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Loving the Music – the Sound of April: 15th – 30th April 2020

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!

Loving the Music – the Sound of April: 1st – 14th April 2020

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!

Loving the Music – the Sound of May: 15th – 31st May 2020

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!

Loving the Music – the Sound of May: 1st – 14th May 2020

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!

Mini-Feature – Tim Minchin

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.

Loving the Music – the Sound of June: 22nd- 30th June 2020

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

Loving the Music – the Sound of June: 1st – 7th June 2020

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.

Loving the Music – The Sound of July: 15th – 21st July 2020

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.

Loving the Music – The Sound of July: 8th – 14th July 2020

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.

Mini-Feature – Vampire Weekend

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.

Loving the Music – the Sound of August: 1st – 7th Aug 2020

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?

Loving the Music – The Sound of August: 22nd – 31st

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!

Mini-Feature – Alanis Morissette

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?

Loving the Music – The Sound of September 1st – 7th

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!