Another legendary figure who left too soon.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Isaac Hayes – Live at Montreux 2005 – RTS, Switzerland
The legendary Isaac Hayes this weekend. In concert from the 2005 Montreux Festival.
Isaac Hayes is another one of those influential artists who left all too soon. As one of the primary writing figures at Stax, Hayes (along with writing partner Don Porter) turned out some of the most memorable songs during the Golden Soul years of the 60s. Writing such hits as Soul Man and Hold On, I’m Coming for Sam & Dave, they practically defined the Stax sound.
As a composer and producer in his own right, he was responsible for such classics as Hot Buttered Soul and the Theme to Shaft and a string of soundtracks in what became known as the Blaxploitation genre.
A versatile talent whose career spanned many areas, all the way down to voice-overs on South Park, Hayes was going through a dramatic career resurgence when a massive stroke took his life in 2008.
So as a reminder of just how great a musician and musical force he was, here is that Montreux concert with Isaac Hayes, playing before a wildly enthusiastic audience and showing everyone just how it’s done.
We won’t be forgetting that for very long time – if ever.
The Godfather of Soul has spoken.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – James Brown – live at the 1981 Montreux Festival – RSR (Swiss Radio)
It’s the Godfather of Soul this weekend – the legendary James Brown, recorded in concert at the 1981 Montreux Festival.
There isn’t a whole lot anybody can say about James Brown, that hasn’t been said and reiterated hundreds of times before. All I can say is, after running one of his Hollywood Bowl concerts f rom 1968 some time back, it’s amazing the energy and vitality was still intact. Certainly a tribute to the amazing artist who influenced so many during his career.
If, for some unknown reason, you’re not familiar with James Brown, and never got a chance to see him in concert, here is the next best thing.
And for Labor Day Weekend, there’s nothing like a few words from The Hardest Working Man In Show Business.
Getting Ethereal for the weekend.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Beach House in concert at Paleo Festival 2013 – Nyon, Switzerland – July 24, 2013 – RSR
Staying at The Paleo Festival 2013 tonight for a set by Baltimore Dream Pop/Space Merchants Beach House (actually, one half of the band, Victoria Legrand is from Paris . . .but the band did form in Baltimore so . . .), recorded on July 24th, just one day after Sophie Hunger.
What I am loving about the current festival scene is the eclectic nature of it – a lot of musical styles are getting mashed up under one tent, and there’s something refreshing about that. Nobody seems afraid to experiment and nobody seems afraid to try different things. That bodes well for the continued cause of music and new genres to form.
Beach House are of the well-defined Dream Pop genre, but they are still wildly enjoyable to listen to. Victoria Legrand’s voice has the right essence of ethereal to make it compelling for repeated listenings. Initially formed in 2002, Beach House really didn’t get off the ground until the release of their self-titled first album in 2006. With a lot of positive Press and favorable audience reaction, the band started to take off.
Now they’re on their 3rd album and the audience is building. They’ve been touring quite a bit and that’s helped cement the reputation.
Tonight’s post ought to get you acquainted to them if you aren’t already – or let you know what you might have missed earlier this week if you weren’t around Nyon, Switzerland to catch them up close and in person.
Sophie Hunger. Mixing it up – even with languages.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Sophie Hunger – in concert at Paleo Festival – Nyon, Switzerland – July 23, 2013 – RSR
Since we’re still knee-deep in festivals this Summer, I just ran across this one from the Paleo Festival in Nyon, Switzerland which was recorded only a few days ago.
Sophie Hunger is from Zurich and she was a surprise hit at the 2008 Montreux Festival. Her sound is a mixture of a lot of different influences. And so is her singing, which goes from French to English to German, sometimes within the same song. She also had the distinction of being the first Swiss act to play the John Peel stage at Glastonbury in 2010. Since then, she’s toured a lot throughout Europe and has made a few appearances in Canada.
Her fourth album, The Danger of Light was issued in 2012 and her first North American release was in 2011.
So Sophie Hunger, hitting the ripe old age of 30, has a pretty impressive track record.
Tonight’s post features Sophie recorded on July 23rd before an enthusiastic crowd – complete with encore.
Good stuff, and further evidence there’s a lot happening this festival season – and we’re not even half-way through.
Pharoah Sanders – once described by Ornette Coleman as “Probably the best tenor sax player in the world”.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: [audio https://pastdaily.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/pharoah-sanders-live-1984.mp3]
Over to Zurich this weekend for a few words from Pharoah Sanders and his Quartet, recorded live at the Volkshaus during the International Jazzfest from October 26, 1984.
Accompanying Sanders during this adventure are – Kirk Lightsey, piano – Santi DeBriano, bass and Idris Muhammad, drums.
Originally broadcast over Swiss Radio (there’s an announcement right over the intro to Body & Soul), I’m not entirely sure this is a complete concert. But it is almost an hours worth of vintage Sanders.
Sometimes you just have to take what you can get.
Vismets – Indie/Alternative with a streak of Retro from Brussels.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: [audio https://pastdaily.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/vismets-live-at-nuits-botanique-brussels-may-8-2013.mp3]
Festival season is roaring along. This week from Brussels, Belgium and the Nuits Bontanique Festival 2013. Tonight it’s a set by Belgian Indie/Alternative/proto-Psych band Vismets, recorded on May 8th during the homegrown portion of the festival.
Vismets have been together roughly six years. I haven’t seen any releases of their outside of Belgium, so I don’t think they are all that well known, aside from French and Belgian audiences.
That might change. With the current success of French imports Phoenix, the climate may be very good for a lot of Francophonic bands to start making their presence known on the international stage. And Vismets would be a likely group for a bit more visability.
But for now, here they are as they were recorded two nights ago by the Belgian Radio outlet RTBF.
Festival season is far from dull this year.
BTW – Vismets are doing a Kickstarter-style fundraiser to get a new album in production – if you like what you’re hearing, you might want to fall by their site and chip in a few bucks to keep it going.