Somewhere in the blizzard of confetti is a band.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Flaming Lips at Villette Sonique – May 24, 2013 – France Radio Le Mouv`
In case you haven’t heard, Flaming Lips are currently on tour with Australia’s Tame Impala as opening act and are slated to play Los Angeles at the end of this month. So if I were you, I’d see if there are any tickets left and definitely go. Although I suspect it’s sold out. They’ve been selling out concerts just about everywhere. But they’ve had a habit of doing that for some time now. Flaming Lips are high on the list of must-see bands.
2013 has been an insanely busy year for the band, with a world tour taking them completely around the globe. Needless to say, they’re in the process of making a lot of new fans.
From one of the Spring Festivals in Europe this past year, Flaming Lips at Villette Sonique in France, recorded on May 24th by the venerable Radio France Le Mouv, as part of their Le Mouv, Le Live weekend program.
Play very loud. Your weekend depends on it.
Mali’s Desert Bluesmen.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Terakaft – In Concert At FIP studios – April 4, 2013 – Radio France/FIP
You’ve probably heard about Terakaft this year. Described as the next generation of Mali‘s Desert Bluesmen, they did a small tour of the U.S. earlier this year, playing SXSW and becoming a surprise hit in the process. They are also coming back to the U.S., with gigs in Los Angeles (at the El Rey Theater) in November and several other cities.
But what you’ve most likely heard about Terakaft is they have been banned in their native Azawad, Mali. The members of the group are currently living in exile in Algeria. With the new, insane fundamentalist regime having taken over, they have decided all Western and non-devotional music be outlawed and Militants have been spotted burning amplifiers, instruments and threatening musicians with amputation and death if they continue doing what they love. And you think getting a band together is tough here . . . . .
Needless to say, the world (at least the sane, rational part of it) has come to the rescue by shedding light on this lunacy. And in the process, has made some startling discoveries from a world of music a lot aren’t all that familiar with.
Terakaft are an amazing group of talented musicians. To say they are virtuoso guitarists is an understatement. They play an intoxicating mixture of East and West and all with such subtle, effortless grace and such avoidance of theatrics that their performances are mesmerizing.
This concert, recorded by Radio France – FIP and performed at FIP studios’ auditorium to a sold-out crowd, gives ample evidence of how truly unique this group is. It was recorded on April 4th of this year.
They are coming to L.A. in November. Get tickets now. Check their tour schedule and see if they are playing where you are. See them and experience them.
Despite all the insanity going on in the world – there are parts that are magnificent. Celebrate those.
Dudamel Mania continues.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Orchestre National de Radio France, Conducted by Gustavo Dudamel – April 13, 2012 – RFI France Musique – Part 1
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Orchestre National de Radio France, Conducted by Gustavo Dudamel – April 13, 2012 – RFI France Musique – Part 2
Over to Paris this week for a concert (recorded last year) by Orchestre National de Radio France, guest conducted by none other than Gustavo Dudamel. This was the first tof two concerts covering the complete Brahms Symphony cycle. And this week’s concert is the first one, from April 13, 2012, featuring Brahms Symphony Number 3 and Symphony Number 1 (in that order).
Needless to say, the audience is thrilled and Dudamel turns in his customary revelatory performance. I don’t think there’s a superlative that hasn’t been used to describe him yet, and suffice to say the orchestra gives him their all. Even the engineers turn in a great performance – not that they usually don’t. The concerts from Radio France Musique are some of the best sounding in the world – hands down.
So it’s a good time all around.
The concert is broken up between two players because some people prefer hearing their symphonies one at a time (I can’t blame you).
So here goes:
Top Player – Brahms: Symphony Number 3
Bottom Player – Brahms: Symphony Number 1
Announcements are in French, and I swear I heard the announcer take a breath . . .once.
Gettin’ down to business.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers – Live at The Paris Olympia – 1958 – RFI
One of my all-time favorites this weekend. Art Blakey was one of the truly innovative, individual and massively influential drummers to grace the Jazz idiom. He took what had previously been considered a by-product of marking time to creating a musical instrument of percussion – giving the drum a voice.
And Blakey was also someone everyone wanted to collaborate with. And so the Jazz Messengers were a very exciting unit to experience as a whole. Here they are in concert in Paris, during the halcyon days where a lot of experimenting and direction-finding were going on.
This concert, recorded over two days (November 22 and December 17, 1958) was given at the legendary Paris Olympia, and features a group consisting of Benny Golson on tenor sax, Bobby Timmons on Piano, Lee Morgan on trumpet and Jimmy Meritt on bass.
Lucky for everyone the venerable Radio France was recording it all. It’s always amazing (but not so surprising) when recognition and the necessity to preserve comes from someplace that isn’t local.
Still happens – they obviously know something we don’t.
Don’t let the nerdy appearance fool you – this kid rocks.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Melissa Laveaux, In Session at FIP – Studio 105 – June 6, 2013
Melissa Laveaux (singer-songwriter-guitarist) comes from Haiti via Montreal. She’s been gigging around Canada the past few years. Has two albums out – the latest, Dying Is A Wild Night was released this past February and she’s been on tour in Europe promoting it and getting some good feedback and audience response in the process.
Tonight’s post features a visit Melissa and her band made to Studio 105 at the venerable FIP while in Paris (FIP is the rock service of Radio France, and like all the other channels, is pretty astonishing) and did a 16 minute set to a packed house.
And in case you were wondering who this person is – click on the link and check her out for yourself.
Lots of good music coming out of Canada lately. Maybe I should devote a week to playing new Canadian acts soon.
We are practically neighbors, ya know.
Update: Just got a tweet from Melissa who informs me she now lives in Paris and the album isn’t out in Canada yet, but will be available in the UK on September 30th. Stay tuned!
So nice, I had to dig him twice.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Ray Charles, live at Palais des Sport, Paris – October 22, 1961 – Radio France
Since I’m a firm believer that you can’t really have too much of a good thing, as a sort of encore to the 1997 Montreux performance, I just turned up this 1961 Paris performance by the legendary Ray Charles.
If you’re like me, the earlier performances have a bite to them that the later ones understandably don’t. For one thing, Ray Charles voice is wonderful in 1961 and the audience is anything but blasè.
So to give you another taste of The Genius of Ray Charles this weekend, here is that concert – recorded live at Palais des Sport in Paris by the venerable ORTF on October 22, 1961.
Let the good times roll.
Koko Taylor – sayin’ it, and the French, diggin’ it. (Photo: Peter Amft)
Click on the link here for Audio Player: [audio https://pastdaily.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/kokotaylor1993-11-15-bordeauxfrance.mp3]
Starting off the weekend with the inimitable Koko Taylor, live in Bordeaux, France on November 15, 1993.
The whole thing (or about an hours worth) recorded live from the stage by Radio France. Something that happens on an almost daily basis with radio and live concerts all over Europe. Funny, we have to go some 5,000 miles (give or take) to hear some of our national treasures.
I guess we take them for granted – they don’t.
In any case, here’s a good dose of downhome to get your weekend started.
Dig it, and come back for more.
- The Chicago Blues (chicagoline.wordpress.com)