Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of

Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of "Inside Llewyn Davis"

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Overview

When it was announced that Joel and Ethan Coen were making a film based on the memoirs of Greenwich Village folk icon Dave Van Ronk, plenty of people were expecting a historical piece on the "folk scare" of the '60s. Instead, the movie Inside Llewyn Davis turned out to be a downbeat character study that had little to do with folk music -- or Dave Van Ronk. (The Coen brothers ended up not even mentioning Van Ronk's book in the credits.) However, T-Bone Burnett, who helped coordinate the music for the film, put together a concert celebrating the music of the folk revival era to help publicize the film's release, and roughly a year and a half later, Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis allows folks to finally hear what that big show was like. And it's good to report that this album will doubtless delight the folks who were disappointed with the lack of actual folk music in the movie; recorded at New York City's Town Hall, this was the biggest real-deal hootenanny to take place in the Big Apple in ages, complete with a pair of genuine folk heroes (Joan Baez and Bob Neuwirth), a few longtime friends of musical Americana (Keb' Mo' and Elvis Costello), some well-established acoustic-based singers and songwriters (Gillian Welch and Conor Oberst), a few rootsy young guns (the Milk Carton Kids, the Avett Brothers, the Secret Sisters), and a few genuine rock stars along for the ride (Jack White, Marcus Mumford, Colin Meloy). Suitably, "Please Mr. Kennedy," the delightfully crass novelty number written for the movie, sticks out like a sore thumb -- even more than White's stripped-down version of the White Stripes' "We Are Going to Be Friends" -- though Costello's lead vocal and Adam Driver's backups are a hoot. Classic folk numbers (and newer numbers pretending to be folk songs) otherwise dominate the set list, and pretty much all involved give their level best. And there are a few pleasant surprises here, as Colin Meloy delivers a subtle but effective version of "Blues Run the Game," Baez and Costello team up for "Which Side Are You On?" (a collaboration that would have been utterly unthinkable in 1978), Oberst puts a distinctive and potent spin on "Four Strong Winds," and the Punch Brothers open the set with a delicious in-joke (a version of "Tumblin' Tumbleweeds," which figures prominently in another, better-loved Coen brothers picture). A great night for folkies, an instructive listen for hipsters with an interest in the '60s folk scene, and proof that Joel and Ethan Coen's cultural influence takes on many remarkable forms.

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From the Publisher

A one-night-only concert was held at New York City’s Town Hall last fall, to celebrate the music of the Coen brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis. The evening was filmed for a documentary that was broadcast by Showtime last winter, and now Nonesuch Records releases a live recording of the concert, Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of “Inside Llewyn Davis,” on January 13, 2015. The concert, documentary, and live album were produced by Inside Llewyn Davis writer/director/producers Joel and Ethan Coen and soundtrack producer T Bone Burnett. (Nonesuch also released the film’s soundtrack.)

As Burnett explains, “Inside Llewyn Davis was filled with live performances of some of the folk songs that had survived the McCarthy hearings. Some of the songs were a hundred years old; some had just been written but sounded a hundred years old. In order to get attention for a film that was not exactly on the beat we decided to throw a concert featuring the actors and musicians who had performed in the movie and on the soundtrack. We also invited members of the extraordinary community of musicians who have coalesced around this old music-and have kept it alive in the wake of the most recent technological revolution-to join us that night. We asked them to perform an old song and one of their new songs.

He continues, “Several new stars emerged from their performances that evening-The Secret Sisters, Lake Street Dive, The Milk Carton Kids, Rhiannon Giddens, and Punch Brothers all proved themselves as good as the best as they took the stage next to Hall of Famers Joan Baez and Elvis Costello, and established younger artists like The Avett Brothers, Colin Meloy, Marcus Mumford, Conor Oberst, Willie Watson, Gillian Welch, and Jack White.” In fact, T Bone Burnett has since produced albums by both Punch Brothers and Rhiannon Giddens, which will be released shortly after Another Day, Another Time.

Huffington Post called Another Day, Another Time “one of those only-in-New-York events,” while Rolling Stone said it was “a bustling salute to the sounds and the idea of Sixties folk music,” and continued, “For all the formality of the night, which was exceedingly well-paced and organized, the concert recalled a time when one or two people, bearing one or two unplugged instruments, could be as enthralling as the greatest rock or EDM track.”

Product Details

Release Date: 01/13/2015
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597956214
catalogNumber: 541777

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