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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

23 August 2016

I'm back, just about healed. So let's do this.

La Forme - Young Olympian
Another one from the Franco-Welsh outfit which was released just prior to the games, which I enjoyed a lot. About as much as I'm enjoying La Forme's output.

Get Inuit - Teriyaki
Hooked after a couple of seconds with that fuzzy guitar. Another one from the Kent band who are touring throughout the late summer and into autumn. Catch them if you can.

Nat Lyon - Maple
Connecticut's number one DIY musical pioneer is back with a new album, Random Walk Theory. It's really good. You can get it off his bandcamp. I recommend that you do.

Featured album: Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
Shadowplay
Day Of The Lords
Not much needs saying about this. Released in 1979, it was astonishing then and it is now. And that sleeve, oh that sleeve...

Red Eye - Moroccan Fruit
Remember that picture of people climbing a fence near a golf course as they attempted to escape Morocco and enter Spain via one of their African enclaves? Red Eye's Trevor Perfect clearly does and the similarities to Nina Simone's Strange Fruit clearly struck a chord.

Honey Bucket - Downtown
Feel like I'm playing these a lot at the moment. And why not? Richman-esque fuzzy lo-fi from Portland, Oregon. Gorgeous. The LP Magical World is out now.

The Big Moon - Silent Movie Susie
I have apparently played these before, but I don't recall. Must be because they're good. This is out September 25.

Luxury Death - Radiator Face
Nai Harvest are no more. Booo. But half of them are in this new project now based in Manchester and this is their debut single.

Bauer - Made The Change
Staying in Manchester for some electro-pop. This is off Impossible Is Nothing which is out now. This is actually really good and should do well commercially.

Kobadelta - Bathsheba
Don't know exactly how to describe this. Kind of psych-rock, I guess, but that hardly feels adequate. They're from Newcastle and have an EP coming out in October called The Metaphysical.

Featured album: Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
Disorder
No point telling you stuff about this; you already know. Just that if you're in the business of writing lyrics, don't listen too closely or too often or you'll never pick up a pen again.

De La Soul - Drawn feat Little Dragon
Quite the oddity from the hip-hop veterans, but not in a bad way. Off their crowdfunded LP The Anonymous Nobody which is out next week.

Swet Shop Boys - Tiger Hologram
Another from the trans-Atlantic and Indo-Pakistan duo Heems and Riz MC from their forthcoming LP Cashmere. October 15. Mark it in your diaries.

Deadbeat - And We Woke With The Fire
RW Martin from Toledo, Ohio, is Deadbeat and he has an atmospheric, moody, cinematic LP out now called Where The Sun Meets The Land. It's well worth your time. This is lovely.

I, Ludicrous - We Will Fall
A new video goes with this reworked version of their 1989 record which appeared on the LP A Warning To The Curious. It's relevant again and is still good. And I, Ludicrous are still one of the most under-rated bands this country has ever produced.

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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

9 August 2016

Just over two weeks ago, I was doing this. During that, I fell off that stage and broke a couple of ribs. It hurts. I can't drive, so I've not made it into the studio. By the time I get back up there, the selection I made for the 9th of August will be well out of date. So consider this an online exclusive.

Dada Baba - Chinese Fried Rice
Let's start in Hong Kong. This came out a week ago on Metal Postcard which is your one-stop shop for things Pacific rim.

Cowtown - Tweak
DIY stuff from Leeds. the album Paranormal Romance is out a week on Friday, it's production delayed due to the flooding in Leeds last winter and the damage to MJ's studio (MJ of Hookworms that is).

Angel Olsen - Shut Up Kiss Me
From St Louis and bound to do well commercially, this is off My Woman which is out in September.

Featured album: Air - Le Voyage Dans La Lune
Seven Stars
Sonic Armada
Air's seventh studio LP was a new soundtrack for the 1902 Georges Méliès film, Le Voyage Dans La Lune. It coincided with a new colourised cut of the film.

Papernut Cambridge - I Believe In Love
The LP Nutlets 1967-80 sees Papernut Cambridge revisit old pop hits that they listened to as youths. This is an old Hot Chocolate record, for instance.

Super Besse - Dym
Our favourite Minsk band by far, this is the B-side to their last single Nasilie.

A Hundred Million - Master Of The Ship You Painted
A Cardiff duo who put this out as a digital single last week.

Cabbage - Kevin
Manchester now and a five-piece who put out the album Le Chou in January.

The Wedding Present - Rachel
More new stuff from Gedge et al as we count down to a new LP.

Scatter Factory - PowWow
Oxford's Will Foster is Scatter Factory and this is off the self-titled debut LP which came out in June.

Featured album: Air - Le Voyage Dans La Lune
Astronomic Club
The opening track from the 2012 concept album.

The KVB - In Deep
Kat Day and Nick Wood are The KVB. This is off the album Of Desire which came out in March and is dead good.

65daysofstatic - Supermoon
Sheffield now and a track from No Man's Sky: Music For An Infinite Universe, the soundtrack to the video game No Man's Sky.

Swet Shop Boys - T5
Riz Ahmed teams up with American rapper Heems on this project which will see the LP Cashmere released in October.

Shift Work - Contact High
Off Notes To Self 1 which came out last month and is crammed with bangers.

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Tuesday, 2 August 2016

2 August 2016

Hope you all had a good Yorkshire Day. Loads of good stuff today, so let's get to it.

Club Soda - Breathe Relief
Available now as a pay-what-you-like download. They're from Oxford. Bit good innit.

Sterling Roswell - Atom Brain Monster-Rock!
Ex of the Spacemen 3, this is the latest prog-ish 7".

La Forme - East German Dance Lesson
From South Wales, albeit with French heritage, this is ace.

Featured album: Super Furry Animals - Fuzzy Logic
God! Show Me Magic
Something 4 The Weekend
Their 1996 debut LP was really something special. It made it to number 23 in the album charts and in 2004, Q ranked it at 42 in their list of the best British albums of all time. And it's still a belter.

Fold - Something Gives
This might be an exclusive. Seth of the band sent me a message after I retweeted his plug for the forthcoming second album. This track is their response to the sociopolitical escalations on both sides of the Atlantic. This might be the first time this has ever been played on radio.

Virginia Wing - Grapefruit
Their hotly anticipated second LP, Forward Constant Motion, is due later in the year. This represents a taster.

Hideous Towns - Don't Forget
From Melbourne is Australia, these are a proper post-punk outfit. This is off a double-A side single and there's an album due later in the year.

L.A. Salami - I Wear This Because Life Is War
Lookman Adekunle Salami is a hell of a name and this is off his debut album Dancing With Bad Grammar which is out in three weeks.

Descendents - Victim Of Me
Californian punks return from a 12-year gap with the LP Hypercaffium Spazzinate.

Imarhan - Imarhan
Algerian Tuareg music from the debut album which is also called Imarhan. Blooming marvellous.

Featured album: Super Furry Animals - Fuzzy Logic
Bad Behaviour
Another track from Fuzzy Logic. It really was such a breath of fresh air when it landed.

Luke Wright - The Chains feat Lora Stimson
Wright is one of my favourite poets and something of an inspiration for me. This poem is called On Revisiting John Betjeman's Grave and comes alive with electronic backing and Lora Stimson's ethereal vocals.

Spray - It's The Night Of The Long Knives, Charlie Brown
A couple of ex Cuban Boys with a dance-your-arse-off track. This is off Enforced Fun which came out in April.

Solar Bears - Separate From The Ark (Andrew Weatherall remix 1)
The original track appeared on Advancement earlier this year and now Andrew Weatherall has woven some of his magic over it. Bloody good do.

Kenny Smith - Oh God (Good Livers rework)
Good Livers is Gary Marsden from Nottingham. This is available as a free download.

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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

26 July 2016

Tuesday, 7pm, so it must be time for.... this

The Boston Shakers - Long Hard Night
With members from France and the USA, but now based in Liverpool, this is an interesting melange of styles and genres.

The Crookes - World Is Waiting
Long-time favourites on this show from Sheffield. Off their album Lucky Ones which came out in January.

All Is Worth - Early Birdy
Alt-folk, I suppose, from Oxford. Different.

Featured album: Echo And The Bunnymen - Porcupine
The Cutter
Heads Will Roll
Their third album, it got some bad reviews initially. But it still went to number 2 in the album charts and is quintessential Echo. It was originally rejected by their label, but having done some work on strings with L Shankar and rerecorded, it passed muster. Ian McCulloch wasn't a fan of it either, but what would he know?

Repo Man - Let's See The Sun Sink With Fatigue
Noise and words from Bristol. Unusual stuff from the LP Minesweeper which is out now.

The Black Sheep Frederick Dickens - Shrines
Here's interesting. Darlingtonians David Saunders and Rob Irish make up the act which is described as "a musical concept project narrating the life of Frederick Dickens, Charles’ younger brother" who, unlike Charles, was a boozy, womanising gambler who was shunned by his family and descended into poverty and addiction. So there.

Paul Draper - Feeling My Heart Run Slow
Remember Mansun? They had some decent records. Lead singer Paul Draper goes solo 13 years after Mansun folded and his debut release is the EP 'EP1'.

Kingsley Chapman and The Murder - Fevers
Another one from the Middlesbrough troubadours. Bloody love 'em.

Alone - It Will Take Twenty Years
More Welsh 8-bit DIY dance music from Alone. Always interesting.

Featured album: Echo And The Bunnymen - Porcupine
The Back Of Love
Track 2 and the first single from the LP. It's one of those I loved from the minute I heard it.

Mr Sterile Assembly - 100% Hillary
This is off their fifth LP, It's All Over, and how they've passed me by until now I don't know. Outsider noise-punk experimental rock band from Wellington, New Zealand. Sounds right up my street and what do you know - it's incredible.

Gabriel Bruce - Freedom
A delayed follow-up to his debut album as a solo artist, this is off Come All Sufferers. Delayed after an industrial accident crushed his fingers, but they were saved. It came out at Easter and it's "about the apocalypse" says the artist.

Psychic Ills - I Don't Mind feat. Hope Sandoval
Brooklyn experimental duo with assistance from Mazzy Star singer Sandoval. Off the new album Inner Journey Out.

Applescal - Harmony Two
Pascal Terstappen's latest complete and utter banger. Out now on Atomnation.

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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

19 July 2016

Me again.

Seratones - Necromancer
One from last year I missed at the time, a bit of soulful rock n roll from Shreveport, Louisiana.

Orchestra Of Spheres - Anklung Song
Seven-piece psych-rock outfit from Wellington, New Zealand. The LP Brothers And Sisters If The Black Lagoon came out in May and is founded in a deep sense of disillusionment with the state of NZ politics.

Beau - The Patriot
Trevor Midgeley, still going strong, is Beau and released the album An Original Thought to coincide with his 70th birthday. Here, he picks apart the far-right vote.

Featured album: Julian Cope and The Black Sheep
These Things I Know
Come The Revolution
If you've listened to me at any length, you'll know that only Half Man Half Biscuit outdo Julian Cope in terms of my musical appreciation. The Black Sheep was a double album released in 2008, described by Cope as "a musical exploration of what it is to be an outsider in modern Western culture". The result is quite astonishing and yet thoroughly accessible.

Howard Marks - Death Shall Have No Dominion
Another one I've had on the radar for some time. Marks died on April 11 this year and the EP 'Do Not Go Gentle... Howard Marks Reads Dylan Thomas' came out five days later as a Record Store Day release.

Ukepunk - From The North
DIY ukulele punk rockers from the north-west. This is the title track to the latest EP which came out in April. Terrific, refreshing, different.

Thee AHs - Davie
These are from Vancouver and the LP Names is a playful beast. All ten tracks take the title of somebody's first name. The eponymous Davie in this one gets dumped, hard.

Teen - Free Time
New York art-pop quartet with a track taken from their Love Yes LP which came out in February.

The Gotobeds - Real Maths/Too Much
From Pittsburgh, their second album came out in June. Blood//Sugar//Secs//Traffic is out on Sub Pop.

Holy Holy - History
An Australian duo, albeit with 1000 miles of land between them. They met as English teachers in south-east Asia and eventually ended up in Europe. Their debut LP When The Storms Would Come is out in the autumn.

Shotgun Runners - Reflection
Here's curious. Japanese garage rock released on Lisbon label Groovie Records. It features on a compilation released by Groovie last winter called Kaminari - Nineteen Japanese Garage Monsters. Throwback.

Featured album: Julian Cope and The Black Sheep
Psychedelic Odin
A wonder of epic song writing from the pen of the mighty Archdrude. It encompasses everything he's become known for in the latter part of his career.

Boxed In - Running Out feat. Formation
Heralding a new Speedy Wunderground compilation. That is Dan Carey getting bands in and giving them 24 hours to record a track.

Unholy Sights - Gateway To The Hesh
A trio from Annapolis, Maryland, whose EP Esoteric Domine came out in April.

Rendez-Vous - Workout
Post-punk, industrialist rock from Paris with hints of Manchester. This is off their second EP, Distance, which is quite the thing. It oozes grey smog, in a good way.

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Phew.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

12 July 2016

It's Tuesday. You know the drill.

Honey Bucket - Devo Hat
I felt sure we'd had these on before, but apparently not. From Portland, Oregon, the LP Magical World is out next month.

Happy Accidents - Facts And Figures
Definitely had these on before. Off the album You Might Be Right which is out now.

Matt Berry - Obsessed And So Obscure
Yes, that Matt Berry. As well as acting, being funny and all that, he can belt out a tune too. The git. The new album The Small Hours is out in September.

Featured Album: Fabriclive 07 John Peel
Maloko - In The Midnight Hour
The Datsuns - In Love
From the series of live mix LPs from Fabric, John Peel's was notable for his admission that he can't mix. It matters not. What it is is a typically eclectic compilation from the noted taste-maker. Maloko are a pan-African band who covered a number of American classics in a soukou style. The Datsuns are proper New Zealand rock band. Suffice to say that without Peel, I wouldn't be doing this here now.

Hannah Lou Clark - It's Your Love
The Foe singer and guitarist goes solo. This is the title track from her new EP which is out now.

Blaney - Poison Fishes feat. Mark E Smith
Salfordian Ed Blaney teams up with long-time pal Smith on his debut album Urban Nature which came out in May.

Haley Bonar - Kismet Kill
Inventive and unusual stuff from the Minnesota native. Off Impossible Dream which is out on August 5.

Pillow Person - Go Ahead
Sarah Jones is the drummer from Hot Chip and other bands, but goes solo as Pillow Person, this being her first single.

Kingsley Chapman and The Murder - Into The Dark
Middlesbrough's finest chanteur and his band are back with another tremendous single. See them love for a dazzling array of suits.

Loose Meat - Octopus
Beginning to obsess over the self-titled LP. I think that's four tracks we've played off it now.

Featured album: Fabriclive 07 John Peel
Elementz Of Noize - Clock
Drum and bass formed a big part of Peel's show in the latter years. And this one is a belter.

DJ Shadow - The Sideshow feat. Ernie Fresh
A fifth LP from the turntablist arrives in a couple of weeks time. The Mountain Will Fall is the title.

Factory Floor - Ya
More cracking floor-fillers from the LP 25 25 which is out next month.

Muslimgauze - Untitled 1985
More gems from the legacy of Bryn Jones, as prolific 17 years after his death as he ever was alive. This is off a split EP with Italian band Underspreche.

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Tuesday, 5 July 2016

5 July 2016

Hello again.

Joey Fourr - My Dolphins
Quirky. Off the album Fourr To The Floorr which came out in April.

Bugeye - Never Let You Go
I hate the term rrriot grrrl, but this apparently fits the bill. It's the title track off an EP out later this month.

Fur Blend - Taco Bell
Bit of psycho-krauty type rock from Leeds. The EP Serotonin came out in May.

Featured album: Sonny - Better Late Than Never
Save Me
Friendly Fire
I've been doing some open mic around Huddersfield with my band John Thomas and whenever Sonny walks in with his guitar your heart both soars and sinks. Sinks because you might have to follow him, soars because he's bloody great. This 2010 album is still about on bandcamp to download for however much you'd like to pay. I suggest you do.

Teenage Fanclub - I'm In Love
Yay! It's new Teenage Fanclub stuff! Their 11th studio LP is called Here and is out in September and this is the first single from it.

Lessons - Tempest
A different class of synth-driven pop-rock from Helsinki. The title track off a new EP.

Hey Colossus - Hop The Railings
This came out at the back end of last year, but I'm only getting to grips with it now. Radio Static High is the album.

Unstable Journey - Clear Lines
More from Leeds, this came out in May on the LP Beast Market.

Cwtch - I Drove To The River
House favourite Dementio13's occasional side-project returns. Here, Paul Foster and vocalist Marie Craven produce a delicious slice of laid-back electronica.

Featured album: Sonny - Better Late Than Never
Something In The Water
Seriously good. Don't know why he's kicking about open mic nights with the likes of us.

Vince Clarke & Paul Hartnoll - Better Have A Drink To Think
Electronica pioneers combine with a new album, 2Square, out this Friday.

Squarepusher - Midi Sans Frontieres
Another star of the electronic scene, this is Tom Jenkinson's riposte to Brexit. Available for nowt from his website.

Saint James - Opposite
London producer about whom I know little.

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and we go again next Tuesday.