Kate Bush

Kate Bush is a brilliant musician (one of my personal favorites) who toured only once (in 1979). Her live performances since then have been extremely rare, the latest being a 2002 surprise duet of “Comfortably Numb” with David Gilmour of Pink Floyd.

December Will Be Magic Again (1979)

Breathing (1986)

Running Up That Hill (with David Gilmour) (1986)

Comfortably Numb (with David Gilmour) (2002)

and her latest single, Deeper Understanding

Florence and the Machine acoustic on KEXP

This acoustic set by Florence and the Machine was performed for KEXP radio on April 16, 2010. Watch below, and also check out this earlier post with 2 more great live performance by Florence and the Machine.

Rabbit Heart

Cosmic Love

Drumming Song

Kiss with a Fist

PJ Harvey says “Let England Shake”

One of the “greatest female musicians of all time” (according to the UK music press), PJ Harvey, is now promoting her eighth solo album, Let England Shake. Polly Jean says she didn’t feel like she had the skills as a writer to address social and political issues in the past, but she has evolved and now here she goes. Let England Shake will be released on February 15, 2011. In the meantime, you can watch a video interview from New Musical Express.

Nina Hagen’s Gospel Punk

Nina Hagen’s Personal Jesus was one of my favorite albums of 2010. Her September 17, 2010, concert in Paris was broadcast on TV, and the entire show (30 songs) is on youtube. Watch a few of the best clips below. I also found an interview with Nina speaking in English about the album and her new “gospel punk” sound.

Nina Hagen – Personal Jesus tour
Paris, France (September 17, 2010)
[mp3] [mp4]
setlist: Personal Jesus, Riders on the Storm, LSD, Das Veilchen, Nobody’s Fault But Mine, God’s Radar, Schachmatt, Help Me, Lily of the Valley, Mean Old World, On the Battlefield, Spirit in the Sky, When the Saints Go Marching In, The Lord’s Prayer, Soldat Soldat, All You Fascists Bound to Lose, What It Is, Killer, Atomic Flesh Deluxe, Boom, Like an Angel, My Way, Summertime, Sometimes I Ring Up Heaven, Milky White Way, Ave Maria, This World Is Not My Home, We Shall Overcome, Free Ride, Run On

“Personal Jesus” (Paris 2010)

“Riders on the Storm” (Paris 2010)

“God’s Radar” (Paris 2010)

“Killer” (Paris 2010)

an interview (2010)

more Decemberists for December…

I’ve been into The Decemberists since posting Colin Meloy’s solo performance the other day, so I put together a collection of 11 live TV performances from 2005-2010 (highlights below) in mp4 (video) and mp3 format (the mp3 version includes a cover of Bjork’s “Human Behaviour” and “Crazy on You” by Heart). There’s also a brief but awesome 5-song set from Austin City Limits that I found on youtube (mp3 & mp4). This is all good to hold us over until their new album, The King is Dead, is released on January 18, 2011.

We Both Go Down Together (Conan O’Brien 2005)

The Crane Wife #3 (Austin City Limits 2007)

The Perfect Crime #2 (Austin City Limits 2007)

The Mariner’s Revenge Song (2007)

The Wanting Comes in Waves (Jools Holland 2009)

The Hazards of Love (Rock the Garden 2009)

The Rake’s Song (Rock the Garden 2009)

Crazy on You [Heart cover] (Rock the Garden 2009)

Colin Meloy previews new Decemberists songs

On October 22, 2010, Colin Meloy (of The Decemberists) performed a great solo acoustic set in New York City for KEXP radio. Included in the set were 2 songs from the upcoming Decemberists album, The King is Dead. Watch below or download the mp4 (video) and mp3 versions.

Down by the Water

June Hymn (new song!)

Rise to Me (another new song!)

The Crane Wife (Parts 1, 2 & 3)

Rise to Me (with the full band)

some Patti Smith tonight…

Yes, Patti Smith is wild and wonderful. In 2007 she released a covers album called Twelve. So here are some great performances, plus the album version of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” because it’s amazing. Three versions of “Teen Spirit” because her spoken-word bit is different each time, and each performance is unique. Two performances of “Gloria” because they’re almost 30 years apart and that’s interesting in itself. Plus, she did “Gimme Shelter,” which tends to be great.

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” (album version)

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” Live in 2007

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” Live in 2008

“Gloria” live in 1979

“Gimme Shelter” (The Rolling Stones) from Later with Jools Holland in 2007

“Gloria” from Later with Jools Holland in 2007