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Post  misery guts on Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:19 am

Isle of Wight Festival 2018 - Manic Street Preachers
A good lengthy set with some from their latest album, which seems to have been more of a success than usual, and many from their early days, and their peak period.

Top of the Pops - 1986 Big Hits
Some degree of complementing the other prog, with Five Star, the Bangles and Kim Wilde turning up here, but no Pet Shop Boys. I get they might get more from 1987 or 1988, but not even West End Girls? For shame, lads!
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Post  misery guts on Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:10 am

First Night of the Proms 2018
Well, here we go again for the next 2 months. This show started with a tribute to newly-deceased Oliver Knussen, then pieces by Vaughn Williams, Holst (the entire Planets Suite) and finally a premiere from Anna Meredith of "Five Telegrams", which connects to the centenary of the end of WW1.

Gary Barlow - Live at Eden
A recent gig, presumably, with many Take That songs, and a few from his own career.

When Cheryl Met Liam
A celebritised biog of the Girls Aloud and One Direction members whose relationship has just ended. Cheryl provided more material because she is older and busier.

Belladrum 2017 - Cridhe Tartan - Lucy May
Probably the last of these, an acoustic turn of her song Whirlwind.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:38 am

Secret Knowledge: Stradivarius and Me
Clemency Burton-Hill tells the tale of Antonio Stradivari, whose 17th century violin-making set a standard which has never quite been matched, and who kept his process a secret. There was a 2013 exhibition of some of his violins at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford which was the backdrop to this prog.

BBC Young Musician at 40, at the Proms 2018
Clem again presented here with a busy programme from works by Reich, Saint-Saens, Ravel and Mussorgsky offered opportunities to show off the talents of many previous winners, from Nicola Benedetti and Natalie Klein, to Sheku Kanneh-Mason and current winner Lauren Zhang.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:13 am

Head
The Monkees' film opus from 50 years ago, which fits in half a dozen songs, some to special sequences, some which work better than others.

Video Killed The Radio Star: Annie Lennox
Although a couple of her Eurythmics videos were discussed (mainly the gender antics of Who's That Girl?) but mostly it covered her work with Sophie Muller on the Diva singles like Little Bird (with Annie met by past images), Why (the artistry of a woman looking in her own mirror) and Walking On Broken Glass (perhaps most famous for including Hugh Laurie and John Malkovich).
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Post  misery guts on Fri Jul 27, 2018 7:08 am

BBC Proms 2018: Jacob Collier and Friends
Collier seems to be a bright young thing and an insufferable prick at the same time. He brought on guests to help him, he threw in covers like As and Blackbird and Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, and it just felt like 2 hours I was never getting back.

Belladrum 2017 - Cridhe Tartan - Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Unsure if this was a repeat it was that unmemorable. He did an acoustic track called Tilikun.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Jul 30, 2018 7:36 am

BBC Proms 2018: Schumann and Boulanger
Clemency Burton-Hall's turn to present, as Thomas Sondergaard conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales through pieces by Boulanger, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Owen and Schumann. Impressive stuff.

1968: A Year of War, Turmoil and Beyond
A reflection of the times 50 years back in films, music and politics. Tracks singled out for special mention included:
Walk Away, Renee - The Four Tops
Mighty Quinn - Manfred Mann
Hello, I Love You - The Doors
Rain and Tears - Aphrodite's Child
I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
Light My Fire - Jose Feliciano
All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix Experience
Albatross - Fleetwood Mac
For Once In My Life - Stevie Wonder
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Post  misery guts on Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:22 am

noisey: Paris
In 2016, with the aftermath of the Bataclan and Charlie Hebdo tragedies, Zach tries to fathom out the riddle of French hip-hop from acts stuck in poor districts of the city, facing police antipathy and harassment, the rise of the Front National, and so on.

Video Killed the Radio Star: Paul Weller
Paul himself talked with Tim Pope, who directed most if not all of the Style Council videos, it seems. Paul seemed fond of those days, even if he clearly has no interest in reviving that music. Many silly video ideas were excused simply because the band project was a reaction against the Jam, and if dressing up and pratting about was what was called for, then there it was.

BBC Proms 2018: English Elegy
A loose connection of pieces from Hubert Parry, Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughn Williams, with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in full effect. Odd to learn that two of the pieces were getting their debut performances at the Proms.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:45 am

Festival Express
Amusing 2003 doc about a week-long train trip across Canada, taking in gigs at Toronto, Winnipeg and Calgary (with a booze stop at Saskatoon), in which acts like the Band, Buddy Guy, Delaney & Bonnie, Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, Sha Na Na and more did gigs and jammed the train trip away. Wouldn't you know, the downside was Joe Public moaning at paying $14 to see the gigs and expecting to get in free. Those interviewed spoke fondly more of the train jams, though promote Ken Walker was rueful about the financial disaster it was.

BBC Proms 2018: Pioneers of Sound - The Legacy of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop
An interesting effort with the London Contemporary Orchestra paying tributes to Delia Derbyshire and Daphne Oram among others.

Reginald D Hunter's Songs of the Border
Another well-compiled effort to follow his Songs of the South series from a while back. Here he visited places in Texas, Mexico, Arizona and finally California, meeting acts like Lyle Lovett, Los Texmaniacs, Asleep at the Wheel, Calexico and Los Tucanes de Tijuana. That Arizona already has its own border wall/fence is a surprising reflection on wider news issues.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:44 am

Halestorm: On Record
Presenter Matt Stocks has known Lizzy and Joe from the band for nearly 9 years now. Their new album was grittier, partly through working with a new producer who wanted them to sound more like they do live. It's their 4th album. They went back to basics in some areas to circumvent a bit of writers' block. They're concerned about social media influences. Their upcoming headline tour will be in bigger venues than their last such in 2012, supported by Avatar. They feel comedy has its place in rock.

Video Killed The Radio Star: Toyah Wilcox
Growing up in Birmingham with dyslexia was tricky, but she was drawn to the rock sounds of the area so she was already a punk by 1975. She respected Godley & Crème for the videos she did with them, was proud to work with Terence Donovan on one, recognised the importance of MTV to help her crack the world. Her tricky 2nd album was a direct attempt to move on.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:13 pm

BBC Proms 2018: Havana Meets Kingston
Mista Savona MC'd a band of musicians reviving memories of Buena Vista Social Club from 20 years ago (that was their stated excuse anyway). Whether Cuba and Jamaica are all that far apart in the first place is another question.

Sounds of the Dolomites
From 2017, a look at an annual festival held in the Trentino region of Italy, over 3 episodes, with presenter Francesco da Mosto talking to native guides, as well as some of the musicians who performed there, from accordionists to cellists. A pleasant change and stunning scenery.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:43 am

American Valhalla
The story of how Iggy Pop got the hump with the Stooges, and hooked up with Joshua Homme instead. Firstly they worked on an album out at Josh's place near Joshua Tree, then finished it off at his studio in Burbank. Then they agreed to tour the album, which coincided with David Bowie dying. It inspired them even more, and they really enjoyed the whole collaborative experience.

Mumford & Sons - Live From South Africa : Dust and Thunder
The final night of their tour, at the Monument Amphitheatre, Pretoria, off the back of the album they did with collaborators like Baba Maal and Beatenberg. Apparently, South Africa is a hot territory for M&S. The lack of captions left me rather adrift.

John Bishop - In Conversation With : Will Young
He lives near Vivienne Westwood, and does a weekly podcast about LGBTQ issues with Chris Sweeney. He has issues similar to PTSD, and wonders whether he will keep performing (currently musical theatre is his main focus). He talked of recent suicidal feelings over pressure. He spoke of how winning Pop Idol fulfilled a dream, but he has changed his views on fame. Kevin Godley did the Leave Right Now one-take video. He appeared as a guest on the Parkinson chat show with Judi Dench, and mentioned wanting to do acting, after which he was called in for a film of hers. His photo of choice was of him performing with James Brown, an idol of his, at a concert. They met and performed together again, Brown even snubbing P Diddy at an event because he preferred to sing with Will instead. But Brown did tell him always to dress smart to perform.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:31 pm

BBC Proms 2018: Brahms Requiem
The Reverend Richard Coles presented as the BBC Symphony Orchestra were conducted by Richard Farnes on his debut through a piece by 90 year old Thea Musgrave (on its Proms premiere, written in 1998), and Brahms' German Requiem. The former piece was one of many this season from female composers, and the latter was one of many marking the centenary of the end of WW1. Brahms was described as a "skinny man in a fat man's body". Know the feeling.

Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience: Classical Musician
Welsh stand-up's long-running series in which he tries "real" jobs brought him to join the BBC National Orchestra of Wales on their appearance at the Last Night of the Proms last year, in Singleton Park, Swansea. Rhod, with no discernible musical ability, moved from instrument to instrument, failing at all of them, before finally finding himself on the timpani for a performance of Also Sprach Zarathustra. Was it alright on the night? At the 2nd time of trying it was.

Hollywood in Vienna 2017: Fairy Tales & A Tribute to Danny Elfman
The Wiener Konzerthaus saw the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Shearman and then John Mauceri, through many film pieces from Mulan to Life of Pi to Sommersby to The Nightmare Before Christmas. Quite a pleasant show.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:28 am

BBC Proms 2018: NYO at the Proms
The National Youth Orchestra got their chance to shine, with pieces by Mussorgsky, Ravel, Ligeti, Debussy, and even conductor for the night Sir George Benjamin.

Kerrang! meets Biffy Clyro
They formed in 1995, and have retained a fierce Scottish fan-base, and still live in Scotland. They started as 15 year olds as Screwfish, and spoke of the mystery over where their band name comes from. They have no plans to write happy songs. Having their song Many of Horror used by the X Factor gave them a mainstream exposure they accepted but would not have purposely sought. They learned the French lyrics so they could cover Tilted. They have fond memories of moments when they knew they were making it such as getting a Thumbs Up from Dave Grohl in Norway. They'll keep playing topless and still value the togetherness of their gang.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Aug 18, 2018 11:33 am

Air an Oir / On The Edge
Quirky tribute to the career of Runrig, from 1993, the Gaelic folk legends who coincidentally are putting on their final show tonight (the 18th).

Oasis - Live By The Sea
Live gig fro Southend Cliffs Pavilion in April 1995, with the original line-up still in place, and the 1st album forming the bulk of the set, before an encore cover of I Am The Walrus, sung as if memorised by a machine.

Amelle - My Career in Sugababes and Beyond
Another of these "artist links their career videos' formats, Amelle didn't have much insight to add other than they were almost all her favourites, and the Denial video was very funny to make.
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Video Killed The Radio Star: Neil Young
Directors Tim Pope and Julian Temple talked about diverse songs such as People On The Streets, This Note's For You and Harvest Moon. Neil really embraced the value of doing videos, using different styles to achieve memorable complements to his songs.

BBC Proms 2018: Grieg Piano Concerto
Paavo Jarvi conducted the Estonian Festival Orchestra on their Proms debut, which had some Nordic overtones, whether the Grieg piece, or a Sibelius symphony. Soloist Khatia Buniatishvili brought a kinetic energy to the former, and composer Avro Part came on to acknowledge the crowd after the opening piece, one of his symphonies.
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