Listen Closer: Joe Henry; Peter Gabriel & Elbow; The Secret Sisters; Hiss Golden Messenger; Belle & Sebastian; Beck Covers Arcade Fire

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Got headphones? For my money, the most exciting title on the summer music calendar is Joe Henry's new album Invisible Hour, which rivals his finest records. (Two of my favorite connoisseurs, Andy Whitman and Josh Hurst, have already declared it the album of the year, and maybe the album of the decade.) Here's a Soundcloud link to the song "Lead Me On," which features Lisa Hannigan. Does anybody write about the mystery of music more beautifully than Joe Henry? Here's an excerpt from his … [Read more...]

Listen Closer: Peter Gabriel, Joe Henry

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My musical journey through 2014 begins with a bunch of my favorite artists together on one record performing Peter Gabriel covers. And right off the bat, I'm impressed. David Byrne's version of "I Don't Remember" is fantastic. … [Read more...]

Linford Detweiler of Over the Rhine interviews Joe Henry in Image

The new issue of Image is out! Order yours today. In the meantime, you can get a preview online... … [Read more...]

Reverie – The New Joe Henry Album

NPR First Listen is streaming one of my favorite 2011 records. And...  … [Read more...]

Happy Half-Century to Joe Henry!

In honor of a man who, as of today, has lived a half-century, here is a birthday song by They Might Be Giants. I've chosen this song for two reasons: … [Read more...]

“Learning not to white-knuckle everything”

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No Depression posts notes on the new Over the Rhine album: “With The Long Surrender, our vision was to make a record we couldn’t imagine in advance,” says Detweiler. “We wanted to be surprised. We wanted to remain open, let the record unfold in real time. Fortunately, Joe loves to be surprised as well.” … [Read more...]

Gimme Some Truth

In memory of a great speech, from a great man, that occurred on this day in 1963... … [Read more...]

Joe Henry’s producing an album by Dr. Gregory House?

I know Joe Henry, producer of Elvis Costello, Allen Toussaint, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Loudon Wainwright III, Mary Gauthier, and Over the Rhine, is full of surprises. But this? This may be the biggest surprise of all. … [Read more...]

My favorite song about America.

My Fourth of July song is... … [Read more...]

The Next Over the Rhine Album, According to Linford

Linford Detweiler has published a letter of epic proportions, addressing Over the Rhine fans about the future of the band, the upcoming recording sessions with Joe Henry, and more. Some highlights: … [Read more...]


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