These cloudcasts will run alongside the podcasts, being released on an alternate kind of pattern. The ideas for these just keep flowing so I have many themed episodes in production (that always sounds so technical and like this is all so my job - I wish!). There's a TV themed one where I'll be playing songs and music featured in many of my favourite TV shows across the years. Some of these shows, US ones in particular, have featured (and some continue to do so) such a great mix of quality music. I'm thinking more along the lines of the indie rock in Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Smallville and Charmed, but that is just for starters. There's also a PR/Review one on the cards where I'd love to play some songs from many of the albums and EPs I've been sent to review. All the fantastic and totally FREE music I've been exposed to via Noisetrade as well is worthy of multiple episodes in itself. So, you can see I have a lot of work to get on with. All this in addition to the podcast of more independent new stuff (as well as some older stuff there too). I feel like I could do with a holiday before I start.
Death Cab For Cutie
I only started listening to Death Cab thanks to a suggestion from a fellow student in 2008 (yes I was a student for a very long time!). Getting to see them at a gig in Birmingham just over a year ago was a chance I was not going to miss for anything. I had no doubt they would play this song and the stripped back acoustic from lead Ben Gibbard was simply stunning. That was a cracking show which also bought UK band Butcher The Bar to my attention. If you don't know Death Cab's stuff don't be pigeon-holing them based on this one song either. They have a whole host of bigger, much louder and rockier songs to offer.
Every song on that album is awesome, even the very melancholic Hang. The talented Andrew Page has recently recorded his own acoustic cover of this song which is just breathtaking. See and hear for yourselves above.
Mumford and Sons
I've decided to miss out as nothing will beat that free gig at the iTunes Festival in 2010. I need to be that close to the stage though and really feel the presence of them bleeding out. Even though I'm not exactly enjoying Babel at present I would still love to see them play again. I'm beginning to understand this just isn't going to happen unless they play at a smaller festival I'm likely to attend next summer.
Dry The River
Tom McRae Solo Tour 2012
Trevor Moss & Hannah Lou who have been very busy this year preparing and releasing their album La Ferme de Fontenaille. Their harmonies and delivery were flawless in spite of them suffering from this lingering cold that has been going around. You wouldn't have thought this at all from the perfect performances that ensued. I remember seeing Tom back in Birmingham in 2007 when he had a cold and once again you would not have known other than when he spoke in between songs or told us. Trevor & Hannah Lou have since stepped in to support Beth Orton on several dates of her recent UK tour. I saw Beth way back in 2000, or it could have been 1999. It was a long time ago however and I do need slapping for leaving it this long. The recent shows were sold out which doesn't surprise me. I'm happy Trevor and Hannah Lou got to share their delightful harmonic music with more and more people because they really deserve all the success that comes their way. Far from resting after their non-stop busy year they are currently on their very own Up The Club tour of social clubs. They are most certainly worthy of catching, believe me.
The Dreaming Spires Oxford Homecoming Show
Huldra is a very powerful Norwegian folk tale and the female creatures it sings about wrap themselves tightly around you no matter what form or version is played. From the simple yet hypnotic solo I saw at The Musician in February to the multi-layered a cappella version on the album featuring a number of female folk guests. To the latest, with Patsy adding her vocals and harmonies marrying up beautifully with Kathryn's. As is customary there was plenty of amusing banter between married couple Kathryn and Sean as well as the concluding part to the Flute saga. All songs, old and new were welcomed by an audience at The Stables in Milton Keynes who were mesmerized and transfixed by such star quality live music. This is what it is about folks. All the very best to Kathryn & Sean as they have been nominated for Best Duo at the next BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Also, Kathryn has bagged herself a nomination for Best Original Song with The Ballad of Andy Jacobs. Admittedly, it is a touch category (aren't they all) but this heartfelt song will have the tears pouring out of folk there'll be a need for urgent flood warnings. As sad as it is, it captures a period of our history so spot on it is like having a bit of a time travel adventure, albeit a very gentle one. Award-winning it certainly is.
Simon Friend's Seismic Survey
It was difficult to balance what to film on the camera because I wanted to capture the lot of it. As they opened up the set I heard the tune begin and almost passed out. Believers is one of my favourite songs of all time. It has such a depth and is poetic to the core. I was so excited and hadn't expected it to be the opener so out came the camera and I managed to only miss the very start and first few words. Beautiful. As were all the rest, including the songs from other band members. More on these and the rest of the evening, soon then. To keep you going, check out the videos below.