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Post  misery guts on Tue Sep 27, 2016 7:09 am

BBC Proms: Last Night of the Proms - from Around the UK
Edited compilation from 4 simultaneous gigs which took place at Colwyn Bay, Glasgow Green, Belfast and Hyde Park in London. The talent were spread around well, so KT Tunstall, ABC, All Saints, Tony Hadley, Collabro and Frankie Valli were among those entertaining the crowds. A nice show to finish off the season.

Live With... Jones
An uninspiring name, and an even more uninspiring penchant for one-word-titles. She was from East London, and promoting her 1st album, and the songs were fine enough.

All You Need Is Love: Whatever Gets You Through The Night
The penultimate episode of this mammoth series looked ostensibly at Glitter Rock, but short sections on David Bowie, Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Elton John, Eric Clapton (who observed he'd have probably been better to stay with John Mayall than to do Cream) and Bryan Ferry were balanced against an amusingly sustained negative rant from critic Lester Bangs who was really affronted by the music scene of the time, and felt rock was dying, that the 60s were still winding down, that there was nothing new, that it was "the time of the bland-out". The more he went on, the sillier he seemed, especially in hindsight.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Sep 30, 2016 6:40 am

All You Need Is Love: Imagine
The final episode purportedly considers the likely future (and inevitably fails miserably). There is some consideration of acts who seek solitude away from the spotlight (George Harrison, Jack Bruce, Black Oak Arkansas (!)). Then Lester Bangs comes back on to pick up from his ranting in the previous episode, so he can slag off Brian Wilson and Mick Jagger, and then reflect on how he started in journalism (if indeed, you feel generous enough to consider his rock criticism counts). The series closed with an amusingly younger Richard Branson discussing Mike Oldfield, before the latter was able to evoke the spiritual escape theme, before a final series montage. Overall, well worth seeing for many of the rare interviews with famous names now long gone.

A Day To Remember: On Record
Their new album is "Bad Vibrations", and a rather tedious bunch they seemed, to. They're touring with Blink 182, and bumped into Liam Gallagher. They started the Self-Help Festival, a more positive idea than most.

Pop Profiles: Pink
From Pennsylvania, she got her nickname at the age of 8. Her first LP was tentative, but she hit paydirt with her 2nd. Working with Linda Perry helped. She's see-sawed on the latter 3 LPs. Her private life had its ups and downs too.

La Dolce Vita: The Music of Italian Cinema

The New York Philharmonic performed pieces from the movies, introduced by Alec Baldwin and Martin Scorsese, and with occasional singing from Renee Fleming and Josh Groban. A pleasant concert.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Oct 03, 2016 7:53 am

I Am La Scala
Enjoyable recounting of the story of the Milan opera house, narrated as though the place itself was talking, relating its highs and lows, with Placido Domingo and Patti Smith among those singing its praises, and archive of Maria Callas and Luchino Visconti, among others. A fascinating story.

Pop Profiles: Ella Henderson

She broke through on the X Factor, but was surprisingly eliminated early in a sing-off with eventual winner James Arthur. She kept working away with a YT channel, and her 2014 album Chapter One got good reviews. She's toured with Take That! and made collaborations with Sigma and Kygo. So, time will tell what happens next.

From the Teatro Alla Scala - An Evening With Puccini
Tenor Jonas Kaufmann starred as Jochen Rieder conducted the Filarmonica della Scala through a selection of the composer's works, inevitably encoring on a 2nd run through of Nessun Dorma! A pleasant show.
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Hip Hop World News
Brit legend Rodney P gives his take on the history of hip hop, and its current importance to the world. There are 5 tenets to hip-hop culture - DJs, MCs, Graffiti, Breakdancing and Knowledge. He worries about the treatment of women and abuse of the N-word. But he gets to meet and talk to legends like Rakim, Russell Simmons, Chuck D and Lord Jamar. Oh, and Estelle. He decides the problem now is that commercialism of the industry ignores the culture and simply sells the images of death.

Rubble Kings
Shown with the above, this documentary relates the story of how one thoughtless planning decision turned the South Bronx into a war zone, until finally one group, the Ghetto Brothers, turned it around in the wake of one of its key members being murdered. The violence turned to music, and hip-hop was born from guys like Kool Herc and innovators like Afrika Bambaataa. Whilst things might not be perfect, at least all these people now had hope.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Oct 10, 2016 7:44 am

Anna Netrebko & Rolando Villazon in Paris
With Emmanuel Villaume conducting the Orchestre National de Belgique, at the Champs-Elysees Theatre, the performers dubbed "opera's dream couple" belted through almost 2 hours of material, though disappointingly no Nessun Dorma from either of them. Still a fine show.

Live With... Jake Isaac
A 3-piece from South London, they ran through half a dozen songs, and may well go on to great things.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Oct 13, 2016 7:47 am

Emeli Sande - Heart Live!
A half hour concert and interview with 4 tracks from her 2012 debut album, and finally her comeback single Hurts. It did suggest an enormous gulf between those successful first singles and this, but there might be better stuff on the new LP.

Concert Gala for the Brazil World Cup
From 2014, with the Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira conducted by Eugene Kohn, and performances from Placido Domingo, Ana Maria Martinez, Lang Lang and Paula Fernandes. A jolly pleasant couple of hours but still no Nessun Dorma.
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On Set With... Dua Lipa
For her "Blow Your Mind (Mwah)" video. She shot it in London, which is her most fond place in the word (as also seen in her "Be The One" video). She got her own friends to form part of the "gang" that she hangs around with in various scenes. It did occur to me that Mwah would be a great name for a Kiss tribute act, but I suppose that's an old joke. Anyway, good song.

Lulu - Something To Shout About
This 2011 major career reflection pitched from her shooting to fame as a boisterous 15 year old frae Glasgae, to troubles with record companies trying to keep her career going in ways that didn't appeal to her own preferred type of music, her brief film career with Sid Poitier that made her a lifetime star in the USA after "To Sir With Love" went to #1 there. Her brief marriage to Maurice Gibb was unsuccessful, though they did a live duet on a show of hers not that long before he died. She developed her own skincare range as a pension plan, and after her career went into decline, her long-term manager died around the same time she did the Independence LP, which caught the attention of Gary Barlow (a notable omission) and led to her inclusion on their cover of "Relight My Fire" which catapulted back to the limelight, where she's stayed off and on ever since.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Oct 17, 2016 7:21 am

The Big Sing (Songs of Praise)
A special edition of the weekly religious prog from the Royal Albert Hall, where host David Grant exhorted his audience to sing along with hymns, and more interestingly there were special star guests plugging their albums in the main. The Priests were an obvious fit, Michael Ball & Alfie Boe are a gam partnership, and the ubiquitous Laura Mvula is a frequent standby for any old show like this.

Classic Albums: Catch A Fire - The Wailers
How Island Records polished up Bob Marley's 1st big record in the UK, with tracks like Stir It Up, Slave Driver and Concrete Jungle. There was archive of Bob and Peter Tosh, whilst other engineers and band members were able to speak for themselves, in this repeat from 1999.


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Post  misery guts on Wed Oct 19, 2016 8:07 am

Years & Years - On Shoot
For the "Meteorite" video. Olly appears to be the guy's name. Lara makes the outfits, such as his 90k crystals thing here. The stylist and choreographer were also considered. It all seemed terribly bland to me.

Island at the BBC
This 2009 compilation is one I don't recall seeing before, though I might have. Island Records have covered wide tastes in the market, from Roxy Music and Sandy Denny, through Linton Kwesi Johnson and Julian Cope, to Baaba Maal and Jimmy Cliff. Reasonable stuff.

Pop Profiles: 5 Seconds of Summer
An Australian alt-pop-punk outfit who used YouTube to build a fanbase, before they started gigging in December 2011. Being linked to One Direction helped them a lot, and they signed to Capitol Records. They've had #1 singles and albums in the UK and USA. Their 2nd LP sustained their status. I'll be honest, I don't really get it.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Oct 21, 2016 8:02 am

Boy George's 1970s: Save Me From Suburbia
How a 9 year old from Eltham, London, grew through a decade of political crisis and musical change, to become the crazy character of Boy George in the early 1980s. This was mostly fascinating social stuff, covering glam rock, punk rock, new wave and beyond. George handily spent a brief time in Birmingham, allowing him to get with the 2Tone train. Made his telly debut as a guest discussing clothes on Something Else. It all came together in Culture Club. But that's another story.

Auftakt in Berlin
Claudio Abbado's inaugural concert, from December 1989, conducting the Berlin Philharmoniker in Mahler's 1st Symphony in D, aka "Der Titan". Quite pleasantly done.


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Post  misery guts on Sun Oct 23, 2016 7:43 am

A Don Letts Film - Skinhead
The noted music producer reflects on the origins of Skinhead music, and how it became unjustly perverted during the 1970s, and twisted to mean much the opposite of what it was supposed to. Some tried to claim there was ignorance than just racism, though Letts rightly scorned this. Much like the Northern Soul story, Skinhead survives with its true fans.

MTV World Stage: Kings of Leon
From Slane Castle, Ireland, May 2011, and thankfully not playing Sex on bloody Fire.

MTV World Stage: Martin Garrix
From Isle of MTV, Fosos Square, Malta, July 2015, a muddled list with no titles which is no good to the casual viewer like me.

Eminem: The Making of 'We Made You'
Only taken me 6 years to catch this, a scene by scene look through assorted parodies over a 2-day shoot. His most notable impressionist co-stars were Trisha Paytas and Lisa Ann. It was hard to tell sometimes how serious things were, although I don't doubt Eminem's humour, but some jokes were desperately unfunny, and some of the premises were even worse.


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Post  misery guts on Tue Oct 25, 2016 7:03 am

Relentless Ultra presents SoundChain with Zane Lowe: Joshua Homme
The "last in the series" was twice as long as the others I've seen, but Homme is worth the air-time. He strikes me as like Jack White, another guy with prodigious ideas and gifts. The interview was in a church in Ljubliana, Slovenia, and Homme happily related his past, how he moved on to guitar when drums became too loud an option, how his granddad inspired him: "life is hard because it's worth it". He was drawn to ominous bands, citing the Beatles and the Doors. He enjoyed being in Kyuss, but admits they were really hated. Joined Queens of the Stone Age at 21, and is in a good place now. He's proud of his wife, Brody Dalle, feels family is crucial to life and music, counts Dave Grohl and Jake Shears among his friends. The chats were interspersed with band performance of various QotSA numbers. Good bloke, good show.

Live With... The Beat
Still around, and with a new LP "Bounce" out soon, this was a decent half-hour mixing new tracks with old classics.


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Post  misery guts on Wed Nov 02, 2016 9:27 am

The Hacienda House Orchestra
How a few alumni from the legendary Manchester club, the Hacienda, working with an orchestra to recreate several classic tunes like Inner City's "Good Life" and Black Box's "Ride on Time". Peter Hook gamely did his best to sing New Order's "Blue Monday", but legends of the scene like Bez and Rowetta helped out at some of the gigs. Apparently, they're doing more shows in 2017, and a tie-in album went Top 20 this week.

Aberfan - A Concert to Remember
From the Millennium Centre, Cardiff, a world premiere of Cantata Memoria, a new piece co-written by Karl Jenkins and Mererid Hopwood in commemoration of the tragedy of 50 years ago. Bryn Terfel was one of the voices performing the piece.

Arena: The Roundhouse - The People's Palace
The story of his playwright Arnold Wesker thought to convert an old railway shed into "Centre 42", or the Roundhouse as it is more commonly known. Though ostensibly for performances of poetry and theatre, it needed rock gigs to balance the books. It lay empty for 14 years, but a bloke who made his money from "Polly Pocket" toys bought it and got it fixed up and reopened. The Electric Proms were broadcast from there for a few years, but it still seems to be on an even keel. Much of the story came from archive from previous shows on the place, allowing the likes of Jonathan Miller, Jon Savage and John Peel to contribute.
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Inside Out: Graham Nash
A section of a magazine prog, in which DJ Andy Kershaw took the Hollies/CSN dude back to Salford Lads Club for the 1st time in 57 years. He related stories of times there with Allan Clarke, making their 1st stage performances there (in minstrel shows), how tough life in Salford was after WW2. SLC is of course more famous for featuring in photos of The Smiths.

Nicky and Wynton - The Making of a Concerto
Violinist Nicola Benedetti and Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis are friends. Such that Wynton decided to write a special concerto for his friend, mixing her classical world, with his jazz sensibilities. There was much friction between what he saw as his looser, freeform touch, and her rigid rule-following. With both of them being busy anyway, and Wynton constantly rewriting the piece, rehearsals were both scarce and troubled. But wouldn't you know? It was all right on the night.

Carole King - Tapestry: LIve from Hyde Park, London
From Jul 3 this summer, the singer-songwriting legend performed the whole album, with occasional help from her daughter, Louise Goffin. The crowd were appreciative as the sun went down, the songs are classics, and Carole's voice held up.


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Petula Clark - Live in Berlin
An hour or so in concert from earlier this year, shown to coincide with her having a new album out. She made sure to play her obvious hits, and I was surprised and delighted to find she has a cover version of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" in there too.

Marley
Lengthy and familiar relating of the story of perhaps Jamaica's biggest musical export, with footage of the man himself, as well as many of his friends and family. That he had plenty of faults was never really considered for long (such as having fathered 11 kids via 7 different relationships), and the religion angle was pretty much left to stand too. It was possible that the cancer which killed him, had been inadequately treated at first diagnosis, but Bob was his own worst enemy in some respects.
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Live With... Skye & Ross
Two of the members of dreary 90s trip-hoppers Morcheeba are back with a new self-titled album. They didn't noticeably slip in any of Morcheeba's big numbers either.

Oh Me, Oh My: Songs For Joe
The tale of Irish pop singer Joe Dolan, whose career improved enormously when he was able to call on the songwriting of the great Albert Hammond, who wrote Make Me An Island, Teresa and Good Looking Woman for Joe, which led to big success. In later years, his hits dried up, but he never tried contacting Hammond again. Learning of this, Hammond said he would have been only too happy to write more for him, had he asked. Ah well.
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Buble at the BBC
Broadcast the day before he announced his son's illness and withdrew from the spotlight, this was an affable hour with minimal chat and some good performances.

Imagine: The Seven Killings of Marlon James
Jamaican author won the Booker Prize last year for his latest book which takes inspiration from the incident where Bob Marley was shot amid the furore over his peace concert in 1976 becoming hijacked by politics. Marlon's an interesting enough guy, but people say that about Bob Marley.

The South Bank Show Originals: Pet Shop Boys
Melvyn met the lads back in 1992, so it's quirky to see Neil and Chris talking at this stage in their career, about their formative musical loves, what they feel about touring, how they both dislike the pomposity of rock and its misuse of social issues. Liza Minnelli was also interviewed and she had good words for them too. Apparently, a focus group reckoned their most identified image of the pair was from the Always on My Mind video, giving Joss Ackland a lift.

Classic Albums: Apostrophe / Over-Nite Sensation
A double dose of Frank Zappa, with family and colleagues singing his praises, trying to reclaim kudos for him that has gone to others (eg over animated videos years before Sledgehammer). I was charmed by the story of him conducting orchestral musicians and explaining that he could do it because he got a book from a library.


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Airbourne: On Record
Aussie rockers with a new LP out. Nice chaps, they were inspired by the 80s Bad News spoof, only they didn't realise it was a spoof at first. Hard not to warm to chaps like that. They were very much inspired by British HM/rock acts, and saw Donington as their goal - which they achieved via the Download festival. They were able to get Lemmy in one of their early videos (Running Wild), and the last track on their new album reflected the seismic loss in the business now that Motorhead will no longer be part and parcel of festivals and things. They were touring in November.

Relentless Ultra presents SoundChain with Zane Lowe: Nas
From the Blue Note Jazz Café in New York, this 2014 edition related to the 20th anniversary of his magnum opus, Illmatic. He had a musical father who helped widen his palette when growning up. He found rap an inspiring form of communication. Zane described his big album as the last gasp of the old-style rap business, before bling took over. He was affected by the deaths of Tupac and Biggie. His message was to Live Your Dreams and Have No Regrets.


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The Korda Marshall Story
Another CherryRed effort, with a guy who got a lowly job at RCA, but worked his way up as an A&R, working with many bands, getting promoted to work with other labels, making deals to keep businesses working after getting unceremoniously sacked by RCA, starting over and finding more new successes. Apparently, he's the guy responsible for putting streaming into the so-called Official Charts, too. Which was a bad twist to end the discussion on.

The Great Songwriters: Chuck D
Promising new series with artists discussing their career paths, which in Chuck's case means why he started rapping, the importance of Public Enemy to a national inter-racial dialogue, and how he feels about social media and the modern world.
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Metallica: Through The Never
Complicated concert film from 2013, wherein the lads perform a lengthy set, whilst inbetween there's a plot involving a runner sent out into the city streets with a simple mission of recovery, but who stumbles from one nightmare to another after his vehicle is crashed into by another. Good gig, anyway.

Nik Kershaw - Live at the Water Rats
Welcome gig for the 80s legend, running through all his hits, and finishing on "The One and Only", which he wrote and Chesney Hawkes took to #1 in 1991. A welcome finale, I don't believe I've heard him sing it before (or if I have, not for a long time).

Roots Reggae Rebellion
Young reggae star Akala recounted the all-too-familiar saga of how ska developed into rock steady and then reggae, how the Rastafari religion took hold in Jamaica, how Bob Marley became so bloody popular, and so on and so on. The music's interest, the Marley-thologising is boring me to tears now.

Bill Nelson - 40 Years of Recordings
I nearly skipped on this, but Bill was a charming raconteur, so I'm glad I listened. He started back in 1971 with a home-produced album, which John Peel liked, and then he formed Be Bop Deluxe. There were line-up issues, different producers, American tours, and finally they ran into the sand. So he formed Red Noise instead. There were label problems, so he set up his own. He spent time producing other acts, such as A Flock of Seagulls. Spent time in Japan, and got married in 1993. These days, with the freedom to record, he's become very prolific. And an interesting guy he sounds (or sounded in 2011).
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The Pete Banks Story
He started out in The Sin back in 1965. He met Chris Squire. When the Sin disbanded, he moved into Mabel Grier's Toyshop. They were psychedelic but disorganised. Had residencies at the Marquee. Then he joined Yes for a brief time, before he was let go for being difficult. So he joined Blodwyn Pig for a while, then formed Flash. They withered on the vine, and he suffered a breakdown. He formed Empire, had a rough time, but secured a new deal. After a few LPs with Empire over 8 years, without much success, he found he was happier doing session work. He was creating a new project called SelfContained, and another called Harmony In Diversity.

Bird On A Wire
A film of Leonard Cohen's European tour in Spring 1972. He spoke of his publishing as a young man, how the band suffered increasing technical problems (and dissatisfied customers). Tony Palmer was the director (clearly the go-to guy in the 1970s).

Young, Gifted & Classical - The Making of a Maestro
The story of Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cellist winner of Young Musician of the Year, and one of 7 prodigious children, from violinists to pianists. His family life, his parents' financial struggles, his lessons in London, and his membership of all-black ensemble, the Chineke! Orchestra, were all part of the story. He may well have a bright future.
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Todd Rundgren - State
A good long chat from 2013 around the time of the release of his "State" LP, but more about his solo career for once, rather than as an adjunct to someone else's story through being a producer, or whatever. He's brilliantly idiosyncratic, and content to simply state the facts - acts make money through playing live, not through releasing records. I think this was because ticket prices are higher than album prices, pretty much, and the act will take a better cut. "Music is a service, not a thing". He was caustic about how record companies actively resist change, even if it will make them more money in the long run.

Live With... Natty & the Rebel Ship
A nice little half-hour of songs. Not much more to say, really.

The Story of Big Country
In 2 halves, the first spoke to band members Bruce Watson and Mark Brzezicki about how BC were formed around 1981, their highs and lows, up to the tragic suicide of frontman Stuart Adamson in 2001. The second half brought on Mike Peters and others who help fill out the current BC line-up. Peters, also the Alarm's front-guy, started filling in before Adamson's death, and after first helping out with some concerts, the line-up felt to be in the classic spirit of the band, and worked out an all-new album, "The Journey", which came out in 2012. So, a happy ending.

Yehudi Menuhin at the BBC
Assorted performances and some chat to his biographer Humphrey Burton, notable from his work with Stephane Grappelli, and a 1972 appearance on children's show Blue Peter. He last performed with Grappelli on the latter's 80th birthday concert in 1988. Both are still fondly remembered.
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Alter Bridge: On Record
Myles Kennedy spoke to Matt Stocks about the new AB album, "The Last Hero", and his other project with Slash. He conceded that the record had a bit more of a social conscience, which was unavoidable. He was happy to keep using the same producer. There were some reflective tracks, tying into the overall theme of heroism. He rated UK audiences well, and was glad to use some support slots to give chances to upcoming bands. He wasn't too concerned at not headlining festivals.

Soundtrack 7
fka Twigs is an interesting talent, this was a showcase in 7 scenes with her music set to dances (she was one of the dancers too).
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