Yawn . . . its about 4am & I just caught the repeat of Later with Jools Holland. But as usual it was well worth it; having been blown away almost every week by some force of nature taking to the stage. Whether its new acts such as Gnarls Barkley or rock aristocracy like John Forgerty, the set up of having 5-6 bands in a small TV studio facing each other does really inspire some out-of-this-stratosphere performances. Talk bout fooking pressure!
Fer those who do not know what I am rambling about, this long-standing institution of great music appears on Astro's ch26 (BBC) every Friday nite at 11pm (repeat Sun 2am); which is fooking shame since most young hipsters who enjoy good music will be out clubbing, getting wasted etc. (The fact that I am in fer both screenings should indicate that I am neither young or a hipster . . . sigh!)
Besides the cool vibe & wide-ranging selection of artistes on the show, the great joy is in discovering a previously unknown act (to me anyway) with a wickedly different take on things. And I have found plenty of reasons to rejoice - the supremely cool Parisian noir sounds of Gotan Project & the electrifying fret work of Raul Midon are just some of the revelations I have encountered on this wonderful program. (You can find all these acts on youtube - so do check em out).
But me fave (thus far) has got to be Gogol Bordello. Described as a bunch of anarchic gypsy punks (!!!) with an almost UN-like line-up, their gigs are like a rowdy pub brawl being sound tracked by BOTH The Clash & The Pogues! Have included video of their performance from Later with Jools Holland (above), please please do take a few minutes to enjoy this fooking awesome band! You will NOT be disappointed.
To paraphrase a certain Julie Andrews, "The (airwaves) are alive with the sooooound of muuuusic . . ."