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Monday, 21 February 2011

JESSIE J: Do It Like A Dude

Jessie J at The Brits 2011:

ADELE: Someone Like You

The organisers of The Brit Awards 2011 decided that the focus should be on music. Not exactly a revolutionary idea, you might think, but the show was a big improvemnet on last year's effort. Here is Adele's performance:

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

THE DRONES: Just Want To Be Myself

Great track from 1977:

FLEETWOOD MAC: The Green Manalishi

SID PRESLEY EXPERIENCE: Hup 2 3 4 / Firewater

The Sid Presley Experience in their debut television appearance on The Tube (UK) 1985. The volume is a bit low on the recording, so turn it up:





And another one:

STATES OF EMOTION: The Unsung / Perfectly Blue

From their MySpace site:

STATES OF EMOTION are four youthful, passionate, song writers, hell bent on providing a sound drenched in anthemic melody to unite the masses. Set against an eerily optimistic backdrop, the Essex quartet thrive on a combination of melodic guitars, pounding skins and pulse raising vocals to produce a sound that's ship set sail from English shores a long time ago. Creating a sound this unique at a time when the British music scene is at its diverse best can only represent a band with an unpredictable but explosive future. With a compelling unity that has come from playing music together since the age of 14, these groove laden southern upstarts will be able to send shudders from the spit & sawdust venues of a city near you to the rapture of the most illustrious festivals.



'Prefectly Blue' live at Glastonbury, 2009:

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

STEVIE NICKS / FLEETWOOD MAC: My Wild Heart

Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks backstage getting her make-up done (by Christine McVie I think) as she sings along to a "Wild Heart" demo track. I think it sounds a lot better than the recorded version:

LAURYN HILL: Mystery Of Iniquity / I Find It Hard To Say (Rebel)

From the MTV Unplugged concert:



BIKINI KILL: Carnival

BAD COP: Daylight

From the Lake Fever Sessions Next Big Nashville 2009 Showcase:

Friday, 4 February 2011

THE JAM: In The City

Since it pre-dates digital cameras and phonecams there's not a huge amount of live footage on the web of punk bands from the 70s. This is from a German TV doc, "Punk In London" (1977) and gives a pretty good idea of what those gigs were like. The Jam, with a very youthful Paul Weller, bash out "In The City":

NICK GRIFFIN / JOEL VEITCH: I'm Scum And I'm A Racist

A catchy song and music video with a very direct political message from Joel Veitch, hosted by bloggerheads:

JANELLE MONAE: Cold War

Janelle Monae's simple but effective video, reminds me of Duffy's video for "Warwick Avenue, but that's no bad thing:

THE ATOMIC PENGUINS: I Hate All Bands

From the latest album by lo-fi band The Atomic Penguins