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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

9 February 2016

Hello again.

Eagulls - Lemontrees
Leeds band returning with a new track off their forthcoming second album. Plaintive, Smiths-esque vocals adorn darkly punkish guitars.

Ten Benson - Rock Cottage
An oldie from the London swamp-rockers for no real reason. It's off the 2000 album Hiss which is pretty good fun.

Half Japanese - That Is That
A new album, their fifteenth studio LP, Perfect came out at the back end of last month and sees them in typical form. Art punk, they call it, which seems fair enough.

Featured Album
Primal Scream - Movin' On Up
Primal Scream - Shine Like Stars
Primal Scream truly landed with Screamadelica. Their first two LPs were not commercial hits, but the grounding from those all came together on their third. That and it's timing. In 1991, it crossed the gap between indie and acid house. I hate to use the term zeitgeist, but... well it is apt.

Malcolm Middleton - You And I
Lovely stuff from a grossly underrated artist. The new LP is Summer Of '13 and was made with producer Miaoux Miaoux, which might explain the more electronic aspect. Record of the week.

Phobophobes - Advertise Your Life
Grungey, grimy and passed me by initially. This came out last May and it's terrific. They're from Peckham and I'll be making sure I don't miss out in future.

Desert Mountain Tribe - Runway
More London-based rock as a debut album is lined up for release in March.

The Baggios - Adios Baggio
Easily my favourite Brazilian blues-rock outfit. This is a bonus track off the 2013 album Sina and I'm playing it because I like it and for no other reason.

Fuzzy Vox - Distracted
While you expect French acts to be all ethereal and electronic a la Daft Punk, Air, M83 and so on, here are some Parisians playing some good old-fashioned garage rock. No Landing Plan is out on the 26th of this month.

Melt Yourself Down - Dot To Dot
The title track of the new LP from the avant-garde jazz funk combo which came out last month. They do make a glorious racket.

Featured Album
Primal Scream - Come Together
The longest track off Screamadelica, a real late-night come-down track. Beats the track of the same name by The Beatles into a cocked hat.

The Country Dark - Demon In Bambi Lee
To Finland now, and a band clearly influenced by Nick Cave and that whole murder ballad thing. Hypnic Jerk is the name of their third LP which this is the lead track from. Out now. Go get it.

Manuka Honeys - Let It Go
A new single from Brighton band Manuka Honeys - great name, incidentally. You'd be forgiven for thinking it was Kurt Cobain on vocals.

Burnt Palms - Last Time
Classic Californian slacker rock. The LP Back On My Wall came out last week.

Sweet Baboo - Blowing Up My Mind
Stephen Black returns with a new EP. Titled Dennis, it's out on February 26 and features this cover of an old Northern Soul classic. And it comes with a video of chopped together public information films.

Here's that on YouTube:



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And we'll see what next week brings up.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

2 February 2016

Right, back to it after those couple of weeks when everything went off. I shan't bore you with it.

Birdskulls - Clawing At The Door
Noisy. These are from Brighton and the debut album is Trickle.

OhBoy! - The Carrot And The Stick
From Northampton and signed to Alcopop! Records, this came out on January 22. You can get it as a single and t-shirt package, inventively. Perky, but that ending just isn't working for me.

PJ Harvey - The Wheel
She's back. A ninth studio album, The Hope Six Demolition Project, is coming in April. This is classic Polly Jane.

Featured Album
The Long Ryders - Looking For Lewis And Clark
The Long Ryders - State Of My Union
An overdue retrospective of the alt-country rockers active in the mid- to late-80s. A four-disc compilation, Final Wild Songs, is out on Cherry Red as of last week. Worth checking out. Looking For Lewis And Clark in particular is still a cracking record.

USA Nails - They'd Name An Age
Released back in November on the LP No Pleasure, this is ace. Grungy, grimy goodness.

Joe Bone and The Dark Vibes - The Exorcist
To Glasgow next and ex-Coffins front man Bone with his latest project release an EP called Four Shades Of Dark. Nick Cave-esque, it's dark and gothic and great. This track also features the suitably biblical vocals of The Very Rev D Wayne Love of Alabama 3.

gharials - Maschera
Don't know much about these. They're from St Helens and this is really cool. And that's it.

Anchorsong - Expo
Absolutely love this. Japanese producer Masaaki Yoshida is Anchorsong, albeit now based in Europe. That bass...

Portishead - Magic Doors
Because why not. From the imaginatively titled third album, Third, back in 2008. Still great.

Featured Album
The Long Ryders - Gunslinger Man
Another one you can find on Final Wild Songs which is simply bloody great fun.

Lenzman - Golden Age feat Steo
I don't play enough drum and bass. It's more laid back than most of that genre. It's the title track from a 6-track mini-album that came out a few weeks ago on Metalheadz.

Underworld - I Exhale
Exciting new stuff from Underworld and back on some sort of form after Karl Hyde's Eno collaboration which I didn't get. They sound like The Fall here. Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future is the new LP, due March.

Vessels - 4AM
Delicious late-night wind-down/chill-out stuff from the Leeds electronica merchants. Dilate is the LP, out on April 1. No kidding.

Here's that on YouTube:



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and providing nothing goes wrong, I'll be back in a week.

Monday, 25 January 2016

19 January 2016 - the one that didn't go out

I wasn't in on the 19th as I was full of cold and my voice wasn't up to it. I won't be in tomorrow, the 26th, either. As such, by the time next week comes round this will be hopelessly out of date and I'm already building up a backlog of tracks for the next show which I could do with working through. So I'm not doing this one on the radio, only here.


The Wave Pictures - Slick Black River From The Rain
Anything new from these is welcome. The new LP is A Season In Hull and is out next month. Looking forward to hearing more from it.

Field Music - Disappointed
Are these ever anything other than excellent? It's the sheer consistency which impresses. This is the second track taken from Commontime, out of February 5.

Jesse Malin - Sorrow
The album The Fine Art Of Self Destruction has been reissued following its initial release in 2003. Still sounds pretty good to me.

Featured album
David Bowie - Lazarus
David Bowie - Dollar Days
What else could it be? It's been a week now and it's still baffling how we didn't see it coming given the songs on Blackstar. It's a terrific album anyway, but after Bowie's death it takes on a whole new outlook. It's a masterpiece. The master innovator, refusing to be pigeonholed to the last. So long, Starman.

Soronprfbs - I Love You All
From the soundtrack of the film Frank, this features Michael Fassbender on vocals. Joyous.

Ringo Deathstarr - Guilt
What a great name. Shoegaze isn't dead, at least not in Austin, Texas. The album is Pure Mood and it came out last November.

Shields - Alive
These are from Newcastle and their debut album How Can We Fix This? is out next month. Pretty good, if you ask me.

exmagician - Job Done
A duo from Belfast, their debut LP is out in March on Bella Union, titled Scan The Blue. Elements of psych and shoegaze makes for a decent sound.

Throwing Snow - Clasp
One I've had on the backlog for a while. This came out in July. If I was struggling for an excuse, I'd say it had a more winter feel to it, but I just hadn't got round to it.

Featured album
David Bowie - I Can't Give Everything Away
The last track on Blackstar. Very much a goodbye, one would say with the assistance of hindsight.

Ummagma - Lama (Malcolm Holmes OMD mix)
Electro-pop from the Ukrainaian/Canadian duo given a club feel by Malcolm Holmes. The original track was on the EP Frequency which came out last month.

Ophiuco - Pneumatic Psycho Bodhidharma
Extraordinary. These Italian trip-hoppers released Hybrid last month. Extraordinary is the only word I can find for it, in a good way.

Here's that on YouTube:



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Normal service to resume in February with a bit of luck.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

5 January 2016

A new year, apparently. A new you, possibly. A new format, definitely not.

Those Unfortunates - Letter Writing Man
A new single from the Londoners in advance of their forthcoming debut LP. It's good too, whiffs of HMHB, I, Ludicrous and others.

Samh - Nomad
Local lad Sam and his band here. Find them gigging around and about - they're well worth it. Folk-rock, I think you call it.

Pulco - Brunswick
Another taster track from the album Farmyard & Library which is due this year some time.

Featured album
Belle & Sebastian - Nobody's Empire
Belle & Sebastian - Enter Sylvia Plath
This week we feature Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance which came out last year. Highly acclaimed, it's undoubtedly one of the albums of 2015. A bit more dancey than usual, but not lacking the expert songwriting we're so familiar with.

Still Parade - 07:41
The latest from the ever-excellent Art Is Hard records is this dreamfunk stuff from Berlin. Just let it wash over you.

Blooms - Waves
A new band from Manchester, but not making the sort of sound you'd normally associate with the city. More of a surf sound, this. Could catch on.

Those Foreign Kids - Ry Gos
From Haarlem in the Netherlands, Ry Gos is apparently an ode to Ryan Gosling. This will appear on the forthcoming LP Oh, Nothing.

Super Besse - Holod
Another track from 63610 which is superb. You should get it.

Featured album
Belle & Sebastian - The Party Line
The first single from Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance which came out in advance of the album. And is bloody great.

Shitwife - Hand Banana
Noisy as hell and terrific fun. This is off Big Lad which came out last summer.

Night Dials - Waiting At Your Door
A new single from these London-based garage/psych rockers. Lo-fi goodness.

Andrew Weatherall - The Confidence Man
From one of Britain's foremost musical innovators, this is the first single from the new LP Convenanza, his first full solo album since 2009. Pencil it in for the end-of-year reviews already. The album is out next month.

Here's that on YouTube:



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Football takes precedence next week, so back in a fortnight.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

29 December 2015

Last show of the year, but none of this looking back and introspection. With christmas, football and weeks off, I've a massive backlog of stuff to get through, so it's business as usual.

Unqualified Nurse - You Pulled Through
Noisiness from Derby. From the album Put It On The Line which came out in November.

The Crookes - The Lucky Ones
A new track, available as a free download, from the forthcoming album of the same name. That's out on January 29.

Nai Harvest - Melanie
Staying with Sheffield, a new single from the LP Hairball which came out last spring.

Featured album
LCD Soundsystem - Disco Infiltrator
LCD Soundsystem - Give It Up
This week, it's the self-titled debut LP from these which came out in 2005 and set a new standard in electro-pop.

Teleman - Fall In Time
A taster of a new album, following on from the huge success of Breakfast.

Actor - Uppercut
From Leeds and with a title like that, you'd expect it to pack a punch.

Jonny Firth - Mountain
We we dismayed by the break-up of Crybabycry, but front man Jonny Firth continues to make music on his own. Rich blues.

The Baggios - O Azar Me Consome
And continuing the blues theme, from their self-titled LP from 2011.

LewRey - What's Up?
More local stuff from their debut EP, also called What's Up?

Retroject - Lesson Learned
A new track from the Doncaster indie-merchants. Hopefully a portent of and longer player.

Featured album
LCD Soundsystem - Movement
Another one from our featured album, a record which hasn't really dated.

Super Besse - Mne Vse Odno
'I Do Not Care' to you. These are great. They're from Minsk and I've played them a fair bit before. The LP is 63610.

Origami Horses - The King Of Happenstance
These hail from Canterbury and the LP In Love And In Dub came out earlier this month on the always interesting Metal Postcards records.

Electric Eye - Bless
To Norway now. This is a delight and is off the album Different Sun which is due out in February.

Kelly Lee Owens - Arthur
And finally, the B-side of Owens's new single, Lucid. It's out on February 16.

Here's that on YouTube:



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And we're back next week.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

22 December 2015 - the christmas special

Last show before the festivities, so it's christmas special time.

Jimmy Butler - Trim Your Tree
Because nothing says christmas quite like some thinly-veiled smut. From 1959 off the album Christmas In My Heart.

Oscar - It's Christmas Again
From one of 2015's breakout stars off Amazon's compilation Indie For The Holidays.

Carter USM - Christmas Shopper's Paradise
A not-particularly festive reworking of Shopper's Paradise for the christmas market from a few years back. Chuck some bells on, that'll do it.

Glam Chops - Countdown To Christmas
A bit of a supergroup with Art Brut's Eddie Argos at the front. This is from 2008 and is tremendous fun.

Helen Love and Friends - The Townhall Band
Raising money for the Trussell Trust, this features all sorts of other artists chipping in their two penn'orth. Jaunty enough innit.

I, Ludicrous - George Jenkins
The festive offering from the album Dull Is The New Interesting. Superb.

The Fall - (We Wish You) A Protein Christmas
From the EP of the same name dating from 2003. It's not christmas until you've heard Mark E Smith.

Cornershop - Every Year So Different feat. Trwbador
This is from 2012, and a total delight.

Clinic - Christmas
Avant-gardians from Liverpool. You can find it on the album Funf, a collection of B-sides from 2007.

Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band - There Ain't No Santa Claus On The Evening Stage
From 1972's The Spotlight Kid. Not a well-received album with band tension at an all-time high. Needless to say. Beefheart blamed everyone but himself.

Goldie Lookin' Chain - John Lewis Christmas
Brilliant. Take that, John Lewis and everyone involved with that ad.

Joy Zipper - Christmas Song
Married couple from Long Island, this is from 2003.

The Smoking Trees - The Psychedelic Lights Of Christmas
Also on Tjinder Singh's Ample Play Records - he of Cornershop - comes this from the LA psych-merchants. This is off last year's EP Festive Christmas.

Laurence Made Me Cry - You Can't Have Christmas, It's Mine
Lamenting the lot of the birthday-at-christmas kids is Jo Whitby, aka Laurence Made Me Cry. This dates from 2012 with proceeds going to the NSPCC.

Council Tax Band - O Tannenbaum
Short and to the point. This is the festive offering from the Bedford noise-niks, available as a pay-what-you-like download.

Half Man Half Biscuit - All I Want For Christmas Is A Dukla Prague Away Kit
Now you've heard this, your christmas can begin. The traditional show-closer.

Here's that on YouTube:



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Merry christmas!

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

8 December 2015

It's all about the final track this week. Consider the first 12 tracks as a preamble.

Imaginary People - Summerstock
An unmistakeably New York sound. Off the LP Dead Letterbox, which is a great title, which came out in summer.

The Chills - America Says Hello
Another one from the first Chills album in 15 years, Silver Bullets.

Featured Album
Art Brut - Formed A Band
Art Brut - Modern Art
Our featured LP this week is Art Brut's debut long-player Bang Bang Rock & Roll. It came out in 2005 and introduced us to a totally unique band. Just brilliant.

Brando's Island - Auto Warfare
To Australia now, a band completely new to me. And blimey do they kick up a racket. An LP is due shortly. And they raise a fair point. Did we even have  debate on shifting warfare to bunkers many thousands of miles away from battle?

Ghost Car - Be A Better Lady
Another track from their split LP with Summerisle, the Ghost Car bits which are now available as a self-titled EP.

The Migrant - Silence
Denmark now, and the new single from these psych-folk rockers. The album is Flood and it's out now.

Vertical Slump - Chanteuse
Comprising members of other bands, Shopping and Omi Palome for two, this is off the EP Ruined Value which came out last month.

Salary - Mini Moke
Back to Australia, Perth in fact, for this one. Out last week. Easy on the Autotune, eh?

Radar Men From The Moon - Deconstruction
Named for a 1952 B-movie, these are from Eindhoven. This is off the EP Subversive I which came out in October.

Featured Album
Art Brut - Good Weekend
Another one from Bang Bang Rock & Roll. A gem.

Blank Realm - River Of Longing
Back Down Under again, this time to Brisbane for another track from the LP Illegals In Heaven, their fifth, which is out now.

David Bowie - Blackstar
And so here it is, the new single from Bowie. An epic ten-minuter from an LP of the same name which is due out in January, his 25th studio album. Spectacular. He's gone full Scott Walker, hasn't he?

Here's that on YouTube:



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Not in next week - football - so the next one will be the christmas special in a fortnight.