there are so many stellar ONGOING live PERFORMANCE video series produced and recorded by radio stations across the county, including NOTORIOUS ones by KEXP 90.3FM in SEATTLE and KCRW 89.9FM in LOS ANGELES among others. recently i discovered another great example done by KCMP 89.3 THE CURRENT in NORTHFIELD, MINNESOTA, called THE CURRENT SESSIONS which is run by MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO and has a broadcast range that covers the nearby "TWIN CITIES" of ST. PAUL and MINNEAPOLIS.
the visual and sound quality involved is TOP NOTCH and includes past PERFORMANCES by everyone from NOTABLE songwriters like SHARON VAN ETTEN, ROBYN HITCHCOCK and FIRST AID KIT to INDIE ROCK bands in BUILT TO SPILL, AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS and STARCRAWLER, not to mention HIP HOP acts like KILLER MIKE of RUN THE JEWELS fame. needless to say, THE CURRENT SESSIONS are definitely worth checking out.
ever since KEXP 90.3FM in SEATTLE started film and mixing live performances from visiting MUSICAL GUESTS more than a decade ago, other RADIO STATIONS as well as COUNTLESS INSTRUMENT MANUFACTURERS and RETAILERS have caught up and caught in on the action.
which i am all for. i cannot get enough of these live performance videos, especially when they are filmed and mixed well. 91.1FM WNXP in NASHVILLE within the past year got their LIVE AT WNXP'S SONIC CATHEDRAL live music series off the ground and they have landed some IMPRESSIVE guests from the INDIE ROCK world, from established acts like ALT-J, BUILT TO SPILL, METRIC, YO LA TENGO, PARQUET COURTS, SPOON and MY MORNING JACKET to EMERGING artists like SOCCER MOMMY, AMYL & THE SNIFFERS, IDLES and THE BETHS. it was even cool to see POM POM SQUAD making a recent appearance, a local NYC band we filmed and recorded a few years back (linked HERE) as part of our own OFF THE M live performance video series.
definitely check out these AMAZING videos. these artists are worth your time.
AUSTRALIAN-based PUNK ROCK band AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS is absolutely NEXT LEVEL. definitely the most INTENSE and ENERGETIC music ive come across in years. vocalist AMY TAYLOR is like the female reincarnation of IGGY POP (who admittedly is still very much still with us - thank god).
their sound and presence is unapologetically FIERCE and their song construction is crazy TIGHT, but keep in mind that this is definitely not the sound of musicians playing to a grid on PRO TOOLS. rather it very much feels like a welcome return to real ROCK N ROLL in both ATTITUDE and INTENTION.
cannot praise this band enough. it is required listening in my opinion. AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS is most definitely worth checking out and keeping an eye on moving forward.