NWR The "What are we listening to?" Thread

The temptation is, of course, to reach for the “pertinent” (for our times) music, and whilst that seems a little crass I have actually been undergoing an education from my son in contemporary rap. As an ex-metal fan (ie the black and death variety) he had been well educated (home schooled in music by me ;)), but he’s gone much further since his teens. My music for the day was always going to be Lowkey and Soundtrack to the Struggle 2.
 
“There once was a ship that put to sea,
And the name of the ship was a bully of tea...”

Anyone else obsessed by the Wellerman craze? I plan to add drums and trumpet tomorrow. Think we might get a family version going if we can juggle the time zones.

If you’ve not caught up, search Wellerman on YouTube or Twitter.

Lots of remixes and mashups and even a rather good Turkish (??) version.
 

Startlingly wonderful, with no one trying to impose an agenda or make any kind of point!

and this-led on by the insidiousness of social media. This was notorious for its slowness , but it's not ridiculously slow, rather almost painful in its shapeliness and beauty yet without any kind of distortion. Like many of Gould's performances caught on the wing before he gave up public appearances, quite reasonably unable to put up with the gladiatorial element, its unfiltered sincerity and coherence is absolutely unmatchable.
 
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I’m not exactly drawn to tiktok but right now this is kind of giving me the will to go on...proof that the world isn’t totally shite after all.

I don't know if video essays are your thing at all (I tend to find YouTube video essays a lot more interesting than most professional TV) but Adam Neely has an interesting one on the sea shanty trend.

 
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SLF Inflammable Material. The final track, Closed Groove, a track I'd previously not paid much attention sounds earily like Joy Division, who, IINW, didn't release their first album until a year later. Coincidence? I'm not qualified to pass judgement.
 
SLF Inflammable Material. The final track, Closed Groove, a track I'd previously not paid much attention sounds earily like Joy Division, who, IINW, didn't release their first album until a year later. Coincidence? I'm not qualified to pass judgement.
Can't really hear the resemblence Johnny. I assume you mean Unknown Pleasures era JD and not their Warsaw incarnation (which I think it resembles even less).
 
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Can't really hear the resemblence Johnny. I assume you mean Unknown Pleasures era JD and not their Warsaw incarnation (which I think it resembles even less).
Can't really hear the resemblence Johnny. I assume you mean Unknown Pleasures era JD and not their Warsaw incarnation (which I think it resembles even less).
Atrocity Exhibition. The drumbeat, at least (3 minutes into Closed Groove.) Inflammable Material was released the year before Closer.

Regardless, I adore Closer!
 
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This is not one of the Kinks’ most popular songs but sums them up pretty well, and is a good version of the original, with Ray Davies parodying his audience. They produced some good material in the 70s and 80s after they were popular and continued touring until the mid-90s. Fellow north Londoners, I saw them several times.

 
Atrocity Exhibition. The drumbeat, at least (3 minutes into Closed Groove.) Inflammable Material was released the year before Closer.

Regardless, I adore Closer!
Having listened to both, I still don't get the resemblance. Closer is a brilliant album though. I bought it on release and still play it often.
 
Byrds today - 5th Dimension and Sweetheart of the Rodeo. Earlier Richard and Linda Thompson - the superb Shoot Out The Lights, an album I haven't heard before. Yesterday Elvis Costello and the Attractions - Goodbye Cruel World which hasn't aged particularly well. The demo versions of the songs on the CD reissue are much better.
 
Byrds today - 5th Dimension and Sweetheart of the Rodeo. Earlier Richard and Linda Thompson - the superb Shoot Out The Lights, an album I haven't heard before. Yesterday Elvis Costello and the Attractions - Goodbye Cruel World which hasn't aged particularly well. The demo versions of the songs on the CD reissue are much better.
I very much like those Byrds albums and Shoot Out The Lights. I think Punch The Clock was the last Elvis Costello record that was consistently good.
 
What about Blood & Chocolate and the King of America? Pretty fabulous albums. Brutal Youth is pretty good also as is Spike. The more recent albums all have wonderful moments. The Delivery Man was also very good but I take your point about consistency.
 
A variety of stuff recently. David Oistrakh playing the violin concertos by Mendelssohn and Dvorak. Some Russian angst from Miaskovsky (symphonies 1 and 25, conducted by Evgeny Svetlanov); the Brahms Double Concerto; Sibelius' violin concerto played by Leonidas Kavakos ; Vaughan Williams' wonderful London Symphony conducted by André Previn; and the marvellous Turangalila Symphony by Messaien, conducted by Myung-Whun Chung. Quite an assortment! And very good stuff, apart from the Brahms, which is rather pedestrian.
And today, acts 1 and 2 of Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, on a DVD of a production at Glyndebourne.
 
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