The second half of April was a bit upside-sown, but we managed to squeeze in some good music amongst the chaos. Chrissie Hynde & The Pretenders graced us with a new album, we met a musical child savant, Taj Farrant, visited our friends at Shoreline Songs and Rootspring Music in Cape Town and spent some time at the #togetherathome concerts. Yep, it was a busy one!
It was a two-week run that saw a return to a 2018 album from Mark Knopfler and a quick hello to some of the hit-makers of the ’70s, a new albums from the Indigo Girls and Deacon Blue, and some time with Taj Mahal. In general, a pretty good month so far!
From my favourite sisters in rock, Larkin Poe, and their new album, to the cleverness of Jacob Collier and Pomplamoose (and quite a bit of listening in between), it’s been a great second half of the month. Where else can you revisit old favourites like Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Thievery Corporation, The Hollies and The Yardbirds while listening to some French Kiwi Juice? Only here!
It was a fortnight where we met some Texas Gentlemen, visited the strange world of Laurie Anderson and graced the dance floors of the ’90s. We took a break and played the ukulele, got Mainly Squeezed, said hi to Kaiser Chiefs, hunted the elusive Goteye, and were amused to death with Roger Waters. It’s been busy, but it’s been fun!
I featured a new song from Tim Minchin about a month ago not realizing it was a teaser track for a studio album of non-theatre songs that was released yesterday. I’m a huge Tim Minchin fan and within hours of the launch I had notifications from Tim’s YouTube channel giving me the heads-up on the new uploads. I knew it was going to be a good listen. I wasn’t wrong, but what surprised me most was the amount of serious songs included in the 11 tracks of Apart Together. I know so many of the songs from his shows already, the idea that this is basically a debut studio album from someone who has been around for 15+ years is quite strange.
You couldn’t ask for a wider mix of songs and genres in one place than on the Loving the Music pages during the last part of the month. A host (hostess?) of strong ladies and different styles of Jazz, offset by Dylan’s nasal tones and some surprising narrated hits
It was a week with some posts cut short for various reasons, but no lack of great music. From the gravel pit voice of Tom Waits to a Brubeck take on a Stranglers classic, it was a week of extremes.
Starting with field recordings of some rather special music thanks to our friends at Rootspring Music in Cape Town, to the Psy-Trance of Younger Brother and the once-taboo subject of cross-dressing, Loving the Music covered a lot of territory during the first week of June.
The run up to the end of July produced such a mixed bag of songs that covered a range of sounds from Bardcore to Acid Jazz includng some great local tracks along the way. In other words, it was an average week in Loving the Music land…
It was a week for South African music with a feature on the Amapiano craze and my Mandela Day selection, interspersed with some very different and worthwhile tracks from the likes of Mike Oldfield, Canned Heat and my favourite bass player, Jaco Pastorius. Here’s week three of our four-part monthly recap of mini-features from Loving the Music.
While travelling from the South African dancefloors with Sun El to the ambient beauty of Norwegian born Oysten Sevag, we sidetracked through the Jazz genius of Spyra Gyra, went to the moon for a few tracks and said hello to old friends from the distant past. Yep, the second week in July was a mixed bag of brilliance.
From the loss of Ennio Morricone to the exploration of the South African phenomenon of Amapiano, July has been a wild musical journey. Here’s part one of our four-part monthly recap.
The replicating of the group’s blog archives for our new site is progressing well and as I read through the hundreds of mini-features I am blown away by how much information I’ve shared over the last 15 months. Today’s ‘share from the vault’ is an article I wrote about one of my favourite bands of recent years, Vampire Weekend. Their Father of the Bride album found its way onto my daily playlist and I am happy to re-share this mini-feature with you all.
We started the month well with some strong vocals from some strong ladies, we visited some Texas Gentlemen and joined in some flash-mobs. On the dance-move front, we joined the thousands of people jiving to Jerusalema while taking some time to consider things heading toward extinction. A mixed bag, but would you expect anything less from Loving the Music?
Between the Dark Country Blues and the cynical quirkiness of Blues Saraceno and The Taxpayers to the vocal skill of Wendy Oldfield and Courtney Hadwin, its been an interesting week. Here’s your 7-day catch-up!
In the run down to the end of August we covered some wide and very talented ground. Finishing our birthday week celebration we had hot young talent and some of the best line-up of greats on video. We said hello to world-class Jazz, revisited the ’80s, and put some song origin arguments to rest. And that was just a part of it!
I have a conflicting like for Alanis Morissette’s music. I think she’s a superb singer/songwriter who touches on very awkward topics that tend to pick the emotional scabs of her devoted following of listeners. And therein lies my conflict. Do I want my emotional scabs picked quite so well?
Spring has sprung in Loving the Music land and we celebrated with some local sounds, revelled in fresh new tracks from the Black Pumas, uncovered new talent in New Zealand and revisited the ’90s dancefloors with contentious Brit-Pop before closing the week with Birthday wishes to some huge names. What a great start to a month!