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I was excited when it was announced that Kurt Vile was going to play at Bell’s Eccentric Café. I had listened to some of his music over the years and enjoyed it, but never spent the time listening to it.
In the age of streaming services, it’s easy to go right in and listen to everything. There’s nothing wrong with that, in fact, it’s a dream come true for most all music fans.
When I heard he was going to be playing, I decided to forego listening to any of his music until after the show. I’ve had an unofficial rule for years that on the way to a concert, we don’t listen to the music from that artist.
There also something quite amazing about listening to a great artist for the first time live.
Anyways, the show was great. The Eccentric Café’s garden is one of my favorite venues, just not because I work for the brewery, but because the layout makes it feel like a backyard show. I don’t remember the specific names of the songs, but I have begun to listen to Vile’s full albums.
Oh yeah, “Pretty Pimpin’” was great to see live.
King Crimson recently released their studio albums on streaming services — following a release of some of their live albums late last year. I always respected Robert Fripp’s decision to not make the catalog available, but it’s a good thing that this great music will be available to more people.
I made a introductory playlist to King Crimson on Apple Music.
Fripp has described Crimson as a live band. Performances are “hot dates” while the studio albums are “love letters” — hence the name of the playlist.
Studio and live are two worlds. Would you, the audience, prefer to have a love letter or a hot date? Each have their value. Crimson were always a band for a hot date. From time to time they could write a love letter, too, but for me they were better in the clinches.
- Robert Fripp in the slevenotes for Radical Action
I am working on a “Hot Date” playlist from the music available on the streaming services, but that might take some time to put together.
I set a constraint on my playlist that only one song from each album could be used. This provides, I think, a great overview of the breath and depth of the band. Enjoy.