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.
Our situation in Syria may have more in common with this than with Saddam.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – NPR News – September 5, 1995 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
On this September 5th the world is holding it’s collective breath. On September 5th in 1995 the world was looking at the situation in the region formerly known as Yugoslavia and that nightmare the ensued after the death of Marshal Josip Broz Tito in 1980 – the leader referred to as “the glue that held it all together” – the six republics known as Yugoslavia.
The glue eventually came apart at the seams, the intense settling of scores and the spread of religious factions exploded and turned the entire area into a slice of hell not witnessed since the darkest days of World War 2. Ethnic Cleansing became a new word in our lexicon of shock and horror in the mid-1990s. Killing was on a mass scale.
The U.S. and NATO attempted to broker a peace settlement but fighting continued before the U.S. staged a number of bombing campaigns on Bosnian Serb sites, finally bringing about the Dayton Agreement in December. But that was a ways off.
The news on this day was about the war in Bosnia as relayed by NPR on September 5, 1995.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Staves live at Lowlands 2013 – Recorded August 16, 2013 – 3voor12/VPRO
Recapping some of the events from Lowlands 2013 this past weekend. One of the opening acts from the first day, The Staves, were an early-on hit. The sisters Staveley-Taylor played material from their debut album, Dead & Born & Grown with a few new songs and won many new converts with their captivating harmonies and ethereal songs. The band are on a pretty busy tour schedule this summer, heading back over to the UK to tour until two dates in September have them sprinting over to Germany, before coming back to the UK and picking up where they left off until November.
They’ve been signed to a major label (Atlantic) which may mean an extra push here and there, but they’ve gotten a pretty good following so far, and judging from the response at Lowlands, they’re being welcome with open arms all over the place. No dates in the U.S. that I can see. So I guess we’ll have to wait until next year for our chance to see them.
And as always – in the meantime, check them out and give a listen to what everyone in Europe is enjoying at the moment. And a big thanks to all the folks at VPRO for keeping the mikes open and recording all these great moments.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Alabama Shakes – live at Lowlands 2013 – recorded August 18, 2013 – 3voor12/VPRO
Finishing up this years Lowlands Festival, with a stellar lineup on Sunday, here is one of the acts from that final day, a festival favorite this year, Alabama Shakes.
Far from the shrinking violet, Alabama Shakes lead singer Brittany Howard rips up the stage with some old fashioned Blues Shouting, and the audience promptly howls approval.
On a huge European tour so far this year (with the odd day or two off here and there), Alabama Shakes is busily promoting their debut album, Boys and Girls as well as their latest ep, Hang Loose. They are slated to come back to the States in September and jump right into a cross-country tour, hitting what looks like primarily a southerly route.
So while you’re waiting for them to show up in your neighborhood, here’s a taste of what Alabama Shakes have been up to the past few months.
Enjoy and . . . . .here comes next week . . .
Stereophonics – One of the tried-and-true bands of Festival season.
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Another blast of Pinkpop 2013 tonight. This time it’s festival veterans Stereophonics, recorded on June 16th (this past Sunday) by the venerable Netherlands Radio outlet VPRO and station 3voor12.
Stereophonics have been around for a while and have a big enough following to fill the 3FM stage easily. They are currently on a huge World Tour, making their way pretty much around the globe between now and September, where they are slated to play some U.S. dates.
Until then, here’s a preview of what you should be seeing when they get here.
Good band. Good concert. Good times.
Surprise hit at London Calling this year.
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Unknown Mortal Orchestra have been a surprise hit at some of the recent Festivals in Europe this year (London Calling 2013), they were enthusiastically greeted at the Villette Sonique Festival in France, just a few days ago.
Pretty good for a band only together for about 3 years. But they aren’t your average band.
One third American and two thirds New Zealand, Unknown Mortal Orchestra is headed up by singer/guitarist Ruban Nielson, along with bassist Jake Portrait and drummer Riley Geare. They’ve just released (as of February) their second album (aptly titled II), which has been very well received, and this mini-tour is to promote the album but also giving audiences a taste of what’s coming in the Fall. They are slated to do a major European tour starting in November, but before then, in September they’ll be playing the Music Fest NW in Portland on the 6th, and heading down to Los Angeles to do a night at The Troubadour on the 27th. Get tickets.
Until then, you can get an idea of what all the excitement is about by sampling this concert, recorded on May 24th by the venerable RFI-Le Mouv’.
Further evidence music is heading in good places.
The Pope Mobile going through its paces.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: News for Oct. 5, 1979
News for this October 5th in 1979 had to do with good jobs numbers in September and the unemployment rate slipping below 6%. Then, as now, it took most everyone by surprise, but the numbers were reassuring the recession was turning around. Extra added bonus was the news the United Auto Workers had reached a tentative contract with Ford.
Meanwhile, Pope John Paul II was continuing his coast-to-coast tour of the U.S. with his arrival in Chicago, to a huge crowd, with over a million expected later on in the evening.
On Capitol Hill – crossing t’s and dotting i’s over the SALT II treaty, making sure everything was verifiable.
That, and a lot more, was how this day rolled in 1979 via Dallas Townsend and The CBS World News Roundup.