Wednesday, 27 November 2013

26 November 2013

Eyes down for a full house...

Dum Dum Girls - Lost Boys And Girls Club
From LA and off an album called 'Too True' which comes out early next year. I can see this being a reasonable hit. And good luck to them.

B Negao e Seletores De Frequencia - Essa E Pra Tocar No Baile (Chernobyl Atomic mix)
More adventures of my trip into Brazilian music with next years World Cup in mind. No idea what they're on about. Apologies to any Portuguese speakers if it offends, but I reckon that's a cracker.

Kagoule - Adjust The Way
Something a bit closer to home. These are from Nottingham and this is available as a free download.

Cover Version Corner
SOS Band - Just Be Good To Me
Beats International - Dub Be Good To Me
That Beats International record still sounds so good. From 1990, would you believe, and of course it was Norman Cook's first post-Housemartins project. Amazing how much the addition of a Clash sample transforms it from the original which now does sound rather dated. That's off an album called 'On The Rise' from 1983.

Maximo Park - Brain Cells
New stuff from these is always a treat. This is the first single from the forthcoming album 'Too Much Information' which is due out early in the new year. Can't believe we're already talking about next year...

Lazyboy - Pica Disco
Time for a Tuesday banger. Lazyboy are Dan Carey and Radio 1's Rod Da Bank. That's a cracking tune. Out now on Sunday Best records.

Silver Arm - Steady Like A Vein
A new single from these. It's not normally the sort of stuff I go for, but there's an undeniable energy about it all that draws me in.

One Degree of Separation
Hey, Rube! - Bali Hai
Dino Lenny vs The Housemartins - Change The World (Dub mix)
Your link here is Hull, the beautiful and cultured city of Hull. The naming of the place as the 2017 Capital of Culture was easy to scoff at, which is why so many did, I presume. Hence why I put this 12-track playlist of Hull music up the other day and these are two favourites from that. The Hey, Rube! track is off last year's 'Can You Hear Me Mutha?' album, while the second is old favourites the Housemartins being mashed up in a rub-a-dub stylee by Italian DJ Dino Lenny.

Grandaddy - AM 180
Time for a couple more. First this, from 1997's 'Under The Western Freeway' album and which you may know from Charlie Brooker's TV shows.

Giorgio Moroder - The Chase
Throwing forward to Phil Brook's Down Tempo show which follows us, this from the Oscar-winning soundtrack to Midnight Express back in 1978.

And that'll do you. You can listen to these via a combination of the power of YouTube or via our Soundcloud page. Not all are on both, but you know what you're doing with a computer - you'll work it out.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Hull; City of Culture 2017

Today, Hull was named as UK City of Culture for 2017. Hull is a large city that's suffered decades of neglect and consequent decline. It's problems are exacerbated by it's relative remoteness and it's size. It's problems are real and visible. As such, it's very easy to snipe, to look down one's nose at the place. The very title 'city of culture' is also easy to sneer at and mixing that with Hull has seen no little amount of condescension towards the place and it's people.

Well bugger that. It's a place with no little charm. There's some lovely architecture and the Old Town is a particular delight. For a city of it's size, it doesn't feel like it. It feels a lot more compact and, as a result, more homely than equivalents. It is, in short, a lot like most other cities, but with more of a readiness to accept and acknowledge the faults of the place without cocking a snook at a supposed rival city.

And for culture, it's got a headstart.

Now, we're all about music here, so I won't go on about Larkin or Godber or any of the other names you already know. Instead, I've put together a 12-track playlist of Hull bands to celebrate the city getting the cultural nod.

Hull, you're sometimes grimy, sometimes cold, almost always wet and occasionally smell of fish. But you're alright, you are.

19 November 2013

12tree - Sugamomma
John: The working name of  Robin Twelftree. New single, available now and it's a reet banger.

Tony Von - N'Hoca
John: A big hello to the nation of Angola! This is off a compilation, 'Soul of Angola, 1965-70'. I was reading something the other day about the development of music in the country in the face of the protracted civil war following independence and how it's come along in different ways to surrounding countries. Interesting stuff.
Carolyn: We've not really played much from Africa. Should do more often, but it's how you get to hear about these things.
John: I'll keep my eyes out.

Lucas Santtana - Lycra Limao (Dub version)
John: Continuing the Lusophone theme... The World Cup is in Brazil next year, as we all know, and I've been co-opted to do some stuff about Brazilian music in the run-up to that for another project, so you might get more of this. This is something I turned up in my initial investigations. Super stuff.

Cover Version Corner
Blue Oyster Cult/The Beautiful South - Don't Fear The Reaper
John: If you even know another Blue Oyster Cult record, I'll be surprised. I don't. That's the first Beautiful South record we've played in 50-odd attempts. I can't quite believe that.
Carolyn: That does seem an alarming oversight. A very different version, that.
John: Yeah, it's got that bossa nova feel to it, keeping the South American theme going. That's off an album of covers called 'Golddiggas, Headnodders and Pholk Songs' from 2004 which we may well be coming back to. Blue Oyster Cult's is off 'Agents of Fortune' from 1976.

Daniel Avery - Free Floating
John: I've been meaning to play this for a while. Divine stuff, off the album 'Drone Logic' which came out earlier in the year.

Teen - Big Talk
John: Reckon you liked that.
Carolyn: Yes, I did. It doesn't all have to be about the bleeps and breaks you go for.
John: Of course not. Teen are an all-girl 4-piece from Brooklyn and that's out now.

Fuzz - Loose Sutures
John: That's how you end a record. About six or seven false endings, then thrash the living bits out of every piece of percussion before a power chord. Fuzz are a band Ty Segall is involved with and that's off a self-titled album.

Swim Deep - Honey
John: Another one I've been meaning to play for ages.
Carolyn: I like that too. Really nice melodies and one I can see me singing along to.
John: Another one I thought you'd like too. That's off 'Where The Heaven Are We' which came out in August.

One Degree of Separation
Moon Duo - Rolling Out
Wooden Shjips - Back To The Land
John: Wooden Shjips from the album 'Back To Land' which is out now and before that, Moon Duo from 2012's 'Circles'. Both with a similar vibe, largely because Ripley Johnson is a driving force behind both bands. I think you can get a sense of where Hookworms and others are coming from as well with the organ-driven nature of both.
Carolyn: Not quite as loud. Hookworms were loud.

Popstrangers - Rats In The Palm Trees
Carolyn: Another one you can put a tick next to for me.
John: They're from New Zealand and this is following on from their album 'Antipodes' which came out a while ago.

Trampolene - My Bourgeoisie Girl
John: New stuff from Swansea. This is out next Monday, November 25.

Julian Cope - Dust
John: And dare we cite Julian Cope as an influence on Trampolene? After all, he had a hit of the same name, same spelling. This is off 1996's 'Interpreter' which marked something of a return to normality after the.... err.... experimentalism of 'Autogeddon' which preceded it. I didn't like that one.

And that's where we end it for this week. Here's all that in a YouTube playlist apart from that which isn't. They're above.
Back same time next week.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

12 November 2013

Nights drawing in, so pull up a muffin and get your ears round this week's show.

Factory Floor - How You Say
John: Off their self-titled debut, which is brilliant. I think you thought it went on a touch too long.
Carolyn: Yeah, it got a bit repetitive. Which was a shame because I was enjoying it.
John: I love it and have often played it three or four times on a loop. The whole album is just great.

Satelliti - Young Wolf (Vessels remix)
John: A duo from Italy remixed by one of our favourite Leeds purveyors of electronica. That's a proper old-style club stomper. Got to get up and dance.
Carolyn: You? Dance?
John: Hey, I threw a shape or two at The Orb gig on Sunday. After a fashion...

Public Service Broadcasting - Elfstedentocht part 1
John: New stuff from these, made for the 'Explore The North' festival in Friesland, in the northern Netherlands. Elfstedentocht means 'eleven cities tour' and is a 200km ice-skating race which tours the eleven cities of Friesland, starting and ending at Leeuwarden. It takes place a maximum of once a year and only when the entire course of rivers and canals has an ice covering of 15cm and was last held in 1997.
Carolyn: Very familiar to fans of the band, which we are.
John: We'll play part two later, something a bit different.

Cover Version Corner
Arcade Fire/Drenge - Ready To Start
John: Arcade Fire from the 2010 album 'The Suburbs' and another show favourite, Drenge. Brothers Eoin and Rory Loveless from up-country Derbyshire, making a bit of a splash these days. More power to their elbow.

Ben Watt ft Estelle - Pop A Cap In Yo' Ass
John: Formerly of Everything But The Girl, that's something a bit different from back in 2005, off an EP called 'Buzzin' Fly vol 2'. I think you liked that.
Carolyn: Yes, it's quite clever lyrically, which I always appreciate. I'm more into words than you with your bleeps and breaks.

Femme - Fever Boy
John: I think you liked that too.
Carolyn: It's got an 'eh-oh' bit as well. If you're singing along before you've finished hearing it for the first time, it must be doing something right.
John: It bounces along nicely. Femme is Laura Bettinson who has done a bunch of other stuff - Ultraista for one - and that's out next Monday, the 18th.

Fold - Salvation
John: New to me these, they were introduced as 'if you like PSB, you'll like these'. Well I do. And I do. They're from Leeds and they've an EP out imminently.

Poppy Ackroyd - Seven
John: That's just lovely. Really cinematic.
Carolyn: When you said it was called Seven, I wondered if it was like Severn rather than the number as it has a flow to it, like a running river. Beautiful.

Warm Brains - Happy Accidents
John: New on Art Is Hard records, Warm Brains are Rory Attwell's latest thing. The EP 'Happy Accidents' is out now on cassette and comes with a football-style scarf.
Carolyn: Cassette only? Why?
John: A few labels are doing this. It's a resurgence in the medium, like vinyl only less so.
Carolyn: I wish I'd not thrown your old Walkman away now.
John: Err... I kept it.

One Degree of Separation
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Purple Haze
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bad Moon Rising
John: Creedence Clearwater Revival from the 1969 album 'Green River' and before that, Hendrix from 1967's 'Are You Experienced'. Do you want to tell them the link?
Carolyn: Mondegreens. Misheard lyrics. The Hendrix track is probably the most famous example - 'scuse me while I kiss the sky/this guy' - and apparently a common mishearing with Bad Moon Rising is 'there's a bathroom on the right'.
John: We turned down a few others. The Bee Gees with 'Bald Headed Woman', Moody Blues with 'Nights In Prestatyn'...
Carolyn: ...and Robert Palmer. "You're gonna have to face it you're a dick in a glove".

Public Service Broadcasting - Elfstedentocht part 2
John: And, as promised, part two of the new PSB track. My worry with them was that it would get tired quickly, but so far, it looks like there's legs in what they're doing. Long may it continue, because I think it's a neat idea executed brilliantly.

The Egg - Woodstock '69
John: And we'll end with this. We played 'In Your Pocket' a while ago which is a great track, but I'd not really given the rest of the album much heed until recently. It's all good. 'Something To Do' is the album which came out last year. It's great.

Here's all that in a YouTube playlist apart from the things that aren't. They're above. Back for more next week