NWR The "What are we listening to?" Thread

The occasional satirist and air traffic controller Geoff Stephens, who sadly died recently, penned a musical tribute not only to a busy roundabout on the A21 ('Green Street Green') but also to my favourite ecclesiastical building in the south of England, here performed by a Catholic boy from Hoboken

 
Two Monday purchases on rotation, both exceptional:

Vikingur Olafsson - Mozart & Contemporaries
Little Simz - Sometimes I might be Extrovert

Both contenders for album of the year in their respective genres.
 
Ahead of my first gig (open air) in two years tomorrow I am mainly listening to Biffy Clyro and supporting cast. Quite exited would be an understatement. In true Glasgow style we have a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms!
 
Not sure if there are any other Stranglers fans out there, but they have just announced the release date of their latest (and possibly last? - my conjecture) studio album, Dark Matters. It is available now for pre-order and, as seems to be the trend these days, there is a choice of bundles available consisting of various combinations of 180g black vinyl album; 180g red/black smoke vinyl album; CD album; cassette album; Dave Greenfield Tribute CD; T-shirt. Sadly the 25 copies of a signed, white label, test pressing on black vinyl are sold out.
Anticipated release date is 10th September.

Just arrived today so will be gracing the turntable at the few opportunities I get.

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The new Public Service Broadcasting album. A bit if a departure from their previous offerings. Very much in the mould of David Bowie’s Low, with some Vangelis influence (acknowledged).

Whilst on holiday last week I had a tip off about a pop us record shop. Found a few decent, very cheap buys, and one real oddity!

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Obviously been listening to the album and now loaded it into the car as well, but have rather enjoyed watching, and listening, to the main 'single'. Must admit it took a couple of runs before I realised who the man in the suit, miming to the song was ;) He's a well known Stranglers fan too.
 
E. J. Moeran's violin concerto. Just listened to the Campoli and Albert Sammons recordings back-to-back - 1946/1954, both BBCSO, both Adrian Boult - they sound like two entirely different works by two different composers! And both excellent, although I prefer Campoli's fire to Sammons' noble restraint.
 
It's almost like I'm going through a second puberty but I'm into Mahler again. Is this even allowed? First an embarrassing Bruckner-phase and now Mahler? What next? Zemlinsky? Why am I doing these late romantic composers after a couple decades of Renaissance and Baroque'n'roll? So it's been a mix of historical recordings from Charles Adler and Bruno Walter who studied/worked under Mahler and modern recordings from Rattle. So yeah, Mahler is pretty great.
 
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