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Mobylizing
Q&A with musician Moby
For the past decade, multiplatinum-selling composer Moby has been showing his affinity for dogs, cats and other critters by partnering with HSUS to raise money and awareness for animal rights programs. Among these endeavors is mobygratis, a generous trove of instrumental film music he’s written “for anyone in need of free music for their independent, nonprofit film, video, or short.” The music on...
Culture: DogPatch
Musician’s Muse
Album Cover
Indie rocker Derek James—with his sultry voice and genuine talent— has been called a bluesy Buddy Holly for the iPod generation, and his life has been as eclectic as his music. Stray, James’s debut album, was written while he was working as a live-in nanny for a suburban New York family. At night, while the family slept, James stayed up writing songs in his basement quarters in the company of...
News: Guest Posts
White Knuckles
OK Go's alt-dog video goes viral
Just so Bark readers don’t think I live under a rock. I have seen—and thoroughly enjoyed OK Go’s video, “White Knuckles” with its talented pups hopping, skipping and jumping all over white Modernist furniture. In fact, I watched it when it had clocked only about 600 hits. Today, it’s has more than a million. But even better, the band members know not to look a gift dog in the mouth: A portion of...
Magazine: Web Exclusives
Margaret Cho
Exclusive Offer
Margaret Cho
Margaret Cho, a dear friend of Bark’s, has just released her first comedy music album, Cho Dependent. She has offered our readers an exclusive free download for one of the album’s songs, “Hey Big Dog.” Margaret tells us that the inspiration for this song came from her wish “that humans and dogs could actually speak to each other and then sing together… the song is about people problems versus dog...
News: Karen B. London
Band Names
What would you call your group?
A woman in my running group was going to band practice after our workout, and we were talking about her music as we left the track. (First we talked about her sweet new dog, Gray, but then we moved on to music.) She sings in a band made up of people she works with at W. L. Gore, which is a company that manufactures medical devices. Her band has had several names over the past year, but the one I...
News: Guest Posts
This Weekend
Animal cognition considered, music for dogs
Cool words and music in New York City and Sydney this weekend.   On Saturday at 3 p.m., an anthropologist, evolutionary biologist, neuroscientist, primatologist and others tackle “long-held assumptions about the differences between ‘animal’ and ‘human,’” including many ideas about how dogs think and feel as part of “All Creatures Great and Smart.” The panel is part of the World Science Festival...
Culture: DogPatch
Pet Passions
Singer-songwriter Mary Ann Kennedy
Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Mary Ann Kennedy pursues every venture with passion, whether it’s supplying soulful backup for legendary musicians or expressing her love of animals through song. Discovered by Sting, she’s well known both as one-half of the duo Kennedy-Rose and for her songwriting and vocal work with artists such as Emmylou Harris, Martina McBride and Faith Hill. Kennedy once...
News: Guest Posts
Dog Hair in Everything She Does
Meet the singing dog groomer
When friends and relatives who don’t have dogs visit, I do a fairly rigorous vacuum to make it look like I don’t live in a rising tide of dog fur. Personally, hair bunnies don’t bother me but I figure it’s disgusting to folks who aren’t really used to it. I know I'm not alone. To hear her tell it--rather sing it--Randi Breese is no stranger to fur in the silverware tray, the swimming pool and the...
Culture: DogPatch
Nellie & Doris & Dogs
A rare match
IIt's the rare match of musical styles and inspiration that makes Nellie McKay's new release Normal As Blueberry Pie a tribute to her longtime heroine   Doris Day   so perfect. The two have been linked since the young singer burst upon the scene, as critics scrambled to note her musical kinship.   So it's only natural that McKay's new CD (on Verve) would showcase an array of Day standards-...
News: Guest Posts
Jammin’ with the Dogs
DIY video contest for Steve Martin song.
On Tuesday, I had the great pleasure of seeing Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers perform songs from his CD The Crow: New Songs for the Five String Banjo. A highlight was Martin’s live version of “Wally on the Run,” a song about his dog playing fetch. Fiddler Nicky Sanders created the sounds of barking and whining perfectly with his bow and strings. Pure fun. So I was thrilled when I heard...

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