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.
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.
Wire – one of those bands that got under your skin and stayed there.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Wire in Session for John Peel – BBC – January 18, 1978
One of those bands who made a lasting impression on me during the halcyon days of the late 1970s. Wire had an uncanny knack of forcing your attention on them and leaving you feeling like you actually heard something relevant when they finished. And they only managed to grow over the years. Still, their masterpiece has always been Wire 154. But their early material was what got my interest.
Tonight’s post is from the first of a series of sessions Wire did for John Peel at The BBC. This one is from January 18, 1978 (broadcast on January 31st).
These four tracks give some idea of why they were different and several cuts above most bands of the period.
Wire – John Peel Session: January 18, 1978
1. Practice Makes Perfect
2. I Am The Fly
3. Culture Vultures
4. 106 Beats That
Luckily for everyone, the band is still together, gigging and recording. They’ve lost none of their edge.
And that’s worth a big sigh of relief.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Duke Spirit – Live @ Exit Festival, Croatia – July 13, 2012
The Exit Festival in Serbia is probably one of biggest festivals going on in Eastern Europe at the moment. It hasn’t been around for long (since 2000 as far as I can suss out), and this years’ plans to be a memorable one. If the rumors currently floating around are true, this will be the final appearance of Bloc Party before their scheduled hiatus. It also will feature Atoms For Peace as headliners (this Saturday, the 13th), and the buzz surrounding the Thom Yorke/Flea collaboration is pretty intensely positive at the moment (having been to the “rehearsal” gig in L.A. last month, I can attest it will be something not to miss). The festival site has been making available some of their previous headliners, including tonight’s post with The Duke Spirit from last year.
One of those bands who have achieved far flung popularity based on the Internet and word-of-mouth, The Duke Spirit made a big splash a couple years ago, and are actively touring, including a few dates in the States this summer. This concert from 2012 is pretty high-energy, made probably more high voltage by the amount of limiting the soundboard engineer used during the performance. I suspect they were pretty loud though, so putting a big foot on the loud bits was probably a necessity at the time.
In any event, this performance kicks ass and the Turbo-charged vocals of Leila Moss make this one of those must-play-loud concert offerings, particularly since we’re galloping to the middle of the week and need all the help we can get.
Part of that haywire, dysfunctional, milestone family.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: BBC London Report – Week of June 9, 1977
Despite views to the contrary, when a pivotal band loses one or more of their members, things just never feel the same. When I recently saw a concert by the remaining members of The Who (Roger Daltry and Pete Townshend), I quipped they really needed to rename themselves The Why, as two of the most crucial, yet seemingly non-essential members of that band were no longer with us. The thing about bands who have established themselves over the years, is that they are the sum total of all these divergent parts. Genesis without Peter Gabriel no longer seemed interesting. Peter Gabriel without Genesis didn’t seem all that interesting either. The Beatles in their solo capacities weren’t nearly as interesting or compelling as the sum total of the band itself. These distinctly different personalities and points of view, put in the context of a working unit somehow fueled each other in ways as individuals they didn’t and still don’t.
But that’s my opinion. And you know what they say about opinions and body parts.
I ran across this interview (one of the rare ones I understand) with Who bassist John Entwistle, done by the BBC and put together for their syndicated package London Report, which originally aired during the week of June 9, 1977. Aside from the interview, which is broken up over several episodes, there is also then-current news of the music scene at the time. The re-formed 10cc, The Kinks musical, Queen not so beloved by the Press, The Sex Pistols in the news – and lots more.
So here is a slice of Rock History – on one hand a rare interview with The Who’s John Entwistle, and the goings-on in a Music world hot in the grips of change.
All interesting stuff, with more on tap in the coming months.
Green Day – the perfect band to blow off steam to.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: [audio https://pastdaily.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/green-day-live-in-berlin-2012.mp3]
Capping one of the stranger, more anxiety provoking weeks in a long time, it only seemed appropriate to post something decidedly loud and out-of-control this weekend.
Green Day, live in Berlin and record in 2012 by the venerable RBB (Radio Berlin).
Adding anything regarding Green Day would no doubt be redundant and preaching to the choir. So rather than gum up this post with useless words, just let the music speak for itself.
. . .and if you don’t know to crank this one up by now, I cannot possibly help you.
Take the weekend off and enjoy life. It ain’t, as you’ve noticed, forever.
The Jam – giving the jolt the music world needed.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: The Jam – Live at The 100 Club – 1977
Some early Jam this weekend. One of the earlier recorded concerts, done as part of a Special broadcast to the U.S., live from the 100 Club in London, recorded on September 11, 1977.
The UK had already become well accustomed to the Punk and New Wave Movements – the U.S.; not so much – radio was resistant and the audience was slowly coming around by the likes of our own counterparts, The Ramones. But it was still not as universally accepted as it was in other parts of the world. There were still some months to go, and things really wouldn’t get rolling until early 1978.
So this broadcast was something of a introduction to what had been happening for a while in the UK. The Jam proved to be in fine form and this is one of the best sounding early examples of their work.
Nothing like kicking your weekend into high gear.
Joe Jackson – In 1980 he was more than a household name – he was rapidly becoming an institution.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: 1980-12-27 BBC In Concert (Joe Jackson) – remaster
If there was anyone in danger of being overexposed on radio in the late 70s/early 80s, it would have to have been Joe Jackson. You couldn’t walk past a radio playing anywhere and not hear any one of the virtual avalanche of hits Jackson generated during that period of time. Jackson ushered in that post-Punk phase known as New Wave and the Pop Music world went on a feeding frenzy as a result. In a short period of time, Jackson garnered over five Grammys between 1979 and 1981 – which gives some indication the scope of his popularity.
So as a reminder of how much memorable material this artist was responsible for, here is Joe Jackson, in a concert recorded live at The Hammersmith Palais in London on December 27, 1980 by the ever-present BBC Radio 1 as part of their In Concert series.
Welcome to the 80s – a whole hour’s worth.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: 1981-01-xx BBC In Concert (Generation X)
Skipping a couple decades tonight and heading over to the Paris Theater in London for a half-hour set by Generation X, featuring the inimitable Billy Idol.
Recorded by The BBC on January 1, 1981 it features the band in top form, starting off the set with their then-new single and soon-to-become hit, Dancin’ With Myself.
And it goes from there.
Good show, meant to be played loud – and it’s Friday tomorrow anyway, so you get the jump on the weekend.
Who says the 80s are dead?
The Damned – the right place at the right time in 1976, giving Pop music a well-deserved kick in the ass.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: The Damned – BBC Sessions – 1976
The Damned’s first session for John Peel at BBC RAdio 1, first broadcast on November 30, 1976. And a memorable one it was, since their first single, and the single universally acknowledged as the first Punk single to be released, was riding high on the wave of popularity throughout England, this week in November of that year.
Needless to say, the writing was on the wall for the remainder of the 1970’s.
Here’s that complete session from 1976:
The Damned – John Peel Session November 30, 1976
1. Stab Your Back
2. Neat, Neat, Neat
3. New Rose
4. So Messed Up
Yes, crank this one way up.