Lorde: “Yellow Flicker Beat” Live on AMAs & Official Video

In case you missed Lorde‘s mesmeric performance of “Yellow Flicker Beat” live on last night’s American Music Awards, here ’tis. It’s a shame camera hog Taylor Swift is getting more publicity for her brief appearance in the clip, our girl Lorde threw her entire body into what was already a magnificent song. I liked the unusual setting and choreography even more than the official video, which you can also watch below…

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Dermot Bolger: Walking the Road

By: Brendan

A phantasmagoria on the life of poet Francis Ledwidge, Walking the Road is a memorable and emotional play by Dermot Bolger, author of Martha’s Streets. Having gown up in Ledwidge’s home county of Meath, Ireland and having visited his workplace Dunsany Castle daily for years with my milkman father, I have always felt a strong connection to the Irish poet. Bolger’s play reflects the harshness of life for the Irish working poor of a century ago, and the massive conflict felt by and about Irish Nationalists fighting in British army regiments. The scene in which Ledwidge’s fellow Irish soldiers announce their names and hometowns gave me chills and haunts me weeks after listening. You can hear it at RTE and another of Ledwidge’s greatest works at Librivox.

Bell X1’s Paul Noonan: Hole in Her Heart

I’ve been enamoured with Bell X1’s Paul Noonan since his spectacular 2008 set at Mountain Stage and he seems determined to make me adore him even more with this new song. “Hole in Her Heart” was inspired by the literal hole in his baby daughter Aislinn’s newborn heart and the care she received during her stay at Crumlin Children’s Hospital in Dublin. If that doesn’t tug your own heartstrings enough, all of the song’s proceeds will be donated to the hospital. The song was recorded as a lovely duet with Aislinn’s mother, Amy, for Noonan’s side project, Printer Clips…

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Jordi Savall: Bal-Kan Honey and Blood

By: Brendan

I recently stumbled upon some gorgeous music while listening to France Musique, entitled Bal•Kan : Le Pays du miel et du sang. Translated Bal•Kan: Honey and Blood, the collection is Jordi Savall’s exploration of music from The Balkans and it is glorious. The 3-disc collection comprises songs from Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Macedonia, Bosnia, Serbia, along with Jewish songs of praise, gypsy improvisaton and many other elements. It’s an explosion of music that needs to be heard to be believed and is almost certain to be my favorite recording of the year. Hear more about it at NPR.

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Muruch’s Weekly Playlist, 11-21-14

What I’ve been listening to this week…

Not on Spotify: “The Lady of Shallot” by Loreena McKinnitt.

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