Click on the link here for Audio Player: THE SPECIALS – BBC Peel Sessions
Diving into the 70’s this Friday night with The Specials. A session recorded at the BBC for the John Peel Program, most of it from May 23, 1979.
Here’s what’s on the player:
John Peel Program
2. Too Much Too Young (1 and 2 Recored May 23, 1979)
3. Rat Race
4. Blank Expression (3 and 4 session dates not listed)
I have to keep reminding myself that Ska wasn’t all that well known in the States before The Specials showed up in the late 1970’s. We knew about Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff and Reggae. But bands like The Specials were new and they were energetic and they became very popular from the get-go.
No end to things you haven’t heard of, no mater how old or new they are.
- #KeepingItPeel – 2012 (keepingitpeel.wordpress.com)
Trashcan Sinatras – consistently engaging and with word images light years away from the norm.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Trashcan Sinatras – Live at KDHX – Aug.8, 2009
One of my all-time favorite bands, Trashcan Sinatras have been around for a good-long time and show no signs of wear, strain or boredom. They have always been a consistently good and engaging musical unit, with some of the most inspired lyrics of any group I’ve heard in the past 20+ years.
So when I ran across this recent re-release via Soundcloud of a Trashcan Sinatras session at radio station KDHX in St. Louis, from August 8, 2009, I had to include it, not just because they’re great band, but it’s also great way to kick off the week.
Here’s what’s on the player:
Traschcan Sinatras – live at KDHX – August 8, 2009
2. In The Music
3. I Hung My Harp Up The Willows
In an unplugged setting, the subtle turns of phrase and word pictures are magnified and the wonderful talent of this band shines through. But then, I’m a fan so I’m partial.
If you aren’t familiar with Trashcan Sinatras, by all means check them out – they have an incredible catalog of material and all of it is available. If you are familiar with them, and have heard my previous posts of this band, crank this one up and enjoy it.
Charles Walker – Adding the Soulful touch to the proceedings.
Click on the link here for Audio player:The Dynamites Featuring Charles Walker – In Session at KDHX – 2008
Continuing our Week of Funk with The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker, live in session at KDHX in St. Louis. Recorded on January 10, 2008.
Walker, whose career has gone back to the 60’s, hooked up with modern-day Funksters The Dyanamites around 2007 and the collaboration has been a successful one.
Here’s what they recorded that day they fell by the studios at KDHX:
The Dynamites Featuring Charles Walker
KDHX – January 10, 2008
1. Own Thing
2. Dig Deeper
To the people who say modern Soul and Funk is dead, I say Ha. A couple bars of this will prove it.
Dumpstaphunk – spreading NOLA funk far and wide.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk – in Session 2007
Past Daily doesn’t play nearly enough Funk on their nightly roundups. So I’m hoping to remedy that with a taste of New Orleans tonight, by way of the legendary Ivan Neville and his band Dumpstaphunk, recorded in session at KDHX in St. Louis on February 15, 2007.
KDHX, if you haven’t heard about them, are one of the truly committed stations running live sessions of bands passing through the St. Louis area. They have a ton of stuff up on Soundcloud and I would urge you to search out some of the 300+ sessions they currently have up.
Ivan Neville needs no introduction. Part of the iconic Neville family who are synonymous with New Orleans and the rich musical legacy that literally falls out of the woodwork. Going back to Art Neville in the 1950’s, who was one of the early pioneers of Rock/R&B and recorded a string of hit songs for Specialty Records, the dynasty continues with Ivan.
Here’s what’s on the player tonight:
Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk – In Session at KDHX
February 15, 2007
1. What You Want From Me
Time to slip into a groove this week.
The Bonzos – cheerfully taking the piss out of pop music.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: The Bonzo Dog Band – BBC Sessions
A band that defied description, but achieved major cult status over their relatively short period of existence. Originally put together as a take-off on the 20’s craze in the 60’s, and known as the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, they quickly morphed into more of an art=school band run amok and replaced the Doo-Dah with Da-Da and eventually just became known as The Bonzo Dog Band.
Though they may not be familiar to some today, you might hear aspects of them via Monty Python’s Flying Circus, which shared the involvement of Neil Innes and Vivian Stanshall, the Bonzo’s co-founders and musical brains behind the Pythons.
Tonight it’s some of the sessions the band did for the BBC during the 1968 and 1969 period. Because they were so popular in England they appeared often on some of the major BBC Radio programs, so a lot of their live material has survived in one form or another.
Here’s what’s on the player:
1. Tent – (Top Gear – July 29, 1969)
2. Hello Mabel (Saturday Club – October 29, 1968)
3. Look Out There’s A Monster Coming – (Symonds On Sunday – March 1969)
4. Canyons Of Your Mind (Colour Me Pop – December 21, 1968)
There’s a lot more where that came from.
. . .and the world met Bjork.
Click on the Link for audio here: Sugarcubes – BBC Session – Dec. 9, 1987
Together for a comparatively short period of time, The Sugarcubes managed to, not only put Iceland on the map as a potential hotbed of musical activity, but also turned everyone on to Bjork, the visually ethereal and sonically hypnotic lead singer who went on to greater heights as a solo artist.
So tonight it’s a session the band recorded for the BBC, just as they were getting international notice and a huge following in 1987.
Here’s what you’re in for:
Sugarcubes – BBC Session of December 9, 1987
2. Cold Sweat
3. Delicious Demon
Further evidence the 80’s were all over the map, musically. And The Sugarcubes fit in quite nicely.
The Futureheads – going from strength to strength.
Click on the Link and play loud: The Futureheads In Session 2010
I first discovered The Futureheads on Myspace around the time their second album had come out. They were gathering a good word of mouth and gigging pretty consistently. That was 8 years ago and a lot has happened in that time. A string of successful singles and four albums to their credit, The Futureheads have become one of England’s most popular post-Punk bands and all the work and slogging have paid off.
Here is a session they did on July 21, 2010 at XFM-104.9, a relatively new independent Rock station in London.
Here’s the rundown:
1. I Can Do That
2. Man Ray
3. The Chaos
Since we’re heading to the end of the week, I thought it might good to increase the voltage a bit. If you aren’t familiar with this band, now’s a great opportunity to get acquainted. I suspect they’ll be touring around the States soon.