Division of Laura Lee – mesmerizing and heady Alternative from Sweden.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Division of Laura Lee and JJ – live at Knarrholmen Festival, Sweden, August 21, 2013 – Sveriges Radio P3
Over to Sweden tonight for a live session from the 2013 Knarrholmen Festival featuring Indie/Alt/Post-Punk band Division of Laura Lee, combined with the Indie/Acoustic/Dream-Pop band JJ. The proceedings were recorded on August 21st in a special radio broadcast from the festival site.
No shortage of interesting and adventuresome bands coming out of Sweden in recent years, and Sveriges Radio (the Pubilc Broadcasting outlet in Sweden) have been busily recording everything for later broadcast, just to give you some idea of how interesting the current scene is over there.
And if you aren’t already familiar, here’s a good place to start.
Crank it up and enjoy.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – New York Philharmonic – Aaron Copland, guest Conductor – November 11, 1980 – Part 1
Click on the link here for Audio Player- New York Philharmonic – Klaus Tennstedt, guest Conductor – November 11, 1980 – Part 2
Something historic again this week. The New York Philharmonic in concert from 1980, featuring Aaron Copland and Klaus Tennstedt, guest conductors. Copland was made Honorary Conductor of the Philharmonic on his 70th birthday in 1970 and he frequently returned over the years to lead the orchestra in his own works. This week he’s leading the orchestra (during the first half) in his Symphonic Ode.
The second half is given over to guest Conductor Klaus Tennstedt, who leads the orchestra in Mahler‘s Symphony Number 5.
The concert is broken up into two parts – Part 1 (top player) features the Copland and Part 2 (bottom player) features the Mahler.
Historic concert and the orchestra is top-notch as always. Two major figures in music, sadly no longer with us.
The broadcast date lists it as November 11, 1980, but I believe it was recorded in concert several weeks, if not months earlier. It’s 1980 for sure though.
One of the major figures in American Classical Music in the 1930s and 40s.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – John Alden Carpenter – Tango from Dance Suite – NBC Orchestra cond. by Henri Nosco – July 6, 1944 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
Some Americana tonight – actually North Americana approximating South Americana by a popular composer of the 1930s and 1940s, John Alden Carpenter who premiered his Dance Suite in 1943. Carpenter was considered one of the more accessible of the Modern composers. His works had an adventuresome spirit, while maintaining an aura of the familiar and he was very popular among the group of Modern American Composers during that time.
This performance, the first broadcast of the 2nd movement, is from July 6, 1944 and features the NBC Studio Orchestra conducted by Henri Nosco, as part of the radio series Music Of The New World. As far as I can tell, there isn’t a commercial recording available of this Suite and certainly no commercial recording of this performance.
So something perhaps unfamiliar and rare, all at the same time.
And in 1980 they looked like this . . . .
Click on the link here for Audio Player – U2 – Live In Session at The BBC – 1980 – BBC 6 Music
Something familiar tonight, but early. U2 in 1980 as they were hitting the charts with I Will Follow (and the rest is history). It’s interesting to consider this band has been hugely successful for over 30 years now. I don’t recall at the time, that anyone really thought U2 were all that unique, except Bono had a compelling stage presence and the band had the ability to cross over to a larger mainstream audience.
They were also at the right place, at the right time.
But in 1980 it was still up in the air and U2 hadn’t been dubbed The Greatest Rock n’ Roll Band In The World yet.
How times change.
. . . and the backup band, The New York Philharmonic, were no slouches either.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: The New York Philharmonic at Hollywood Bowl – September 1, 1963 – Part 1
Click on the link here for Audio Player: The New York Philharmonic at Hollywood Bowl – September 1, 1963 – Part 2
Another extreme rarity this week. One of the rare visits by The New York Philharmonic to The Hollywood Bowl. This one, featuring Music Director Leonard Bernstein and legendary soloists Jascha Heifetz, violin and Gregor Piatigorsky, cello. The concert was recorded and never broadcast, on September 1, 1963.
This was an all-Brahms concert. It opens with the Academic Festival Overture, followed by the Symphony Number 4. After intermission they are joined by Heifetz and Piatigorsky for the Double Concerto.
Since it’s still festival season, and this concert comes almost fifty years to the day (week after next), I couldn’t think of a better excuse than to run it. Besides, it’s doubtful this has ever been heard since it was recorded. So that makes it special all around.
It’s on two players – the top player features the Academic Festival Overture and the 4th Symphony. The bottom player features the Double Concerto. The audience applauds in almost all the wrong places and there is the odd airplane flying overhead. Ah . . .the outdoors in L.A.
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 . . .
George Whitefield Chadwick – symbolized American Classical Music before the age of Copland.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: George W. Chadwick – A Vagrom Ballad – NBC Studio Orchestra – Henri Nosco – June 28, 1945 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
Before the likes of Aron Copland, Roy Harris and many other composers of the “modern period” of American Classical music revolutionized the concert stages of the world, the music of George Whitefield Chadwick, Horatio Parker, Amy Beach and equally many others, were mainstays of the “romantic period” of American Classical music into the first decade of the 20th century.
Most are relatively forgotten now, but a reassessment of the period has taken place and a number of works by these previously forgotten composers have seen the light of recent day.
One of those composers is George W. Chadwick. Ironically, tonights post, A Vagrom Ballad was recently given a new lease on life by way of a recent recording (2008) as well as a number of his other orchestral and instrumental works, and the overall impression has been favorable.
Tonight it’s a 1945 broadcast recording by The NBC Studio Orchestra, conducted by Henri Nosco as part of NBC’s Music Of The New World series, featuring George Whitfield Chadwick’s A Vagrom Ballad from his Symphonic Sketches, first aired on June 28, 1945.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: T. Rex In Concert At Wembley – March 18, 1972
Since we’re heading into a holiday tomorrow, I thought I’d get things partly rolling with a classic T. Rex concert, recorded at Wembley on March 18, 1972.
There’s a lot of live T. Rex material out there, but unfortunately, not much is very good. This one sounds excellent and it gives further evidence to the remarkable talent he was. At the time, I don’t recall T.Rex being taken all that seriously – something on the par with early Sweet and Bay City Rollers – bands that relied on appearance and songs loaded with hooks that had a lot of teen appeal, but not a whole lot beyond that. But over the years Marc Bolan has grown in stature – songs like Jeepster and Ride A White Swan are considered classics today. Even though the T.Rex fanbase was decidedly teen at the time – those teenagers have grown up and are now quite middle-aged. One wonders what Marc Bolan would be doing now, had fate not stepped in and ended his career. It’s true that, at the time of his death, his music was evolving. So it’s interesting to consider what T. Rex would sound like today.
But we’ll never know – and we will always be wondering.
For tonight at least, there’s no room for wondering – here is what Marc Bolan and T.Rex sounded like, smack in the middle of their heyday.
Bobby Blue Bland – Sinatra of The Blues
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Bobby Blue Bland – live at The Boarding House, San Francisco – Oct. 8, 1975
More sad news to report tonight – the passing of Blues legend Bobby “Blue” Bland at the age of 83. One of the vital voices in the world of Blues, his career spanned several decades and he was influential to a whole generation of artists who sought to follow in his footsteps.
Mixing Blues with Gospel, Bland cultivated a sound that was uniquely his and recorded a string of memorable hits that earned him a well-justified place in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. Dubbed everything from “Lion of The Blues” to “Sinatra of the Blues”, Bobby Blue Bland was a widely recognized and admired performer.
As way of tribute tonight, I ran across a live performance from 1975. Recorded for radio station KSAN in San Francisco, it features Bobby Bland (along with guitarist Wayne Bennett) in one of his signature performances. From a period of time I remember very well, as he played on several occasions in Los Angeles at several clubs around town with a band known as The Mellow Fellows.
Unforgettable and sorely missed.
Many grateful thanks for your wonderful legacy.
Grizzly Bear – giving Stockholm a welcome taste.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Grizzly Bear – In Session at Sveriges Radio – June 17, 2013
A blast of Americana in Stockholm tonight with Brooklyn Psych-Meisters Grizzly Bear doing a session for Sveriges Radio on June 17th.
Around since 2002 and picking up a large and loyal following, and a fan base that includes such luminaries as Johnny Greenwood of Radiohead, Grizzly Bear have firmly cemented themselves as one of the best new American bands around (if being around since 2002 can be considered “new”). Currently on a big tour that’s taking them everywhere from L.A. to Ireland and points all over Europe, Grizzly Bear are still breaking new ground and gaining new fans.
This session tonight, and the enthusiastic reception they got in Stockholm is further evidence they’re on to something.
If you aren’t familiar with them . . . . .hit the link above and you’ll know what I’m talking about.