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Post  misery guts on Thu Jul 21, 2016 6:35 am

Neville Staples Band: Live at the Water Rats
Former Specials bod is still delivering the old classics from Gangsters through Monkey Man to Ghost Town. Sadly, still all too relevant material. But sounded alright.

BBC Proms: First Night of the Proms
The BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sakari Oramo kicked things off with an impromptu blast of the Marseillaise as a tribute to the atrocity in Nice. The rest of the program covered Tchaikowsky, Elgar and finally Prokofiev. Good stuff.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Aug 01, 2016 1:28 pm

Andy Black: On Record
I'd heard the marvellous single "We Don't Have To Dance", and now it turns out that Andy Biersack is in fact the lead singer in Black Veil Brides. His solo record is deliberately in a different style to BVB, and allowing him to work with different artists than usual. He talked fondly of the Feldyverse, contemporaries like Gerard Kay, and touring, and much more.

Red Hot Chili Peppers @ T in the Park 2016
Sunday night headliners with a new album out, they put on a pretty lengthy show, mixing old favourites with new material, ending on Give It Away.

Live With... Patty Griffin
She's an actress, I believe. She ran through a steady short set, on both guitar and piano. Nice work.

Live With... Hollie Stephenson
Another steady short set, apparently star-spotted by Dave "Eurythmics" Stewart. Fair enough.

On Set With... Olly Murs
He's back with a new album, and went to Las Vegas to shoot scenes for "You Don't Know Love". Apparently, he's not the best swimmer, so check out how many scenes are shot in a pool. A narrative of a nightmarish day reflected into a desert shoot with a lack of facilities, and the above watery gloom. Nice song, though.


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Post  misery guts on Fri Aug 05, 2016 7:00 am

Arena: 1966 - The Year The Decade Exploded
Jon Savage has a new book out, and here was an hour to publicise/agree with it. It did look at rock successes of the time, such as the Stones, the Beatles, the Kinks and the Who, but it also looked at the wider social aspects, nuclear dramas like The War Game, experiments in taking LSD on TV, epic homelessness dramas like Cathy Come Home, and so on. Not sure the book can have much else to say.


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Post  misery guts on Sun Aug 07, 2016 6:58 am

Neil Young - The Hurricane - Live
Interesting mix of footage from Farm Aid and I assume Saturday Night Live. A happy blend of the familiar and the less so, but at least named as such.

Creeper: On Record
Likeable chat with Will and Ian of the upcoming ban, currently on tour with Andy Black. They formed from the punk scene of Southampton, which is novel. They came from other failed bands with an attitude to stick to their beliefs, designed their own logo. Once they got record company interest, things grew steadily. They toured a lot in 2015. Are working towards making their debut LP. Prefer to present finish products rather than tease during the creative process. More touring this year first. Nice guys, some nice songs, too.

Lovebox
The London Festival, with performance footage from the reformed LCD Soundsystem, the rising Izzy Bisu, and storming work from Major Lazer and even MO.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Aug 13, 2016 12:32 pm

Pixie Lott: My Career In Music
Again the run through of her videos with brief reminiscences of introduction. Most involved where they were shot (Cuba, LA, London, etc) or which of her friends were in them. After the 1st album, she seemed to get very ordinary very fast.

All You Need Is Love: Rude Songs
Episode 6 covered Vaudeville (US) and Music Hall (UK). Liberace, no less, did most of the narration (Tony Palmer, the director, also did that Liberace special I watched a few years back). Liberace seemed pretty knowledgeable about the history side, or else a damn smooth talker. Danny La Rue also chipped in briefly, whilst Charles Aznavour spoke about Edith Piaf. It was that kind of show. The movies put the bullet through this type of theatre.

SoundBreaking: The Recording Artist
Another series, this once sanctioned by the late George Martin, and packed with name appearances. The first show looked at producers, from Sam Phillips to Phil Spector, to Dr Dre and Rick Rubin. They were said to add value to the product, to encourage development of ideas, and so on.

All You Need Is Love: Always Chasing Rainbows
Episode 7 looked at the Tin Pan Alley story, which had different meanings in the US and UK. Irving Caesar and EY Harburg were songwriters present, but then they got to Bing Crosby and Hoagy Carmichael (Hoagy looking through a stack of memorabilia was quite touching). Rudy Vallee featured too.


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Post  misery guts on Mon Aug 15, 2016 8:32 am

BBC Proms: A Child of our Time
The BBC National Orchestra perform Micheal Tippett's work, inspired by the horrors of Kristalnacht.

SoundBreaking: Painting With Sound
Tales about working in recording studios, how advances in machinery and then ideas inspired musicians to push each other on. So we learnt about the importance of Abbey Road, magnetic tape and tape loops, Tomorrow Never Knows, Pet Sounds, Sergeant Pepper, Dark Side of the Moon, Rumours & Tusk, ProTools and the premise that bedrooms can be just as technological now as proper studios.


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Post  misery guts on Wed Aug 17, 2016 8:57 am

BBC Proms: Haitink Conducts Mahler
Bernard Haitink commemorated the 50th anniversary of his 1st conducting at the Proms, by leading the London Symphony Orchestra through Mahler's 3rd Symphony in D Minor (towards 2 hours). He seemed good for his age.

The Girl From Ipanema - Brazil, Bossa Nova and The Beach
Why the South American nation developed the smooth sound of the Bossa Nova, in accordance with a supportive President (no, really), which led to its most famous moment before the President and the country's mood changed. But others, such as Frank Sinatra, continued to support it and ensure its lasting legacy. Presenter Katie Derham met many of the key creators, she even met Helo Pinheiro, the actual inspiration for the girl in the song.

Live With... Katie Armiger
A Texan with some half-decent songs, in a nice short showcase.

BBC Proms: Berlioz' Romeo and Juliet
Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducted his own ORR through Berlioz' 3rd Symphony, based on the Shakespeare play, again for over an hour and a half.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Aug 19, 2016 7:12 am

Star Treatment: Grace Kennedy
Another curio, from 1979, where an Opportunity Knocks contestant from 1976 got her own half-hour variety show. In this one-off, she buzzed through 8 tracks from I Can See Clearly Now to Do You Know Where You're Going To? to The Rhythm Of Life. A pity she didn't hit the high-lights much otherwise.

Anne-Marie: MTV Crashes Plymouth 2016
Alarm is her new single. She did half a dozen tracks here. Certainly one of the new successes of 2016, time will tell how things will pan out for her.

BBC Proms: Tchaikowsky's Violin Concerto
Thomas Dausgaard was conducting the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra through a program starting with the world premiere from someone I'd never heard of before (and which lasted less than 10 minutes). Notable titular tune came next, with Pekka Kuusisto on the violin in his Proms debut. He followed it with a short encore in which he persuaded the audience to join in vocally. The finale was Stravinsky's ballet Petrushka, something of an anti-climax, if you ask me.
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Post  misery guts on Sun Aug 21, 2016 8:05 am

Pop Profiles: Ariana Grande
A short half hour from 2015, reiterating her start in Boca Raton, early singing exploits, success in Victorious and Sam And Cat, and her first 2 albums. She experiments with different sounds and styles, and collaborates with people from Nicki Minaj to Zedd. She pushes female empowerment and promotes social causes. But at heart, she has an impressive singing voice.

All You Need Is Love: Diamonds As Big As The Ritz (The Musical)
Stephen Sondheim was the point-man for this episode, though Bob Fosse and William "son of Oscar" Hammerstein were among the other contributors. Tina Turner and Ken Russell spoke about "Tommy", whilst Lionel Bart appeared briefly at the end to mention that the US does not have a monopoly on the form. Among the musicals discussed were Oklahoma, Hair, Showboat and A Little Night Music. Also, on a personal note, nice to see some of the "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" stuff from "On Your Toes".


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Post  misery guts on Wed Aug 24, 2016 8:07 am

SoundBreaking: The Human Instrument
Episode 3 concerned itself with Vocals, so there was stuff from producers as well as singers, talking about the importance of human emotions, the balance between technical excellence and emotional freedom, the intimacy of the microphone, and so on, with the quest for perfectionism leading to the world of vocoders and AutoTune, with humane frailties still prized too.

Olly Murs - My Career in Music
Another retrospective load of videos. Olly's comments are sparse at first, suggesting his early videos weren't personal hits. He filmed in London car parks, London skateparks, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, working with Demi Lovato, Flo Rida and Rizzle Kicks. He feels his new material comes from a fresh writing slant, so that might be interesting to hear.


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Post  misery guts on Fri Aug 26, 2016 7:00 am

BBC Proms: Ravel and Rachmaninov
Val Gergiev conducted the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra this time, through a mix from Ustvolskaya to Richard Strauss, as well as the titular double. Alas, any performance that starts with the Bolero is expecting a lot from what follows, and for me, this couldn't do it.

Relentless Ultra presents SoundChain, with Zane Lowe: Biffy Clyro
Talking about their early three albums, and how things changed with "Puzzle" and beyond. Their families were supportive of their career dreams. Supposedly they have given several reasons for the origin of their name, so whether the one they told here (a spoonerism for Cliffy Biro) is true is probably unimportant.

Bronx Tales
A half hour looking at the rise of the UK scene from hip-hop through to grime. Whilst Grandmaster Flash and Megaman spoke from the American side, it was mainly those from here, Dizzee Rascal, Lady Leshurr, Nadia Rose, Stefflon Don and others. Quite a friendly display, and catchy rhymes.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Aug 29, 2016 7:46 am

Newsnight: Quincy Jones
The legendary record producer gave a short chat to promote his appearance at the Proms (see below). He called Michael Jackson's death tragic, and recalled the latter bringing a snake into the recording studio. He rates David Bowie as being as good as people say. He used to hang out with Donald Trump, but dislikes his talk. He knew Picasso at Cannes, and also Stravinsky. He wasn't as harsh a band leader as James Brown. Frank Sinatra helped out when he was playing in a band in Las Vegas in 1964.

BBC Proms: Quincy Jones Prom
An entertainingly long show, more fun than the Bowie effort. Jules Buckley conducted the Metropole Orkest through some of Q's film scores, and other works of his, such as Soul Boss Nova. Among the prodigies performing were Richard Bona, Alfredo Rodriguez, Jacob Collier and the ubiquitous Laura Mvula. Q came out for the encore in which he referred to audience member Michael Caine (they share the same date of birth and are good friends).
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Post  misery guts on Wed Aug 31, 2016 7:43 am

BBC Proms: Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop conducted the SPSO through works by Villalobos and Rachmaninov, though personally the highlight was Grieg's Piano Concerto, still most infamous through its Morecambe & Wise connection.

BBC Proms: Mark Elder Conducts The Halle
Pieces by Berlioz and Matthews set the stage for the main event of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde (the Song of the Earth). Very pleasant stuff.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Sep 02, 2016 8:17 am

All You Need Is Love: Swing That Music!
The 9th episode covers Swing music, with various elements, from Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw to Buddy Rich and Bing Crosby, not to mention Cab Calloway and Lionel Hampton. It started with whites learning from the music of black people. Mixed race bands caused furore with bookers, but they could keep busy touring. Crooners emerged from the bands. The music became diluted as it became more successful. Their records were banned for a while, but that put the power from the bands into the hands of the singers.  When television rose, the market changed.

Biffy Clyro @ Reading 2016

Headlining on the Main Stage, they spiritedly started with recent single Wolves of Winter, moving noisily and flashily through works from across their career. I even recognised some of them.

SoundBreaking: Going Electric
The 4th episode looked at innovations like Marshall Amps, electric guitars, and how the sounds evolved from jazz to blues to the British invastions, Fuzz Tone and distortion, Synthesizers and Disco, Hendrix and Stevie Wonder, and finally to the software of Laptops and EDM. A section on Devo was amusing for its total dismissal of Kraftwerk.


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Post  misery guts on Sun Sep 04, 2016 8:15 am

Hurricane Festival 2015: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
The redoubtable Noel delivered material from his sophomore album more than his first, and played in some old Oasis numbers towards the end, including the under-rated Digsy's Dinner.

All You Need Is Love: Good Times
The 10th episode of this series purported to look at Rhythm and Blues, which was explained as a more palatable euphemism for "race" music, such as came from white people being drawn to black sounds. Old Spirituals became Gospel, the North met the South, radio rejected it, but it got watered down until it became more acceptable, though record companies still cracked the whip. Bo Diddley, Jerry Wexler and Tina Turner contributed, though the more illustrative were Pat Boone (who covered and neutered the likes of Little Richard), and Sam Phillips, who found a way to bring both sides together...

The Day Before Tomorrow: Entertainment
Part of a series looking at the future. Martyn Ware of Heaven 17 was a useful contributor to point out that whilst it's never been easier to get new acts heard, it's never been harder to make money from it. Ringtones and movie games are better sources of income than record company advances. Self-exploration and cross-media synchronisation are the names of the game.


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Post  misery guts on Tue Sep 06, 2016 7:02 am

Milos - Heartstrings
How plucky Montenegroan Milos Karadaglic found his calling in the classical guitar, and came to the Royal Academy of Music in London to learn his craft. He paid homage to Segovia, and was also compared to John Williams. He went to Granada in Spain , he had gigs at the Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw, in New York and at the Royal Albert Hall. He had a couple of albums, and considered Spanish rhythms for future projects.

Emerson, Lake and Palmer - The Collector's Rarities
An oddball hour with no captions, a short bit of chats with the three guys, but mainly performances, which were impressive.

SoundBreaking: Four On The Floor
The power of percussion, the development of the rhythm and the beat, from Motown to funk and disco, individual efforts of James Brown, Santana and Chic, and then the rise of the remix and the drum machine, to the modern world of EDM and the DJ. Makes sense like that.

Pop Profiles: Demi Lovato
She's had 5 albums, successes on the small screen, been to rehab, had other personal issues, but seems in a stronger place now, and could be successful for years to come.
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Foals @ Reading 2016
Friday night headliners, they did over an hour, little of which I recognised. Couldn't help comparing it to the Biffy Clyro gig, and unfavourably.

BBC Proms: Barenboim Conducts The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
A full line-up for a 2 hour show, with piano works from Liszt and Schubert (guest soloist Martha Argerich was joined by Barenboim for the latter), and a mixture of works by Wagner including 2 encores. Apparently, Wagner is the most performed composer at the Proms, even though his reputation fell off a cliff during WW2 (through no fault of his own).
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Post  misery guts on Sat Sep 10, 2016 9:57 am

The Nation's Favourite... Carpenters Songs
To push a new compilation (which went into the chart at #2), this was a voter-led countdown of 20 tracks, with Richard and other band members and songwriters talking about them. Here's the list:
20 - Touch Me When We're Dancing
19 - It's Going To Take Some Time
18 - Hurting Each Other
17 - I Need To Be In Love
16 - For All We Know
15 - Sing
14 - I Won't Last A Day Without You
13 - Superstar
12 - Only Yesterday
11 - Goodbye To Love
10 - Jambalaya (On The Bayou)
09 - Solitaire
08 - Yesterday Once More
07 - There's A Kind Of Hush (All Over The World)
06 - Rainy Days And Mondays
05 - Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft (The Official Anthem Of World Contact Day)
04 - (They Long To Be) Close To You
03 - Top Of The World
02 - We've Only Just Begun
01 - Please, Mr Postman


Pop Profiles: Sia
Her uncle was in Men At Work. She was part of Crisp and Zero 7 before going solo. She hit paydirt with Titanium and her plans to just fall back on the songwriting went for a burton.

SoundBreaking: The World Is Yours
All about sampling, how toasting turned into rapping, the rise of DJs and MCs, scratching turntables and other technological innovations. Of course, copyright is an issue of importance to some and less to others (Nile Rodgers still seems rightly pissed off). The suggestion that it's just a new take on an old recipe forgets that someone had to come up with the old recipe in the first place.
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BBC Proms: Simon Rattle conducts the Berlin Philharmonic
They do a short piece by Boulez, and then a lengthy one by Mahler, his 7th Symphony. Hmm...

Olly Murs - A Day in the Life
He talks about his tour manager, Mark, who he's known since he was on The X Factor, and how his first idol was Michael Jackson, with his new LP coming in November. Otherwise, he's a guest attending Wayne Rooney's Testimonial match. Olly is a pal of the team, and even crossed swords with new manager Jose Mourinho during a charity Soccer Aid match.


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SoundBreaking: Sound and Vision
Basically a potted history of MTV, from the early lack of material, the convenient English invasion that filled up air-time, the Michael Jackson saga and how it turned tacit racism around to open the floodgates for rap and hip-hop, the success of Madonna and subsequent controversy and censorship, to the Unplugged era, and the growth of non-music programming, whilst YouTube and social media is far more relevant.

Live With... Kandace Springs

A pianist from Nashville, supposedly one of Prince's final projects. The songs were pleasant enough, she finished with a cover of "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face".

DNCE - Live @ V Festival 2016
One of many of these half-hour gig extracts, time will tell how long this project lasts.

BBC Proms: CBSO Plays Tchaikowsky
The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra have a new conductor, Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, and this was both her London and Proms debut. She finished their set by shouting to the audience "See you in Birmingham", so they can't fault her for trying. It was a good set, can't deny it.

Jake Bugg - Live @ V Festival 2016
He was on at night, but his career seems to be on an upward trajectory, and he has some good sons like Slumville Sunrise and Lightning Bolt.
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Bastille - Live @ V Festival 2016
A short spell pushing their main hits, since their new album has re-established them well.

SoundBreaking: I Am My Music
The 8th & final episode served as another potted history of the last 70-odd years, both through the major acts who moved things on, whether Presley, Sinatra or Dylan, to the changing formats, LPs, singles, concept albums (good luck with the notion that Sinatra "invented" concept albums), longer singles, AM & FM radio, portable tapes, bootlegs, Sony's Walkman, digital downloads and so on. Personally, those who consume through iPods whilst on the move have something fundamental wrong with their lives. Personal listening increased intimacy but reduced the social togetherness. I did get a good laugh from the idea that CDs were an expensive scam with 1 or 2 good tracks and a lot of crap (as if vinyl albums never saw that happen). The bottom line is that consumers may want new music for free, but producers can't make it for free.

BBC Proms: Ten Pieces II
A jolly effort to encourage children, with several presenters linking the performances (including Dr Who monster regular Dan Starkey as the composer Haydn), and a narrative building to the finale with the Ride of the Valkyries. Fun stuff, of the sort I don't really recall happening 30 years ago when I was in the target audience.
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Faithless - Live @ V Festival 2016
A decent little spell, inevitably ending with Insomnia Smile

Live at the Water Rats: The Zombies
How to celebrate your 50th anniversary as a band - take a long hiatus in the middle. Recently re-emerged Rod & Colin have recently had their 1st album hit the Billboard lists since the 1960s. This was a good gig, enjoyably ending with Hold Your Head Up and She's Not There.

BBC Proms: Verdi Requiem
Marin Alsop conducted the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment through the mammoth work best known to the uncultured as featuring the Dies Irae bit (three times, excitingly).

Example - Live @ V Festival 2016
He seems to have gone off the boil career-wise, and the failure of Whisky Story last Autumn still amazes me. He gave the crowd encouragement as he ran through some of his hits.

Katy B - Live @ V Festival 2016
Her 3rd album doesn't seem to have been as successful as her first 2, but she does open with her #1 Turn The Music Louder (Rumble). She now has a song called Freak Like Me, which isn't a cover version (!). She did end with Katy On A Mission, which is still tremendous.
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Live From Gainesville
A 2 hour gig from 2006, something of a homecoming affair, as Tom led his gang through a wild swathe of their hits, with some help from special guest Stevie Nicks. He threw in some early covers they did, and even a Travelling Wilburys number. The Gatorville crowd ate it up.

The Jazz Singer
Neil Diamond's 1980 film stars himself as a Jewish cantor in New York who has a chance to be a rock star in LA, despite his wife and father wanting him to accept his lot. He sings "Love on the Rocks" amongst others, so his wife leaves him, and he falls for the chick who's helping his career. He has a temporary brainstorm allowing him to sing "You Are My Sunshine" in some dive, before he finds he has a son, after which he reconciles with his dad. Paul Nicholas makes an amusing cameo as an obnoxious punk-type singer who wants to sing Love On The Rocks as uptempo, whilst Laurence Olivier plays Neil's dad.

The South Bank Show: Afro-Cuban All Stars
The saga from 1998 of a bunch of oldie performers brought together for a film and albums, and unexpected worldwide success. Rather life-affirming, really.

Lethal Bizzle - Live @ V Festival 2016
An amusing short set, ending with Fester Skank, the tune which seems to mark his increasing rise.
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The Last Night of the Proms 2016
Sakari Oromo conducted the BBC Symphony Orchestra through a wide mix of surprises and familiar material. Guest tenor Juan Diego Flores contributed a few pieces, and later dressed as an Inca god as part of the general festivity. The lengthy gig made a warm end to this year's season.

Asking Alexandria: On Record
They've been around 8 years, but recently lost a member called Danny, who preferred his chances with Harlot. The remaining members were sanguine at his loss, and optimistic about their future, even if they were waiting for a UK headline tour. Their new album "The Black" reflected their being in a dark period.
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John Newman - Live @ V Festival 2016
I didn't rate him at first, but I can't deny that more recent material like Come and Get It, Give Me Your Love and especially Ole have changed my view.

The South Bank Show Originals: Bjork
This 1997 show was done during the making of her 3rd solo album in Spain. She had classical training and spent time as the singer in the Sugarcubes. Her stepfather encouraged her, because he was also in the business. Her quirky career choices are forgiven because of her quirky background. Most similar female artists would get slagged off, but here "oh, it's just Bjork being Bjork".

Years & Years - Live @ V Festival 2016
Nice enough, but just a bit shticky.
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