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Slow Music April 15
:: Posted by altariel on April 16, 2014

Had a great time at the Slow Music Concert last night.  I had never heard The Humans before, they were fantastic!  Toyah was very charming and the songs were a lot of fun.  Very frenetic and playful, some of them reminded me of Goldfrapp.  I ordered their most recent album today and am looking forward to checking it out.  I really enjoyed the Slow Music performance, but I caught a bit of a vibe that maybe people weren’t as in to it as I was.  The performance ended a lttle abruptly which took people by surprise, I wonder if the musicians were picking up the same vibes.  I thought the piece the Slow Music Project played was beautiful and I was glad to have heard it.   I came in with the expectation of dinner with friends and a chance to listen to music that I don’t often get to experience live, I wasn’t disappointed.  Hats off to all involved and thank you.


Persistent Vegetative State
:: Posted by DannyX on April 16, 2014

"A disorder of consciousness, a state of partial arousal rather than true awareness." Unfortunate that some would willing choose to exist in this condition.

Cover/tribute band, "original" band...in the end, it all comes down to the music, doesn’t it? Spirit of, commitment to, reason for.


Bygone errors
:: Posted by nungboy on April 16, 2014

Perhaps just as valuable as DannyX’s opinion on Yes is my opinion on vegetables: I would rather have fresh lima beans than frozen peas. But when it comes to music, I prefer to let the artist choose his or her path. Mr. Fripp has some excellent views on this subject.


Paying tribute
:: Posted by DannyX on April 15, 2014

I would find it more enjoyable to watch The Musical Box faithfully recreate a bygone era than to see the current Yes painfully butcher their legacy.


Lansdowne Grand Design
:: Posted by buserian on April 15, 2014

I saw this episode at the time. They referenced the studio and control room, both inside the new basement flat. Otherwise not much of musical interest - just a little name dropping.

It is a fine example of the difficulty of getting [some] contractors to correctly do the work they were contracted for...

Cheers, Graham


Cover bands?
:: Posted by emory0 on April 15, 2014

Carlos wrote...

"Or is it "legit" only when the composers/original players play the music?"

Come to think of it, yeah...I admit I share the prejudice against cover bands but I really can’t pinpoint why.

PART of the answer, I think, is that we believe that "real" rock songs are communicating something about the experience or point of view of the singer/songwriter. And those songs are supposed to "keep it real".

But after a singer/songwriter has written the song and then played it 10,000 times live in concert, any emotion they seem to conjure up when performing that song has to be in part acting. So in a sense they are indeed covering themselves.

When a ’respected’ performer covers a song, we expect them to (at least while playing it) somehow make it their own and communicate the ’real’ feelings the performer connects with and then expresses. So that’s perhaps OK.

But with a "cover band" even the pretense of connecting with the covered song in a special way is gone, so now the song is pure ’acting’, no longer real.

But all of this was probably bullshit anyway, as no one can really "feel" the song they wrote years previously again and again and again.


Lansdowne Studios - errata
:: Posted by hopmanjr on April 15, 2014

Oops, that link again:

Grand Designs - Lansdowne House


Close to Edge
:: Posted by jhessel on April 15, 2014

An interesting article about Close to the Edge


Lansdowne Studios
:: Posted by hopmanjr on April 15, 2014

As Lansdowne House/Studios was mentioned in the RF Diar, some might be interested to know it was featured on the UK’s Channel 4 TV programme Grand Designs a little while ago.  The basement was converted into a flash dwelling.  It fought back.

Anyone know if the studios were located in the basement?

Grand Designs, S7, Ep16


Fender Stratocaster?
:: Posted by arrcee on April 15, 2014

Is the Raging Heartless Venal Curmudgeon playing a prank on us, or was there really a red Fender Stratocaster in his basement? I may be greatly mistaken, but I do not believe I have ever seen Bobby Fripp play one publicly. Might this be incorporated into the latest KC lineup?

Rock On, tweed rocker, Rock On!


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