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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

15 April 2014

Lots of new stuff this week, so let's get right to it.


Peace - World Pleasure
The first release from their forthcoming second album, the tricky one so the cliché goes. They made quite a splash with their first and this is a promising start to the second.

Ruen Brothers - Aces
Scunthorpe rockabilly. It works. Rupert and Henry Stansall are the aforementioned brothers and there's an album coming.

Knuckle - Living Hell
A two-piece blues outfit from right here in Huddersfield. I've seen them live and they are loud and energetic. This track is available as a pay-what-you-like download from their bandcamp page.

Cover Version Corner
The Monkees/Robert Wyatt - I'm A Believer
That was Robert Wyatt's first solo single post-Soft Machine in 1974. There was something of a kerfuffle when he performed it on Top Of The Pops when a producer thought losing the wheelchair was a good idea. Before that, of course the Monkees. From 1966 and the album More Of The Monkees.
Wyatt also lends his name to the phenomenon of Wyatting, by which you stick on a very challenging record umpteen times on a jukebox and clear off. Strange House In The Snow by Teardrop Explodes is a good one.

Duane Eddy - Rebel Rouser
From 1958 and the album Have 'Twangy' Guitar Will Travel, but getting a release on Record Store Day which is this Saturday. It's a fun record and it's good to introduce this sort of stuff, back when rock and roll began, to a new generation.

Wolf Alice - Moaning Lisa Smile
Brilliant. Very grungey, but the vocals offset against the rough-edged guitars lift it to something else. That's off the album Creature Songs which is out on May 26.

Black Lips - Funny
A band that have become in vogue simply by never changing and allowing fashion to catch up with them. That's a very now sound and comes off the album Underneath The Rainbow which came out last month.

The Horrors - So Now You Know
New from these, off the forthcoming album Luminous which is out on May 5. Sounds a bit like late-period Simple Minds, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

One Degree of Separation
The Smiths - The Headmaster Ritual
Nirvana - School
Nirvana from their debut album Bleach from back in 1989. Before that, The Smiths at the height of their powers and the Meat is Murder album from 1985. One of the great intros.
The link should be obvious.

Honeyblood - Killer Bangs
A two-piece from Glasgow - Stina Tweeddale and Shona McVicar make up the band - that's off their self-titled debut which is out in July. Great stuff.

Oxygen Thieves - To Boast
To the Wirral now, and some more new grunge type stuff. Reckon it's safe to say Nirvana were an influence here. That's off the EP We found The thieves which is out on May 5.

Teleman - 23 Floors Up
These have been touring with Maximo Park, but are about to embark on a tour of their own and are well worth seeking out. This is off Breakfast which is out on June 2. Sounds a little bit Floyd, methinks.

Todd Terje - Inspector Norse
He's from Norway. Inspector Norse. See what you did there. His first album, It's Album Time, came out last week and has done extremely well so far. No better reason to play another track off it than that.

Applescal - The Veil
And to finish, another new cut from Amsterdam producer and DJ Pascal Terstappen. We're fans.

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

8 April 2014

We should have been bumped for football this week, but - long story short - technical issues. So we're in as normal.

Therapy? - Nowhere
From the now 20-year old Troublegum album. Difficult to reconcile with my self that it's that old. Still sounds good too.

The Amazing Snakeheads - Here It Comes Again
New from the Glaswegian retronauts, off the album Amphetamine Ballads which is out next Monday. Fits in with a bunch of retro type stuff around at the moment - Fat White Family, Jim Jones Revue and others.

Klaxons - Children Of The Sun
Never been a huge fan, but this is promising. This single came out a week ago and is off Love frequency which is released in June.

Cover Version Corner
The Beatles/Cornershop - Norwegian Wood
Sung in Punjabi and off their 1997 album When I Was Born For The Seventh Time, that's Cornershop, seizing back some culture appropriated by the Beatles during the Maharishi years.

Sabina - Sailor's Daughter
Sabina is Sabina Sciubba, ex of the Brazilian Girls. The album is Toujours and came out on the 24th of last month. Delightful. And from the sublime, now the ridiculous...

Bogshed - Champion Love Shoes
Leading the Hebden Bridge post-punk scene, that's Bogshed from 1987's EP Tried And Tested Public Speaker.

Liliput - Die Matrosen
And speaking of post-punk... From Geneva and from 1980. They didn't last long, which is a shame as that's a cracker. One of those that keeps popping up on my mp3 player every now and then. So I'm playing it for you now.

One Degree of Separation
The Fall - Two Librans
God Is An Astronaut - Sunrise On Aries
Pretty basic link - constellations. First, The Fall from 2000's The Unutterable LP. Second, from 2007 and County Wicklow in Ireland. Very much in the Mogwai envelope, that's lovely stuff. Far From Refuge is the album.

Mariam The Believer - Invisible Giving
I've been after playing this for some time, but it is long and difficult to schedule. Still, we're here now. Marian Wallentin is from Sweden and this is off last summer's long-player Blood Donation. There's a lot going on in there and it's wonderful.

Dead Skeletons - Dead Mantra
Keeping things Norse, these are from Reykjavik and 2011's album Dead Magick. Dark, brooding.

Swans - A Little God In My Hands
To New York now. This is a couple of years old now, off To Be Kind.

Big Black Delta - Huggin' And Kissin'
From the self-titled album released last summer, Big Black Delta is the solo project of Jonathan Bates from Mellowdrone. I like that so very much - both retro and contemporary at the same time, which is a clever trick.

Frankie Knuckles - Tears
The news of Frankie Knuckles' death came too late to alter the show last week, so how could I close with anything else. This 1989 classic is among his better known records. He'll be missed.

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Wednesday, 2 April 2014

1 April 2014

Back after a football-interrupted week.

Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey - Keep It To Myself
Glorious. Good old-fashioned blues-rock. And why not? Going Back Home is the album, out now.

††† - The Epilogue
Or Crosses, to you and me. That came out last November.

Fear Of Men - Luna
New stuff from Brighton. The album is Doom and is out on the 22nd of April.

Cover Version Corner
Jefferson Airplane/The Damned - White Rabbit
Still bonkers. That was a non-album single for The Damned in 1980, punkifying the psychedelia of 1967 and the Surrealistic Pillow album.

The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
The second single and title track from the album which came out last month. It's full of great stuff like that.

Kigo - Dress
Absolutely sensational. From Brisbane comes this tribute to the shoegaze scene of the early '90s. That is just brilliant. The EP is called Chance and it's superb.

Mourning Birds - Eve Of The Isle
Their second single and the third and easily the longest track we've played by them on the show. The others were about 90 seconds - this a mighty two-and-a-half minutes. More please.

I, Ludicrous - Fabulous
The show is back-loaded with older stuff today, starting with this. From their debut album It's Like Everything Else from 1987.

One Degree of Separation
Muddy Waters - Mississippi Delta Blues
The Standells - Dirty Water
Muddy Waters - Dirty Water. You see? Course you do. First, McKinley Morganfield from 1948 and then some classic garage rock from 1966 and easily their biggest hit. Totally misread by many Bostonians, it's more complaining about the state of the rivers, but was quickly adopted by sporting franchises there.

The Chambers Brothers - Time Has Come Today (part 1)
Just five minutes, not the full eleven and some. Their biggest hit, from 1968 and the album The Time Has Come.

Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Simple And Sure
Love 'em. Off the forthcoming album Days Of Abandon.

Retroject - Sourbridge
Another track from the Murky Window EP. Keep 'em coming, lads.

Shit Robot ft Reggie Watts - We Got A Love
Excellent Chicago-style house from Dublin's Marcus Lambkin.

Ed Harcourt - Come Into My Dreamland
And to finish on a wind-down, a slice of relaxatory music from the Time Of Dust album that came out in January.

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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

18 March 2014

Back once again, this week with a slightly Scandinavian feel. Let's crack on.

The Fall - The War Against Intelligence
The first Fall track I ever heard and been a fan ever since. From the 1991 album 'Shift-Work'.

Liars - Mess On A Mission
Love this so much. So much going on there. From the new album 'Mess' which is out next Monday.

Howlin' Wolf - Smokestack Lightnin'
Because why not. Chester Burnett was his name and this is off his debut album from back in 1959 called 'Moanin' In The Moonlight'. Lots of apostrophes...

Cover Version Corner
New Order/Flunk - Blue Monday
Flunk are from Oslo and that's off their 2002 album 'For Sleepyheads Only'. Before that, they don't need an introduction. So I won't give them one. The Flunk version is one of those that I heard in the pub and identified by the wonder of Shazam. Ain't modern technology wonderful?

Todd Terje - Delorean Dynamite
Staying in Norway, Terje Olsen is from Mjøndalen. He's released plenty of stuff, but his first long-player is due out in April. 'It's Album Time'. Great name.

Lust For Youth - Another Day
To Sweden now and Hannes Norvide's Lust For Youth. This is one of those I've had hanging around for ages and now finally got chance to play. It came out on the album 'Perfect View' last summer.

One Degree of Separation
Underworld - Dark And Long
Propellerheads - Take California
First, from 1994, a terrific track from Underworld, followed by one from four years later by Propellerheads. The link is in the album titles. 'dubnobasswithmyheadman' is the Underworld one - a brilliant piece of work, still - and the Propellerheads with 'decksanddrumsandrockandroll'.

Silkken Laumann - Giving You Up
Fast becoming one of my favourite contemporary bands, I've played quite a few tracks from the album 'Not Forever Enough'. Because it's great.

Boards Of Canada - Happy Cycling
If I want to relax, this is my go to record. It's just great the way it develops. It was a bonus track on 'Music Has The Right To Children' from 1998 and I will never tire of it.

No show next week - blame Middlesbrough for that - so back in a fortnight.
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Wednesday, 12 March 2014

11 March 2014

Evening all.

Sonic Youth - Sugar Kane
One of my favourite records of all time. I've got a 10" on blue vinyl from my coloured vinyl phase - which we have all had, I feel convinced - and it would definitely be in my top 50 tracks of forever. From the 1993 album 'Dirty'. The first of a few tracks from 1993 today, I notice. Not planned. Pure coincidence.

Fat White Family - Touch The Leather
Accompanied by one of the more out-there videos I've ever seen, what a glorious slice of retro-sleaze.

Jim Jones Revue - Seven Times Around The Sun
Keeping the retro vibe going. This is from a couple of years back, off the album 'The Savage Heart'.

Cover Version Corner
Stereolab/Editors - French Disko
The Editors track was a bonus track from their 2006 album 'The Back Room'. Before that, off the 1993 EP 'Jenny Ondiline' was Stereolab. Insert comment about making it your own here.

King Of The Mountains - Zoetrope
That, I suggest to you, is quite fabulous. The album is also called 'Zoetrope' and it came out last month. Excellent stuff. More please.

Tom Williams and The Boat - Hurricane
Finally, the town of Tunbridge Wells is on the musical map of the nation. Well, I can't think of any other band from there. The album is 'Easy Fantastic'.

High Hazels - Summer Rain
New from this very Sheffield band off the EP 'In The Half-Light'. Lovely summery vibe to go with the two hours of sun we had yesterday.

Pixies - Greens And Blues
Latest single from EP2. EP3 is out in August.

One Degree of Separation
Crispy Ambulance - Not What I Expected
Half Man Half Biscuit - Running Order Squabble Fest
HMHB there, going on after Crispy Ambulance. That's off 'This Leaden Pall' from, you guessed it, 1993. Before that, Crispy Ambulance, a b-side off the Unsightly And Serene single.

Spectres - Sooky Eyeball
Reminding me a lot of Hookworms, who I like very much, these are from Bristol and this is another b-side, to The Sky Of All Places.

Mutineers - Love, It's A Killer
This is out on the album 'Friends, Lovers, Rivals' released next Monday. Get on it.

The Last Battle - Breathe Bones
Delightful. We're already trailing things out in May - 'Lay Your Burden Down' is out on the 5th.

Electronic - Get The Message
From 1991 and the album 'Electronic', this is another all-time favourite. It's just great.

The Smiths - Barbarism Begins At Home
One of rock's great intros, we'll close with this. Off 1985's 'Meat Is Murder', I actually flipped a coin between this and The Headmaster Ritual. Another time...

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Tuesday, 4 March 2014

4 March 2014

A bit of time off does you a power of good, eh? It's meant I've missed hakf a week's worth of new releases, but still plenty to go at for this week's show.

Dead Kennedys - California Uber Alles
No reason behind playing this, other than it's ace.Which is kind of the point of this. That's off the 1980 album 'Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables'.

Neneh Cherry feat Robyn - Out Of The Black
Another track off the 'Blank Project' album, this time with Robyn on vocals as well. It makes you wonder what happened in the intervening 16 years or however long it's been. It's a cracking album. Get on it.

Ross Taylor - May The Road Rise
Local lad and Fat Stanley singer does solo stuff. I'd tell him it had a Tom Waits feel to it if I didn't think it'dgo to his head. And I'm delighted to say that Ross wll be coming in to do a live session for us in the not-too-distant future - a new departure for the show.

Cover Version Corner
Webb Pierce/CTMF - There Stands The Glass
CTMF - Chatham Forts, that is - with Wild Billy Chyldish on vocals for their version of the old Webb Pierce classic which came out last year on the album '36 Years Later'. The original before that from 1953. And why not.

Scott Walker- The Old Man's Back Again (Dedicated To The Neo-Staliist Regime)
One of the great basslines in rock, one of the best subtitles in parentheses in rock. From his fifth album, which everyone knows was 'Scott 4' in 1969.

Magic Arm - Put Your Collar Up
One I've been meaning to play for ages. Magic Arm is Mancunian Marc Rigelsford and this came out last June on the album 'Images Rolling'.

Deerhunter - Back To The Middle
A track from last year's long-player 'Monomania' which I've ad a couple from in the meantime. No reason not to play some more though, just to remind you that it was really good.

Silkken Laumann - House Of Common Problems
Vying for the ttle of my favourite act of the moment, these are from Ottawa in Canada. The album is 'Not Forever Enough'; I've heard it through a number of times now and flippin' love it.

One Degree of Separation
The Lovely Eggs - Food
Bird To Beast - Elephant
That Bird To Beast track, from the EP 'To Lips From Lungs' which came out last month, is getting a fair bit of radio play. I still can't decide if I like it or hat my defences have just been broken down. Before that, The Lovely Eggs from 2012's 'Wildlife' album. Double link klaxon! They're both Lancastrian and both are husband and wife duos.

Cornershop - Sleep On The Left Side
They are so much more than Brimful Of Asha. This is off the same album, as it goes - 'When I Was Born For The Seventh Time' - from 1997.

Kele feat Lucy Taylor - What Did I Do?
Bloc Party singer Kele Okereke's solo proect from a couple of years back. This is off the EP 'The Hunter'

Toy - Motoring
Did I mention I went away? Wel I did, to Newcastle, to see a couple of mates and to see Toy at The Cluny. And they were fantastc. Loud and fantastic. So here's a track from their first album for your delectation.

Jim James - State Of The Art (A.E.I.O.U)
Another one from a while back that I've not got round to, but worth the wait, I think. It came out just over a year ago on the album 'Regions Of Light And Sound Of God'. Just a stunning track.

Factory Floor - How You Say (Daniel Avery remix)
And we continue to take it down tempo to feed into the following programme with thisbrand spanking new remix of the best track off the Factory Floor album. I like Factory Floor, I like Daniel Avery. So of course this wrks beautifully.

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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

25 February 2014

Another Tuesday, so let's see what's in the box this week.

Outfit - Everything All The Time
What a way to start. That's lovely from one of the hottest bands around. The album 'Performance' is out now, but this is from an EP called 'Another Night's Dreams Reach Earth Again' which came out in 2012.

Pastel Colours - She Can't Decide
Another one from the Art Is Hard stable from down in the West Country.

Howling Bells - Slowburn
To Australia now, and the first release from Howling Bells in three years. This came out last week.

Cover Version Corner
Nirvana/Patti Smith - Smells Like Teen Spirit
That's what this section is all about. Completely different versions. Smith has turned it into something completely separate from the original.

Applescal - Give Me A Moabit
Pascal Terstappen is Applescal, a show favourite. This is new and off an Atomnation compilation.

Titeknots - Wordy
This passed me by on it's release last autumn, but I'm so glad I've caught up with it now. A very late-90s Balearic feel to it.

The Strypes - Hard To Say No
To Ireland now and these lads from County Cavan off an EP called '4-Track Mind'. A bit Bloc Party in feel, but certainly different enough to help it stand out in a crowded marketplace.

Retrojet - Murky Window
I don't think we've had a band from Doncaster on before, but that's been remedied now. The title track off a new EP, I really like that. Nice use of brass.

One Degree Of Separation
Tom Lehrer - The Elements
Lemon Jelly - Elements
Time listening to Lemon Jelly is always spent. We must have played every track off 'Lost Horizons' now. Before that, satirist, humorist, mathematician, polymath Tom Lehrer. Recorded in 1959 it includes all the elements up to Nobelium. There have been many more found since then and it wouldn't scan now.

Dust - 1515
Out this month on a Sisterjam compilation called 'Bushwick Is Melting volume 1'. On the back of this, very much looking forward to volume 2.

Ashley Beedle ft Earl Zinger -  Ghost Dancers
I've been after this for ages and finally got my hands on it. This came out last October and it's been on my list since then. Worth the wait.

Lee Bannon - Prime/Decent
Another one I've been waiting a long time to acquire. This is off the album 'Alternate/Endings' which came out last month. It's a belter.

Pins - Waiting For The End
An all-girl band from Manchester, the album 'Girls Like Us' came out last month. Perky, punky, bang on.

Colourmusic - Dreamgirl '82
And to end, from the forthcoming album 'May You Marry Rich', is this utter delight. It is pretty much everything I want from a record.

Here's that on a combination of YouTube:



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Back next week with more, after a refreshing mini-break.