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Southend band Kasakela live in session

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We were delighted to welcome Southend band Kasakela in to the Phoenix FM studio this week for their first interview and session.

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The band comprise Joel, Ben, Henry, Connor and Kieran and have been together for a couple of years, releasing debut single Peachy late last year.

We had a chat about how the band got together and their current plans for playing live, writing and recording.

They also played some songs for us which you can see again below:

You can keep up to date with the latest news on the band’s Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud pages.

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Interview with Last Known State

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It was great to meet up with Warren and Adam from Romford band and have a chat on air.

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Both have been in to Phoenix FM before – Warren came in to Curveballs in 2013 when he was playing in Elysium and Adam came in way back in 2012 when he was in BridgeBound.

Last Known State have been around for a couple of years and we chatted about recent gigs and music releases, and plans for the future.

You can keep an eye and an ear on the band’s latest happenings by following them on Facebook.

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Little Green Cars come to London

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It was great to meet up with Dublin’s LITTLE GREEN CARS ahead of their sold-out show at the Hoxton Bar and Kitchen.

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They are hot property in Ireland where their debut album, Absolute Zero, topped the album charts in 2013, even though they are still relatively unknown in the UK at the moment.

All that’s about to change with the release of their new album Ephemera on March 11. We’ve been playing excellent new single The Song They Play Every Night here on Phoenix FM and the rest of the album follows in a similar vein of emotional, thoughtful and well-crafted tunes.

I had a chat with Stevie and Adam about the new album and their forthcoming tours of North America and Europe. I also hung around for the show itself to hear a great mix of old and new tunes, more than ably supported by fellow Irish band Other Creatures.

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You can find out more about Little Green Cars by keeping an eye on their official website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Playlist for 1 December 2015

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Starting to creep a few Christmas songs into the playlist now!

Tonight’s tunes:

Carter USM – Surfin’ USM

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Elmo Sexwhistle – Sledgehammer
They Might Be Giants – Underwater Woman
Best Coast – Feeling OK
Beatniks – Ball And Chain
Mystery Jets – Telomere
Sultans of Ping FC – Xmas Bubblegum Machine
Drape – My Friend The Scientist
Bethany Curve – Me Voy
Killatrix – Overcome (live at Phoenix Fridays)
Curve – Fait Accompli
Phantastic Ferniture – Gap Year
School of Seven Bells – Open Your Eyes
Tuff Love – Crocodile
Young Knives – Woman
Karma Repair Kit – Your Restless Spirit
All Good Children – Ammunition
Warm Brains – Languid Tarmac
Glam Chops – Countdown To Christmas
Lush – Half And Half
Nada Surf – Popular
Taffy – Suicidal Bunny
Petty Phase – Made To Order (Phoenix FM Creative Session)
Tall Poppies – Suzy
Sugarcubes – Walkabout
XTC – Thanks For Christmas
Pacific – Time To Forget
Cornershop – Counteraction (version)
Salad – Granite Statue
Wojtek Godzisz – December Will Be Magic Again

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End of year special – best tracks of 2015!

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Yes I know it’s only 24th November but I wanted to get in extra early with my best tracks of 2015 and here’s a 2 hour special for your enjoyment!

The tracks – in the order we played them on the show but NOT the order I would rank them in – are:

Blur – Go Out
Taffy – Suicidal Bunny
Asylums – Joy In A Small Wage
Monochrome Set – Iceman
Sarah Cracknell – On The Swings
Sleater-Kinney – Bury Our Friends
Beck – Dreams
Everything Everything – Distant Past
Circa Waves – T-Shirt Weather
Dingus Khan – Milk Of Every Mammal
Horse Party – Paydirt
Modest Mouse – Lampshades On Fire
They Might Be Giants – Underwater Woman
Garbanotas Bosistas – Places, Planes and Trains
Killatrix – Overcome
Blur – Lonesome Street
Sans – Torquay
Public Service Broadcasting – Go!
Cornershop – Jason Donovan Tessa Sanderson (version)
Laura Marling – Gurdjieff’s Daughter
Wolf Alice – Freazy
Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian At Best
Kate Pierson – Bring Your Arms
Metric – Lie Lie Lie
Kassassin Street – Radio Silence
Stornoway – Get Low
Sleaford Mods – Tarantula Deadly Cargo
Cat Bear Tree – Adult
Drape – My Friend The Scientist
Tame Impala – Let It Happen

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The Everglows return to Phoenix FM

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We welcomed back The Everglows – Andy Smith, Ray Brodrick and Steve Perkins – to the Phoenix FM studios for their second session for us, having first visited us a year ago.

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We had our customary LONG chat about music – and they played three more songs for us too, which you can see again below:

You can find out what the band are up to by visiting their Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud pages.

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Chloe Marriott live in session

Every now and then you come across an amazing talent and it’s so good to be able to help get it out to the wider world!

We stumbled across 18-year-old Canvey blues singer/songwriter Chloe at the recent Village Green in Southend, where she graced the Main Stage in front of a few thousand people – and we wasted no time in booking her in to Phoenix FM for a chat and a session.

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Chloe talked about her life, why she chose her particular musical path and the music that influences her.

She also played two of her own compositions – Tales of York Road and Won’t Make The Same Mistake Twice, and a cover of James Carr’s 1966 track Pouring Water On A Drowning Man.

You can see and hear the whole interview and session below:

At the moment you can keep an eye on Chloe’s progress on her Facebook page and or by listening to Phoenix FM as she’s sure to be back soon!

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Steve Hackett talks about Wolflight and Genesis Revisited

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It’s been the best received of anything I’ve ever recorded at any time … I thought it would be nice if it had legs but it seems to have sprouted wings

Wolflight, Steve’s 23rd studio album (we think!) was released in March and reached no 31 in the UK charts – Steve’s best chart position for an album of new material since the mid 80s.

The album is, dare we say it, a concept album – a journey in search of freedom through space and time with the fantastic musicianship that’s very much a trademark of Steve and his band.

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There was also very much a nod to the many tribute bands who continue to keep the music of Genesis alive – including a mention for Los Endos, who – by coincidence – we spoke to last week!

Steve talked at length about how the new album was put together, and we had a look back at the recent series of Genesis Revisited tours and what to expect when Steve gets back on the road later this year.

I also almost persuaded Steve to start a music blog – we’re always worried here that he might not be busy enough …

Wolflight is out now and you can buy all manner of special editions from Steve’s official website, which you can find at hackettsongs.com.

You can also follow two Facebook pages – his official page and the Steve Hackett Appreciation Society, and also his Twitter page to keep up to date with the latest news.

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The LaFontaines play their “get out of jail” card

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We spoke to Kerr Okan, frontman with Motherwell rock/hop hop outfit The LaFontaines about the band’s debut album, live performances and the band’s daring escape from a Moroccan jail (and no, we didn’t make that up …)

The band are playing the Barfly on Friday although you need to get in quick as tickets are nearly sold out. New single King is out now and the debut album Class is out on Monday. For more details visit the band’s official site or keep an eye on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Interview with Jack Lipinski from Los Endos

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Genesis tribute band LOS ENDOS are back at the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch on Sunday and we spoke to lead singer Jack Lipinski about his life in the band and what to expect when they take to the stage.

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If you love the music of Genesis but haven’t seen Los Endos before then this act is a must see – the band manage to perfectly capture the spirit of the band through the Gabriel and Hackett era. Tickets are still available for the show and you can buy them from the Queen’s Theatre’s website.

To find out more about Los Endos you can visit their official site, Facebook or Twitter pages.

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Indietracks is coming …

Indietracks has been wowing critics for 8 years now – for many people, its idyllic yet quirky surroundings and menu of indie, twee pop and post punk makes it the perfect small festival.

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Phoenix FM will be visiting for the first time this year and I spoke to one of the organisers, Nat Hudson, about what we can expect this year. You can hear the interview again here:

If you like the sound of that then tickets are still available from the official website at http://www.indietracks.co.uk/.

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Marika Hackman chats to Phoenix FM

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Folk rock singer Marika Hackman has had a busy time recently, with the release of her debut album “We Sleep At Last” and UK tour already this year.

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I spoke to Marika about her busy year and what else is in store by way of live performances and future recordings.

Marika’s new single “Ophelia” is out on Monday. You can keep up to date with Marika by following her on Facebook or Twitter.

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Interview with Stephen Barnes from Thousand Yard Stare

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One of the great lost bands of the early 90s for me was Thousand Yard Stare. This Slough five-piece released a number of EPs and a couple of albums on their own Stifled Aardvark label, with major label backing from Polydor, and gigged relentlessly in the few years they were active. After their 1993 split all has been quiet until this year, when they announced a one-off gig (already sold out) at the Borderline in London on 6 June.

I was lucky enough to catch some of the live performances first time round and also have a box full of vinyl and cassettes bearing their logo too! Music history has lumped them in with the shoegaze set of the early 90s but there was much more to their music than that, ranging from rock to folk to pop. I spoke to lead singer Stephen Barnes about the early days, the split and the reunion, and you can hear it all below:

When we finished the “official” part of the interview we had a long chat about the good old days of music and Stephen told me a great story about the making of the Buttermouth video back in 1991.

Stephen’s mum got a phone call from the makers of the Chart Show at ITV – the band had put Stephen’s phone number on their first EP, long before the days of internet and mobile phones, and someone from ITV had found the demo and given them a call.

They asked to feature Buttermouth on the Chart Show, as it was the lead track on the Keepsake EP which was the second highest new entry on that week’s indie chart. Stephen grabbed the phone, said yes, no problem, we’ll send it over by Friday, three days’ time. And of course, being a small indie band on their own label, they didn’t have a video.

The only person Stephen knew who could possibly make a video was Tim Smith from the Cardiacs – Stephen said that the band were obsessed with the Cardiacs, even though this never really came out in their music. The video was knocked out in two hours, which featured the band in Windsor Great Park with Stephen in a shopping trolley being whizzed around while Tim filmed it all on a handheld Super 8 camera.

The video was knocked out at a cost of £30 and delivered to ITV on time. The Chart Show tended to show ten second clips so Stephen said that as long there was ten seconds which looked half-decent he was happy!

That’s how a rare Thousand Yard Stare EP track ended up on national television … it’s hard to imagine bands having that kind of opportunity today!

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Gulag Vakation live on Phoenix FM

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We welcomed local band Gulag Vakation into the Phoenix FM studios for the first time for a chat and acoustic session.

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The band are currently writing and recording a concept album about live in the USSR, drawing heavily on folk music from Russia and Eastern Europe. They also played some of the songs which you can see and hear again below:

You can discover more about them by visiting their Facebook or Twitter pages.

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“It’s all about big choruses and good tunes”

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London band SULK have been causing a few waves since the release of their debut album “Graceless” almost two years ago – and we’ve been giving the tunes plenty of support here on Phoenix FM.

The band are looking to put out their follow-up album this year and I spoke to lead singer Jon Sutcliffe before their gig at Oslo in Hackney about what the band have been up to and his thoughts on the current music scene.

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The show itself was a fantastic display of the band’s reverb-heavy rock, with new tunes including Queen Supreme (given out as a free CD on the night) sitting comfortably with classic tracks including Marian Shrine and Back In Bloom. The support band were great too as those who get there early enough were treated to an Americana/psychedelic set from Reading band Tail Feather.

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You can keep up to date with Sulk at their official website here.

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The Novelty live on Phoenix FM

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We welcomed Essex band The Novelty into the Phoenix FM studios for the first time for a chat and acoustic session.

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We had a chat on what the band have been up to and also got to hear acoustic versions of two songs which you can see again below:

You can discover more about them by visiting their Bandcamp, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter pages.

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Playlist for 22 January 2015 (AOTW: Pinkshinyultrablast – Everything Else Matters)

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Our album of the week is a great debut from Russian pop/shoegaze outfit Pinkshinyultrablast. They’ve been compared to 90s bands like Lush and the Cocteau Twins but they’re a little more varied than that – not that I would complain to see a Lush comeback! The album is out next week – another winner on the Club AC30 label.

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We also had live music in the studio from the Novelty which you can see again here.

Tonight’s playlist:

Mansun – Take It Easy Chicken
Circa Waves – Fossils
Everglows – It’s Alright (For You And Me)
Honeyblood – (I’d Rather Be) Anywhere But Here

The Novelty live in the studio:
Novelty – Drama Queen
Novelty – Corona

Bohicas – To Die For
Primitives – Petals
Garbage – Subhuman
Bis – Twilight Cafe
Pinkshinyultrablast – Holy Forest
History Of Apple Pie – Tame
Ash – Kung Fu
Sleeper – Inbetweener
Inspiral Carpets – Monochrome
Cardigans – Hey! Get Out Of My Way
Pinkshinyultrablast – Umi
Ringo Deathstarr – Chainsaw Mornings
Kate Pierson – Bring Your Arms
Power Of Dreams – See You
Public Service Broadcasting – Gagarin
Sleaford Mods – Tiswas
Pre New – Psychedelic Lies
Sofa Pets – Awesome Time Apart
Pinkshinyultrablast – Land’s End
Tussilago – Say Hello
Viet Cong – Silhouettes
Superfood – Mood Bomb

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Midnight Barbers live on Phoenix FM

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We welcomed Chelmsford duo The Midnight Barbers into the Phoenix FM studios for the first time for a chat and acoustic session.

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We had a chat on what the band have been up to and also got to hear acoustic versions of three songs which you can see again below:

You can discover more about them by visiting their Facebook or Twitter pages.

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Playlist for 15 January 2015 (AOTW: Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love)

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Sleater-Kinney make a welcome return to the music scene with their 8th album and the first one for 10 years, No Cities To Love. It’s as good as the hype surrounding it.

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We also had live music in the studio from the Midnight Barbers which you can see again here.

Tonight’s playlist:

Radiohead – Planet Telex
Sleater-Kinney – Bury Our Friends
Bohicas – To Die For
Cable – Hexagon Eye
Primitives – Hidden In The Shadows
Desperate Journalist – Cristina
Django Django – First Light

Midnight Barbers live in session:
Midnight Barbers – Gimme Water
Midnight Barbers – It’s Appalling
Midnight Barbers – Puppy

Delakota – 555
Pond – Elvis’ Flaming Star
Idlewild – Come on Ghost
Viet Cong – Continental Shelf
Bis – Popstar Kill
Electric Six – I Need A Restaurant
Marion – Toys for Boys
Franz Ferdinand – Leaving My Old Life Behind
Sleater-Kinney – Price Tag
Pinkshinyultrablast – Holy Forest
Ghosts Of Dead Airplanes – Hair Metal Shame
Mogwai – Teenage Exorcist
James Atkin – Love Blind
Kate Pierson – Bring Your Arms
History Of Apple Pie – Jamais Vu
Powder – Afrodisiac
Prodigy – Nasty
Sleater-Kinney – Surface Envy
Supergrass – Richard III
Superfood – Mood Bomb
Damned – Nasty

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Playlist for 8 January 2015 (AOTW: Viet Cong – Viet Cong)

Our first album of the week was from Calgary four-piece Viet Cong with their self-titled album. I’ve been playing Continental Shelf a lot on the show over the last few weeks and the rest of the album is more of the same high quality.

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Superfood – Right On Satellite
Absent Kid – Retaliate First
Finding Miranda – Karaoke Singers
Viet Cong – Continental Shelf
Gerard Way – Millions
Pinkshinyultrablast – Holy Forest
B-52’s – Channel Z
Close Lobsters – New York City In Space
Marmozets – Irish Blood, English Heart
Public Service Broadcasting – Gagarin
Tenek – Another Day
Viet Cong – Pointless Experience
Inspiral Carpets – Spitfire
Earl Brutus – Come Taste My Mind
Lucius – Turn It Around
Kate Pierson – Bring Your Arms
Kenickie – Nightlife
CSS – Off The Hook
Republica – Bloke
Bis – This is Fake DIY
Kate Bush – Lily
Black Casino And The Ghost – Packd Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box
Asylums – The Death Of Television
Bohicas – To Die For
Viet Cong – Bunker Buster
British Sea Power – It Ended On An Oily Stage
Leave The Planet – Coasts
Sleaford Mods – Tiswas
Elastica – S.O.F.T.
Angelica – Take Me I’m Your Disease
History Of Apple Pie – Mallory

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Brentwood’s Only Alternative in 2014 – 487 bands and 1,326 songs later

It’s that time again when I go through my stats for the year!

In 2014 I played 487 bands and 1,326 songs (up from last year’s 432 bands and 1,175 songs)

This year the most popular artist played was SUPERFOOD (25 plays), followed by MAXIMO PARK (24 plays) and HONEYBLOOD and KAISER CHIEFS (22 plays each).

Last year my three most popular artists were British Sea Power (this year: 27th), Bleech (10th) and Taffy (34th).

The most popular tracks plyed were as follows:

1. Maximo Park – Give, Get, Take (13 plays)
2. Pop Will Eat Itself – Reclaim The Game (12 plays)
=3. Honeyblood – Choker (8 plays)
=3. History Of Apple Pie – Jamais Vu (8 plays)
=3. Kaiser Chiefs – Bows and Arrows (8 plays)
=3. Killatrix – Supersonic (8 plays)
=7. Curxes – Avant-Guarded (7 plays)
=7. Menswear – Crash (2014) (7 plays)
=7. St Vincent – Digital Witness (7 plays)
=7. Temples – Mesmerise (7 plays)
=7. Wind-Up Birds – The Gristle (7 plays)

These are the bands I played:

25 plays: Superfood

24 plays: Maximo Park

22 plays: Honeyblood, Kaiser Chiefs

17 plays: Pop Will Eat Itself, Public Service Broadcasting

16 plays: Franz Ferdinand

14 plays: High/Low, History Of Apple Pie, Menswear

13 plays: Wind-Up Birds

12 plays: Bleech, Blessa, Temples

11 plays: Killatrix

10 plays: Bis, Carter USM, Cud, Metronomy, Primitives, St Vincent

9 plays: Desperate Journalist, Heart Throbs, Inspiral Carpets, Nina Persson, Republica

8 plays: British Sea Power, Curxes, Darling Buds, Interpol, Jail and the Big Guns, Martha, Sultans Of Ping FC

7 plays: Chris T-T and the Hoodrats, Lush, Manic Street Preachers, Radiohead, Space, Stone By Window, Taffy

6 plays: Asylums, B-52’s, Blur, Carsick Cars, Death From Above 1979, Dumb, Electric Six, Flares, Looking For Liam, Low Frequency In Stereo, School, Sleater-Kinney, Sulk, Superions, Young Knives

5 plays: A House, Abdoujaparov, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Charlatans, Damon Albarn, Dark Horses, Divine Comedy, DZ Deathrays, Everglows, Fashoda Crisis, Frank and Walters, Heavy Petting Zoo, John Mouse, Lykke Li, Mega City Four, Metric, Neon Waltz, Thousand Yard Stare, Tom Vek, Wolf Alice

4 plays: Calico, Cat Bear Tree, Chatham Rise, Earl Brutus, Echobelly, El Deyma, Elbow, Foals, Horse Party, Hot Chip, Howling Bells, JacksonsWarehouse, James, Jim Noir, Johnny Marr, Kenickie, Last Lynx, Melody’s Echo Chamber, Mighty Roars, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, Nine Black Alps, Pink Mountaintops, Pulp, Scarletts, Sisteray, Sleeper, States Of Emotion, Tenek, Thomas James, Velvet Tree, Voluntary Butler Scheme, We Are The Ocean, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Young Galaxy

3 plays: Arctic Monkeys, Art Brut, Band Of Holy Joy, Black Casino and the Ghost, Bloc Party, Bob Mould, Catatonia, Dingus Khan, Dum Dum Girls, Eight Rounds Rapid, Filthy Tongues, Grísalappalísa, Hafdis Huld, Happyness, Hot Puppies, Jonny Cola and the A Grades, Joy Formidable, Kasabian, Kate Bush, Kelly Oliver, Kudos, Mannequins, Meryl And A Bit Of Yellow, Midway Still, Muse, My Life Story, Noire, Ordinary Noise, Pond, Pre New, Royal Blood, Salad, Scarlet Echo, Sinead O’Connor, Slow Club, Spoon, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Suede, Super Furry Animals, Supergrass, Tahiti 80, They Might Be Giants, Todd Terje, Tom Williams and the Boat, Vad Fruttik, Veronica Falls, Viet Cong, We Are Scientists, XTC

2 plays: 2:54, Accrington Stanley, Alpine, Animal Noise, Ariel Pink, Bellatrix, Big Deal, Black Honey, Blonde Redhead, Botnleðja, Brian Batz, Cheap Girls, Data Panik, Deniers, Desert Hearts, Dodgy, Eagulls, Elastica, Erica Nockalls, Erland and the Carnival, Everything By Electricity, Everything Everything, Fickle Friends, Five Thirty, Garbage, Giorgio Moroder, God Damn, Gulf, Handsome Dead, Hoosiers, Inkhearts, J Xaverre, James Atkin, Johnny Foreigner, Juke, Julian Cope, Little Matador, Lola Colt, Lovely Eggs, Madder Rose, Mansun, Marion, Mogwai, Nada Surf, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Northside, Omelettes, ParanoiKa, Powder, Pretty Reckless, Ride, Rob Jones, Rouge Girls, Sallasmith, San Cisco, Sebastien Tellier, Slug, Some Kind Of Leader, Splashh, Spring Offensive, Stereolab, Sugarcubes, Tame Impala, Thomas Tantrum, Train To Spain, Trampolene, Tricks, Vardo and the Boss, Weirdgear, Wolf Party

1 play: ¡Forward, Russia!, Across The Waves, Aeromancy, Ages and Ages, Alien Ant Farm, alt-J, Alvvays, Amanda Palmer, And The Kid, Andrew Grumbridge feat Lockton, Animals That Swim, Antlers, Apples, As Elephants Are, Ash, Au Revoir Simone, Audioweb, Automatic, Avi Buffalo, Aztec Camera, Bastille, Beck, Bell X1, Belle and Sebastian, Belly, Ben Folds Five, Bettie Serveert, Bikini Beach Band, Billy The Kid, Bjork, Black Keys, Blue Aeroplanes, Blueberries, Bluetones, BMX Bandits, Bo Ningen, Bombay Bicycle Club, Boy and Bear, Bravery, Brody Dalle, Butter The Children, Cable, Caddywhompus, Canvas Canvas, Catch, Cauldronated, Charli XCX, Chumped, Chvrches, Cibo Matto, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Cockney Rebel, Codeine Velvet Club, Cold War Kids, Colour Me Wednesday, Credit to the Nation, Crocodiles, CSS, Cure, Cursor Miner, Curve, Deee-Lite, Demob Happy, Deodato, Detektivbyrån, dEUS, Dinosaur Pile Up, Divine Paiste, Dubstar, Duckworth Lewis Method, Dutch Uncles, East Village, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Editors, El Presidente, Elastic Sleep, EMA, Ends, Esben and the Witch, Evarane, Fagan, Faint Medal, Fall, Family Gotown, Fanfarlo, Fanny, Feeder, Finding Miranda, Fischerspooner, Fred, Frett, Fur Cough, Futureheads, Gemma Hayes, Gene, Genesis, Gengahr, Glass Animals, Goldfrapp, Gorillaz, Greys, Guerreros de Cartón, Haiku Salut, Haley Bonar, Hall Effect, Honey, Honeymilk, Horrors, Hydrogen Child, I Am Waiting For You Last Summer, Iceage, J Mascis, Jagwar Ma, Jake Bugg, Jaws, Jenny Owen Youngs, Jesus and Mary Chain, Jesus Jones, Jezabels, Jocasta, Joy Division, Juliana Hatfield, Julie Ruin, Kate Pierson, Katie Cruel, Keith Top Of The Pops and his Minor UK Indie Celebrity All-Star Backing Band, Kent, Kid Wave, Kill Van Kulls, King Adora, Kingmaker, Klang, KLOQ, Knifeworld, Komakino, Krachmacher, Kula Shaker, Ladyhawke, Las Robertas, Late Of The Pier, Leanne Louise, Leave The Planet, Leika, Light Light, LJ Lium, Long Blondes, Longpigs, Los Blueberries, Lovestarrs, Lunatics On Pogosticks, Luxembourg Signal, Mabel Greer’s Toyshop, Madness, Makthaverskan, Marbles Jackson, Marillion, Marsheaux, MBG, Mclusky, Menace Beach, Merchandise, Mike Flowers Pops, Mikro, Milagres, Moonshake, Moontrip, Moscow Youth Cult, Mourn, My Glass World, Nancy, Nancy Sinatra, New Mendicants, New Young Pony Club, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Notwist, Nudozurdo, Orchestre des Hymnes Nationaux du Monde, Owl Service, Oxygen Thief, P J Harvey, Paris Angels, Paul Smith and Peter Brewis, Pavement, Peace Collective, Peter Gabriel, Pisces, Pixies, Pizzicato Five, Plastic Bertrand, Pollapönk, Polysics, Power Of Dreams, Psylhouette, Public School Battalion, Rachid Taha, Radkey, Rage Against The Machine, Rakes, Red Ink, Remember Remember, Resque, Rialto, Robocop Kraus, Rubberbear, Ruby, Rulers Of The Planet, S*M*A*S*H, Saint Etienne, Samurai Seven, Scumbag Philosopher, Senseless Things, Senser, Shampoo, Sheabou, Shed Seven, Shy Lips, Slowdive, Sounds of Sputnik, Springh, Stella Diana, Stephen Malkmus, Stereopol, Stone Roses, Strand Of Oaks, Sunshine Underground, Suzie B, Tacocat, Talking Heads, Teleman, Ten Tigers, Terrorvision, That Hidden Promise, Threadstone, Tiger, Trashcan Sinatras, Trashmen, Tussilago, Twin Atlantic, Two Koreas, Ungdomskulen, Unicycle Loves You, Vanilla Unity, Venera 4, Vic Reeves, Vicious Five, Vile Electrodes, WatchOut!, We Are Rockstars, Wildfowl, Wonder Villains, Working, Wye Oak, Yello, Yes, Younger Younger 28s, Ytterbium, Zella Day, Zoé
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Last one of the year …

I was live in the studio again from 8 until 10 on New Year’s Eve with my traditional indie disco show.

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Tonight’s playlist:

Maximo Park – Give, Get, Take
Bikini Beach Band – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Divine Comedy – Something For The Weekend
Sultans Of Ping FC – Veronica
Bleech – Mondays
Killatrix – Supersonic
Young Knives – Woman
Republica – Christiana Obey
Art Brut – Alcoholics Unanimous
Kaiser Chiefs – Coming Home
Public Service Broadcasting – Gagarin
Beck – Sexxlaws
Charlatans – Weirdo
B-52s – Love Shack
Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
Thomas Tantrum – Hot Hot Summer
Bloc Party – Like Eating Glass
Superfood – Right On Satellite
My Life Story – Motorcade
Blur – Parklife
Pulp – I Spy
Everything Everything – Photoshop Handsome
Elastica – Stutter
Frank and Walters – Indie Love Song
Trashmen – Surfin’ Bird
Duckworth Lewis Method – The Age Of Revolution
Muse – Plug In Baby
Carter USM – After The Watershed (Early Learning The Hard Way)
Deee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart
Pizzicato Five – It’s A Beautiful Day
Taffy – So Long
Shampoo – House Of Love
Futureheads – Hounds Of Love
Asylums – I’ve Seen Your Face In A Music Magazine
Superions – Konnichiwa
Sleater-Kinney – Bury Our Friends
Inspiral Carpets – Spitfire
Cud – Victoria
Menswear – Crash (2014)
Pop Will Eat Itself – Reclaim The Game
Honeyblood – Choker
History Of Apple Pie – Jamais Vu
Electric Six – I Need A Restaurant

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Best of Essex bands and singers – 2014

Tonight’s show was a two hour special highlighting 30 of the great singers and bands that have crossed our paths over the last 12 months. You can hear it again on the player above.

The playlist was:

Vardo and the Boss – Pockets
States Of Emotion – The Way That I’m Wired
Asylums – I’ve Seen Your Face In A Music Magazine
Frett – Porcelain
Scarletts – Dressed In Black
Bleech – Easy Ride
Tenek – If I Should Fall
Calico – Insult To Injury (Phoenix FM session 23-10-2014)
Jail and the Big Guns – Basically
Fashoda Crisis – A Eulogy of Sorts
Eight Rounds Rapid – Dostoyevsky
Suzie B – Uncomfortably Numb
Rob Jones – Get So High (acoustic) (clean)
Everglows – Tatty Little Love Song
Velvet Tree – Pockets Full Of Rain (Phoenix FM session 11-09-2014)
Flares – Pillar To Post
High/Low – Crashland
Killatrix – Supersonic
Looking For Liam – She’s No Good For Me
Finding Miranda – Karaoke Singers
Mannequins – Everytime I See Ya
Ordinary Noise – Backstabber
Evarane – Critic
MBG – Fields
Ends – Just Do It
Leanne Louise – Save Your Heart (Phoenix FM session 24-01-2014)
Scarlet Echo – Mainstream
We Are The Ocean – Ark
Deniers – Unexploded Bombs
JacksonsWarehouse – Right Here Right Now

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Playlist for 11 December 2014 – Best tracks of 2014

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I played out my best songs of 2014 tonight – in alphabetical order. Is there any other kind of order?

Although I haven’t finalised my track of the year, I think it’s very likely to be from these guys.

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Tonight’s playlist:

Asylums – I’ve Seen Your Face In A Music Magazine
Blessa – Unfurl
Chris T-T and the Hoodrats – Bury Me With A Scarab
Cud – Victoria
Curxes – Avant-Guarded
Death From Above 1979 – Trainwreck 1979
Desperate Journalist – Control
Electric Six – I Need A Restaurant
High/Low – Crashland
History Of Apple Pie – Jamais Vu
Honeyblood – Choker
Inspiral Carpets – Spitfire
Kaiser Chiefs – Bows and Arrows
Killatrix – Supersonic
Manic Street Preachers – Europa Geht Durch Mich
Martha – 1967, I Miss You, I’m Lonely
Maximo Park – Give, Get, Take
Menswear – Crash (2014)
Neon Waltz – Bare Wood Aisles
Pond – Elvis’ Flaming Star
Pop Will Eat Itself – Reclaim The Game
Primitives – Hidden In The Shadows
Public Service Broadcasting – Gagarin
Sleater-Kinney – Bury Our Friends
St Vincent – Digital Witness
Superfood – Right On Satellite
Superions – Konnichiwa
Temples – Mesmerise
Tom Vek – Sherman (Animals In The Jungle)
Viet Cong – Continental Shelf
We Are The Ocean – Ark
Wind-Up Birds – The Gristle

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Playlist for 4 December 2014 (AOTW: Desperate Journalist – Desperate Journalist)

The debut self-titled album from Desperate Journalist was our album of the week this week. The band are fronted by Jo Bevan, who is also the lead singer of Joanne Joanne (who recorded a session for us last year) and also includes Simon Drowner, who has been into Phoenix FM before as a member of Jonny Cola and the A Grades.

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Tonight’s playlist:

Sugarcubes – Hit
Desperate Journalist – Cristina
History Of Apple Pie – Jamais Vu
Tacocat – Bridge to Hawaii
Honeyblood – Biro
Everglows – Sugary Sun
We Were Promised Jetpacks – Safety In Numbers
Caddywhompus – Company
Manic Street Preachers – Europa Geht Durch Mich
Butter The Children – Sack Lunch
Desperate Journalist – Heartbeats
Martha – 1997, Passing In The Hallway
Catfish and the Bottlemen – 26
Lunatics On Pogosticks – Cappuccino
Fall – Touch Sensitive
Filthy Tongues – Crewcut
Franz Ferdinand – Leaving My Old Life Behind
Neon Waltz – Bare Wood Aisles
Viet Cong – Continental Shelf
Chumped – December Is The Longest Month
Superfood – Lily For Your Pad To Rest On
Peace Collective – All Together Now
James Atkin – Love Blind
Public Service Broadcasting – Gagarin
Pre New – Speed Queen
Earl Brutus – The SAS And The Glam That Goes With It
Mega City Four – Wasting My Breath
Heart Throbs – Hooligan
Desperate Journalist – Hesitate
Madder Rose – Beautiful John
Kate Pierson – Mister Sister
Superions – Konnichiwa

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Playlist for 27 November 2014 (AOTW: We Were Promised Jetpacks – Unravelling)

Our album of the week, complete with headache/hallucination-inducing cover, comes from Edinburgh rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks with their third LP – which is out now.

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Tonight’s playlist:

Carter USM – Lean On Me I Won’t Fall Over
We Were Promised Jetpacks – Peace Sign
Neon Waltz – Bare Wood Aisles
Sleater-Kinney – Bury Our Friends
Bis – Keep Your Darkness
Slug – Cockeyed Rabbit Wrapped In Plastic
Honeymilk – A Scene In Between
Giorgio Moroder – 74 Is The New 24
Public Service Broadcasting – Gagarin
Hydrogen Child – Sirens
Manic Street Preachers – Let’s Go To War
We Were Promised Jetpacks – Moral Compass
Rubberbear – My Addiction
Jim Noir – Honour and Moogswings
Pond – Elvis’ Flaming Star
Frank and Walters – Walter’s Trip
Sultans Of Ping FC – Michiko
Darling Buds – Burst
Lush – De-Luxe
Mega City Four – Scared Of Cats
Apples – Free
Julian Cope – Port Of Saints
Heart Throbs – She’s In A Trance
Power Of Dreams – See You
Radiohead – Ripcord
Senseless Things – Best Friend
Inspiral Carpets – Directing Traffik
Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – Trust
We Were Promised Jetpacks – Safety In Numbers
Pre New – Speed Queen
Superions – Konnichiwa

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Playlist for 20 November 2014 (AOTW: Jim Noir – Finnish Line)

Tonight’s album of the week comes courtesy of Jim Noir, who has just released his 5th album, “Finnish Line”.

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Tonight’s playlist:

Ride – Seagull
Jim Noir – Strange Range
Catfish and the Bottlemen – Pacifier
Inspiral Carpets – Spitfire
Canvas Canvas – Calling
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Deanna
Carter USM – Midnight On The Murder Mile
Sultans of Ping FC – He Thought I Was Your Best Friend
Public Service Broadcasting – Gagarin
Bis – Twilight Cafe
Jim Noir – Honour and Moogswings
Viet Cong – Continental Shelf
Madder Rose – Beautiful John
Mourn – Otitis
Catatonia – Sweet Catatonia
We Are The Ocean – Ark
Royal Blood – Ten Tonne Skeleton
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Do The Damage
James Atkin – Love Blind
Giorgio Moroder – 74 Is The New 24
Superfood – Mood Bomb
Pond – Elvis’ Flaming Star
Maximo Park – Give, Get, Take
Mogwai – Teenage Exorcist
Jim Noir – The Boy
Johnny Marr – New Town Velocity
Mega City Four – Ticket Collector
Sulk – Marian Shrine
Honeyblood – Biro
Death From Above 1979 – Trainwreck 1979
Mabel Greer’s Toyshop – Electric Funeral
Kaiser Chiefs – Bows and Arrows

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Killatrix live on Phoenix FM

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We welcomed one-half of Essex electrodirters Killatrix – SinDii and Sam – back to the Phoenix FM studio for a chat and acoustic session.

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Killatrix were here as part of last year’s Creative Sessions and we caught up about what’s been happening since. We also got to hear acoustic versions of three songs which you can see again below:

Killatrix are currently recording their debut album which should be out early next year. You can find out what the band are up to by visiting their official website, Facebook or Twitter page and they’re also on Youtube and goold old-fashioned Myspace too!

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Playlist for 13 November 2014 (AOTW: Catfish and the Bottlemen – The Balcony)

Our album of the week this week was from inexplicably-indie-high-flyers Catfish and the Bottlemen, whose debut album The Balcony debuted at no 10 on the UK charts a few weeks back.

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We also had live music in the studio from Killatrix which you can see again here.

Tonight’s playlist:

Ben Folds Five – Jackson Cannery
Catfish and the Bottlemen – Homesick
Honeyblood – Killer Bangs
Primitives – Follow The Sun Down
New Young Pony Club – The Bomb

Live in the studio:
Killatrix – Bones
Killatrix – Dumb
Killatrix – Firefight

History Of Apple Pie – Snowball
Carter USM – A Sheltered Life
Last Lynx – None Of My Friends
dEUS – Instant Street
Catfish and the Bottlemen – Pacifier
Joy Division – She’s Lost Control
Filthy Tongues – Crewcut
Muse – Starlight
Gulf – Tell Me Again
Sounds of Sputnik – New Born
Manic Street Preachers – The Next Jet To Leave Moscow
Kid Wave – Gloom
Catfish and the Bottlemen – Kathleen
Maximo Park – Our Velocity
Neon Waltz – Bare Wood Aisles
We Are The Ocean – Ark
Royal Blood – Ten Tonne Skeleton
Superfood – Lily For Your Pad To Rest On
Bis – Twilight Cafe

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Playlist for 6 November 2014 (AOTW: Superfood – Don’t Say That)

This week’s album of the week comes courtesy of possible Brummie Britpop revivalists Superfood, who I interviewed back in May and can therefore confirm that they not only produce great music but are thoroughly decent chaps as well.

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Tonight’s playlist:

A House – Take It Easy On Me
Superfood – Lily For Your Pad To Rest On
Lola Colt – Vacant Hearts
Primitives – Hidden In The Shadows
Belle and Sebastian – The Party Line
Pop Will Eat Itself – Reclaim The Game
Carter USM – Lean On Me I Won’t Fall Over
Bis – Keep Your Darkness
Last Lynx – None Of My Friends
Chvrches – Get Away
Sinead O’Connor – 8 Good Reasons
Ride – Twisterella
Everglows – Tatty Little Love Song
Cud – Victoria
Gulf – Emitter
Honeyblood – (I’d Rather Be) Anywhere But Here
Sleater-Kinney – Bury Our Friends
Superfood – Like A Daisy
Superions – Konnichiwa
Electric Six – I Need A Restaurant
Deniers – Concentration Tongue
Interpol – My Desire
Superfood – It’s Good To See You
Five Thirty – You
Inspiral Carpets – Spitfire
Julian Cope – Beautiful Love
Maximo Park – Give, Get, Take
Kingmaker – When Lucy’s Down
Northside – My Rising Star
Superfood – Pallasades
Slug – Cockeyed Rabbit Wrapped In Plastic

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Playlist for 30 October 2014

Tonight’s playlist:

Genesis – The Knife

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Neon Waltz – Bare Wood Aisles
Honeyblood – Choker
Sleater-Kinney – Bury Our Friends
Manic Street Preachers – Europa Geht Durch Mich
Interpol – Ancient Ways
Kaiser Chiefs – Ruffians On Parade
Springh – Silhouette
Noire – Those Days
History Of Apple Pie – Jamais Vu
Divine Comedy – Becoming More Like Alfie
Fanny – Seven Roads
Radiohead – Talk Show Host
Low Frequency In Stereo – Cybernautic
Martha – 1967, I Miss You, I’m Lonely
Franz Ferdinand – Treason! Animals.
Kate Bush – Big Stripey Lie
Demob Happy – Succubus
Electric Six – I Need A Restaurant
Last Lynx – None Of My Friends
Melody’s Echo Chamber – Shirim
Splashh – Lemonade
Temples – Mesmerise
We Are Scientists – Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt
Desperate Journalist – Happening
Kudos – On Your Own
Young Knives – Green Island Red Raw
Deodato – Super Strut

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Calico live on Phoenix FM

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We welcomed Shel, Lauren, Jake and Dookie from Basildon band Calico back to the Phoenix FM studio for a chat and their first ever acoustic radio session.

Calico were here as part of 2013’s Creative Sessions and we caught up about what’s been happening since. We also got to hear acoustic versions of three songs which you can see again below:

You can find out what the band are up to by visiting their Facebook page and they’re also on Youtube and Soundcloud too.

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Playlist for 23 October 2014 (AOTW: Inspiral Carpets – Inspiral Carpets)

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On tonight’s show we had a session and interview with Basildon band Calico, which you can hear and watch again here.

And another real blast from the past for our album of the week – the new album from Inspiral Carpets, which was released on Monday. With original singer Stephen Holt back on board it’s a real hark back to their indie/garage sound of the late 80s.

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Tonight’s playlist:

British Sea Power – Living Is So Easy
Asylums – I’ve Seen Your Face In A Music Magazine
St Vincent – Rattlesnake
Cud – Victoria
Dingus Khan – Mike Of Every Mammal (Get Known Be Heard session)
Electric Six – I Need A Restaurant
Dutch Uncles – In N Out

Calico live in session:
Calico – Insult To Injury
Calico – Untitled #1
Calico – So Many Options

Alien Ant Farm – Calico
History Of Apple Pie – Jamais Vu
JacksonsWarehouse – Right Here Right Now
Inspiral Carpets – Monochrome
Charlatans – So Oh
Northside – My Rising Star
Primitives – Crash
Last Lynx – None Of My Friends
Inspiral Carpets – Calling Out To You
Filthy Tongues – Crewcut
Hafdis Huld – Queen Bee
Superfood – Mood Bomb
Sleater-Kinney – Bury Our Friends
Superions – Konnichiwa
Inspiral Carpets – Our Time
Midway Still – It’s Easy
Taffy – Train
Wind-Up Birds – Cross-Country

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The Scarletts live on Phoenix FM

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We welcomed Ryan, Liam, Bill and Harry from Essex band The Scarletts into the Phoenix FM studio for a chat and their first ever radio session.

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The band spoke about their brief but busy history and the recents gigs and recordings they’ve been involved in. We also got to hear acoustic versions of three songs which you can see again below:

You can find out what the band are up to by visiting their Facebook and Twitter pages and they’re also on Youtube and Soundcloud too. The current self-titled EP can be purchased from Bandcamp and will also be on iTunes soon.

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Playlist for 16 October 2014 (AOTW: The Primitives – Spin-O-Rama)

On tonight’s show we had a session and interview with local band The Scarletts, which you can hear and watch again here.

A great return to form from our album of the week with The Primitives and Spin-O-Rama, which is out this week. It’s their first original album since 1991’s Galore, although they did release a covers album two years ago.

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Tonight’s playlist:

Marillion – Incommunicado
Electric Six – I Need A Restaurant
Ash – Jesus Says
Cold War Kids – Hot Coals
Scarlet Echo – Grayhaven
Chatham Rise – Meadowsweet

Scarletts live in session:
Scarletts – Stay The Night
Scarletts – She’s Calling Your Name
Scarletts – Carousel

Cud – Victoria
Franz Ferdinand – Leaving My Old Life Behind
Primitives – Follow The Sun Down
High/Low – Surf Tank
Asylums – I’ve Seen Your Face In A Music Magazine
My Life Story – Motorcade
History Of Apple Pie – Jamais Vu
Taffy – Tune In A Jar (Phoenix FM session 11-10-2014)
Primitives – Hidden In The Shadows
Sallasmith – At The Devil’s Gate
Lush – Tiny Smiles
Rialto – Summer’s Over
Ungdomskulen – Idunno
Melody’s Echo Chamber – Shirim
Primitives – Wednesday World
Sinead O’Connor – 8 Good Reasons

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Jail and the Big Guns live on Phoenix FM

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We welcomed Pete, Buster, Nick and Lemmy from Jail and the Big Guns into the Phoenix FM studio for a chat and a few tunes.

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As well as talking about the band’s long and complicated history they gave us acoustic renditions of four songs, eschewing their normal psychedelic shouty indie-pop-punk. You can see these again below:

You can find out what the band are up to by visiting their WordPress blog, Facebook and Twitter pages and they’re also on Youtube and Soundcloud too.

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Playlist for 9 October 2014

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On tonight’s show we had a session and interview with local band Jail and the Big Guns, which you can watch again here.

No album of the week this week but lots of new releases. More acoustic goodness next week with the Scarlettes in session.

Tonight’s playlist:

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Peter Gabriel – Steam
Noire – Those Days
Cheap Girls – Amazing Grace
Bleech – 70s Child
Desert Hearts – Heavy Hangs The Head
Scarlet Echo – Grayhaven
Ariel Pink – Put Your Number In My Phone
Kenickie – I Would Fix You
Honeyblood – Choker

Live in the studio:
Jail and the Big Guns – Someday I’ll Be Fine
Jail and the Big Guns – Ringway
Jail and the Big Guns – Crafty
Jail and the Big Guns – Heading East

Resque – She Drives My Train
Dubstar – Not So Manic Now
Franz Ferdinand – Leaving My Old Life Behind
Avi Buffalo – Think It’s Gonna Happen Again
Grísalappalísa – ABC
Curxes – Avant-Guarded
History Of Apple Pie – Jamais Vu
Temples – Mesmerise
Asylums – I’ve Seen Your Face In A Music Magazine
Cud – Victoria
As Elephants Are – Crown
Interpol – Pioneer to the Falls
Sinead O’Connor – 8 Good Reasons
Super Furry Animals – Northern Lites
B-52’s – Planet Claire

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Sarah Holburn live on Phoenix FM

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Essex singer/songwriter Sarah Holburn was back in the Phoenix FM studio this week, performing in her own right after playing with Thomas James a few weeks ago.

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This time Thomas returned the favour, providing backing to three of Sarah’s songs which you can see again below.

You can find out what Sarah’s up to by visiting her Bandcamp, Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Playlist for 2 October 2014

On tonight’s show we had a session and interview with local singer Sarah Holburn, which you can watch again here.

No album of the week this week but lots of new releases. More acoustic goodness next week with Jail and the Big Guns in session.

Tonight’s playlist:

Eight Rounds Rapid – Dostoyevsky

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Spoon – Inside Out
Voluntary Butler Scheme – Brain Freeze
Dark Horses – Transister
Bob Mould – The War
States Of Emotion – The Way That I’m Wired
Chatham Rise – Meadowsweet
Honeyblood – Joey
History Of Apple Pie – Tame
Franz Ferdinand – Treason! Animals.
John Mouse – I Was A Goalkeeper
History Of Apple Pie – Jamais Vu
JacksonsWarehouse – Right Here Right Now
Jail and the Big Guns – Basically
Heart Throbs – She’s In A Trance
Public Service Broadcasting – Signal 30
Wye Oak – Running Up That Hill
Wildfowl – Half-Cut
Cud – Mexico
Foals – Inhaler
History Of Apple Pie – Snowball
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Jubilee Street

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Kelly Oliver live on Phoenix FM

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It was a delight to welcome folk singer/songwriter Kelly Oliver to the Phoenix FM studio for the first time.

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Although Kelly’s only been on the folk circuit for 18 months she’s already a veteran with many gigs, festivals and radio sessions behind her. Kelly spoke about her experiences and also played three songs live for us in the studio which you can see again below:

You can find out what Kelly’s up to by visiting her official website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Playlist for 25 September 2014

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On tonight’s show we had a session and interview with folk singer/songwriter Kelly Oliver, which you can watch again here.

No album of the week this week but lots of new releases. More acoustic goodness next week with Sarah Holbourn in session.

Tonight’s playlist:

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Primitives – Petals
Superfood – Mood Bomb
Jonny Cola and the A Grades – Out Of Focus
Chatham Rise – Hollows
Black Honey – The Taste
Bis – Retail Of The Details
Ariel Pink – Put Your Number In My Phone

Kelly Oliver in session:
Kelly Oliver – Daughter Dear
Kelly Oliver – Off To The Market
Kelly Oliver – Diamond Girl

JacksonsWarehouse – Right Here Right Now
Metric – Youth Without Youth
East Village – Hear It Comes
Eight Rounds Rapid – Dostoyevsky
Sallasmith – At The Devil’s Gate
Low Frequency In Stereo – Cybernautic
Moonshake – Gravity
Bleech – Not Like You
Bloc Party – Ratchet
Desperate Journalist – Happening
Vic Reeves – Vienna
High-Low – Crashland
Owl Service – Fine Horseman
Working – Can’t Wait For Summer
Interpol – Ancient Ways
Joy Formidable – Yn Rhydiau’r Afon
St Vincent – Rattlesnake

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Flares live on Phoenix FM

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It was great to welcome Brentwood band Flares to the Phoenix FM studio for the first time.

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Harry, Olli, Sean, Sam and Reece had a chat with us about the history of the band and what they’re currently up to. They also played three songs live for us in the studio which you can see again below:

You can find out what the band are up to by visiting their Facebook, Twitter and official website.

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Playlist for 18 September 2014 (AOTW: Honeyblood – Honeyblood)

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On tonight’s show we had a session and interview with Brentwood band Flares, which you can watch again here.

Our album of the week was Honeyblood, who I have been playing for the last year or so on the show but whose debut album I completely missed when it was released at the end of July! Too many emails and too much music to listen to, that’s the problem. I’ve made amends tonight by giving it a good thorough play.

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Tonight’s playlist:

Death From Above 1979 – Government Trash
States Of Emotion – The Way That I’m Wired
Paris Angels – All On You (Perfume)
Blessa – Unfurl
P J Harvey – The Words That Maketh Murder

Flares in session:
Flares – Short Story Moving On
Flares – Untitled
Flares – Pillar To Post

Flares – What We Do
Dark Horses – The Bravest
Franz Ferdinand – Leaving My Old Life Behind
Honeyblood – (I’d Rather Be) Anywhere But Here
BMX Bandits – My Girl
Curve – Fait Accompli
Desert Hearts – Heavy Hangs The Head
Chatham Rise – Meadowsweet
Greys – The Noise of Carpet
Honeyblood – Choker
Hafdis Huld – Empty Eyes
Superfood – Mood Bomb
Slowdive – Alison
Honeyblood – Biro
Luxembourg Signal – Wishing Pool
Primitives – Spin-O-Rama
Noire – Those Days
Super Furry Animals – Ice Hockey Hair

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The Velvet Tree live on Phoenix FM

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It was great to welcome The Velvet Tree back to the Phoenix FM studio. No strangers to the station, they’ve been involved in the Creative Sessions and Phoenix Fridays and also performed a session with Tony Smith earlier this year too.

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As well as a VERY long chat about what the band have been up to, they played three songs for us too, which you can see again below:

You can find out what the band are up to by visiting their Facebook, Twitter and Reverbnation pages.

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Playlist for 11 September 2014

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On tonight’s show we had a session and interview with Southend band The Velvet Tree, which you can watch again here.

Tonight’s playlist:

Stereolab – We’re Not Adult Orientated
Blonde Redhead – Dripping
Johnny Marr – Easy Money

Velvet Tree in session:
Velvet Tree – A Little Like You
Velvet Tree – Pockets Full Of Rain
Velvet Tree – SOS

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Billy The Kid – Phone Bills
Carsick Cars – The Best VPN So Far
Heavy Petting Zoo – Inherent Vice
Everglows – Until Tomorrow (Phoenix FM session)
Thomas James – I’m Good To Go (Phoenix FM session)
Merchandise – Enemy
Honeyblood – (I’d Rather Be) Anywhere But Here
Kate Bush – Love And Anger

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Franz Ferdinand – Leaving My Old Life Behind
Martha – 1967, I Miss You, I’m Lonely
Primitives – Petals
Metric – Youth Without Youth
Heart Throbs – She’s In A Trance
Haiku Salut – Sounds Like There s A Pacman Crunching Away At Your Heart (Phoenix FM session)

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Steve Hackett talks about Genesis, touring and his new album

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It was great to have a chat with Steve Hackett again. Steve was guitarist in the “classic” Genesis line up with Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Phil Collins and recorded six studio albums with the band during 1971 and 1977. His solo career and collaborations with other great musicians including Steve Howe and Chris Squire has seen him record over a couple dozen more.

The great thing about Steve is he can talk all day about everything, and we ended up talking about a few things I wasn’t planning to chat about! In the interview Steve talks about:

– some of the old Genesis songs he’s going to play in the new tour which he hasn’t played so far
– the forthcoming BBC documentary which brought all five members of Genesis together for the first time this century
– the forthcoming triple-CD compilation of Genesis band and solo tracks, “R-Kive”
– tracks from his first album, 1975’s “Voyage Of The Acolyte”, which almost ended up on the classic 1972 Genesis album “Foxtrot”
– his new album which is due for release in February 2015

You can find out more about the tour and album by keeping an eye on Steve’s official website.

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Me with Steve in October 2013

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The Everglows live on Phoenix FM

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It was a pleasure to welcome Romford band The Everglows – Andy Smith, Ray Brodrick and Steve Perkins – to the Phoenix FM studios for their first session for us. The band describe themselves as “a powerful three piece playing great catchy tunes with a retro vibe” and we’re not going to argue with that.

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We had a LONG chat about music – it could have been a LOT longer – and they played three songs for us too, which you can see again below:

You can find out what the band are up to by visiting their Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud pages.

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Catching Up With Billy The Kid

Canadian singer/songwriter Billy Pettinger, alternatively known as Billy The Kid, is currently in the UK for a run of dates in support of her new double-A-sided single “Phone Bills / The Quarry” and fourth album “Horseshoes and Hand Grenades”.

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I had a chance to chat with her on the phone just before her first date. And for those of you who think pop music is glamorous …

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(and if you think that’s bad, you should see where I was).

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If you want to have a listen to her fantastic new single then click below:

Billy’s official website, containing all her release and tour info, can be found here. “Phone Bills / The Quarry” and “Horseshoes and Hand Grenades” are both out on 8 September on Xtra Mile Recordings.

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Thomas James live on Phoenix FM

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We welcomed Thomas James to the station for the first time today – although he’s no stranger to Phoenix FM, as he was part of two bands who recorded Creative Sessions for us, Crosstown Traffic in 2005 (when Thomas was only 16!) and Kenai, a couple of years later.

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Thomas is now very much ploughing a different musical furrough, with various members of those bands backing him. Musically he’s a lot mellower now, and we were treated to three songs this evening, with band member Sarah Holburn on backing vocals. You can see the session tracks again below:

We’ve got lots more of both of them in store – Thomas is playing our Phoenix Fridays gig on 31 October at Old Brentwoods, and Sarah will also be coming in for a session on BOA on 2 October.

You can find out more about Thomas’s current music at his official website, thomasjamesofficial.com.

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Playlist for 28 August 2014 (AOTW: Dark Horses – Hail Lucid State)

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A packed show tonight, really! We had Thomas James in session and if you want to hear that segment again or watch the session videos then click here.

Our album of the week was Hail Lucid State by Dark Horses.

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And I loved the feedback:

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Today’s playlist:

B-52’s – Planet Claire
Kate Bush – Lily
2:54 – In The Mirror

In session:
Thomas James – 1989
Thomas James – I’m Good To Go
Thomas James – The Real Thing

Saint Etienne – Nothing Can Stop Us
Erland and the Carnival – Birth Of A Nation
Horse Party – What Do You Need
Dark Horses – Saturn Returns
Animals That Swim – Faded Glamour
Johnny Marr – Easy Money
Interpol – Ancient Ways
Scumbag Philosopher – Heroes At Home
Everglows – Ten Packs
Bell X1 – Whitewater Song
Dark Horses – Hail Lucid State
British Sea Power – Mongk II
Heavy Petting Zoo – Inherent Vice
Sisteray – Rollin’ Over
High/Low – Surf Tank
Leave The Planet – Coasts
Dark Horses – Live On Hunger
Metronomy – Month Of Sundays
Pop Will Eat Itself – Reclaim The Game

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Sisteray live on Phoenix FM

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We welcomed Niall, Daniel and Michael from Sisteray in to the studio for an interview and session this week.

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We had a chat about story behind the band and their experiences with live shows and recording, and had a glimpse about what the future holds for them too.

The band also played three songs for us which you can see again below:

Find out what they’re up to by following them on Facebook and Twitter.

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Playlist for 21 August 2014

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I don’t think XTC legend Andy Partridge was actually tuning in on 98FM … but you never know.

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We had a visit from Sisteray this week and if you missed it you can hear it again here.

Tonight’s playlist:

XTC – Are You Receiving Me
Heavy Petting Zoo – Inherent Vice
Black Honey – Teenager
Jail and the Big Guns – Basically
Stereopol – Hourglass
History Of Apple Pie feat Gary Jarman – Shake

Live session:
Sisteray – Morning After Blues
Sisteray – Rollin’ Over
Sisteray – Not The Same Girl

Stone Roses – She Bangs The Drums
Darling Buds – Fall
Superfood – Right On Satellite
Hot Puppies – Green Eyeliner
Death From Above 1979 – Government Trash
Honeyblood – (I’d Rather Be) Anywhere But Here
Krachmacher – Flamingo
Maximo Park – Limassol
Lush – De-Luxe
Pixies – Gigantic
Nancy – Moonchild
Republica – Bloke
Jesus Jones – Info Freako
Sultans of Ping FC – Bloodsport For All
Kudos – On Your Own
Interpol – Ancient Ways
Iceage – The Lord’s Favourite
Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – Happy

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Playlist for 14 August 2014

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No album of the week this week but lots and lots of new music from local bands Jail and the Big Guns, Stone By Window, Flares and Rob Jones. We also spoke about last week’s Best Of The Fest at the Essex Arms

Nancy Sinatra – Don’t Let Him Waste Your Time
Martha – 1967, I Miss You, I’m Lonely
alt-J – Every Other Freckle
Erland and the Carnival – Birth Of A Nation
Interpol – All The Rage Back Home
Dingus Khan – Mike Of Every Mammal (Get Known Be Heard session)
Kudos – On Your Own
Honeyblood – (I’d Rather Be) Anywhere But Here
Jail and the Big Guns – Basically
Tahiti 80 – Garra
Manic Street Preachers – Europa Geht Durch Mich
Cauldronated – The Ring Of Khan
Sheabou – Suspension Of Disbelief
Bombay Bicycle Club – Come To
Charli XCX – I Want Candy (Transmitter TV session)
Curxes – Valkyrie
Royal Blood – Figure It Out
James – Curse Curse
Inspiral Carpets – Spitfire
Flares – For The Record (Part 2)
Jonny Cola and the A Grades – Blow Up
Rob Jones – Get So High (acoustic)
Stone By Window – Regretfully Jealously
Death From Above 1979 – Trainwreck 1979
J Mascis – Every Morning
Paul Smith and Peter Brewis – Barcelona (at Eye Level)
Some Kind Of Leader – Paperboy Bag
Metronomy – Month Of Sundays

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Best of the Fest … and everyone’s a winner

I attended the Best Of The Fest final which took place at the Seaxe Room at the Essex Arms on Friday. Four very different artists were taking place to fight for a slot at this year’s Flag Factory Festival, which takes place on 12-13 September at the White Horse in Coxtie Green Road. And the event was well attended too with about 100 people packing out the small room.

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First band of the evening were Killing Jimmy, who count Sum 41, Nirvana and Metallica among their influences but a great snarl from lead singer Rosie mad the whole sound more reminiscent of L7 and Hole.

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Next up we had Flares, who we first met at last year’s inaugural Flag Factory Festival. They’ve come on in leaps and bounds since then, honing their indie tunes and building up quite a repetoire as well as a good local following. They even included a Slade cover in your set – if you’re going to call yourself Flares and you don’t wear them yourselves, you might as well pay homage to a band that did …

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We Stand Tall were the next band on stage. A metalcore band from south Essex, they took charge of the stage with great energy and enthusiasm.

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The final act was Matthew Haslam Hammond. If you want to guarantee getting pretty much everyone to singalong, acoustic covers of Disney songs is a unique way of achieving this! Matthew ended up delivering a long set with a couple of encores.

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At the end of the evening organiser Olly Hookings took to the stage to announce how much he disapproves of music-judging competitions – he said music is an artform and it’s not for people to state who’s “better” or “worse” than anyone else – something we at Phoenix FM agree with wholeheartedly! The obvious conclusion was to declare all four acts as the winners, and you can see them all again next month at the Festival.

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The 286 live on Phoenix FM

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We welcomed The 286 into the Phoenix studios to have a chat and play a few songs live.

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The band comprise Spencer on vocals/guitar, Tom on drums/vocals, Nahum on violin, Rafael on keyboards/horse noises, Romain on cello and James on bass/vocals. And they’re all linked together by TWO things – a love of music, and a bus!

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As well as having a chat we also got to hear three fantastic songs which you can see again below:

We’re hoping to get them back into Brentwood one day but for now follow their Facebook and Twitter pages to find out what they’re up to.

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Playlist for 17 July 2014 (Mannequins interview) (AOTW: Martha – Courting Strong)

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We had a bit of a first tonight – Brendan from Mannequins in the studio, and Lee from Mannequins on the phone! We had a chat about the band’s new single and forthcoming appearance at the Brentwood Festival.

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Mannequins at the 2013 Brentwood Festival

Our album of the week actually came out a few weeks ago and it was a little bit late arriving at Phoenix Towers. Martha are a great band from a town with a great name, Pity Me in Co Durham. Their music reminds you of the early days of Kenickie and Los Campesinos! and is definitely worth investing in.

Tonight’s playlist:

DZ Deathrays – Less Out Of Sync
Juke – Pins and Needles
Big Deal – Talk (Reprise)
Horse Party – What Do You Need
Interpol – All The Rage Back Home

Interview with Mannequins:
Mannequins – Have You See My Love
Mannequins – Everytime I See Ya

Bis – Too Much Not Enough
Martha – 1967, I Miss You, I’m Lonely
Honeyblood – (I’d Rather Be) Anywhere But Here
Blonde Redhead – Dripping
Death From Above 1979 – Trainwreck 1979
James – Curse Curse
J Xaverre – A Guess, Rewind
History Of Apple Pie feat Gary Jarman – Shake
Manic Street Preachers – Europa Geht Durch Mich
Joy Formidable – Yn Rhydiau’r Afon
Martha – Bubble In My Bloodstream
Jaws – Be Slowly
Wolf Party – In My Pocket
Jonny Cola and the A Grades – Blow Up
Superfood – Right On Satellite
Martha – 1997, Passing In The Hallway
St Vincent – Regret
Nine Black Alps – Supermarket Clothes
Wind-Up Birds – The Gristle
Ordinary Noise – Southern Electric Teddy Girl
Tahiti 80 – Garra
B-52’s – Give Me Back My Man
XTC – Living Through Another Cuba – Generals and Majors (medley)
Thousand Yard Stare – Comeuppance
Slow Club – Complete Surrender
A House – Endless Art
Cibo Matto – Sugar Water
Franz Ferdinand – Evil Eye (radio edit)
Chris T-T and the Hoodrats – Bury Me With A Scarab
Mighty Roars – Solid Hollow
Curxes – Avant-Guarded
Handsome Dead – Speak
Lush – Nothing Natural
Suede – Beautiful Ones

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Playlist for 3 July 2014

Nice and quiet show tonight – no special features, no album of the week, just music.

Automatic – Recover
Teleman – Skeleton Dance
A House – I Am Afraid
¡Forward, Russia! – Nine
High/Low – Machines
Happyness – Anything I Do Is All Right
Sleeper – Statuesque
Blur – Villa Rosie
Bob Mould – Fire In The City
Juke – Pins and Needles
Stone By Window – Signal
Spoon – Do You
Kaiser Chiefs – Misery Company
Killatrix – Supersonic
Bellatrix – Jediwannabe
CSS – Off The Hook
ParanoiKa – Tudo é Over
Temples – Mesmerise
Sulk – Marian Shrine
Thousand Yard Stare – Comeuppance
Superfood – Right On Satellite
Wolf Party – In My Pocket
Fashoda Crisis – A Eulogy of Sorts
Maximo Park – Give, Get, Take
Divine Comedy – Becoming More Like Alfie
Space – Armageddon
Rulers Of The Planet – Nandrolone

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Earl Brutus – The SAS And The Glam That Goes With It
Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – Happy
Republica – Bloke
Pop Will Eat Itself – Reclaim The Game
Hot Chip – Flutes

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Playlist for 26 June 2014 (Hungarian “special”)

Never has one of my titles been so misleading – I managed to play two Hungarian songs during the show, although to be fair I was sidekicked tonight by Vanda Kopanyi, president of Phoenix FM’s Hungarian Fan Club and long-time listener to the station, who helped me pick a lot of tonight’s music!

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Vad Fruttik … Wild Fruities. The other Hungarian band was We Are Rockstars

Playlist:

Blue Aeroplanes – … And Stones (Lovers All Around remix)
Glass Animals – Gooey
Joy Formidable – Yn Rhydiau’r Afon
Foals – Inhaler
Belly – Seal My Fate
Bastille – Things We Lost In The Fire
Chris T-T and the Hoodrats – Beaten Drum
Menswear – Crash (2014)
Arctic Monkeys – Fake Tales Of San Francisco
We Are Rockstars – Lift Me Up
Franz Ferdinand – Treason! Animals.
Kaiser Chiefs – My Life
Maximo Park – Our Velocity
Superfood – Right On Satellite
Darling Buds – Burst
Pop Will Eat Itself – Reclaim The Game
Vad Fruttik – Másodpercek és Decibelek
High/Low – Machines
Wind-Up Birds – The Gristle
Terrorvision – Alice What’s The Matter
Tussilago – Say Hello
Muse – Supermassive Black Hole
Big Deal – Swapping Spit
Frank and Walters – Walter’s Trip

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BOA 2014 World Cup Special!

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A special show aiming to feature some rock, indie or electronica from each country taking part in the 2014 World Cup finals. And I just about managed it too, if by any chance it’s possible to shoegaze to the Ivorian National Anthem.

Here are the 32 songs played in tonight’s show:

ParanoiKa – Tudo E Over (Brazil)
And The Kid – The Working Class (Croatia)
Zoé – 10AM (Mexico)
LJ Lium – Indie Rock Makossa (Cameroon)
Nudozurdo – Ha Sido Divertido (Spain)
Bettie Serveert – Palomine (Netherlands)
WatchOut! – Slow Burning Brother (Chile)
San Cisco – Awkward (Australia)
Hall Effect – Shine (Colombia)
Marsheaux – Can You Stop Me (Greece)
Orchestre des Hymnes Nationaux du Monde – L’Abidjanaise (Cote D’Ivoire)
Taffy – So Long (Japan)
Los Blueberries – Push Me (Uruguay)
Las Robertas – Marlene (Costa Rica)
Pop Will Eat Itself – Reclaim The Game (England)
Stella Diana – Shoet (Italy)
Yello – The Race (Switzerland)
Guerreros de Cartón – Neuvos Caminos (Ecuador)
Tahiti 80 – Soul Deep (France)
Ytterbium – Velcro (Honduras)
Omelettes – Perfect Wave (Argentina)
Moontrip – 451 (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Across The Waves – Left My Soul Behind (Iran)
Threadstone – Desperate Youth (Nigeria)
Robocop Kraus – Small Houses Odd Cars (Germany)
Vicious Five – Bad Mirror (Portugal)
Faint Medal – We Got This (Ghana)
They Might Be Giants – Particle Man (USA)
Vanilla Unity – Hero (South Korea)
I Am Waiting For You Last Summer – Event Horizon (Russia)
Plastic Bertrand – Ca Plane Pour Moi (Belgium)
Rachid Taha – Rock El Casbah (Algeria)

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Playlist for 5 June 2014 (AOTW: High/Low – Stuck In A Void)

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We’ve been championing High/Low ever since they sent us their first demo for airplay back in August 2012. They’ve finally got round to their debut album, Stuck In A Void, and it’s a cracker. The Southend duo have teased us with a couple of EPs and a couple of Phoenix FM sessions, but the writing on this album takes them a step further ahead. Fans of 90s alternative rock like Sugar, Dinosaur Jr and (the massively underrated Pablo Honey-era) Radiohead will not be disappointed.

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oh and great album art too

You can preview and buy the album on their website here.

Tonight’s playlist:

Metric – Youth Without Youth
High/Low – Crashland
Kaiser Chiefs – My Life
Franz Ferdinand – Erdbeer Mund
Pulp – This Is Hardcore
Echobelly – Insomniac
Pop Will Eat Itself – Reclaim The Game
Grísalappalísa – ABC
Darling Buds – Fall
High/Low – Already Alone
Killatrix – Supersonic
Menswear – 125 West 3rd Street
Radiohead – Airbag
Slow Club – Suffering You, Suffering Me
Blur – Sing
States Of Emotion – The Way That I’m Wired
British Sea Power – Machineries Of Joy
S*M*A*S*H – Stanley
High/Low – Machines
Tricks – On Trial
Wind-Up Birds – The Gristle
Lovely Eggs – I Collect Snails
Carter USM – The Only Looney Left In Town
Omelettes – Perfect Wave
Sultans Of Ping FC – Michiko
Garbage – Only Happy When It Rains
Stereolab – L’Enfer Des Formes
Charlatans – Forever
Nada Surf – Popular

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Playlist for 29 May 2014 (AOTW: The Wind-Up Birds – Poor Music)

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This week’s Album Of The Week is the second offering from Leeds’ Wind Up-Birds. They’re a bit like a northern Art Brut, or a slightly more southern Fall.

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The band’s official website is here and you can order the new album from their Bandcamp page here.

Tonight’s playlist:

Pop Will Eat Itself – Ich Bin Ein Auslander
Tame Impala – Mind Mischief
DZ Deathrays – Reflective Skull
Bravery – Public Service Announcement
Wind-Up Birds – The Gristle
Blessa – Open Fields
Happyness – Great Minds Think Alike, All Brains Taste The Same
Lovestarrs – Bullet
Haley Bonar – Woke Up In My Future
High/Low – Crashland
Colour Me Wednesday – Sugar Coated
Sleeper – Inbetweener
Salad – Cardboy King
Andrew Grumbridge feat Lockton – The Catastrophic Transfer Of Wealth From The Young To The Old
Arctic Monkeys – Snap Out Of It
British Sea Power – Fear Of Drowning
Desperate Journalist – Happening
Menswear – Crash (2014)
Grísalappalísa – ABC
Pop Will Eat Itself – Reclaim The Game
Sultans Of Ping FC – Do Re Mi
J Xaverre – A Guess, Rewind
Kaiser Chiefs – Meanwhile Up In Heaven
Wind-Up Birds – Guy Ritchie
Two Koreas – Je Lis En Francais
Tom Vek – Sherman (Animals In The Jungle)
Republica – Pretty Girl Hate
Slow Club – Suffering You, Suffering Me
Jocasta – Go
Tricks – On Trial
Wind-Up Birds – Bar Sadness
Bjork – Venus As A Boy

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Playlist for 22 May 2014 (AOTW: Tom Williams and the Boat – Easy Fantastic)

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I’ve been late in getting up to date with this Tunbridge Wells five-piece but I’m definitely on the boat now with their third album, released this week.

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The label “folk rock” sends shudders of the worst aspects of “Mumford and Sons” (I’m not a fan of them) but this is more vintage old-school than some kind of latter day twiddling and the music is all the better for it.

Tonight’s playlist:

Metronomy – Reservoir
Tom Williams and the Boat – Hurricane
Wolf Alice – Moaning Lisa Smile
Blessa – Unfurl
Wind-Up Birds – The Gristle
Marbles Jackson – No More Feeling Like
Abdoujaparov – Boris
Fur Cough – Bye My Myopia
Gengahr – Dizzy Ghosts
Killatrix – Supersonic
Pop Will Eat Itself – Reclaim The Game
Tom Williams and the Boat – 25
John Mouse – I Was A Goalkeeper
Alvvays – Archie, Marry Me
Oxygen Thief – Co(extra)ordinates
High/Low – Crashland
Chris T-T and the Hoodrats – Beaten Drum
Blueberries – Push Me
School – Easier
Taffy – Snowberry
Kenickie – In Your Car
Lush – Nothing Natural
Republica – Out Of The Darkness
Metric – Poster Of A Girl
Radiohead – Ripcord
Sleeper – Statuesque
Darling Buds – Burst
Public Service Broadcasting – Elfstedendocht Part 1
Tom Williams and the Boat – I Want You
B-52’s – Dry County
Johnny Marr – New Town Velocity

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Playlist for 15 May 2014 (Wolf Alice/Superfood interviews again)

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No album of the week this week but I did have a chance to play out my interviews with Wolf Alice and Superfood that I recorded earlier in the week when I saw them both live at a packed-out Portland Arms in Cambridge.

Tonight’s playlist:

Franz Ferdinand – Erdbeer Mund
Abdoujaparov – Bicycle Shed
Honeyblood – Killer Bangs
Horse Party – What Do You Need
Desperate Journalist – Happening
Wolf Alice – Moaning Lisa Smile
Wolf Alice – She
Superfood – Bubbles
Superfood – Melting
Chris T-T and the Hoodrats – Beaten Drum
Blessa – Unfurl
Abdoujaparov – All I Want to Talk About
Menswear – Crash (2014)
Killatrix – Supersonic
Bis – The Young Mothers
Kasabian – eez-eh
DZ Deathrays – Gina Works At Hearts
Erica Nockalls – Cut Them Out
Pop Will Eat Itself – Reclaim The Game
Abdoujaparov – Boris
Fashoda Crisis – A Eulogy of Sorts
Metronomy – Reservoir
Tom Vek – Sherman (Animals In The Jungle)
Hafdis Huld – Pop Song
High/Low – Crashland
Pink Mountaintops – The Second Summer Of Love
Wind-Up Birds – The Gristle
Juliana Hatfield – Parking Lots
Maximo Park – My Bloody Mind
Spring Offensive – Bodylifting

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Phoenix FM interview Superfood

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One of my new favourite bands at the moment and definitely my Brummies Du Jour – Superfood were playing at Wolf Alice’s sold-out show at the Portland Arms in Cambridge, and I managed to chat with them before the gig. And amazingly we found a roof garden that we didn’t know existed!

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Dom, Ryan, Emily and Carl spoke about their forthcoming debut album and life on the road and then treated me (and everyone else there) of course to a fantastic half hour set featuring songs from the recent EP releases and a few yet to be unleashed. It was good to see the venue full up long before the band took to the stage, emphasising their growing reputation as one to watch (and listen to).

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You can find out more about the band on their brilliantly-Teletext-themed official website. Which other band’s website lets you play pong?

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Phoenix FM interview Wolf Alice

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Delighted to meet Wolf Alice for the first time – Ellie, Joel, Joff and Theo were at the Portland Arms in Cambridge (on the edge of the Phoenix FM transmission area!) to play a sold-out show at one of my favourite little venues. We had a chat in the pub about the current tour and EP releases, and I managed to blend into the band, just for a fleeting moment …

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The band have come up in leaps and bounds over the last year, having been nominated at the NME awards for Best New Band. I’ve managed to catch them at a couple of festivals in the past (they were particularly great on the Lake Stage at Latitude last year) but it was the first time I saw them at their own gig and they didn’t disappoint, playing a 45 minute set to a massively enthusistic crowd with fantastic passion and energy.

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Keep an eye on their Facebook page to find out more details about releases and gigs.

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Playlist for 8 May 2014 (AOTW: Bis – data Panik etcetera)

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Bis return with the release of their fourth album, 17 years after the first. While some of these songs were recorded and released on the internet in 2005 (and played on BOA at that time!) under the band’s now-abandoned Data Panik name, there are some brand new songs here too. The album is out now on Do Yourself In Records.

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Tonight’s playlist:

Remember Remember – La Mayo
Bis – Control The Radical
Desperate Journalist – Happening
Horrors – So Now You Know
John Mouse – I Was A Goalkeeper
Alpine – Gasoline
DZ Deathrays – Reflective Skull
Pop Will Eat Itself – Watch The Bitch Blow
Pop Will Eat Itself – Reclaim The Game
Carter USM – The Only Looney Left In Town
Killatrix – Supersonic
Bis – (That Love Ain’t) Justified
Bo Ningen – Slider
King Adora – The Law
Fashoda Crisis – Postanova
Spring Offensive – Bodylifting
Antlers – Hotel
Bis – Minimum Wage
Rakes – Retreat
Maximo Park – Our Velocity
Blessa – Unfurl
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Coming Down
Lola Colt – Vacant Hearts
Horse Party – Clarion Call
Kasabian – eez-eh
Cockney Rebel – Death Trip

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Interview with Graham Crabb from Pop Will Eat Itself

Is there anything more English than sitting in a beer garden on a Sunday afternoon with a pint of 1965 and half a Peroni, listening to birds singing, children playing, cars three-point-turning right next to you and planes circling overhead desperately trying to get into Gatwick?

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I was back at the local of Pop Will Eat Itself frontman Graham Crabb. Graham talks about the band’s current EP and forthcoming album and live dates, and his involvement in industrial supergroup Primitive Race. We also lamented on the state of English football and discussed why not all record companies are evil!

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Keep an eye on the latest happenings from the band by following their official website, Facebook and accounts.

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Playlist for 1 May 2014 (AOTW: Pink Mountaintops – Get Back)

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This week’s album of the week is from Vancouver rock band Pink Mountaintops, who have just released their 4th album, Get Back, on Jagjaguwar Records.

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Tonight’s playlist:

Heart Throbs – She’s In A Trance
Pink Mountaintops – The Second Summer Of Love
Happyness – Great Minds Think Alike, All Brains Taste The Same
Bob Mould – I Don’t Know You Anymore
Kenickie – In Your Car
Space – She’s In Love With The Boy In A Bodybag
Carter USM – Alternate Title
DZ Deathrays – Gina Works At Hearts
Pink Mountaintops – Through All The Worry
British Sea Power – K Hole
Radiohead – Anyone Can Play Guitar
Fashoda Crisis – Amnesiac Electorate
Alpine – Hands
Five Thirty – You
Blessa – Unfurl
Kent – La Belle Epoque
Public Service Broadcasting – Everest
Unicycle Loves You – Face Tattoo
Pink Mountaintops – Worry
History Of Apple Pie – The Warrior
James – Moving On
Hot Puppies – The Girl Who Was Too Beautiful
Kasabian – eez-eh
Sunshine Underground – Finally We Arrive
Ordinary Noise – Here’s To The Days
Maximo Park – Give, Get, Take
Yes – A Venture
Melody’s Echo Chamber – You Won’t Be Missing That Part Of Me
Wind-Up Birds – Addis Ababa
Midway Still – Note To Self
Public School Battalion – Dredging A Lake For Dead Tapes

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Playlist for 24 April 2014 (AOTW: Carsick Cars – 3)

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This week’s album of the week is from Beijing’s CARSICK CARS and is probably their 3rd album as it’s titled 3.

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A nice indie/slightly shoegazey vibe going through their music, well worth checking out. The album actually came out about two months ago but I had overlooked it a bit. I did consider Damon Albarn’s new album Everyday Robots as the AOTW (I’m a big Blur fan) – but it really is a pile of cack.

Also looked back at a wonderful gig at the Borderline last weekend with the Darling Buds (never thought I’d see them again – it’s been 22 years!) and Erica Nockalls’ current band, EN.

Tonight’s playlist:

Elbow – Fly Boy Blue/Lunette
Carsick Cars – 15 Minutes Older
Data Panik – Cubis (I Love You)
Franz Ferdinand – Erdbeer Mund
Darling Buds – Burst
Darling Buds – Fall
Erica Nockalls – Cut Them Out
James – Moving On
Carsick Cars – Reaching The Light
Pulp – Help The Aged
Band Of Holy Joy – I Have Travelled The Buses Late At Night
Kula Shaker – Grateful When You’re Dead
Bleech – Not Like You
Carsick Cars – The Best VPN So Far
Heart Throbs – She’s In A Trance
Earl Brutus – Navyhead
Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers (The Magician Remix)
Cable – Hexagon Eye
Wind-Up Birds – Addis Ababa
Kaiser Chiefs – Ruffians On Parade
School – SoLong
Rage Against The Machine – Renegades Of Funk
Tom Vek – Sherman (Animals In The Jungle)
Supergrass – Lenny
Strand Of Oaks – Goshen ’97
Temples – Sun Structures
Thousand Yard Stare – Happenstance?
Sulk – Marian Shine
Howling Bells – Your Love

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The Lost Classics Of Britpop

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[Reposted in April 2014] Simon Tyers and Chris Hughes from cult TV Nostalgia website TV Cream came to Phoenix towers at the end of May 2004 – when Phoenix FM was on air with a 28-day Restricted Service Licence (and online, even way back then) – to give us their rundown on the lost classics of Britpop. Here’s what they played and what they said at the time.

[Alas – we have no photos of this event. People didn’t really take photos in 2004, did they?]

BLUR – POPSCENE
The ultimate lost Britpop classic, the wiry Popscene scraped to number 32 in the spring of 1992. Frustrated by the public’s disinterest, Blur sulkily declared it would never appear on an album, ever, not even their greatest hits.

AUTEURS – SHOWGIRL
Luke Haines/they appeared on the famous Select magazine Yanks Go Home! cover strapline and missed out on the 1993 Mercury Music Prize by one vote (to Suede, natch). By 1996, being a contrary bugger, Haines had released a vituperative album about a murderer theme park.

SLEEPER – NICE GUY EDDIE
Destined to be remembered for giving music the ‘Sleeperbloke’, mouthy union bar pin-up Louise Wener and band actually enjoyed a decent run of three-minute radio-friendly soap operas. Like this single from 1996 album Nice Guy Eddie.

LONGPIGS – FAR
From Sheffield, like Pulp. Vaguely glam, like Pulp. Not many hits, unlike Pulp. Previous single She Said was famous for Crispin Hunt’s scream before the last chorus, which led Chris Evans and crew to scream over the rest of the song whenever they played it, which led Radio 1 Roadshow crowds to scream after any point they saw fit.

EDWYN COLLINS – ADIDAS WORLD
The perfect sardonic salute to cool Britannia, Britpop and its three-striped old school uniform, released in 1997 and possibly the only single ever to reference Adidas founder Adi Dassler.

SUPER FURRY ANIMALS – HOMETOWN UNICORN
The story is that after seeing an early gig Creation’s Alan McGee went backstage and told Gruff Rhys that they could be huge if they sang more in English, to which Rhys replied that the whole set had been in English. So he signed them, this being their first single for the label.

EDWARD BALL – THE MILL HILL SELF HATE CLUB
Northern Line pop perfection by the lyrical Creation Records in-house mascot from the summer of 1996, best remembered for a promo video starring Anna Friel, Graham Le Saux and Alan McGee.

TEENAGE FANCLUB – DON’T LOOK BACK
A third Creation act in a row (fourth if you count Collins’ short spell at the label in the late 80s), the jangle meisters’ 1995 album Grand Prix was much admired but didn’t sell as much as it should have. The cover featured a Simtek F1 car, surely none more 1995.

THE DIVINE COMEDY – BECOMING MORE LIKE ALFIE
Michael Caine-sampling kitchen sink celluloid from 1996, the second single from breakthrough album Casanova, championed by Chris Evans and featuring Neil Hannon at his eyebrow-arching finest.

BABYBIRD – GOODNIGHT
Stephen Jones emerged from a Sheffield bedroom`m some time around 1993 claiming he’d written more than 500 songs, and proceeded to put albums out at an alarming rate. Picked up by a major, this was the single before You’re Gorgeous ruined his indie reputation.

THE BOO RADLEYS – FIND THE ANSWER WITHIN
Existential cosmic scouse pop from the one-time ‘Do Badly’s’, a minor hit in the summer of 1995, boasting ace terrace singalong chorus and backwards football chants at the end.

CUD – RICH AND STRANGE
Pulp-predating Leeds oddballs who later found this soundtracking failed sitcom Baddiel’s Syndrome, but don’t hold that against it. They performed this on a 1993 pilot Reeves & Mortimer music show, chiefly notable for being called Popadoodledandy.

ELASTICA – WAKING UP
Brazen new wave revivalism from 1995, cups of tea, spiky guitars and indolent vocals from Justine all present and correct, securing permanent a-list status on indie disco playlists.

KENICKIE – PEOPLE WE WANT
A contemplative moment from At The Club, the debut album by Sunderland’s much-loved but not selling enough chiefly female pop-punks. Nowadays Lauren Laverne’s increasingly wasted on the telly, Johnny X released a lo-fi singer-songwriter album under the name J Xaverre last year, and Marie Du Santiago and Emmy-Kate Montrose formed Rosita, who split in 2001 after two singles, and disappeared.

ASH – GIRL FROM MARS
Rocket-powered bedroom punk tribute to Henri Winterman cigars, late-night card sessions and the nameless space cadet of the title. Reached number 11, from the band’s first proper album, 1977.

WHIPPING BOY – WHEN WE WERE YOUNG
Like many here they’d probably hate being called Britpop, largely because they were Irish, but they toted guitars in 1995, so they’re in. Heartworm was one of the more under-rated albums of that year.

ST ETIENNE – YOU’RE IN A BAD WAY
Fab humming Joe Meek pastiche by the great lost Magpie team that was St Etienne, from their 1993 album So Tough. Earns TVC bonus points for that reference to the Generation Game in the first verse.

MY LIFE STORY – STRUMPET
Jake Shillingford and friends – 17 at one point – were hated by the NME but loved by a small society of people attracted by cheap glamour and an in-house string section. Shillingford now fronts Exile Inside and rakes in royalties from The Premiership On Monday, which uses 12 Reasons Why I Love Her on its show menu.

BLACK GRAPE – REVEREND BLACK GRAPE
Inspired if not particularly obvious blueprint from Shaun and Bez, soldering what sounded like the harmonica riff from The Old Grey Whistle Test to lines from old Christmas carols, and making number nine in 1995.

EARL BRUTUS – NAVYHEAD
A group of men old enough to know better, including a former JoBoxer (of Boxer Beat fame), one of turn of the ’90s hopefuls World Of Twist and the brother of ABC’s Martin Fry, they formulated a mutant strain of glam guitar and electronics, accompanied live by a man whose sole purpose during gigs was to drink beer, headbang on the spot and more often than not eventually dodge flying bits of equipment. The story goes that, at their first big London media-filled concert, they smashed up their gear within 10 minutes and spent the next 20 miming to Joe Fagin’s That’s Livin’ Alright before leaving the stage.

ME ME ME – HANGING AROUND
The closest Britpop ever got to a supergroup, Stephen Duffy, Alex James from Blur and Justin Welch from Elastica united in the summer of 1996 for this brassy beer garden kickabout and reached number 19.

BLUETONES – SOLOMON BITES THE WORM
Ridiculous to think now that in 1995 they were considered the new Stone Roses, but there’s Britpop thinking in a nutshell. This was from the second album, Return To The Last Chance Saloon.

PULP – RAZZMATAZZ
Lustrous late-night high-rise drama from 1992, Jarvis Cocker’s final dress rehearsal before Pulp’s belated blast-off from virtual obscurity to chart heroics and critical adulation. From the essential 1993 collection, Intro.

DAVID DEVANT AND HIS SPIRIT WIFE – GINGER
Briefly feted in 1997, accompanied by many positive if confused notices for The Vessel and co’s live show featuring attempted magic, singing into mirrors, odd background videos and onstage overhead carrot grating during this song, performed by hangers-on The Spectral Roadies.

LUSH – SINGLE GIRL
Done and dusted in two and a half minutes flat, this bittersweet photo romance reached number 21 in January 1996 and inspired Mark and Lard’s glorious remake, Single Bloke.

TIGER – RACE
They attempted to re-popularise the mullet, they sounded like an attempt to recreate early Fall crossed with Stereolab, Mark Goodier announced later single On The Rose with the words “Tiger have released their song again…” and the Guardian quoted a commercial radio spokesman slamming Radio 1 with the words “milkmen don’t want to have to listen to Tiger all day”.

SHED 7 – GETTING BETTER
The terminally underrated but big-in-Thailand quartet from York actually turned out a slew of formidable indie jukebox anthems, but they never topped this swaggering shoutalong from 1996.

HELEN LOVE – LONG LIVE THE UK MUSIC SCENE
The Newport’s cheap synth bubblegum poppette’s ironic swipe at Chris Evans, Shed Seven (which is why we played it here), Ocean Colour Scene etc. Previous single We Love You had been playlisted by Radio 1 despite sounding like it’d been recorded for 50p.

SUEDE – NEW GENERATION
Panoramic parkway powerpop from the band’s second album Dog Man Star and their last single featuring Bernard Butler on guitar and song writing credits. Reached number 21 in 1995.

GENE – SLEEP WELL TONIGHT
At the time heralded as the new Smiths (cf the Bluetones), Olympian is a candidate for the title of best overlooked album of the era. Instead of living in LA and being loved by the local Mexican community, however, singer Martin Rossiter lives in Brighton and was on a house design show on Five last year.

OASIS – FADE AWAY
Originally the raucous b-side of Cigarettes and Alcohol, before being rerecorded as an acoustic track with “assistance” from Johnny Depp to kick off 1995’s Help! charity album, although that didn’t stop it sounding a bit like Freedom by Wham!

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El Deyma live on Phoenix FM

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We welcomed Flo, Daniele and Giulio back to Brentwood for their second visit to the Brentwood Centre but their first to the Phoenix FM studio.

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El Deyma took part in our Battle Stage competition last year, reaching the final. After a quick and subtle change of personnel they are back with a new single, Bad Kiddo, which you can buy from all good record shops and iTunes.

This London-based band have their roots in France and Italy but musically they have a diverse range of influences including The Beatles, The Doors, King Crimson, Queen, Radiohead, Bloc Party and the Beastie Boys. We were treated to four songs which you can see and hear again below.

El Deyma will be playing this year’s Brentwood Festival on Sunday 20 July and there will be a smattering of London gigs too – keep an eye on their website for more information.

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Playlist for 17 April 2014

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No album of the week this week because I had El Deyma in session instead.

Hot Chip – Flutes
Kaiser Chiefs – My Life
Suede – It Starts And Ends With You
Honeyblood – Killer Bangs
Abdoujaparov – Beer Scooter
Low Frequency In Stereo – Colette (Subie Subie)

In session:
El Deyma – Odd-O-Matic
El Deyma – Bad Kiddo
El Deyma – Exclusive Try
El Deyma – B-Side

Accrington Stanley – Dangerous Sports
Metronomy – Reservoir
Pollapönk – No Prejudice
Catch – Bingo
Menswear – Crash (2014)
That Hidden Promise -This is the Rage
Franz Ferdinand – Erdbeer Mund
Leika – Love on the run
John Mouse – I Was A Goalkeeper
Public Service Broadcasting – Lit Up
Tom Vek – Sherman (Animals In The Jungle)
Space – Attack Of The Mutant 50ft Kebab
Mega City Four – Scared Of Cats
Dumb – Dive
Sugarcubes – Hit
Nine Black Alps – Supermarket Clothes
Supergrass – Richard III
Art Brut – The Great Escape

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Playlist for 10 April 2014 (Britpop special) (AOTW: Voluntary Butler Scheme – A Million Ways To Make Gold)

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Today is the 20th anniversay of 1994* and for some reason the papers and other radio stations are all agog with Britpop, which is also 20 years old according to the BBC, or 21 years old according to the BBC.

As far as BOA is concerned, Britpop never really went away, but it’s good to see band such as Dodgy, Bleech and Salad back on TV again. Coincidentally I picked three bands who’ve recently played live for Phoenix FM (if you count Cowboy Racer as Salad, which you probably can’t). So the first hour of the show was in homage to many of those bands, including Menswear, who I saw live two weeks ago (fantastic) and also had a chance to give their wonderful new single CRASH an airing. Hoewever there was no Blur, Pulp or Oasis – I regularly play Blur and Pulp so they’ll no doubt get an airing very soon, and as for Oasis, I’m not familiar with their oeuvre, so will need to assess their playworthiness another time.

We also had an album of the week in the shape of A Million Ways To Make Gold by the Voluntary Butler Scheme. A great album of quirkiness and a brilliant Pinkpantheresque album cover too.

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Tonight’s playlist:

Kaiser Chiefs – Ruffians On Parade
Divine Comedy – Something For The Weekend
Mansun – Take It Easy Chicken
Dodgy – Water Under The Bridge
Shed Seven – Getting Better
My Life Story – Motorcade
Bluetones – Marblehead Johnson
Longpigs – She Said
Elastica – Car Song
Catatonia – I Am The Mob
Marion – I Stopped Dancing
Supergrass – Caught by the Fuzz
Powder – Afrodisiac
Sleeper – Vegas
Echobelly – I Can’t Imagine The World Without Me
Salad – Motorbike to Heaven
Jesus and Mary Chain – Far Gone And Out
Keith Top Of The Pops and his Minor UK Indie Celebrity All-Star Backing Band – Bingo
Menswear – Stardust
Honeyblood – Killer Bangs
Voluntary Butler Scheme – Honey In The Gravel Mixture
School – Head Over Here
Franz Ferdinand – Erdbeer Mund
Metronomy – Reservoir
Voluntary Butler Scheme – Brain Freeze
Menswear – Crash
Makthaverskan – No Mercy
Divine Paiste – Native Echoes
Voluntary Butler Scheme – So Tired (So Tired)
John Mouse – I Was A Goalkeeper
Black Keys – Fever
Botnleðja – Slóði
Pop Will Eat Itself – Watch The Bitch Blow

* to paraphrase Chris Morris

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Playlist for 3 April 2014 (AOTW: Kaiser Chiefs – Education, Education, Education and War)

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Always been a big fan of the Kaiser Chiefs’ music and despite losing main songwriter Nick Hodgson after the less-than-adequate The Future Is Medieval, this is a real return to form. More organs in rock music, now!

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I believe the singer has been on a mostly-awful TV programme too, which is probably going to add a few record sales.

Tonight’s playlist:

EMA – So Blonde
Kaiser Chiefs – Misery Company
Weirdgear – Daytona 87
Talking Heads – Life During Wartime
Darling Buds – Let’s Go Round There
Bleech – I Just Want You
Animal Noise – Bag Of Bones
Salad – Terrible Day
Cheap Girls – Knock Me Over
Inkhearts – Keeping Up
Band Of Holy Joy – I Have Travelled The Buses Late At Night
Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – Trust
Brian Batz – Sleep Party People – In Another World
Twin Atlantic – Heart and Soul
Shy Lips – She Was Born In Bahia
Hoosiers – Make Or Break
Kaiser Chiefs – Meanwhile Up In Heaven
Honey – Love Sick Sick Love
Botnleðja – Slóði
Menswear – Around You Again
Superfood – (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)
Space – She’s In Love With The Boy In A Bodybag
Howling Bells – Slowburn
Little Matador – Stitch Yourself Up
Mikro – Beautiful People
Kaiser Chiefs – One More Last Song
Tenek – If I Should Fall
Pop Will Eat Itself – Watch The Bitch Blow
Maximo Park – Give Get Take
Temples – Mesmerise
Gemma Hayes – Let A Good Thing Go

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Playlist for 27 March 2014 (AOTW: Space – Attack Of The Mutant 50ft Kebab)

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More 90s bands coming back and creating new masterpieces, how I can top that? OH YES I KNOW .. I GOT KATE BUSH TICKETS!!

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We also had LOST HARBOURS in session and I’ll get those videos online soon!

Tonight’s playlist:

Superfood – (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)
Menswear – Around You Again
Band Of Holy Joy – Will These Things See You Right
Bleech – Here I Am
Zella Day – Sweet Ophelia
Brian Batz – Sleep Party People – In Another World
Carsick Cars – Midnight Driver
Elastic Sleep – Leave You
Crocodiles – Groove Is In The Heart – California Girls
Space – Fortune Teller
Red Ink – Going Insane
Trampolene – You Do Nothing For Me
Goldfrapp – Thea
Little Matador – Stitch Yourself Up
Space – She’s In Love With The Boy In A Bodybag
Heart Throbs – Hooligan
Republica – From Rush Hour With Love
Menswear – Stardust
Echobelly – Bellyache
Maximo Park – The National Health
Inkhearts – Keeping Up
Space – Crying On The Webcam
Hoosiers – Make Or Break
Pop Will Eat Itself – Watch The Bitch Blow

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Playlist for 13 March 2014 (AOTW: Bleech – Humble Sky)

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We play a lot of BLEECH here on BOA so picking their second album as an AOTW was a bit of a no-brainer, but it’s great that Humble Sky matches those high expectations. And we also managed to have a chat with Jen from Bleech and you can hear that again by clicking this link.

Tonight’s playlist:

Esben and the Witch – No Dog
Jagwar Ma – Why’d You Only Call When You’re High
Pretty Reckless – Heaven Knows
Bleech – I Just Want You
Dumb – Two Bottles
Johnny Foreigner – Le Sigh
Bleech – Marching Song
Bleech – Not Like You
Nine Black Alps – Supermarket Clothes
Looking For Liam – She’s No Good For Me
Kaiser Chiefs – Bows and Arrows
A House – Take It Easy On Me
Maximo Park – Give, Get, Take
Younger Younger 28s – Julie
Accrington Stanley – Dangerous Sports
Amanda Palmer – Leeds United
Temples – Keep In The Dark
Cure – Never Enough
Carsick Cars – The Best VPN So Far
Animal Noise – Bag Of Bones
Editors – Sugar
Superfood – (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)
We Are Scientists – This Scene Is Dead
Trampolene – You Do Nothing For Me
Honeyblood – Choker
Low Frequency In Stereo – Cybernautic
Everything By Electricity – Hello Nothing
Todd Terje – Strandbar (disko)

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Interview with Jen from Bleech

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We spoke to Jen from BLEECH about the new album, the forthcoming UK tour and plans for the future.

Bleech at the Phoenix FM studio in May 2013

You can keep up with the latest Bleech happenings at their Facebook and Twitter pages or their official website.

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Playlist for 6 March 2014

Back on Mixcloud! You can hear the whole show again below, or get the Mixcloud app. There’s probably something like that.

Can’t believe it but I’ve been married 21 years today! We included more than one look back to 1993 in tonight’s show.

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We were all over stuff like this in the early 90s

Nada Surf – Popular
High-Low – Forty
Curxes – Avant-Guarded
Honeyblood – Choker
Blur – Coping
Credit to the Nation – Call It What You Want
Radiohead – Blow Out
Dodgy – Lovebirds
Senser – The Key
Aeromancy – Triangles
Howling Bells – Slowburn
Codeine Velvet Club – I Am The Resurrection
Family Gotown – Box
God Damn – Shoe Prints In The Dust
Samurai Seven – Xeroxy Music
Looking For Liam – She Is (Phoenix FM session)
Maximo Park – Give, Get, Take
Menswear – Stardust
Republica – Pretty Girl Hate
Train To Spain – Grab And Touch
St Vincent – Digital Witness
Thousand Yard Stare – Version Of Me
Nine Black Alps – Supermarket Clothes
Mighty Roars – Solid Hollow
Thomas Tantrum – Sleep
Frank and Walters – After All
Sultans Of Ping FC – Veronica
Public Service Broadcasting – Lit Up
Suede – It Starts And Ends With You
Temples – Mesmerise
Super Furry Animals – Something 4 The Weekend
Taffy – Snowberry

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Playlist for 27 February 2014

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Whatever happened to Eddy Current Suppression Ring?

Catatonia – Sweet Catatonia
Earl Brutus – Come Taste My Mind
Public Service Broadcasting – Elfstedentocht Part 1
God Damn – Shoe Prints In The Dust
Tenek – Another Day
Menswear – Stardust
Howling Bells – Slowburn
Long Blondes – Separated By Motorways
Hot Puppies – Green Eyeliner
Moscow Youth Cult – Low Vision
Republica – Out Of The Darkness
Data Panik – Sense Not Sense
Komakino – Say Something
Late Of The Pier – Heartbeat
Klang – L.O.V.E.
Jenny Owen Youngs – Hot in Herre
San Cisco – Awkward
Some Kind Of Leader – Punk God!
Kenickie – In Your Car
B-52s – Rock Lobster
Eddy Current Suppression Ring – You Let Me Be Honest With You
Splashh – Lemonade
Feeder – Buck Rogers
Pavement – Carrot Rope
Mike Flowers Pops – Talk
Detektivbyrån – Nattoppet
They Might Be Giants – Ana Ng
British Sea Power – Mongk II
Mclusky – To Hell With Good Intentions
Kaiser Chiefs – Bows and Arrows
Lovely Eggs – I Collect Snails
Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots
Gene – Olympian

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Playlist for 20 February 2014 (Andy Partridge DOESN’T swear)

I often grab the songs I’m playing about an hour before my show, by making a playlist in iTunes and then copying them over to the computer in our studio what plays the music. Every now and then, you pick up the wrong version of a song and you realise that it’s a live version, and as soon as you hear the fade in of the crowd cheer going out live on air your heart sinks to your stomach as you wonder whether the song is going to be introduced with a volley of swears. (And whether I will have to write a long letter saying sorry to Mr Ofcom).

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Luckily the version I played – from the band’s 1992 release BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert which captured the band’s live show at the Hammersmith Palais on 22 December 1980 – had no such words, to which I announced my relief to the world:

To which Mr Partridge, potential talker and singer of those non-existent swears, replied:

I love Andy Partridge on Twitter. He has over 10,000 followers himself but he follows NO ONE, as if to say “I’m not using Twitter the way you want me. I’m just going to talk to XTC fans on here. Take THAT, The Twitter Man”. As for the aforementioned live album, it is one of THE very best live albums ever. Full of early hits and perfectly recorded, if you like XTC, the album gives songs like Living Through Another Cuba a new lease of life. Go buy it, if indeed you still can buy CDs.

And yeah, Andy Partridge tweeted me. I’m never washing my Twitter again.

Tonight’s playlist:

Pre New – Believe (RedKen Kosmische Zweiblen PreMix)
Carter USM – Rubbish
Echobelly – Insomniac
Temples – Test Of Time
Young Knives – Owls of Athens
Train To Spain – All About
Ages and Ages – I See More
Black Casino and the Ghost – Johnny Boy
Julie Ruin – Oh Come On
Brody Dalle – Meet The Foetus Oh The Joy
Todd Terje – Strandbar (disko)
Weirdgear – Snakecharmer
Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers (The Magician Remix)
Meryl And A Bit Of Yellow – Chance
Arctic Monkeys – Arabella
Blur – Advert
Dumb – Two Bottles
Nina Persson – Animal Heart
They Might Be Giants – Ana Ng
Heart Throbs – She’s In A Trance
XTC – This Is Pop (live. No swears)
Honeyblood – Choker
Kill Van Kulls – Wishing
Maximo Park – Give, Get, Take
Powder – Afrodisiac
Public Service Broadcasting – Night Mail
St Vincent – Digital Witness
Sulk – Marian Shrine
Pretty Reckless – Heaven Knows
Wonder Villains – Marshall

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Playlist for 13 February 2014 (AOTW: Temples – Sun Structures)

Fantastically authentic psych rock from Northamptonshire – with the fantastic Rushton Triangular Lodge on the front cover, so extra points for that!

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Apparently Noel Gallagher is a big fan but never mind, I love this album anyway.

Tonight’s playlist:

Hot Chip – Flutes
Temples – Mesmerise
Cud – Mexico
St Vincent – Digital Witness
Art Brut – Emily Kane
Radkey – Feed My Brain
Black Casino and the Ghost – Johnny Boy
Kaiser Chiefs – Coming Home
Maximo Park – Give, Get, Take
Spoon – Everything Hits At Once
Bleech – So Here I Am
Jake Bugg – What Doesn’t Kill You
Temples – Sand Dance
Metronomy – Love Letters
Stone By Window – Signal
Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots
Dumb – Two Bottles
Everything By Electricity – Hello Nothing
Fagan – Tonight
Fanfarlo – Landlocked
Nina Persson – Food For The Beast
Radiohead – Talk Show Host
Jezabels – Look Of Love
Notwist – Kong
Sebastien Tellier – L’Amour Naissant
Public Service Broadcasting – Elfstedentocht Part 1
Pisces – Winter Horse
Temples – Move With The Season
Blur – Beetlebum
Thousand Yard Stare – Comeuppance

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Playlist for 6 February 2014 (AOTW: Nina Persson – Animal Heart)

Yes, NINA PERSSON is back, enough said.

If I didn’t know better I would have said this was a Cardigans album. I love 2014.

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I also played:

Elbow – Fly Boy Blue – Lunette
Nina Persson – Animal Heart
Cat Bear Tree – Spaces In Between
Metronomy – Love Letters
Dum Dum Girls – Rimbaud Eyes
Maximo Park – Give, Get, Take
Maximo Park – Apply Some Pressure
Dumb – Supersonic Love Toy
Nina Persson – Clip Your Wings
Heavy Petting Zoo – Broken Bone
Black Casino and the Ghost – Johnny Boy
Psylhouette – Jade
Vad Fruttik – Válaszok Nélkül
Curxes – Avant-Guarded
Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots
Vardo and the Boss – Better Days
Wolf Alice – Blush
Meryl And A Bit Of Yellow – Chance
Aztec Camera – Oblivious
Milagres – Jeweled Cave
Nina Persson – Dreaming Of Houses
Eagulls – Possessed
Dumb – Two Bottles
Superfood – TV
St Vincent – Digital Witness
Young Knives – Green Island Red Raw
Pulp – I Spy

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Maximo Park give us Too Much Information

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We were at our favourite little venue in E2, the Sebright Arms, to witness the launch gig for Too Much Information, Maximo Park’s fifth album.

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Frontman Paul Smith enthusiastically talked about the ideas behind the new album, where the band could be going next – and had time to reflect upon his beloved Middlesbrough FC!

The show itself was a fantastic set with old favourites including Apply Some Pressure and Graffiti thrown around the new songs.

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Too Much Information is now available in all good record shops, and you really should buy it. You can find out more about the band’s future plans on their official website.

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Playlist for 30 January 2014 (AOTW: Maximo Park – Too Much Information)

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Tonight’s playlist:

Todd Terje – Strandbar (disko)
Maximo Park – Give, Get, Take
Public Service Broadcasting – Elfstedentocht Part 1
Dum Dum Girls – Rimbaud Eyes
Foals – Inhaler
Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots
Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers (The Magician Remix)
St Vincent – Digital Witness
Blessa – Between Times
Carter USM – Anytime Anyplace Anywhere
Sultans Of Ping FC – Love And Understanding
Maximo Park – Midnight On The Hill
Vad Fruttik – Válaszok Nélkül
Elbow – Fly Boy Blue – Lunette
Superfood – Lovefool (NME session 30-01-2014)
Heart Throbs – Hooligan
Cat Bear Tree – Spaces In Between
School – SoLong
Metronomy – Love Letters
Dinosaur Pile Up – Hanging By A Thread
Stone By Window – Signal
Looking For Liam – No Good For Me
Light Light – Kilo
Maximo Park – My Bloody Mind
Rouge Girls – Wilderness
Tenek – If I Should Fall
Kaiser Chiefs – Bows and Arrows
Midway Still – Better Than Before
El Presidente – Rocket
Young Galaxy – Hard To Tell

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Playlist for 23 January 2014

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Elbow in great new record shocker!

Lots of new stuff tonight:

Elbow – Fly Boy Blue / Lunette
Bloc Party – Octopus (RAC remix)
Curxes – Avant-Guarded
Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots
Dum Dum Girls – Rimbaud Eyes
Wolf Alice – Blush
Fickle Friends – Swim
Ten Tigers – ’82
Au Revoir Simone – More Than
A House – Why Me?
Eagulls – Tough Luck
Foals – Providence
Blessa – Between Times
Cat Bear Tree – Spaces In Between
British Sea Power – A Light Above Descending
Trashcan Sinatras – Obscurity Knocks
Katie Cruel – Run
Kaiser Chiefs – Bows and Arrows
Johnny Foreigner – Le Sigh
Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers (The Magician Remix)
Fred – Cinammon
Nina Persson – Animal Heart
New Mendicants – If Only You Knew Her
Mogwai – The Lord Is Out Of Control
School – SoLong
Meryl And A Bit Of Yellow – Chance
Rouge Girls – Wilderness
Looking For Liam – No Good For Me
St Vincent – Digital Witness
Garbage – Dumb

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Playlist for 16 January 2014

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(It would be nice if Lush reformed. Just for me, if nothing else)

Tonight’s playlist:

Lush – Nothing Natural
Curxes – Avant-Guarded
Blessa – Between Times
Handsome Dead – Speak
Nina Persson – Animal Heart
Boy and Bear – Southern Sun
Chris T-T and the Hoodrats – Bury Me With A Scarab
Cud – Mexico
Mansun – Take It Easy Chicken
Superfood – Superfood
Fickle Friends – Swim
Fischerspooner – Emerge
Looking For Liam – No Good For Me
Kaiser Chiefs – Bows and Arrows
Marion – I Stopped Dancing
Cat Bear Tree – Spaces In Between
Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers (The Magician Remix)
Public Service Broadcasting – Elfstedentocht Part 1
Tiger – Friends
Frank and Walters – Angela Cray
Maximo Park – Leave This Island
Metronomy – I’m Aquarius
Young Galaxy – Hard To Tell
My Glass World – The Year Of Happy
Sulk – Flowers
We Are Scientists – Return The Favour
Sebastien Tellier – L’Amour Naissant
Veronica Falls – Need You Around
School – SoLong
Stephen Malkmus – Discretion Grove
Stone By Window – Signal

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Playlist for 9 January 2014

Yay, Nina Persson is back!

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Tonight’s playlist

Low Frequency In Stereo – Satellites in Sight
Chris T-T and the Hoodrats – Bury Me With A Scarab
Stone By Window – Signal
Franz Ferdinand – Treason! Animals.
British Sea Power – Loving Animals
Vile Electrodes – Proximity
Blessa – Between Times
Wind-Up Birds – Cross Country
Tame Impala – Elephant
Mighty Roars – Solid Hollow
Polysics – Young Oh! Oh!
Heavy Petting Zoo – Broken Bone
Melody’s Echo Chamber – You Won’t Be Missing That Part Of Me
Young Galaxy – Hard To Tell
Maximo Park – Questing Not Coasting
Bleech – Adrenalin Junkie
Bellatrix – Sweet Surrender
Nina Persson – Animal Heart
Menace Beach – Fortune Teller
Young Knives – Marble Maze
Kaiser Chiefs – Bows and Arrows
Gorillaz – Stylo (Erland and the Carnival Carnivalization remix)
Metric – Speed The Collapse
Mega City Four – Ticket Collector
Public Service Broadcasting – Signal 30
Charlatans – Forever
Veronica Falls – Nobody There
KLOQ – Begin Again
Everything Everything – Photoshop Handsome
Dingus Khan – Made A List

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Playlist for 2 January 2014 (AOTW: Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – Wig Out At Jagbags)

Tonight’s album of the week is from Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – still loving his post-Pavement sounds. I should probably buy some of his old band’s albums one day.

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Tonight’s playlist:

Hot Chip – Flutes
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – Planetary Motion
Audioweb – Test The Theory
Young Galaxy – Hard To Tell
Ladyhawke – Paris Is Burning
Blessa – Between Times
Charlatans – Forever
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – The Janitor Revealed
Kaiser Chiefs – Misery Company
Republica – Christiana Obey (Tenek Mix)
Cud – Louise
Knifeworld – Clairvoyant Fortnight
Low Frequency In Stereo – Colette (Subie Subie)
Superfood – TV
Lush – Hypocrite
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – Chartjunk
Mighty Roars – Solid Hollow
Young Knives – Green Island Red Raw
Nina Persson – Animal Heart
Sulk – The Big Blue
Public Service Broadcasting – Night Mail
Madness – Drip Fed Fred
Divine Comedy – Come Home Billy Bird
Veronica Falls – Nobody There
Cursor Miner – Library
Taffy – So Long
Ruby – Bart
Venera 4 – Deaf Heartbeats
Stone By Window – Signal

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Brentwood’s Only Alternative in 2013 – 432 bands and 1,175 songs later

It’s that time again when I go through my stats for the year!

In 2013 I played 432 bands and 1,175 songs.

Once again the most popular artist was BRITISH SEA POWER who received 26 plays), followed by BLEECH who were played 24 times and TAFFY who were played 22 times.

The most popular tracks played were:

=1. Bleech – Not Like You (10 plays)
=1. Bloc Party – Ratchet (10 plays)
=3. Taffy – Snowberry (9 plays)
=3. Young Knives – Maureen (9 plays)
=5. Dingus Khan – Made A List (8 plays)
=5. Haiku Salut – Sounds Like There’s A Pacman Crunching Away At Your Heart (8 plays)
=7. British Sea Power – Machineries Of Joy (7 plays)
=7. Foals – My Number (7 plays)
=7. Plantman – Lunaria (7 plays)
=7. Splashh – Lemonade (7 plays)

These are the bands I played:

26 plays: British Sea Power

24 plays: Bleech

22 plays: Taffy

21 plays: Franz Ferdinand, Republica

20 plays: Suede, Young Knives

17 plays: Bloc Party, Public Service Broadcasting

15 plays: Everything Everything, History Of Apple Pie

13 plays: Dutch Uncles, Foals

12 plays: Dingus Khan

11 plays: David Bowie, Vile Electrodes

10 plays: Art Brut, Echobelly, Haiku Salut, Joy Formidable, Pulp, Splashh

9 plays: Chvrches, Marsheaux, Melody’s Echo Chamber, Modovar, Muse, Plantman, Superfood

8 plays: Blindness

7 plays: Abdoujaparov, Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs, Eva On The Western Castle Island, Jagwar Ma, Jensen Code, Primitives, Tomorrow Men

6 plays: Black Dots, Blur, Duckworth Lewis Method, Kitchens Of Distinction, Limbic Void, Mega City Four, My Bloody Valentine, Sky Larkin, Toy

5 plays: 1975, Belter, Carter USM, Fashoda Crisis, Good Natured, High/Low, I Plead Irony, Knifeworld, Light Light, Maximo Park, Midway Still, Mighty Roars, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, Omelettes, Pre New, Tenek, They Might Be Giants, Universal Disappointment Sponge

4 plays: Ben Brown, Bettie Serveert, Camera Obscura, Damn Dirty Humans, Decade In Exile, Desperate Journalist, Dumb, Edwyn Collins, Elastica, I Am Waiting For You Last Summer, Is Tropical, Iskaa and the Red Cars, Jenson Code, Joanna Gruesome, Jonny Cola and the A Grades, Keebo, Lovely Eggs, Low Frequency In Stereo, Phoenix, Pixies, Radiohead, Stereolab, Theme Park, Trophy Wife

3 plays: Apu And The Dentist, Beck, China Rats, Comanechi, Cud, Das Russians, Do Me Bad Things, Dropper’s Neck, Earl Brutus, Eye Emma Jedi, Fake Club, Heart Throbs, Jam, Johnny Marr, Kaiser Chiefs, Kill City Defectors, Lush, MJ Hibbett and Carsmile Steve, MonMon, múm, Of Montreal, Sojourn Society, Velvet Two Stripes, Warm Winters, We Are Scientists, XTC, Za/Zu

2 plays: A*Star-Band, Adam Ant, All Seeing I, April March and Aquaserge, Away, B-52′s, Bellatrix, Boxcars, Boxer Rebellion, Boy, Bracknall, Brothers In Law, Candy Empire, Catatonia, Catrinas, Chapel Club, Charlatans, Charlotte Church, Courtney Love, Cumulus, Daughter, Depeche Mode, Dios Mio, Divine Comedy, Divine Fits, Eddie Argos And The Lo Fi Punk Rock Motherfuckers, E-Jitz, Empire Of The Sun, Ends, Erland Oye, Evans The Death, Everything By Electricity, Fall, Femmepop, Futureheads, Garbage, Hippies vs Ghosts, Honeyblood, Hot Chip, I Like Trains, KLOQ, Kraftwerk, Larry And His Flask, Last Cry, Lavers, Le Page, Lois and the Love, Lost Harbours, Manic Street Preachers, Nada Surf, Ocean Colour Scene, Perhaps Contraption, Pond, Samurai Seven, Shake Hands Eric, Shermans, Shiny Darkness, Sisters, Sleeper, Sonic Boom Six, SPC ECO, Subrosa, Sulk, Sultans of Ping FC, Super Furry Animals, Superchunk, Supergrass, Sykur, Teenage Fanclub, Thousand Yard Stare, Venera 4, Vivien Glass, Wallis Bird, Weirdgear, Whackatronix, Widowspeak, Wind-Up Birds, Witchingseason, Young Wonder

1 play: 2:54, 3 Colours Red, A House, Alex Winston, Amanda Palmer, Angelica, Anna, Apples, Arcade Fire, Art Gruppe, Ash, Atlas Genius, Avalanches, B-52s, Babyshambles, Back To The Planet, Baikonour, Barry Adamson, Bastille, Be The Bear, Beat Mark, Biffy Clyro, Big Deal, Bis, Black Orchid Empire, Blitz Kids, Blue Aeroplanes, Bluetones, Bo Ningen feat Jehnny Beth, Bob Mould, Boo Radleys, Bow Flats, Brothergang, Brownies, Cable, Calling All Astronauts, Camden, Cardigans, Cat Bear Tree, China Drum, Cibo Matto, Cling, Clint Boon Experience, Corporal Machine and the Bombers, Cosmetics, Courteeners, Creision Hud, Crimea, Crystal Fighters, CSS, Cure, Curve, Curxes, Customs, Cut Ribbons, Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Darling Buds, Darren Hayman and the Long Parliament, Das Pop, Data Panik, Dead 60s, Death Of The Elephant, Del Amitri, Delakota, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Drenge, Dubstar, Echo and the Bunnymen, Ed Zealous, Editors, Eels, El Deyma, Electric Soft Parade, EMF, Emiliana Torrini, F.U.R.S., Family Cat, Family Gotown, Farm, Fields, Five Thirty, FM Belfast, Frank and Walters, Frankie and the Heartstrings, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Future Ages, Future Of The Left, Gabriel Kain and the Ables, Glam Chops, Glasvegas, Go Yoko!, Gorillaz, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, Hafdis Huld, Hefner, Hics, High Low, High-Low, Hot Puppies, How To Loot Brazil, I Am Kloot, Ida Maria, Indelicates, Inspiral Carpets, , (International) Noise Conspiracy, Jake Bugg, Jarvis, Jeffrey Lewis and The Rain, Jellyfish, Jim Bob, Jim Moir, Joanne Joanne, John Lees’ Barclay James Harvest, Johnny Cash, Jona Lewie, Juliana Hatfield, Just Handshakes, Kate Bush, Kenickie, Kill Moon, Kings Of Leon, Kristin Hersh, Ladykillers, Lars and the Hands of Light, Lightyears Explode, Linus The Moon, Little Roy, Local Girls, Lola Colt, Long Blondes, Longy, Madness, Manda Rin, Mannequins, Marc Almond, Mary Do You Wanna, Menswear, Metric, Metronomy, Mexico 70, Mika Bomb, Mike Flowers Pops, Milo Greene, Mint Royale feat Lauren Laverne, Missing Andy, MJ Hibbett and the Validators, Mmm, Modest Mouse, Mogwai, Monkey Swallows The Universe, Moons of Neptune, MS MR, My Heroine, My Life Story, Naked Lunch, Neanderthals, New Mendicants, New Young Pony Club, Night Engine, Ninja Baby, Noah and the Whale feat Anna Calvi, NYPC, October Game, Of Verona, OMD, One Dove, Others, Palma Violets, Paul McCartney, Pavement, Peter Gabriel, Pigeon Detectives, Pizzicato Five, Pop Will Eat Itself, Presidents Of The United States Of America, Public Service Breoadcasting, Queen, RAC feat Kele and MNDR, Rebekah Delgado, Redd Kross, Rooster, Rose Elinor Dougall, Savages, Scott and Charlene’s Wedding, Seafood, Severe, Shed Seven, Shinzou, Sibyl Vane, Silversun Pickups, Singapore Sling, Skinny Dream, Skunk Anansie, Slowgun, Snakadaktal, Soft Cell, Something Beginning With L, Sonic Wah, Sons and Daughters, Starsailor, Stephen Malkmus, Stone Roses, Stump, Sugarcubes, Surfquake, Swervedriver, Swim Deep, Tame Impala, Theory 59, Þeyr, This Remarkable Vessel, Tigercub, Time and Space Machine, Toxie, Toy and Natasha Khan, Tunng, Two Door Cinema Club, Ultra Vivid Scene and Kim Deal, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Veronica Falls, Vic Reeves, Victories, View, VII, Wannadies, Weareoff, Winter Olympics, Wobbly Lamps, Wolf Alice, Wombats, Wonder Stuff, World Of Twist, Wytches, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Young The Giant, Younger Younger 28s, Youth Club, Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction
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Last one of the year …

Last show of 2013, almost! I was in the studio live from 8 until 10 doing a bit of an indie disco. Just a bit of one, not a complete one. See you in 2014!

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Maximo Park – Questing Not Coasting
Muse – Hysteria
Young Knives – Woman
Duckworth Lewis Method – Jiggery Pokery
Bloc Party – Helicopter
Republica – Christiana Obey (Phoenix FM Creative Session)
Kaiser Chiefs – Oh My God
Franz Ferdinand – Matinee
They Might Be Giants – Istanbul (Not Constantinople)
Soft Cell – Tainted Love
British Sea Power – Mongk II
Biffy Clyro – The Captain
Manda Rin – DNA
Blur – Girls and Boys
Carter USM – The Only Living Boy In New Cross
Art Brut – Alcoholics Anonymous
We Are Scientists – The Great Escape
Gorillaz – Dare
Young Knives – Storm Clouds
Wannadies – Hit
Bleech – Mondays
Divine Comedy – At The Indie Disco
Wombats – Moving To New York
Jim Moir – My Patch
Jam – Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
Everything Everything – Photoshop Handsome
Lovely Eggs – Don’t Look At Me (I Don’t Like It)
CSS – Let’s Make Love (And Listen To Death From Above)
Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist
Abdoujaparov – Benjamin and Jumble
Muse – Unnatural Selection

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BOA Christmas special

Decided to come in for a couple of hours from 10am, which gave me the added bonus of being able to revel in the festive ambience of the Phoenix FM studio.

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Carter USM – Christmas Shopper’s Paradise
Republica – Ready To Go (Phoenix FM Creative Session)
Futureheads – Christmas Was Better In The 80s
Boo Radleys – Wake Up Boo!
Blur – Country House
Marc Almond – The Days Of Pearly Spencer
Glam Chops – Countdown To Christmas
Garbage – Stupid Girl
Franz Ferdinand – Right Action
Super Furry Animals – Northern Lites
Primitives – You Trashed My Christmas
Redd Kross – Super Sunny Christmas
Cure – Lovesong
Tenek – Another Day (Phoenix FM Creative Session)
Supergrass – Going Out
Farm – All Together Now
Bloc Party – This Modern Love
Ocean Colour Scene – 100 Mile High City
Presidents Of The United States Of America – Lump
Starsailor – Four To The Floor
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – The Power Of Love
Ash – Burn Baby Burn
Elastica – All For Gloria (Peel session 06/12/1994)
Suede – Trash
Jona Lewie – Stop The Cavalry
Sultans of Ping FC – Where’s Me Jumper?
Public Service Broadcasting – Spitfire
Pulp – Disco 2000
XTC – Thanks For Christmas
Kate Bush – December Will Be Magic Again

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Playlist for 19 December 2013 – “albums of the year” show

Tonight’s show was an “album of the year” special where I played a track from each of my favourite albums of 2013 in no particular order, although I did save the best to last – my pick of them all was Franz Ferdinand’s Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Actions.

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Everything Everything – Cough Cough
Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs – Things We Be
Plantman – Lunaria
Joy Formidable – Cholla
I Plead Irony – Insert Words Here
Hot Chip – Flutes
Bettie Serveert – Shake-Her
John Lees’ Barclay James Harvest – The Real Deal
Dutch Uncles – Fester
British Sea Power – Chapter 1
David Bowie – Where Are We Now
Toy – You Won’t Be The Same
Chvrches – Gun
Weirdgear – Daytona 87
Marsheaux – Alone
My Bloody Valentine – New You
Modovar – Save The Day
Haiku Salut – Sounds Like There’s A Pacman Crunching Away At Your Heart
Pre New – Believe (RedKen Kosmische Zweiblen PreMix)
Duckworth Lewis Method – Out In The Middle
Sulk – Marian Shrine
Vile Electrodes – The Future Through A Lens
Splashh – Lemonade
Suede – Barriers
Young Knives – Green Island Red Raw
Low Frequency In Stereo – Cybernautic
British Sea Power – Loving Animals
History Of Apple Pie – The Warrior
Taffy – Snowberry
Public Service Broadcasting – Signal 30
Franz Ferdinand – Treason! Animals.

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Playlist for 12 December 2013 (AOTW: Toy – Join The Dots)

This week’s album of the week was the second offering from Krautrockers Toy.

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Republica – Ready To Go (Full Mix)
Toy – It’s Been So Long
Bleech – Easy Ride
Kaiser Chiefs – Misery Company
My Life Story – Up The Down Escalator
Kitchens Of Distinction – Oak Tree
British Sea Power – A Light Above Descending
Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine – Christmas Shopper’s Paradise
Ida Maria – Last Dance
Customs – Hole In The Market
Suede – Barriers
Toy – As We Turn
New Mendicants – A Very Sorry Christmas
Superfood – Melting
Young Knives – Marble Maze
Paul McCartney – Queenie Eye
Marsheaux – Secret Place
Superchunk – Animated Airplanes Over Germany
Sulk – Marian Shrine
Venera 4 – Deaf Heartbeats
Do Me Bad Things – Time For Deliverance
Franz Ferdinand – Right Action
Splashh – Lemonade
Big Deal – In Your Car
Swervedriver – Deep Wound
Cud – Louise
Bloc Party – Ratchet
Keebo – Native American
Vile Electrodes – The Future Through A Lens

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Playlist for 5 December 2013

Still playing Madness, could be four decades now! And this is what they look like now.

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Tonight’s playlist:

Public Service Broadcasting – Elfstedentocht Part 1
Blitz Kids – Sometimes
History Of Apple Pie – Do It Wrong
Primitives – You Trashed My Christmas
Foals – My Number
Taffy – Snowberry
Silversun Pickups – Let It Decay
Bleech – 70s Child
Republica – Ready To Go
British Sea Power – K Hole
Jake Bugg – What Doesn’t Kill You
Franz Ferdinand – Stand On The Horizon
Pixies – Indie Cindy
Cardigans – I Need Some Fine Wine And You, You Need To Be Nicer
Madness – I Chase the Devil AKA Ironshirt
Frank and Walters – Indie Love Song
Cud – Louise
Lovely Eggs – Tyrannosauras Rex For Christmas
Elastica – All For Gloria (Peel Session 06 Dec 1994)
Midway Still – This Is How It Ends
Others – Stan Bowles
Metronomy – I’m Aquarius
Savages – Husbands
Veronica Falls – Nobody There
Haiku Salut – Sounds Like There’s A Pacman Crunching Away At Your Heart
Rooster – Best Boots
Severe – Stop The Cavalry
Splashh – Lemonade
Wytches – Digsaw
Shiny Darkness – Another World
Superfood – Melting
Venera 4 – Deaf Heartbeats
Abdoujaparov – Beer Scooter

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Playlist for 28 November 2013 (AOTW: Young Knives – Sick Octave)

Been a long time coming but the Kickstarter-funded Sick Octave is now out, and it’s a great album. Darker and angrier than previous albums, it takes a bit more getting into than the polished indie pop of their last album, Ornaments From The Silver Arcade, but it’s a great listen all the same.

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Tonight’s playlist:

Franz Ferdinand – Right Action (Liv Spencer Rework)
Young Knives – Maureen
Maximo Park – Brain Cells
Cud – Louise
Amanda Palmer – Leeds United
Keebo – Native America
Superfood – Melting
Bleech – So Here I Am
Public Service Broadcasting – Elfstedentocht Part 1
Toy – Join The Dots
Suede – Trash
Bloc Party – Ratchet
Young Knives – Owls of Athens
British Sea Power – Loving Animal
Republica – Hallelujah
Republica – Holly – Republica Club Mix
Pond – O Dharma
History Of Apple Pie – Don’t You Wanna Be Mine
Crystal Fighters – Love Natura
Tenek – Another Day
Young Knives – Green Island Red Raw
Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – Trust

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Playlist for 17 October 2013 (AOTW: The Low Frequency In Stereo – Pop Obskura)

Album of the week is a great find for me. The Low Frequency In Stereo are from Haugesaund in Norway and this album has to be considered as the heir to the coincidently-similarly-named Stereolab’s great canon of works.

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Otherwise it was mostly oldies tonight. It’s my last show for a few weeks while I prepare for a new stint of Eddie’s Kitchen shows on Sunday lunchtimes.

Tonight’s playlist:

Charlatans – Sonic
Toy – Join The Dots
Low Frequency In Stereo – Elevated_Desecrated
Curve – Fait Accompli
B-52’s – Dry County
Primitives – Buzz Buzz Buzz
Blue Aeroplanes – … And Stones (Lovers All Around remix)
Stump – Charlton Heston
Franz Ferdinand – Evil Eye (Alan Braxe Remix)
Stereolab – Ping Pong
Echobelly – Give Her A Gun
Heart Throbs – She’s In A Trance
Low Frequency In Stereo – Black Receiver
EMF – I Believe
Pop Will Eat Itself – Can U Dig It
Peter Gabriel – Steam
Low Frequency In Stereo – Ionic Nerve Grip
Del Amitri – Just Like A Man
Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – Happy
Cling – Can I Fall In Love
Darling Buds – Burst
Five Thirty – You
Mexico 70 – Wonderful Lie
Mega City Four – Wasting My Breath
Menswear – Stardust
Bloc Party – Ratchet
Sultans of Ping FC – He Thought I Was Your Best Friend (Peel Session 05 Mar 1992)
Dingus Khan – Made A List

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Playlist for 10 October 2013

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Tonight’s playlist:

Jagwar Ma – The Throw
B-52’s – Give Me Back My Man
Franz Ferdinand – Evil Eye
Mighty Roars – Solid Hollow
Cibo Matto – Sugar Water
Duckworth Lewis Method – Out In The Middle
A House – Endless Art
Last Cry – Under My Skin
Back To The Planet – Sleepless Nights
Splashh – Lemonade
Calling All Astronauts – Red Flag
Joanna Gruesome – Sugarcrush
Suede – Beautiful Ones
Superfood – Bubbles
Vile Electrodes – The Future Through A Lens
Mint Royale feat Lauren Laverne – Don’t Falter
Two Door Cinema Club – Changing Of The Seasons
XTC – Living Through Another Cuba / Generals and Majors (medley)
Keebo – Native American
Lois and the Love – War
Thousand Yard Stare – Comeuppance
Muse – The 2nd Law – Isolated System
Foals – My Number
Young Knives – Maureen
Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – Trust
Taffy – Snowberry
Samurai Seven – Xeroxy Music
Radiohead – Ripcord
Bloc Party – Ratchet

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The Primitives live at Chinnery’s

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Stalwarts of the 1980s indie pop scene, the Primitives burst into the hearts and minds of UK music fans with their top 5 single “Crash”, which Melody Maker described as “the perfect band who have just about made the perfect single”. The band reunited in 2009 after a 17 year hiatus and released a new album last year, Echoes and Rhymes, to critical acclaim.

I spoke to Tracy and Paul about the current tour, their attitudes towards the music industry and plans for a forthcoming new album. You can hear the interview again by clicking here:

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The band were in Southend as part of a UK tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of their debut album “Lovely”, which reached the UK top ten in 1988. The crowd at Chinnery’s weren’t disappointed – the band played a fantastic set including old hits Out Of Reach and Way Behind Me as well as recent releases Lose The Reason and Turn Off The Moon. This was a crowd who clearly Don’t Want Anything To Change.

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Keep an eye on more gigs and their forthcoming album on their official site, Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Damn Dirty Humans live on Phoenix FM

It was great to welcome Brighton’s DAMN DIRTY HUMANS to the station for the first time. Kimberley, Ian, Tom and Paul knocked out three songs in the studio for us and then had a chat about how the band got together and what they’re getting up to at the moment.

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You can hear the interview again by clicking on the link below:

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Or watch the session videos below:

The band are playing a couple of shows in Brighton this month but if that’s too far away then keep an eye on their official website, Facebook and Twitter – they did promise to play some nearer shows one day soon!

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Playlist for 26 September 2013

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Another show, another British Sea Power track

Tonight’s playlist:

British Sea Power – Loving Animals (The Fiction Aisle remix)
Jonny Cola and the A Grades – Tropical Beach
Longy – Back From The Abyss
China Rats – N.O.M.O.N.E.Y.
Dios Mio – Tough Crowd
Kill City Defectors – Purges
Republica – Whiskey Jack
Franz Ferdinand – Evil Eye
Hippies vs Ghosts – Camel Storm
History Of Apple Pie – Don’t You Wanna Be Mine
Primitives – I’ll Stick With You
Splashh – Lemonade
Keebo – Native American
Vile Electrodes – The Future Through A Lens
Lois and the Love – War
Mighty Roars – Solid Hollow
Tenek – Punishment
Last Cry – Under My Skin
MJ Hibbett and the Validators – I Want To Find Out How It Ends
Suede – Snowblind
Singapore Sling – Overdriver
SPC ECO – Fallen Stars
Joanna Gruesome – Sugarcrush

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Playlist for 19 September 2013 (AOTW: Splashh – Comfort)

There’s some great dreampop/shoegaze out there at the moment. And here’s some more of it:

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Tonight’s playlist:

Barry Adamson – Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Pelvis
Splashh – So Young
Jonny Cola and the A Grades – Tropical Beach
Mighty Roars – Solid Hollow
Jarvis – Don’t Let Him Waste Your Time
Bleech – Easy Ride
Kill City Defectors – Purges
Vile Electrodes – Empire Of Wolves
October Game – We Built This Wall To Destroy It
Lush – Ciao!
China Rats – N.O.M.O.N.E.Y.
Dios Mio – Lions
Splashh – Lemonade
NYPC – Things Like You
Splashh – Lemonade
Hippies vs Ghosts – Camel Storm
Pulp – Duck Diving
Young Knives – We Could Be Blood
Joanna Gruesome – Sugarcrush
Eye Emma Jedi – Places
SPC ECO – Fallen Stars
Superfood – Bubbles
KLOQ – Begin Again
Swim Deep – Simmer
Sky Larkin – Loom
Splashh – Lost Your Cool
Of Montreal – Fugitive Air
All Seeing I – 1st Man In Space
Vivien Glass – Part Machine
Pulp – I Spy

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Playlist for 12 September 2013 (AOTW: Vile Electrodes – The Future Through A Lens)

This week’s album of the week was one that I’d been looking forward to for a LONG time – maybe the couple of years since I first saw them play live. Hopefully we’ll get them back at Phoenix FM one day …

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Tonight’s playlist:

Jenson Code – The [Silence] Machine
Bleech – Easy Ride
Splashh – Feels Like You
Bloc Party – Octopus (RAC remix)
Vile Electrodes – The Future Through A Lens
British Sea Power – Machineries Of Joy
Fake Club – Beauty Queen
Modovar – King Of Pain
Franz Ferdinand – The Universe Expanded
Cosmetics – Black Leather Gloves
Jim Bob – Dream Come True
Vile Electrodes – Drowned Cities
Shiny Darkness – Mother
Damn Dirty Humans – Tear Me Apart
Kill City Defectors – Purges
Vile Electrodes – Tore Myself To Pieces
China Rats – N.O.M.O.N.E.Y.
Jonny Cola and the A Grades – Tropical Beach
Franz Ferdinand – Evil Eye
Mighty Roars – Solid Hollow
Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – Kill Your Television
Taffy – Stewert And A Yellow Bicycle
Superfood – Superfood
Young Knives – Maureen
Trophy Wife – Like No Other
Limbic Void – Stay Strong

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Interview with Jonny Cola and the A-Grades

We caught up with Jonny Cola and the A-Grades before their show at the Square in Harlow.

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The band have just finished recording their new album Spitfire, after a long break for illness.

You can hear the interview again by clicking below:

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Playlist for 5 September 2013 (AOTW: Chvrches – The Bones Of What You Believe)

The big question in the Curry household is – do Chvrches sound like Five Star? I think I’m prepared to give them the benefit of the doubt!

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Tonight’s playlist:

Bloc Party – Ratchet
Time and Space Machine – Magic Hour
Chvrches – Gun
Bleech – Easy Ride
Franz Ferdinand – The Universe Expanded
Fake Club – Beauty Queen
Jeffrey Lewis and The Rain – WWPRD
Wallis Bird – Encore
Superfood – Superfood
Chvrches – Night Sky
Johnny Marr – New Town Velocity
Eye Emma Jedi – Places
Cumulus – Do You Remember
Of Montreal – Fugitive Air
Erland Oye – La Prima Estate
Chvrches – We Sink
Kitchens of Distinction – Japan to Jupiter
Damn Dirty Humans – Sanctuary
Slowgun – Next Time
Pixies – Indie Cindy
Honeyblood – Bud
Youth Club – Tunnel
Pond – Giant Tortoise
Vivien Glass – Part Machine
Jonny Cola and the A Grades – Tropical Beach
Kill Moon – Black And Blue
KLOQ – Begin Again
Midway Still – Wish (acoustic 2013)
High Low – Forty
MS MR – Think Of You (RAC Mix)

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Playlist for 29 August 2013 (AOTW: Franz Ferdinand – Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action)

A lot of the albums I play are great but this is a proper fantastic piece of indie! Pretty much true to their old stuff, no new barriers broken, but when the songs are this good, who cares?

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Tonight’s playlist:

Ocean Colour Scene – The Riverboat Song
Franz Ferdinand – Love Illumination
B-52s – Love Shack
Erland Oye – La Prima Estate
Johnny Marr – New Town Velocity
Camden – Heroes
F.U.R.S. – Just Kids
Wobbly Lamps – Neon Tepee
Limbic Void – Stay Strong
Franz Ferdinand – Brief Encounters
Desperate Journalist – Cristina
Bloc Party – French Exit
Wallis Bird – Encore
Honeyblood – Bud
Charlotte Church – I Can Dream
Eye Emma Jedi – Places
Damn Dirty Humans – Sanctuary
Manic Street Preachers – Show Me The Wonder
Of Montreal – Fugitive Air
Franz Ferdinand – Bullet
Night Engine – Seventeen
Cumulus – Do You Remember
RAC feat Kele and MNDR – Let Go
Superfood – Superfood
Dingus Khan – Second In The Beauty Pageant
Ladykillers – A OK
Fake Club – Beauty Queen
Franz Ferdinand – Treason! Animals
Toxie – Newgate
Taffy – Dawn Red
Kitchens of Distinction – Japan to Jupiter
New Young Pony Club – Chaos
Sky Larkin – Loom

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Playlist for 8 August 2013

No album of the week tonight, just lots of oldies. Except for the new ones.

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Tonight’s playlist:

Radiohead – Paranoid Android
Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip – Stunner
Kings Of Leon – Wait For Me
Everything Everything – Kemosabe
Maximo Park – Postcard Of A Painting
Bloc Party – Ratchet
Marsheaux – Alone
Camera Obscura – Do It Again
Chvrches – The Mother We Share
Emiliana Torrini – Speed Of Dark
Juliana Hatfield – Spit In The Wind
Catatonia – Sweet Catatonia
Divine Comedy – Something For The Weekend
Elastica – S.O.F.T.
History Of Apple Pie – Mallory
Angelica – Take Me I’m Your Disease
Suede – Snowblind
Rose Elinor Dougall – Strange Warnings
Art Brut – Alcoholics Unanimous
Courtney Love – Mono
Mike Flowers Pops – Venus As A Boy
Hot Puppies – The Girl Who Was Too Beautiful
Sleeper – Statuesque
Kitchens of Distinction – Japan to Jupiter
Sky Larkin – Loom
High/Low – Spy Eye
Supergrass – Lenny
Franz Ferdinand – Fresh Strawberries (acoustic session WNYC 23-07-2013)
múm – Toothwheels
Stereolab – Cybele’s Reverie
Blur – Chemical World

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Playlist for 1 August 2013

Tonight we had a look back at some of the great music from the recent Latitude festival.

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We played:

Hot Chip – Dark & Stormy
Bloc Party – Ratchet
Drenge – Face Like A Skull
Franz Ferdinand – Love Illumination
Sons and Daughters – Darling
Babyshambles – Nothing Comes To Nothing
Kitchens of Distinction – Japan to Jupiter
Superchunk – Animated Airplanes Over Germany
Young Knives – Green Island Red Raw (BBC 6music session 30-07-2013)
Joanna Gruesome – Secret Surprise
Johnny Marr – New Town Velocity
Lightyears Explode – Nocturne
Sky Larkin – Loom
Taffy – Snowberry
múm – Toothwheels
Pixies – Bagboy
Manic Street Preachers – Show Me The Wonder
Damn Dirty Humans – Sanctuary
Lola Colt – I Get High If You Get High
Cat Bear Tree – Blind
Ben Brown – Milk Of Every Mammal (Phoenix FM session 18-07-2013)
We Are Scientists – Let Me Win
This Remarkable Vessel – Kurt, Set Your Phaser to Stun
Superfood – Superfood

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Latitude 2013: Matty from The 1975

We caught the 1975 earlier this year when they played Chinnery’s in Southend – and gigs supporting Muse at the Emirates and the Rolling Stones at Hyde Park since then gives you an idea about which direction they’ve been heading on the rollercoaster of rock.

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Today they headlined the Lake Stage and I got another chance to talk to Matty about how things have been going. Click below to listen again to the interview:

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Latitude 2013: Drenge

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Tipped as one of Britain’s great guitar hopes for 2013, Drenge are Sheffield brothers Eoin and Rory Loveless. After posing three tracks online the brothers quickly found their garage punk the centre of much media attention and they were soon signed to Infectious Records. They have since released their debut single “Bloodsports” and are currently making an almighty racket on the live circuit, where they have drawn comparisons to the Arctic Monkeys and the White Stripes.

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I caught a blistering set to a packed arena in the woods before having a chat with Eoin and Rory which you can hear below:

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You can keep up to speed with the latest developments on Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud.

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Interview and session with Mick Squalor from Dingus Khan

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It was great to welcome Dingus Khan frontman Mick Squalor to the studio today. We had a chat about what the band are up to and Mick played a few songs live in the studio – Milk Of Every Mammal, Camber Sands and Bits Of Metal which should all be ending up on Dingus Khan’s second album at some point in the future. But if you can’t wait for that you can watch the session tracks again below:

He also demonstrated his other skill as photo scenario creator with his brother and dad, who were also visiting to provide applause and moral encouragement. In fact, looking back at the photos, I’m not quite sure what happened.

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You can keep up to date with the band’s tour schedule by visiting their official website – or just keep listening to us, as we’re sure we’ll get them all in sooner or later!

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Playlist for 18 July 2013

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Great interview tonight With Ben Brown from Dingus Khan – you can see all about that here.

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And we played:

Kraftwerk – Kometenmelodie 2
Franz Ferdinand – Right Action
Taffy – So Long (Phoenix FM session 16-07-2013)
Blindness – No One Counts
We Are Scientists – Something About You
Nada Surf – Waiting For Something
Dutch Uncles – Flexxin
MonMon – Soupe Au Lait
Daughter – Youth

Live session:
Ben Brown – Milk Of Every Mammal
Ben Brown – Camber Sands
Ben Brown – Bits Of Metal

Dingus Khan – Made A List
Creision Hud – Target
Eva On The Western Castle Island – California Shrills
Jagwar Ma – The Throw
Bloc Party – Ratchet
British Sea Power – Loving Animals
Taffy – Tumbling (Phoenix FM session 16-07-2013)
Brownies – Dance Romance
Foals – My Number
Futureheads – Heartbeat Song
Bis – Action And Drama
Young Knives – Maureen

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Playlist for 11 July 2013 (interview with Paul and Lee from Weirdgear/MM Recordings)

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Much more talking and much less tuneage this week but no matter because we were delighted to welcome back Lee Maher and Paul Barlow from old friends Weirdgear. Lee and Paul talked about their new album and impending hiatus, and their ventures into recordlabelling with Magico Meccannisimo Recordings where they have attracted fellow Essex electronicsts Go Yoko! and Shinzou, which is Japanese for heart, but don’t worry as they don’t sound anything like the Heart that bothered us all in the 80s. There’s lots of releases planned, but you can hear all about that by clicking the link below and listening to the show again!

Tonight’s playlist:

Pulp – After You (Soulwax remix)
Franz Ferdinand – Right Action
Hics – Tangle
FM Belfast – We Are Faster Than You
Iskaa and the Red Cars – Desire
Go Yoko! – Sunlight
Shinzou – Uteki
Weirdgear – Points
Vile Electrodes – Re-Emerge
Jenson Code – The [Silence] Machine
Apples – Free
Jam – Precious
Bloc Party – Ratchet
Melody’s Echo Chamber – You Won’t Be Missing That Part Of Me
Lost Harbours – Spirals
Limbic Void – Stay Strong
British Sea Power – Machineries Of Joy
Witchingseason – God’s Waiting Room
Taffy – Sweet Violet
Chvrches – Gun

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Playlist for 4 July 2013 (AOTW: Marsheaux – Inhale)

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My album of the week is from Greek electro-duo Marianthi and Sophie, otherwise known as Marsheaux.

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Their fourth album Inhale was released a few weeks ago, but I’ve only just got round to playing it, and wishing I didn’t keep it in the “to play” pile for so long! It’s a dreamy collection of perfect synthpop tunes. You can find out more about the band on their official site here.

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Tonight’s playlist:

Jagwar Ma – The Throw
Abdoujaparov – Married To The Rock
Future Of The Left – The Male Gaze
Do Me Bad Things – Time For Deliverance
Ends – We Could Call This Song “Untitled” (But That Would Be Lazy Songwriting)
Indelicates – Everything Is Just Disgusting
Is Tropical – Dancing Anymore
Dead 60s – Riot Radio
Be The Bear – Bump
Fields – If You Fail We All Fail
Bleech – Not Like You
Bloc Party – Ratchet
Limbic Void – Stay Strong
Chvrches – Gun
Data Panik – Cubis
Marsheaux – August Day
Desperate Journalist – Cristina
Metric – Poster Of A Girl
Muse – Panic Station
Dinosaur Pile-Up – Arizona Waiting
Marsheaux – Secret Place
MonMon – Soupe Au Lait
Elastica – Cos Cos (demo 19-06-1993)
Franz Ferdinand – Right Action
Dropper’s Neck – Darker Waters
Joanne Joanne – Late Bar
Marsheaux – Self Control
Republica – Christiana Obey
Pixies – Bagboy
Young Knives – Maureen
Taffy – Dawn Red

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Playlist for 27 June 2013 (A-Z 90s special)

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Been playing a lot of newies lately and very few oldies (my oldies are basically 90s only) so I thought I’d redress the balance and do a nice A-Z roundup at the same time. And with adding a number at the end it all fitted very snugly into one hour and 58 minutes, perfect!

All Seeing I – 1st Man In Space
Blur – Tracy Jacks
Carter USM – After The Watershed (Early Learning The Hard Way)
Delakota – The Rock
Earl Brutus – Come Taste My Mind
Fall – Free Range
Garbage – Dumb
Heart Throbs – Hooligan
Inspiral Carpets – Directing Traffik
Jellyfish – The King Is Half-Undressed
Kenickie – In Your Car
Lush – Nothing Natural
Mega City Four – Ticket Collector
Nada Surf – Popular
One Dove – White Love
Pavement – Carrot Rope
Queen – Innuendo
Republica – Out Of The Darkness
Sugarcubes – Hit
Teenage Fanclub – Sparky’s Dream
Ultra Vivid Scene and Kim Deal – Special One
Vic Reeves – Vienna
World Of Twist – She’s A Rainbow
XTC – The Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead
Younger Younger 28s – We’re Going Out
Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction – Trash Madonna
3 Colours Red – Beautiful Day

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Playlist for 20 June 2013 (AOTW: Taffy – Lixiviate)

On tonight’s show we had a chat with Saffron from Republica about what the band’s been up to and the many gigs she’s been to since she was last at Phoenix FM in April. You can hear the interview – and the whole show – below:

Album of the week tonight was the second offering from Taffy – Lixiviate. Hot on the heels of last year’s debut Caramel Sunset, Lixiviate offers more of the same from the Tokyo Britpoppers, who will be back in the Phoenix FM studios on 16 July.

Tonight’s playlist:

Dutch Uncles – Cadenza
Taffy – Dawn Red
Boxcars – The Road (Phoenix FM Creative Session)
Bleech – Not Like You
Das Russians – Private Ambulance (Phoenix FM Creative Session)
Good Natured – Skeleton
British Sea Power – The Spirit Of St Louis
Limbic Void – Stay Strong
Family Cat – Goldenbook
Interview with Saffron from Republica
Republica – Out Of The Darkness
Taffy – Sweet Violet
Desperate Journalist – Cristina
Bloc Party – Truth
Dingus Khan – Made A List
Evans The Death – Telling Lies
Young Knives – Maureen
Earl Brutus – Come Taste My Mind
Pulp – Acrylic Afternoons
Depeche Mode – Soothe My Soul (Tom Furse – The Horrors remix)
Taffy – Train
Universal Disappointment Sponge – No One’s Listening (Phoenix FM Creative Session)
Lush – De-Luxe
Stereolab – L’Enfer Des Formes
MonMon – Soupe Au Lait
Radiohead – Ripcord
Bracknall – It Always Ends The Same
Public Service Broadcasting – The Now Generation

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Total Hero Team – MJ Hibbett and Carsmile Steve in session

Welcome back to MJ Hibbett for his SIXTH Phoenix FM session and to Carsmile Steve for his first.

Their latest project – Total Hero Team – is a brand new two-man rock opera about superheroes and features 12 brand new songs. As with previous shows, the duo play all the roles between them, using just a few hats and a couple of props from novelty shops to create an hour of thrill power.

You can hear the interview and the songs in the player below:

Or you can watch the songs here:

There are forthcoming dates in London as well as Buxton, Salford and a marathon stint at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe and there’s also a free badge and CD for everyone who attends. You don’t get that from Iron Man!

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Playlist for 13 June 2013 (AOTW: Is Tropical – I’m Leaving)

Tonight’s album of the week is from Is Tropical – I’m Leaving

This is a band that was completely off my radar until I found their Mongolia adventure video on Youtube. Good to see they had as good a time as I did when I went there last month. (And I mean that!)

Of course we also had the excellent MJ Hibbett and Carsmile Steve in session and you can see more about that here.

Tonight’s playlist –

Public Service Breoadcasting – Theme From PSB
Is Tropical – Dancing Anymore
Apu And The Dentist – No Messages For Rumi
Toy and Natasha Khan – The Bride
Beck – Defriended
Trophy Wife – Like No Other

In session:

MJ Hibbett and Carsmile Steve – Get Over It
MJ Hibbett and Carsmile Steve – I’m So Much Cleverer Than You
MJ Hibbett and Carsmile Steve – I Want The World To Stop

Haiku Salut – Sounds Like There’s A Pacman Crunching Away At Your Heart
Dropper’s Neck – Darker Waters
Desperate Journalist – Cristina
Good Natured – Lovers
Is Tropical – Lover’s Cave
Muse – Panic Station
Limbic Void – Stay Strong
Bleech – Not Like You
Echobelly – Falling Flame (Phoenix FM session)
History Of Apple Pie – The Warrior
Jagwar Ma – Exercise
Light Light – Kilo
Taffy – Snowberry
Omelettes – Perfect Wave
Universal Disappointment Sponge – No One’s Listening (Phoenix FM Creative Session)
Is Tropical – Toulouse
Velvet Two Stripes – She’s On Fire

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Playlist for 6 June 2013 (Interview with The Tomorrow Men)

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Brentwood band THE TOMORROW MEN came in to the show to talk about their upcoming performance at the Brentwood Festival, and we also played a few songs from the band. You can hear the interview again on the Mixcloud link above.

Tonight’s playlist:

Young Knives – Maureen
Tomorrow Men – A Different Tune To Tap To
Tomorrow Men – Independent … (Yeah Right)
Tomorrow Men – Solitaire
Tomorrow Men – Magician’s Grip
Blur – Colin Zeal
Beck – Defriended
Mary Do You Wanna – 18 Feet Of Slush And No Rain (Phoenix FM Creative Session)
Bleech – Not Like You
Skinny Dream – Exhale
Femmepop – 1983
Camera Obscura – Do It Again
Lovely Eggs – I Collect Snails
High/Low – Forty (Phoenix FM Creative Session)
Scott and Charlene’s Wedding – Fakin’ NYC
View – Standard
Chvrches – Gun
Muse – Panic Station
British Sea Power – Loving Animals
Duckworth Lewis Method – It’s Just Not Cricket
Larry and his Flask – Pandemonium
Trophy Wife – Like No Other
Suede – It Starts And Ends With You
Catrinas – Godzilla Groove
Jagwar Ma – The Throw
Taffy – Snowberry
Knifeworld – In A Foreign Way (Phoenix FM Creative Session)
Sisters – Clearhead
Arcade Fire – Laika

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Playlist for 30 May 2013 (AOTW: Any Love Is Good Love – Various Artists)

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An album with a great cause in mind – raising awareness of homophobia and transphobia.

We had a long chat with long-term Phoenix FM buddies EMMA REED, the co-curator of the project, and SOPHIA RAWLINSON, who didn’t get involved but has been writing Noisyzine with Emma for the best part of a decade now.

You can read up more about the project on the CD’s Facebook or just buy the damn thing here on Bandcamp. It’s only six quid, just do it!

Tonight’s playlist:

Frankie and the Heartstrings – Nothing Our Way
Fall – Victrola Time
Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs – You Haven’t Got A Chance
Lovely Eggs – Don’t Look At Me (I Don’t Like It)
Lost Harbours – Feed The Birds
Art Gruppe – I Will Not Survive
Death Of The Elephant – Locas
Femmepop – 1983
Bracknall – It Always Ends The Same
Samurai Seven – Xeroxy Music
Public Service Broadcasting – Theme From PSB
Bleech – Sparks (Phoenix FM session 23-05-2013)
Chvrches – Gun
Everything By Electricity – Story Of You
Dropper’s Neck – Darker Waters
Neanderthals – Space Oddity
Duckworth Lewis Method – It’s Just Not Cricket
Larry And His Flask – Pandemonium
Echobelly – Something Hot In A Cold Country (Phoenix FM session 23-05-2013)
Young Knives – Maureen
Ends – We Could Call This Song “Untitled” (But That Would Be Lazy Songwriting)
Trophy Wife – Like No Other

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In session on Phoenix FM: Bleech

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It was great to welcome east London trio Bleech into the station for their first acoustic session.

The band have been very busy lately, with a new single – Not Like You – out on 1st July and a second album, Humble Sky, to be released at the end of the summer, following swiftly on from last year’s debut Nude. And we were treated to four songs, three of which were from the new set of songs, and two of which – Isolate and Sparks – haven’t been heard anywhere else, ever! If you missed them you can see/hear them all again below:

Bleech will be playing at Camden Rocks on 1st June and then will be off to Europe for a number of gigs and festival dates. And there could be a high-profile support slot to follow that, but you’ll just have to keep an eye on their website to find out more – or follow them on Facebook and Twitter too.

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In session on Phoenix FM : Echobelly

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Britpop legends Echobelly are back – and it was a sheer delight to get them playing live in the studio!

Irrevocably linked to the Britpop scene and all over the music press and TV in the 90s, Echobelly had two top 10 albums, a host of top 40 singles and a loyal following around the world. Sonya and Glenn have been recording for a couple of years under the name Calm Of Zero but are back as Echobelly with an acoustic tour which will include a show in Colchester on 13 July.

We were treated to four songs – two from the Echobelly days and two from Calm of Zero’s Acoustic Sessions 1 album which was released last year.

You can find out more about what the band are currently up to at their official website and you can also find them on Facebook and Twitter too.

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Playlist for 23 May 2013 (AOTW: Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs – Clarietta)

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My album of the week was a refreshing slab of psych rock, the debut album from Neils (ugh. sic) Children’s bassist Charlie Boyer and, erm, his Voyeurs.

Of course we also had DOUBLE SESSION FUN with ECHOBELLY and BLEECH and you can see the links for more about that.

Tonight’s playlist:

Public Service Broadcasting – Inform – Educate – Entertain
Sky Larkin – Motto
Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs – Clarietta
Good Natured – Lovers
Lars and the Hands of Light – Time To Glow
Sisters – Clearhead

Live in the studio:
Echobelly – Falling Flame
Echobelly – Something Hot In A Cold Country
Echobelly – Salamander Sky
Echobelly – Giving It All

Light Light – Kilo
Young Wonder – Electrified
Wolf Alice – Bros
Belter – The Invisible Cat
Young Knives – Maureen
Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs – The Central Tonne

Live in the studio:
Bleech – Not Like You
Bleech – Break My Nose

Melody’s Echo Chamber – You Won’t Be Missing That Part Of Me

Live in the studio:
Bleech – Isolate
Bleech – Sparks

Mika Bomb – Super Sexy Razor Happy Girls

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Warm Winters live on Phoenix FM

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Richard, Kerri and Ben from Colchester band Warm Winters were our guests these evening.

The band formed from the ashes of critically acclaimed rock band Absent Kid, although Warm Winters are heading in a more mellow direction based on the evidence of their current EP, which you can find on Bandcamp.

We were treated to three songs which you can see and hear again below:

The band are currently recording more retail and will be appearing at the occasional gig in the next few months, including a show at Colchester Arts Centre on 14 August.

For more information you can follow Warm Winters on Facebook or Twitter.

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Playlist for 16 May 2013 (AOTW: Public Service Broadcasting – Inform – Educate – Entertain)

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Our album of the week was the hotly-anticipated debut from Public Service Broadcasting. It didn’t disappoint, and it’s the greatest mix of Jean-Michel Jarre riffs, banjos and World War 2 dialogue that you’ll hear this year.

We also had Colchester band WARM WINTERS in session and you can read all about that and hear the interview and session again here.

Tonight’s playlist:

Kitchens Of Distinction – Mad As Snow (Peel Session 23 Aug 1992)
Public Service Broadcasting – Inform – Educate – Entertain
Young Wonder – Electrified
Foals – My Number
Belter – The Invisible Cat
Editors – A Ton Of Love
Everything Everything – Photoshop Handsome
Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – Trust
Jagwar Ma – The Throw

Warm Winters live in session:

Warm Winters – Meet Me By The Sea
Warm Winters – Tiny Little Moments
Warm Winters – Walk You Home

Dingus Khan – Made A List
Everything By Electricity – Violet Haze
Sky Larkin – Motto
Haiku Salut – Sounds Like There’s A Pacman Crunching Away At Your Heart
Do Me Bad Things – Time For Deliverance
Public Service Broadcasting – Lit Up
Echobelly – Bellyache
Bleech – Not Like You
Young Knives – Reproduction
Blindness – Last One Dies
Corporal Machine and the Bombers – Five A Day
High/Low – Soda
Public Service Broadcasting – Spitfire
Theme Park – Tonight

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Playlist for 2 May 2013 (AOTW: Various Artists – New [Glam] 2O13)

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Another compliation for my album of the week and this week it’s New [Glam] 2O13, a collection of 23 songs mostly from a bunch of great bands I haven’t come across before, but probably will in the future. And yes that’s right, that’s a letter O in the 2O13, so full marks for rock anarchy too!

It’s a FREE album and you can download it from newglamcompilation.bandcamp.com.

Tonight’s playlist:

British Sea Power – Lights Out For Darker Skies
Bastille – Laura Palmer
Theory 59 – Through The Lies Comes Clarity
How To Loot Brazil – Amanda Lights
Tomorrow Men – Independent
Light Light – Kilo
Young Knives – Reproduction
Republica – Christiana Obey (Andy Gray radio edit)
Velvet Two Stripes – She’s On Fire
Catrinas – Don’t Flinch
Muse – New Born
Taffy – Snowberry
Witchingseason – Spiders
Gabriel Kain and the Ables – Tyra
Primitives – Turn Off The Moon
Belter – The Invisible Cat
El Deyma – On Stage
Phoenix – Entertainment
Blindness – Last One Dies
Vile Electrodes – Proximity
Tunng – The Village
Mighty Roars – Seek Shelter
Public Service Broadcasting – Signal 30
Za/Zu – Le Discotheque
Bleech – Not Like You
Iskaa and the Red Cars – Desire
Melody’s Echo Chamber – Mount Hopeless
Midway Still – Left Behind
Catatonia – Road Rage

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Playlist for 25 April 2013 (AOTW: Phoenix – Bankrupt!)

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Is it wrong to make this the album of the week partly they have a fantastic band name?

The album is pretty good too, and when you compare it to Daft Punk’s awful new Michael-Jackson-B-Side-Soundalike of a travesty, all I can say is PHOENIX DIX POINTS, DAFT PUNK ZERO

Would also like to say thanks to SAFFRON from REPUBLICA for her gig review of Echo and the Bunnymen/James who played Brixton Academy last weekend. More from our roving gig reporter soon …

Tonight’s playlist

Bluetones – Slight Return
Muse – Stockholm Syndrome
Phoenix – Entertainment
Light Light – Kilo
Empire Of The Sun – Alive
Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs – Be Glamorous
Tigercub – Little Rope
Modovar – Clearly (Phoenix FM session)
Echo and the Bunnymen – Nothing Lasts Forever
Jagwar Ma – The Throw
Phoenix – Trying To Be Cool
Stephen Malkmus – Vitamin C
Public Service Broadcasting – Signal 30
Velvet Two Stripes – She’s On Fire
Darren Hayman and the Long Parliament – Henrietta Maria
Camera Obscura – Do It Again
Za/Zu – Le Discotheque
Crimea – Last Plane Out Of Saigon
Iskaa and the Red Cars – Desire
Phoenix – Don’t
Noah and the Whale feat Anna Calvi – Heart Of Nowhere
Republica – Suck Baby Suck
Bleech – Not Like You
Tomorrow Men – Magician’s Grip
Away – William
Taffy – Snowberry
British Sea Power – K Hole
Midway Still – Note To Self
Dingus Khan – Made A List

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Playlist for 18 April 2013 (AOTW: Modovar – The Sea Of Unspoken Words)

I’m doing this thing now, most weeks, maybe:

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It seems like it’s been kicking around forever (maybe because we just played the singles and demos a lot!) but Modovar’s debut album came out this week, and you can find out more about it (and where to buy it) and their official website here.

Tonight’s playlist:

Pulp – After You (Soulwax remix)
Away – William
Ed Zealous – Medicines
Modovar – The Sea Of Unspoken Words
Bellatrix – Sweet Surrender
Empire Of The Sun – Alive
Maximo Park – The National Health
Light Light – Kilo
Das Russians – Bee Line
Tenek – Another Day
Republica – Christiana Obey (Andy Gray Radio Remix)
High/Low – Forty
Knifeworld – In A Foreign Way
Za/Zu – Le Discotheque
Tomorrow Men – Independent
Bleech – Not Like You
Local Girls – Jesus Complex Man
Modovar – If I Called
British Sea Power – Loving Animals
Echobelly – Dark Therapy
Camera Obscura – Do It Again
Taffy – Snowberry
Eva On The Western Castle Island – Shaolin Punk
Modovar – King Of Pain
Wind-Up Birds – Cross Country
Suede – It Starts And Ends With You
Surfquake – Mustang 10

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Playlist for 11 April 2013 (AOTW: Art Brut – Top Of The Pops)

Is it cheating to have a compilation/Greatest Hits album as Album Of The Week? Not when it’s as good as this one.

Courteeners – Van Der Graaff
Art Brut – Formed A Band
Bow Flats – Out Of Sight
Pigeon Detectives – I Won’t Come Back
Abdoujaparov – Married To The Rock
Dingus Khan – Ambulance
Echobelly – King Of The Kerb
Duckworth Lewis Method – The Age Of Revolution
Omelettes – Perfect Wave
Electric Soft Parade – Brother, You Must Walk Your Path Alone
Art Brut – Direct Hit
Young Knives – Woman
British Sea Power – K Hole
Milo Greene – What’s The Matter
Knifeworld – Clairvoyant Fortnight
April March and Aquaserge – Black Bars
Dingus Khan – Made A List
Shermans – Intentions
Joy Formidable – Little Blimp
Heart Throbs – She’s In A Trance
Republica – Bloke
Taffy – Tumbling
Bleech – Not Like You
Art Brut – St Pauli
History Of Apple Pie – Do It Wrong
Hafdis Huld – Diamonds On My Belly
Iskaa and the Red Cars – Desire
Modovar – Clearly
Melody’s Echo Chamber – You Won’t Be Missing That Part Of Me
Shake Hands Eric – Turning Down The Thunder

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Playlist for 5 April 2013 (AOTW: British Sea Power – Machineries Of Joy)

I’m not normally on air on Friday evenings but I’m on the cover roster tonight, filling in for Elliot who’s taking a two-week break from Amplify. I had a bit of a break myself (which is why I wasn’t on air last night), having come back from two days in York. About 8 hours I was sitting next to the Stamford Bridge battle memorial on the River Derwent, listening to my new album of the week, the wonderful Machineries Of Joy from the transcendent British Sea Power – it’s best listened to in wide open spaces and at historic battle sites.

Tonight’s playlist:

British Sea Power – Machineries Of Joy
Public Service Broadcasting – New Dimensions In Sound
Melody’s Echo Chamber – Mount Hopeless
Perhaps Contraption – Breathe Your Breath
Republica – Christiana Obey
Boxer Rebellion – Diamonds
British Sea Power – Monsters Of Sunderland
Taffy – Tumbling
Edwyn Collins – Dilemma
A*Star-Band – Lotus
Abdoujaparov – Married To The Rock
Tenek – Another Day
Alex Winston – Velvet Elvis
British Sea Power – A Light Above Descending
Everything Everything – Kemosabe
David Bowie – How Does The Grass Grow
Dingus Khan – Made A List
Winter Olympics – Attention All Departments
Modovar – King Of Pain
Wonder Stuff – There There My Dear
Monkey Swallows The Universe – Sheffield Shanty
Universal Disappointment Sponge – The Lost Art of Steeplejacking
Evans The Death – Telling Lies
Bleech – Adrenalin Junkie
Teenage Fanclub – Sparky’s Dream
Shed Seven – Getting Better
Suede – It Starts And Ends With You
Tame Impala – Elephant
Boy – Drive Darling

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Ninja Baby live at Phoenix FM

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We welcomed Brentwood/Billericay/Dagenham trio NINJA BABY into the Phoenix FM studio for a chat and live session.

The band’s lead singer Stuart Knowles has been into Phoenix FM before – playing a solo session for us on our 2nd birthday, four years ago to the day! (You can still see that session here, here and here). In fact he took over all acoustic duties for the night leaving his bandmates Nick and John on cheerleader and tea/coffee drinking duties. You can see and hear the songs they played for us below:

If you want to catch them live they’re playing at the Essex Arms on 5th April, and if you want to know more about the band you can visit their Soundcloud, Facebook or Twitter.

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Playlist for 28 March 2013 (AOTW: David Bowie – The Next Day)

Never thought that I’d enjoy a David Bowie album this much. Sure, he was good in the 70s and bits of the 80s too (I loved Ashes To Ashes first time round, and was enthralled by the video but I also remember the stuf fhe put out in the late 90s and early 00s, and it’s nowhere near as good as this. There are PROPER POP SONGS on this album. Not like today’s pop but PROPER POP. And he’s SIXTY SIX years old, you know.

We also had a live session from NINJA BABY and you can see more about that here.

Tonight’s playlist:

Beat Mark – Move On
British Sea Power – K Hole
Widowspeak – The Dark Age
I Like Trains – Mnemosyne
Dingus Khan – Made A List
Suede – Faultlines
Ninja Baby – Good Girls
Glasvegas – I’d Rather Be Dead (Than Be With You)
Blindness – Confessions
David Bowie – The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
Haiku Salut – Sounds Like There’s A Pacman Crunching Away At Your Heart
History Of Apple Pie – Do It Wrong
Johnny Cash – A Thing Called Love
David Bowie – I’ll Take You There (Bonus Tracks)
Shake Hands Eric – Turning Down The Thunder
Mega City Four – Scared Of Cats
Thousand Yard Stare – Nonplussed
Art Brut – Arizona Bay
Melody’s Echo Chamber – Mount Hopeless
Dutch Uncles – Bellio (Sky Larkin remix)
Boxer Rebellion – Diamonds
Pulp – After You
David Bowie – The Next Day
Abdoujaparov – Married To The Rock
Whackatronix – Numan 60

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Playlist for 21 March 2013 (AOTW: Melody’s Echo Chamber – Melody’s Echo Chamber)

The first half of the show was a bit of a Latitude special – I did interview Melvin Benn again this week when I attended the Latitude Launch Party at the BBC studios in Maida Vale. In the second half I managed to get three tracks from this week’s Album Of The Week, the self-titled debut from Paris’s Melody Prochet, otherwise known as Melody’s Echo Chamber. Heavy with the stamp of Tame Impala’s Kevin Palmer, it’s a great slice of krautrock, electronica, space-rock and psychedelia. How I missed it when it came out last October, I’ll never know …

Tonight’s playlist:

Pre New – Believe (RedKen Kosmische Zweiblen PreMix)
Daughter – Youth
Foals – Red Socks Pugie
Everything Everything – Photoshop Handsome
I Am Kloot – Life In A Day
múm – A Little Bit, Sometimes
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps
Bloc Party – Octopus (RAC remix)
Widowspeak – The Dark Age
1975 – Sex
Modest Mouse – Float On
Kraftwerk – Kometenmelodie 2
Melody’s Echo Chamber – Mount Hopeless
High-Low – Soda
Republica – Out Of The Darkness
Moons of Neptune – Innerspaceman
Melody’s Echo Chamber – Some Time Alone, Alone
Eva On The Western Castle Island – California Shrills
Decade In Exile – Patti’s Town
Abdoujaparov – Married To The Rock
Art Brut – Arizona Bay
Knifeworld – Clairvoyant Fortnight
Suede – It Starts And Ends With You
Melody’s Echo Chamber – Endless Shore
April March and Aquaserge – Black Bars
British Sea Power – Machineries Of Joy
Public Service Broadcasting – New Dimensions In Sound

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Playlist for 14 March 2013 (AOTW: Suede – Bloodsports)

Jensen Code – Flight To London
David Bowie – The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
Decade In Exile – Patti’s Town
Suede – Barriers
Dumb – Dive
E-Jitz – Def Con Wan
I Am Waiting For You Last Summer – Event Horizon
Art Brut – Arizona Bay
Everything Everything – Kemosabe
Suede – Snowblind
Muse – Time Is Running Out
I Plead Irony – Now Or Never
Blindness – Last One Dies
British Sea Power – Machineries Of Joy (radio edit)
My Bloody Valentine – New You
Brothergang – Glove
Sonic Wah – Is This The Day
Plantman – Lunaria
Victories – Come For Me
Dutch Uncles – Fester
History Of Apple Pie – Mallory
Republica – Christiana Obey
Perhaps Contraption – Breathe Your Breath
Eva On The Western Castle Island – Shaolin Punk
Lavers – I’ve Been Waiting For You
Suede – For The Strangers
Universal Disappointment Sponge – Poor Dave
Pre New – The CCC#2 (presenting Public Service Broadcasting Wide Screen PreMix)
They Might Be Giants – Icky
Whackatronix – Numan 60

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Playlist for 7 March 2013 (AOTW: I Plead Irony – This Statement Is False)

Album of the week is from a band from Farnborough, I Plead Irony. Farnborough was home to one of my favourite indie bands from the 90s, Mega City Four, and IPI are made up of two-thirds of another band from that town, Ipanema, of which ex-MC4 singer Wiz was the frontman. Confusing? Just buy the record!

Pre New – The Point Of Entry (An Introduction By The Pre New)
Pre New – Believe (RedKen Kosmische Zweiblen PreMix)
Blindness – Last One Dies
Edwyn Collins – Dilemma
I Plead Irony – Now Or Never
British Sea Power – Machineries Of Joy
Decade In Exile – Patti’s Town
Charlotte Church – Glitterbombed
Omelettes – Perfect Wave
Republica – Christiana Obey
David Bowie – The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
Hefner – The Hymn For The Cigarettes
I Plead Irony – Yourself Defence
Of Verona – Castles
Public Service Broadcasting – New Dimensions In Sound
E-Jitz – Def Con Wan
Mannequins – Remember The Time
Suede – It Starts And Ends With You
Eva On The Western Castle Island – Shaolin Punk
Dingus Khan – Knifey Spoony
Universal Disappointment Sponge – Poor Dave
Primitives – Lose The Reason
They Might Be Giants – Stone Cold Coup d’Etat
Sykur – Messy Hair
Seafood – Cloaking
Dumb – Dive
I Plead Irony – Faith Or Fear
Foals – Out Of The Woods
Jensen Code – Catch A Falling Leaf
Plantman – Vini
Beck – Sexxlaws

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Plantman live on Phoenix FM

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It was great to get Matt and Bryan from Plantman down for a session on this week’s show.

The band formed out of another Essex band, Beatglider, who had been doing the rounds for a little while and I first caught them live just over two years ago when they played at the Railway Tavern in Southend alongside Ten Tigers, Tumbledryer Babies and the Lovely Eggs. Plantman’s new album, Whispering Trees, was released a couple of weeks ago to massively huge reviews in the Sun, Sunday Times, Sunday Express, Mojo and Uncut … proving you can self-release stuff and get it to an audience of millions quicker than you think!

We had the benefit of three songs live, and if you missed them you can hear them again below:

Keep an eye out for live gigs later this Spring and other news on their Facebook, Twitter or Myspace (yes, people still go there!)

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Playlist for 28 February 2013 (AOTW: Plantman – Whispering Trees)

I guess it’s a bit of a cheat to have Plantman’s Whispering Trees as my album of the week, as they were in the studio playing tracks from the album live, but we did manage to play a few others so I think I can get away with it.

British Sea Power – Machineries Of Joy
David Bowie – The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
Apu And The Dentist – No Messages For Rumi
Public Service Broadcasting – New Dimensions In Sound
Edwyn Collins – Dilemma
Jensen Code – Flight To London
A*Star-Band – Lotus
Belter – The Invisible Cat
Plantman – Lunaria
Brothers In Law – (Shadow II) Leave Me
Foals – Inhaler
Suede – It Starts And Ends With You
Plantman – Vini
Candy Empire – Lucky
Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs – Things We Be
Decade In Exile – Patti’s Town
Jensen Code – Catch A Falling Leaf
Kaiser Chiefs – Modern Way
Omelettes – Perfect Wave
Linus The Moon – Save The Boy
Lavers – I’ve Been Waiting For You
Blindness – Last One Dies
Dumb – Dive

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Phoenix FM interview with the Kaiser Chiefs

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I managed to have a few words with Ricky and Simon from the Kaiser Chiefs before their sold out gig at the Corn Exchange in Cambridge.

The band are currently touring in support of Souvenir, their greatest hits album, and as you’d expect the setlist was mostly a run-through of their biggest hits including Ruby, I Predict A Riot and Never Miss A Beat, a couple of new songs in Live Underground and Saying Goodbye and even a cover of the Stranglers’ No More Heroes.

Ricky and Simon talked about the recording of their new album, not getting breakfast from Peter Gabriel … and firemen’s poles.

Keep an eye on the band’s official website about developing news on the new album (if not the other two).

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Playlist for 21 February 2013

I appear to have forgotten to pick an AOTW this week.

Joy Formidable – Maw Maw Song
Haiku Salut – Sounds Like There’s A Pacman Crunching Away At Your Heart
Foals – My Number
Apu And The Dentist – No Messages For Rumi
Divine Fits – Baby Get Worse
Boy – Drive Darling
Eva On The Western Castle Island – California Shrills
Foals – Bad Habit
Everything Everything – Torso Of The Week
British Sea Power – Machineries Of Joy
OMD – Metroland
Black Dots – Kids
Candy Empire – Lucky
Black Orchid Empire – This City
Public Service Broadcasting – New Dimensions In Sound
Blindness – No One Counts
Dumb – Dive
Sykur – Messy Hair
Brothers In Law – (Shadow II) Leave Me
History Of Apple Pie – Do It Wrong
Edwyn Collins – Dilemma
Foals – Everytime
Maximo Park – The National Health
Jam – Burning Sky
Midway Still – Note To Self
Omelettes – Perfect Wave
Plantman – Lunaria
Primitives – Lose The Reason
2:54 – Creeping

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Gig review – Jayce Lewis and Black Light Burns

Our roving gig reporter Saffron dialled in with her review of the recent Jayce Lewis/Black Light Burns show at the Camden Underworld.

That’s Saffron with Wes Borland from Black Light Burns. Great mo …

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Playlist for 14 February 2013 (AOTW: My Bloody Valentine – mbv)

I’ve enjoyed listening to the much-lauded mbv this week, which is kind of odd as I was never a particular fan of the band and I still haven’t heard the “mouldbreaking” Loveless. Maybe one day, when I get a quiet moment! mbv is best listened to in bed with headphones on, trust me on this.

Jenson Code – The [Silence] Machine
My Bloody Valentine – In Another Way
History Of Apple Pie – The Warrior
Family Gotown – Maybe Tomorrow
Cable – Hexagon Eye
Depeche Mode – Heaven
Le Page – Lleana
Sonic Boom Six – Virus
Sonic Boom Six – Keep On Believing
Belter – The Invisible Cat
Art Brut – The Great Escape
My Bloody Valentine – Nothing Is
History Of Apple Pie – I Want More
Þeyr – Rúdolf
Just Handshakes – London Bound
Kristin Hersh – Some Dumb Runaway
Palma Violets – Step Up For The Cool Cats
Bloc Party – Octopus (RAC remix)
Stereolab – Margerine Melodie
My Bloody Valentine – Only Tomorrow
Taffy – So Long
Wind-Up Birds – Good Shop Shuts

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Phoenix FM interview with Sonic Boom Six

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It was great to finally catch up with Laila K and Barney Boom from Sonic Boom Six, who were at Chinnery’s in Southend on another UK tour supporting their eponymous 4th album released in October.

Laila and Barney talked about the musical changes in the band, the joys of being on a new record label and where they see themselves in the future.

The gig was a musical feast too – the two of them have endless energy bounding around the stage while the rest of the band do their thing. There was also some great support from the Lafontaines, Under The Influence and Essex band Killatrix.

You can find out more about the current tour and plans for the future on their official website or Facebook / Twitter pages.

Yeah, that’s the look I was going for

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Playlist for 7 February 2013 (AOTW: The History Of Apple Pie – Out Of View)

In the week that My Bloody Valentine’s first album in 22 years hit your ears, was it churlish to choose anything else? Not at all, THOAP’s great debut album hits the territory between Lush and Elastica and that’s no bad thing at all.

Also played out yesterday’s interview with The 1975 and if you missed it you can hear it again here.

Everything Everything – Kemosabe (Post War Years remix)
History Of Apple Pie – Tug
Adam Ant – Cool Zombie
Skunk Anansie – This Is Not A Game
Naked Lunch – Keep It Hardcore
Radiohead – There There
Sibyl Vane – What’s My Name
Joy Formidable – Tendons
History Of Apple Pie – The Warrior
Courtney Love – Mono
Le Page – Closure
Marsheaux – Alone
They Might Be Giants – Black Ops
I Am Waiting For You Last Summer – Solar Wind
1975 – Chocolate
Dutch Uncles – Threads
Fashoda Crisis – Horatio
Plantman – Lunaria
My Bloody Valentine – New You
History Of Apple Pie – I Want More
Vile Electrodes – Re-Emerge
Future Ages – Under Orders
Knifeworld – Clairvoyant Fortnight
Jenson Code – The (Silence) Machine

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Phoenix FM talk to The 1975

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Fast-rising Manchester indie darlings The 1975 visited our corner of the country on Wednesday and I had a chance to talk to Matty before they took to the stage in front of a packed Chinnerys audience.

The band clearly enjoyed their trip to Southend even though it was colder than the Moon. George takes a photo every time the band visits a new place and posts it up on their Facebook page – and there was a suitably bleak photo illustrating what was probably the coldest day EVER …

The gig itself was a great run-through of recent releases and songs destined for the self-titled debut album which should be out in the late spring. The band are off to tour Europe and then the US, including a stint at SXSW, and then back to more UK gigs before then.

Blending in nicely, I think …

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Playlist for 31 January 2013 (AOTW: The Joy Formidable – Wolf’s Law)

Mogwai – Letters To The Metro (Zombi remix)
Joy Formidable – Bats
Dingus Khan – Knifey Spoony
Chapel Club – Good Together (JD Twitch remix)
Comanechi – Dream Of Dream
Boxcars – Much To Me (demo)
Marsheaux – Alone
Joy Formidable – This Ladder Is Ours
British Sea Power – Chapter 10
I Am Waiting For You Last Summer – Abyss
Everything Everything – Radiant
Joy Formidable – Maw Maw Song
Pizzicato Five – It’s A Beautiful Day
Carter USM – Airplane Food Airplane Fast Food
Suede – Barriers
Dutch Uncles – Nometo
Black Dots – Single Love
Pulp – After You
Eddie Argos And The Lo Fi Punk Rock Motherfuckers – Death To Everything (That Is Not Guitar Music)
Mega City Four – Wasting My Breath
Shermans – Marina
Adam Ant – Vince Taylor
They Might Be Giants – Black Ops
Sleeper – Shrinkwrapped
Young The Giant – Cough Syrup
Modovar – The Sea of Unspoken Words (Lightzmix)

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Interview with Saffron from Republica

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Always a delight to have Saffron back on the show! We spoke about the band’s current plans, including a UK tour with Tenek and writing more songs, maybe for a new album? We also signed her up to be the station’s roving gig reporter, looking forward to that one …!

Tickets for the tour – which include the band playing The Garage in Highbury on 14 March – are on sale here and you can find out more about the band’s current goings-on over on their Facebook page.

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Playlist for 24 January 2013 (AOTW: Dutch Uncles – Out Of Touch In The Wild)

Great new album from Manchester’s math/pop/proggers Dutch Uncles, released on 14 January on Memphis Industries. I’ve been playing singles Fester and Flexxin for a while but the whole album is worthy of repeated playback.

Also had a chance to speak to Saffron from Republica on the phone to find out what she’s been up to. If you missed that, listen to it again here.

Tonight’s playlist:

Mega City Four – Ticket Collector
Dutch Uncles – Flexxin
Foals – My Number
Black Dots – Kids
Chapel Club – Good Together
Republica – Holly – Republica Club Mix
Republica – Christiana Obey (Tenek remix)
High/Low – Raygun
Dutch Uncles – Nometo
Marsheaux – Alone
Eddie Argos And The Lo Fi Punk Rock Motherfuckers – Wam! Bang! Pow! Let’s Rock Out!
Everything Everything – Cough Cough
My Heroine – I’ll Be Your Heroine
David Bowie – Where Are We Now
Pulp – After You
Comanechi – Dream Of Dream
Dutch Uncles – Threads
1975 – Chocolate
Fashoda Crisis – Horatio
Sojourn Society – Caption Closed
Theme Park – Tonight
Missing Andy – It’s Over (acoustic)
Subrosa – Tidal Waves
Joy Formidable – Maw Maw Song

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Playlist for 17 January 2013 (AOTW: Everything Everything – Arc)

Difficult choices as a lot of good albums are coming out at once, but I went for Everything Everything’s second album, Arc, which came out this week. It hardly needs an introduction, as both my show and the rest of the station have been playing singles Cough Cough and Kemosabe for ages.

Tonight’s playlist:

Little Roy – Lithium
Everything Everything – Kemosabe
Bellatrix – Sweet Surrender
Haiku Salut – Sounds Like There’s A Pacman Crunching Away At Your Heart
Taffy – So Long
Fashoda Crisis – Another Disappointing Product From The Simon Smith Broken Promises Factory
Everything Everything – Don’t Try
Black Dots – Single Love
Bob Mould – The Descent
Bleech – Dancing Without You
Plantman – Lunaria
Foals – My Number
Subrosa – Dead Hearts
Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs – I Watch You
David Bowie – Where Are We Now
Suede – Barriers
China Drum – Wuthering Heights
Everything Everything – Radiant
VII – Tides
Dutch Uncles – Flexxin
Republica – Christiana Obey (Tenek remix)
1975 – Chocolate
Jensen Code – Flight to London
Good Natured – 5-HT
Sojourn Society – Caption Closed
I Am Waiting For You Last Summer – Solar Wind
Theme Park – Tonight
Dubstar – Stars

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Playlist for 10 January 2013 (AOTW: Haiku Salut – Tricolore)

It was easy and lazy for me to choose this as my album of the week – it had just been dropped into my hands a few hours earlier. However that’s not meant to denigrate its fine achievement – it’s a fantastic and inventive collection of songs and an album you should definitely grab hold of if you can. More about the band and their Phoenix FM session can be found here.

Tonight’s playlist:
David Bowie – Where Are We Now
Charlatans – My Foolish Pride
1975 – Chocolate
Black Dots – Kids
Curxes – Spectre
Dutch Uncles – Flexxin
Good Natured – 5-HT
Jensen Code – Flight to London
Haiku Salut – Sounds Like There’s A Pacman Crunching Away At Your Heart
Plantman – Lunaria
Fashoda Crisis – I Am Very Real
Das Russians – Bee Line
Black Dots – Single Love
Bo Ningen feat Jehnny Beth – Nichijyou
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Swim And Sleep (Like A Shark)
Comanechi – Major Move
Suede – Barriers
Theme Park – Tonight
Haiku Salut – ||: Lonesome George (Orwell, There’s No-One Like) :||
Cut Ribbons – Damascus
Dutch Uncles – Fester
Fashoda Crisis – Polonium Tea Party
Snakadaktal – Chimera
Joy Formidable – This Ladder Is Ours
Haiku Salut – Train Tracks For Wheezy (Featuring A Little Orchestra)
Sojourn Society – Caption Closed
Atlas Genius – Trojans
Toy – Motoring

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Playlist for 3 January 2013 (AOTW: Bettie Serveert – Oh, Mayhem!)

My album of the week was the ninth album from Bettie Serveert, a band from Arnhem in the Netherlands who have been purveying their timeless guitar-led indie rock since the release of their excellent debut album Palomine in 1992.

Tonight’s playlist:

Stone Roses – I Am The Resurrection
Bettie Serveert – Shake-Her
Clint Boon Experience – The Cool People Know Who The Cool
Everything Everything – Kemosabe
Joy Formidable – This Ladder Is Ours
(International) Noise Conspiracy – Arm Yourself
Eva On The Western Castle Island – California Shrills
Bleech – Adrenalin Junkie
Das Pop – Underground
Pulp – After You
Jensen Code – Flight to London
Something Beginning With L – Angel Sized
Divine Fits – Baby Get Worse
Bettie Serveert – Had2BYou
Long Blondes – Century
Earl Brutus – The SAS And The Glam That Goes With It
Eels – Novocaine For The Soul
Foals – Inhaler
Anna – Different Friends
Super Furry Animals – Juxtapozed With U
Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – Spanish Dance Troupe
I Like Trains – Mnemosyne
Weareoff – The Pain Remains The Same
Rebekah Delgado – Ménage A Moi
Mega City Four – Scared Of Cats
Bettie Serveert – D.I.Y
Mmm – Dark Motion
Baikonour – Oben Beg mk3 CBC theme
Art Brut – Bad Weekend
Blur – Coping

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The best of Essex – 2012

Here are the acts mentioned in my Best Of Essex review …

Leanne Louise – Spotlight

Rozie T – Live at the Brentwood Beer and Music Festival

Rajiv – Catch Me If You Can

London Road – Pretty Woman

My Heroine – Show And Tell

Tall Dark Friend – Corridors

Missing Andy – Money

Mannequins – Big Bird

P45 – Top Floor

The Shermans – Marina

Beatroots – Grow Our Own

Bleech – Mondays

Dingus Khan – Made A List

Herida – Burnin’ Tree

Lady Grey and the Earls – Shadow Away

Felonie – Lying Minds

Turtle Soup – Penrose Walks

Jo Harman – Cold Heart

InMe – Moonlit Seabed

Dave McPherson – Summer: She Puts Me In A Good Mood

Baddies – Bronto

Fashoda Crisis – Horatio

Modovar – Clearly

Kids With Torches – The Survivalist

Electro Kill Machine – Falling Down

Angry vs the Bear – London Town

Cling – Beyond Your Dreams

Deferred Sucess – I Don’t Wanna Go Home

Edd Coates – Childhood Flame

Doogie Hunter – You Belong To Me

Fiona Bevan – Love In A Cold Climate

Midway Still – Note To Self

Vile Electrodes – Re-Emerge

Taffy – So Long

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Playlist for 19 December 2012 (AOTW: I Like Trains – The Shallows)

– What happens if the computer in the studio crashes at Christmas?
– I’ll restart it from home.
– How do you do that?
– I have Team Viewer.
– What is that?
– It allows me to control the computer from my house?
– Can I do that to Club Penguin? Hack their machines?
– You need to get permission from the computer you want to control.
– Shall I email them first then?
– Yes. Please do that.
– Will they get mad at me?
– No, they’ll be fine.
– OK, I’ll do it now …

It *is* nearly Christmas but I cheated a bit with tonight’s Album Of The Week – I’d forgotten that I hadn’t featured this when it came out in April, and it’s well worth a revisit.

Tonight’s playlist:

Death In The Afternoon – Francis and the City
Eva On The Western Castle Island – California Shrills
Divine Fits – Baby Get Worse
Modovar – Clearly (Dark and Dirty mix)
I Like Trains – Mnemosyne
Rebekah Delgado – Ménage A Moi
Primitives – You Trashed My Christmas
Blindness – Confessions
Winter Olympics – Attention All Departments
Get Cubs – Mañana
I Like Trains – The Shallows
Wojtek Godzisz – December Will Be Magic Again
Mega City Four – Wasting My Breath
Girls Names – Hypnotic Regression
Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra – Towards Other Worlds
Everything Everything – Kemosabe (B-Ju remix)
Jungle Giants – You’ve Got Something
Lizzie and the Yes Men – Loneliness
Cornshed Sisters – Have A Good Christmas Time
I Like Trains – Reykjavik
Apple Creation – Beautiful Fool
High/Low – Raygun
Avenue – Quickdraw
MJ Hibbett and the Validators – The Flashing Santa
Mmm – Dark Motion
Sultans of Ping FC – Xmas Bubblegum Machine
Vile Electrodes – The Last Time
Rialto Burns – Hibernation
1975 – You
VedeTT – Nothing Else

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Playlist for 13 December 2012 (Countdown To Christmas … Party)

On air in the unusually unusual timeslot of 6pm-8pm with a room full of people patiently waiting for the Phoenix FM Christmas Party to start – and wondering why I am not playing “party music”. Have they not heard my show?

Foals – Inhaler
Glam Chops – Countdown To Christmas
Good Natured – 5-HT
Matt Fletcher – Codeine
Oasis – Cigarettes And Alcohol
Sébastien Tellier – Cochon Ville (Dmitri From Paris Erodiscomix)
Primitives – You Trashed My Christmas
Everything Everything – Kemosabe
Focus – Father Bacchus
Mega City Four – Wasting My Breath
Shermans – Wyatts Green
Tame Impala – Elephant
Bleech – Adrenalin Junkie
Mmm – Dark Motion
Axes – Wet Wet Wet Wet
Public Service Broadcasting – Dig For Victory
Eva On The Western Castle Island – California Shrills
Futureheads – Christmas Was Better In The 80s
Weareoff – The Pain Remains The Same
Foo Fighters – All My Life
Garbage – Only Happy When It Rains
Ting Tings – Great DJ
Madness – Night Boat To Cairo
Wonder Stuff – Dizzy
Blur – Girls & Boys
B-52s – Love Shack

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Interview with Matt Fletcher

New Phoenix FM roving reporter Sarah Calder went out to chat to Matt Fletcher, a local singer/songwriter who has featured on the station in the past as part of Electric Child House.

You can hear the interview below:

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Playlist for 6 December 2012

3 for Wiz – played out three songs in memory of the former Mega City Four frontman who passed away 6 years ago today.

Bloc Party – Octopus
Evans The Death – Telling Lies
Marsheaux – Can You Stop Me
Pre New – I Believe In Jackie
Taffy – Indetermination
Mega City Four – Words That Say
Electric Soft Parade – Empty At The End
Hefner – The Hymn For The Cigarettes
Lemon Jelly – Nice Weather For Ducks
Charlotte Hatherley – Kim Wilde
Our Man From Odessa – Trans Balkan Express
Garlic – Not Over Yet
British Sea Power – Fear Of Drowning
Nine Inch Nails – Bite The Hand That Feeds
Horrors – Count In Fives
Polysics – Electric Surfin Go Go
Young Knives – The Decision
Newton Faulkner – Dream Catch Me
Mega City Four – Stop
Common feat Laetitia Sadier – New Wave
Mega City Four – Shivering Sand
Bleech – Adrenalin Junkie
Majeur – She Was Gone (835 remix)
Cardigans – Iron Man
Modern – Industry
Sugarcubes – Hit
Public Service Broadcasting – London Can Take It
Minus The Bear – Steel And Blood
Vile Electrodes – Proximity
Heart Throbs – Hooligan
B-52’s – Give Me Back My Man
Knifeworld – Clairvoyant Fortnight

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Playlist for 29 November 2012 (AOTW: Toy – Toy)

This album came out a few weeks ago – 10th September, to be precise – but I’m a very busy man, can’t sit around listening to music all day! (Well maybe that does happen sometimes). Toy were formed out of the remnants of dreadful landfill indie act Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong – and couldn’t sound further from the band, with a great mix of post punk, pyschedelic, shoegaze and Krautrock.

Last night’s playlist:

Joy Formidable – This Ladder Is Ours
Bloc Party – Price Of Gasoline
Everything Everything – Kemosabe
Ben Folds Five – Do It Anyway
Toy – Motoring
Lovely Eggs – I Just Want Someone To Fall In Love With
Foals – Inhaler
Apple Eyes – Wild Beasts
Focus – Victoria
High/Low – Soda
Super Furry Animals – Northern Lites
Toy – Reasons Why
Dingus Khan – Made A List
Blindness – Confessions
Fashoda Crisis – Horatio
Winter Olympics – Attention All Departments
Art Brut – Direct Hit
Tame Impala – Keep On Lying
Axes – Wet Wet Wet Wet
Coldplay – Brothers & Sisters
Snakadaktal – Chimera
Muse – Hysteria
Sébastien Tellier – Cochon Ville
Apple Creation – Beautiful Fool
Good Natured – 5-HT
Gum – Anna Sang & Alison
Toy – Drifting Deeper
Profile – Mushroom Man

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High/Low playing live on Phoenix FM

It’s been a full six years since Steve and Lee did their last session for us – a full-band Creative session as part of The Nurse Who Loved Me. But having got together to form a new band – High/Low – and having released two EPs this summer/autumn packed full of new tunes – we decided it was time to get them back in again.

If you missed the session or interview you can hear/watch it again below:

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For more information about the band visit their official site or Facebook page.

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Playlist for 22 November 2012 (AOTW: Focus – Focus X)

I bought my first Focus album 22 years ago – and they’d already been going 22 years at that point. Good to see them back. Good to see some Roger Dean artwork. And good to find a band older than me!

Even better still, I got to see Focus play live for the first time ever when they played the unlikely venue of the Beaverwood Room in Chislehurst, Kent last Saturday. Only two of the original 70s line up – organist Thijs van Leer and drummer Pierre van den Linden – are still there, but with a brilliant guitarist and bassist in Menno Gootjes and Bobby Jacobs, I might as well have been at the Midnight Express in 1973, it was that good.

Tonight’s playlist:

Joy Formidable – This Ladder Is Ours
Foals – Inhaler
Sébastien Tellier – Cochon Ville
Hot Hot Heat – No Not Now
Local Girls – Jesus Complex Man
Long Blondes – Giddy Stratospheres
Shermans – The Kick

live in session
High/Low – Spy Eye
High/Low – raygun
High/Low – Soda

High/Low – Forty
Profile – Mushroom Man
Augustgone – Watch You Bleed
Fashoda Crisis – Hunting The Poor For Sport
Lovely Eggs – I Just Want Someone To Fall In Love With
Focus – Father Bacchus
Robocop Kraus – Small Houses Odd Cars
Focus – Focus 10
Muse – Bliss
Everything Everything – Kimosabe
Tame Impala – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
Blindness – Glamourama
Focus – Hoeratio
Winter Olympics – Attention All Departments
Bloc Party – Octopus (RAC remix)
Celeste – Nothing In The Sky (With Diamonds)
Ruby – Bart
Dingus Khan – Made A List
Das Russians – Bee Line
Wind-Up Birds – The Mild Awards
Trash Monroe – Bleached Edges Of My Memory
Curxes – Spectre
Dora Brilliant – Scale Of One To Ten
FC Kahuna – Hayling

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The Lovely Eggs in session at Phoenix FM. A little while ago …

We managed to persuade the Lovely Eggs to come in for a session for us one Sunday afternoon in February 2011.

We’re normally used to bands coming in and doing an acoustic set, because of space limitations. However they arrived and said we can’t really do acoustic, we’ve got our kit, can we set it up and do it all the same? I said – ooh, might be tricky, because we’re not really sound guys and can’t sort out the levels easily with the broadcast desk. They said, oh no problem, we have our sound guy with us. And so Sound Guy, whose name escapes me now (sorry Sound Guy) set everything up and did a fantastic job – it’s the only time we’ve ever been able to properly record a full drum kit in our studio.

The band did a fantastic job too as you can see from the videos below. As they had just released the single and video for Don’t Look At Me, we didn’t put our session up on Youtube at the time, but the time comes when that little voice in your head says “sod it, I’ve deprived the good people of Brentwood, Billericay and the whole internet the wonder of that magical afternoon”. Plus it’s a nostalgic look at how we used to make bands play in our old messy office as though they were part of the furniture. Hope you enjoy it …

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Playlist for 15 November 2012 (AOTW: Dingus Khan – Support Mistley Swans)

There’s been a growing buzz from this band from Manningtree, and the debut album doesn’t disappoint.

I haven’t managed to catch the live spectacle yet but there’s definitely something special in a band that employs three drummers and three bass players. That’s 150% more than Adam and the Ants and Ned’s Atomic Dustbin respectively. (Now there’s a gig I’d pay good money to go to).

Tonight’s playlist.

Hardage feat Peter Gabriel – Big Time (radio edit)
Rosie and the Goldbug – War Of The Roses (Because I Said So)
Carter USM – Let’s Get Tattoos
Camera Obscura – French Navy
Winter Olympics – Attention All Departments
Blindness – Glamourama
British Sea Power – Living Is So Easy
Dingus Khan – Knifey Spoony
Mega City Four – Words That Say
Cud – Oh No Won’t Do
Charlatans – Blackened Blue Eyes
Tame Impala – Keep On Lying
Dingus Khan – Bag For Life
Franz Ferdinand – What She Came For
Everything Everything – Kemosabe
Joy Formidable – This Ladder Is Ours
Maximo Park – Our Velocity
Shermans – Wyatts Green
Local Girls – Twigs
Lovely Eggs – I Just Want Someone To Fall In Love With
Taffy – HaaH
Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – Trust
Dingus Khan – How Do You Like Me Now
Manda Rin – DNA
Rakes – Retreat
Bleech – Break My Nose
Ash – Return Of White Rabbit
Augustgone – Watch You Bleed
Foals – Inhaler
Art Brut – Direct Hit
Wind-Up Birds – The Mild Awards
De Staat – Firestarter (3FM session)
Das Russians – Private Ambulance
Vile Electrodes – Re-Emerge
Nada Surf – Waiting For Something
Dutch Uncles – Fester
Wind-Up Birds – Cross Country
Public Service Broadcasting – Dig For Victory
Honeyblood – Biro (live)
Republica – Christiana Obey (Tenek remix)
Pond – You Broke My Cool
School of Seven Bells – Scavenger
Metric – Gold Guns Girls
Grizzly Bear – Yet Again

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Playlist for 8 November 2012 (AOTW: Winter Olympics – Profit And Loss)

I’ve only just discovered this band, which is hard to believe because they’ve been around for ten years. But it’s also easy to believe as they’ve only just released their debut album. Got to admire the workrate.

The album is out on 26 November on Cherryade and you can buy it from the band’s online shop. You can also buy scarves with big swear words on them.

Also played out my interviews with Bleech and Local Girls after their excellent gig at the Square in Harlow last week.

Tonight’s playlist:

Everything Everything – Kemosabe
Midway Still – Left Behind
High/Low – Raygun
Bang Bang Machine – Love It Bleeds
Winter Olympics – I Miss The Nineties
Local Girls – Jesus Complex Man
Frank and Walters – Indie Love Song
Taffy – Indetermination
Shermans – Wyatts Green
Lovely Eggs – Please Let Me Come Mooch Round Your House
International Resque – So Way Down (Extended)
Carter USM – Let’s Get Tattoos
Wind-Up Birds – Being Dramatic
Theme Park – Two Hours
Life-n-Joy! – Babylone
Winter Olympics – Attention All Departments
Madness – My Girl 2
Bleech – Dancing Without You
Soft Pack – Bobby Brown
Shermans – Soho Blues
Blindness – Confessions
Bloc Party – Octopus (RAC remix)
254 – Creeping
Winter Olympics – Regional Showcase
Dora Brilliant – Scale Of One To Ten
Songs For Walter – Tougher Than A Soldier’s Boots

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Playlist for 25 October 2012 (AOTW: The Lovely Eggs – Wildfire)

I couldn’t not choose this, the third full offering from Lancaster’s finest and maddest packed full of their trademark madness.

The album is out on 26 November on Cherryade and you can buy it from the band’s online shop. You can also buy scarves with big swear words on them.

Tonight’s playlist.

Bloc Party – Octopus (RAC remix)
Born Blonde – Signs Of Fear
Lovely Eggs – Allergies
Chris Brokaw – How To Listen
Dora Brilliant – Scale Of One To Ten
Moody Gowns – A Great British Holiday
Evans The Death – Sleeping Song
I Like Trains – Beacons
Lovely Eggs – I Just Want Someone To Fall In Love With
Hehfu – Fame and Fortune and Cups of Tea
Local Girls – East London Dance Party
Everything Everything – Kemosabe
High/Low – Forty
Laetitia Sadier – Fragment Pour Le Future De L’Homme
Taffy – So Long
Theme Park – Two Hours
Life-n-Joy! – Babylone
Tame Impala – Keep On Lying
WeirdGear – Germs
Savages – Husbands
Bellatrix – Sweet Surrender
Wind-Up Birds – Good Shop Shuts
Blindness – Glamourama
Bleech – Break My Nose
Winter Olympics – I Miss The Nineties
Lovely Eggs – Lee Mellon’s Teeth
Midway Still – Something And Nothing
Madness – My Girl 2
Bo Ningen – Daikaisei Part 1
Quinton Sung – Paranoid Android

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Playlist for 18 October 2012 (AOTW: Chris Brokaw – Gambler’s Ecstasy)

This week’s album of the week is Gambler’s Ecstasy from CHRIS BROKAW – it’s out now on Damnably Records. Chris is the former drummer with New York bands Codeine and Come, and has been knocking out solo albums for 10 years now.

We also revisited last week’s session from Deferred Sucess.

Tonight’s playlist:

Daughter – Youth
Deferred Sucess – I Don’t Wanna Go Home (Phoenix FM session)
Dutch Uncles – Fester
Chris Brokaw – Crooked
Meta Forever – It Seems Essential
Genius Freak – Whose Body Is It Anyway
Dead Sea Souls – Trendsetter
Dingus Khan – How Do You Like Me Now
Chris Brokaw – Criminals
Republica – Christiana Obey (Tenek remix – full version)
Tame Impala – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
Delakota – The Fox
Deferred Sucess – Don’t Worry About It, It’s Alright (Phoenix FM session)
Le Corps Mince De Francoise – I Go Insane
Modovar – Clearly (Dark and Dirty mix)
Deferred Sucess – It All Adds Up (Phoenix FM session)
Carter Damm – Clowning
Lovely Eggs – Please Let Me Come Mooch Round Your House
Bloc Party – Kettling
Y Niwl – Undegnaw
Chris Brokaw – The Appetites
This Many Boyfriends – Tina Weymouth
Auf Der Maur – Follow The Waves
Data Panik – Cubis (I Love You)
Senser – Resistance Now
Sky Larkin – Still Windmills
Something Beginning With L – Mean
Solid State Revival – Step Into The Sun
Bleech – Mondays

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Deferred Sucess live on Phoenix FM

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Doozer, Rich, Steve and Chris were back in the studio today for their third session, following on from ones they performed for us in 2005 and 2010 (was it really that long ago?)

The band have released their first proper single, I Don’t Wanna Go Home, which you can order from the easy-to-remember website of www.idontwannagohome.com. And we were treated to a live rendition of this plus two news songs which are bound to see the light of day in 2013 …

You can find out more about what they’re up to by visiting their official website or following them on Facebook or Twitter. The eponymous debut album, released earlier this year. is available on Bandcamp.

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Playlist for 11 October 2012 (AOTW: This Many Boyfriends – This Many Boyfriends)

Tonight we had Deferred Sucess playing live in the studio – and you can read more about that here.

The album of the week came courtesy of Leeds’ eponymous debut from This Many Boyfriends.

Tonight’s playlist:

Everything Everything – Cough Cough
This Many Boyfriends – Tina Weymouth
Bleech – Break My Nose
Ace Out – We Should Be Dancing
We Are The Physics – Napoleon Loves Josephine
Bloc Party – Straight Thru Cru
Dead Sea Souls – Trendsetter
Daybehaviour – So Shut Your Eyes
This Many Boyfriends – I Don’t Like You (‘Cos You Don’t Like The Pastels)
1975 – Sex
Teenage Fanclub – Sparky’s Dream
Evans The Death – Telling Lies
This Many Boyfriends – (I Should Be A) Communist
Le Corps Mince De Francoise – I Go Insane
Just Another Snake Cult – Have You Seen This Girl Anywhere
Tame Impala – Apocalypse Dreams
Carter Damm – Clowning
Bo Ningen – Daikaisei Part 1
De Staat – Firestarter (3FM session)
Midway Still – Note To Self
Lovely Eggs – I Just Want Someone To Fall In Love With
Dingus Khan – Made A List

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Playlist for 27 September 2012 (AOTW: Ultrasound – Play For Today)

Ultrasound were one of those bands who seemed to be on the verge of getting big – and then nothing happened. They released one album in 1999 – the epic “Everything Picture” – indie rock tinged with more than a little prog, which made the NME’s patronage of the band all the more odd – and then split up. However they reformed in 2010 and have just released the follow up album (on Fierce Panda) this week – “Play For Today” – and it’s my album of the week. Good to have them back.

Tonight’s playlist:

Mike Flowers Pops – Venus As A Boy
Ultrasound – Welfare State
Foals – Red Socks Pugie
And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Mistakes And Regrets
Early Morning Rebel – Lifeboat
Ultrasound – Beautiful Sadness
Bat For Lashes – All Your Gold
Bloc Party – Truth
Polica – Form
Cut Ribbons – Damascus
Just Another Snake Cult – Have You Seen This Girl Anywhere
Grizzly Bear – Yet Again
British Sea Power – Mongk II
Dutch Uncles – Fester
Franz Ferdinand – Live Alone
Ultrasound – Nonsense
Metric – Gold Guns Girls
Bo Ningen – Daikaisei Part 1
Joy Formidable – Cholla
Bratmobile – Shop For America
Mascot Fight – Dalian Shied Away
Pond – You Broke My Cool
Minus The Bear – Steel and Blood
High-Low – Sunshine Recorder
Tim Burgess – White
Hot Chip – How Do You Do
Ting Tings – Great DJ
Kula Shaker – Drink Tea (For The Love Of God)
Feeder – Buck Rogers
Art Brut – Nag Nag Nag Nag

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Playlist for 20 September 2012

A bit of a low key birthday show tonight (my birthday, that is – not one of Phoenix FM’s many birthdays/causes for celebration). Thanks to 33rpmchris, jasonireland, radio_nick, sharonandjay, vandathevampire, invisibleman275, lucene, funkle, saramust and trucks88 who all sat in the chatroom and suggested stuff for me to play when I ran out of ideas.

Genesis – Get ‘Em Out By Friday (celebrating Genetic Control Day – 18/9/2012)
British Sea Power – Lights Out For Darker Skies
Bleech – Weirdo
Republica – Christiana Obey (Tenek remix)
Blur – Badhead
Deferred Sucess – Cider On The Beach
Shiny Darkness – Prayer For My Imaginary World
Bloc Party – Real Talk
Bellatrix – Sweet Surrender
Hollow Crowns – Michael’s Revolver
Muse – New Born
Darren Hayman and the Long Parliament – How Long Have You Been Fighting For
Tenek – What Do You Want?
Noah and the Whale – L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.
Public Service Broadcasting – Everest
Imogen Heap – First Train Home
Ben Folds Five – Michael Praytor, Five Years Later
Hafdis Huld – Action Man (Lesko and Latham remix)
Early Morning Rebel – Lifeboat
Vendetta – One Man Alone
High/Low – Spy Eye
Lemon Jelly – His Majesty King Raam
Mystery Jets – Someone Purer
Altered Images – Happy Birthday

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Playlist for 13 September 2012

Van Der Graaf Generator – Theme One
High-Low – Forty (Acoustic Sofa Session)
Sonic Boom Six – Virus
Lagitagida – Blastica
Taffy – So Long
Wind-Up Birds – Good Shop Shuts
Honeyblood – Biro (live)
Throwing Up – Snake
Bloc Party – Leaf Skeleton
Tame Impala – Elephant
Cinematronic – Connection
Bleech – Dancing Without You
Tim Burgess – White
Wonder Stuff – There There My Dear
Midway Still – Miss You
Tu Fawning – Wager
Indelicates – Class
Pre New – The Pre New Anthem
Jensen Code – I Am Cargo
Darren Hayman and the Long Parliament – How Long Have You Been Fighting For
Public Service Broadcasting – Everest
Republica – Christiana Obey (Tenek remix – full version)
Egyptian Hip Hop – SYH
Polaroid Kiss – Pay Your Dues (Assemblage 23 remix)
Furns – Power
British Sea Power – Canvey Island
Cut Ribbons – Damascus
Allo Darlin’ – Golden Age
FutureAges – Under Orders
Fashoda Crisis – Hunting The Poor For Sport

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Playlist for 6 September 2012 (AOTW: Y Niwl – Y Niwl 4)

A bit of a cheat for my album of the week really as it’s another EP, but who cares? They’re a nice bunch of guys and they’re Welsh and they play surf rock, so you will not go wrong. You can buy the EP here – download or on “quite thick vinyl” (yes, some of us still remember that!)

Group X – There Are 8 Million Cossack Melodies And This Is One Of Them
Furns – Power
Laetitia Sadier – Fragment Pour Le Future De L’Homme
Bleech – The Worthing Song
Bloc Party – Leaf Skeleton
Turin Brakes – Mind Over Money
Boy – Drive Darling
Honeyblood – Biro (live)
Y Niwl – Dauddegtri
FutureAges – Wolf At The Door
Coral – The Oldest Path
Gaggle – Waterfall (6music session 03-09-2012)
Cut Ribbons – Damascus
Y Niwl – Dauddedau
Tokolosh – Tokohorse
Carter USM – Glam Rock Cops
Republica – Christiana Obey (Tenek remix)
Tim Burgess – White
Polaroid Kiss – Pay Your Dues (Assemblage 23 remix)
Marion – Wait
Das Russians – Bee Line
Dingus Khan – Made A List
Public Service Broadcasting – Dig For Victory
Tame Impala – Elephant
Oyama – Sometimes
Radiohead – Subterranean Homesick Alien
Y Niwl – Dauddegun
Trash Monroe – Bleached Edges Of My Memory
Of Monsters And Men – Little Talks

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Playlist for 23 August 2012 (AOTW: Local Girls – Deluxe Kicks)

Great debut album offering from Norwich’s Local Girls – out on 10 September on Sour Puss Records.

Tonight’s playlist:

A House – Charity
Bloc Party – Real Talk
Ben Folds Five – Do It Anyway
Local Girls – Cuckoo
Sonic Boom Six – Virus
Joy Formidable – Wolf’s Law
Bleech – Adrenalin Junkie
Meta Forever – It Seems Essential
Minus The Bear – Steel and Blood
Billy Bragg – Accident Waiting To Happen
Of Monsters And Men – Little Talks
British Sea Power – Carrion
Dinosaur Jr – Watch The Corners
Local Girls – East London Dance Party
Midway Still – This Is How It Ends
Cardigans – You’re The Storm
High-Low – In Flight
Cut Ribbons – Damascus
Pavement – Carrot Rope
Republica – Christiana Obey (Tenek remix)
FutureAges – Wolf At The Door
Das Russians – Bee Line
Fashoda Crisis – Hunting The Poor For Sport
Trash Monroe – Bleached Edges Of My Memory
Local Girls – Jesus Complex Man
Lagitagida – Blastica
Wonder Stuff – There There My Dear
Super Furry Animals – Juxtapozed With U

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Playlist for 16 August 2012 (AOTW: Bloc Party – Four)

After the wonder of their debut Silent Alarm and the disappointment of the next two less-guitary albums, I was never really sure what to expect. I certainly didn’t expect it to be THAT GOOD – and it is. Bloc Party do guitars very well, not so good at electronica. Stick to guitars. The album is so good they got a rare FOUR songs tonight as my AOTW offering.

Tonight’s playlist:

Midway Still – Note To Self
Bloc Party – Octopus
Boxer Rebellion – Step Out Of The Car
Franz Ferdinand – Ulysses
High-Low – Forty
Garbage – Big Bright World
FutureAges – Under Orders
Bloc Party – Real Talk
Honeyblood – Biro (live)
Idiot The Band – Wingwinder
Dingus Khan – Made A List
Das Russians – Private Ambulance
Fashoda Crisis – Hunting The Poor For Sport
Bloc Party – Truth
High-Low – Spy Eye
Boy – Drive Darling
Vile Electrodes – Re-Emerge
Cud – Through The Roof
Kingmaker MMX – Armchair Anarchist
Sky Larkin – Matador
Sibyl Vane – Supersonic
Of Monsters And Men – Little Talks
Turnpike Glow – The Turn, The Pike and The Glow
Laetitia Sadier – Auscultation To The Nation
Alpaca Sports – She’ll Come Back For Indian Summer
Bloc Party – 3×3
Bleech – Adrenalin Junkie
Turtle Soup – Penrose Walks

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Playlist for 2 August 2012 (AOTW: Blur – Parklife)

For the first time ever I’ve done a great big cheat and chosen an album I bought 18 years ago (for the record, from Our Price in Brentwood, on the day of release, and I can still remember them playing London Loves over the speakers). Why? Because I was at the excellent Winter Gardens gig yesterday and it’s still ringing in my ears – one of the great contributions to music. Really. Parklife is a truly underrated offering – too many people dismiss it as being derivative of the mockney-voiced title track, but it’s much, much more than that.

There was also a bit of an Olympics tribute tonight with, erm, Olympian, erm, Olympic Airways, erm, erm, songs with bike and canoe in the title and even Synchronised Swimmers.

Blur – Tracy Jacks
Abdoujaparov – Beer Scooter
Dingus Khan – Made A List
Avenue – Come Back Another Day
Gene – Olympian
Others – I’ll Keep You Safe
Avenue – Rolling Thunder
Neo – Phoenix Lane
Human Foals – Olympic Airways
Alpaca Sports – She’ll Come Back For Indian Summer
Blur – London Loves
Filthy Revolution – Walkin’ These Shoes
Hafdís Huld – Synchronised Swimmers
Be Your Own Pet – Bicycle Bicycle, You Are My Bicycle
Elastica – Stutter
JJ72 – October Swimmer
Muse – Time Is Running Out
Avenue – Skyline
Extradition Order – Canoe
Pink Floyd – Bike
Moscow Olympics – Still
Radiohead – Planet Telex
Gestir – Sum Urt
Jarvis – Don’t Let Him Waste Your Time
School of Seven Bells – Scavenger
Avenue – Stun Gun
Vile Electrodes – Re-Emerge
Blur – This Is A Low

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Dominic Masters special #1

For the first time in six years, Dominic Masters was back on Phoenix FM to play out two hours of music.

Very old school … it’s ALL CDs

Dominic was a semi-regular presenter for Phoenix FM back in 2006, just before we won our full-time FM licence, regularly playing out a mix of punk, garage and Wurzels tracks. His other day job is as lead singer of The Others, who had a series of top 40 hits in the mid 00’s and are now back recording their third album, to be released in the coming months.

Today’s show was a one-off although there may be more one-offs in the near future! You can find out more about the band by following their Facebook or Twitter accounts.

If you missed the show you can download it from here: http://www.mediafire.com/?hlc8uki34whek7v

Tracklisting:
Others – Double Pernod
Electric Eels – Agitated
Spiral Stairs – Stolen Pills
Velvet Underground – European Sun
Iggy Pop and the Stooges – Search And Destroy
And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Mistakes And Regrets
White Denim – Let’s Talk About It
The Fall – Leave The Capitol
Others – I’ll Keep You Safe
The Faces – Cindy Incidentally
Wurzels – The Champion Dung Spreader
Arab Strap – The First Big Weekend
Iggy Pop – Don’t Look Down
At The Drive-In – Rolodex Propoganda
Soft Pack – Answer To Yourself
Sleater-Kinney – Dig Me Out
Pavement – Zürich Is Stained
Pavement – Painted Soldiers
B-52’s – Rock Lobster
Others – Hardly Know Me
Iggy Pop and James Williamson – Sell Your Love
Soft Pack – Parasites
The Fall – Wings (watching the video is recommended!)
Happy Mondays – Kinky Afro
The Monks – Monk Time
Sonic Youth – Skip Tracer
Others – Books and DVDs
Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat

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Playlist for 26 July 2012 (AOTW: The Monochrome Set – Platinum Coils)

The Monochrome Set were definitely a band that had passed me by in the olden days. I was well aware of them – my local record shop in the early 80s, Downtown Records in Romford, used to publish a “local” chart in the local paper, which was quite a novelty at the time. I remember the chart used to be almost identical to the national chart instead of the frequent inclusion of Monochrome Set singles and albums in their top tens – not bad for a band who’d peaked at no.62 in 1980. I was convinced that someone in the shop just loved the band and were scandolously dumping them in, defying all chart audits. Anyway, 32 years later and they’re still going strong, and their new offering gave me a chance to check them out for the first time, and it’s really rather good. Nice album artwork too!

Group X – There Are 8 Million Cossack Melodies And This Is One Of Them
Midway Still – Note To Self
Herida – Elias
Dingus Khan – Made A List
Happiness Factor – The In-Crowd
Dinosaur Jr – Watch The Corners
Herida – Refrain
Bleech – I Wanna Be Me
Casiokids – Dresinen
Fashoda Crisis – He’s Got Gills
Le Monnier – ET
Toy – Motoring
Vile Electrodes – Re-Emerge
Herida – Pyro
Jethro Tull – Jeffrey Goes To Leicester Square
Modovar – Darkest Shadows
Monochrome Set – Hip Kitten Spinning Chrome
Nada Surf – Waiting For Something
Public Service Broadcasting – Dig For Victory
Monochrome Set – Cauchemar
Neo – Phoenix Lane
Skunk Anansie – I Believed In You
Boy – Drive Darling
Colorama – Delaware
Shiny Darkness – The Sound Of Basildon (Phoenix FM session 23-06-2012)
Hypnotic Eye – Marianne
Metric – Speed The Collapse
Monochrome Set – Waiting For Alberto
Little Roy – Lithium

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Interview with School Of Seven Bells

I managed to catch up with Ally Deheza from New York dreampop duo School Of Seven Tours midway through the band’s mini-UK tour. Click here to listen again the to the interview:

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Playlist for 19 July 2012 (AOTW: Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Mature Themes)

Deep Purple – Lazy
Foals – Red Socks Pugie
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Only In My Dreams
Echobelly – Insomniac
Vile Electrodes – Play With Fire
Public Service Broadcasting – Dig For Victory
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Farewell American Primitive
Laetitia Sadier – Auscultation To The Nation
Vile Electrodes – Proximity
Le Monnier – ET
Bleech – The Worthing Song
Turnpike Glow – No More Dancing
Art Brut – Nag Nag Nag Nag
Dodgy – Waiting For The Sun (Phoenix FM session 08-07-2012)
Vile Electrodes – Re-Emerge
Stills – Allison Krausse
Hypnotic Eye – Marianne
Two Door Cinema Club – Sleep Alone
Sibyl Vane – Supersonic
Art Gruppe – I Won’t Survive
Bloc Party – Octopus
Tuuli – Who’s the Fool Now
King Bandit – Giraffe Coat
Colorama – Delaware
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Live It Up
Midway Still – Note To Self
Yes – On The Silent Wings Of Freedom

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Playlist for 12 July 2012 (Creative Session: Midway Still) (AOTW: Laetitia Sadier – Silencio)

We are currently thick in the middle of week one of our Creative Sessions first play – 23 bands, a new band a day, and today was the first opportunity to listen to the Midway Still session in its entirety. There were a band who were much lauded in the early 90s, described by the NME as Britain’s answer to Nirvana, and I was there to witness them first time round – although in my opinion, and perhaps unusually, since getting back together a few years ago they have trumped all of their 90s work with two excellent albums, Note To Self in 2010 and Always Ends, which came out last month. You can buy their stuff and read all about them at their official website.

If you missed it you can see a video of them recording the title track to “Note To Self” for us below:

Today’s album of the week was from former Stereolab frontperson Laetitia Sadier, who has been much missed from the music world since Stereolab stopped putting out an album every fortnight when they went on “permanent hiatus” a couple of years ago.

Tonight’s playlist:

B-52’s – Give Me Back My Man
Bleech – Weirdo
Euros Childs – That’s Better
Midway Still – Sweat (Phoenix FM Creative Session)
Bloc Party – Little Thoughts
Laetitia Sadier – Find Me The Pulse Of The Universe
Dirty Royals – I’m In Love
Turnpike Glow – 1986
Boy – Drive Darling
Turtle Soup – Penrose Walks (Phoenix FM Creative Session)
Sibyl Vane – Get Out Of Town
Midway Still – Note To Self (Phoenix FM Creative Session)
Shiny Darkness – Prayer For My Imaginary World (Phoenix FM session 23-06-2012)
Laetitia Sadier – Auscultation To The Nation
Jack In Water – My Favourite Story (Phoenix FM session 09-07-2012)
Lovely Eggs – I Like Birds (But I Like Other Animals Too)
Midway Still – This Is How It Ends (Phoenix FM Creative Session)
We Are The Physics – Goran Ivanisevic
Modovar – Same Old Scene
Franz Ferdinand – Cheating On You
Gorillaz – Stylo (Erland and the Carnival Carnivalization remix)
Brownies – Fight Night
Pond – You Broke My Cool
Laetitia Sadier – Fragment Pour Le Future De L’Homme
Andrew Grumbridge – We Are All Alone
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Only In My Dreams
Snøskred – We Are
Pulp – This Is Hardcore

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Playlist for 5 July 2012

No album of the week this week, due to the ridiculous summer heat. It reached 24 degrees today. And the studio smelt of strawberries, thanks to our friends at Calcott Hall Farm Shop, much to the delight of my fellow presenters! I’m probably digressing … nice discoveries this week were Rayleigh band Such Strange Arts (who were apparently introduced on another Essex radio station as Such Strange Arse), noisy Norwegian shoegazers Snøskred (pronounced snerss-ked. The “r” is silent, apparently, and the word means “avalanche”) and Indonesian alt/indie rockers Protocol Afro. Too many good bands, not enough time …

Tonight’s playlist:

Thin White Dude – Phone-In
Bis – Action And Drama
Bleech – Adrenalin Junkie
Codeine Velvet Club – I Am The Resurrection
Garbage – Big Bright World
Blur – Under The Westway
Such Strange Arts – Me, Myself and I
Chasing Cadence – Accidents Will Happen
Knifeworld – Clairvoyant Fortnight
Pond – You Broke My Cool
Boy – Drive Darling
Comanechi – Major Move
Protocol Afro – Sunday Morning
Laetitia Sadier – Find Me The Pulse Of The Universe
Euros Childs – That’s Better
We Are The Physics – Goran Ivanisevic
B-52’s – Planet Claire
Bellatrix – Sweet Surrender
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Bright Lit Blue Skies
Primitives – Who Are You Trying To Fool
Snøskred – We Are
Public Service Broadcasting – Dig For Victory
Deadbeat Descendant – East European Lighter
Wind-Up Birds – Cross Country
Maximo Park – The National Health
Wet Mouth – White Light
OK Social Club – The Late 90s
Friends – I’m His Girl
Muse – Survival
School Of Seven Bells – Scavenger
Bikini Beach Band – Sex On Fire

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Playlist for 28 June 2012 (AOTW: Boy – Mutual Friends)

Album of the week this week came from a band I discovered by accident – I spent too long listening to Spotify’s new releases, and this popped up. Just as well as I may never have found out about them any other way …

Boy is a Swiss-German pop duo founded in 2007 by singer Valeska Steiner and bassist Sonja Glass. Mutual Friends, their debut album, was originally released in autumn 2011 but has just got a first release for the UK market.

Tonight’s playlist:

Cardigans – Iron Man
Evans The Death – I’m So Unclean
Frank and Walters – Indie Love Song
Boy – Drive Darling
Midway Still – No Guarantees
Fiona Apple – Fast As You Can
Muse – Survival
Calm Of Zero – The Strangest Of Highs
Bis – Eurodisco
Jesca Hoop – Havoc In Heaven
Something Beginning With L – Say
Shiny Darkness – Bitter Kiss (Phoenix FM Session 23-06-2012)
Imogen Heap – First Train Home (Phoenix FM Creative Session 12-02-2011)
Boy – Little Numbers
Bleech – Adrenalin Junkie
Public Service Broadcasting – Spitfire
School Of Seven Bells – Scavenger
Laetitia Sadier – Find Me The Pulse Of The Universe
Comanechi – Major Move
Chasing Cadence – Accidents Will Happen
Deadbeat Descendant – East European Lighter
Extradition Order – Canoe
Primitives – Who Are You Trying To Fool
Boy – Skin
Sleeper – Statuesque
Maximo Park – Hips and Lips (acoustic)
General Fiasco – Bad Habits
Pond – You Broke My Cool
Bikini Beach Band – Sex On Fire
Baddies – Rewire
Garbage – Big Bright World
Pre New – Teenage Taliban
Taffy – HaaH
Wet Mouth – White Light
Wind-Up Birds – Good Shop Shuts

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THE BOA PODCAST

From Eddie Curry –

I am not doing my show tonight but instead will be putting together a podcast, since we’re going to party like it’s 2006.

Obviously we’re a community radio station and we’d like to mainly feature local bands but if you’re not local to us we’ll still play your stuff if it’s good! (Just tell us a bit about yourself).

Please email over one track on MP3 to and we can get the ball rolling. CLOSING DATE FOR FIRST PODCAST IS 09.00 FRIDAY 22 JUNE. Edit: might hang on for a couple more days so send over anyway and if you miss the cut off point there will be a second Podcast after that!

Thanks!

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Midway Still – still live, in Bedford

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I caught up (again) with recent Phoenix FM sessionists MIDWAY STILL at their gig at Esquires, Bedford, where they were playing alongside Carter USM frontman Jim Bob and S*M*A*S*H.

The band have just released their fourth album “Always Ends” and utterly fantastic it is too – the band are continuing to leap forward from their also-excellent 90s pop punk heyday.

You can buy the album (with its excellent artwork) from their official website here. And you’ll be able to hear their Phoenix FM session SOON too, watch this space!

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Driving Jarvis Ham

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It’s been a while since I caught up with Carter USM frontman JIM BOB but I managed to do just that last week, part-way through his tour to promote his second novel, Driving Jarvis Ham.

And since both 90s legends S*M*A*S*H and 90s legends (again) MIDWAY STILL were supporting for one day only I decided to haul myself up to Bedford for the pleasure. (It’s a lot further away than I thought it was).

Jim’s shows were a mixture of reading from his book and acoustic songs – his own solo stuff and from his various bands over the year including Jim’s Super Stereoworld and Carter USM too – it was fantastic hearing a number of the songs getting an airing in a less-noisy, stripped down fashion.

I won’t mention too much about the book here – listen to the interview and then buy the book! You’ve pretty much missed the tour now although you can catch Jim at Gracetonbury in Brixton on 23 June and then back at Brixton Academy in November for this year’s Carter USM reunion gig.

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Playlist for 14 June 2012 (AOTW: Bleech – Nude)

One of my favouritist albums in a long time is the debut offering from Bleech – Nude.

I’m a big fan of the 90s-female-fronted-indie-band thing and this lot have it in buckets and spades.

Breaking with tradition too – I played out FOUR songs from the album, not the usual three. It WAS worth it.

I also played out my interviews with Jim Bob and Midway Still which I took last Friday evening at Esquire’s in Bedford, where I caught them both live with the equally wonderful S*M*A*S*H.

And managed to dig out an oldie from co.uk – a band from Northern Ireland who were recording stuff around the turn of the century. Has there ever been a band harder to Google?

Tonight’s playlist:
Gordon Withers – Whirring
Bleech – Adrenalin Junkie
Garbage – Battle In Me
Laetitia Sadier – Find Me The Pulse Of The Universe
Bury Me A Lion – Year Of The Lion
CSS – City Grrrl
Midway Still – This Is How It Ends
co.uk – Big Green Bath
Ash – Girl From Mars
Public Service Broadcasting – Dig For Victory
Long Blondes – Giddy Stratospheres
Bleech – Dancing Without You
Carter USM – Anytime Anyplace Anywhere
Pre New – Cathedral City Comedown
Vile Electrodes – Proximity
Bleech – I Wanna Be Me
We Are Scientists – Goal! England
Finger – In A Fragment Of Time
alt-J – Tessellate
Wind-Up Birds – Cross Country
Bleech – The Worthing Song
Majeur – She Was Gone (835 remix)

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Playlist for 7 June 2012 (AOTW: Midway Still – Always Ends)

Tonight’s album of the week was the new offering from MIDWAY STILL, “Always Ends”. The band were around in the early 90s and were lumped in with the explosion of grunge bands that came up in the UK and US at that time – they did play live with Nirvana, and the NME described them as the UK’s answer to the Seattle legends, although their sound is more accurately a pop/punk hybrid (don’t think Blink 182 or Bowling For Soup when you read this). After a long long hiatus they returned in 2010 with a new album, “Note To Self” – and now this one, with its brilliant cover art, joins them.

Tonight’s playlist:

Tahiti 80 – Yellow Butterfly
Midway Still – Something And Nothing
Bellatrix – Sweet Surrender
Robocop Kraus – Small Houses Odd Cars
Modovar – Same Old Scene
Cantaloupe – Hubbub
Belter – TV Junkie
Pulp – Babies
Curve – Fait Accompli
Wind-Up Birds – Cross Country
Knifeworld – Clairvoyant Fortnight
Midway Still – No Guarantees
Hives – Go Right Ahead
Franz Ferdinand – Darts Of Pleasure
Duke Spirit – Glorious
Bleech – Adrenalin Junkie
Jim Bob – Dumb and Dumber
Fratellis – Baby Fratelli
Shiny Darkness – The Sound Of Basildon
Maximo Park – Hips And Lips (6music acoustic session 27-05-2012)
Bury Me A Lion – Year Of The Lion
Eliza Newman – Stjörnuryk
Steve Butler – The Cow Song
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Bright Lit Blue Skies
Metric – Speed The Collapse
Be Your Own Pet – Fire Department
Midway Still – This Time
2:54 – Creeping
Dodgy – What Became Of You

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Playlist for 31 May 2012 (AOTW: 2:54 – 2:54)

My album of the week this week was the beautiful debut offering from 2:54.

Tonight’s playlist:

British Sea Power – Lights Out For Darker Skies
Metric – Speed The Collapse
Knifeworld – Clairvoyant Fortnight
2:54 – Scarlet
Modovar – If I Called (Gary Clark Remix)
Evans The Death – Telling Lies
Polica – Dark Star
Jensen Code – Drop The Brane
Coldplay – Bigger Stronger
Lovely Eggs – Panic Plants
Blur – Jubilee (demo)
Carter USM – Stuff The Jubilee
Heart Throbs – Hooligan
Primitives – Who Are You Trying To Fool
Walk In Coma – When The Prey Becomes The Hunter
Sugarcubes – Hit
2:54 – Sugar
Marsheaux – Can You Stop Me
Taffy – So Long
Vile Electrodes – Proximity
Stereolab – French Disko
2:54 – Creeping
Pris – A Bomb In White Heat
Young Knives – Counters
Toy – Motoring
La Shark – Mr Modern Man

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Playlist for 24 May 2012

Thanks for the requests tonight. I think I discharged myself well with the requests for a Depeche Mode B-side, some old skool punk and “some French music”

Delphic – Doubt
2:54 – Creeping
Wind-Up Birds – Good Shop Shuts
Arman Melies – Low Cost
Luscious Jackson – Are You Ready
Belter – TV Junkie
Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip – Thou Shalt Always Kill
Art Brut – Our Parents’ Record Collection
Bleech – Mondays
Evans The Death – Catch Your Cold
Midway Still – Seeing Red
Vile Electrodes – Proximity
Modovar – The Sea Of Unspoken Words
Le Monnier – Con Amor Siempre (Phoenix FM session 09-11-2011)
Cantaloupe – Hubbub
Future Of The Left – I Am The Least Of Your Problems
Casiokids – Dresinen
Depeche Mode – Dangerous
Department S – Wonderful Day
Knifeworld – Clairvoyant Fortnight
Maximo Park – Hips And Lips
Pris – A Bomb In White Heat
Polica – Dark Star
Inme – Crushed Like Fruit
La Shark – Mr Modern Man
Mystery Jets – Someone Purer
Toy – Left Myself Behind

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Playlist for 17 May 2012 (AOTW: Wind-Up Birds – The Land)

My album of the week was the debut offering from Leeds’ Wind-Up Birds, entitled The Land.

If I was going to be a lazy writer (which I am) I’d pigeonhole them as a Northern Art Brut. Which is a Very Good Thing.

Midway Still – Better Than Before
Wind-Up Birds – Good Shop Shuts
Cleaners From Venus – Wivenhoe Bells II
Jensen Code – Under White Satellites
Knifeworld – Clairvoyant Fortnight
Taffy – Indetermination
Casiokids – Dresinen
Melys – Chinese Whispers
Toy – Motoring
Calm Of Zero – Autumn Angel
British Sea Power – Monsters Of Sunderland
Pre New – I Believe In Jackie
2:54 – Creeping
Wind-Up Birds – There Won’t Always Be An England
Moody Gowns – A Great British Holiday
Pris – A Bomb In White Heat (clean)
Modovar – Clearly
Baddies – Rewire
1:14:59 Vile Electrodes – Play With Fire
Polica – Dark Star
Mystery Jets – Someone Purer
Something Beginning With L – Elephant pt ii
Marsheaux – Can You Stop Me
Wind-Up Birds – Cross Country
New Young Pony Club – You Used To Be A Man
Levellers – Our Forgotten Towns
Cantaloupe – Hubbub
Tortoise Family Connections – Mother
Lovely Eggs – Panic Plants
Y Niwl – Dauddedau

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Playlist for 10 May 2012

We had a group meeting tonight, so I played my songs pretty much in alphabetical order!

2:54 – Creeping
Aberdeen City – God Is Going To Get Sick Of Me
Air – Sexy Boy
Art Brut – Nag Nag Nag Nag
Baddies – Bronto
Blur – London Loves
Braggarts – Cold (radio edit)
British Sea Power – Carrion
Carter USM – Glam Rock Cops
Cure – Love Song
Detektivbyrån – Nattoppet
Dodgy – What Became Of You
Frank and Walters – Indie Love Song
Hives – Tick Tick Boom
Hybrasil – God Bless The Devil
Inspiral Carpets – This Is How It Feels
Midway Still – Mr Blue Sky
New Young Pony Club – You Used To Be A Man
Polysics – My Sharona (Peel Session 23 Sep 2004)
Pris – A Bomb In White Heat (clean)
Radiohead – Jigsaw Falling Into Place
Stereolab – Ping Pong
Sweet Billy Pilgrim – Brugada
Taffy – Indetermination
Thousand Yard Stare – Version Of Me
Toy – Motoring
We Are Scientists – Hoppípolla
WeirdGear – Osaka Knights
Wind-Up Birds – Cross Country
Y Niwl – Dauddedau

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Playlist for 3 May 2012

No album of the week again this week!

British Sea Power – Facts Not Right
Taffy – So Long
Coronas – Addicted To Progress
2:54 – Creeping
Taffy – So Long
San Cisco – Awkward
Belle and Sebsatian – Crash
Bleech – Mondays
Calm Of Zero – Autumn Angel
Cleaners From Venus – Wivenhoe Bells II
Braggarts – Cold (radio edit)
Electro Kill Machine – Television Set (Phoenix FM session, 31-03-2012)
Deferred Sucess – Sherrif Fatman
Jensen Code – The Ink Void
Pris – A Bomb In White Heat (clean)
Evans The Death – Telling Lies
Taffy – HaaH
Ivy – Make It So Hard
Kaiser Chiefs – On The Run
Jensen Code – Drop The Brane
Lovely Eggs – Food
Primitives – Who Are You Trying To Fool
Lizzie and the Yes Men – Broadwalk
Wind-Up Birds – Cross Country
MJ Hibbett – The Stores Of Not To Be
Mystery Jets – Someone Purer
Taffy – Indetermination
School Of Seven Bells – Kiss Them For Me
Toy – Motoring
Viva Brother – I Don’t Want To Be Loved

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Playlist for 19 April 2012

No particular album of the week this week. I brought back a few indie tunes from Catalonia, which was my excuse for not doing last week’s show.

Tonight’s playlist:

Jensen Code – Travel At The Speed Of Twilight
Cashier No 9 – Death Of Fun
Litoral – Confesións D’Un Meteoròleg No Practicant
Cast Of Cheers – Animals
Evans The Death – Telling Lies
Garbage – Blood For Poppies
Ivy – Make It So Hard
Citizen Helene – Stephen Fry
Surfquake – Mustang 10
Evans The Death – Catch Your Cold
Mystery Jets – Someone Purer
Born 54 – Al Seu Costat
Pre New – Cathedral City Comedown
Taffy – So Long
Phoenix Uprising – Woke Up This Morning
Jesca Hoop – Born To
Midway Still – This Time
Evans The Death – Morning Voice
Islands – Can’t Feel My Face
Toy – Left Myself Behind
Novella – Don’t Believe Ayn Rand
World Of Twist – Jellybaby
San Cisco – Awkward
Plea – Oh Ah Yay
Bleech – Mondays
Young Knives – Keep It Up
Mowbird – Auflauden! Auflauden!
Julia Stone – It’s All Okay
Zoo Zero – Green Apples

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Playlist for 5 April 2012 (AOTW: Surfquake – Surf And Destroy)

Better late than never but I’ve finally made Surf And Destroy by Colchester suf-rock wizards Surfquake my album of the week. I caught the band live at Chinnery’s a couple of years ago, got hold of the demos of some early tracks, but the album release is much more polished and contains a great mix of original material and surf classics. And THEREMINS!

Eagle-eyed nerds like me may notice that the artwork has been created by the legendary Kevin O’Neill of 2000AD fame (and probably other stuff, but if you were around in 2000AD’s 70s/80s heyday, you’re a legend). Visit the band’s website to buy the album.

Tonight’s playlist:

Garbage – Blood For Poppies
Howler – Pythagorean Fearem
Julia Stone – Let’s Forget
Surfquake – Surf And Destroy
Electro Kill Machine – Cause And Effect (Phoenix FM session)
As Able As Kane – Trigger Finger
Jensen Code – Under White Satellites
Ace Out – Barbed Wire In The Fire
Viva Brother – I Don’t Want To Be Loved
Moody Gowns – A Great British Holiday
Surfquake – Mustang 10
Department S – Is Vic There?
Cursor Miner – Library
Lovely Eggs – Food
Stereolab – French Disko
Les 5-4-3-2-1 – Bond Street
Cribs – Come On, Be A No One
Surfquake – Pipeline And Penetration
Pre New – The Pre New Anthem
Manic Street Preachers – Your Love Alone Is Not Enough
Blankket – Hey Ya!
School Of Seven Bells – White Wind
Taffy – So Long
Postal Service – Such Great Heights
Hafdis Huld – Diamonds On My Belly
Professor Penguin – Pirate
Best Coast – The Only Place
Maximo Park – The National Health
Frank and Walters – The Parson
Nordenfelt – Steam Powered Submarine
Y Niwl – Dauddedau

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Playlist for 29 March 2012 (AOTW: Choir Of Young Believers – Rhine Gold)

Choir Of Young Believers are a band from Copenhagen who I managed to catch live, by accident, a couple of years ago when they were in London touring their debut album This Is For The White In Your Eyes. The follow-up, Rhine Gold, is out now.

Tonight’s playlist:

Auteurs – Lenny Valentino
Ace Out – We Should Be Dancing
Luff – Through Here Like Our Fathers
Choir Of Young Believers – Patricia’s Thirst
Gaz Coombes – Subdivider
Baddies – Bronto
Pat Boone – Enter Sandman
All Against Nothing – He’s Not Good Enough (Phoenix FM acoustic session)
Chris T-T – Ownership
Jim Noir – Spider Glider
Alternative 3 – Let’s Go Electronic
D’Ukes – There’s A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis (Phoenix FM acoustic session)
Maximo Park – The National Health
Doves – Pounding
Lovely Eggs – Food
Evans The Death – Telling Lies
Choir Of Young Believers – Nye Nummer Et
Marsheaux – Can You Stop Me
Finger – I Don’t Believe My Eyes
All Against Nothing – Unknown Revelations
Frank and Walters – Indie Love Song
My Life Story – The King of Kissingdom
Jesca Hoop – Havoc In Heaven
Future Of The Left – Sheena Is A T-Shirt Salesman
Jesus and his Judgemental Father – What Now
Choir Of Young Believers – Paint New Horrors
Lee Bowers – Choirs Of Revolution (Phoenix FM acoustic session)
Nordenfelt – Steam Powered Submarine
Pre New – Cathedral City Comedown
Y Niwl – Dauddedau

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Playlist for 22 March 2012 (AOTW: The Pre New – Music For People Who Hate Themselves)

Never thought I’d see the day that another Earl Brutus album came into being – and here it is in all its spirit and glory, under the band’s new guise of The Pre New.

Words fail me – just listen to the album, then buy it, go and see them live, and never go near your old music again. Music For People Who Hate Themselves is out on 2 April on the Pre War Black Ghetto label.

Tonight’s playlist:

Mark Lanegan – Ode To Sad Disco
Ill Murray – Sputnik 2
Future Of The Left – Sheena Is A T-Shirt Salesman
Evans The Death – Telling Lies
Pre New – Cathedral City Comedown
British Sea Power – Mongk II
Brownies – Fox Force Five
Jim Noir – Spider Glider
Gaz Coombes – Subdivider
Missdavinalee – Come On!
Jesus and his Judgemental Father – What Now
Mark B & Blade – Ya Don’t See The Signs
Feeder – Seven Days In The Sun
Jesca Hoop – Havoc In Heaven
Luff – Through Here Like Our Fathers
Frank and Walters – The Parson
Pre New – I Believe In Jackie
Super Morrissey Bros – This Charming Man
Frank Turner – I Still Believe
Taffy – So Long
Lee Bowers – Magpie No 2
Lovely Eggs – Don’t Look At Me (I Don’t Like It)
Maximo Park – Wraithlike
Nurse Who Loved Me – Little Things
Art Brut – I Am The Psychic
Young Knives – Sister Frideswide
Pre New – Teenage Taliban
Finger – Ten Pound Heavy Heart
Ten Tigers – Jenson Button
Sky Larkin – Still Windmills

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Playlist for 15 March 2012 (AOTW: Frank and Walters – Greenwich Mean Time)

Can you believe the Frank and Walters are still going (and for that matter they’ve aged pretty well too)? It’s been 20 years since they were last on the cover of the NME …

… so that’s one good thing going for them already. They’ve been much mellower for many years now, no more songs about blind men eating forks, etc, and there’s more of that mellow goodness in their latest offering, Greenwich Mean Time, which is out now.

Tonight’s playlist:

Charlatans – Then
Graham Coxon – What’ll It Take
Frank and Walters – Indie Love Song
Metronomy – The Look (Two Inch Punch’s Shook Shook Rework)
Jonny Cola and the A Grades – Ship Of Fools
Cranberries – Show Me The Way
Delakota – The Rock
Toska Wilde – Kathy Kirby (AAAK remix)
Super Morrissey Bros – This Charming Man
Dodgy – What Became Of You
Frank and Walters – If I’d Known
Sing Sing – Feels Like Summer
Moody Gowns – A Great British Holiday
School Of Seven Bells – White Wind
Eisley – Lights Out
Sleeper – Inbetweener
Miss Lucid – This Life
Frank and Walters – That’s Life
Jellyfish – The King Is Half-Undressed
Ten Tigers – Jenson Button
Kids With Torches – Reconfigured
Others – Superbok
Pre New – Cathedral City Comedown
They Might Be Giants – They’ll Need A Crane
Y Niwl – Dauddedau
WeirdGear – Osaka Knights
Brownies – Fox Force Five
Baddies – Bronto
Slow Readers Club – Feet On Fire
Some Velvet Morning – How To Start A Revolution

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Playlist for 8 March 2012 (AOTW: Baddies – Build)

Three songs this week from another great Essex band, Baddies, and their second album, Build, which is out now.

Sleeper – Lie Detector
Feeder – Just A Day
Baddies – Rewire
Lo Fidelity Allstars – Vision Incision
Ben Folds Five – Underground
School Of Seven Bells – White Wind
Marion – I Stopped Dancing
Cut Ribbons – White Horses
Brownies – Dance Romance
Death Of Death Of Discotheque – Preset 3
Dodgy – Only A Heartbeat
Divine Comedy – A Woman Of The World
Frank and Walters – Indie Love Song (98FM session)
Baddies – Man Made Man
Graham Coxon – What’ll It Take
Howler – Pythagorean Fearem
Scumbag Philosopher – Social Networking Site
Taffy – So Long
Nada Surf – The Moon Is Calling
Moody Gowns – A Great British Holiday
Thomas Tantrum – Betty Blue
Supergrass – Richard III
Rose Elinor Dougall – I’ve Always Known
We Are Augustines – Chapel Song
Animalhouse – Small
Baddies – Bronto
Slow Readers Club – Feet On Fire
Y Niwl – Dauddedau
Mull Historical Society – This Is Not My Heart
2:54 – Scarlet
Cardigans – For What It’s Worth

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Playlist for 1 March 2012 – St David’s Day Special!

Instead of an AOTW I did a bit of a St David’s Day special, only because there’s been so much good music out of Wales over the years.

UNWELSH:

Pixies – Monkey Gone To Heaven
Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist
French Wives – Numbers
Carter USM – Alternate Title
Howler – Pythagorean Fearem
2:54 – Scarlet
Midway Still – Staring At The Sun
WeirdGear – Osaka Knights

My WELSH JAM:

Automatic – Steve McQueen
Catatonia – Sweet Catatonia
Creision Hud – Target
Hot Puppies – The Girl Who Was Too Beautiful
Evans The Death – Threads (I think this was a bit of a cheat)
Joy Formidable – Austere
Los Campesinos – By Your Hand
Melys – Baby Tornado
Manic Street Preachers – Masses Against The Classes
Y Niwl – Undegpedwar
Super Furry Animals – Northern Lites

FURTHER UNWELSHNESS:

Divine Comedy – Assume The Perpendicular
Bis – Skinny Tie Sensurround
Blur – He Thought Of Cars
British Sea Power – Things Have A Way Of Working Out
WeirdGear – Game
Pulp – Lipgloss
Majeur – She Was Gone (835 remix)
Lush – Take
WeirdGear – Germs
We Are Augustines – Chapel Song
Shampoo – House Of Love

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Playlist for 22 February 2012 (AOTW: Deferred Sucess – Deferred Sucess)

Tonight’s album of the week was the debut self-titled offering from Deferred Sucess.

It may be a debut but it feels like I’ve known these songs for ever. The band recorded a session version of Cider On The Beach for us back on 3 December 2005!

By the way there is only 1 C in “sucess”, because they’d already registered their Myspace with that name.

You can buy the album from their Bandcamp page here.

Tonight’s playlist:

Blur – For Tomorrow
Missing Andy – Scum (Phoenix FM session 11-02-2012)
Dodgy – We Try
Elastica – S.O.F.T.
Deferred Sucess – Wood You Larf
Sky Larkin – Matador
Eisley – Lights Out
Detektivbyrån – Nattoppet
Luscious Jackson – Are You Ready
Deferred Sucess – Cider On The Beach
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – Stick Figures In Love
Futureheads – Number 1 Song In Heaven
Radiohead – The Bends
Deferred Sucess – Ode To The Memory Of TR
Sultans Of Ping FC – 2 Pints Of Rasa
Abdoujaparov – Beer Scooter
Dubstar – Stars
Hafdis Huld – Diamonds On My Belly
Bloc Party – Banquet
Metric – Gold Guns Girls
British Sea Power – Things Have A Way Of Working Outtr
Tortoise Family Connections – Mother
OK Go – All Is Not Lost
Art Brut – Direct Hit
Franz Ferdinand – Do You Want To
My Life Story – Motorcade
Mcalmont And Butler – Yes
Manda Rin – DNA
Silver Sun – I’ll See You Around
Wannadies – Hit
Television – Marquee Mmoon
Cardigans – Sick And Tired
Kirsty McColl – There’s A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis
Viva Brother – Darling Buds Of May
Levellers – One Way
Kate Bush – Army Dreamers

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Playlist for 15 February 2012

No album of the week this week because we had three tracks from the wonderful Fiona Bevan instead.

Tonight’s playlist:

Dodgy – What Became Of You
British Sea Power – A Light Above Descending
My Heroine – Show And Tell (Phoenix FM session 11-02-2012)
Eisley – Deep Space
Eliza Newman – Out Of Control
Majeur – She Was Gone (835 remix)
Justice – On’n’On
Los Campesinos – By Your Hand
Maccabees – Pelican
Luscious Jackson – Are You Ready
Metronomy – Hear To Wear
Brompton Mix – Miles Away (Phoenix FM session 25-01-2012)
Cat That Walks Alone – Push Pull
Clean George IV – Cecilia
Eisley – Laugh It Off
Cut Ribbons – White Horses
Sweet Billy Pilgrim – Brugada
Eisley – Lights Out
Missing Andy – Money (Phoenix FM session 11-02-2012)
Nada Surf – Waiting For Something

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Fiona Bevan – live on Phoenix FM

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After countless sessions in the old place we had the first BOA session in the Brentwood Centre, and what better than the wonderful Fiona Bevan to christen the place?

Since she last played live for us in May 2010, Fiona has released a couple of EPs, been commissioned to perform at the Tate Gallery, played electric guitar on tour with Adam Ant .. ah just too much stuff. Listen to the interview, that’ll get you up to speed.

If you want to keep up to date with Fiona’s many musical happenings you can find more on her website, Facebook and Twitter.

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Playlist for 1 February 2012 (AOTW: Mull Historical Society – City Awakenings)

My album of the week was Mull Historical Society’s City Awakenings, which was released on 23 January on Xtra Mile. A bit of a return to form for Colin McIntyre, whose albums I always enjoy more for some reason when released under the MHS name. There’s no particular rhyme or reason, I just think I enjoyed my afternoon in Tobermory a couple of years ago. I enjoyed this album too!

Tonight’s playlist:

Metronomy – The Look (Two Inch Punch’s Shook Shook Rework)
Feeder – Borders
Justice – On’n’On
Mull Historical Society – The Lights
Cut Ribbons – White Horses
Georgina Plumley – A Thousand Years
Dodgy – What Became Of You
Brompton Mix – Miles Away (Phoenix FM session 25-01-2012)
Nada Surf – Waiting For Something
Baddies – Bronto
Eliza Newman – Out Of Control
93 Million Miles From The Sun – Theme From Sparta Cigarette
Mull Historical Society – For Bas, The Hague
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – Stick Figures In Love
Vile Electrodes – Play With Fire
Kaiser Chiefs – Little Shocks
Saint Etienne – Tonight
Others – Superbok
Sweet Billy Pilgrim – Brugada
Fiona Bevan – Us And The Darkness
Mull Historical Society – Must You Get Low
Majeur – She Was Gone (835 remix)
Heroes Of The Mexican Independence Movement – The Singer Inside Us All
Spotlight Kid – Don’t You Forget About Me
Modovar – Clearly
Rose Elinor Dougall – The Night

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The Brompton Mix live on Phoenix FM

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Woking band THE BROMPTON MIX have been recording and gigging hard since getting together about a year ago, a journey that’s taken them to playing a Beady Eye aftershow party along the way. They’re just about to have their debut release as part of Echobeat Studio’s “Soho Down To Brighton” EP with their own debut EP coming soon after. Ben, Azza and Simon came down to play three songs live and chat about what they’re up to – and if you missed it, you can hear the interview again or watch the session below:

If you like what you hear you can follow the band’s latest news on their Facebook page.

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