Monday, 19 August 2013

19 August 2013

No show last week as we were at a funeral. No show next week as we have time off for the Bank Holiday, so we'd best pack as much in this week as we can.

Best Friends - Happy Anniversary
John: Not just a great tune, but it's also about a year since we started this show. These are from Sheffield and that comes out on September 23 on Art Is Hard records.

Mr Shiraz - No Prophecy
John: One minute, 45 seconds. Local rockers with a new album, God Hates Mr Shiraz.

Pearl Jam - Mind Your Manners
John: New from these - their first stuff in four years. I never was a big fan, but I can change. That's off the album Lightning Bolt, their tenth and first in four years, which is out in October.
Carolyn: It's a very rocky opening to things today.
John: It'll change, don't worry.

Cover Version Corner
Nirvana/Sinead O'Connor - All Apologies
John: I'm in constant wonder at the beauty of Sinead O'Connor's singing. That's on her 1994 album 'Universal Mother'. Before that, Nirvana, off In Utero which is 20 years old now, released in August 1993.
Carolyn: Sometimes, I think O'Connor's personality and everything else she does makes you overlook what she's most noted for. But yeah, that's quite something.

Emiliana Torrini - Speed Of Dark
John: Off the forthcoming album Tookah which comes out on September 19. She's from Iceland - not a very Icelandish name.
Carolyn: No, but an Iceland sort of sound. It reminds me of some other Ice-ish stuff we've had on the show before. Sort of ethereal and other-worldly.
John: It's three minutes 45, but feels like five or six minutes. I don't know how she manages that.

Barbarossa - Pagliaccio
John: Barbarossa is James Mathé and that's out now.
Carolyn: It started quite stripped back, sort of like the xx. Didn't end up like that.

Idea Shower - Time
John: We've played a lot of Hookworms on this show. This is three-fifths of them, doing something a little less... experimental than we've become used to.
Carolyn: They've not split already have they?
John: No, just a side project. And jolly good it is too.

FutureAges - Under Orders
John: One I've been meaning to play for a while, this came out in June on an EP called 'EP 001'. I see what they've done there.
Carolyn: Unlike the Emiliana Torrini one, this is five minutes and some and feels like it. Just a bit too long, I think.

Crocodiles - Cockroach
John: Quite jaunty, that. They're from San Diego and that off 'Crimes of Passion' which came out a couple of months ago.

One Degree of Separation
Pixies - Monkey Gone To Heaven
Ian Brown - Dolphins Were Monkeys
John: Ian Brown, from his debut solo album following the Stone Roses splitting, 'Unfinished Monkey Business' in 1998. Before that, the Pixies from 1989 and the album 'Doolittle'. Monkeys. That's your link.
Carolyn: Is that it? Lots of animals today - cockroaches, crocodiles, hookworms and now monkeys.

Drums Of Death ft Yasmin - True
John: Drums Of Death is Colin Bailey from Oban in Scotland. That came out in June.
Carolyn: When you said we were having a track from Drums Of Death, I was expecting more quite dark rock. Not that. I like that.
John: It's got that UK garage feel you might have expected in the late 1990s, but updated. I reckon that qualifies as a Monday night banger.

Satin Jackets - Come On
John: Don't know a lot about these other than they're from Germany. I did say we'd get away from rock and onto more electronica though.
Carolyn: You did. I like that one as well.

Liam Lynch - My United States Of Whatever
John: From 2002 and the album 'Fake Songs'.
And that'll do us for this week. Not in next week due to the holiday and not in on Mondays after that. We're shifting to Tuesdays now where we'll need a new name as we shan't be kicking off any weeks there unless we redefine the week like Louis XIV or something. Thinking caps on.

Here's all that in a YouTube playlist, though not the Best Friends, Idea Shower and Mr Shiraz tracks which aren't on there. Follow the links in the relevant section for those.

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