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Post  misery guts on Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:27 am

Dizzee Rascal - Live @ V Festival 2017
A good little set with material new and old, to great crowd approval.

The Last Pirates - Britain's Rebel DJs
The saga of London's secret broadcasters during the 1980s and beyond, as stations like LWR and Kiss fought for their audience, despite government disapproval. Ultimately, they either were able to go legit, or they dwindled, and made way for successor generations.

Belladrum 2016: Cridhe Tartan - Barbara Dickson
She was joined throughout by Nick Holland, and covered material by Gerry Rafferty, Bob Dylan and Willy Russell during a warm and appreciated set.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:51 am

Classic Artists: Jethro Tull
A lengthy & in-depth career retrospective, from 2008, talking to Ian Anderson and all the surviving band members and even both halves of Chrysalis Records. The name was a muddled solution which they got stuck with, but their US success helped give them the freedom to develop and change line-ups until they hit paydirt with Aqualung and Thick As A Brick. They had less success in the 1980s, apart from a shock Grammy win. Even those who hadn't always enjoyed being in the band had kind words for Ian.

HARDtalk: Wilko Johnson
The wild guitar hero who faced a death sentence in 2013 from incurable pancreatic cancer, but was saved by getting a 2nd opinion. He was a great positive thinker, so even though he was kicked out of Dr Feelgood just at the point they seemed set to make it big, he had pursued his own course and is soon to play the Royal Albert Hall.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:04 am

Live With... Hue & Cry
The Scots legends have a new album, Pocketful of Stones, and did a good little set culled from it here, topped and tailed by Looking For Linda and Labour of Love. Always reliable.

Live From Abbey Road - Classics - Alanis Morissette
She did a set in May 2008, and this was bracketed with an even shorter turn from Suzanne Vega from October 2007 where she talked about how Tom's Diner became such a success.

Belladrum 2015 - Cridhe Tartan - Prides
A little longer set than some, not a band I really know, but some good songs here.

Jonas Kaufmann - Tenor For The Ages
He's from Munich, performed at Last Night of the Proms in 2015, has recently been troubled by vocal issues, but keeps a punishing schedule and has many fans. He was described as a "thinking man's tenor with a matinee idol delivery" by Sir Antonio Pappano.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Oct 20, 2017 7:50 am

James Arthur - Live @ V Festival 2017
The X Factor winner enjoying a 2nd chance, kept the crowd happy with his recent hits. Working with Rudimental hasn't hurt his chances either.

Live From Abbey Road - Classics - Stereophonics
They came in December 2007. Kelly spoke of how seeing the 7/7 train attacks inspired It Means Nothing, and how line-ups were evolving the band. Richard Ashcroft spoke reverently about the history of Abbey Road, and did Bitter Sweet Symphony in December 2006.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:38 am

Belladrum 2016 - Cridhe Tartan - Keston Cobblers Club
Still more of these shows slip through (there's dozens apparently, but I've no way of knowing how many I missed). Anyway, KCC are named after something mythically amazing, and they had plenty of good songs. They finished on a cover of The Chain, with the bass break played on a tuba. Heh.

The Vamps - Live @ V Festival 2017
The dreary boyband are apparently onto their 3rd LP, but my interest went long before, and I just think fondly of better boybands of days gone by. They had Zak Abel free to appear and guest on a song, and whose album I see recently entered the chart at #100. Better luck next time, if there is one.

Iggy Pop - Rock en Seine 2016
From the Domaine National de Saint-Cloud park. If I was miffed when the Vamps threw in the odd swear word, that's as nothing to the fact Iggy puts in the f-word inbetween every single fucking song. He seemed to start off at speed with I Wanna Be Your Dog, The Passenger and Lust For Life, and then go backwards to lesser songs, like a man reading a setlist upside down. Oh well, it's a free country.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Oct 27, 2017 10:20 am

Live From Abbey Road - Classics - Jamiroquai
Jay dislikes music shows where he's expected to do one song only because he can't work up a vibe. This was from Oct 2006 when he was promoting his High Times compilation. There was also a track from mgmt, from May 2008.

Ceol bho Perthshire Amber - The Paperboys
Another festival, from Perth Concert Hall in 2015, although the titular band shared their time with Martin Carthy and the Maclean Project.

Jacqueline du Pre - A Gift Beyond Words
She died 30 years ago, so this was another lookback over her life, with friends and fans. She was popular, sincere, exuberant, trusting, like a wild mustang. But she got MS. Sad, really.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:50 am

Live With... Fantastic Negrito
A chap called Xavier, from Oakland in California, with a somewhat forced personality, and some reasonable songs.

Sigala's Mixtape
He came from Norwich, he met Tito Jackson as part of making "Easy Love", he likes colourful, energetic videos (which explains why he gets them all so similar), found it surreal to write with Craig David, has the same manager as Ella Eyre, goes rally driving with John Newman, has respect for DJ Fresh, felt that Clean Bandit revived a 90s sound, loves Ellie Goulding's powerful voice, and reckons Major Lazer's "Lean On" changed a musical mood.

The Fizz - Live at the Water Rats
A mix of old favourites and stuff from their recent album. The replacement Bobby works as a lookalike for the original from a distance. They seem to have a happy combination now.

Lucy Worsley's Nights at the Opera
The historian visited several European cities to talk about 8 significant operas from 8 composers. This inevitably meant Vienna, Venice, Milan, Paris, Dresden and Bayreuth. But some timeless tunes.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:01 am

XTC - This Is Pop
Andy and the rest of the band talk about how they came together in Swindon, and had a few hit singles and albums, until Andy found fighting Valium addiction was harder than it seemed, and record companies didn't like the sound of a non-touring band. Even the Dukes of Stratosfear side-project wasn't enough. But they endure.

Belladrum 2016 - Cridhe Tartan - Rachel Sermanni
She was making her 5th appearance at the festival, it being the first one she ever went to, back in the day. She was the guitar-playing singer in a 5-piece band. A short set, but I suspect there'll be more to come.

Ball & Boe - Back Together
Michael and Alfie did an album together a year ago, and it sold well, so here's the follow-up. They got special guests Jason Manford and Imelda May on to plug their own albums too. Perhaps the highlight was Mike & Alfie's riff-off, as they sang bits of songs in different genres, like country and rap. I don't doubt there'll be another next year as well.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:09 am

Joseph Calleja - A Tribute to Mario Lanza
From Vienner, with the Navarra Sinfonia Orquestra conducted by Frederic Chaslin, who run through pieces by several composers, some with Calleja singing, some without. They hold Be My Love back for one of the encores. Somewhat uninspiring, really.

Live From Abbey Road Classics - Snow Patrol
Gary talks of them being gigantic Beatles fans, from their October 2006 turn where they did Chasing Cars and You're All I Have. They'd been going 12 years at this point. They also do Set The Fire To The Third Bar with Martha Wainwright, who came on the show in June 2008 and gets a couple of songs to show for it.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:36 am

Harry Styles at the BBC
The former One Direction star is plugging his solo album, and got an hour of prime time BBC with R1 DJ Nick grimshaw firing the questions and featuring in skits involving calling the bingo in an old folks' home and then going to the chippy. Inbetween times, he sang songs from the album, and covered Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain", which was bold, and also uninspiring.

Cuirm @ Celtic - Rant and Julie Fowlis
Short sets from the 2014 Celtic Connections festival. Rant were an instrumental prospect, and therefore scored over the Gaelic singing Fowlis.

Prokofiev - Alexander Nevsky, op.78
A new series of classical concerts, heh, with Valery Gergiev conducting the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra in St Petersburg, marking the 125th anniversary of Prokofiev. Anyway, this was pleasant.

Belladrum 2016 - Cridhe Tartan - Rachel Sermanni
Unlike the previous show she did, this was a backstage set, short and sweet.

MTV Unplugged: Shawn Mendes
Unlike his twin Charlie Puth, Mendes has some songs I can bear to hear, so this was a pleasant enough set.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:32 am

Lanza - The Best of Everything
A lengthy career piece about how a child prodigy had his talent spotted in the US army, got married and signed to MGM, but began a lifelong battle with weight and good living. He scored big in a film biopic about Enrico Caruso, and had big selling hits, and then a spat with a film director knocked him back a while. His manager lost his money, and he got slagged by purists for not doing opera properly. His health fluctuated, and he died aged just 37. But his legacy lives on.

Prokofiev - Seven, they are 7, op.30
Another burst of the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, this time in Moscow.

Larry King Now - Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins
The TLC star has her book "A Sick Life" out, and discussed it with Larry. She's had sickle cell anaemia since birth, and was told she wouldn't live past 30. But she's 47. She and Chili recently released the first new TLC LP for 15 years. She was starstruck when meeting Michael Jackson, who told her she was his fave in the group, which was his fave group. Hmm. She also spoke of her cousin getting shot 18 times by cops, on Sep 20 Shocked Sad
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Belladrum 2016 - Cridhe Tartan - Alabama 3
An acoustic backstage burst, notable for them doing "Woke Up This Morning", which I believe has been a big success for them.

Prokofiev - Ivan the Terrible, op.116
A lengthy effort, notable for the use of narration mixing in with the music.

Live With... Jakki Graham
Described as "Wolverhampton's finest", the 80s soul star mixed her own material with covers of Motown stuff like I Say A Little Prayer or For Once In My Life.
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Prokofiev - Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution, op.74
Cunningly scheduled for broadcast here during the 100th anniversary, this was otherwise the usual stuff from the usual gang.

Noisey: Seoul
Zach Goldbaum again investigating the world's musical sub-sects, here looking at K-Pop, a government scheme using ersatz hi-nrg stuff, where acts are groomed in factories and wannabes feel sure they have a serious chance of using the system to work for them, rather than the other way around. All this in the shadow of their northern neighbours, too. Pretty depressing, if you ask me.

Free To Rock
A steady hour looking at the way that the Soviet Union slowly thawed to the siren song of rock and roll. Even Mikhail Gorbachev recognised it appealed to kids. Many other Russian rockers were present, and Billy Joel and a couple of Beach Boys were present to recount their own contributions, and I was surprised to learn about Elton John's acoustic Moscow tour in the late 1970s. The Scorpions got their due, and no mention at all of David Hasslehoff.

Prokofiev - Symphony #1 in D Major, op.25
This time in Moscow, but otherwise as the others.

Camilla Cabello's Mixtape
She's #1, so here she was talking about people she's met, worked with or admired, from Bruno Mars and Shawn Mendes, to Machine Gun Kelly and J Balvin, and Major Lazer, Sia and Rihanna. No talk about Fifth Harmony at all.

The Glory of Russia - The Sights and Sounds of St Petersburg
Well, they're big news, what with the centenary and all. Here Renee Fleming talked about the history of Russian music, and the number of famous composers buried in St Petersburg. Oh, and she sang, sometimes with Dmitri Hvorostovsky and with Constantin Orbelian conducting the State Hermitage Orchestra.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:48 am

Sheridan
Actress Sheridan Smith bows to the inevitable and makes a show to plug her 1st album, and is interviewed by Alexander Armstrong, on much the same circuit. The gloss has come off her story a bit in the past few years, and singing Crazy just reminds you that Petula Clark already did that. She might win awards and have a great voice, but it all feels a bit unnecessary.

Prokofiev - Symphony #2 in D Minor, op.40
Still in Moscow here, in April 2016.

The Great Songwriters - Rickie Lee Jones
How to get an hour out of one notable hit (and being sampled by the Orb). She started song-writing young, and her parents taught her different styles of songs. She worked as an act singing covers, progressed from there, was signed to a contract soon after being made homeless, had to deal with tough times and addictions, but clearly still sings happily enough.
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Prokofiev - Symphony #3 in C Minor, op.44
In St Petersburg this time, lively stuff.

Tiree Music Festival - Sharon Shannon & Skerryvore
The latter band were the main act, really, as some of them were from the area, but Sharon joined them on her piano accordion for a few numbers. Quite good.

Children In Need Rock The 80s
A special concert to encourage charitable giving, with Bananarama, Erasure, OMD and Jason Donovan belting out some of their hits, a-ha doing an acoustic version of Take On Me (as I believe they're pushing an acoustic album of their own), a caped Mica Paris did none of her own but did get to cover Madonna, Tina Turner & Michael Jackson, whilst Boy George did Purple Rain, and Europe, of all people, did the finale. Somewhat as mad as the decade it celebrated.

Prokofiev - Symphony #4 in C Major, op.47
Still in St Petersburg, still a few more of these to go.

MTV WorldStage: a-ha Unplugged
From somewhere in Norway on 2 nights in June of this year, and with a couple of guests, it was Morten, Mags & Pal doing their acoustic thing. Though their 2 biggest hits are justifiably remembered, I find I'm more drawn to the lesser heard ones like their Bond theme.
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