Posts Tagged ‘Billie Holiday’

Neil Young to Billie Holiday, Mahler to Goldfrapp, Jay Z to David Byrne

October 21, 2008
FREE! Music for grown-ups on the BBC in the next 10 days:

Hidden among its vast output, BBC TV and radio has some magnificent music for grown-ups – every week of the year. And it’s all free (well, sort of… ).

In the next ten days, for example:

Thurs 23 Oct
2300 Bob Dylan, Theme Time Radio Hour (rpt) – BBC Radio 2
2320 Mike Skinner, BBC Electric Proms – BBC2

Fri 24 Oct
2200 Goldfrapp, BBC Electric Proms – BBC4
0035 Jakob Dylan, Later… With Jools Holland – BBC2 (rpt)

Sat 25 Oct
2400 Billie Holiday, Jazz Library – BBC Radio 3

Sun 26 Oct
2400 Bob Dylan, Theme Time Radio Hour (new) – BBC 6 Music
2400 Goldfrapp, BBC Electric Proms – BBC4 (rpt)

Mon 27 Oct
1200 & 2200 Mahler, Composer Of The Week – BBC Radio 3
(1/5, continues Tues-Fri)
2330 Choo Choo Ch’Boogie: the Louis Jordan Story – BBC Radio 2 (4/4)

Tues 28 Oct
2235 Jay Z, Imagine… – BBC1

Thurs 30 Oct
2355, David Byrne, BBC Four Sessions (rpt) – BBC Four
0055, Ryan Adams, BBC Four Sessions (rpt) – BBC Four

Fri 31 Oct
2130 Neil Young, In Concert (1971) – BBC Four
2200 Neil Young – Don’t Be Denied – BBC Four
2300 CSNY/Déjà Vu – BBC Four

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Gerry Smith

Coffee bar chain to release new Dylan influences compilation

February 22, 2008

A well-known chain of foreign-owned coffee bars is to release Artist’s Choice – Bob Dylan, next week. 

The new CD assembles 16 tracks of the type Dylan has played on Theme Time Radio Hour, by musicians of the Stanley Brothers, Junior Wells and Billie Holiday vintage. 

But, as with its Dylan Live At The Gaslight 1962 CD release, the “global” coffee bar company doesn’t supply online outside the US/Canada.  How terribly quaint!   

I assume the new CD won’t be available from local coffee bar outlets, either – I failed to find any evidence of the Gaslight CD in its central London branches last year.   

I’d start to boycott the chain if I hadn’t been doing so for years.  I never darken the doors of their coffee bars.  Not for any ideological reasons, though  – I just can’t bear to drink coffee from gross oversized mugs, or to sit amongst serried ranks of shiny happy customers with too much time and money to waste.  I choose to waste mine in Caffe Nero or Coffee Republic.  

Gerry Smith