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The Grammys: Deep Tracks

Thursday, February 10, 2011

All eyes will be on the top categories at the Grammys on Saturday, but what about "Best Banda Album" or "Best Surround Sound Album?" Plus: Cyndi Lauper is nominated for Best Traditional Blues Album...and "Helter Skelter" might win an award. Music critics Sophie Harris of Time Out New York and Chris Richards of The Washington Post help us go off the beaten path with a look at little-known categories, strange matchups, and unsung nominees. Plus, Nacional Records founder Tomas Cookman helps us parse out the many, many Latin music Grammy categories.


Sophie Harris and Chris Richards

Comments [8]

Jerry from Jersey from West Milford, NJ

John, No rush on this, but if your male guest today (the one with phone issues) is an authority on Hank W. or knows one, i'd like to know how to get in touch with him/her. I recently found a potentially interesting 10" 78 which I think has Hank on it. I'm not sure, but it sounds like him to me. I e-mailed Joe Lauro And he just wished me "good luck". It's on a label called "Folk Music". No address. I think it came from the Fort Worth Tx area. Each disc (I have 3, but only 1 has Hank?) has 2 tracks on each side. This is #136. The A side has Lefty Frizell doin' "Always Late" and Mom and Dad Waltz" and the B side has "Mr. Moon" credited to I.C. Smith & Al Britton and finally "Hey Good Lookin'" (Williams). If it's not Hank He has me fooled. HELP. Any clues? I'm striking out on the net.

Jerry from Jersey 603.252.1302c. or e-
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Feb. 10 2011 02:59 PM
a g from n j

the problem with latin as a designation,is that it has become a synonym for salsa and 'latin" jazz. this from someone, who likes both of these. quite frankly,this is an extention of the problem with the terms latino or hispanic for that matter. these are grossly overly simplistic demographic markers. culture and language has so much interwoven complexity. there is no singular answer or term,which i think,sort of makes the point.

Feb. 10 2011 02:51 PM
Ken Braun from Nutley, NJ

What about the two world music categories -- "traditional" and "contemporary"? Only two for all the music in the world!

Feb. 10 2011 02:51 PM
Aaron from northern

in general the Grammy's seem simply ossified. It's an industry party for industry folks- insular, academic superfluous, boring.

Feb. 10 2011 02:45 PM
yvie from brooklyn

I always check out the more visual categories such as the ones for videos, liner notes and box sets. For the latter two, I always end up checking out and often buying some of the selections.

Feb. 10 2011 02:45 PM
Carrie from NYC

How about that Betty Wright track that was nominated for Best Traditional R&B song? You know it was released just days before the Grammy nomination cut off and its a 10 minute live track. Its incredibly powerful, it will stop you in your tracks. Have you heard it? "The Cleanup Woman" is back!

Feb. 10 2011 02:44 PM
Frank Grimaldi from East Village

John - you mentioned that there would be an Aretha tribute. That sounds a little bit weird. Although she may have something life threathening, she hasn't passed away. Can't it be saved for later?

Feb. 10 2011 02:43 PM
Patrick from Brooklyn

It would be great if they made more categories to give more attention to Janelle Monae's "The ArchAndroid" and other artists like her.

More categories give attention to records not on many people's radar. At least there is an Urban/Alternative category for her solid debut LP.

Feb. 10 2011 02:13 PM

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