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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

24 March 2015

Let's get on with this eh.

The Retro Spankees - Here We Go
Here we go indeed. Seemed a decent enough idea to kick things off with. These are from Northampton and this is off Meagre Vengeance which came out last November.

Jacco Gardner - Find Yourself
We've played this chap from Hoorn in the Netherlands before, quite a while ago. His new album is Hypnophobia which is out in May and this is the first single. Almost prog in places and a bit grandiose, but none the worse for it.

Dick Diver - Tearing The Posters Down
This took a few listens before I really got it, but it does work. Quite a simple sound, but not in a bad way. They're from Melbourne - Australia not Lincolnshire - and the album is Melbourne, Florida.

Cover Version Corner
Siouxsie And The Banshees/Junks - Hong Kong Garden
I'm fairly sure there is tongue in cheek on that Junks version. I mean, the original, their debut single from 1978, carries that stereotyped leitmotif that tells you it's Oriental. Junks seem to have J-popped it up in an over-the-top fashion. Equally, I might be making this up. Anyway, Junks are from Hong Kong and that's their debut single.

Django Django - Reflections
The second track taken from their second album Born Under Saturn which is out in May. Can not wait.

Teleman - Strange Combinations
Following on from their acclaimed album Breakfast, it's a new track from these. Hopefully a foretaste of a new album.

The Lovely Eggs - Magic Onion
Husband and wife duo from Lancaster go all Jefferson Airplane on us in their new single, the first release from the new album This Is Our Nowhere which comes out in May. They're touring at the moment and are well worth checking out.

The Wave Pictures - Fire Alarm
Another track from the excellent album Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon, written and recorded in conjunction with Billy Childish. If this isn't in the top half-dozen albums of the year come December, we're in for some treats later in the year.

The Landseers - Wasted
New track from this cross-continental supergroup. Part Welsh, part whatever the collective term for people from Connecticut is. Available as a free download from their bandcamp page.

Du Dauphine - Lose My Soul
I've been after playing these a while and finally have my hands on something. Off their self-titled debut EP, these are local and have clearly spared nothing in terms of production values.

One Degree of Separation
TV Smith - Immortal Rich
The Hurriers - Truth And Justice
TV Smith, still got the hump with society a long time on from The Adverts. That's off the album Immortal Rich from 1995. Then The Hurriers, from Barnsley and off an EP also called Truth And Justice. The link is that both tracks feature on the Orgreave Justice compilation available from Philosophy Football. There are some great tracks on there from an impressive array of artists - some you know, some you won't. And it's for a good cause.

Bloodflower - People/Places
I don't know anything about these other than it's off an EP called Noise and I like it. Very retro.

Outside Your House - Photos Out There
Slacker rap? Is that a term? Whatever. Laid back stuff and I like it. They're from Durham and this is off the new EP The Ones That Left Town available as a pay-what-you-like download from their bandcamp page.

Transmission 13 - Jackson Pollock
And finally... We've played these before, again a long time ago. They're from Manchester, although augmented here by Canadian producer Antonio de Braga. This is off the album Vanishing Point.

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Back next week with more treats for you, you lovely people.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

10 March 2015

Hello again.

Drenge - Never Awake
Another track from the new album Undertow due in a month.

Flies On You - Hangdog
Another new album, Etcetera which came out last week. Played a few tracks off this before, but the LP has finally landed. Terrific stuff.

Mutiny On The Bounty - Mkl Jksn
To Luxembourg now and if you ever wondered what post-core or math-rock is, this is it. I still have no idea what those terms are supposed to mean. Anyway, this is ace and Digital Tropics is out in May.

Cover Version Corner
Ray Charles/Cowbell - Unchain My Heart
A samba feel to the 1962 original, but more bluesy from the London duo Cowbell who are Jack Sandham and Wednesday Lyle. Very nice.

Tellison - Tact Is Dead
New to me, Tellison have just signed to Alcopop! records. An album is coming, but this will whet many an appetite.

JOHN - Homme d'Affaires
Sensory overload from this duo of lads called John from their EP called John. More of this please.

Braids - Taste
Change of pace as we head to Calgary in Canada. Lovely stuff from the album Deep In The Iris which is out at the end of April.

Nai Harvest - Sick On My Heart
Another new album, Hairball, again due late April. Add these to the litany of bands from Sheffield.

The Baggios - Afro
No new album from these, I just like them. Another track from the 2013 album Sina. Well worth your time tracking down.

The Salient Braves - Out To Lunch
To Barnsley now, and a new EP from these lads with more of a hint of Wedding Present about them. Somewhere Sordid is out now and you can get it from their bandcamp page.

One Degree of Separation
Cutty Ranks - Limb By Limb (DJ SS remix)
The Divine Comedy - Songs Of Love
The unmistakeable and dulcet tones of Neil Hannon. You'll remember that as the theme tune to Father Ted. The Cutty Ranks track also features on the show. It's the tune Fr Fintan Stack is playing as he drills holes in the wall.

From Kid - Underground
Switzerland isn't known for it's musical output, really. There is some worth checking out though, including this pleasant little number. The album You Can Have All The Wonders is out now.

Moth Effect - Look Nicely
Here's something special. Moth Effect is a one-man outfit from Sussex and the album is Crocodilians and is out on March 30.

Applescal - Airports
And to wrap up, a new cut from Dutch producer Pascal Terstappen. The new album, For, is out in May and is virtually guaranteed to take us to new places in trance.

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Not in next week. Back in a fortnight. See thee.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

3 March 2015

You know what to expect by now. Also, I've waffled on too much today, so more tunes and less gab.

Arndales - Holiday Inns
Luton first. This is a superb take-down of the blandness of the mainstream off their EP Dog Hobbies USA which came out in January.

The Sherlocks - Escapade
Another band from Sheffield with a commercial sound, but enough about it to be diverting. They're two sets of brothers and this is their second single.

Nat Lyon - We Will Never Be
From his album 5-Meter Intervals which is available as a pay-what-you-like download from his bandcamp page (link above). This is the highlight from a pretty chilled-out album.

Cover Version Corner
Sex Pistols/Frazier Chorus - Anarchy In The UK
Well it doesn't much more different than that. Of course the first track doesn't need and introduction other than it let me say 'bollocks' on air legitimately. The Frazier Chorus version is on the B-side of the 12" of the 1987 single Sloppy Heart.

Drenge - We Can Do What We Want
They're back and with adding a bassist to the line-up have a fuller, more rounded sound. This is the first track off their second album, Undertow, which is out on April 6.

The Pop Group - Shadow Child
Off their first album in 35 years. Citizen Zombie came out two weeks ago and picks up where they left off - similar sound, same politics.

Boxed In - Foot Of The Hill
Last seen by me supporting Django Django. Their debut, self-titled album is pretty darn good.

Kindred Shins - As Is Tradition
Off their drip-fed new EP. This is really rather good.

Cowtown - Castle Grayscale
To Leeds now and something that came out at the end of January. Excellent.

Moonlandingz - Sweet Saturn Mine
What happens when two of my favourite bands - the Eccentronic Research Council and the Fat White Family - combine. The collaboration was almost inevitable when the ERC signed to the Fat White's label. Glad they did.

One Degree of Separation
Beth Jean Houghton - Dodecahedron
Du Blonde - Black Flag
Du Blonde is Beth Jeans Houghton. No more the folky psychedelia stuff that she did with the Hooves Of Destiny like in the former track. The change of direction more than warrants the change of identity and Black Flag is the new single with an album to follow. The former is off 2012's Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose.

Animal Daydream - Glass Ships
To Sweden now and some pop from slightly off the beaten track. These are from Gothenburg and the EP Easy Pleasures came out in January.

Ata Kak - Bome Nnwom
This is joyful. A record that just makes you think that everything isn't actually that bad. Ata Kak is from Ghana and this is off the album Obaa Sima which came out in 1994 as a cassette. The guys at Amazing Tapes From Africa gathered up as many cassettes as they could and remastered the whole thing from those and reissued it.

Guster - Long Night
And to finish, some laid-back pop from Boston, Massachusetts. The album Ever Motion. their seventh, came out mid-January.

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Back next week. See you.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

17 February 2015

Back to it. Despite having this terrible cold coming on. I put myself out for you lot.

Mourning Birds - Leave Me Alone
We like these and have played a bit. Finally, there's an album due, coming in spring. Looking forward to it.

The Voyeurs - Train To Minsk
Formerly Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs, new name, new direction. This is the second single from the forthcoming album Rhubarb Rhubarb. Incidentally, it's the Wakefield Rhubarb Festival this weekend.

Hooton Tennis Club - Jasper
New band from Liverpool, this being their debut single. It's had plenty of airplay, but that's not a reason to not play it.

One Degree of Separation
Lloyd Price/Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Stagger Lee
Not the original from Lloyd Price, but certainly the one that popularised it. It's an old traditional song about a wild west murder played in the '50s style by Price which made it to number one. Nick Cave turned it into more of a murder ballad.

Gang Of Four ft Alison Mosshart - England's In My Bones
They are back and as important and relevant as ever. This track from the new LP What Happens Next features Alison Mosshart of The Kills on vocals and there are other collaborations on the album.

Garden Of Elks - This Morning We Are Astronauts
I like that a lot - it's different. They're from Glasgow and the album A Distorted Sigh is due in spring.

Lusts - Temptation
Brothers Andy and James Stone from Leicester are Lusts. This is due out on March 2. Plenty going on in here to keep us interested.

No/No - Hardcore
To Milwaukee now and an EP called Drag that came out last October. Fits in well with the previous track.

Makee - Tone
From a self-titled EP which came out last November, this is a lovely, dreamy slice of Australian electronica.

Yokan System - Klee
And now to Tokyo for something out of the ordinary. This came out a week ago.

One Degree of Separation
John Cooper Clarke - Thirty Six Hours
Joy Division - Transmission
Of course the Joy Division, from 1979 that and still a brilliant record. Before that, opening for them here as he opened for them then, the bard of Salford, John Cooper Clarke. That's off his 1980 album Snap, Crackle And Bop.

Hot Chip - Huarache Lights
New stuff from these, the first single from the new album Why Make Sense? which comes out in May. Something a little darker, moodier than usual.

Kalabrese - Makelovedisco
Swiss trance now, from back in 2008. Lovely stuff.

Real Lies - North Circular
And to finish, some prose-style rap from that there London. This came out last July, but I was clearly sleeping on the job as I've only just come across it. Late night Friday vibes to close the show.

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Not in next week - more football - so see you in a fortnight.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

3 February 2015

Not in the studio, but I'd put this together already, so we might as well eh, just you and me?

Inspiral Carpets - It's A Good Job Baby
I've rather overlooked their first new stuff in 20 years since it was released last year so let's make up for lost time. The album is, imaginatively, titled Inspiral Carpets.

The Wave Pictures - I Could Hear The Telephone (3 Floors Above Me)
Brilliant. From the album Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon (obviously) which is due any minute. They play The Doghouse in Halifax on Friday.

Twerps - I Don't Mind
To Melbourne now and one of those bands that dispense with the impersonal pronoun. Range Anxiety is the album and it came out last week.

Cover Version Corner
Jacky/Kitchens Of Distinction - White Horses
An old TV theme from 1968, Jacky being Jackie Lee. Then a B-side from the 1994 single Now It's Time To Say Goodbye. And ta to chum John for the suggestion. I was struggling.

Faerground Accidents - She Makes Me Want To Die
These should be enormous. I reckon they're ace. This is the new single, due out February 9. Buy it. Buy it often.

Krom - Mama Blue
To Phnom Penh now. This came out last week on Metal Postcard with more than a hint of Tom Waits about it. Gorgeous.

Outside Your House - Kingfisher Dave
Something different from Durham. Quite unlike much else you've heard. From the EP Before I Got Fat which came out last July.

Bruising - Can't You Feel
More stuff from Leeds now, rapidly coming to rival the other big cities in terms of output these days. These are a two-piece and you can find this on Volume 3 of the Beech Coma records compilations which comes out in March. Nice bit of scuzzy reverb on the guitar.

Polynation - Dew
The Atomnation label rarely lets you down. This is off their latest compilation called 25. A delight.

Dissolved - Superfluity Of Jeweled Bitterns
A whole load of new stuff appeared on his Soundcloud page this week in advance of the new album Paradox Hues. From Glasgow, but based in Vancouver now which helps explain the missing L in Jewelled.

One Degree Of Separation
Wire - I Am The Fly
The Cramps - Human Fly
Not a tricky link. Wire from 1978 and the album Chairs Missing, though that was a Peel Session version which can be found on their Peel Sessions album from 1990. Then The Cramps from the album Gravest Hits, also from 1978.

Powell - Club Music (Ancient Methods 'Körpersäure91' Mix)
Stone cold banger off the Club Music EP which came out last May.

Scares - Krieger
This is fabulous. Scares are from Austin, Texas, and this is half of a split single with Tocopa which came out on Outward Records a couple of weeks ago. Just brilliant.

Aphex Twin - diskhat1
And finally, something from the EP that dropped unexpectedly last week from Richard D James, Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments vol 2.

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No show next week - football - so back in a fortnight.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

27 January 2015

Last time for January already? Blimey charlie.

The Garden - Surprise!
Twin brothers Wyatt and Fletcher from California are The Garden. 95 seconds and done. No messing. Cool video too. This came out last month.

The Vinyl Records - Ready Set Go
To New Delhi now in what is a bit of a world tour of a show. This is from last May. Jaunty stuff indeed.

Whyte Horses - Astrologie Siderale
And now to the exotic shores of Manchester. And there aren't many bands in Manchester singing self-styled cosmic love songs in French so more power to their elbow. The album is Pop Or Not which came out in November.

Cover Version Corner
David Guetta ft Sia/Crybabycry - Titanium
A truly dreadful record transformed into something quite marvellous by one of our favourite bands around at the moment. That David Guetta track is awful. My philosophy in compiling this show is that if I like it, I play it and if I don't, I won't. The exception here is that it leads into the Crybabycry cover version where they take something unspeakably bad and flip it around completely. Because they are brilliant. They've an EP out. Seek it.

Astronauts - Everything's A System, Everything's A Sign
Astronauts - no indefinite article here - is Dan Carney from London. Plenty going on here. Hollow Ponds is the album which came out last summer.

Futsu - Mechanical Bride
Multinational now, featuring artists from Paris and Sydney to create a unique sound. This is off Body Island which came out last month.

Dolomite Minor - Talk Like An Aztec
A two-piece from Southampton who make a right old racket, in a good way. This came out in August. Hugely enjoyable.

All We Are - Keep Me Alive
More multinationalism with Irish, Brazilian and Norwegians involved though based out of Liverpool. This came out last month.

Echo Lake - Waves
Dreamy shoegaze from London. March 2 sees the release of Era which this is taken from.


One Degree of Separation
Ausmuteants - Hate This Town
Sundae Sunday - I Hate This Town
From Australia and Indonesia respectively. I don't hate this town though, that's not what I'm trying to say here. I love Huddersfield. I wouldn't have stayed for 22 years if I didn't.

Goat - Hide From The Sun
From their album Commune which came out in September, welcome to the 1960s. Joyous.

Best Friends - Shred Til You're Dead
With more than an homage to The Vaccines and/or The Horrors, but pleasing nonetheless. These are from Sheffield and it's out on Art Is Hard records.

Jape - Seance Of Light
A hint of Hot Chip about this Dublin outfit, which is rarely a bad thing. This Chemical Sea came out last week.

FKClub and Morgan Hammer - Raro
And to end, something French. Morgan Hammer is a Basque DJ and she's teamed up with Antoine Germain and Marc Lapeyre for this one. It came out in September.

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Same time next week, yeah.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

20 January 2015

Lots of new and exciting stuff this week.

Get Inuit - I Would
Widely tipped for a big 2015, these are from Kent and this is off the album 001 which is due on February 9 on Alcopop Records. They had a moment of fame after noticing that the ukip.org domain name had lapsed and bought it up. Made me laugh anyway.

Crushed Beaks - Overgrown
That is just fantastic. They're from London and their album, Scatter, is also scheduled for 9 February.

Doldrums - Hotfoot
Inventive and unusual, Doldrums is Airick Woodhead from Montreal. This is off an album called The Air-Conditioned Nightmare, due out on Sub Pop in April.

Cover Version Corner
Chuck Berry/Shacklock Meth Party - Johnny B Goode
This is what this slot is about. A totally different rendition of the song. Of course Chuck Berry, from 1958 and the album Chuck Berry Is On Top and then Christchurch, New Zealand's Shacklock Meth Party with their lo-fi, slacker rock version from the 2012 EP Jurassic Park Changed My Life which you can get from their Bandcamp page. Very Fat White Family.

Django Django - First Light
The first track I played on this show almost 3 years ago was Default by Django Django. Through 2012 and 2013, I played pretty much every track from the debut, self-titled album. Now they're back with this new single and an album to follow in spring. Bring it on.

Chastity Belt - Time To Go Home
From one of those wonderfully named towns in Australia, Western Australia to be more exact, called Walla Walla. Like the previous track, it came out last week and the album, also called Time To Go Home, is due on March 24.

Ill Winds - Vision
More Australians, but this time based in Berlin. This came out in December on Not Not Fun records.

Ghost Culture - Arms
One from last September now, Ghost Culture is James Greenwood and this one of his sporadic releases.

Errors - Lease Of Life
A new-ish direction for this Glasgow outfit. Still blimmin' good though. From an album of the same name due in March.

The Go! Team - The Scene Between
New stuff from these which now seems to come out on a quadrennial basis. This is a forerunner to a new album due in March. Typical up-tempo pop from a perennially cheerful band.

One Degree of Separation
Wedding Present - This Boy Can Wait
Bogshed - Run To The Temple
Both from West Yorkshire - Leeds and Hebden respectively - but more importantly both off the C86 compilation from the NME which is credited, probably a bit too much, with prompting the birth of indie pop. Pair of cracking tunes anyway.

Adamski - Pump Up The Waltz
You remember Adamski, right? Well he never really went away, just reduced back into the shadows. His latest project, Futurewaltz, has been exploring 3/4 time in dance music and it's spawned the album This Is 3-Step. I'm not musical at all. I don't read it, I don't play it and only have a vague notion of what time signatures mean, but you can really feel the difference between this and your standard 4/4 dance beat. Unusual and different.

Anthony Naples - Abrazo
Heading down tempo for the last couple of tracks starting with this from New York's Anthony Naples. This is off Body Pill, due out on February 17.

The Rustle Of The Stars - Sleeping Land part 1
I've not played anything quite so down tempo as this. I came across it after seeking out a remix I heard on the radio, but was captivated by the original. Part of what I can only really think to call an orchestration with Iceland as a theme, this came out in 2011. Quite beautiful.

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and we'll do it all again next week.