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Elisha Sessions Elisha Sessions | 09:46 UK time, Friday, 14 September 2012

What you (haven't) missed (yet)

Last weekend Radio 2 was in Hyde Park for a big outdoor concert with the likes of Tom Jones, Paloma Faith, the Average White Band and more Radio 2 stalwarts. The weather was impeccable and we have loads of video up for you to watch.

Richard Hawley performing with the BBC Philharmonic


There was also Richard Hawley's concert with the BBC Philharmonic on 6 Music, and while the entire three-hour extravaganza is only available for another day, the songs themselves stripped of extra gubbins have been made available as a clip that you can listen to for the next three weeks. Result!

For fans of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, it's set for an online revival with a new director, experimental music dude Matthew Herbert.

We've got highlights of Last Night of the Proms if you want to zoom through to the best bits. Purists might cringe but think of it like one of those pills in science fiction stories that provide an entire meal's worth of nutrients in one gulp.

And finally, 1Xtra have put together an hour-long documentary about Odd Future, the unhinged LA hip hop collective that spawned Frank Ocean, some of the most wigged-out lyrics you're likely to hear this side of death metal, and a panoply of interconnected ventures from writing to skateboarding and photography.

Coming up

Tonight at 11pm BST you can watch Richard Thompson: Solitary Life on BBC Four, a documentary about the enigmatic English folk rocker that traces his career and life from early days with Fairport Convention through a legendary and fractious US tour, and up to the present day. There is quite a bit of never-before-seen footage here, we're told. There's also a doc about Fairport Convention lined up for 9pm BST. 

Gene Krupa


Part 2 of Gene Krupa: Drumming Man! airs on Radio 2 this Sunday at 8pm BST, presented by Police drummer Stewart Copeland. If you've never heard of Krupa, or have heard of him but don't really know what he was about, this is really worth a listen. Krupa basically invented the modern drum kit, and his hard-swinging jazz style was a heavy influence on several generations of rock drummers.

Looking a bit further ahead, The xx will be performing with the BBC Philharmonic in Bridlington. It's sold out, sadly, so you'll need to tune into Zane Lowe's show at 7pm BST this coming Wednesday, 19 Sept. on Radio 1.

On Saturday at midnight (OK, technically Sunday, yes, yes), Geoffrey Smith's Jazz is doing an Ella Fitzgerald special, with classics like Blue Skies, How High the Moon, Stompin' at the Savoy and her own take on the children's rhyme, A Tisket A Tasket.

Out next week

We have reviews of new albums from Band of Horses, Ben Folds Five, Brad Mehldau Trio, Dinosaur Jr., Django Bates Belovèd, Grizzly Bear, Homeboy Sandman, How to Dress Well, Jim Noir, Rival Sons, Rudi Zygadlo, Stian Westerhus, The Killers, The Sea and Cake, Thee Oh Sees and We are the Ocean.



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