Brentwood’s Only Alternative

Playlist for 24 May 2016

Click here to listen to the show again: Thanks for tuning in tonight. Here’s tonight’s playlist:   Dodgy – You Give Drugs A Bad Name Heyrocco – Build It Up…

 
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Playlist for 17 May 2016

Click here to listen to the show again: Thanks for tuning in tonight. Here’s tonight’s playlist:   Super Furry Animals – Bing Bong Radiohead – Decks Dark Lush – Out…

 
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Song For A Friend

Former Genesis and Stiltskin singer Ray Wilson chats to Phoenix FM about his new album.

 
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Playlist for 10 May 2016

Click here to listen to the show again: Thanks for tuning in tonight. Here’s tonight’s playlist: Stone Roses – I Am The Resurrection Sulk – No Illusions High/Low – World…

 
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Very necessary – Luke from Asylums talks to Phoenix FM

New album and tons of gigs to look forward to!

 
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Everything Indie Over 40 special!

If you missed it you can hear it again here: I don’t do many request shows – I usually get on with my thing quietly every Tuesday. And I don’t…

 
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Southend band Kasakela live in session

The five-piece came in for their first radio time!

 
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Saint Etienne to headline Indietracks

Another great line up for this year’s indiepop extravaganza

 
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The Mane Attraction

We catch up with Horse Party, and then go back home to think of horse puns

 
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Dom from Tibican live in session

Dom from Tibican came down for a chat and played three songs live.

 
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Interview with Last Known State

We chat to Warren and Adam from the Romford band.

 
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More Fragile Drama! We chat to Geoff Downes from Yes

More shows with Yes and maybe some new material from Asia too?

 
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Playlist for 16 February 2016

Click here to listen to the show again: On tonight’s show we had a chat with Romford band Last Known State. You can hear that part of the show on…

 
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Little Green Cars come to London

The chart-topping Irish band chat to us about their new album and tour

 
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The Curve Of The Earth comes to Southend

Paul Golder chats to the Mystery Jets

 
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Playlist for 15 December 2015

Listen again: We had Brentwood indie band Ocean Flaws in session tonight. You can see the videos here. Tonight’s tunes: Blur – Go Out Pretty Vicious – National Plastics Drenge…

 
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Ocean Flaws live on Phoenix FM

Click below to listen to the whole session and interview: We welcomed back Callum, Alex, Sean and Hamish – otherwise known as Brentwood indie band Ocean Flaws – back to…

 
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Playlist for 1 December 2015

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

 
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End of year special – best tracks of 2015!

Click below to hear the show again: 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…

 
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Chatting with John Flansburgh from They Might Be Giants

Click below to listen again to the interview: They Might Be Giants: John Flansburgh (L) with John Linnell Such a lot of words, oh dear! Despite possibly being busier than…

 
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The Everglows return to Phoenix FM

Click below to listen to the whole session and interview: We welcomed back The Everglows – Andy Smith, Ray Brodrick and Steve Perkins – to the Phoenix FM studios for…

 
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Steve Hackett talks about Wolflight and Genesis Revisited

Click here to listen to the interview again: It’s been the best received of anything I’ve ever recorded at any time … I thought it would be nice if it…

 
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The LaFontaines play their “get out of jail” card

Click below to listen to the interview again: We spoke to Kerr Okan, frontman with Motherwell rock/hop hop outfit The LaFontaines about the band’s debut album, live performances and the…

 
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Interview with Jack Lipinski from Los Endos

Click below to hear the interview again: Genesis tribute band LOS ENDOS are back at the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch on Sunday and we spoke to lead singer Jack Lipinski…

 
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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…

 
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Playlist for 26 April 2015 (AOTW: Blur – The Magic Whip)

Click below to listen to the show again: This week’s Album Of The Week is a no brainer – I was very excited back in February when I heard that…

 
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Marika Hackman chats to Phoenix FM

Folk rock singer Marika chats to Phoenix FM about her debut album and recent tour.

 
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Interview with Stephen Barnes from Thousand Yard Stare

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…

 
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Gulag Vakation live on Phoenix FM

Click below to listen to the whole session and interview: We welcomed local band Gulag Vakation into the Phoenix FM studios for the first time for a chat and acoustic…

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

Jon from Sulk chats to Phoenix FM

 
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The Novelty live on Phoenix FM

Essex band The Novelty play their first acoustic session for Phoenix FM

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

Click below to hear this week’s show again: Our album of the week is a great debut from Russian pop/shoegaze outfit Pinkshinyultrablast. They’ve been compared to 90s bands like Lush…

 
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Midnight Barbers live on Phoenix FM

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

Click below to hear this week’s show again: Sleater-Kinney make a welcome return to the music scene with their 8th album and the first one for 10 years, No Cities…

 
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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…

 
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Playlist for 1 January 2015 (90s special)

Since it’s a bank holiday and a special show and whatnot, what better excuse is there for me to properly revisit the 90s, with three songs in a row from…

 
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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. Tonight’s playlist: Maximo Park – Give, Get, Take Bikini…

 
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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.

 
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Playlist for 11 December 2014 – Best tracks of 2014

Click below to listen to the show again: I played out my best songs of 2014 tonight – in alphabetical order. Is there any other kind of order? Although I…

 
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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…

 
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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. Tonight’s playlist: Carter USM…

 
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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”. Tonight’s playlist: Ride – Seagull Jim Noir – Strange Range Catfish…

 
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Killatrix live on Phoenix FM

Click below to listen to the whole session and interview: We welcomed one-half of Essex electrodirters Killatrix – SinDii and Sam – back to the Phoenix FM studio for a…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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Playlist for 30 October 2014

Tonight’s playlist: Genesis – The Knife Neon Waltz – Bare Wood Aisles Honeyblood – Choker Sleater-Kinney – Bury Our Friends Manic Street Preachers – Europa Geht Durch Mich Interpol –…

 
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Calico live on Phoenix FM

Click below to listen to the whole session and interview: We welcomed Shel, Lauren, Jake and Dookie from Basildon band Calico back to the Phoenix FM studio for a chat…

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

Click here to listen to the show again: On tonight’s show we had a session and interview with Basildon band Calico, which you can hear and watch again here. And…

 
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The Scarletts live on Phoenix FM

Click below to listen to the whole session and interview: We welcomed Ryan, Liam, Bill and Harry from Essex band The Scarletts into the Phoenix FM studio for a chat…

 
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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…

 
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Jail and the Big Guns live on Phoenix FM

Click below to listen to the whole session and interview: We welcomed Pete, Buster, Nick and Lemmy from Jail and the Big Guns into the Phoenix FM studio for a…

 
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Playlist for 9 October 2014

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

 
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Sarah Holburn live on Phoenix FM

Essex singer/songwriter Sarah Holburn was back in the Phoenix FM studio this week, performing in her own righ

 
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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…

 
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Kelly Oliver live on Phoenix FM

Click below to listen to the whole session and interview: It was a delight to welcome folk singer/songwriter Kelly Oliver to the Phoenix FM studio for the first time. Although…

 
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Playlist for 25 September 2014

Click here to listen to the show again: On tonight’s show we had a session and interview with folk singer/songwriter Kelly Oliver, which you can watch again here. No album…

 
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Flares live on Phoenix FM

Click below to listen to the whole session and interview: It was great to welcome Brentwood band Flares to the Phoenix FM studio for the first time. Harry, Olli, Sean,…

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

Click here to listen to the show again: On tonight’s show we had a session and interview with Brentwood band Flares, which you can watch again here. Our album of…

 
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The Velvet Tree live on Phoenix FM

Click below to listen to the whole session and interview: It was great to welcome The Velvet Tree back to the Phoenix FM studio. No strangers to the station, they’ve…

 
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Playlist for 11 September 2014

Click here to listen to the show again: On tonight’s show we had a session and interview with Southend band The Velvet Tree, which you can watch again here. Tonight’s…

 
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Steve Hackett talks about Genesis, touring and his new album

Click below to listen again: 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,…

 
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The Everglows live on Phoenix FM

Click below to listen to the whole session and interview: It was a pleasure to welcome Romford band The Everglows – Andy Smith, Ray Brodrick and Steve Perkins – to…

 
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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 /…

 
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Thomas James live on Phoenix FM

Click below to hear the whole session and interview again: We welcomed Thomas James to the station for the first time today – although he’s no stranger to Phoenix FM,…

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

Click below to listen to the whole show again: A packed show tonight, really! We had Thomas James in session and if you want to hear that segment again or…

 
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Sisteray live on Phoenix FM

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

 
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Playlist for 21 August 2014

Click here to listen to the show again: I don’t think XTC legend Andy Partridge was actually tuning in on 98FM … but you never know. We had a visit…

 
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Playlist for 14 August 2014

Click below to listen to the show again: Jail and the Big Guns No album of the week this week but lots and lots of new music from local bands…

 
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Best of the Fest … and everyone’s a winner

Killing Jimmy, Flares, We Stand Tall and Matthew Haslam Hammond all playing for a chance to take part at the Flag Factory Festival

 
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The 286 live on Phoenix FM

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

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

Click below to listen to the show again: We had a bit of a first tonight – Brendan from Mannequins in the studio, and Lee from Mannequins on the phone!…

 
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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,…

 
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Playlist for 26 June 2014 (Hungarian “special”)

2 songs in 2 hours … it’s a Hungarian “special” alright!

 
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BOA 2014 World Cup Special!

32 songs, 32 countries, and they’re all winners

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

Click below to listen the show again: 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…

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

Click below to listen to the show again: 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,…

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

Click below to listen to the show again: 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…

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

Another chance to hear my interviews with Wolf Alice and Superfood, plus two hours of great music!

 
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Phoenix FM interview Superfood

Our favourite Birmingham nu-Britpoppers talk to us before their Cambridge show

 
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Phoenix FM interview Wolf Alice

We catch the band just before their sold-out show at the Portland Arms

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

Bis return with the release of their fourth album, 17 years after the first.

 
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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,…

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

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

Click below to listen to the show again: This week’s album of the week is from Beijing’s CARSICK CARS and is probably their 3rd album as it’s titled 3. A…

 
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The Lost Classics Of Britpop

Simon Tyers and Chris Hughes from cult TV Nostalgia website came to Phoenix FM back in 2004 to play their own Britpop special – 10 years too early!

 
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El Deyma live on Phoenix FM

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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Playlist for 17 April 2014

Whatever happened to Accrington Stanley (the band)? (We didn’t ask tonight, we just played their music)

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

Celebrating 20 or 21 years of Britpop with the kind of music I’ve been playing for the last 20 years anyway …

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

Click below to listen to the show again: Always been a big fan of the Kaiser Chiefs’ music and despite losing main songwriter Nick Hodgson after the less-than-adequate The Future…

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

Click below to listen to the show again: More 90s bands coming back and creating new masterpieces, how I can top that? OH YES I KNOW .. I GOT KATE…

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

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.

 
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Interview with Jen from Bleech

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

 
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Playlist for 6 March 2014

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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Playlist for 27 February 2014

Whatever happened to Eddy Current Suppression Ring?

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

XTC frontman clean as a whistle, and verifies this to 10,000 people.

 
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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! Apparently Noel Gallagher is a big fan but…

 
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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. I also played: Elbow – Fly…

 
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Maximo Park give us Too Much Information

Frontman Paul Smith talks to Phoenix FM about the band’s new album

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

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…

 
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Playlist for 23 January 2014

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 –…

 
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Playlist for 16 January 2014

(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…

 
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Playlist for 9 January 2014

Yay, Nina Persson is back! Tonight’s playlist Low Frequency In Stereo – Satellites in Sight Chris T-T and the Hoodrats – Bury Me With A Scarab Stone By Window –…

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

My most played artists and songs of 2013

 
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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…

 
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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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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…

 
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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. Republica – Ready To Go (Full Mix) Toy – It’s Been So Long Bleech – Easy Ride…

 
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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. Tonight’s playlist: Public Service Broadcasting – Elfstedentocht Part 1 Blitz Kids – Sometimes History…

 
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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…

 
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Phoenix FM talk to Public Service Broadcasting

We meet up with J. Willgoose, Esq and Wrigglesworth before their sold-out Cambridge show

 
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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…

 
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Playlist for 10 October 2013

Jagwar Ma 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…

 
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The Primitives live at Chinnery’s

Tracy and Paul talk exclusively to Phoenix FM before their Southend show

 
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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…

 
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Playlist for 26 September 2013

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 –…

 
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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: Tonight’s playlist: Barry Adamson – Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Pelvis Splashh…

 
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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…

 
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Interview with Jonny Cola and the A-Grades

We chat to the band before their gig at the Square in Harlow

 
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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! Tonight’s playlist: Bloc…

 
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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…

 
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Playlist for 8 August 2013

No album of the week tonight, just lots of oldies. Except for the new ones. Tonight’s playlist: Radiohead – Paranoid Android Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip – Stunner Kings…

 
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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. We played: Hot Chip – Dark & Stormy Bloc Party – Ratchet Drenge…

 
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Interview and session with Mick Squalor from Dingus Khan

The Dingus Khan frontman playing news songs live in the studio

 
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Playlist for 18 July 2013

Click below to listen to the show again: Great interview tonight With Ben Brown from Dingus Khan – you can see all about that here. And we played: Kraftwerk –…

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

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…

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

Click below to listen to the show again: My album of the week is from Greek electro-duo Marianthi and Sophie, otherwise known as Marsheaux. Their fourth album Inhale was released…

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

Listen to the show again: 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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

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

Click here to listen to the show again: Brentwood band THE TOMORROW MEN came in to the show to talk about their upcoming performance at the Brentwood Festival, and we…

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

Hear it again: 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,…

 
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In session on Phoenix FM: Bleech

Click here to listen again to the interview: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] It was great to welcome east London trio Bleech into the station for their first…

 
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In session on Phoenix FM : Echobelly

Click here to listen again to the interview: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Britpop legends Echobelly are back – and it was a sheer delight to get them…

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

Hear it again: 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….

 
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Warm Winters live on Phoenix FM

Colchester ‘s Warm Winters playing live on Brentwood’s Only Alternative

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

Hear it again: 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…

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

Hear it again: 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…

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

Hear it again: 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…

 
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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: Brentwood's Only Alternative – 18th April 2013 by Brentwood's Only Alternative on Mixcloud If you miss the show you can hear it…

 
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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 –…

 
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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…

 
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Ninja Baby live at Phoenix FM

Click here to listen again to the interview: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] We welcomed Brentwood/Billericay/Dagenham trio NINJA BABY into the Phoenix FM studio for a chat and…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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Plantman live on Phoenix FM

Click here to listen again to the interview: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] It was great to get Matt and Bryan from Plantman down for a session on…

 
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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…

 
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Phoenix FM interview with the Kaiser Chiefs

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] I managed to have a few words with Ricky and Simon from the Kaiser Chiefs before their sold out gig at the Corn…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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Phoenix FM interview with Sonic Boom Six

Click here to listen again to the interview: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] It was great to finally catch up with Laila K and Barney Boom from Sonic…

 
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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…

 
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Phoenix FM talk to The 1975

Click here to listen again to the interview: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Fast-rising Manchester indie darlings The 1975 visited our corner of the country on Wednesday and…

 
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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…

 
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Interview with Saffron from Republica

Click here to listen again to the interview: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Always a delight to have Saffron back on the show! We spoke about the band’s…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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. –…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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Deferred Sucess live on Phoenix FM

Click here to listen again to the interview: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Doozer, Rich, Steve and Chris were back in the studio today for their third session,…

 
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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…

 
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Playlist for 4 October 2012 (AOTW: Tame Impala – Lonerism)

My AOTW this W is the second album frmo Western Australia’s finest psychedelic rockers and I’m loving their work the more I listen to it. It’s out next Monday. Tonight’s…

 
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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…

 
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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,…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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Dominic Masters special #1

The Others’ frontman is back presenting on Phoenix FM

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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Midway Still – still live, in Bedford

Click here to hear the interview again: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] I caught up (again) with recent Phoenix FM sessionists MIDWAY STILL at their gig at Esquires,…

 
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Driving Jarvis Ham

Click below to hear in the interview again: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] It’s been a while since I caught up with Carter USM frontman JIM BOB but…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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