Peter Hammill "Pno, Gtr, Vox Box", a set of live cds of imaginary solo concerts, under headings like "What if there were no piano?", "What If I Knew This Was The Last Show I'd Ever Do?", "What If I Played Only VDGG/VDG Songs?", etc; the one I'm on now is, "What if I forgot my guitar?", and so is just piano and vocals.
They were recorded in 2010: his voice is a bit rough in places, and he makes more mistakes than he used to; but it is still good stuff. He's only relatively recently started releasing unadorned solo live recordings, and I wish he'd done it 30 years ago: the bootleg tapes I have are ok, but not ideal.
More Hammill, recorded in Hammill with his "Beat Group" (Van Der Graaf's drummer and bassist, and The Vibrators' guitarist) in 1981, released as a dvd (now available as a bootleg and on Youtube for years) and as a double cd).
They're playing The Sphinx in the Face now; this is one that Hammill buggers up, ending before the rest of them are ready for it. The whole thing is fairly scrappy, and gorgeous.
I know very little about her, but I saw this in a list of the top 50 best records of 2016 and as I had heard and enjoyed another song of hers on a blind mix from someone on The Fall site. I read some things baout and discovered that it is inspired by menstruation and - more to the point - 70s exploitation horror films: and at least two of the titles come from Jess Franco films (Female Wampire and Lorna, so I got in there.
It's ok. This is the second time I've played it, and I think I will get to like it a lot.
Still one of my favourite LPs - the way it plays all the way through, drifting in and out of spoken pieces, synth interludes, and long, repetitive songs, all done without a break, still gets me: it really does seem more like a ritual than a collection of separate pieces.
(I didn't know any of this either, but I knew it sounded good.)
"It's No Game (Part 1)" features a shouted Japanese female lyric, interspersed with Bowie singing the translation. The female Japanese singer is Michi Hirota, who was at the time a member of Japan's Red Buddha Theatre, who were performing in London.
I did not know about this until a few days ago - it was a record store day release of a bootleg that I found when looking for something else. Astonishingly good sound: obviously a bootleg, but someone's done some proper work on it and it's come up really well.
It captures a moment when Bowie was in the process of changing from the rock of Diamond Dogs (as shown on David Live) to the soul of Young Americans - like he got bored halfway through the tour and decided to change - maybe he could see another (getting on for) two years of playing the same material every night (as he did with Ziggy) and couldn't stand it. Bloody good decision, it turned out to be.