Monday, October 4, 2010

Kylie, The Flaming Lips, Robbie and Gary

With the site out of action for a week or so, there are a few videos I didn't get the chance to mention in a timely and orderly manner. Funnily enough, they're all live performances.

Kylie - Wonderful Life (Live Lounge cover)

Kylie's simmering, orchestral take on the Hurts single is simultaneously uplifting and unsettling. A rare thing of beauty. It's also available on the Radio One website if the YouTube link fails.

The Flaming Lips - The Sparrow Looks Up At The Machine

The Flaming Lips' Embryonic is still one of my favourite "mood albums" of the last 12 months, and this buzzing space symphony is one of the standout tracks. Despite the shaky-cam direction, the above performance video (from Pitchfork) provides a rare opportunity to watch this radical band play their instruments without all the ridiculous animal costumes and fake blood.

Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams - Shame (Strictly Performance)

Their first live performance in more than a decade. The watchful, parental eyes of Mr Barlow seem to be having a positive effect on Robbie - who is trying desperately to contain all of those bad habits and vaudeville tics he's picked up during his solo career. Quite a heart-warming little reunion, all told.

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