10 Essential Joni Mitchell Songs

1. “Big Yellow Taxi” At once incisive and joyful, this 1970 single — with which Mitchell opened her set last summer — covers a lot of ground in just over two minutes, moving seamlessly from social critique to personal lament. Its observations about industrialization and environmental degradation are still piercingly

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11 Essential Kim Gordon Songs

▶ Listen on Spotify, Apple Music or YouTube 8. Sonic Youth: “Tunic (Song for Karen)” Gordon’s epic 1990 tribute to Karen Carpenter is unlike anything else in Sonic Youth’s discography — or, really, in all of popular music. Over a chiming squall of guitar, she narrates Carpenter’s ultimately fatal battle

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Seiji Ozawa: 8 Essential Recordings

Seiji Ozawa, the eminent Japanese conductor whose death, at 88, was announced on Friday, was a force at the podium. He toured the world’s leading concert halls and helped break barriers for Asian classical musicians. He also left behind an extensive and varied discography: recordings of warhorses like Tchaikovsky’s Symphony

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Kaija Saariaho: 11 Essential Works

Kaija Saariaho, the poetic and powerful composer who died on Friday at 70, was also subtle and suggestive with words. “Dazzling, different surfaces, tissues, textures,” she wrote of an early work, in language that could describe her style over 40 years. “Weights, gravity. To be blinded. Interpolations. Reflections. Death. The sum of independent

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