Don’t let the Runway good looks fool you.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Anna Calvi – live at The Music Hall of Williamsburg, New York – Dec. 13, 2011
Special thanks tonight to our Bristol UK correspondent Mig Schillace for mentioning Anna Calvi to me. I had only heard about her but not actually heard her in concert. And, as Mig always does, he blew me away. Anna Calvi is relatively new on the scene, having really been around since 2011 (she’s been active since 2005). But in that short time has captured hearts and accolades just about everywhere she’s been. A Musician whose intensity of playing is only matched by her intensity of songs, she is an extraordinary artist. Going somewhat against type (she has a decided Model’s presence – so much so, that Paris Fashionistas are crazy about her), Anna Calvi is an accomplished guitarist, and coupled with a style of singing that fairly aches with passion, she lends a mesmerizing air to the concert hall. Her success is no fluke and her talent is no accident.
She’s currently on tour, coinciding with the release of her new album One Breath, and will be in the States for three dates (so far). One in Brooklyn (at the Music Hall of Williamsburg), one at UCLA‘s Royce Hall on November 11 and one at The Independent in San Francisco. And then it’s back to Europe for a string of dates in France until the end of December. If you happen to be in the vicinity of the three U.S. dates, make it a priority to see her. I suspect it will be memorable.
Tonight it’s a gig from 2011. A short concert from The Music Hall of Williamsburg in New York, recorded on December 13, 2011.
Grizzly Bear – giving Stockholm a welcome taste.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Grizzly Bear – In Session at Sveriges Radio – June 17, 2013
A blast of Americana in Stockholm tonight with Brooklyn Psych-Meisters Grizzly Bear doing a session for Sveriges Radio on June 17th.
Around since 2002 and picking up a large and loyal following, and a fan base that includes such luminaries as Johnny Greenwood of Radiohead, Grizzly Bear have firmly cemented themselves as one of the best new American bands around (if being around since 2002 can be considered “new”). Currently on a big tour that’s taking them everywhere from L.A. to Ireland and points all over Europe, Grizzly Bear are still breaking new ground and gaining new fans.
This session tonight, and the enthusiastic reception they got in Stockholm is further evidence they’re on to something.
If you aren’t familiar with them . . . . .hit the link above and you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Richie Havens – RIP
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Another loss – today it’s Richie Havens, the iconic singer whose appearance at Woodstock in 1969 cemented his place in the annals of Rock. A prolific songwriter whose material constitutes a who’s-who of artists who have recorded his work. He was also a popular and much admired performer in his own right, having toured the world regularly and recording often.
And that voice is now gone, as of today. Richie Havens left us at the still-very vital age of 72 – still with a lot of words and music left unwritten – still with audiences who haven’t yet heard him.
There will be no more new material, but he left a massive catalogue of songs to discover and influence for the future. Small comfort, but the only comfort left, considering.
And the concerts – there are many of those, including this one tonight; recorded at SUNY in Binghampton, New York on April 22, 1982.
The great Richie Havens, in concert and in tribute – a passionate and worldly voice that will be missed.
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.
Al Green – in the 70’s, one of the top five practitioners of Music To Shag To.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Al Green In Session – 1973
Since we’re in the midst of fundraising tonight (via FundRazr and Past Daily on Facebook), I thought I would toss up something special to kick off the Fundraiser and kick off November.
The legendary Al Green. Tonight via an episode of the In-Concert TV series from ABC-TV in 1973.
Here’s what’s on the player:
ABC-TV In Concert
Brooklyn, NY, USA
01. Simply Beautiful
02. Call me
03. Love And Happiness
In the 70’s, Al Green was probably the most popular singer when it came to Music to Shag To. I’m sure more families got started because of him than any other singer of that decade.
If you’re familiar with him, you know – or you probably remember. If you aren’t – put this on the next time you get to fooling around, and see what happens.
- Al Green (vividseats.com)
It got ugly.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: WOR – Martha Deane Pgm. N.Y. Teachers Strike – 1968
A reminder of Teachers’ strikes past – The New York City Teachers’ Strike of 1968 was a months-long, arduous and deeply dividing strike that dragged on for a total of 36 days between May and November of 1968.
At the crux was a confrontation between the community-controlled School board of the Black-majority Ocean Hill-Brownsville suburb of Brooklyn and the New York City Federation of Teachers over the abrupt dismissal of ten teachers and administrators, who were mostly White and Jewish. The dismissal was brought on as the result of the newly created school districts desire to hire more Black teachers and administrators for the primarily Black school district.
What it wound up doing was pitting the community against the Teachers’ Union, who saw it as a conflict between local rights to self-determination and teachers` universal rights as workers. The resulting strike spread throughout the entire city of New York and created a firestorm of controversy and a deep rift in relations between Blacks and Jews that would go on for years after.
Here is an interview in the midst of the crisis with New York City Schools Superintendent Dr. Bernard Donovan on the Martha Deane Program from October 1, 1968.