create content that consumers can then play around with and remix. The official RemixProject site drops some heavy hints that, as well as being able to share your musical masterpieces with your favorite bands, there will also be the chance to take a band’s or a DJ’s latest track and remix it and the best efforts could make it onto future albums. In other words, RemixProject could well be Microsoft’s answer to iTunes and to Apple’s excellent free Garage Band music-editing app as well as the answer to the question “How do you make the Surface tablet cool?”