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 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.

Here's that on Youtube

and Soundcloud:

and we'll do it all again next week.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

13 January 2015

Here we go again. Records old and new for your delectation.

Pusher - Rain
Kicking it off in Barnsley. With a hint of Billy Idol about the vocals, that's an Ep called 10,000 Hours which is out on iTunes now.

Teen Daze - Another Night
Dreamy stuff from Vancouver off an album called A World Away, out today via their bandcamp page.

Panda Bear - Mr Noah
I'm not sure whether I like this or not. Noah Lennox of Animal Collective is Panda Bear and I like Animal Collective and feel I ought to like this. There are many individual elements of this that I like, but as a whole I'm not sure it's doing anything for me. I just don't know. Anyway, Panda Bear Versus The Grim Reaper is out today.

Cover Version Corner
T Rex/Soulwax - Children Of The Revolution
One of the more diverse pair of records I've put in this slot. Of course you know T Rex, from the 1972 album The Slider. Soulwax are from Ghent and that's off a compilation called Glittering, a 2000 showcase of Belgian electronica.

Red Lorry Yellow Lorry - Walking On Your Hands
Post punk from Leeds and very Wedding Present. Off 1986's Paint Your Wagon LP. Nothing to do with the musical, though Lee Marvin singing that would be fun.

Sonic Fallout - Unless It Takes Forever
Absolutely glorious. A bit Bryan Ferry, a bit Urge Overkill, all tremendous. These are a bit of a mystery. This must be released in some physical format.

H. Grimace - Imogen
Staying in London for this, off a new album called I Am Material which is due out on the 26th of this month on a limited run of 150 cassettes available at their gigs or as a download from their bandcamp page. Well worth going to a gig for.

Gross Net - Wrong Place, Wrong Time
To Northern Ireland now for something a bit bleaker, a bit xx-y. Off a self-titled EP, again out as a cassette or via bandcamp, which came out last November.

Menace Beach - Tastes Like Medicine
The album is finally here! Ratworld is the title, not a great title, but it's here finally. Well, nearly. 19 January, so six days to wait. It's been a long time coming.

One Degree of Separation
Brain Donor - Get Off Your Pretty Face
Julian Cope - Crazy Farm Animal
I'd play Julian Cope records all day if I thought for a second people wouldn't get bored. Here are two anyway, the first from his collaboration with two members of Spiritualized. Crazy Farm Animal is off the compilation Floored Genius 2, a collection of BBC sessions, and is one of my all-time favourite records.

Xiu Xiu - Stupid In The Dark
Reminding me somehow of Sisters Of Mercy, these are from San Jose in California. This is out next month on the LP Angel Guts: Red Classroom.

Pow! - Switchboard Scientist
Replete with exclamation mark and also Californian - from San Francisco -  this is either out now or very soon indeed. Hi-Tech Boom is the album you're looking for.

Low Low Low La La La Love Love Love - Burrow
Available as a pay-what-you-like download from the link above, this is off what will be their final album which is appropriately titled Last.

Jiboia - Treta Yuga
We've played stuff by this chap before. He's multi-instrumentalist Oscar Silva from Portugal. This is off Badlav which came out last September.



And we go again next week.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

6 January 2015

2015... Damn that relentless passage of time. And back to work as of yesterday. Boo to all of that.

The Diagram Brothers - The Expert
I only heard of these on the radio the other day. They were from Manchester - not brothers, not called Diagram - and this is off a 1982 Peel session.

Shabazz Palaces - Ham Sandwich
New from these by way of follow-up to their album Lese Majesty.

Ex Hex - Waterfall
I played something by these last week and it seemed to go down well, so here's some more. From the album Rips.

Cover Version Corner
The Monks/Ye Nuns - Pretty Suzanne
I've been meaning to play Ye Nuns for a while. They're a London-based all-girl tribute to The Monks, the American GIs based in Germany in the 1960s. The original was recorded in 1966, but only released in 2009. The cover is off last year's Nun More Black LP.

Fear Kittens - Spell
58 seconds. No mucking about. From Seattle and off a self-titled LP from last March.

Diane Marie Kloba - Foolosopher
To Chicago now and sounding something like a female Bowie. This dates from last July.

Ill - Hysteria
Bloody marvellous. From Manchester and off The Housewives Trilogy from last September.

Virgo - ISS
I've been meaning to play this for ages. This came out in August on The Revera Corporation. Virgo is Elizabeth Ann Clark from LA. More please.

Ox Scapula - Taking Liberties
This Stoke band disbanded in 2011 and this is off the 2010 album Hands Out. Still sounds contemporary, like Shellac or something.

One Degree of Separation (ish)
Calvin Party - Lies, Lies and Goverment parts 1 and 2
Bit of a diversion from the usual format. This is from 1996 and well worth playing all 12 minutes.

Pour Le Plaisir - Tin Machine
Don't know much about these other than this is the title track off a new EP which if it isn't out yet, will be shortly.

Rhino Cock Soundsystem - Tease Me 23
Another one I don't know much about other than it's the best name for an artist I've heard in ages.

Henry Plotnick - Wapiti
This lad from San Francisco is thirteen. Thirteen. One thing I wasn't doing when I was 13 was making critically acclaimed, avant-garde electronica.



Back again same time next week.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

30 December 2014

Everyone else is doing end-of-year lists and it'd be appropriate to do a best of 2014 thing this week. But I did that already and in the last two weeks since a normal show, there's been loads of good stuff put out, so normal service it is.

The Skints - The Cost Of Living Is Killing Me
From last March and from London, off an EP called Short Change. Pretty much the battleground for the general election.

Ex Hex - Don't Wanna Lose
Rips was their debut LP which came out in October. They're an all-girl three-piece from Washington DC.

Blossoms - Blow
New stuff out of Manchester. This is their debut single which you can get from iTunes.

Cover Version Corner
Ride/The Divine Comedy - Vapour Trail
Not hugely different versions, though it's a different sound for Neil Hannon than normal. his version pops up on the B-side of the 1999 single The Pop Star's Fear Of The Pollen Count. Before that, a shoegaze classic from the 1991 album Nowhere and excitement as to them reforming.

The Daintees - October Song
New stuff from Newcastle where Martin George Stephenson is back with his badn The Daintees. Haunted Highways is the new album and it came out on the 21st.

Emmy The Great - Swimming Pool
Ooh, that voice. Emma Lee Moss is Emmy The Great and her new EP is S.

Milo's Planes - Lost Talent
Bristol now, and a taster for a forthcoming album. I got nothing apart from that.

The Lucid Dream - Unchained
From Carlisle, this is the second single from their forthcoming second album.

Pemuda Setampat - Sebuah Pemuda
All I know about this is that it's Indonesian dub. And you know that can't be bad.

Sleater-Kinney - Bury Our Friends
Their first album in 10 years comes out next month. No Cities To Love is the title. Splendid stuff and welcome back.

One Degree of Separation
Martha And The Muffins - Echo Beach
Anguish Sandwich - Guangzhou Romance Musical Instruments Co
That was Martha and The Muffins' only UK top 40 single, reaching number 10 in 1980. After that, 46 was as high as they got. After that, a track from the album An Actual Thing which came out in November and is available on bandcamp. They're from Northampton. And I won't insult you by pointing out the link.

Aidan Moffatt - The World Around Us
Ex of Arab Strap and with a collection of previously unreleased material to share. Called Vagrants_09_14 - Vagrants given these tracks were previously homeless and the rest to do with it's release - it's bloody good.

Muslimgauze - 100 Great Turks
Bryn Jones was Muslimgauze. At the time of his death in 1999, he'd released over 60 albums and since then, that number is well on the way to having doubled as he left behind vast volumes of work which is now curated by his nephew. This is off a new EP called Deceiver vol 3 & 4. The original Deceiver came out in 1996, but it's still so fresh. This is just a fantastic track.

Lone - Life Time Loop
Nottingham's Matt Cutler is Lone and this very Boards Of Canada track is a follow-up to the 2014 album Reality Testing. Lovely.

Here's that on YouTube:

and Soundcloud:

Back next week.

Friday, 26 December 2014

Best of 2014

If you're not aware, I also do some stuff over at In Bed With Maradona. There's some cross-over, inevitably, but any stuff I like that's... shall we say 'not exactly radio-friendly' tends to end up there.
Anyway, as part of that, the editor said a few weeks ago, 'why not make a playlist of your 50 favourite tracks of the year?' So I did. On Spotify. It's not in any particular order - not a chart or anything.
It's here, in this link. Go listen at your leisure.

The thing is, however, that not everything I wanted to put on it lives on Spotify. So here are the things that should be on that list but aren't.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

23 December 2014 - Christmas special

Our 100th show! Wooo... And also our third christmas spectacular. A bumper crop this year.

Wild Billy Childish and The Musicians Of The British Empire - Poundland Christmas
2008 was when capitalism fell and was propped up on the backs of the people at the bottom of that particular pyramid scheme. That's when this was recorded and it's as relevant now as then. Thatcher's Children is the album and there's new stuff from Childish coming soon, both with his band CTMF and in collaboration with the Wave Pictures. Both are keenly anticipated round these parts.

The Fall - Jingle Bell Rock
The traditional Fall festive cover version. This is off a Peel session from 1994. Unmistakeable.

Broken Down Lorry - All I Want For Christmas Is A Bit Of Peace And Quiet
Twitter is, contrary to popular opinion, a wonderful thing. I put a plea out for new and unsigned to send me their christmas records and one that came back was this. Recorded around 2010 for no particular reason. Key change!

Eels - Christmas Is Going To The Dogs
Originally recorded in 2000, you can find this on Useless Trinkets... a collection of B-sides, rarities and previously unreleased stuff which came out in 2008.

Slow Club - Christmas TV
To Sheffield and this lovely number dates from 2009 and the Christmas Thanks For Nothing EP. Just a lovely record.

Teenage Fanclub - Christmas Eve
You can't beat Teenage Fanclub. Indeed, I've been a fan since I was a teenager. This is on a compilation done by XFM for the Big Issue which came out in 2000 called It's A Cool Cool Christmas.

Alton Ellis and The Lipsticks - Merry Merry Christmas
The legendary Trojan Christmas Album has many gems on it and this is no exception. The album is just wonderful and gets such an airing round ours that christmas without ska just isn't a real christmas.

Bootsy Collins - Diss Christmiss
And now to funk it all up. From the 2006 album Christmas Is 4 Real. I play those last two to reflect how christmas is celebrated in other parts of the world where it isn't grey, miserable and damp. Just a totally different mindset.

Lullaby For The Working Class - The Utilitarian Christmas Jingle
This really paints a Dickensian - maybe even Hogarthian - image of christmas past. I don't know too much about it other than they're from Lincoln, Nebraska and it came out in 1998.

Los Campesinos! - The Trains Don't Run It's Christmas Day
The Crookes - You're Just Like Christmas
Two new releases for this christmas and two of my favourites - I'm holding my favourite back until later in the show. The Crookes are from Sheffield and that's very jolly while Cardiff's Los Campesinos! do something different. It's quite like I see the season. It can be boring, you do the same things year after year, it can be fraught and tetchy, but you know what? I wouldn't change it for anything.

The Kinks - Father Christmas
A traditional story of a department store Santa getting mugged. From 1977 and made an appearance on the 1978 reissue of the album Misfits.

Tomorrow's World - I Don't Intend To Spend Christmas Without You
We've played these a few times before, it's Jean-Benoit Dunckel, erstwhile of Air, and Lou Hayter from New Young Pony Club. This is from 2009 and the Cherry Red Records compilation Christmas Cocktails.

Broken Record - My Beer-Drunk Soul Is Sadder Than All The Dead Christmas Trees In The World
Hell of a title. Hell of a tune as well to be fair. This is brand spanking new from the Edinburgh outfit.

Matt Bouvier - Santa Give Me Something To Live For
To Sweden now, Malmo in fact, and another brand new record. This starts horribly, but that doesn't last for long before it gets going. Out now on a Small Bear Records compilation.

Clinic - Christmas
The B-side to the 2002 single Come Into Our Room, that's a jolly pleasant tune.

Christ. - Making A Snow Angel
Straight out of the Boards Of Canada envelope, Christ. is Scotsman Christopher Horne and that's off the 2007 album Blue Shift Emissions.

Mike Harding - Christmas 1914
From 1977, but in this centenary year even more poignant. Just what did happen that christmas may never be truly known, but the accepted tale certainly has an air of the myth about it. Anyway, top record.

DJ Yoda - 5-Minute Christmas Mini-Mix
The star of Huddersfield's Festival of Light earlier this month, here's him doing his thing with christmas clips and samples back in 2010.

John MOuse - When A Child Is Born
This is the christmas record of this very christmas time. Bloody brilliant. His album The Death Of John MOuse was one of the highlights of the year and this caps off 2014 nicely. Absolutely love it. The right balance of bitter and light.

Half Man Half Biscuit - All I Want For Christmas Is A Dukla Prague Away Kit
Got to finish with this one, as is now traditional. From 1986 and the EP Trumpton Riots, an all-time classic.

Here's that on YouTube:

and a tiny bit of it on Soundcloud:

So there we are. 100 shows. Raise of the bat, acknowledge the crowd on all four sides before digging back in. The 90s were nervous, but we got there. Now, nothing silly for a few overs and get focus back.
Merry christmas to you all. Back for one more time in 2014 next week.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

16 December 2014

It's that time again.

Knuckle - Bad Brains
Local boys done good, from one of the EPs of the year, This Week's Been Hell. You really must get this.

Quarterbacks - Center
Don't like the name, but love the track. From their forthcoming debut LP, due mid-February.

Wireheads - Five Grand
To Adelaide now, and another debut album, this time from last May. The Late Great Wireheads.

Cover Version Corner
The Bonzo Dog Doodah Band/The Blue Giant Zeta Puppies - I'm The Urban Spaceman
Ah, what a great record. The Bonzos biggest hit and off their best selling album Tadpoles. The Blue Giant Zeta Puppies remain something of a mystery, but have brought it bang up to date.

Kagoule - Gush
To Nottingham now. It's been a decent year for Kagoule with well-received EPs. 2015 sees them release a highly-anticipated album. Expecting big things.

Male Bonding - A Kick To The Face
New single from these and a new album to follow. Have some of that.

Black Lips - Boys In The Wood
Underneath The Rainbow came out in March. A blend of blues and country. A bit Black Keys, but not so samey that it gets lost.

Viet Cong - Continental Shelf
Another highly-anticipated album from a band we expect to hear a lot about in 2015. From Calgary, they will draw comparisons to Arcade Fire with the Canadian thing and Interpol, but again have enough about them for those comparisons to fall a bit wide of the mark.

Mega Emotion - Uncomfortable
To Norwich and a new single from a band we've featured several times already. This is due a release on cassette on January 15 on Post/Pop.

Lovers Open Fire - Tracer
These are from Wrexham - lots of good stuff coming out of Wales at the moment - and the album is Live Dinner Theatre which came out in March. Sold out as a physical item, you can get a download from their bandcamp page.

One Degree of Separation
The Jesus and Mary Chain - Sometimes Always
Primal Scream - Come Together
I've done this link before - Bobby Gillespie - but what the hey. Possibly my favourite J&MC track from 1994's Stoned And Dethroned. That's the full 10 minute version of Come Together, largely because I can and the radio edit is rubbish. From Screamdelica of course which despite being 23 years old still sounds fresh.

R Seiliog - Velcro For Vortex
Robin Edwards records as R Seiliog and the album In Hz is full of these soundscapes. He's Welsh too. Told you.

Spectres - Sea Of Trees
A debut album is due next year on Sonic Cathedral. That could be Can. It goes a bit experimental in the middle, but it's none the worse for that. If this is anything to go by, the album should be a belter.

ABC - All Of My Heart
A shameless '80s indulgence. Indeed, does it get more '80s than this? Doubtful, but still a belting tune.

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Soundcloud bits:

Christmas special and show number 100 next week.