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Post  misery guts on Thu May 18, 2017 8:53 am

Classic Albums - No Secrets : Carly Simon
Basically, You're So Vain and some other songs. It IS a classic song, to be fair, from Klaus Voormann's intro, through the extravagant rhyme scheme, to the comic sentiment.

Aled Jones - Fy Nhaith Glasurol
Melbourne, birthplace of Percy Grainger, who was a whizz pianist, and later a whizz composer too. He met Klimsch in Frankfurt, he worked with Delius, and met his hero Grieg. He signed to Columbia. He did Troop concerts with Dame Nellie Melba.

Linkin Park - On Record
Matt chatted to Chester and Mike about their new LP which is out tomorrow. They've reacted against their previous record, and stretching their art. They compared themselves to Depeche Mode, which made a change. They've got a song with Stormzy and Pusha T too.
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Post  misery guts on Sat May 20, 2017 11:38 am

Artists Den Presents The National
From the Drill Hall at the Park Avenue Armoury, New York, a steady show from 2013 with the 4AD Records band who grew up in Cincinatti.

Motorhead - Live at Wacken 2011
A decent enough hour of material from the rock & roll noise machine.

Live With... Eleanor McEvoy
An Irish singer-songwriter. She sang, she played piano, she played guitar, she even played the violin...
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Post  misery guts on Mon May 22, 2017 7:14 am

Joe Cocker - Fire It Up - Live
From the LanXess Arena, Cologne, April 2013, on what would be his final tour. He's a lot more in control here, and all the better for it. He delivers the expected hits, and plenty of other solid efforts, too, including takes on Cry Me A River and Summer In The City too. A better record than his earlier effort (see above).

Buddy Holly - Rave On
Yet another retelling of this story, notable for the sheer number of people interviewed, ranging from his brother Larry who bought him his first guitar, and his widow Maria Elena who still regrets not being there to persuade him not to take his fateful flight, plus his drummer Jerry Allison, through contemporaries like Dion, Don Everly and Paul Anka (the latter writing 'It Doesn't Matter Anymore'), and so many others paying homage, whether Hank Marvin and Duane Eddy, through Brian May and Robert Wyatt, down to Don McLean talking about American Pie. Elvis might have drawn in the girls, but Buddy seems to have drawn a lot of lads to rock and roll music. It was notable how much he was an interpreter of others' songs as a writer himself. He turned Oh Boy and Rave On into definitive versions.
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Post  misery guts on Wed May 24, 2017 7:33 am

Aled Jones - Fy Nhaith Glasurol
To Helsinki this time to tell the tale of Jean Sibelius, who became a staunch nationalist, and helped with Finland's independence campaign from Russia. He was also a womanizer and an alcoholic, suffered depression and spent freely. Yet he lived to be 91, and his wife survived him for 12 years, dying at 98.
Tacked on like an afterthought and with much less airtime was a spot in Bergen, to relate the saga of Edvard Grieg, infamous now for his Piano Concerto and helping Henrik Ibsen with Peer Gynt.

Artist Den Presents Jason Mraz
From UCLA's Royce Hall, with support from all-girl folk rockers Raining Jane, Mraz rattled through the material to a warm crowd, and closing with I'm Yours, inevitably.
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Post  misery guts on Fri May 26, 2017 7:39 am

Andy Fairweather-Low: Live at the Water Rats
The Welsh singer from Amen Corner is still delighting fans, here with an hour or so of solo material, a few judicious covers, and even some Amen Corner hits (High in the Sky was welcome), and some patter for the crowd such as why he wouldn't stand a chance on shows like The Voice.

Artists Den Presents Damien Rice
From the Greenpoint Loft, Brooklyn, on November 24, 2014, the shouty folk guitarist worked through an hour or so of songs, none of which attracted me at all.
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Post  misery guts on Mon May 29, 2017 7:37 am

Incubus: On Record
Matt Stocks talking to Jose and Brandon about their new album, 8. It's 20 years since their breakout album Science, when they were contemporaries with Deftones and System of a Down. These two lads have known each other for 26 years. Though 6 years since their previous LP, they had been busy with touring and this new LP had a lengthy gestation. They're touring the US this summer, and might get to go UK dates early in 2018. They had help from Skrillex in giving these latest songs a tweak. They hope to play India and Africa, having not yet done so.

Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto #2 in C Minor, op.18
Kirill Gerstein handles the piano, while Semyon Dychkov conducts the orchestra at the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig. If you're not familiar with this tune, parts of it will be familiar from Eric Carmen's All By Myself. Kirill did a short encore of a left-handed piece from Blumenfeld.

Sputnik: Matt Johnson
A political chat show usually features all sorts of guests, but this week, The The's frontman got a turn, talking about a new film, The Inertia Variations, and a new single, We Can't Stop What's Coming, his first new material in 15 years. The The formed in 1979, and Matt has clearly been a political animal from the off. Though he recognised the greater empowerment for musicians from the digital world, he did still express support for cassettes and the analog world, too.
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Post  misery guts on Wed May 31, 2017 7:07 am

Gregory Porter - Live In Berlin
At the Philharmonic Concert Hall, May 2016, to be more precise. He did a steady hour or so of material, has an impressive voice too, and a good band.

The Strawbs at Electric Dreams
Another hour of electro-synth rather than folk-prog if you ask me, from the same event as so many others. They finished with an old favourite, Lay Down.

Stone Sour: On Record
Their new album is out at the end of June, so Corey and Josh talked to Matt Stocks about where they're at, where they've been, and where they're going. I've always been fond of their song Through Glass. This record is looser than some of their other. They did a festival in Dubai where they were kept awake by Toto doing encores. Been a few years since any UK gigs, so expectations for some in the next 12 months.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Jun 02, 2017 7:01 am

Sibelius 5
The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Dausgaard conducts Sibelius' 5th Symphony in E Flat Major, op.32, at the Koncerthuset in Copenhagen, from 2011. It was OK.

Aled Jones - Fy Nhaith Glasurol
Continuing his cosmopolitan trek, he first drops in on Haworth to talk about the Bronte sisters, not that they have anything to do with classical music, and then on to Bradford, where the Delius family moved from Bielefeld in the 1840s, and where young Fritz was born in 1862. He liked pastoral walks but went to live in France. During WW1, he changed his forename to Frederick (although I might have thought that wasn't less Germanic than Fritz, really). He studied at Leipzig, befriended Edward Grieg, Percy Grainger and Sir Thomas Beecham. He died in June 1934, and was buried in Surrey.
Again, the show tacked on a short look at another composer, this time George Butterworth. Unlike Delius, he did serve in WW1, was awarded the MC during the Somme, and was killed soon after.

Kings of Leon - Live @ Radio 1 Big Weekend
This year the annual beano came from City of Culture Hull, and the Followill Family ran through an hour or so, mainly from the recent WALLS album, but they included On Call and Radioactive, so that's alright, then.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:07 am

Beartooth: Live in Columbus
A homecoming gig for the rockers, here at Express Live! on November 11, 2016, and an hour or so of songs, with some backstage stuff from the individual guys.

Anne-Sophie Mutter plays Sibelius & Shostakovich
In fact, she plays a Sibelius Violin Concerto, with an encore of a Bach Gigue, but the rest of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra play Shostakovich's 10th Symphony, at their usual place in Amsterdam, 2015.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:34 am

Brahms Piano Concerto No 1 & No 2
The Berlin Philharmonic, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, and with Daniel Barenboim on the piano as they run through both pieces, which each last nearly an hour. Very accomplished work.

Rag n Bone Man: A Day in the Life
The day between April 20th, as he did the 2nd of 2 shows at Shepherds Bush Empire. His dad has clearly been a big supporter, and the first skit saw them go to the Fender shop where he bought he did a new Stratocaster for his birthday (and a Telecaster for himself). He later when to New Era to help design an exclusive baseball cap with his logo on it. He's proud to be Uckfield's biggest star, but is unnerved by people staring and uncomfortable posing for photos (though he does it). His support act were Rum Committee, a collective he emerged from. Time will tell how far he gets.

The BET Life of Brandy
Over 20 years of clips from various shows such as 106 & Park, or Awards shows. Her bad blood with Monica over "The Boy is Mine", her work with brother Ray J, and her Whitney Houston tribute in 2012 were probably the high-spots for an artist who isn't really considered big news over here.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Jun 13, 2017 7:16 am

Nielsen 3
The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Dausgaard, bash through Carl Nielsen's 3rd Symphony, op. 27, "Sinfonia Espansiva", at the Koncerthuset, Copenhagen, in 2011.

Alicia - Here in Times Square
From 2016, over an hour of Ms Keys and a captive audience in the middle of New York, to push her album "Here". I like some of her songs more than others.

Brahms & Szymanowski - Symphony #1
The first in a series with Valery Gergiev conducting the London Symphony Orchestra, firstly on Szymanowski's 1st Violin Concerto (with Janine Jansen on violin) and 1st Symphony, before doing the Brahms 1st Symphony, at the Barbican Hall, London, on Oct 11, 2012.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:40 am

Top of the Pops - The Story of 1984
These repeats seem to be accelerating. Some stories were told, some were ignored, some were told by the wrong people & so on. Trevor Horn gleefully took credit for Frankie Goes To Hollywood, and Holly Johnson was nowhere to be seen. Better, Ian Levine came forth to take credit for his song "High Energy", which Horn clearly felt owed its success to Relax (though Levine preferred to say he ripped it off In The Navy). There was talk about jazz-esque acts like Sade coming through, the studio control of Madonna and Cyndi Lauper, and the hair-raising antics of Nena, before the charity efforts of Free Nelson Mandela and Do They Know It's Christmas? Quite a mad old year.

Top of the Pops - 1984 Big Hits
An accompanying hour with the Smiths, Miami Sound Machine, Black Lace, Echo and the Bunnymen, Alison Moyet and George Michael, who were largely absent from the above.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:40 am

Brahms & Szymanowski Symphony 2
As above, Val Gergiev conducts the London Symphony Orchestra through the 2nd symphonies of these two composers, plus Brahms' Tragic Overture to kick things off, at the Barbican in London, on Oct 13, 2012.

Electric Dreams - The Interviews - David Cross
Not that they're stringing these out or anything, Nicky Horne chats briefly to the former King Crimson star who is now a Senior University Lecturer, who owns his own label, Noisy Records, even though it's commercially unviable. Pleased that prog continues to appeal, both to the old and the young.

Royal Blood: On Record
They've a new album out, their 2nd. Ben and Mike spoke modestly about how they didn't really expect to make an LP, never mind a successful one. They have wide influences, and are happy as a duo. They plan to tour festivals this summer, and headline an arena tour later in the year.
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Brahms & Szymanowski - Symphony 3
The same gang as before, in the same place, but on Dec 18, 2012, with the 3rd Symphonies by both these composers, together with a Brahms piece called Variations on a Theme by Haydn, op.56a. Pleasant enough.

Nicola Benedetti's Indian Serenade
The violin whizz joins the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra on their tour of India, in 2014. They visit Delhi and Mumbai, consider the difference between the musical traditions of India in contrast to the 'western' model, the tricks of stage clothes, visiting an ordinary school and a proper music school, too. Good stuff.

Lemmy - In His Own Words
A short effort culled from assorted telly shows, some funnier than others, where he talked about taking on the bass, suffering acid blindness, making no plans, job satisfaction, long hair, life on the road, stage fright, and an expectation of pool tables in Hell. Still much missed.

Three Stars in Munich
A concert with the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra of Ostrava, conducted by Claudio Vandelki. The titular stars with Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kauffman and Thomas Hempson, although amusingly they were supplanted by Elena Zhidkova and Ildar Abdrazakov. They ran through Verdi works in the 1st half, before turning to Puccini and others in the 2nd. Solid enough entertainment.
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Brahms & Szymanowski - Symphony 4
Yup, the 4th of these shows, with the same crew in the same place, on December 19th, 2012, with the 4th symphonies from both these guys, plus Szymanowski's 2nd Concerto for Violin & Orchestra. Leonidas Kavakos was the violinist star, with Denis Matsuev shining on the piano.

T'Pau - Live at the Water Rats
The ol' 80s stagers still willing and able to belt out the hits and enough other material to round out a good show.
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