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.
“Look into my eyes: You’re getting groovy”.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Hank Jones Trio – Live at The BBC – May 28, 1994
Taking a turn to the mellow this weekend, with a concert by the great Hank Jones and his Trio, broadcast on the BBC from May 28, 1994.
Jones is joined by Jesper Lundgaard on bass and Idris Muhammad on drums.
And for those of you interested in what’s being played . . . .
1. Lament (Donald Byrd) (8:18)
2. Lady Luck (Thad Jones) (7:09)
3. On Green Dolphin Street (Bronslau Kaper) (6:40)
4. Upon Reflection (Thad Jones) (7:26)
5. A Child is Born (Thad Jones) (6:03)
6. Speak Low (Kurt Weill) (5:54)
7. Emily (Johnny Mandel) (5:57)
8. Interlude (Hank Jones) (5:43)
Something to help you slip into Autumn(except maybe in Los Angeles, where it’s still 90-thereabouts).
Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
- Note by Note (moviewise.wordpress.com)
Another surprise at Lowlands this year.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Deep Sea Arcade – Lowlands 2013 – Recorded August 16, 2013 – VPRO
Another surprise hit from the 2013 Lowlands Festival. Deep Sea Arcade come from Sydney and, like their compatriots Tame Impala, Pond and a veritable Tsunami of others, have created something of a resurgence in music from Australia this year.
Here is their set, as recorded by VPRO on August 16, 2013.
Sometimes it just makes perfect sense.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: The Soup Dragons, In session for John Peel – 1986 – BBC Radio
Something slightly more familiar (at least to some of you) tonight. The Soup Dragons got started in 1985 and finished up in 1995. Between those ten years they released 6 albums and one compilation, a pile of singles and really only had one memorable hit; a version of the Rolling Stones classic I’m Free.
Initially inspired by 70s band The Buzzcocks, they shifted gears after a year and got into a more rock-Indie-Pop crossover sound, and it was during this time they scored their major hit.
After splitting up in 1995, the band members went off into other groups, some known and some obscure.
But before all that, here is a session they did early-on in their career for the venerable John Peel on February 6, 1986.
Maybe you remember them – maybe you don’t.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Staves live at Lowlands 2013 – Recorded August 16, 2013 – 3voor12/VPRO
Recapping some of the events from Lowlands 2013 this past weekend. One of the opening acts from the first day, The Staves, were an early-on hit. The sisters Staveley-Taylor played material from their debut album, Dead & Born & Grown with a few new songs and won many new converts with their captivating harmonies and ethereal songs. The band are on a pretty busy tour schedule this summer, heading back over to the UK to tour until two dates in September have them sprinting over to Germany, before coming back to the UK and picking up where they left off until November.
They’ve been signed to a major label (Atlantic) which may mean an extra push here and there, but they’ve gotten a pretty good following so far, and judging from the response at Lowlands, they’re being welcome with open arms all over the place. No dates in the U.S. that I can see. So I guess we’ll have to wait until next year for our chance to see them.
And as always – in the meantime, check them out and give a listen to what everyone in Europe is enjoying at the moment. And a big thanks to all the folks at VPRO for keeping the mikes open and recording all these great moments.
Currently racing across Europe on a marathon of Festivals.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Imagine Dragons, live at Lowlands 2013 – Recorded August 17, 2013 by 3voor12/VPRO, The Netherlands
Back over to Lowlands 2013 for another concert, finished just hours ago. This time it’s Imagine Dragons, who have been criss-crossing Europe and the U.S. all Summer and are clearly having a great year. The Las Vegas-based band have been getting serious attention ever since their debut album, Night Visions came out in September of last year.
They are scheduled to finish up the European leg of the tour in Leeds on the 25th of August. And then it’s back to the States for a bunch of dates before heading back over to Europe and then back to the U.S. before heading back to Europe and, from what I can tell, ending up the year in Barcelona. Who says touring is simple? But clearly, it’s what you have to do if you’re going to make any dent in your career.
For those of you getting ready to catch them on one of their upcoming U.S. dates, and want to hear what they’re up to – check out the concert from earlier today, recorded by the ever-present 3voor12/VPRO outlet in The Netherlands.
And no doubt, more will be posted as soon as it comes in – the festival is over tomorrow.
Kicking off Lowlands 2013
Click on the link here for Audio Player – The Joy Formidable – Live At Lowlands 2013 – recorded August 16, 2013 – by 3voor12/VPRO
Another festival starting up this weekend. This one, the Lowlands Festival in The Netherlands started on Friday and goes until Sunday.
One of the opening acts for the first day was The Joy Formidable, who have been getting massive amounts of attention and good press this year and they’ve kicked off the festival in grand fashion.
Recorded by the venerable VPRO, I suspect this is an extended excerpt of a longer concert, but since it happened literally hours ago, this is all that’s available right now.
So if you don’t have the opportunity to head over to The Netherlands and dive into Lowlands 2013 this weekend, here’s the next best thing. So far, there are first-day concerts from Villagers, Staves, Deep Sea Arcade, Biffy Clyro and Alunageorge – and that’s just a sampling. It should be a happening affair this year and there’s two more days to go.
Melanie – Forever known as the Face of Woodstock
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Melanie in Concert at The Paris Theater – 1975 – BBC 6 Music
Melanie is one of those artists who helped define the genre of the Singer-Songwriter in the 1960s. Straddling the worlds of Pop and Folk, Melanie managed to embrace both worlds and achieve a great deal of success as the result.
With a catalog of songs covered by everyone from Nina Simone to Mott The Hoople, she’s enjoyed a long and celebrated career. And with some 34 albums to her credit, there’s very little chance you may not have heard of her.
Tonight it’s a concert given at the BBC’s Paris Theater in 1975. A half hour of Melanie as solo artist.
And then you’ll know why some of those songs sounded so familiar.
So nice, I had to dig him twice.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Ray Charles, live at Palais des Sport, Paris – October 22, 1961 – Radio France
Since I’m a firm believer that you can’t really have too much of a good thing, as a sort of encore to the 1997 Montreux performance, I just turned up this 1961 Paris performance by the legendary Ray Charles.
If you’re like me, the earlier performances have a bite to them that the later ones understandably don’t. For one thing, Ray Charles voice is wonderful in 1961 and the audience is anything but blasè.
So to give you another taste of The Genius of Ray Charles this weekend, here is that concert – recorded live at Palais des Sport in Paris by the venerable ORTF on October 22, 1961.
Let the good times roll.
Squeeze – The effortless ease into Post-Punk.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Squeeze – live at Oxford Polytechnic – 1981 – BBC 6 Music
70s/80s favorites Squeeze tonight, in concert at Oxford Polytechnic in 1981. One of those bands that started off in Punk and drifted into the Post-Punk direction in the late 70s. Always a band that had great songs to offer, with some of the best lyrics to be heard in quite a long time.
In this concert, they do some of their earlier material, including songs from the East Side Story album which had been released the year of this concert.
If you’re familiar with Squeeze, and are a fan, you will no doubt remember most of the tracks played here.
You may want to consider this concert a sing-along.
Well . . . .it is Friday night and all.
They’re currently on tour, primarily in the UK – if you’re in the neighborhood where they’re playing, you might to check them out.
In any event, crank up and get ready for the Weekend.