NWR The "What are we listening to?" Thread

I missed virtually all of Glastonbury but will catch up on a lot over the next few weeks.

The only act whose entire set I have caught so far is Khruangbin:


The sound wasn't as good as it was in Cardiff for the 6music festival and I really must get to see them soon. They're just 3 really good musicians nicking stuff from all over the place, but with a sound that is distinctly their own

I did catch some of Diana Ross in passing and her stage presence is still brilliant, but her voice was painful to hear at times
Saw Khruangbin recently at Ally Pally, fascinating and hypnotic, a full length gig, almost no singing, basically 3 piece instrumental and everyone in the crowd focused throughout, don't know how they did it. Dragged along 21 year old daughter, possessed of low boredom threshold, who loved it.
 
I've been feeling the need for some spiritual uplift, so I'm listening to Beethoven's piano sonatas. Today numbers 15-21, including the Pastoral, Waldstein and Tempest. Quite marvellous.

The pianist is Daniel Barenboim and the recordings were made in the late 1960s. With Barenboim you are always aware of his penchant for unexpected speed changes but the playing is masterly.
 
Last edited:
Last night went to watch Yola at Koko in Camden. Not seen it but she plays Sister Rosetta Tharp in the new Elvis bio pic and I can see how she would be well suited to playing that Blues shouter. Excellent gig, touches of 60s soul, Blues, Dusty Springfield style torch songs, country and even a fine Elton cover.
 
Saw Interpol at the Kentish Town Forum on Monday night with my 14-year-old daughter. The band were excellent and the light show was one of, if not the best I've ever seen at a gig. This track was probably the highlight for me (horrible video, though).

 

Tom Cannavan

Administrator
Last night went to watch Yola at Koko in Camden. Not seen it but she plays Sister Rosetta Tharp in the new Elvis bio pic and I can see how she would be well suited to playing that Blues shouter. Excellent gig, touches of 60s soul, Blues, Dusty Springfield style torch songs, country and even a fine Elton cover.

Attended a concert by a brillaint act called Queens of the Blues last night, with a terrific volcalist Nicole Smit - she's part historian of women in the blues and a brilliant singer, running through the history of the blues shouters up to Janis Joplin and Susan Tedeschi. They are playing 6 nights at the Edinburgh Fringe next month, and I'd grab a ticket in a heartbeat. Fabulously tight band too.
 
Attended a concert by a brillaint act called Queens of the Blues last night, with a terrific volcalist Nicole Smit - she's part historian of women in the blues and a brilliant singer, running through the history of the blues shouters up to Janis Joplin and Susan Tedeschi. They are playing 6 nights at the Edinburgh Fringe next month, and I'd grab a ticket in a heartbeat. Fabulously tight band too.
Sadly looks like she doesn't venture south of the border!
 
Top