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CAS My Classic Album: Mark Leckey on ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

Turner Prize winning artist Mark Leckey joins Classic Album Sundays’ DEBONAIR for a deep dive into the ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ album musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, on which the 1971 rock opera of the same name was based.

This stream will air at 8pm on Sunday 28th February on our Facebook and YouTube pages. It will be available on-demand thereafter.

Mark Leckey is a British contemporary artist, working with collage art, music and video. His found object art and video pieces, which incorporate themes of nostalgia and anxiety, and draw on elements of pop culture, span several videos including Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore (1999) and Industrial Light and Magic (2008), for which he won the 2008 Turner Prize.

‘My Classic Album’ is a series of free-to-view artist interview streams created with support from the Arts Council England Cultural Recovery Fund. Future interviews will feature artists such as Mark Leckie, Emma-Jean Thackray, Steven Wilson and many more.

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CAS My Classic Album: Thurston Moore on Sonic Youth ‘Daydream Nation’

Our final event for National Album Day saw us joined by Sonic Youth founding member Thurston Moore celebrating 30 years since the release of Daydream Nation at The John Peel Archive in Stowmarket.


Read more: Album Of The Month Sonic Youth ‘Daydream Nation’

Sonic Youth have been praised for having “redefined what rock guitar could do” using a wide variety of unorthodox guitar tunings and preparing guitars with objects like drum sticks and screwdrivers to alter the instruments’ timbre. The band is considered to be a pivotal influence on the alternative and indie rock movements.

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CAS My Classic Album: The Kooks on ‘Inside In/Inside Out’

The Kooks’ Luke Prichard and Hugh Harris join Classic Album Sundays’ Tina Edwards to celebrate 15 years of their debut album ‘Inside In/Inside Out’.

This will be streamed live on Sunday 21st February at 8pm GMT on our Facebook and YouTube channels. It will be available on-demand thereafter. 

‘My Classic Album’ is a series of free-to-view artist interview streams created with support from the Arts Council England Cultural Recovery Fund. Future interviews will feature artists such as Emma-Jean Thackray, Mark Leckie, Steven Wilson and many more.

Join our monthly Album Club, Classic Album Pub Quiz, Safe & Sound Hi-Fi webinar and receive rewards here.

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CAS Album of the Month Club: David Bowie ‘Hunky Dory’

February’s ‘Album of the Month Club’ on Sunday February 28th features a firm Classic Album Sundays’ favourite which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, Davie Bowie’s Hunky Dory. On this record Bowie brought together a formidable line up of guitarist Mick Ronson, bassist Trevor Bolder and drummer Mick Woodmansey. Future Yes member Rick Wakeman on piano and co-producer Ken Scott, who had engineered Bowie’s previous two records. For those that haven’t joined us, it is like a book club get-together on Zoom but for….albums!

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Subscribe as a Member for £10 if you would like to join us (and you can also join us for the Pub Quiz on February 12th) here.

On Sunday morning, Colleen will send all participants a ‘Musical Lead-Up Playlist’ that sets the musical context for the album and will include David Bowie’s influences and contemporaries. This is to be listened to in your own time before the meeting takes place.
Doors open at 7:45 and after we all greet one another, Colleen tells the story behind the album. We then listen to the album in real time on whichever device or format that is available to you (vinyl, CD, streaming).

Once the album finishes, we unmute ourselves and have a discussion about the album and our listening experience. This is a great way to connect with people, especially for those of us who are in Lockdown and I truly hope you can join us. If you are a subscribed Supporter or Punter, you can always upgrade your subscription to Member status and you will not be charged twice. And if you are new to Classic Album Sundays and are considering signing up, do so this week as then you can come along to our Pub Quiz on Friday February 12th.

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Our events really resonate with people and one of our newest members sent this testimonial after her first Album Club last month:

“I wanted to thank you for the warm welcome and the knowledge there are friendly like minded people across the world out there and you brought us all together through a shared love of music. That is awesome. I have been mostly alone through the pandemic (am single, live alone – and yes do have the requisite cats to complete the stereotype!😂) My 25 + year career has been in events, currently in the West End of London so in my “normal” life I would be out at least 3/4 times a week. That has all obviously completely stopped for me and it has been a somewhat of a struggle mentally, music has kept me sane and Sunday’s event really helped my sanity. I truly hope to meet you in real life at some point to say thank you in person and look forward to engaging in more events.” – Angela

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We look forward to seeing you all at The Album Club on the Sunday February 28th at 8pm GMT! Thanks for listening.

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CAS This Woman’s Work: Billie Holiday ‘Lady Sings the Blues’

This Woman’s Work is a series of stories from Classic Album Sundays highlighting classic albums by female artists that have made a lasting impact on music and pop culture.

This time, we focus on Lady Sings the Blues by legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday. It was released in 1956 to coincide with her autobiography of the same name. By this point in her career, when she was just in her early 40s, Holiday’s voice had taken on a fragile and worn quality. Hardship, abusive relationships, and addiction had taken their toll on her famous instrument.


Listen: CAS Worldwide ‘The Hissing Of Summer Lawns’ by Joni Mitchell

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U.K. singer and actress Paloma Faith also cites Holiday as an influence on her own desire to become a vocalist: “She was the holy grail of how I wanted to be able to sing, and what I didn’t realize as a young person trying to copy was that you can’t sing like that until some bad shit has happened to you.”

Holiday delivers wise and moving performances in this collection of emotional jazz tunes, many of which became synonymous with her unique sound and persona. José James recorded a tribute to Billie Holiday for Blue Note Records. On that collection, he covered some of Holiday’s signature songs from Lady Sings the Blues, like “Good Morning Heartache” and “Strange Fruit.”

“She kind of gets this reputation for being so laid back and behind the beat. But she’s also crossing bar lines and anticipating chords,” James says. “When you start to sing along with Billie, you realize, oh wow, the breath control, the technique, the ideas, the bravery. She was completely fearless behind the microphone.”

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CAS Safe & Sound Webinar: Dave Morrison (Founder of IsoAcoustics)

Andy Kerr from Bowers & Wilkins joins Colleen for our latest ‘Safe & Sound’ webinar to discuss loudspeakers, headphones and Bowers & Wilkins’ iconic designs. Andy is a profoundly knowledgeable and fascinating person – this webinar is not to be missed!

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We hope to see you at an online event soon!


Watch: Safe & Sound: Tips to Improve Your Sound System with Loud & Clear’s John Carroll

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CAS My Classic Album: Black Midi’s Morgan Simpson on D’Angelo ‘Black Messiah’

Black Midi’s Morgan Simpson joins Classic Album Sundays’ Raj Chaudhury to dig deep into D’Angelo’s Black Messiah as part of our ‘My Classic Album’ series. Formed in 2018, Black Midi made an immediate mark on the scene with their blend of experimental rock, math rock, noise rock and post-punk, culminating in a Mercury Music Prize nomination in 2019.

This interview will be streamed at 8pm GMT on Sunday 14th February 2021 on our Facebook and YouTube channels. It will be available on-demand thereafter.

‘My Classic Album’ is a series of free-to-view artist interview streams created with support from the Arts Council England Cultural Recovery Fund. Future interviews will feature artists such as The Kooks, Emma-Jean Thackray, Mark Leckie, Steven Wilson and many more.

Join our monthly Album Club, Classic Album Pub Quiz, Safe & Sound Hi-Fi webinar and receive rewards here.

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CAS Laurie Anderson’s Top Five Albums of All Time

Ahead of our special Zoom event with Laurie Anderson with The British Library we able to catch up with the American avant-garde artist to find out her Top 5 Albums of All Time.

A true pioneer of electronic music and performance art, Laurie Anderson has been using technology to transform the way we tell stories since the 1970s. She will join Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy to discuss the making of her classic 1986 album and accompanying film Home of the Brave.

This event will be available on PPV via the British Library for 48 hours from Monday 15th February 19:30 – 20:30.

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Astor Piazzola Tango: Zero Hour

“The way Astor Piazzola uses pauses when he plays bandoneon is so dramatic, I’ve tried to learn from him how he phrases things. Tango: Zero Hour is full of this kind of drama.”

William Basinski Disintegration Loops

“Disintegration Loops is basically a mantra, I treat it as ambient music of a crumbling kind, it’s really beautiful. It’s attached to 9/11, he was an artist who was working with the World Trade Centre. Like a lot of artists, Steve Reich in particular, he was interested in the disintegration of audio tape and that’s how this piece was created.”

Antony and the Johnsons I Am A Bird Now

“Another person who understands silence and how to use t in records. He’s really revolutionary in that way. It’s one of the most emotionally wrenching songs ever written and the album itself follows those ideas through.”

Negativland The World Will Decide

“It’s full of little troupes that are just hilarious.”

Devin Hoff Solo Bass

“Not such a well known record, but I’m a sucker for solo instruments. It’s about hearing what that thing can do without being enhanced or talking to any other instruments.” 

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Listen: John Grant on ‘Music For Isolation’ at Classic Albums at Home

 

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CAS Album Inspirations: Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry on ‘Snowflakes Are Dancing’ by Tomita

Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire and André de Ridder discuss ‘Snowflakes are Dancing’ by Japanese musician Isao Tomita. The album features arrangements of Debussy’s tone paintings, including Clair de Lune and The Girl with the Flaxen Hair.

The interview was part of the Spitalfields Music Festival and the festival curator, composer and conductor André de Ridder joined in the conversation to discuss how classical music has found and continues to find new avenues to reach wider audiences through dramatic reinterpretations.

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