Home Sweet Rubble.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – CBS Radio News – Special Reports on Hurricane Andrew – August 23, 1992 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
In what became the last Category 5 Hurricane of the 20th Century, Andrew on this August 23rd in 1992 was poised to hit Florida. It hadn’t happened yet, and reports were still sketchy as to where it would eventually hit. But on this day , it was all about the weather and all about holding your breath.
And weather in a few other places – in Montana on this day; snow, five inches of it. Wet snow that snapped trees and downed power lines. Snow that appeared where only a week before was a heat wave and turned-on air conditioners. Tropical depressions in Baja sending up flash-flood warnings to Southern California deserts.
A wild day of weather all over.
Meanwhile, there was a Presidential election campaign going on. President Bush calling Governor Bill Clinton a “whiner”. Bill Clinton calling President Bush a hypocrite over his “no child left behind” mantra. Politics, ever the same.
And that’s how this August 23rd rolled in 1992 – it was a Sunday, and no one seemed to mind that, except the people clamoring to load sandbags and cover storefront windows in Florida. That nightmare was only beginning.
All that, as reported via CBS Radio hourly News and Special Reports for August 23, 1992.
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 . . .
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.
Conor O’Brien of Villagers – busy this Festival season is an understatement.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: [audio https://pastdaily.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/villagers-live-at-printemps-de-bourges-festival-2013-april-27.mp3]
Continuing our monitoring of activity during this Festival season, I ran across this concert recorded Saturday at Le Printemps de Bourges Festival in France. A two-day Festival (Saturday and Sunday), one of the headliners was the Irish Indie band Villagers, who turned in a high-energy set, met by a high-energy audience. Good exchange all around.
I just check their site, and as of today, Villagers are set to perform in no les than 27 festivals between now and the first week of September. Twenty-seven festivals, going all over Europe . . .and that’s not counting Spain.
In case you haven’t noticed, Festivals are becoming huge all over the world, the U.S. quickly playing catch-up with everybody else. It is the one place you can emerse yourself in wall-to-wall music from morning to night (or in the case of New Orleans‘ Jazz Fest – 24 hours, if you take into consideration the massive number of clubs participating). It’s an embarrassment of riches to anyone who has even a passing interest in contemporary music.
And needless to say, if you possibly can, get to a festival near you this Spring/Summer.
But for now – here is what you may have missed on Saturday if you weren’t anywhere in France to hear them.
Crank it up and check them out.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: [audio https://pastdaily.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/ben-webster-live-in-copenhagen-1965.mp3]
A classic club date this week from the legendary Ben Webster and his Quartet, consisting of Kenny Drew, Piano – Nis-Henning Orsted Pedersen, bass and Alex Riel, drums. Recorded at Jazzhus Monmarte in Copenhagen on January 30 and 31st, 1965.
A great set, and part of a 2-CD release on the Jazz Colours label from Germany. The sound is pretty stunning and Webster is in fine form.
Something simply straight-ahead and very cool this Sunday – taking the pace down a few db for the weekend.
And a breath of cool from the frantic pace of the Festivals going on.
- Ben Webster (the78rpmrecordspins.wordpress.com)
Hank Jones – Bringing a warm breeze to Stockholm.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Hank Jones Trio w.Friends – Stockholm 1983 001
A classic concert, recorded live by Sveriges Radio in Stockholm on June 4, 1983, featuring the legendary Hank Jones Trio (w/ Red Mitchell, bass and Shelly Manne, drums) along with guests Chet Baker on Trumpet and Pepper Adams on baritone Sax.
Running almost an hour (probably over an hour if you discount the fade-out in the middle of Consummation for the station break). But a great concert nonetheless, sounding excellent.
So check this one out and enjoy what’s left of the weekend (it’s still Sunday afternoon in L.A., in case you were wondering).
Click on the link here for Audio Player: SonnyRollinsTrio1965-10MunichGermany
The legendary Sonny Rollins this weekend, with a concert recorded in Munich by German Radio in October of 1965. From what I gather, this concert has been recently issued commercially, so it may be nothing particularly new to Sonny Rollins fans and collectors. But if you’re just getting into Jazz, and have only heard about Sonny Rollins, this is a great concert from his experimental 1960’s period. He’s joined by bassist Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen and drummer Alan Dawson.
Here’s what’s on the player:
Sonny Rollins Trio
Munich – October 1965
1. Darn That Dream
2. Standards Medley/There Will Never Be Another You
3. The Song Is You
4. On Green Dolphin Street/Night and Day
Memorable concert and vintage Sonny Rollins.
Can’t ask for better on a Sunday afternoon.