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Playlist for 16 Dec 2017 – The Beatniks and The Velvet Tree in session

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On tonight’s show we gave a first play to our interviews and complete sessions with two local bands – The Beatniks and The Velvet Tree – who both recorded for us last Saturday as part of our ongoing Creative Sessions project.

We also played some of the best tracks of the year which didn’t appear on our “best albums” show last week!

Here’s the playlist:

Darling Buds – Evergreen
Dream Wife – Somebody
Juliana Hatfield – You’re Breaking My Heart
Senseless Things – Lost Honey
Beatniks – Send Me A Postcard (Phoenix FM Creative Session – 09 Dec 2017)
Beatniks – Prendedor de Varal (Phoenix FM Creative Session – 09 Dec 2017)
Beatniks – The Girl Is Mine (Phoenix FM Creative Session – 09 Dec 2017)
Pony – Small Things
Coldplay – Aliens
Salad Undressed – Being Human
Turin Brakes – Would You Be Mine
Honeyblood – Swell Love
Tall Poppies – Now
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile – Over Everything
King Krule – Dum Surfer
Waxahatchee – Never Been Wrong
Velvet Tree – A Little Like You (Phoenix FM Creative Session – 09 Dec 2017)
Velvet Tree – Grace And Magic (Phoenix FM Creative Session – 09 Dec 2017)
Velvet Tree – I’ll Keep You Breathing (Phoenix FM Creative Session – 09 Dec 2017)
Franz Ferdinand – Always Ascending
Faerground Accidents – Gaslighter
Songhoy Blues – Bamako
Dawnings – Winter’s Done
Wombats – Lemon To A Knife Fight
Blondfire – Here And Now
Radiohead – Lift

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Playlist for 09 Dec 2017 – BOA’s albums of the year

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No oldies tonight – the show featured tracks from each of my favourite albums of the year – although I haven’t quite worked out the order yet, so we played the songs in a sort-of-chronological order. I’ll post my top 20 once I’ve given it a bit more thought!

Tonight’s playlist:

Rose Elinor Dougall – Stellular
Cherry Glazerr – Nurse Ratched
Sleaford Mods – B.H.S.
Strand Of Oaks – Radio Kids
Circa Waves – Fire That Burns
S*M*A*S*H – Hedy Lamarr
Bait – Push The Elephant
British Sea Power – Keep On Trying
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – Gurzle
Thousand Yard Stare – Action Stations
Jane Weaver – The Architect
Popguns – Sugar Kisses
Ride – Charm Assault
Oblong – S’Dim Ots Da Fi
Moonlandingz – Black Hanz
Idles – Mother
Japanese Breakfast – Road Head
Public Service Broadcasting – Progress
Charley Bliss – Percolator
Big Moon – Silent Movie Susie
Sparks – Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me)
Brix and the Extricated – Something To Lose
Wolf Alice – Beautifully Unconventional
Pale Honey – Someone’s Devotion
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Holy Mountain
Casper Skulls – Chicane, Oh
Shed Seven – Room In My House
Divine Comedy – I Like (live)
Salad – Amsterdam

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Playlist for 2 Dec 2017 (AOTW: Salad – The Lost Album Vol. 1)

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Here’s our album of the week …

Salad - The Lost Album Vol 1

It’s great to be able to play a new album from Salad, even if it’s not new. But it’s still new.

The band split up after two albums – 1995’s top 20 album Drink Me, and their 1997 follow up Ice Cream. Both were released on Island Records who subsequently dropped the band, and Salad were no more soon afterwards.

That meant that they were sitting on 30-odd songs in various states of completeness – some were glossy productions in “proper” studios and some were knocked together on a 4-track. Vol 1 (meaning there could be more?) features 14 of them and they certainly do stand the test of time. You can get hold of the

An acoustic album – Good Love Bad Love – will be released under the name Salad Undressed in February and there is also a brand new album with the full bandin the pipeline too. You can order The Lost Album and read about the latest releases at their Pledgemusic page.

Today’s playlist:

Pizzicato Five – It’s A Beautiful Day
Salad – Cut And Cover
Shed Seven – Star Crossed Lovers
Orielles – Let Your Dogtooth Grow
Gulp – Morning Velvet Sky (Richard Norris remix – radio edit)
Towers Of London – Shot In The Dark
Garbanotas Bosistas – Long Ago Far Away
Wombats – Lemon To A Knife Fight
Spitfires – Over And Over Again
Sway – To Be A Man
Salad – Billy
Kenickie – In Your Car
Divine Comedy – Bernice Bobs Her Hair
Tall Poppies – Now
Supergrass – Mary
Foil – Reviver Gene
Three Dimensional Tanx – Spacey’s Cure
Thousand Yard Stare – Epecuen
Idles – Mother (clean)
Salad – Amsterdam
Family Cat – Airplane Gardens
A House – Why Me?
Harry Styles – Kiwi
Sleeper – Lie Detector
Velvet Hands – Trains
Pelvis – I Am The Supergrass
Gaffa Tape Sandy – Beehive
Gwenno – Fratolish Hiang Perpeshki
British Sea Power – Fear Of Drowning
War On Drugs – Nothing To Find

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Playlist for 18 Nov 2017 (AOTW: Casper Skulls – Mercy Works)

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Tonight’s album of the week was a great new find for me – Toronto band Casper Skulls with their new offering, MERCY WORKS.

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The 90s indie influences are always a plus but I also love the alternating lead vocals on different songs from real-life couple Melanie St Pierre and Neil Bednis. Go get a copy – it’s out now on Buzz Records.

Tonight’s playlist:

Futureheads – First Day
Casper Skulls – Chicane, Oh
Easy – Ask The Sky
MGMT – Little Dark Age
Mr Ben and the Bens – Cornershop
Divine Comedy – Napoleon Complex
Shed Seven – Nothing To Live Down
Blushing – Weak
Turin Brakes – Would You Be Mine
MX Tyrants – Cyclical (Studio 6 Music session)
Wylderness – 72 & Sunny
Thousand Yard Stare – This Is A Weight
Spook School – Less Than Perfect
Casper Skulls – You can call me Allocat
Pharmacy – Shine
Purest – Waiting For
Motion – Myths
Hurtling – Feel It
Charlotte Gainsbourg – Deadly Valentine
Del Amitri – Just Like A Man
Dives – Shrimp
Casper Skulls – Lingua Franca
Franz Ferdinand – Always Ascending
Honeyblood – Swell Love
Sultans Of Ping FC – Stupid Kid
Lush – Kiss Chase
Salad – Big Monkey Girl
Pulp – Acrylic Afternoons
Belly – Slow Dog
Darling Buds – Evergreen

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Playlist for 11 Nov 2017 (AOTW: Shed Seven – Instant Pleasures)

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There could only be one choice for this week’s Album Of The Week – the mighty SHED SEVEN who have returned with their first offering in 16 years, INSTANT PLEASURES.

Shed Seven - Instant Pleasures

I spoke to Joe and Tom before their recent Scala show about the making of the album and plans for the future. You can hear that again here.

Tonight’s playlist:

Wannadies – Might Be Stars
Shed Seven – Room In My House
Nabihah Iqbal – Something More
Paravelle – Along The Fires
Operator Music Band – Realistic Saturation
Being – High In Mind
Fair Maiden – Coal
Shy Beast – Back With Me
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – Little Moon
Scarlet Fever – You Don’t Really Know
Shed Seven – Enemies and Friends
Rainkings – Good Times
Jenn Vix – Alive Again
Belly – Hushabye Mountain
Kenickie – Nightlife
Darling Buds – Sure Thing
Dream Wife – Let’s Make Out
Gaffa Tape Sandy – Beehive
Idles – 1049 Gotho
Shed Seven – Better Days
Estrons – Glasgow Kisses
Jocasta – Go
Leyline Pass – Burning Bridges (Studio 6 Music session)
I, Ludicrous – It’s All Free
Blur – Trouble In The Message Centre
Divine Comedy – Love What You Do
Kate Pierson – Guitars And Microphones
Radiohead – Burn The Witch
Montrose Avenue – Start Again
Garbage – Stupid Girl
Kellen of Troy – Selfish Kind Of Love

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Playlist for 04 Nov 2017

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No album of the week this week, but lots of great music all the same!

Dream Wife

Dream Wife

Tonight’s playlist:

Shed Seven – Dolphin
Dream Wife – Let’s Make Out
Fall Of Ego – World In Disguise (radio edit)
Ride – Pulsar
MX Tyrants – Sycamore Semaphore (Studio 6 Music session)
Magic Seas – There’s A Feeling
Trusted – Boy
Sunflower Bean – I Was A Fool
British Sea Power – No Lucifer
Franz Ferdinand – Always Ascending
Indian Queens – I Get No Rest
Gaffa Tape Sandy – Beehive
Idles – Well Done
Japandroids – Near To The Wild Heart Of Life
Melys – Chinese Whispers
Darling Buds – Our Lips Are Sealed
Beths – Great No One
Pony – Small Things
Honeyblood – Love Is A Disease
Blur – Go Out
Brownies – Oh Yeah
Sound Mirrors – Planet Fall (Studio 6 Music session)
Phalcons – Idle Ways
Popguns – We Don’t Go Round There Anymore
Marmozets – Habits
Warm Digits – Wireless World
Sleeper – Nice Guy Eddie
Sleater-Kinney – Here We Come
Graham Coxon – Bittersweet Bundle of Misery
Ida Maria – Oh My God

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Playlist for 28 Oct 2017 (AOTW: Pale Honey – Devotion)

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Our album of the week this week was Devotion fom Gothenburg duo PALE HONEY.

Pale Honey - Devotion

Devotion is the band’s second album – atmospheric, tense, brooding and dark in places. It’s out now.

On tonight’s show we also played out our interview with Tom and Joe from Shed Seven, taken before the show at Scala in London on Thursday.

Shed Seven

Tonight’s playlist:

Carter USM – Trouble
Pale Honey – Someone’s Devotion
Franz Ferdinand – Always Ascending
Ecca Vandal – Closing Ceremony
Shed Seven – Disco Down
Shed Seven – Room In My House
Trampolene – The Boy That Life Forgot
Shame – Concrete
Palm Honey – Starving Hysterical Naked, Pt. 1
Yonaka – Bubblegum
Pale Honey – Real Thing
Goldfrapp – Everything Is Never Enough
Faerground Accidents – Gaslighter
Big Moon – Total Eclipse Of The Heart
Lovely Eggs – I Shouldn’t Have Said That
Decrees – Sons Of Rage
The Riff – Nothing Lasts Forever
King Krule – Dum Surfer
Pale Honey – Replace Me
Leggy – Not What You Need
Dives – Shrimp
They Might Be Giants – I Left My Body
Django Django – Tic Tac Toe
Pony – Small Things
Cryptic Street – Let’s Go Suki
Pugwash – What Are You Like
Super Furry Animals – Bing Bong

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Getting Better All The Time – we chat to Shed Seven

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We were delighted to get a chance to chat to Joe and Tom from Shed Seven before their show at Scala in London this week. And also I (sort of) got the chance to be in a record cover!

Shed Seven

The band were originally active between 1994 and 2003, releasing three top 10 albums and 15 top 40 singles. After the band’s split in 2003, the various members went off to different musical projects, but reunited in 2007 to play a series of December dates. Shedcember has now become a regular feature in the musical calendar, with the band meeting up every year to play a bigger and bigger tour – over 50,000 tickets have been sold this year, way more than they used to sell in their 90s heyday!

Earlier this year, the band announced they would be releasing their first studio album for 16 years – Instant Pleasure – in November. Their show at Scala this week was their first date in this year’s tour, and it was a great opportunity to catch the band in a more intimate setting.

Shed Seven - Instant Pleasures

Joe and Tom chatted about how the new album got together, what touring is like and also gave their thoughts on not only the next album after Instant Pleasures, but the one after that!

The show itself lived up to normal high expectations – Shed Seven are a fantastic live act, and the quality of their shows explains why more and more people come back every December. Unusually for a band touring a new album, they mainly kept it to the hits and kept the new songs to a minimum – although you wouldn’t know it, as the two new singles already released – Room In My House and It’s Not Easy – fit seamlessly into the set filled with their 90s classics. The band also played out two more songs never heard before – Nothing To Live Down and Better Days – which went down a storm with the crowd.

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The full list of live dates and news about releases can be found on the band’s official website, www.shedseven.com.

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Playlist for 21 Oct 2017 (AOTW: Weaves – Wide Open)

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Apologies for the occasional cough and splutter during this show. I would have thought the first track would have been a good excuse, but then I guess I should have played some Manflu too.

Our album of the week this week came from Toronto band Weaves.

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“Wide Open” is the band’s second album and offers more polished indie pop than their self-titled debut. The album flirts with electronica and glam rock but there’s a very indie sounding core throughout. It’s out … now!

Tonight’s playlist:

Charlatans – You’re Not Very Well
Weaves – #53
Estrons – Cold Wash
Shed Seven – It’s Not Easy
Honey Lung – Stuttering Mind
Dream Wife – Fire
Horse Heads – Teeth
Weaves – Walkaway
Clara Luzia – On The Street
Lawrence and Cow – Watch Him Burn
Riff – Jezebel
Andy J Gallagher – I Don’t Wanna Be Like You
Yungblud – I Love You, Will You Marry Me
Sofa Surfers – Feel Good
New Musik – This World Of Water
Sleater-Kinney – Here We Come
Salad – Terrible Day
Wind-Up Birds – Where We Built Our Settlements
Darling Buds – Evergreen
Blur – Coping
British Sea Power – No Lucifer
Weaves – Law and Panda
Pulp – Monday Morning
They Might Be Giants – Shoehorn With Teeth
Stereolab – Ping Pong
L7 – Dispatch From Mar-A-Lago
Seazoo – Shoreline
Soundtrack Of Our Lives – Heading For A Breakdown
Wannadies – Hit
Sleeper – Inbetweener
MX Tyrants – Cyclical
New Fast Automatic Daffodils – Big

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Playlist for 14 October 2017

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Now in a new timeslot of Saturday nights, 8pm to 10pm! What could be better – watching that dancing programme or that karaoke programme, or listening to Phoenix FM?

Tonight’s playlist:

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XTC – Living Through Another Cuba
L7 – Dispatch From Mar-A-Lago
Estrons – Glasgow Kisses
Pale Honey – Get These Things Out Of My Head
Shed Seven – Room In My House
Seazoo – Shoreline
Viva Brother – Bastardo
Wolf Alice – Formidable Cool
Breeders – Wait In The Car
Bang Bang Romeo – Natural Born Astronaut
MX Tyrants – Sycamore Semaphore
Garbage – Sycamore Semaphore
Tall Poppies – Now
Starsailor – Listen To Your Heart
Everyone Is Dirty – San Andreas
Dyslexic Postcards – Don’t Commie Babe
Be Your Own Pet – Fire Department
Blur – Chemical World
Faerground Accidents – Gaslighter
Salad – Kent
Sparks – Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me)
Honeyblood – Swell Love
Idles – 1049 Gotho
Dream Wife – Fire
Darling Buds – Please Yourself
Bis – Starbright Boy
Thousand Yard Stare – Buttermouth
Yuck – Hearts In Motion
Public Service Broadcasting – Go!
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile – Over Everything

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