karohemd: by sogoth.livejournal.com (Music)
was fantastic. After years of applying, I finally "won" a ticket for this week's show.

I managed to get out of work early, caught the 4:45 to KingsX, the tube to Wood Lane and when I came out of the station I already saw where I was supposed to be going: where the queue was on the opposite side of the road.

Turned out there were two queues, one for Later... and one for Buzzcocks. Having found the right one, the first bit of waiting started. At about 7:10, things started moving, we got given wristbands and had to put our stuff through an X-ray machine like at the airport before we were allowed into the "audience foyer", basically a big cafeteria type space with cloakroom and a food/drinks counter. Oh, and a gold Dalek. ;o) After more waiting, we filed through the back door towards the studio complex, and after more waiting outside the studio we were finally let into Studio 1 being sent between set dressing and wall to our corner.
The studio's quite big, a rectangular space, with a stage on each side, with the audience in the corners, smallish speakers (like monitors) hang from the ceiling pointing into the corners. I was in the corner between Steve Miller and Janelle Monáe.

There was a funny grey-haired and -bearded bloke explaining what was going to happen (they do the recorded show first and then do the live bit that goes out on Tuesday evenings) and what to watch out for ("mind those cables, they can trip you up and kill you"), when to applaud (and when not to), that sort of thing.

They started a bit earlier than advertised as they recorded the alternative (NSFW) version of Cee-Lo Green's F U for the website first. He's a funny man, a really cool guy in an awesome pink suit and has an all female band.
Then the recording for the Friday show started(, with a recording of the audience applauding, just in case we all died before the show ended). They repeated the jam in the beginning (Duane Eddy's Peter Gunn) because it didn't quite work but the second take did and there was a bit of a pause in between when it turned out that Janelle Monáe had lost her voice and couldn't do her second planned track and schedules had to be moved around a bit. CW Stoneking filled the spot and did a second track instead. Otherwise, everything worked and it's really all recorded live and in one go. The sound quality was good and what really surprised me was the lights. They are a lot less strong than I expected, modern TV cameras must have a good sensitivity/noise ratio. Speaking of cameras, there are a lot for a reasonably small space: two large ones, one boom camera and two handhelds roving around.

The music:
- Janelle Monáe: A lot of fun, didn't sound like the stuff on her myspace at all. Rather classic, with elements of Soul, Rythm'n'Blues, Jazz and Swing. Her band is a lot of fun, too, and always danced and clapped along when the other bands were playing.
- Cee-Lo Green, the big man in the even bigger pink suit: Again, classic Soul, great voice, huge smile, cheeky bugger, fun! Was mostly goofing around when other bands were on.
- Steve MillibandMiller Band: Don't really need an introduction. He first played two tracks from his new album, Bingo, classic Blues Rock, really well done and Abakadabra to finish as well as The Joker at the end of the live bit.
- CW Stoneking: Fantastic, old-time music, somewhere between old Jazz, Cabaret/Vaudeville and mountain music, with a bit of Tom Waits thrown in. Dobro/Banjo, upright bass, trumpet, trombone and bass drum. Quite melancholic but fun.
- Jim Jones Revue: were a bit crap, to be honest. Screechy Rockabilly made by twats. Sounded OK but I wasn't too fond of the band's personality (is spitting on stage cool again?).
- Cheikh Lo: low key, guitar, bass and sax, with lots of African influences (duh). Very enjoyable, shame he only got one track.

So yeah, good fun and an excellent glimpse behind the scenes of one of my favourite TV programmes, all for the price of a travelcard.

The live bit from last night is on iplayer and if you know where and when to look and the shape of my head, you can see me in the background in two shots but you'll have to pause or it's gone too quickly. ;o)
karohemd: by sogoth.livejournal.com (Music)
was fantastic.
I managed to get out of work early, caught the 4:45 to KingsX, tube to Wood Lane and when I came out of the station I already saw where I was supposed to be going: where the queue was on the opposite side of the road.

Turned out there were two queues, one for Later... and one for Buzzcocks. Having found the right one, the first bit of waiting started. About 7:10, things started moving, we got given wristbands and had to put our stuff through an X-ray machine like at the airport to get into the "audience foyer", basically a big cafeteria type space with cloakroom and a food/drinks counter. Oh, and a gold Dalek. ;o) After more waiting, we filed through the back door, and after yet more waiting outside the studio we were finally in Studio 1 being sent between set dressing and wall to our corner. The studio's quite big, a rectangular space, with a stage on each side, with the audience in the corners, smallish speakers (like monitors) hang from the ceiling pointing into the corners. I was in the corner between Steve Miller and Janelle Monáe.
There was a funny grey-haired and -bearded guy explaining what was going to happen (they do the recorded show first and then do the live bit that goes out on Tuesday evenings) and what to watch out for ("mind those cables, they can trip you up and kill you"), when to applaud (and when not to), that sort of thing.

They started a bit earlier than advertised as they recorded the alternative (NSFW) version of Cee-Lo Green's F U for the website first. He's a funny man, a really cool guy in an awesome pink suit and has an all female band.
Then the recording for the Friday show started( with a recording of the audience applauding, just in case we all died before the show ended). They repeated the jam in the beginning (Duane Eddy's Peter Gunn) because it didn't quite work but the second take did and there was a bit of a pause in between when it turned out that Janelle Monáe had lost her voice and couldn't do her second planned track and schedules had to be moved around a bit. CW Stoneking filled the spot and did a second track instead. Otherwise, everything worked and it's really all recorded live and in one go. The sound quality was good and what really surprised me was the lights. They are a lot less strong than I expected, modern TV cameras must have a good sensitivity/noise ratio. Speaking of cameras, there are a lot for a reasonably small space: two large ones, one boom camera and two handhelds roving around.

The music:
- Janelle Monáe: A lot of fun, didn't sound like the stuff on her myspace at all. Rather classic, with elements of Soul, Rythm'n'Blues, Jazz and Swing. Her band is a lot of fun, too, and always danced and clapped along when the other bands were playing.
- Cee-Lo Green, the big man in the even bigger pink suit: Again, classic Soul, great voice, huge smile, cheeky bugger, fun! Was mostly goofing around when other bands were on
- Steve MillibandMiller Band: Don't really need an introduction. He first played two tracks from his new album, Bingo, classic Blues Rock, really well done and Abakadabra to finish as well as The Joker at the end of the live bit.
- CW Stoneking: Fantastic, old-time music, somewhere between old Jazz, Cabaret/Vaudeville and mountain music, with a bit of Tom Waits thrown in. Dobro/Banjo, upright bass, trumpet, trombone and bass drum. Quite melancholic but fun.
- Jim Jones Revue: were a bit crap, to be honest. Screechy Rockabilly made by twats. Sounded OK but I wasn't too fond of the band's personality (is spitting on stage cool again?).
- Cheikh Lo: low key, guitar, bass and sax, with lots of African influences (duh). Very enjoyable, shame he only got one track.

So yeah, good fun and an excellent glimpse behind the scenes of one of my favourite TV programmes, all for the price of a travelcard.

The live bit from last night is on iplayer and if you know where and when to look and the shape of my head, you can see me in the background in two shots but you'll have to pause or it's gone too quickly. ;o)
ETA: The first one is just after 8:20, when the camera is on Jools and pans from Steve Miller to Janelle. I'm in the second row behind two shortish women.

Later!

30 Sep 2010 02:59 pm
karohemd: by sogoth.livejournal.com (Music)
Next Tuesday! I just got a ticket! Only after several years of trying! My ugly mug might be on national TV!
Lineup looks interesting: Janelle Monáe , Steve Miller Band, Cee-Lo Green, Cheikh Lo with Pee Wee Lewis, CW Stoneking and his Primitive Horn Orchestra and Jim Jones Revue.
It's always a bit of a gamble because you can only apply for one show in each segment and the lineup isn't published yet so I think I was lucky.
Really looking forward to this.

Woah

30 May 2009 12:30 am
karohemd: by sogoth.livejournal.com (Music)
I'm watching Later... and there's this brass band, various trumpets, trombones and a susaphone in a circle around a drummer and one central microphone playing absolutely incredible stuff. It's not jazz, not brass band music or anything other recognisable genre, yet all of them at the same time.

Later...

1 Dec 2007 12:58 am
karohemd: by sogoth.livejournal.com (Music)
Dammit, I had wanted to be in bed early as I have an early start tomorrow but this was good stuff and Later... is back on form:
The Who: they really still have it, definitely. While Pete Townshend has turned bald and grey quite a bit, Roger Daltrey really doesn't look the 63 he is. Considering they still sing My Generation, I wonder what age they now consider "old" ;o)
Reverend and the Makers: nice and good rock, great bassline underneath, added synths that fit in nicely
Latin Legends of Fania: does what it says on the tin, classic Latin/Jazz tunes performed by people easily older than The Who and having more groove, to be honest.
Josh Ritter: happy rock with a few southern/soul influences (and a full horn section), head nodding, toe tapping fun. Awesome waxed moustache on the bass player ;o)
Bela Fleck: when I was at the Station Inn in Nashville a few amazing banjo players, I saw but this guy is just special.
Stephanie Dosen: nice voice but really not my thing. Not quite sure what to call her music, either. Schmaltzy folk?

Bed now, see some of you at Dragonmeet tomorrow.

WTF?

23 Nov 2007 11:45 pm
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Fear)
How low has Later... sunk that they have to put James Blunt on? There's so much good music about and they have to resort to this? Poor poor show...

On the other hand, he's replacement for Babyshambles so a whiny creep might be better than a drug-addicted, twat.
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Karohemd)

because I'm dead tired now after a week of not enough sleep. Stuff around the house tomorrow, including making a tub of Dippadoom™ for the party (far too tired to do it today), shopping at the Daily Bread Company, cooking a stirfry with the huge bunch of spring greens and then going to the Humphreys' for an after-Bonfire party. Should be good.

- Work was really tedious today
- Dinner was yummy
- I really enjoyed John Barrowmore on Jonathan Ross
- Uploaded a shot each of XPQ-21 and [livejournal.com profile] _ebb_ to my portfolio and immediately got a favourite each.
- Later... was pretty good, too but without a real stand-out track for me, except the little bit of Smokey Robinson singing. Just Jack was cool, though.
- I need to find a new style, Jarvis Cocker was wearing a checked shirt...

Later...

6 May 2006 12:46 am
karohemd: by sogoth.livejournal.com (Music)
Really good show today. Nice spectrum of musical styles (as usual but this time everthing was on my wavelength), although I'm still not convinced if The Spinto Band are just an act or actually really rather good. If his acting career should go the wrong way, Jamie Foxx could do worse than making more music, impressive, and shows that Ray really wasn't faked. Pearl Jam have grown up a bit but still have it. Yeah.

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