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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

25 November 2014

New PSB this week! And two Faerground Accidents tracks, sort of. You'll see.

King Tuff - Danger In The Dark
Apparently used in a rum advert - I don't know, I'm one of those people that mute adverts the moment they come on. It's also on an album called Black Moon Spell which came out in September. Far more interesting. Kyle Thomas is King Tuff. He's from Vermont.

Girl One and The Grease Guns - Bashed, Beaten and Broken (Trip The Switch)
One band clinging to the old practice of having stupid names, a lot harder to do in the information age than last time it was popular. Sissy Space Echo, Warren Betamax, Bruce Leefax and Charles Bronson Burner. Good effort. This is out on Squirrel Records.

Cheatahs - Controller
Lovely stuff as Cheatahs follow up their well-received debut album with an EP called Sunne.

Cover Version Corner
Pulp/Bonar Faerground - Babies
It's probably a right of passage for Sheffield bands to do a Pulp cover. The lead singer of Faerground Accidents - of which more later - is a flamboyant chap and the stripped-back nature of this track really shows his voice off. Before that, from 1994's His n Hers. Wonderful.

Colleen Green - Pay Attention
Throwing forward to February now and Ms Green's new album I Want To Grow Up. There is nothing about this I do not like.

Ty Segall - It's Over
I've been meaning to play something off Segall's latest album for a while. It came out in August, but I just keep filling the show up with other stuff. Anyway, here you go. Manipulator is the album you're looking for.

Goodnight Lenin - You Were Always Waiting
West coast vibes from the West Midlands. Cracking track off In The Fullness Of Time which was released yesterday.

Thurston Moore - The Best Day
As for Ty Segall, so it goes here. This is the title track from his October release. It's splendid.

Public Service Broadcasting - Gagarin
New stuff from PSB! The forthcoming album is all space related, starting with this ode to the first great hero of the space race.

Faerground Accidents - Back In Town
The lyrics and general vibe could easily be Pulp. Psychotic pop, they call it. Fair enough. On a double-A side with We Hate The Same Things which was released yesterday.

One Degree of Separation
Modest Mouse - I've Got It All (Most)
The The - The Beat(en) Generation
A double link with the parentheses obvious and the involvement of Johnny Marr less so. That The The record easily as relevant today as it was in 1989.

Fumaça Preta - Vou Me Libertar
This has got the lot, including some Mark E Smith-esque keyboard noodling. A collective of UK, US and Venezuelan musicians, this is out now as a 7". I'm Gonna Be Free, before you ask.

Wand - Clearer
Retro, but entirely in vogue a la Toy, Temple Songs and suchlike. On an album called Ganglion Reef which is out now.

HVOB - Window
To Vienna to finish and this wonderful slice of trance. Her Voice Over Boys. The title track of their new EP which is out on the 28th.

Here's some of that on YouTube:



and some of it on Soundcloud:


More next week, including new Giorgio Moroder. Ooooohh.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

18 November 2014

Hello again. Show of two halves here, the back half being populated with some lengthy tunes.

Silver Arm - Scatterbrainzz
More noise from this bunch of noisy noisersons. Out yesterday as a digital-only single on Big Tea records.

The Crytearions - No Escaping
Jimmy Monaghan from Galway is The Crytearions. Also, I see what he's done there. Off his album These Songs Hate You which came out in September.

Moth - Young Future
Something of early Echo and The Bunnymen about this, which can't ever be a bad thing. They're from Copenhagen and it's off the album First Second which came out in June.

Cover Version Corner
Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot/Luna with Laetitia Sadier - Bonnie And Clyde
Lovely stuff. With Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab on vocals, the latter one switches the roles with the female singer the one who can actually sing. With the best will in the world, Bardot was a lot like when Nico sang with the Velvet Underground. Still, it works. The original came out in 1968 and was on two albums, Gainsbourg's Initials BB and the Gainsbourg/Bardot album called Bonnie And Clyde. The other one is from 1995 and is on Luna's LP Penthouse.


Shopping - Long Way Home
One that reminds me of something I can't quite put my finger on. In a good way, like. It's a year old now, but I'm only just getting to it. Off the album Consumer Complaints.

Poundstore Riot - Bobby's Basement
Two tracks that are collaborations between members of other bands now. First, this from Ash Cooke from Pulco and Stu Kidd from BMX Bandits. The album Writing The Wrongs is out now on Folkwit Records and is really good. This is particularly fine though - lyrically and musically beautiful.

Ultimate Painting - Three Piers
This one sees James Hoare from Mazes and Veronica Falls' Jack Cooper. The self-titled album came out three weeks ago. Well worth your time.

Samuraj Cities - The Things Kids Call Rock n Roll
Back to Scandinavia now, to Gothenburg. Another one from last year - May last year in fact - off the album Metallic.

Bonobo - Pelican
To the long records now, starting with this from Simon Green, aka Bonobo. His new EP is out on December 1, it's called Flashlight and it's predictably very good.

One Degree of Separation
Simple Minds - Theme For Great Cities
LaTour - Blue
One of the great instrumentals from Simple Minds. Easy to forget they were once at the cutting edge of something. It's been chopped up, sampled, covered and all sorts since, including that from William LaTour. That dates from 1991 and the album LaTour. It also featured on the Basic Instinct soundtrack. The original is from 1981 and you can find it on the compilation album Themes For Great Cities '79-'81.

Menj Kapálni - Népvándorlás
To Hungary now, which I believe is a first for this show. The album is Náspángoló which came out in July on Hudini Records. Just don't ask me how to pronounce any of this. I'm going to go learn what those accents mean in Hungarian later.

Stephan Bodzin and Marc Romboy - Kerberos
I've been trying to play this for ages in it's full, unadulterated, nine-minute form, but kept having to drop it as I simply didn't have the time. But here we are. Stephan is from Bremen and Marc from Mönchengladbach and this came out in September on Systematic Records.

Virginia Wing - Meshes
And we end with what might be my favourite track of the year. Certainly there isn't much time to come up with better. Absolutely top drawer stuff and right up my street. The band are from East London - as in the eastern part of the capital of the UK, not the city in South Africa - and their debut album, Measures Of Joy, is out now. This is just fantastic.

Some of that is on Youtube:


and some of it is on Soundcloud:


And we'll do it all again next week.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

11 November 2014

Well happy with what I've got for you tonight. Strap in.

Shellac - Riding Bikes
Off the new album Dude Incredible, their first in seven years, which came out in September on Touch & Go. Go get it. Go now, then get back here pronto.

The Blue Dawns - Refuse To Follow
From York, which is a city that hasn't been well-served musically down the years, with all due respect to Shed 7. This came out a couple of weeks ago on Glass Door Recordings.

The Young Sinclairs - You're Tied
Off the album This Is The Young Sinclairs, which is a nonsense tile. These Are... surely, not This Is... Anyway, these are The Young Sinclairs and they're from Roanoke in Virginia. The album is out now.

Cover Version Corner
Kraftwerk - Das Model
Polykeeper - The Model
I always prefer the German versions of Kraftwerk records. They're just so much more evocative and... efficient. From the 1978 album Der Mensch Maschine. The cover is available as a pay-what-you-like download from the Metal Postcards Bandcamp page and is part of a selection of Asian covers of Kraftwerk tracks. Disco-funk tastic!

Blank Realm - Cleaning Up My Mess
From Brisbane, this is off the album Grassed In which came out in January. Great stuff.

The Growlers - Not The Man
A unique sound that they call beach goth. Off the album Chinese Fountain that came out in September.

Dutch Uncles - In 'n' Out
Their fourth album O Shudder isn't out until February, but here's a taster. Picking up pretty much where they left off and ploughing a singular furrow.

Belle and Sebastian - The Party Line
It stands to reason that if Belle And Sebastian were going to go all disco pop on us, they'd do it better than anyone else. Their 9th album, and first in five years, is Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance and comes out in January.

Deerhoof - Mirror Monster
Here's a track from their 12th album, La Isla Bonita, which came out last week. Demands more ear time.

Fugazi - Merchandise
One from way back, well 1990 anyway. Still relevant - you are not what you own.

One Degree of Separation
Tyrannosaurus Dead - Bagged And Boarded
TEED - Stronger
TEED being Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, which gives you your connection. That track is off the 2012 release Trouble which is exquisite. Before that, a track from the new album, out yesterday, Flying Ant Day.

Tvardovsky - Behind The Universe
That's a belter from Svatoslav Tvartovsky, which I clearly cannot say on air after multiple failed attempts. He's from Kiev and there's an album planned which I trust your appetite is truly whetted for.

Tessela - Nancy's Pantry
A proper speaker-buster. Ed Russell, who is based in Bath these days, records as Tessela and that came out last month on R&S Records. Just a stunning record - more of a soundscape in fact.

Jiboia - Manasha
Save the best until last? Maybe. Oscar Silva from Portugal is a multi-instrumentalist and is the only artist on this track. On an EP called Jiboia, it's available as a pay-what-you-like download from Lovers And Lollipops. You'd be a fool not to.

YouTube clips:


Soundcloud bits:


Back next week with more.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

4 November 2011

Early nights, cold nights... Cosy up with this week's selection.

CTMF - Zero Emission
Who needs records longer than two minutes? Given I have several over six minutes... Anyway. The B-side to their recent 7" Punk Rock Enough For Me, which I think I prefer.

Beau - The Night Before Trafalgar
I heard an acoustic version of this a couple of weeks ago, but this is the original from the 2012 album Fables And Facades.

Vision Thing - Living With Ghosts
Liverpool alt-folk band whose new LP is called Hauntology. I'll declare an interest - the bassist is a friend which is how I came across it. Still wouldn't have played it if I didn't like it.

Cover Version Corner
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds/PJ Harvey - Red Right Hand
PJ Harvey's version may be familiar to viewers of Peaky Blinders, which I understand is on television. Before that, from 1994's Let Love In.

Curxes - Valkyrie
Pronounced Curses and off a forthcoming album called Verxe, which is annoying. The music however, is fantastic. More of this please.

Ωracles - Melt Tonight
To Berlin now and another daft name, albeit replacing a letter with a Greek semi-equivalent rather than the wrong letter. Off their debut EP Standford Torus. 

The Horn The Hunt - Find It Free It
Bit closer to home now - Leeds to be clearer. Off their latest LP Terrafidella which is out now.

The Unfortunates - Margate Sands
There are a few bands called The Unfortunates. These ones are from London and this is off an EP called For Boys With One Track Minds which came out in August.

Ghost Society - Under The Sun
To Denmark now and a great track off an album called The Back Of His Hands, Then The Palms. No, me neither.

Hopeku - Ambush
Canada now, Quebec more precisely, off an EP called Kosoku, all of which I got through without tripping over my own tongue.

One Degree of Separation
Barcelona - Kasey Keller
John MOuse - Robbie Savage
Retired footballers for this week's. Exquisite story-telling from Cardiff's John MOuse off his current LP The Death Of John MOuse. Before that, from 2000 off the album Zero One Infinity.

Shift Work - Scaled To Fit
I know I've played this before, but so what when it's this good. Seriously, as good a track as I've heard in years.

Hells Kitchen - It's Not For Me
And we round off this week with this from Krasnodar in Russia. Reminds me a lot of mid-period Underworld which can never be a bad thing. The album is called Letters and is out on Festival Lounge.

Some of that's on YouTube:


and some of it on Soundcloud:


More next week.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

28 October 2014

You know the drill by now.

Half Man Half Biscuit - Westward Ho! Massive Letdown
Unalloyed joy with the release of a new HMHB record. Urge For Offal is the title, it's as good as they've ever been and this is track one from it.

I, Ludicrous - Cheer Up
New track from these, part of the 21 Songs For John selection on the Unwashed Territories bandcamp page commemorating ten years since the death of John Peel.  Available for a short time still.

Postcode - Losing The Battle
Don't think we've had a band from the Isle of Man before. Consider that rectified. From the album Zebratronic which came out in February.

Cover Version Corner
Tubeway Army/Gary Numan - Are 'Friends' Electric?
Bit of a cheat this, but shows you how his sound has developed since 1979. I went to see him play at Holmfirth earlier in the year and his band are really tight.

The Ex - Maybe I Was The Pilot
From a few years ago now, 2011, some shoegazing from Amsterdam. Super stuff. Off the album Catch My Shoe.

Miss Mobile Home - Phototaxis
To New York now and the title track from an EP that came out in August. Available from their bandcamp and soundcloud pages.

Elemental Gaze - God Knows Why This Should Be Kept For All Time
The third band we've had from Bandung in Indonesia. That's superb. Don't ask me to explain the title though.

Cambodia Space Project - Whiskey Cambodia
And now to Cambodia. Well, involving musicians from all over, but the point stands. I was actually looking for another track of theirs, but this won me over. From an album of the same name that came out in June.

Mega Emotion - Uncomfortable
And now to Norwich. We've had these on before, but I've little else to report than that.

One Degree of Separation
Eight Rounds Rapid - Talent
The Salient Braves - X-Factor Shooting Spree
First, from highlight of 2013 Lossleader and then from a band from Barnsley I've come across in the last few days. The theme should be obvious - excoriation of TV talent shows.

Interpol - My Desire (Factory Floor remix)
Factory Floor produced one of the albums of the year, Interpol's El Pintor isn't half bad either. Mix them together and you get this complete banger.

Orbital - Wonky
Terrible news in the week that Orbital are no more. Having got back together in 2012 following an eight-year hiatus, they've now split for good. Damn shame as it means no more of this.

Cuban Boys - The Nation Needs You (2014)
Another one from the 21 Songs for John compilation, an updated version of their 1999 record which must have been a lot of fun to put together. I think it's safe to say that without John Peel, I wouldn't be doing this kind of thing. A fitting tribute, I think.

Here's that on YouTube:



and Soundcloud:


and I'll see you next week.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

14 October 2014

Packed show, so no mucking about.

Yeah Yeah Noh - She Pulls The Petal From The Flower
Their first release in 28 years. They reformed in 2012 and are now gearing up for more releases. Good. Belting stuff.

The John Steel Singers - State Of Unrest
From Brisbane and off the album Everything's A Thread that came out in July.

Mary Joanna and The Southern Electrikk - Wasted
A band that's already split up, which is impressive by any standards. This came out last month, but a bad gig split the band. Mary Joanna is back recording though, so we'll see what happens from here.

Cover Version Corner
Stereolab/Greys - The Noise Of Carpet
Greys are from Toronto and have rocked up the tone of this cracker from the 1996 Stereolab album Emperor Tomato Ketchup.

The Wave Pictures - Pea Green Coat
Absolutely fantastic. The best rock harmonica work since Lee Brilleaux was a lad. Off their forthcoming album Great Big Flamingo Burning which is a collaborative effort with Wild Billy Chyldish. It's due out in February next year. Can't wait.

Deers - Castigadas En El Granero
To Spain now. Formerly five but now four, it translates roughly as Grounded In The Barn. From the album Barn.

Menace Beach - Come On Give Up
We've had these many times before, but there's finally an album due. Ratworld is due in January.

Warmhammer - Wet Blanket
Off a split cassette with house favourite Keel Her on Suplex records, this came out about three weeks ago.

Autobahn - New Age
Another cover - I should have saved this, but couldn't resist throwing it in. It's an old Blitz number but seems about as relevant as ever. Available as a free download.

Retroject - Webster's English
To Doncaster now and something of a change in tack to a slower, more ska and dub influenced sound. Not that there is the slightest thing wrong with that. Dear me no. Also available as a free download.

One Degree of Separation
Fat White Family - I Am Mark E Smith
The Fall - Mountain Energei
That's the new single from the Fat White Family and it's a blatant excuse to shoehorn in another Fall track, this time from The Real New Fall LP from 2003.

Pinkshinyultrablast - Umi
From St Petersburg, this is off a forthcoming LP, their debut. Delightful.

Pix - A Way To Say Goodbye
Doesn't it make you sick? Hannah Brooks is 19. Nineteen. She's making us all look dead bad. How nice is that?

Objekt - Ganzfeld
Finally, some German electronica. Off a split 12" with Dopplereffekt. Banging.

Here's some of that on YouTube:



and some of it on Soundcloud:



We're not here next week - football, again - so back in a fortnight.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

7 October 2014

You know the score by now, so let's cut the preamble and get straight in. Also, I was late...

See Gulls - Don't Write Me Love Songs
From North Carolina, this came out in April but has only just tickled my ear-drums.

Wild Smiles - Girlfriend
New, from their second album Always Tomorrow which is out in about three weeks time. Good old-fashioned rock n roll.

We Were Promised Jetpacks - Safety In Numbers
Contender for best band name around. Decent ditty too. From the album Unravelling which came out yesterday.

Cover Version Corner
Lonnie Donegan/The Wedding Present - Cumberland Gap
Bloody love Lonnie Donegan, me. That's a stone-cold classic from 1957. The Wedding Present version appeared on the 1992 compilation Ruby Trax which was issued to celebrate 40 years of the NME.

Gengahr - Powder
A debut single and how have they raised expectations for future releases. They're from North Dakota and it comes out in three weeks.

High Hazels - Banging On My Door
We've played these a few times now and here's a new single. Very typical of their oeuvre.

India Mill - Caribesque
Like that a lot. They're from Darwen and it comes off the album Under Every Sky which came out last month.

Voids - Knowing
From Galway, that's off an EP called Begin which came out a couple of weeks ago.

Rev Rev Rev - Catching A Buzz
From Modena in Italy. That's out in a fortnight. Really rather interesting stuff.

Tricky - Nicotine Love feat. Francesca Belmonte
Finally got my hands on the new album Adrian Thaws - Tricky's real name.

One Degree of Separation
Fontella Bass - I Can't Rest
The Go! Team - Ladyflash
The latter samples heavily from the former to create your link. The first came out in 1966 and is something of a Northern Soul classic. The latter appears on the album Thunder, Lightning, Strike! which came out in 2004.

Pretty/Disgusting - Lucky Day
I don't play anywhere enough drum n bass on the show. That's the debut effort from these Newcastle purveyors of the genre.

Lukas Beynon - Koi
Finally, to Wales. Terrific stuff from a young lad beginning to make some waves.

Here's that on YouTube:



and Soundcloud:


See you next week.