Thanks to Real World for hosting the launch of our Music Club last week in the aptly named Big Room of their Wiltshire studios. Seeing Grindhouse playing acoustic versions live of what I’d been listening to for weeks on my iPod was brilliant but nothing prepared me for the improvised genius of Skip McDonald (Little Axe).
His set involved a bizarrely successful mix of virtuoso guitar playing and audience participation following in a long line of eccentric performers such as George Clinton and Bootsie Collins. There has been much discussion on the collapse of traditional business models within the music industry. It’s easy to forget that good live music rarely loses its impact and really can’t be replaced or updated.
Cassandra Wilson explains elsewhere on this site that the location for recording her albums is as much a part of the sound as the score itself hence recording 2002’s ‘Belly of the Sun’ in an abandoned Mississippi train station. A number of the Music Club sessions have been recorded almost entirely live and I’m excited by how this really comes across, the production is fresh rather than polished to within an inch of its life and you can hear the energy from the musicians in the studio.
I’ll definitely be pointing to where you can go and see our Music Club artists out live later in the year, and in the meantime, if you haven’t already, check out this month’s Music Club podcast and vidcast for a taste of what Little Axe are like in the flesh.