Thundercat Live on KCRW

Every now and then, Santa Monica’s KCRW radio station hosts live-sessions from musicians we love. Their latest addition is LA-native bass-player Thundercat, who I should have to introduce to any of you. Outside of his solo-work, he has gained a great following in recent years through his collaborations with Flying Lotus, Erykah Badu and Kendrick Lamar.

The first track “Them Changes” is taken from the all new Thundercat EP on Brainfeeder, while the second “Heartbreaks & Setbacks” is off his 2013 album “Apocalypse”.

Roy Ayers – Everybody Loves The Sunshine (Brownswood Basement Session)

Just a little something to get you in the right mood for the weekend. Watch three minutes of Roy Ayers performing his classic good vibes song “Everybody Loves The Sunshine”, taken from the 1976 LP of the same name.

Roy Ayers will be performing at this year’s edition of the Worldwide Festival, which kicks off next Monday, July 6th.

(via Worldwide)

Kamasi Washington & Miles Mosley – MK 1

It’s amazing to see what Flying Lotus and his Brainfeeder label pulled off with the release of the Kamasi Washington debut album. When was the last time someone made the kids listen to a jazz album?

With “The Epic” finally available, the guys at Kinda Neat put out a new podcast episode talking to the L.A. saxophonist and the video above features a live improvisation that serves as a great teaser.

Lapalux – Puzzle (Live at Maida Vale)

Watch a live performance by Lapalux featuring Andreya Triana on vocals, recorded at London’s Maida Vale Studios. The original is, of course, taken from the new Lapalux album Lustmore, released last month on Brainfeeder.

There are a couple of more videos worth checking out, let’s start with Dorian Concept and Untold.

Introducing The Gaslamp Killer Experience

Already famous for his wonderful work with fellow Los Angeles natives including the extended Brainfeeder family, Stones Throw Records, or Low End Theory, photographer Theo Jemison produces this video about Gaslamp Killer. Starting with an interview clip with the parents, the video centers a live performance at LA’s Mayan Theatre with a line-up including the likes of Dexter Story, Kamasi Washington, Amir Yaghmai and the Killer himself.

Caribou Vibration Ensemble – Live 2011

Four years have passed since these tracks were recorded at various Caribou live shows in Belgium and the UK, now Dan Snaith is selling them for a good cause. What makes this EP stand out is the line-up involved in the Caribou Vibration Ensemble: Four Tet and James Holden on synthesizers, Ahmed “Sinkane” Gallab on drums, a three piece brass section, flutist, and Dan Snaith himself on vocals, synth and electric guitar.

Available on Bandcamp for $3 (or more) with all proceeds going to Gendered Intelligence.

(via Hyponik)

Stompy’s Playground & London Contemporary Voices – Two Dots

Ready for some acoustic music for a change? London ensemble Stompy’s Playground teamed up with the London Contemporary Voice choir to record a live reinterpretation of Lusine‘s minor hit single Two Dots taken from his 2009 album A Certain Distance. Goosebumps!

(via RJC)

Moodymann – Freeky MF (Live in Japan)

Ah, that Kenny Dixon Jr guy, never ceases to amaze, don’t you think? And since I don’t even know what to say after watching this, let me leave you to his showmanship and a final note that his supporters on stage are none other than John Arnold and Jeremy Ellis.

Bonus: Same track performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival nine years earlier.

(via Green Tea Session)

Laurel Halo live at St John-at-Hackney

A couple of days ago, the trio of Laurel Halo, Demdike Stare and Shackleton each played a live-set at the St John-at-Hackney church in London. Laurel Halo’s Chance of Rain easily gained the top spot of my favourite albums last year, and since then I’m paying a little extra attention to her doings.

PS: you can also check out the Shackleton live-performance that night.

Julia Holter – Hello Stranger (live)

Not only my favourite tune on the last Julia Holter record, but also the track giving me the chills while hearing it live (and before the album release.) So, this one gives you a slight impression of that feeling, a live version of “Hello Stranger”, a cover of the 1963 Barbara Lewis hit single, recorded during rehearsals.

The album Loud City Song was released in 2013 on Domino Records.

Andrea Parker and Daz Quayle live at The Roundhouse

2008 not only marked the fifth year after the passing of composer and electronic music pioneer Daphne Oram, but also the 50th anniversary of The BBC Radiophonic Workshop. On the occasion, a tribute event took place that year at London’s The Royal Festival Hall. Among the performers were DJ-Kicks contributor Andrea Parker and Daz Quayle, who were invited to perform a live concert incorporating some of Oram’s sounds. The concert eventually lead up to the making of Private Dreams and Public Nightmares (reviewed in The Quietus), a full album of reworks and reinterpretations based on Oram’s music, and released in 2011 on Parker’s own Aperture Records.

Also featured on the record is a live recording made at The Roundhouse, which you can hear and watch in the video above.

Daphne Oram has been nicknamed one of the “Radiophonic Ladies”, alongside Delia Derbyshire and Maddalena Fagandini, who were known for their early use of electronic instruments and tape recorders. For further information, visit the Daphne Oram Collection and listen to this Radio 3 documentary.

Shigeto live on KEXP

Before he played at this year’s Decibel Festival in Seattle, Zach Saginaw aka Shigeto payed KEXP radio a visit to perform a couple of tracks live, two of them taken from his latest album No Better Time Than Now. You can watch the entire session (including an interview) above or check out the individual tracks Ringleader, Perfect Crime, R Life and Ann Arbor part 3 & 4.

Cid Rim – Mute City (live)

If you’re following Cid Rim on Twitter, you were probably anticipating the radio session he’s been teasing us with for days. Apparently, the thing is hitting the airwaves today on Austrian radio (Dorian Concept did that, remember?) and for the rest of us, here is a track to get a glimpse of what that mind sound like. Also, with the end of the year approaching, I think this is a good reminder of the Mute City EP, which the Austrian drummer and producer released this autumn on Glasgow’s LuckyMe label.

December 21, 2013 You can now download all tracks from the session or watch a video recording.

Mark de Clive-Lowe – Hot Music

Only yesterday, Mark de Clive-Lowe called for support for his new record, an album he hopes to fund over the Kickstarter platform. As if the multi-instrumentalist had to prove his talent on the knobs and keys, he also shared this one-take cover version of the Wynston Marsalis-sampling dancefloor classic Hot Music.

Update You can also download the track from Mark’s SoundCloud page!

Shigeto live at Festival des Hauts de Garonne

Having delivered a stunning new album for Ghostly, Detroit’s Shigeto is now taking it to stages around the world. The video above captures nearly one hour of such a live performance, it was recorded back in July at the Festival des Haute de Garonne in, you guessed it right, France.