Cycled from Shepard's Bush to the British Museum (long ride) to see a show of curiosity cabinets called "Enlightenment," the two ideas sort of mutually exclusive but shoved together. The objects were often grouped by Soames and other collectors completely arbitrarily by whatever criteria seemed appropriate, such as shape. There would be a mass of bulbous objects from various parts of the world and then some sharp pointy ones.
Jools show features Nora Jones, Scissor Sisters, Basement Jaxx and Howard Tate, a resurrected blues man from Philadelphia.
Nora Jones' voice is truly an amazing instrument. She has one of those "could sing the phone book and I'd be transfixed" voices.
Basement Jaxx do some new songs and then a reprise of their Romeo hit. They have 2 or 3 large gospel/RnB singers tottering on high heels as front people pumping up the excitement.
Scissor Sisters left me their record when they were rehearsing in NY at the same place as us. I like it, it's sort of queer techno. Good songs.
Howard Tate: I dunno if I'd ever heard of him. Apparently, he had some hits on the early 60s. Toured with the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, etc. But, as he put it, "I just couldn't get paid." His success came suddenly. He came home from work and there'd be a limo waiting outside his house. Eventually, he got so frustrated he decided to walk away from all the success, which he did. He also got addicted to crack (I think) and eventually became homeless, a situation that lasted until recently (at least 20 years).
Apparently, some English label compiled some of his stuff and there was renewed demand for him, so when one of the members of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes saw him in a supermarket and said "hey man, they looking for you," Howard didn't take this news very seriously until it happened again "hey man, I said they looking for you...you got to call England and talk to this guy." Eventually, Howard did, which resulted in him recording some new material. He sang a new song about holding on to love once you've got it - seizing the opportunity - and his voice is strong. The song is beautiful and you wonder how could this man, this voice, could have been in and survive the gutter for so long. He has returned from Hell, intact.