Tonight I waded into the backlog of episodes of Later with Jools Holland that were recorded on the V+ box, starting with the end of the one from two weeks ago with Robbie Robertson, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 and Cee-lo Green – fast-forwarding through Glasvegas.
After that I moved onto last week’s episodes.Â I’ll admit I skipped through Fleet Foxes and kd Lang, though I did watch the rest:
Hugh Laurie was entertaining.Â Maverick Strike was disconcerting because the singer looks like Mike Skinner but sounds like Finlay Quaye.Â After getting over that confusion I really enjoyed their sound.Â The Agitator was very good, though I suspect the format only works in short bursts, but the most enjoyable act for me was Vintage Trouble who I reckon would be a good band to see in a pub or club: lively, infectious and they really look like they are enjoying themselves.
While I was watching the backlog a new episode of the Tuesday live show was being recorded so I finished off by watching that – a very strong female line-up this week with Lykke Li, PJ Harvey and the Unthanks.Â I’d already listened to the PJ Harvey album a few times on Spotify and bought the Lykke Li CD as soon as it came out and enjoyed both so there was no fast-forwarding going on for this one and I’m already looking forward to the full show on Friday.
Not too excited about next week though: Adele and R Kelly…Â still keeping my fingers crossed for Gang of Four, Beardyman, Human League or Keren Ann to pop up later in the series.Â Â Be good to see Spizzenergi on there too, but I can’t see that happening so I’ll just have to pop up to Camden on June 11th and see them play with Department S.