Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Back To Uni - Year 3

Yesterday was my first day back as a third year, and apart from my tutors constantly putting pressure on by telling us "this is the year that counts", I'm really excited to get into my work. 

I decided to live at home and travel in to Uni, as I'm only in 5 hours a week and I live a 45 minute drive away. 

I've taken lots of writing modules this year and I'm so excited to get into reading more of the broad subject of popular musicology. Every now and then I do get a sense of panic as to just HOW am I going to write a coherent dissertation?!?

I'll get there, one way or another, I hope... 

How are you feeling about Uni? Maybe you've just started this year? or are you thinking of applying for next year? 

Let me know!

Livvy x

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Sunday Sessions #10 - The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger

The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (the GOASTT) recently finished their UK tour, the band have been touring most of the year since the release of their first record 'Midnight Sun' in April.

The track listing is as follows;

  • 01 - Too Deep
  • 02 - Xanadu
  • 03 - Animals
  • 04 - Johannesburg
  • 05 - Midnight Sun
  • 06 - Last Call
  • 07 - Devil You Know
  • 08 - Golden Earring
  • 09 - Great Expectations
  • 10 - Poor Paul Getty
  • 11 - Don't Look Back Orpheus
  • 12 - Moth to a Flame

While they have been established since 2008; they consider this as their first real release. The band is led by couple Charlotte Kemp Muhl and Sean Lennon. 

I have been in to Lennon's previous solo albums for a long time, so when I was given the opportunity to see him (by my lovely boyfriend can I add.. :)) I couldn't have been more thrilled and grateful. 

We saw them on September 9th at Liverpool's Kazimier, and it was honestly one of the best shows I've ever seen. Their musicianship was a joy to watch and I was in awe the whole time. 

Obviously Sean is probably constantly compared to his father, and their were quite a few clear John fans at the gig (their t-shirts gave it away) but he has most definitely gained respect as himself as an artist. 

Their sound is very psychedelic rock, and you can't help but listen when you hear it. 

The GOASTT are currently finishing up the French leg of their tour, I hope we will be treated to another release from them in the near future. 

Livvy x

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Sunday Sessions #9 - Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

This week Jamie Cullum announced his 7th studio album 'Interlude' is to be released on October 6th. The lead single is a song first sung by Nina Simone - "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood". Cullum collaborates with Gregory Porter for a great version of this track. 

For a song written in 1964, Cullum and Porter give the song a new modern lease of life, while also not straying from its New York jazz roots. 

Laura Mvula is also a special guest on 'Interlude', singing Good Morning Heartache with Cullum, a song first sung by Billie Holliday. 

Someone I know claims that Cullum steals all of his ideas from past jazz musicians, and generally doesn't think Cullum is original or good. I completely disagree, I feel he is influenced by any kind of music, with roots in jazz he also crosses over to hip hop and rock. He is original and an outstanding artist. There's only one Jamie Cullum. 

Livvy x