7 music videos.
Just over a year since the last live music round-up! Hopefully it will be back again sooner than that next time around.
1) “End of the Affair” – Ben Howard – Later… With Jools Holland, October 14 2014
In between my first and second year of University I did a summer placement with a large construction contractor. Safe to say it wasn’t for me. The moments of respite came from listening to music on the bus at the start and end of each of the days. You’ll be pleased to know that I stuck it out and crawled back to them for a second hated summer placement the following year. It was music from people like Ben Howard that got me through it. Sad, atmospheric, emotional with a twinge of anger. This is a great video and performance.
Album: “I Forget Where We Were” (2014)
Label: Island Records
2) “Helplessness Blues” – Fleet Foxes – Pitchfork Music Festival 2018, 1 August
School provided some tough times for me in my head, but Fleet Foxes’ 2011 album “Helplessness Blues” was a great help. The self-titled track is stellar and although the whole gig in the video below is crazy good, the track can be found at 1:08:20. If the gig sounded as good as the video suggests and it was not edited then I am pretty envious and want to find gigs with sound systems/sound engineers achieving the below feat.
Album: “Helplessness Blues” (2011)
Label: Fleet Foxes
What goes around comes around. Former member of Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty produces an excellent cover of an already excellent Arcade Fire song. Funnily enough “Helplessness Blues”, mentioned above, was the only Fleet Foxes album to feature Father John Misty.
Album: “The Suburbs” (2010)
Label: Arcade Fire
4) “Seasons (Waiting On You)” – Future Islands – Later… with Jools Holland, September 30 2014
That same construction summer placement introduced me to Future Islands. A good year for Later… with Jools Holland it seems. I can’t quite remember how I stumbled on this video but it is mesmerising and that lead singer performance is what you dream to see at every gig. Awe-inspiring. And a great tune too.
Album: “Singles” (2014)
5) “Skinny Love” – Bon Iver – Later… with Jools Holland
“For Emma, Forever Ago” for some reason was the album I put on when travelling for school trips. A perfect way to drown out the mundane garbage coming from the other kids. This is a special performance. I hope during this period of isolation Justin Vernon has locked himself away in a hut again and something like this will be coming out soon.
Album: “For Emma, Forever Ago” (2008)
6) “Changes” – Charles Bradley – Toronto Star, Sep 28, 2016
I was introduced to this track through the HBO show Big Little Lies. However, prior to discovering this video I did not know it was a cover of a Black Sabbath song that I am now eager to listen to. The intro at the start is very humble too.
Album: “Changes” (2016)
Label: Daptone Records
7) “Holes” – Mercury Rev – 6 Music Live at Maida Vale, October 2015
May 2011, Camden Roundhouse I was lucky enough to see Mercury Rev perform “Deserter’s Songs” front to back. A great gig, up there with my two other favourite gigs: Arcade Fire and The Flaming Lips. This was a standout track for me. Although not the gig I attended, it is still a good reflection of the power this song holds.
Album: “Deserter’s Songs” (1998)
Label: V2 Records