Kesha on The Graham Norton Show

Saw Kesha perform her latest single on The Graham Norton Show on BBC1 last week, Learn To Let Go, which I have to admit was actually quite good. It sounded quite melodic and just that little bit different to what she’s in the past. As always Kesha’s voice sounds as energetic as it does soothing, unless you could put it down to just that one particular song. Now I openly admit that I’m not really into her sort of music but that’s not to say I don’t enjoy her voice.

Also it was quite entertaining watching new Strictly judge Shirley Ballas perform a small dance routine with comic actor Will Ferrell. Seriously, they’ve both got the moves.

Listen To This… Thunderian Summer

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Dave, Alex, Tim, Matt and Pablo, these five guys are from all over the East Midlands and form the newest band to get into the music scene. These guys produce much of their own material as well as the odd cover song but non-the-less are still worth checking out. If you like listening to melodic rock riffs and upbeat vocal check these guys next time they’re in town. Listen to Just A Soldier, The Man I Want To Be and Lion Bear Tiger Mama (live in Nottingham, you won’t be disappointed.

Who are you guys?
Singer – Dave Thomas (DT)
Guitar – Alex Lee (Big A)
Guitar – Tim Stone (The Juke)
Bass – Matt Morley (Pops)
Drums – Pablo Fernández de Dios (Pabs)

How did you get together?
I was in jamming with a couple of mates who had a covers band that was sort of on hiatus, that didn’t really lead to anything but in the mean time I’d recruited DT and Pops to join us. So a couple of adverts and we got Juke and Pabs in.

…. And your musical influences?

Loads, Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, Gaslight Anthem, Kings Of Leon, Foo Fighters… the list goes on. All five of us like different stuff and we sort of meet in the middle.

How would you describe the band’s style?
Loads of Reverb!

What’s the story behind the band name?
It’s what happens when five guys who should be doing more important things have a Whatsapp chat and start geeking out about Thundercats.

On a scale of 1-10, how rock are you?
Dunno, 7 maybe… depends what 10 is really.

Best gig so far?
Probably the Sausage and Cider Festival, weather was great and in the daylight we could see the crowd singing along to our stuff, which was cool.

Your dream gig?
Sunday Night, Glastonbury.

How’s life in the band?
Normally it’s a lot of fun.

Have you played abroad yet?
Not yet, got some plans for 2019, but still some work to do here.

Have you had much airplay at all?
Some internet stuff, there’s a few stations who are really supportive of unsigned bands who’ve played us.

And lastly where can fans listen to your music?
Soundcloud for now…. There’s been much debate in the band about the merits of putting the songs up for sale at this stage.

Kelly Clarkson on The Graham Norton Show

Not long finished listening to Kelly Clarkson (her from American Idol) perform her latest single Love So Soft The Graham Norton show on BBC1, and I have to admit that even she’s not my type of artist her song wasn’t too bad. Kelly just carries a note with pure ease and possess a good vocal range. Unfortunately it sounded a little too pop/pop-rock for me which is a bit of a shame, I mean don’t get me wrong she’s a good artist and a talented singer to say the least it’s just that she doesn’t really appeal to me and this latest song isn’t actually doing anything for me I’m afraid.
Jason Momoa, Khal Drogo from GoT (Game of Thrones) provided quite a bit of entertainment, as well as eye-candy, demonstrating his battle skills with a trident from his role as Aquaman in the upcoming film Justice League. Let’s put it this way both rugged looks and toned physique (despite not taking his top, apart from a brief look at televised clip) didn’t go unnoticed.

St Vincent on The Graham Norton Show

American music supremeo (in my opinion) St Vincent performed her new single Los Ageless on The Graham Norton Show on BBC1 right now, and I have to say it sounds really good. The lyrics are great and her voice is fully charged with masses of energy and passion, you couldn’t expect anything less from her. Mind you St Vincet’s one of thise artist whom can’t seem to do no wrong. What I liked about the song is that it had a 80’s electro sound to it combined with electro-rock. Los Ageless sounds like an amazing song and one that could easily grow on me. Also Johnny Depp and Judi Dench were on the sofa along with the rest of the cast of the new film Murder On The Orient Express, seen the trailer and it looks good.

 

The Good Doctor

This is a new US TV medical drama which I’d quite to talk about mainly due to the subject matter which I’m more than familiar with, mainly because I’ve got the same problem as the main character in it. The new drama in question is called The Good Doctor which is broadcast on Sky Living and stars British actor Freddie Highmore (Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Bates Motel) as Dr Shaun Murphy, a surgeon with suffers from Autism, and Savant Syndrome. After watching the whole of the first episode I found it utterly compelling and took great pride in the fact that a TV show like this had even been made, even more so that it’s the main character whom suffers with a learning disability. In the first episode his character, Dr Shaun helps save the life of a young boy who’s suffered a serve accident whilst on his way to a job interview at a hospital. Even though numerous people write him off as a weirdo his medical skills enable him to save the life of the young boy and is eventually given the job at the hospital. I myself suffer a form of Autism known as Asperger Syndrome, and as a result was able to identify with the lead character, and to a degree, some of his plight. There was a scene which stood-out to me towards the end of the episode in which numerous members of The Board have doubts about hiring him to his problems. There are many people in the world, some of whom may or may not have watched this series whom have various learning disabilities and as a result find it difficult to understand the world around them and as a result find it hard both fitting in with any peer group and of course communicating with others. As a fellow Autism sufferer I myself have had similar sorts of problems when I was growing up. One of the things it did give me was the ability to help and understand the world of those whom do suffer such disabilities and gave me ways of helping them to find their way in the world. Overall I found this to be an amazing series on would whole-heartedly recommend it to anyone.

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Morrissey on The Graham Norton Show

Been listening to Morrissey perform his new song Spent The Day in Bed on The Graham Norton Show on BBC1. Now I openly admit I’m not much of a Morrissey fan at the best of times, or anytime to be honest, but I have to admit that this new single of his is quite catchy and found myself self-commenting ‘he’s got a point there’. See what I did there! just admitted to agreeing on a couple of things from a guy whom I can stand that much. Anyways as far as songs go it had a bit of a sci-fi/electro open to it which was interesting as not many songs have that these days. Also British actress Emma Thompson was on the sofa talking about a couple of projects she was involved in and her near-encounter with Donald Trump, which you could probably thank a small mercy for not happening (good on you girl).

Sounds Like Friday Night

Coming this Friday is a new music show called Sounds Like Friday Night, and it will be hosted by @BBCR1 Radio 1’s @GregJames and @1Xtra 1Xtra’s A.Dot @AmplifyDot It’s been 11 years since the BBC had a primetime music show since the axing of Top Of The Pops back in 2006. I for one am looking forward to this as it’s about time that we had something that wasn’t X-Factor or The Voice UK (though I openly admitting to watching the latter). Sounds Like Friday Night offers live music, interviews and comedy sketches which’ll be interesting to see, normally you just get a bit of to-and-through banter with the presenters. What’s interesting about this is that each week there’ll be a guest co-presenter from the music industry presenting the show and this weeks’ episode starts off with Jason Derulo. Lastly though before you get too excited by this being a new permanent viewing fixture it’s only on for 6 weeks, yes…. 6 WEEKS!!! but who know it could go on to be a regular thing depending on how things go. Anyways, don’t forget, 19:30 this Friday on BBC1

Gregory Porter on The Graham Norton Show ft. Jeff Goldblum

An amazing song by US Soul legend Gregory Porter and he was joined by US Hollywood actor Jeff Goldblum to perform his new single Mona Lisa. I openly admit that though I’ve only heard of Gregory on an on/off basis this is the first time I’ve fully listened to a session of his. Seriously he’s incredible and just had an superb vocal and his singing is just soothing and melodic. I was very surprised by Jeff Goldblum though as I had no idea he could play an instrument, but seriously the guy was brilliant. Gregory new album Nat King Cole & Me. On another note though I’m very impressed with some of the musical sounds coming from the U.S right now.

 

Eyre Llew: One To Watch (online)

My next upcoming One To Watch with Nottingham trio Eyre Llew courtesy of Nottingham Post online. Print edition to be out tomorrow.

http://www.nottinghampost.com/whats-on/music-nightlife/nottingham-band-eyre-llew-launch-651587

Nottingham band Eyre Llew to launch debut album Atelo at Rescue Rooms
http://www.nottinghampost.com
They are widely acclaimed and could well be Nottingham’s next success story