About to see Wilco live …

Wilco is in town tonight, playing the “Lokerse Feesten” ; an open air 9 day festival here, a mere 5 minutes bicycle ride from home.

I’m not counting on it, but it would be great if I could see, hear and feel “Impossible Germany” live …

Update the day after; they did play Impossible Germany, as always impressed by Cline’s (improvised) solo.

 

Eurovision 2023; my winner is … Blanca Paloma

About #Eurovision; Loved Croatia, Finland and I’m happy my fellow-Belgian #Gustaph did (very) well. But my favorite by far this year was Spains #BlancaPaloma

Flamenco-ish, intense, great voice, beautiful act, uncompromising electro-track that completely avoids the standard 4 to the floor beat that is way to present in Liverpool.

So much to like & discover, I’ve got it on repeat!

Music from Our Radioheads: Thom Yorke solo in Zermatt

Long time no Radiohead here, so let’s fix that shall we? Here’s Thom Yorke solo in Zermatt (Switzerland) playing songs from Radiohead, his solo-records and his new band (The Smile). If anything this is a testament to the great songwriter the man is! Also remarkable; he seems so much more at ease on stage now, maybe having accepted the spotlights which sometimes seemed too much for him to cope with. But then again the period of the great hype has passed and the spotlights now are likely very different from the ones he had to cope with in the nineties? Anyway, what a concert, no? I hope Yorke will perform solo in these parts one of these years!

Eurosong beyond the kitsch

When watching Eurosong a couple of weeks ago -while having a tapas-like dinner for hours and having great fun- one song stood out for me but I did not really enjoy the arrangements. But then a couple of days ago I heard “Saudade, saudade” (by Maro) in a complete live version and I was almost crying. So Eurosong not only is good for an evening of kitsch, fun and food, now and again it also lets the world get to know a beautiful song;

Music from Our Tube: Naima Joris – Bloom (Radiohead)

This is how I “Bloom”…in mourning mode. Again. And again. And again. And again. And again. And again. Guess what keeps me alive…

Naima Joris, Facebook

This is not just a cover of a beautiful song (which I consider one of the best ever by Radiohead), this is so full of emotion, so real, so painful. Naima Joris is a great artist!

The Healing Force from Our Tube: Emanative

When I heard this on PBB (I think, but it might have been WorldWide FM as well) I thought it was a nice hat tip to spiritual jazz of the sixties & seventies, but it turns out it’s a cover/ remake of a tune that was originally performed by saxophonist Albert Ayler (mostly known as free-jazz saxophonist and protégé of John Coltrane) and written (and sung) by his partner Mary Maria Parks back in 1969.