Click on the link here for Audio Player – Nicole Sabounè in Session at Sveriges Radio – July 8, 2013 – Sveriges Radio P3
Over to Stockholm tonight for a radio session by new talent-on-the-rise Nicole Sabounè, recorded this past July by Sveriges Radio P3.
Sabounè originally appeared on the TV series The Voice, the Swedish equivalent to America’s Got Talent . . .only Sweden. Creating a minor sensation, she was mentored by fellow Swedish singer Ola Salo from the band The Ark and released her first single in October of 2012.
Since then she’s been touring around, building up an audience and getting a lot of positive feedback from the press and radio. She’s currently in London, getting ready for her first set of club dates in the UK and getting ready for the release of her much anticipated debut album.
Lots of energy with a bit of bite, Nicole Sabounè at 21, is looking at a good future ahead and hopefully we’ll get to see her on this side of the Atlantic soon.
In the meantime, check out her Radio Session and visit her Facebook page and see what she’s up to.
Click on the link here for Audio Player- The Pixies in concert at l’Olympia, Paris – broadcast live by Le Mouv’ – September 30, 2013
As promised last night, here is a special edition of the Roundtable, featuring a live-as-it-happened concert, kicking off the Continental leg of their European tour by the Pixies, direct from the stage at l’Olympia in Paris just last night (September 30) and broadcast live by RFI‘s Le Mouv and several other outlets throughout Europe.
New tour, new album (Bagboy) and new member, Kim Shattuck on bass and backup vocals, who replaced long time member Kim Deal who left earlier this year. Shattuck comes by way of L.A. band The Muffs and before that, The Pandoras.
A lot of anticipation, and judging from the audience a lot of appreciation.
The tour continues for the rest of the year and takes the band from London to Prague and just about everywhere in between, with all but five dates sold out (but tickets for those going fast, so if you’re in Vienna or Toulouse, get to the box office). A good end to a big year.
And if you missed them, you can catch up on the latest and enjoy what everybody else got to hear in Paris last night. And get a copy of Bagboy.
Overlooked, even by their own admission.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – The Call – live at The BBC – 1983 – BBC In Concert series – BBC Radio 1
Finishing up 80s week – for now.
If you go to The Call’s website, you’ll be struck by an phrase – one you hear over and over throughout the years: The Most Underrated Band In The World. In the Call’s case, they’re almost right.
The four piece band from Santa Cruz, California probably had a bigger reputation overseas than they did at home. They became something of a band’s band. Admired by everyone from Bono and Peter Gabriel to Simple Minds. They toured considerably, and did achieve Arena status, but as a support band – not as a headliner. It was the one aspect of success that eluded them, even though they were widely respected, they had numerous successes, and a number of successful albums and singles, they never quite got that final push into household name category they should have received. Fronted by Michael Been, formerly a member of the 60s Psych band Aorta (another wildly underrated band) and a resurrected H.P. Lovecraft (called simply Lovecraft), Been was the driving force behind The Call and responsible for the unique musical directions they followed.
Tragically, Been collapsed and died of a massive heart attack backstage at the Pukkelpop Music Festival in Belgium while working as a sound engineer in support of his son’s band The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. That was in 2010.
Tonight it’s the band early on. A set recorded by the BBC for their In Concert Series in 1983 that is both inspired and high-voltage. It perfectly captures the uniqueness of the band and recalls a great band that almost made it to the top, but fell short.
Enjoy – as always, play loud. It’s Friday anyway . . .
XTC – It would not be the 80s without them.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – XTC In Concert At Hammersmith Palais – February 7, 1981 – BBC In Concert Series – BBC Radio 1
You can’t have a week of 80s music without including a concert by XTC. They pretty much defined the decade (at least the first half) for me. One of the most instantly identifiable and influential bands to come out of that period. XTC were labelled all kinds of things – but they insisted on being considered a Pop band.
They embodied the craft of tight, well-executed song-making. From brilliant lyrics to instrumental lines, XTC were one of the most competent and successful bands of the period.
Listening to this concert, recorded on February 7, 1981 at the Hammersmith Palais in London, every song carries with it an indelible mark. And it’s amazing how many memorable hits they had during their tenure, and the energy level borders on Mach One. This goes under the heading of “Classic Concert”.
So as a reminder of how great this band was, here is XTC in concert as recorded by the ever-present BBC for their In Concert series for Radio 1.
I don’t think I need to tell you to crank this one up very loud.
80s Electronica and then some.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – OMD In Concert – March 11, 1984 – BBC In Concert Series – BBC Radio 1
Keeping the 80s going this week with a concert from Electronica/New Wave pioneers OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark) in concert from 1984.
Successful practically from the get-go with a string of memorable hits, OMD became a household name with their single Joan of Arc, along with the milestone video that got almost non-stop play on the then-fledgling MTV. They also figured prominently in the teen-angst films of John Hughes, with If You Leave, written especially for Pretty In Pink landing the group in the Top-5.
Cited as a major influence by a number of bands in later years, OMD covered a wide range of musical genres. Not crazy about the idea of being pegged a “synth-pop-techno band”, they embraced New Wave and experimental music throughout much of their early careers. And even though the band broke up in 1996, as tastes and audiences changed towards conventional Brit-Pop, they reformed in 2006 and have been successfully playing the festival circuit the past few years (I ran an OMD concert from a 2011 Pinkpop Festival in Holland not long ago). And have been discovered by a new and enthusiastic audience.
Tonight it’s the earlier incarnation of the band – not quite at their peak, but well on their way.
And a reminder of how versatile the 80s really were. And how interesting MTV actually were before they went south.
Doing Punk one brainier.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Elvis Costello and The Attractions -Live At Hope and Anchor – 1980 – BBC 6 Music
This might kick off a return to 80s week, but I’m not sure yet.
When I first heard Elvis Costello it was when Watching The Detectives was just released. It was different than anything else going on at the time. The 70s were a real roller-coaster as far as music went. And by the end of the decade things were still in the process of shaking out and refining.
Elvis Costello was, to me, the next logical step in what would eventually be considered New Wave. Well crafted songs with socially relevant lyrics, a new Elvis Costello album or single was always an event which required a sit-down and serious listen. It was music to dance to, sure. But more than that, an Elvis Costello song had a lot more going for it than the beat and the riffs. There was the potent message to consider. And that was why so much of his early material made such an indelible impression on fans – it was music that demanded to be listened to, not at.
And in 1980 Elvis Costello was still in the evolution stage and his appearance in this 1980 broadcast from The Hope and Anchor Pub in London gives some idea of his huge early-on popularity with fans.
Recorded by the venerable BBC and broadcast over BBC6 Music, here is a 25 minute extended excerpt of what was a much longer concert.
But the sentiment and the craft is still very much there.
Maybe we should stick around the 80s this week . . . could be fun.
Turning Stockholm upside down. (Photo: Pieter M van Hatten)
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Jack White, live in Stockholm – July 30, 2013 – Sveriges Radio P3.
Over to Stockholm tonight for a concert by Blues/Punk-meister Jack White, recorded live by the venerable Sveriges Radio P3 during a race around Europe this summer. A full-plate, according to reports. He just announced a tour of the UK and Ireland starting in October and going until the 8th of November. It was also announced White will also be teaming up with Marcus Mumford for a one-off concert on September 29th hosted by the Coen Brothers in connection with the release of Inside Llewyn Davis.
But in the meantime, here’s what happened on July 30th.
Play loud. Play very loud.