Complete with an obsession of Mangos.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Pond live at Amplifier club, Perth – April 23, 2010 – club soundboard
If you’ve been staying on top of the current flood of bands coming over from Australia of late, you’ll notice a number of them have one common denominator; Tame Impala. Pond are no exception. In this case, three members of Pond are also involved in Tame Impala – makes for interesting scheduling conflicts, I’m sure.
With the release of their latest album, Hobo Rocket, which has been universally praised by everyone from the BBC to NPR, Pond are bracing to become another in what is becoming an increasing long line of noteworthy bands springing up from Down Under.
This week it’s an early club date. Ponbd Live at The Amplifier in Perth, from April 23, 2010. A little rough in places, but certainly free-wheeling and indicative of a band exploring their own sound.
They toured the U.S. last year appearing, among other places, SXSW. What their current schedule is like I haven’t seen anything on, but I’m sure they’ll be around sometime soon.
In the meantime . . . . .
During their halcyon days.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Yes, in concert at Yale Bowl – Yale University, July 24, 1971
Anybody who was around at the time will remember when Yes were such a household name they became the butt of jokes and parody. So strong was their influence they had become a staple of FM underground Radio and more or less synonymous with the 70s. They were also inextricably linked to the downside of the Progressive Movement – the one that ran the risk of being pretentious and self-absorbed.
But if you worked your way around the evocative Roger Dean album covers and the bliss-heavy message, there was a lot of good and well executed music to be had. Although the band went through a number of changes and band members (including the somewhat unceremonious dumping of co-founder and lead singer Jon Anderson in 1980) they have always maintained that cachè of the 70s about them.
And as a reminder of what they were like early on, here is a concert they performed at Yale University in 1971. Strangely, but not surprisingly for the time, they were opening act for Grand Funk – another reason the 70s were so skewed in many ways. The schizophrenic juxtaposition of booking bands at concerts was enough to give anyone a headache.
So there’s that. But beyond that, the music was far from dull.
It also explains why the set is short by todays standards – less than 40 minutes was standard for an opening act. And yes, Yes were an opening act once.
Enjoy – there’s a couple glitches here and there, mostly original tape deterioration – but overall the sound is good and you’ll get an idea of what you may have missed the first time around.
One of the reasons the Madchester Movement became wildly influential. Photo: Nadine Mansfield
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Tim Burgess – Live At Glastonbury 2013 – BBC 6 Music
As someone who has been a huge fan of The Charlatans since first hearing them in 1990, hearing founding member and lead singer Tim Burgess’ solo career, I’m struck at how intact the energy and eloquent the song-writing is in all that time.
The good news is Tim Burgess along with fellow Charlatans are working on a new album. But in the meantime, Burgess is actively touring and working on his own material. Further evidence you can’t keep a good thing down.
I was lucky enough to run across this performance from the 2013 Glasto Festival featuring Tim Burgess and, if you’ve fallen behind in your Charlatans/Tim Burgess goings-on of late, here’s a nice reminder.
Great set and good vibe all around – and BBC 6 Music do their customary bang-up job in the sound department.
A nice introduction to the weekend. Play loud.