Monday, 29 April 2013

29 April 2013

The usual stuff plus a special feature. It's Carolyn's birthday, so she's picked out a few tracks in what we're calling Carolyn's Classic Cuts. But first, something brand spanking new.

The National - Demons
John: This reminds me of a number of different things, none of which I can put my finger on.
Carolyn: No, I know what you mean. At the start, that low voice sounds a bit like late Johnny Cash, but there are several other cues there as well.
John: They're from Cincinnatti and the album is 'Trouble Will Find Me' which comes out on May 20.

The Avalanches - Frontier Psychiatrist
John: The first of Carolyn's Classic Cuts. Tell us about it.
Carolyn: Well you played it and I was worried about Dexter.
John: I wouldn't be. He's evil and criminally insane.
Carolyn: Can a child really be evil?
John: The sample is from the John Waters film 'Polyester', and if you know Waters' films... That's off the album 'Since I Left You' from 2000.

Harper Simon - 99
John: That's Harper Simon, son of Paul.
Carolyn: And he's about 40, so singing about a lost love from 14 years ago isn't creepy.
John: That's off the new album 'Division Street' and brings to mind late Teenage Fanclub.

Cover Version Corner
Phoenix/Dinosaur Jr - Entertainment
John: Not just a different style, but a totally different genre. And it works.
Carolyn: Which is what this section is all about.
John: We've played the Phoenix track before - from the album 'Bankrupt!' which came out last week - and Dinosaur Jr were quick to do their version in the immediate aftermath.

Owiny Sigoma Band - Owiny Techno
John: A lot of people say to me 'John, why haven't you played any Kenyan techno on the show yet?' Well there you go. Hopefully I'll stop getting accosted in the street now.
Carolyn: Has that actually happened?
John: No. The album is 'Power Punch' and is out now.

Lemon Jelly - Ramblin' Man
John: The second of Carolyn's Classic Cuts.
Carolyn: You told me that the initial letters spelled out a phrase last time we played it, so I've jotted them down.
John: So you're satisfied that I wasn't making up the fact that between Brixton and San Jose spells 'Bagpuss sees all things'?
Carolyn: Yes, but the rest is gibberish.
John: From the 2002 album 'Lost Horizons'.

Errors - Pleasure Palaces
John: That probably counts as a Monday night banger. From Glasgow, very much in the Mogwai envelope, that's off last year's 'New Relics' album. Great video too.

One Degree of Separation
Dr Feelgood - Roxette
Eight Rounds Rapid - Channel Swimmer
John: Wow. That Eight Rounds Rapid track fair blows your socks off.
Carolyn: Sure does. They pack a lot of notes into a short space of time.
John: Before that, you heard Dr Feelgood's debut single from 1974, from the brilliant album 'Down By The Jetty'. Maybe you can hear a similarity in the guitars, because on the Strat for Eight Rounds is Simon Johnson, son of Wilko, and he's a fair chip off the old block. The old man's legacy is in safe hands. A really exciting band and I'm sure we'll be having lots more from them in the near future.

Simian Mobile Disco - I Believe
John: Another banger for you. That's off the 2007 album 'Attack Decay Sustain Release'. Got a real late '80s/early '90s sort of Hacienda feel to it.
Carolyn: It does. Real thumping beats.

The Vaccines - Teenage Icon
John: And finally, the last of Carolyn's Classic Cuts
Carolyn: I just love it. I can't help singing along when it's on in the car...
John: This is true.
Carolyn: And having a bit of a dance...
John: Also true. That's off 'Come Of Age' which was out last year.

Lots of long tracks tonight, so that's your lot. Here it all is wrapped up by the magic of YouTube for your listening pleasure.

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