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Cassette Store Day 2013

Today is Cassette Store Day , which is the brainchild of a trio of music business people based in London: Matt Flag, Jen Long and Steve Ross. The three of them also run record tape labels and it was Steve who got the idea from the more established Record Store Day. Like its vinyl counterpart, Cassette Store Day will feature live bands performing in record shops and various venues worldwide today. About fifty cassettes have been released especially for today and these include titles by lesser known acts as well as more familiar names like The Flaming Lips, The Pastels, Waxahatchee and múm. You can check out a complete list of releases here and have a look at where things are happening here

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Don’t Bang the Drum

The hour-long version of this week’s Later with Jools Holland will go out tonight on BBC Two. The shorter live version was shown on Tuesday and one of its highlights was the performance of Mad As the Mist & Snow by Mike Scott & The Waterboys. This is the Sea is one of my favourite albums, though its follow-up, Fisherman’s Blues, was more of a commercial success. That album included a song called The Stolen Child, which was based on a poem written by WB Yeats. Mad As the Mist and Snow is taken from the band’s tenth release in three decades, a whole album of the Irish poet’s work called An Appointment with Mr Yeats. The prolific North Carolina songwriter Ryan Adams has released over a dozen albums in the last decade and Ashes & Fire is his latest. The former Whiskeytown member performed a solo acoustic version of Lucky Now on the show. Camille from Paris made a return appearance to play a track from her fourth album, Ilo Veyou. She performed a quirky and amusing number called Mars Is No Fun that could’ve been written from the perspective of an offspring of the narrator of Bowie’s Life on Mars. All the way from Wellington in New Zealand, The Phoenix Foundation performed a catchy tune called Buffalo. That’s also the title of their 2010 album and it’s their fourth since forming in 1997. Emeli Sandé has already been on Later this season and she came back to perform Read All About It with London rapper Professor Green. It will appear on his second album, At Your Inconvenience. I skipped through Coldplay‘s two songs that bookended the show as I’m not a fan. However, I do like Lady GaGa’s version of one of their songs. Later goes out every Tuesday and Friday on BBC Two

The Stolen Child (WB Yeats) – The Waterboys

Lovesick Blues (Hank Williams Sr cover) – Ryan Adams

Pretty Face – Camille

Pot – The Phoenix Foundation

Viva La Vida (Coldplay cover) – Lady Gaga

Clockwise from top left: Professor Green, Coldplay, Mike Scott, Camille, The Phoenix Foundation, Ryan Adams

How Does It Feel, Bob?

Barack Obama’s first official visit to Ireland came and went yesterday. It was certainly a success as the US president knocked back a pint of Guinness in the village of Moneygall and got to show off his command of the Irish language in Dublin. Another famous American who has been a regular visitor to these shores in recent years celebrates his 70th birthday today. In the early sixties, Bob’s music had been used to soundtrack the Civil Rights Movement in the US. Dylan’s championing by the movement was not something he encouraged, though he was present at the march in Washington on August 28th, 1963, when Martin Luther King delivered his powerful I Have a Dream speech

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