Click on the link here for Audio Player – Birdy in Concert from Göttingen – Recorded Sept, 14, 2013 – NDR-Radio 2
Kicking off the new week with new music. This time it’s Birdy in concert, recorded just a few days ago (September 14th) at Göttingen Germany and broadcast live by NDR Radio 2. At only 17, Birdy has become a household name with a lot of people. And by the sound of it, more people every day.
Simple and mesmerizing – straight forward and down-to-earth, Birdy is one of those effortless artists whose music has been embraced by a wide swath of listeners.
Performing earlier this year at the prestigious and historic San Remo Festival in Italy, Birdy was a surprise hit with the Italian audience who tuned in by the millions to catch her performance broadcast live by RAI.
Birdy’s newest album, Fire Within, is planning on a release in September this year (September 23rd to be exact) and there is much anticipation by both the audience and press that Birdy is an artist definitely on the rise.
And hearing this concert from Germany just proves that point.
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.