Beady Eye ramp things up this month, releasing their long-awaited debut, “Different Gear, Still Speeding” and dropping into the Abbey Road studios to tape a four song TV special that gives us a first proper look at what this post Oasis outfit looks and sounds like. We play bits of the Beatlesesque “Roller”, as well as “Bring The Light”.
The Strokes are no strangers to the SNL stage, and on March 5th they put in their third appearance, performing two tracks from their fifth record “Angles” which is due out on the 24th of this month. “Under Cover of Darkness” is pretty traditional Strokes fare, while ‘Life is Simple In The Moonlight” hints at the more progressive sound of the rest of the record. And just to remind us why we fell in love with this band in the first place, we play a bit of “Modern Age” from their North American TV debut on Late Night with Conan O’Brien from 2001.
Who knew that the east wing of the White House would become one of the hottest musical venues on the right coast? The PBS series “In Performance At The White House” continues to wow us, this time with a celebration of the Motown sound that gathers both label legends and contemporary stars to perform a number of the motor city label’s greatest hits. Jamie Foxx’s “Get Ready” starts things off; Sheryl Crow’s “I Want You Back” virtually conjures the spirit of a young Michael Jackson, and Martha Reeves herself joins the all-star cast for a euphoric “Dancing In The Street”.
We sure hope that Ron Sexsmith’s 12th disc “Long Player Late Bloomer” brings this incredible talent to a wider audience. Sexsmith is not wanting for fans of the famous variety – many of the music biz’s top names routinely endorse, cover or collaborate with him, but broad commercial appeal remains elusive. “Believe It When I See It” is currently doing well on radio in the UK, which is where this first bit of performance from the new record was recorded. We also throw in a bit of the excellent “Gold In Them Hills”, recorded in Australia in 2003.
The Faces left us a spotty film and video legacy, and so we scrutinize every bit of footage that comes our way from England’s most fun-loving band. Their 1971 appearance on the French TV show Pop 2 is revealing one, and while the camera work leaves something to be desired, hearing the rarely played “Around the Plynth” and the little seen “Gasoline Alley” is sure worth the price of admission.
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