Ever the innovators.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Radiohead in Concert at Via Asagio, Rome – Recorded May 2, 1995 – RAI Radio 2 Planet Rock
Taking a brief step back to the 90s tonight. I was originally going to run this the other week, but got sidetracked and it wound up not getting posted.
Entire websites have been devoted to the music of Radiohead and all the comings and goings of each of the band members. Doubtless, everyone who is a Radiohead fan is also an avid follower of the current side-project Atoms For Peace. So there is really nothing new to offer in the way of insights. Suffice to say, Radiohead have been a major influence in music and we’re all fortunate it’s continuing with no sign of slowing down.
But Radiohead early-on (it’s hard to imagine they’ve been together over 20 years) is always an interesting adventure to listen to. This particular concert was their first in Italy to kick off a tour promoting The Bends in May of 1995. Fortunately, RAI Radio 2 was on hand to record it, and that was fortunate because it’s a great concert.
But don’t take my word for it – crank this up and give it a listen
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.
Provocative and Notorious with a hefty dollop of high energy.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – The Afghan Whigs – Live in Milan – January 30, 1994 – RAI Radio 2
I just couldn’t end up this impromptu week of looking at the 90s in concert without getting a few notes in from The Afghan Whigs. Certainly one of the more influential bands in the American Indie/Alternative scene, The Afghan Whigs were one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the 90s who went on to pioneer the transition of many formerly underground bands into the world of major labels and crossover success.
Tonight it’s a concert from Milan, recorded by the legendary RAI Radio 2 on January 30, 1994 as part of the Gentlemen Tour.
The band, which broke up in 2001, has resurfaced and reunited for a series of gigs. And from reports, they appear to have lost nothing in the intervening years and are currently selling out shows at a rapid rate (check their website for details and tickets).
But it’s back to 1994 tonight and another good excuse to crank this one up . . . .again.
Here comes the weekend.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Elastica live at Bristol Sound City Festival – April 18, 1995 – RAI Radio 2
Staying with the 90s again this week and one of the less-celebrated bands of the Brit-Pop Invasion, Elastica. Fronted by the charismatic (and somewhat toothsome) Justine Frischmann, Elastica created a stir early-on both here and in the UK. Their debut album did very well everywhere and they were voted one of the bands-to-watch in 1995. But things got a little wobbly, and there was a lawsuit over plagiarism that didn’t go down too well. Band members left, citing exhaustion from non-stop touring. And their follow-up album in 2000 was greeted with underwhelming sales and mixed reviews. And by 2001 everyone called it a day.
But for a time they were the next big thing. And this concert, recorded at the 1995 Bristol Sound City Festival on April 18th finds them in peak form. The concert was broadcast over RAI Radio 2, which explains the excited announcements in Italian here and there.
Elastica were one of those bands that made the 90s interesting, and in retrospect, quite a lot of fun to listen to.
This one really does need to be cranked up for.