The pandemic may mean that Bob Boilen and his team from NPR are working from home, leaving the world-famous Tiny Desk to gather dust. But the Tiny Desk (At Home) concerts are continuing to deliver a magnificent musical smorgasbord form all over the world.
In the past week I’ve greatly enjoyed:
Men I Trust – gorgeous, suggestive, melancholy dreampop from Quebec, recorded in a cabin on the Saint Lawrence river.
Tom Jones -a powerful, very moving set in celebration of his 81st birthday including a cover of Dylan’s One more cup of coffee.
Mdou Moctar – perfoming in a tent in Niamey,Niger. This extraordinary desert blues maestro is my discovery of the week.
From the archives:
The magnificent Lizzo. “How we feeling at this tiny ass desk??”
Taimane – Bouncy, joyous ukulele virtuoso from Hawaii
It must be a real letter day when an artist gets invited to do a TD gig for NPR. Rather like doing a session for the Venerable Peel back in the day.
Anyway, the location may have changed but the Tiny Desk spirit is alive and well.
It’s impressive how they’ve been able to adapt and continue to deliver their short, intense, joyful unplugged clips.
There are several other favourites of mine who have also risen to the challenges of the pandemic.
Folk on Foot have done some wonderful “at home” festivals.
Radio station, KEXP in Seatle are also doing some excellent shows away from the studio. At home with the Seaford Mods, anyone?
Have you any Tiny Desk favourites? I suspect Salwarpe enjoyed Dua Lipa.
Which artists would you like to see do an “at home” show?
Rammstein would be fun They’d never fit behind the Tiny Desk anyway. They probably live in a ginormous castle in the Black Forest surrounded by wolf packs..