Broadcast - Hammer Without a Master
Live from Black Session, Paris (5/4/2000)
I listen to a lot of music. Frankly at times too much to keep with, so I don’t take it lightly when I declare that Broadcast is my all time favorite band. Hands down, no doubt. The tragic death of their singer Trish Keenan at the beginning of this year hit me harder than I would have expected; I almost felt like I lost a best friend, and it saddened me that I’d never hear new music from them or see them live. I managed to track down all their records, including the singles and EPs maybe a couple of months before the news, but I just couldn’t get enough. I was thrilled when the mixtape made by Trish surfaced after her death and was uploaded to the net.
I was even more excited to recently read that James Cargill, Trish’s band mate from Broadcast, is working on a new Broadcast album with lyrics from Trish. James commented, “Trish left a lot of tapes, four-tracks and stuff, and I’ve been going through those. It’s difficult, and I’m connected to it at the same time. It’s wonderful, but I’m also feeling a sense of loss.” I myself had heard that Broadcast were working on new material in between their collaborations with The Focus Group, and I’ve been wondering since the announcement of her death if James would release their material at a later date. Looks like that’s on the horizon for 2012, and let’s hope for vinyl.
In the mean time you can enjoy this recently surfaced and rare live set from Broadcast that I snatched from what. After all this time loving the band, its beautiful to finally here their live sound. Here’s a couple notes about the release from discogs:
Black Sessions are performances of the live music broadcast on the French Radio station France Inter. These are recorded in front of a small live audience (200) and featured on a C’est Lenoir show. Session no. 162 recorded live at Studio 105 on May 4, 2000. The CDs were released for mostly local radio DJ’s in Europe by Sangatte Records. The releases are marked as “promotional” and are in a limited series of 2500. Numbered limited edition Promo CD in card sleeve.Source: what.cd