NWR The "What are we listening to?" Thread

George, if you like Arnalds, as I do, then try Nils Frahm (and, indeed, I think the pair did a collaboration last year, though I've not heard it yet). Excuse my spellings, bleary eyed this Sunday morning.
 
Thanks David. Been a big fan of Nils since hearing Spaces. Went to see him perform an amazing concert at Barbican Hall too. Marred by an idiot with an SLR taking hundreds of frames with a really loud shutter. In the quiet phases.
 
Boulez.

Both his own music and his performances of others'. Pli selon Pli is quite hard work and the Mallarmé poems on which they are based even harder. His performance of Debussy's Images is very clear and precise but a bit lacking in magic for my taste.
 
Damien, I've been playing my way through Bowie and have ZS lined up for tomorrow (home alone). But I do keep playing Black Star. There's a lot going on in there. Reminds me of all the tinkly piano and other sounds you hear on Aladdin Sane when listening in the darkened room with headphones mode.

Reminds me, I do need some over ear headphones for my i-Pod...
 
Vieux Farka Toure coming to Celtic Connections this Sunday, but have just been offered a ticket for the Bert Jansch memorial concert.....decisions,decisions!
Tuesday at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall....John Grant, a strange mix of electronic ballads and drum and bass funk...loved it. Supported by gorgeous Rachel Sermani, complete contrast of acoustic melodic....marvellous too.
Wednesday: Holly Mc Ve supporting Teddy Thompson. Good stuff from both, especially TT duetting with Kelly Jones(no, not Stereophonic one...gorgeous US lady), and his encore of his classy hits.
Tonight, The Unthanks with their marvellous modern folk, with a finale of clog dancing, supporting Lau.
A terrific bargain with average ticket for £20
 
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Vieux Farka Toure coming to Celtic Connections this Sunday, but have just been offered a ticket for the Bert Jansch memorial concert.....decisions,decisions!
Tuesday at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall....John Grant, a strange mix of electronic ballads and drum and bass funk...loved it. Supported by gorgeous Rachel Sermani, complete contrast of acoustic melodic....marvellous too.
Wednesday: Holly Mc Ve supporting Teddy Thompson. Good stuff from both, especially TT duetting with Kelly Jones(no, not Stereophonic one...gorgeous US lady), and his encore of his classy hits.
Tonight, The Unthanks with their marvellous modern folk, with a finale of clog dancing, supporting Lau.
A terrific bargain with average ticket for £20
John, the Unthanks are great. I can't stop listening to their haunting version of King Crimson's Starless.
 
Went to see John Grant live last night. Wonderful Baritone voice, very good piano player and a great band (including drummer Budgie, ex the Banshees). I have put together a playlist based on the set list and am wallowing in that whilst I work.
 
Mark, having picked up our BN1 mag at the station I am now reading an article about them.

My son, who usually knows my tastes, thought I wouldn't like Wolf Alice. I bought the album on the strength of a couple of songs they performed on Jools Holland.

On buying it, it was not the first time an album had sounded very different from a live set. But I still liked it, and I like it more and more with more plays. It's less raw/loud than I'd expected.
 
David, I suspect I'd love them live. What I really like about the album is that whilst it sounds like it is heavily influenced by a lot of music from the '90s (I was/am a huge fan of The Pixies and I was also a fan of bands like Ride, Throwing Muses, Breeders etc) it also sounds fresh. There's also a real spectrum to their sound. Last night I listened to the album by Nothing but Thieves, which has a couple of tracks I like but had nothing like the variety.
 
Just listened to some Wolf Alice, s'alright - but it got me thinking - what about the original Wolf?

Daryl Way's Wolf.

After more than 5 years on YouTube "Comrade of the Nine" has garnered no fewer than 1655 views!

Brian Pern eat your heart out!
 
I love Van Morrison's early albums and I know people think he got old and fat in appearance and his music but I'm listening to Avalon Sunset tonight and it really is great. Yes, he pushes Christianity a little bit but OMFG what a soulful voice, well-concerted piano and backing vocals. A master of his chosen genre.
 
Supported by gorgeous Rachel Sermani, complete contrast of acoustic melodic....marvellous too.
Isn't she just! I first saw Rachel when she supported Ron Sexsmith on his tour over 4 years ago (I can hardly believe time moves so quickly) and have been following her ever since. Her debut album, "Under Mountains" is a delight.
And here she is at The Rescue Rooms in Nottingham, 7 September 2011. She's mighty purdy!.....
 

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I love Van Morrison's early albums and I know people think he got old and fat in appearance and his music but I'm listening to Avalon Sunset tonight and it really is great. Yes, he pushes Christianity a little bit but OMFG what a soulful voice, well-concerted piano and backing vocals. A master of his chosen genre.
Avalon Sunset and the follow-up Enlightenment were minor masterpieces in an already impressive catalogue of albums from Van Morrison. And from the latter, "In The Days Before Rock And Roll" is in my opinion a truly great work. Agreed that, in general, the God thing is a slight distraction (and more so for the agnostics and atheists among us), but in almost every song that has that God reference, there is a double meaning, insofar as they work equally well as pure love songs. Carrying a Torch (on the subsequent Hymns To The Silence album - which would have been brilliant as a single [rather than double] album) is a classic example. Tom Jones' cover is great, but Van's original is definitive, and achingly beautiful.
 
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