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Music Monday โ€” What are you listening to? (Live Music Edition)

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This week I wanna put the focus on live music! Who's your favorite live band? Or maybe it's a solo performer? Tell us about the last live show ya went to. Maybe there's a specific recorded live show (album or video) that ya wanna share with us. Whatever angle ya take, make sure the focus is on live music. Shoutout to @citizen428 for suggesting this prompt!

Elton John dressed up in colorful feathers, hiding his face behind a feathery hand fan before flinging it over his shoulder to expose his face.


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In this weekly series, folks can chime in and drop links to whatever it is they've been listening to recently + browse others suggestions.

If you like talking about music, consider following the org #music discussions for more conversations about music!


So, what kinda live music are ya into? Note: you can embed a link to your song using the following syntax {% embed https://... %}. This should work for most common platforms!

I look forward to listening to y'all's suggestions! ๐Ÿ‘‚ ๐ŸŽถ

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Michael Kohl • Edited on

Oh yeah ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Where do I start?

The band I saw live most often, The Robocop Kraus.

Most fun live band? Probably Antitainment because they usually played tiny venues and set up right in the mosh pit not on stage.

Most impressive drummer I've seen live, The Locust.

Best concert I've seen since living in Thailand, Anti-Flag (slightly ahead of Nine Inch Nails because it was a smaller venue and a more fun audience).

Biggest surprise: Pearl Jam. I don't like them much but my ex was really into them, so I went to the show with her and it was actually really good. I'd go see them again.

Band I've seen earliest in their career before they got "famous", Against Me!. Saw them in a tiny squat in Europe when they were touring in a van. I think they had just come from Prague and where hungover af.

Saddest concert I've been to, The Icarus Line. The band actually wasn't bad, they just played a pretty empty venue and the people who did bother to show up were all just kinda awkwardly standing around.

Fun last category: band I missed most often. Hot Water Music. One of my all-time favorites but they always came to my hometown when I was away. ๐Ÿ˜ข

There's also a long list of bands I'm really happy to have seen live at least once: Run DMC, Jeru the Damaja, Freundeskreis, The Sugarhill Gang, Portishead, Nine Inch Nails, Front Line Assembly, Sonic Youth, heck even U2 was quite the experience (the Zoo TV tour). I'm forgetting so many. Also, I miss live music.

Can we do favorite live DJs next? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Erin Bensinger

+1 for Pearl Jam (lol) and Against Me!!! Eternally jealous that you got to see LJG so early in her career ๐Ÿฅฒ

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Michael Kohl

Eternally jealous that you got to see LJG so early in her career ๐Ÿฅฒ

You know, as far as concerts go, it wouldn't make my top 10, because like I said they were pretty hungover [1]. But seeing what they went on to achieve after and comparing this first show to the next time I saw them in a MUCH bigger venue it definitely feels special.

[1] The award for most ridiculous hungover performance goes to JR Ewing. I saw them twice on the same tour within a couple of weeks, once somewhere in Germany (either Aachen or Kรถln) then in Vienna. They were ๐Ÿ”ฅ at the first show and pretty shit at the second.

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Michael Tharrington (he/him) Author

Wooot! So so much to dig into here. I'll be back with my thoughts when I've had a chance to tune into some of this. Really appreciate ya Michael!

Also, good suggestion... I'll take ya up on it!

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arielbk

Good stuff, lots of avenues to explore here!

I saw Jeru the Damaja a couple times in Berlin since he lives there. A friend and I were behind him in line (I think it was for KRS-One). He was polite, waited and explained to the door people that he was a special surprise guest ๐Ÿ˜„

I bet Nine Inch Nails would be an experience to see live ๐Ÿ‘Œ

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Michael Kohl

I bet Nine Inch Nails would be an experience to see live ๐Ÿ‘Œ

Very good. I especially liked that Trent didn't take the easy way out and mostly played the famous old songs people want to hear but really mostly stuck to songs from Bad Witch in the beginning.

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Jatin Sharma • Edited on

I am currently listening to Forever by KR$NA and Brodha V. I'm with most of India's hip hop industry was waiting for this collab and it's finally here.

Give it a shot. :)

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Michael Kohl

If you'd drop some more Indian hip hop here I'll be forever grateful, the more underground the better.

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Jatin Sharma

I can however most of them would not be in English language. Is it ok?

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Michael Kohl • Edited on

Absolutely, expecting lots of words ending in -chod ๐Ÿ˜‰ Which reminds me of:

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Jatin Sharma

Say My Name by KR$NA

This song is a shot at all those who keep sneak diss KR$NA subliminally & thatโ€™s why he keeps asking in the song Say My Name.

He also showcases his rapping talent & explains why those dissing cannot stand near to him as he is the master of the art.

This is the first rap song released in 2 languages Hindi & English simultaneously.

3:59 AM by DIVINE

In this song(3.59 AM), Divine talks about his life and struggles as an artist rising from the slums of Bombay

Hi-Rez - Playground Ft. KR$NA & KXNG Crooked

This is the new collab song of KR$NA ft. Hi Rez x KXNG Crooked. If you are a fan of lyricism then give it a shot.

City Slums โ€“ Raja Kumari ft. DIVINE

It carried an old school hip-hop vibe accompanied with lyrics that captured the hustle of Mumbai. The video was shot in 24 hours.

FREEVERSE FEAST (LANGAR) by KR$NA

If you want only lyrics and flows switch then this is the right song i guess. In this he starts with Hindi and then switches to the English very seamlessly.

Brodha V - Bujjima | Ft. Niharika NM


I'll recommend you to check KR$NA, DIVINE, BRODHA V, IKKA songs.

If you ask me my Personal Favorite Hip Hop artists in India is KR$NA because of his lyricism.

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Michael Kohl

Nice, thanks so much! I'll dig into this over the next few days.

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Jean-Michel Fayard ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด • Edited on

Not live music but maybe I talk about what I just recorded with a friend.
My two passions outside of programming are music and multi-linguism.
Yersterday I united them with my Polyglot Hallelujah ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆโœก๏ธ,
my adaption of this wonderful song in French + Spanish + German + Italian + English + Hebrew(*)

(*) yes, the original song was already bi-lingual :)

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Michael Tharrington (he/him) Author

So dang cool! This is a really awesome achievement and great song choice too โ€” so fun to hear the verses in different languages. Nicely done!

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Jean-Michel Fayard ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด

Thanks. The hardest part was to pronounce english because I'm french :)

Nah I'm joking, recording music is itself way harder than one would thought.

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Michael Tharrington (he/him) Author

Haha oh no doubt! And bravo for your English โ€” I can understand every word loud and clear! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ™Œ

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arielbk

There are so many good tiny desk concerts but Rakim is one of the best. That's Ali Shaheed Muhammad from Tribe Called Quest on bass!

And this performance by Pixies is really something:

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Michael Tharrington (he/him) Author

Ooooo, I love A Tribe Called Quest and I've not yet seen this performance. I'm siked!! I also really dig The Pixies and Gouge Away is just a great freaking song โ€” annnnd this is yet another performance I haven't seen!!

Both of these are going on my tomorrow list. Thankya for chiming in again, Arielbk!

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Michael Kohl

Ariel always coming through with ๐Ÿ”ฅ recommendations in these threads ๐Ÿคœ๐Ÿค›

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Lucas Perez • Edited on

Oh my god, I love sharing music! I really do!

Gonna share some brazilian songs here, since it is less likely for people to know them:

Deixa, by Ana Muller. This one is one of my favorite artists of this year. I hope this "live on studio" version counts for "live" music. Her songs are very beautiful, and of course if you know the language, the poetry is a lot more touching. Gotta love this younger generation of brazilians "MPB" (it is a traditional brazilian genre of music). This is definitely one of my favorite songs of the last few months.
youtube.com/watch?v=XrzZwd6I2j0

Next is a consagrated brazilian singer and songwriter with a tune with a very catchy bass line. Boa Noite, by Djavan. As a bassist myself, I love it!
youtube.com/watch?v=qrL7n382KW4

Malemolรชncia, by Cรฉu. This one is a live version of a great 2000s brazilian song but in the middle of it, they mashed it up with "Mora na Filosofia", which is a very famous 70s song from one of the most iconic brazilian songwriters of that era (Caetano Veloso). I love this piece so much!
youtube.com/watch?v=eF5Puj7_3Fc

Volta, by Johnny Hooker. This is a singer that I knew his name, but only really started listening to his songs this year, and this song in specific has a very "latin" sentiment on the lyrics, a very strong, passionate and unecessarilly exagerated love, so it feels kinda touching for me. I also played this live last month, which is when I started listening to more of his songs. Like Ana Muller (the first singer of this list), he also is more from a "recent" and "young" generation. They both released their first songs in 2010s I think.
youtube.com/watch?v=-OnrzL2CHWQ

And finally, for a change, a french group that became one of my favourite. Vacances, by L'Impรฉratrice. This was the first song I heard from them, and in fact this video was my very first touch with them, and it is a live version. As someone else mentioned here, my two passions also are music and learning languages in general. I actually am right now in France for vacations, trying to learn some french, so nothing like a french song. I really love this group!
youtube.com/watch?v=1c1Fp8NRzrs

I feel like I have spammed way too many songs already, but like I said, I really like sharing songs! Au revoir! ๐Ÿ˜

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Michael Tharrington (he/him) Author

Haha! Ohhhh I so appreciate ya spamming my article with this list, Lucas. I'm gonna dig in tomorrow and will let ya know what I'm into. ๐Ÿ™Œ

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Vincent A. Cicirello

Not exactly what you're looking for, but at the moment the live music I'm listening to is the faint sound of a neighborhood middle schooler practicing the trumpet for the first time. I'm guessing about a block away in their garage most likely.

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Michael Tharrington (he/him) Author

So this isn't truly my favorite live performer, but I do like him a lot and he has kinda an interesting angle...

For the past week, Iโ€™ve been jamming out to a DJ from the UK called Suat. His music is pretty good (though I donโ€™t consider myself the greatest judge of house/dj music), but the real draw is his videos. He takes his dj equipment out and about, generally strapped to him, and walks around in public blasting his beats while being extremely goofy. He gets different reactions from different folks โ€” some people love it and groove with him, some folks ignore it, and some folks confront him about making too much noise in public. He often finds himself in trouble with security guards. Itโ€™s all pretty silly.

Here he is in Instanbul doing his thing!

I'll come back to this later to drop more live music in thread!

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Michael Tharrington (he/him) Author • Edited on

If you've never seen The Last Waltz, the documentary about The Band's final concert (directed by Scorsese) with loads of awesome guests (Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Dr. John...) and you like 70's classic rock/Americana, then you're in for a real treat.

You really outta watch the whole show, but here's a quick sample for ya โ€” The Band playing "Up on Cripple Creek" which ends in a yodel jam:

This is one of my favorite all-time shows.

Another worthy mention from the same era would be The Concert for Bangladesh that George Harrison organized with Ravi Shankar "to raise international awareness of, and fund relief for refugees from East Pakistan" โ€” it's famous for being one of the first ever benefit concerts. And wow, it's filled to the brim with amazing artists from the era. I recommend watching the whole show, but here's a quick preview for ya:

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Jacob Martin

Asake's album

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Dendi Handian • Edited on

shout out to Parcels Live Vol.1

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Luca Argentieri

Other monday other Mace's album

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Michael Tharrington (he/him) Author • Edited on

I'm still vibin' from that live performance I saw last week when your first suggested Mace, haha! You can bet I'll check this album out too.

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Just kidding, it's a personal preference. But you can change your theme, font, etc. in your settings.

The more you know. ๐ŸŒˆ