Adding a touch of ethereal to the Springtime festivities.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Melody’s Echo Chamber – Live At Primavera 2013, Barcelona Spain – May 25, 2013 – RNE Radio 3
One of the surprise hits at this years Primavera Festival, Melody’s Echo Chamber. An engaging new band made more engaging by the enthralling voice and presence of Melody Prochet whose band it just so happens to be. The band went on late, and Melody apologizes, but the audience didn’t seem to mind. The gave a great performance and the audience gave a great reaction.
So here is that concert from Saturday night, May 25th as presented by the venerable (and always busy) Radio Nacional España Radio 3, minus the chatty commentators.
Enjoy – there’s more where that came from.
Life of the party . . . .
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Two Door Cinema Club – Live at Low Cost Festival 2013 – RNE Radio 3 – July 26, 2013
Continuing Festival Season with another stop-off at the Low Cost Festival in Benidorm Spain with a performance from the opening day by Two Door Cinema Club. Only their fifth year as a Festival, Low Cost has become another in that seemingly endless of festivals attracting a big audience. This years festival included, in addition to Two Door Cinema Club, Portishead, Toy, Belle and Sebastian and Crystal Castles, also included some notable Spanish bands, Love of Lesbian, Los Enimegos, Lori Meyers and a bunch of others.
At some point, some enterprising travel agency is going to have to start booking what could be known as Mosh-Pit Tours – a tour through Europe during Festival Season, hitting as many as possible. It would be exhausting, but a lot of fun.
While we’re all waiting for that to happen, we’ll have to settle for the next best thing – the venerable Radio Nacional España Radio 3, and their albeit chatty announcers (which listeners and readers have been complaining about, but apparently curbs a goodly amount of bootlegging) and a casual substitute for the real thing, although I understand Benidorm is a beach community which would make it high on the list of festivals to check out in person next year.
But for now – enjoy.
Irma Thomas – Sendin’ some Soul to Spain
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Irma Thomas, live at Black Is Back Soul Weekend – June 16, 2013
It’s hard to believe the Black Is Back Soul Weekend festival was the first time Queen of Soul Irma Thomas played in Spain. But from all accounts it was true. Needless to say, the legend hit Madrid and the audience went nuts.
And for good reason. Irma Thomas is one of those living legends we always talk about and she was in fine form this past Sunday. Luckily for those of us not able to be there, the always wonderful Radio Nacional Espana Radio 3 was on hand to broadcast the goings on.
One thing – lots of talking between songs, and mostly talking over intros. From what I’ve been experiencing the past few years of recording streaming audio from overseas, it’s one of those things announcers do in Europe; talk a lot – they all seem to. But if it meant not hearing this huge moment and that incredible voice, I’ll take the banter any day. Besides, the sound is wonderful.
So with all that, turn this one up and bask in the heady glow of a living legend. It’s good for you.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: [audio https://pastdaily.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/cyan-live-at-rne-radio-3.mp3]
Cyan are a band from Barcelona. They’ve been together since 2008 and have just released their third album, Delapso and have been regarded by the Spanish press as one of the Best Bands of 2011. Fronted by Javi Fernandez whose potent vocals have contributed a lot to the band’s high regard among press and fans alike in Spain.
But nobody really knows about them in the U.S.. Okay – they sing in Spanish and they haven’t been out of their native Spain to do any touring or gigging to speak of. And in fact, they’ve been on an extensive tour of Spain starting in March to promote the new album. They are rumored to be playing a number of the upcoming Festivals in Madrid and Barcelona during the Summer. And with any luck, they might catch the ear of someone who will suggest they make a few appearances in the States. Just sayin’.
In the meantime, here is a session they recorded earlier this week for the groundbreaking RNE 3 program Los Conciertos de Radio 3. Like most Broadcast outlets around Europe, they devote just as much time to homegrown acts as they do from outside Spain – and it’s from programs like this that you get a real sense of what the music scene is like on a local level – and there are some gems to be found.
Cyan is one of those gems and its further evidence that music can make a difference wherever it goes.
Pablo Matias Lopez of Maez – taking the neo-Folk genre to Spanish heights.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Los conciertos de Radio 3 – Maez – full session – 28_09_12
Ever since Mumford & Son quietly overwhelmed the Pop music scene, with their stripped-down, straight-ahead production and emphasis on acoustic rather than electric instruments, it has signalled something of an “okay” for a lot of bands to take the acoustic route and do likewise. And the result has been, not only interesting, it’s become world wide and gaining a lot of popularity in the process.
Tonight, for example is Maez, a band fronted by singer-songwriter Pablo Matias Lopez, who has only been doing this since 2010. Maez is being categorized as “neo-Folk”, and that may be something of a pigeon hole because I think this band has a lot going for it at the moment. Having released their debut album We’ll Never Make It Home last year, they’ve been gathering a good word of mouth outside their native Spain and I suspect we’ll be seeing them over on this side of the Atlantic sometime this year.
They recorded this mini-concert in the studios of Radio Nacional Espana’s Radio 3 as part of their Los Conciertos de Radio 3 on September 28th of this past year, and it gives a pretty good idea of what this band is up to.
The extra added bonus is they sing in English, which I am noticing a lot, if not most, bands from Europe are doing in recent years.
I found myself giving this a repeat listening – there’s a lot going for it and Maez is definitely a band to watch out for in the coming year.
You heard it here first.
Pasajero – A taste of Alt/Indie from Madrid.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Los conciertos de Radio 3 – Pasajero – 03_01_13
Over to Madrid this week for a mini-concert, recorded live at RNE Radio 3‘s studios as part of their weekly Los Conciertos de Radio 3 series.
Pasajero haven’t been around that long, having gotten together in 2011, but in a short time they are getting a good word of mouth going, on both sides of the Atlantic.
Tonight it’s a Studio Concert they recorded on the 3rd of January this year.
Further evidence music is happening everywhere and you can’t miss it.
Yves Abel – another bright and promising light on the podium.
Click on the link here for Audio Player:Orquesta Sinfonica de Asturias
Back after a two week hiatus, this week it’s back to Spain with a concert by Orquesta Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias, led by Yves Abel and featuring Basque-born cellist Asier Polo in music of Dutilleux, Rosini-Respighi and Liszt. It was recorded live in concert by the venerable Radio Nacional Espana’s Radio Clasica channel on February 17th of this year.
A little short, coming in at a little over an hour, but a good mid-week break.
Here’s what’s on the player:
Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias
Concierto celebrado en el Auditorio Príncipe Felipe de
Oviedo el 17 de febrero de 2012.
DUTILLEUX: “Tout un monde lointain…”, concierto para
violonchelo y orquesta. RESPIGHI: La boutique
fantasque: Suite. LISZT: Los preludios, S. 97, R. 414. Asier.
Polo (vc.), Orq. Sinf. del Principado de Asturias. Dir.: Yves.
Both Abel and Polo are getting very good press throughout Europe. They are definitely two talents to watch for.
In the meantime, it’s Anti-Road Rage Wednesday (or Thursday where you are). So enjoy.