Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater Live [VIDEO]

23 03 2014

Came across this video on YouTube this morning of Jonathan Meiburg of the band Shearwater performing a live radio performance on KEXP in Seattle. It’s a precursor to the bands album of cover songs called Fellow Travelers and the performance is just breathtaking, totally chilled Sunday morning listening.

I love this intimate style performance and actually wish bands and artists would release some of this material in EP or even full length format I would simply just grab it with both hands. I think the appeal comes from the rawness of the sound, you get to really hear the musicianship and the quality of a vocal, a lot of music today is far too overproduced in my opinion.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.


The XX: Tiny Desk Concert

13 02 2013

One of my earlier posts in January 2013 alluded to this band after I picked up their first album at Christmas. They have recently completed a short set as a Tiny Desk Concert over at NPR and furthered my belief that this is one awesome band creating a unique fragile and personal sound. Watch the two track set below:

Merry Christmas – a little belated

26 12 2012

Merry Christmas – I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas, I know I did, very relaxing with my family. Of course I got a load of music to listen to but as yet have only managed to get through one album – comes from the demands of an 8 year old son!

I received a link to a video on YouTube via the comments of this blog and I thought it was so good I would embed it for your pleasure below. The band is Under Byen, a group I wrote about earlier in 2012.

The track is a very haunting and somewhat disturbingly beautiful interpretation of the Leonard Cohen song I’m Your Man. It is performed live and sung in Danish and the Danish title translates as Jeg Er Din Mand. You can watch and listen to it below, thanks to Morten for the link.

Watch “Two Gallants Threnody Live” [VIDEO]

3 11 2012

One of my favourite tracks of all-time Threnody by Two Gallants is shown below in this live performance:

Lisa Hannigan Performing at NPR

15 11 2011

Great video I found this evening of Lisa Hannigan performing a ‘Tiny Desk Concert‘ at the NPR offices.

Set List:


‘Little Bird’


Watch it below:

Also available as an MP3 download from NPR.

Beautiful, Thoughtful

18 08 2011

Bought an album a while back and whilst making my way through the alphabetic list on my shelf I came across it again, still in all of it’s sealed plastic glory.

I have a thing for live performances as I feel it really gives you an essence of what an artist is really about, you can here any flaws, or in the case of this album, the lack of them.

I like to listen to that raw sound that only a live performance can give you. Sadly, for financial reasons, myself and my wife, once avid gig-goers, rarely get chance to go and sample this delight in it’s true form. However, an excellent live recording more than makes up for it, in my opinion.

Anyway the album I am talking about in this instance is Jonsi – Go Live. I have seen Sigur Ros once in my life and I have to say it was one of the most beautiful and thoughtful live shows I had ever been to, especially finishing the set with Untitled 8, one of my all time faves!

This live recording of Jonsi is also of the same ilk, he seems to manage to make it a very personal journey into his own world. The recording itself in terms of production is excellent and his performance lacks any flaws at all. The voice is at times chilling and takes of off into some distant realm where you either want to be or not!

I think the standout track for me on this recording is Tornado, a sweeping sound scape that just sets you off in a relaxed state with a great building of atmosphere and awe. I wish I could play music like this!Jonsi


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