Survivors from SS Athenia – wrong place – wrong time.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – News from BBC World Service – Paris Radio English service – September 4, 1939 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
With War in Europe officially declared, this day in September 1939, the first official casualties reported wound up being civilians, innocent bystanders, caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. The SS Athenia had been sunk, killing 117. And the news via shortwave listening posts, was all about that.
Amid conflicting reports (and there were a lot of them), the Passenger ship was bound for Montreal from Glasgow when it was torpedoed 200 miles off the Canadian coast. With some 1400 passengers on board, including 300 Americans, the ship was struck by one torpedo.
The Germans denied firing on the ship, even though the German submarine U-30 was seen following the Athenia. And the German passenger ship SS Bremen, en route from New York to Murmansk refused to pick up survivors, despite receiving distress signals.
All told, some 981 passengers and crew were eventually rescued.
But any indication this was going to be a civilized war was quickly abandoned as preparations continued for what was going to be a long and costly conflct.
And that’s what was going on this September 4th in 1939 as reported by The BBC World Service and the English service of Paris Radio.
Roddy Frame With Aztec Camera – Looking to cash in with the Studious Crowd.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Aztec Camera Glasgow Barrowlands 25th August 1984
Since we’re heading into the weekend, I thought I would take a side-trip to the 80s tonight with a mini-concert by Aztec Camera.
Always a favorite. Founded by Roddy Frame, whose razor-sharp lyrics and impeccable song-writing abilities put him several beats ahead of what most bands were doing at the time. That they (he) didn’t achieve the huge popularity in the States they should have enjoyed is something of a mystery. But then, how can you guess what an audience will respond to?
At any rate, here they are right at the break-out point, performing to a sold out house at Barrowlands in Glasgow on August 25th 1984. It’s an extended excerpt of a longer concert – but a nice change of pace for the nightly posts.
An excursion to the 80s never seems like a bad idea anyway.
Back to the new and unfamiliar tomorrow – promise.
Kassidy – things are looking up in Glasgow.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Kassidy – Live At London Calling 2012- May 18, 2012 – Paradiso, Amsterdam
Still sifting through festival season from years back. In this case it’s the Glasgow-based Indie/Folk/Alternative band Kassidy, who truly ripped it up at the London Calling festival in Amsterdam in 2012.
Exhausted from a 15 hour trip to get to the festival, the band nonetheless turn in a kick-ass performance and the audience is appreciatively turbo-charged for the occasion. So it’s good times all around.
I don’t know what their plans are for this year, but I suspect Kassidy will be making the festival rounds quite a bit this Spring and Summer and keep the momentum going. They just finished a stint at SXSW which went down very well. They also have a new album out which may be high on your must-get list.
Check them out if they’re playing anywhere near you. In the meantime, check out their site and give them some support and all around love for their seriously high-voltage efforts.
In the meantime, here is a taste of how you get your week rolling.
Play loud. They did.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Fratellis – Black Session- RFI – Jan. 31, 2007
The Fratellis fairly exploded on the scene in 2006, quietly went on hiatus in 2009 and reunited in 2012 for a charity gig with promises of more to come. Between that time they released two successful albums, were deemed “The Best New Band In Britain” by NME and their first single charted at number 19. Not bad for three guys from Glasgow, who named themselves after a fictional crime family from the film The Goonies.
They had gained a reputation early-on for high energy live shows. This one tonight – a radio studio performance with audience for Radio France International for the program Black Session, was recorded during their skyrocketing period, on January 31, 2007, gives a good idea just how high-energy they were/are. According to The Fratellis website, they are kicking off a tour starting in April. So the high energy continues.
In the meantime, have a listen to what you might have missed in 2007.