Category Archives: Brentwood’s Only Alternative

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

Click here to listen again to the interview:

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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 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 playlist:

Bloc Party – Bloc Party – Octopus (RAC remix)
Tame Impala – Apocalypse Dreams
Dutch Uncles – Fester
Abdoujaparov – Beer Scooter
Carter Damm – Clowning
De Staat – Firestarter (3FM session)
Daughter – Youth
Our Man From Odessa – SoftTransAuto
Lovely Eggs – I Like Birds (But I Like Other Animals Too)
Public Service Broadcasting – Everest
Dingus Khan – Made A List
Just Another Snake Cult – Have You Seen This Girl Anywhere
Tame Impala – Elephant
Ben Folds Five – One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces
Republica – Christiana Obey (Tenek remix)
Vile Electrodes – Re-Emerge (Phoenix FM Creative Session)
cats:for:peru – Three Brothers
Laetitia Sadier – Find Me The Pulse Of The Universe
Long Blondes – Weekend Without Make-Up
Bleech – Break My Nose
Two Door Cinema Club – Sleep Alone
Airhead – Congratulations
Midway Still – Miss You
Tame Impala – Keep On Lying

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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

Click here to hear the interview again:

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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

Click below to hear in the interview again:

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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

Click below to listen again to the interview:

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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

Click here to listen again to the interview:

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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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Playlist for 25 January 2012 (AOTW: MJ Hibbett and the Validators – Dinosaur Planet)

It seems like it’s been out for ever but it really only came out this month. You can read up everything you want to know about the album here or even look back to the Dinosaur Planet session here at Phoenix FM back in November.

On tonight’s show we also had a live session with The Brompton Mix which you can see/hear again here.

Tonight’s playlist:

Nada Surf – Waiting For Something
Maccabees – Pelican
Los Campesinos – By Your Hand
Elliot Hurst – Johnny’s Mama’s Garden
Brompton Mix – Material Man
Django Django – Default
Dodgy – What Became Of You
Cut Ribbons – White Horses
MJ Hibbett and the Validators – Theme From Dinosaur Planet
Frequency – Run With You
Rose Elinor Dougall – The Night
British Sea Power – Baby Grey
Baddies – Bronto
Saint Etienne – Tonight
Creision Hud – Target
MJ Hibbett and the Validators – The Battle Of Peterborough
Frequency – The Lighthouse
Calm Of Zero – Dark Therapy
Mull Historical Society – City Lights
MJ Hibbett and the Validators – Please Don’t Eat Us
Others – Tic Tok
Sweet Billy Pilgrim – Brugada

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Interview with Mathew Priest from Dodgy

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It’s been a whopping 16 years since the original Dodgy trio of Nigel Clark, Mathew Priest and Andy Miller released their last album, Free Peace Sweet

They’re back now and just about to release a new album, Stand Upright In A Cool Place, which is already getting some great reviews. I spoke to Mathew about the band’s reunion and the making of the album.

The new album is out on Monday 20 February and you can see the band play live at the album’s official launch party at Bush Hall, Shepherd’s Bush, London two days later. Keep an eye on the band at the wonderfully named official website, www.dodgyology.com.

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BAS II

We welcomed Deb Danahay into the Phoenix studios tonight – Deb is the organiser of BAS II, a celebration of Basildon’s electronic music scene from the 80s up to the present day.

The event is taking place on 4 and 5 May this year at various locations in Basildon, with a memorabilia display and plenty of live music, including headliners Blancmange (exclusively announced tonight!), Speak and Spell, Tenek, Marlow, Modovar, Shiny Darkness, Basic, Electric Kill Machine, Weirdgear, Naked Lunch, City 19, Lesley Mary Seagar and Spacebuoy, along with DJs Dan Martyr Dan, Dave Charles and The Electricity Club’s Chi Ming Lai and Steve Gray.

Tickets are just about to go on sale – keep an eye on the Bas II Facebook page for the latest news.

We played a ton of music from most of the bands featuring over the weekend, along with a good rambling chat about the old days. If you missed the show you can hear it again by clicking here.

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Playlist for 19 January 2012 (Bas II, Dodgy and AOTW: Nada Surf – The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy)

Ooh – busy show tonight. And back on Thursday for a change too!

The first hour was taken up with my chat with Deb Danahay and BAS II – you can see more about that here. Straight after that I had Mathew Priest from Dodgy on the phone and you can hear that again here.

And I still had an album of the week! It’s the seventh album from New York indie stalwarts Nada Surf – The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy.

Tonight’s playlist (didn’t play that much … I TALKED too much)

Metronomy – The Look
Weirdgear – Black 7
Spacebuoy – Sonic Boom
Modovar – Clearly
Electro Kill Machine – Falling Down
Naked Lunch – Slipping Again
Blancmange – Living On The Ceiling
Basic – Dirty Lovers
Tenek – What Do You Want?
Mull Historical Society – City Lights
Nada Surf – Let The Fight Do The Fighting
Dodgy – What Became Of You
Nada Surf – Jules And Jim
Rose Elinor Dougall – The Night
93 Million Miles From The Sun – Theme From Sparta Cigarette
Nada Surf – Waiting For Something
Frank and Walters – Indie Love Song

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Playlist for 11 January 2012 (AOTW: Maccabees – Given To The Wild)

Tonight’s playlist:

B-52’s – Rock Lobster
Baddies – Bronto
Scumbag Philosopher – God Is Dead So I Listen To Radiohead
Everything Everything – Suffragette Suffragette
Lush – Hypocrite
Mull Historical Society – Mull Historical Society
British Sea Power – A Light Above Descending
Go Yoko – Lost In Time
Housewives on Prozac – Mrs President
Dodgy – Tripped And Fell
Action Time – Rock And Roll
Creision Hud – Target
Lovely Eggs – Watermelons
Maccabees – Pelican
Gordon Withers – Cradle
Maccabees – Unknow
Finger – I Don’t Believe My Eyes
Clinton USM – The Only Living Boy In New Cross
Foxes! – Oh Rosie
Ting Tings – Great DJ
Transvision Vamp – I Want Your Love
Nurse Who Loved Me – Little Things
They Might Be Giants – Birdhouse In Your Soul
Stone Roses – I Am The Resurrection
Maccabees – Child
Colorama – Mas Ar Y Dre
JJ72 – October Swimmer
Luke Haines – I Am Catweazle
James Yuill – This Sweet Love

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Playlist for 4 January 2012 (AOTW: Gordon Withers – The Joy Formidable On Cello)

Truncated show tonight. First album of the year goes to an excellent album of Joy Formidable covers, played on the cello.

Tonight’s playlist:

Beck – Where It’s At
Maccabees – Pelican
Radiohead – The Daily Mail
Foxes! – Oh Rosie
Go Yoko – Lost In Time
Something Beginning With L – Expansion Ride
Gordon Withers – Cradle
Lush – Hypocrite
Nurse Who Loved Me – Little Things
Housewives on Prozac – Mrs President

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The last show of the year!

Once again I’m in for my special Indie Disco new year’s eve show, drinking red bull and eating pizza while my kids run AMOK around the studio. Good job we’re moving next year!

Kasabian – Re-Wired
Air – Sexy Boy
Charlatans – The Only One I Know
Marc Almond – Jacky
Pulp – Disco 2000
Art Brut – Direct Hit
They Might Be Giants – Birdhouse In Your Soul
Sugarcubes – Hit
Trashmen – Surfin’ Bird
B-52’s – Love Shack
Gorillaz – Dare
Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
Wonder Stuff – Dizzy
Lovely Eggs – Don’t Look At Me (I Don’t Like It)
Madness – House Of Fun
Deee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart
Bloc Party – Banquet
Young Knives – Human Again
Blood Arm – Suspicious Character
Ting Tings – Great DJ
Everything Everything – Photoshop Handsome
Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work
Foals – Cassius
Republica – Ready To Go
Pizzicato Five – It’s A Beautiful Day
Not From There – Juanita’s Cocktail Party
Chumbawamba – Tubthumping
Soft Cell – Tainted Love
Blur – Parklife
Electric Six – Danger! High Voltage!
Cornershop – Brimful Of Asha
Bikini Beach Band – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor

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The songs of the year show

You’d call this “singles of the year” in the old days but I’ve just got no idea what songs bands release any more, so I just picked a number of tracks from albums or singles or free downloads or Soundclouds or Bandcamps or whatever! These were my favourite songs of 2011 in no particular order, although I did leave the best one until last.

CSS – City Grrrl
Tortoise Family Connections – Mother
Something Beginning With L – Last Night’s Party
Boxer Rebellion – Step Out Of The Car
Fiona Bevan – Us And The Darkness
Howling Bells – Into The Sky
Luke Haines – Inside The Restless Mind Of Rollerball Rocco
Thomas Tantrum – Sleep
Young Knives – Human Again
Art Brut – Lost Weekend
Baddies – Tiger Face
Lovely Eggs – Don’t Look At Me (I Don’t Like It)
Finger – Die! Die Superhero!
Scumbag Philosopher – Heroes At Home
Cashier No 9 – Oh Pity
Ultrasound – Welfare State
Cowboy Racer – Fly My Plane
Vile Electrodes – Play With Fire
Jonny Cola and the A Grades – Postcode Wars
Jensen Code – I Am Cargo
P J Harvey – The Words That Maketh Murder
Killed By 9V Batteries – Worst Of Total Anarchy
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – Stick Figures In Love
Nurse Who Loved Me – Little Things
Wind-Up Birds – Some Slum Clearances
Colorama – Eleri
Kate Bush – Wild Man
British Sea Power – Mongk II

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The albums of the year show

Tonight’s show was an albums of the year special. I picked 30 random songs from 30 albums which I consider to be my favourite ones of the year – in no particular order. And you know what, it felt GREAT – 2011 was a fantastic year for music and I don’t doubt there will be more of the same in 2012. (Although I’ve got TWO more shows to get through before we reach the new year …)

PJ Harvey – The Words That Maketh Murder
(From “Let England Shake”, released February)
Joy Formidable – The Big Roar
(From “The Big Roar”, released January)
Radiohead – Lotus Flower
(From “The King Of Limbs”, released February)
A Small Document – Muddling Head
(From “The New Middle Age”, released March)
Kate Bush – Wild Man
(From “50 Words For Snow”, released November)
Yuck – Get Away
(From “Yuck”, released February)
Art Brut – I Am The Psychic
(From “Brilliant! Tragic!”, released May)
Jensen Code – I Am Cargo
(From “The True Colors Of Mars I”, released November I think)
Erland and the Carnival – Map Of An Englishman
(From “Nightingale”, released March)
Boxer Rebellion – Step Out Of The Car
(From “The Cold Still”, released February)
Kaiser Chiefs – When All Is Quiet
(From “The Future Is Medieval”, released June)
Le Monnier – Con Amor Siempre
(From “Russian Doll Life”, released October)
Eliza Newman – In The Beginning
(From “Pie In The Sky”, released April)
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – Stick Figures In Love
(From “Mirror Traffic”, released August)
Killed By 9V Batteries – Worst Of Total Anarchy
(From “The Crux”, released September)
Luke Haines – Inside The Restless Mind Of Rollerball Rocco
(From “9 1/2 Psychedelic Meditations On British Wrestling Of The 1970’s And Early ’80s”, released October)
Cowboy Racer – Fly My Plane
(From “Love Stationary”, released January)
Scumbag Philosopher – Heroes At Home
(From “It Means Nothing So It Means Nothing”, released April)
British Sea Power – Mongk II
(From “Valhalla Dancehall”, released January)
Colorama – V Moyn T
(From “Llyfr Lliwio” (Colouring Book), released October)
Fashoda Crisis – 100 Years Of Cake
(From “Him Make They Learn Read”, released December)
CSS – City Grrrl
(From “La Liberacion”, released August)
Something Beginning With L – Last Night’s Party
(From “Beautiful Ground, released June)
Little Roy – Heart-Shaped Box
(From “Battle For Seattle”, released September)
Lovely Eggs – Don’t Look At Me (I Don’t Like It)
(From “Cob Dominos”, released February)
Thomas Tantrum – Sleep
(From “Mad By Moonlight”, released June)
Tortoise Family Connections – Mother
(From “Extraterrestrial Kestrel”, released November)
MJ Hibbett and the Validators – The Battle Of Peterborough
(From “Dinosaur Planet”, released December)
Pop Will Eat Itself – Chaos And Mayhem
(From “New Noise Designed By A Sadist”, released October)
They Might Be Giants – Authenticity Trip
(From “Album Raises New and Troubling Questions”, released November)
Young Knives – Human Again
(From “Ornaments From The Silver Arcade”, released April)

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Playlist for 14 December 2011

Finally played a couple of Christmas songs this week!

Futureheads – Christmas Was Better In The 80s
Others – Tic Tok (demo)
Little Roy – Come As You Are
Fall – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Joy Formidable – My Beerdrunk Soul Is Sadder Than A Hundred Dead Christmas Trees
Breton – Edward the Confessor
Jensen Code – I Am Cargo
Kate Bush – 50 Words For Snow
Idlewild – Mistletoe and Wine
Gruff Rhys – Post Apocalypse Christmas
Colorama – Eleri
Who’s The Daddy Now – Daddy Christmas
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – Stick Figures In Love
Maybeshewill – Red Paper Lanterns
Lovely Eggs – Watermelons
Tortoise Family Connections – Mother
Le Monnier – Con Amor Siempre
Elastica – All For Gloria (Peel Session 06 Dec 1994)
Midway Still – It Ain’t Right
Young Knives – Human Again
British Sea Power – Stunde Null
Angelica – Take Me I’m Your Disease
MJ Hibbett and the Validators – Please Don’t Eat Us
Data Panik – Cubis
Long Blondes – Weekend Without Make Up
CSS – City Grrrl
Alien Ant Farm – Attitude
Art Brut – I Am The Psychic
Arctic Monkeys – When The Sun Goes Down

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Playlist for 7 December 2011 (2 AOTWS: Tortoise Family Connections – Extraterrestrial Kestrel and Colorama – Llyfr Lliwio)

Just to be awkward and inconsitent, in a year where I just normally can’t be bothered to choose an album of the week every week, I chose two tonight.

Not sure if they are proper albums or extended EPs as there are only about 6 or 7 songs on each but that really shouldn’t bother you at all – they are both wonderful.

More about Tortoise Family Connections: tortoisefamilyconnections.bandcamp.com

More about Colorama: www.colorama.org.uk

Tonight’s playlist:

Little Roy – Lithium
Breton – Edward the Confessor
Vile Electrodes – Play With Fire
CSS – City Grrrl
Tortoise Family Connections – Hedley Howard Henderson III
Little Barrie – Surf Hell
MJ Hibbett and the Validators – Hey Hey 16K
Inspiral Carpets – You’re So Good For Me
Joy Formidable – The Greatest Light Is The Greatest Shade (acoustic) (Reading Festival 28-08-2011)
Summer Camp – Down
Evans The Death – Hello Seems To Be The Hardest Word
Fiona Bevan – Love In A Cold Climate
Tortoise Family Connections – Mother
Killed By 9V Batteries – Worst Of Total Anarchy
Action Time – Rock And Roll
Tortoise Family Connections – Pillage
Clinton USM – Sheriff Fatman
Colorama – Eleri
LL Cosmonaut – Whyx5
Luke Haines – Inside The Restless Mind Of Rollerball Rocco
Colorama – V Moyn T
Clinton USM – Good Grief Charlie Brown
Nada Surf – Waiting For Something
Colorama – Lisa Lan
Clinton USM – The Only Living Boy In New Cross
MJ Hibbett and the Validators – The Battle Of Peterborough
Pepe Deluxé – The Storm
Kate Bush – Misty

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Playlist for 23 November 2011 (AOTW: They Might Be Giants – Album Raises New and Troubling Questions)

As well as the excellent MJ Hibbett session which you can see/read about here, I also managed to squeeze in an album of the week:

They Might Be Giants – Album Raises New and Troubling Questions

While my own personal music jury in my head is still out on the band’s 15th sutdio album proper, Join Us, which was released in July this year, I am loving the rarities collection “Album Raises New and Troubling Questions”, their ninth such release in a career now spanning 25 years. The album was released on 1 November on Idlewild Recordings.

Tonight’s playlist:

Little Roy – Come As You Are
Mystery Jets – Alice Springs
Lovely Eggs – Allergies
Cashier No 9 – Oh Pity
Pillar Box – Feel The Wave

MJ Hibbett session:
MJ Hibbett – Theme From Dinosaur Planet
MJ Hibbett – A Little Bit
MJ Hibbett – Please Don’t Eat Us

Jensen Code – I Am Cargo
Young Knives – Human Again
Frank and Walters – Michael
Sultans Of Ping FC – Veronica
Carter USM – Lean On Me I Won’t Fall Over
Pepe Deluxé – The Storm
They Might Be Giants – Authenticity Trip
Horrors – Still Life
Inspiral Carpets – You’re So Good For Me
Nurse Who Loved Me – Little Things
They Might Be Giants – Marty Beller Mask
Killed By 9V Batteries – Worst Of Total Anarchy
Breton – Edward the Confessor (radio edit)
Korda Marshall – One Way Track
Manflu – Sasha Grey
They Might Be Giants – You Probably Get That A Lot (Elegant Too Remix)

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MJ Hibbett – in session, once again

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It was great to welcome back MJ HIBBETT for another Phoenix FM session – his fifth one, after previous outings to our studios in May 2004, March 2007 and October 2009, and a stint at the Phoenix FM Creative Sessions in January 2006.

This time round coincided with the imminent release of Dinosaur Planet, an opus telling the story of dinosaurs, robots, compassion, humanity and the destruction of several towns in the Midlands.

Mark has done his usual sterling job of writing up about his day in Brentwood as part of his ten billion word thesis chronicling his life here, and from that place you can find all about his band and solo stuff. You can see and hear the session again here:



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Clinton USM – in session

I was utterly delighted to welcome CLINTON USM – Taro Takei and Masato Saito – into the Phoenix FM studios for possibly their first ever radio session.

Taro and Masato are a Carter USM tribute band, taking on the Jimbob and Fruitbat roles respectively, and faithfully recreating the noisy punk rock guitars and programmed keyboards and drums of the original outfit. They have been quietly plying their trade in Tokorozawa and Iruma, two towns on the north west fringes of the Tokyo suburbs, since 2001. In 2009, thanks to the wonders of the internet, they were discovered by Carter fans in the UK; Carter played a sold-out show at the Brixton Academy in November and John Bownas, the organiser of the aftershow gig, brought Taro and Masato over to play that particular gig at Jamm in Brixton, much to the delight of 500 Carter fans who weren’t prepared to go home early.

The formula was repeated in 2011, with Carter once again playing to a sold-out Brixton Academy and Clinton USM joining various bands (including multiple Phoenix sessionist Deferred Sucess) at the aftershow. The difference is this time that the following day, John kindly drove the band down to Brentwood to spend an hour or so knocking out a few tunes with the added help from Dave Shalloe who brought down the portable Creative recording studio and did an excellent job once again in setting up and recording the tunes, thus kicking off the seventh year of Creative Sessions in the process.

You can see and hear the fruits of their labours below:



We don’t often feature bands that are pure cover acts on Phoenix FM – in fact I can’t remember ever doing it – but Clinton USM are different class. You can find out more about the band (especially if you can read Japanese) at their website and find out more about the Creative Sessions here.

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Playlist for 9 November 2011 (AOTW Jensen Code – The True Colors Of Mars I)

My Album Of The week was The True Colors Of Mars I by London interstellar travellers The Jensen Code. And yes it’s an EP, but what the hey, it’s still my Album Of The Week. If you head on to their website you can hear the whole thing streaming.

We also had the wonderful Le Monnier in session and you can read all about that here.

Tonight’s playlist:

Young Knives – The Decision
Finger – In A Fragment Of Time
Howling Bells – Into The Sky
Korda Marshall – One Way Track
Cashier No 9 – Oh Pity

Live session:
Le Monnier – Con Amor Siempre
Le Monnier – On That Road Again
Le Monnier – Say Who You Are

Le Monnier – Haunt Me
Killed By 9V Batteries – Worst Of Total Anarchy
Jensen Code – Disco At The Edge Of Base
Lovely Eggs – Allergies
MJ Hibbett and the Validators – The Battle Of Peterborough
Half Man Half Biscuit – Fun Day In The Park
Jensen Code – I Am Cargo
Nurse Who Loved Me – Little Things
Little Comets – Worry
CSS – City Grrrl (Teeth Remix)
Vile Electrodes – Play With Fire
Luke Haines – Inside The Restless Mind Of Rollerball Rocco
Pre New – Do You Like My New Hair (Saint Etienne Pre-Mix)
Jensen Code – Moonrush
Death Of Death Of Discotheque – Preset 3

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Le Monnier live on Phoenix FM

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It was a pleasure to welcome Alex, Matt and Josh – otherwise known as rock trio LE MONNIER – into the Phoenix FM studio today.

The band have just released their second album, Russian Doll Life, and played acoustic versions of three of the songs – Con Amor Siempre, On That Road Again and say Who You Are – which you can see below. (The first video starts moving at 0:07 – I was a bit slow in starting the camera!)

The band are set to announce some dates in support of the new album and if the full electric version is any bit as good as the acoustic version – which it is – then you should really get out and see them. Keep an eye on the band’s official website for updates.

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Playlist for 2 November 2011 (AOTW Killed By 9V Batteries – The Crux)

This week’s album of the week is by Vienna indie-rock quartet Killed By 9V Batteries. You can buy it on Bandcamp for a handful of Euros. Go and spend them before the currency disappears for good!

Here’s tonight’s playlist:

Dub Pistols feat Terry Hall – Problem Is
Killed By 9V Batteries – Impulse Control
Llama Farmers – Get The Keys And Go
Rozi Plain – See My Boat
Carter USM – Rubbish
Frank and Walters – Walter’s Trip
Audience – I Know Enough (I Don’t Get Enough)
Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster – I Could Be An Angle
Luke Haines – Big Daddy Got A Casio VL-Tone
Filthy Revolution – Let Yourself Down
Killed By 9V Batteries – The Wrong Lust Costs Some Past
Chris T-T – Build A Bridge, Burn A Bridge
Absent Kid – Retaliate First
Fashoda Crisis – The Berry Brown Face Of Robert Kilroy-Silk (Phoenix FM session 09-10-2011)
Pre New – Do You Like My New Hair (Saint Etienne Pre-Mix)
Art Brut – Emily Kane
Marion – I Stopped Dancing
Nurse Who Loved Me – Little Things
Cashier No 9 – Oh Pity
Killed By 9V Batteries – Worst Of Total Anarchy
Catatonia – Sweet Catatonia
Korda Marshall – One Way Track
Clint Boon Experience – White No Sugar
Minuteman – Big Boy
Happy Attack – Compo
Afrirampo – Miracle Lucky Girls
Thomas Tantrum – The Last Kiss
Couse and the Impossible – Celebrity
Pop Will Eat Itself – Disguise
Paradise Motel – Derwent River Star

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Playlist for 30 October 2011

As well as the excellent session from Korda Marshall which you can see here, we also played:

Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – Kill Your Television
Luke Haines – Inside The Restless Mind Of Rollerball Rocco
Lianne Havas – Final Form

Korda Marshall live acoustic session
Korda Marshall – One Way Track
Korda Marshall – The Only One I Know
Korda Marshall – Wake Up

Kaiser Chiefs – When All Is Quiet
Korda Marshall – One Way Track
Sugarcubes – Hit
Water Signs – These Weapons
Others – Looking For A Product
Lovely Eggs – Panic Plants
Le Monnier – Con Amor Siempre
Monmon – Leeds Brig
Nurse Who Loved Me – Little Things
Stereolab – Outer Accelerator
Something Beginning With L – Angel Sized
Pre New – Do You Like My New Hair (Saint Etienne Pre-Mix)
Scumbag Philosopher – Heroes At Home
Young Knives – Go To Ground
Cowboy Racer – Fly My Plane
Cashier No 9 – Oh Pity
British Sea Power – Stande Null
Finger – In A Fragment Of Time
Half Man Half Biscuit – Tommy Walsh’s Eco House

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Korda Marshall live on Phoenix FM

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We welcomed down Essex(ish) five-piece KORDA MARSHALL to the Phoenix studios tonight, although we were a couple of members short due to the band playing out an acoustic set on air. If you missed it you can hear the interview again by clicking above, and watch the songs below:


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The band, who have already supported the likes of Feeder and Ellie Goulding in the short time they have been together, are playing the Purple Turtle in Camden on Saturday 3 December in support of their new EP, of which One Way Track is the lead song. You can find out more about them by visiting their official website.

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Playlist for 26 October 2011 (AOTW Luke Haines – Nine And A Half Psychedelic Meditations On British Wrestling Of The 1970s And Early ’80s)

This week’s album of the week is from ex-Auteurs frontman Luke Haines, and his latest offering – Nine And A Half Psychedelic Meditations On British Wrestling Of The 1970s And Early ’80s – which is out now to download, with a CD release due on 15 November.

So much of this stuff really speaks to me. Especially the Casio VL-Tone.

Tonight’s playlist:

Stone Roses – I Am The Resurrection
British Sea Power – The Spirit Of St Louis
Eels – Novocaine For The Soul
Filthy Revolution – Let Yourself Down
Cardigans – For What It’s Worth
Luke Haines – Inside The Restless Mind Of Rollerball Rocco
Foals – Red Socks Pugie
Lovely Eggs – Panic Plants
Le Monnier – Con Amor Siempre
Earl Brutus – Navyhead
Uta – Baudelaire
Luke Haines – I Am Catweazle
Cure – Lovesong
CSS – City Grrrl (Teeth Remix)
General Fiasco – Waves
Vukovi – Try Before You Buy (Use Your Sex)
John Foxx And The Maths – The Shadow Of His Former Self
Clean George IV – Pets In The Blitz
Le Monnier – Haunt Me
Finger – In A Fragment Of Time
Midway Still – Wish
Luke Haines – Big Daddy Got A Casio VL-Tone
Kate Bush – Wild Man
Mackley Drive – Bermuda Triangle
Pulp – Lipgloss
Amanda Palmer – Leeds United
A – 6 O’Clock On A Tube Stop

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Brian Robertson comes back to Phoenix FM

Ex-Thin Lizzy and Motorhead legend BRIAN ROBERTSON came down to Phoenix FM, just 14 years and 9 months after his last visit!

The talk was fairly random but centred around his debut solo album, Diamonds and Dirt, which was released in April this year. We played a number of tracks from the album and other songs were chosen by Brian during the show.

Also in the studio was playing partner Ben Williams and Cllr Will Russell who helped with the music sorting duties. Brian and Ben played three songs live which you can see/hear below:

Brian and Ben can often be found in Charley’s Bar on Warley Hill and will be playing live there this coming Friday.

You can buy Diamonds and Dirt from here (and record shops as well) or visit Brian’s Facebook page here.

Songs played:

Brian Robertson – Mail Box
Brian Robertson – 10 Miles To Go On A 9 Mile Road
Brian Robertson – Ain’t Got No Money
Liny Wood – Turn And Walk Away
Ben Williams and Brian Robertson – Good Times (live in the studio)
Brian Robertson – Devil In My Soul
Ben Williams and Brian Robertson – The Runner (live in the studio)
Ben Williams – Stepping Stone
Ben Williams and Brian Robertson – Mrs Williams (live in the studio)
Ben Williams – Take A Ride
Rob Lamothe – Saracen Blade
Thin Lizzy – Emerald
Frankie Miller – After All (Live My Life)
Little Feat – Long Distance Love
Brian Robertson – Passion

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Playlist for 19 October 2011

Stone Roses – I Am The Resurrection
British Sea Power – We Are Sound
Sugarcubes – Birthday
Røyksopp – Eple
Death Of Death Of Discotheque – Preset 3
Darvaza Hole – Observational Frame Of Reference
Black Grape – In The Name Of The Father
Fiona Bevan – A Broken Heart Can Heal
Genesis – The Battle of Epping Forest
Bloodhound Gang – Fire Water Burn
Filthy Revolution – Let Yourself Down
Rachid Taha – Rock El Casbah
Pulp – Duck Diving
Pavement – Carrot Rope
Radiohead – 15 Step
Spoon – Everything Hits At Once
Mull Historical Society – Mull Historical Society
Art Brut – The Great Escape
Scumbag Philosopher – I Like Sums
Darling Buds – Hit The Ground
Daft Punk – Around The World
Others – Lackey
Garlic – A Weird Wood Soul
Midway Still – Better Than Before
Blood Arm – Suspicious Character
Half Man Half Biscuit – Busy Little Market Town

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Playlist for 16 October 2011

As well as the Darvaza Hole session which we played out live (click the link to see/hear it again), we also played tonight:

Joy Formidable – Whirring
Thomas Tantrum – Only Human
Boxer Rebellion – Step Out Of The Car
Mackley Drive – Bermuda Triangle

Darvaza Hole session:
Darvaza Hole – Let It Out
Darvaza Hole – Maggot
Darvaza Hole – Observational Frame Of Reference

Art Brut – I Am The Psychic
British Sea Power – Mongk II
Bloc Party – Luno
Hybrasil – God Bless The Devil
Bozwood – (Murder At) Fresh And Wild
Corporal Machine and the Bombers – Five A Day
Deferred Sucess – Sheriff Fatman (live at Phoenix FM 18-02-2010)
Kate Bush – Wild Man
Fashoda Crisis – Machiiine
Human Foals – Cassius
Angelica – Take Me I’m Your Disease
Mull Historical Society – I Tried
Futureheads – Struck Dumb
Young Knives – Running From A Standing Start
WeirdGear – Game
Younger Younger 28s – Julie

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The Darvaza Hole live on Phoenix FM

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It was a pleasure to welcome Laura, Richard and Steve from Southend’s Darvaza Hole, not to be confused with the one in Turkmenistan. The band describe themselves as dark heavy melodic progressive alternative rock which sounds pretty good to us, although we persuaded them to show their lighter, fluffier side as the played out three acoustic songs for us live on air, which you can see and hear again below:



You can find out more about the band by following them on Facebook or Twitter.

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Rubylux live on Phoenix FM

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Rob, Adam and Mike from Rubylux came down to see us, play some songs live and tell us what they’ve been up to.

The songs included a new one, Lovers Of New York, as well as The Boy Could Fly and Screaming Surrender and if you missed them you can see and hear them again below:



Rubylux will be playing Colchester and London next month before going back to Asia for another tour of exotic places, including Vietnam. To keep in touch with what the band are up to you can visit their official website, Facebook or Twitter.

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Playlist for 12 October 2011 (AOTW Pop Will Eat Itself – New Noise Designed By A Sadist)

Moved to Wednesday nights and for a month at least I’ll be doing this show twice a week, along with “session night” on a Sunday evening. As well as playing out the recent Midway Still interview and the Fashoda Crisis session, I also played out four tracks from New Noise Designed By A Sadist, the first album from Pop Will Eat Itself for 17 years.

Tonight’s playlist:

Supergrass – Caught by the Fuzz
Kate Bush – Wild Man
Melys – Baby Tornado
Pop Will Eat Itself – Chaos And Mayhem
Midway Still – Drag To Care
Midway Still – I Don’t Care
Fashoda Crisis – Animals (Phoenix FM session 09-10-2011)
Smalltown Parade – Watching Mary Go Round
Lovely Eggs – Why Don’t You Like Me
Scumbag Philosopher – God Is Dead So I Listen To Radiohead
K-X-P – Easy (Infinity Waits)
Oh Land – Sun Of A Gun
Joy Formidable – Chapter 2
Pop Will Eat Itself – Seek And Destroy
Art Brut – I Am The Psychic
Spotlight Kid – Haunting Me
Fashoda Crisis – The Berry Brown Face Of Robert Kilroy-Silk (Phoenix FM session 09-10-2011)
We Were Promised Jetpacks – Medicine
Art Gruppe – I Will Not Survive
Ten Tigers – Any Love Is Good Love
August Actually – The Lighthouse Keeper’s Song
Pop Will Eat Itself – Wasted – Part 1
Pop Will Eat Itself – Wasted – Part 2
Howling Bells – Into The Sky
Dutch Uncles – Cadenza
Fashoda Crisis – CancerHat (Phoenix FM session 09-10-2011)
Brownies – Finger
The Finger – Die! Die Superhero!

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Playlist for 9 October 2011

We welcomed Fashoda Crisis into the station so we didn’t play as much music as usual. But never confuse quality with quantity, that’s what I say.

We did play:

Family Cat – Steamroller
Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – Grey Cell Green
Mighty Roars – Elvis Lives
Llama Farmers – Get The Keys And Go
Nurse Who Loved Me – I’ll Pretend I’ll Pretend
Others – Lackey
Hot Hot Heat – No Not Now
Joy Formidable – Whirring
Viva Voce – Lesson No 1
Young Knives – Everything Falls Into Place
Silversun Pickups – There’s No Secrets This Year

Session:
Fashoda Crisis – The Berry-Brown Face Of Robert Kilroy-Silk
Fashoda Crisis – Animals
Fashoda Crisis – CancerHat

Scumbag Philosopher – Heroes At Home
Ultrasound – Welfare State
Heart Throbs – Hooligan
Klang – L.O.V.E.
Midway Still – It Ain’t Right
Future Of The Left – Manchasm
My Life Story – Girl A, Girl B, Boy C
Pop Will Eat Itself – Chaos And Mayhem
Senseless Things – Best Friend
Pale – Shut Up Venus

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Fashoda Crisis live on Phoenix FM

It was great to welcome Fashoda Crisis back to the hallowed turf of Phoenix FM. Sim, Simon and Matt played out three songs – The Berry-Brown Face Of Robert Kilroy-Silk, Animals and CancerHat – which you can watch and listen to again below.

The band’s new album, Him Lake They Learn Read, is out soon. Not sure exactly how soon, there may be an artwork delivery issue which we won’t go into here. If you keep an eye on fashodacrisis.com you can find out when it’s ready and also catch up on previous releases you might have missed.

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Midway Still talk to Phoenix FM

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Bursting onto an already-healthy music scene in 1991, Kent band Midway Still made an instant impact with fans and press alike, recording a Peel Session before the release of their debut album, Dial Square, in 1992, and receiving high praise from the NME who described them as the “UK’s answer to Nirvana”. One more album followed in 1993 and then … nothing. One of the great disappearing acts of the time, they even inspired a gig about the music of their time called Because Midway Still Aren’t Coming Back – of all the bands they could have chosen …

There were a handful of sporadic gigs in the 2000s, and then the band released their third album, Note To Self, in April last year – the first in 17 years, and in my opinion more than eclipsing the glory days of the 90s. I caught up with the band just before their show at the Underbelly.

I even hung around in Hoxton for a few hours although I was lucky enough to be treated to sets from Station Agents and Bonfire Nights before Midway Still took to the stage with an hour or songs old and new. Making me feel rather old, it was almost 20 years since I first saw them live, on the bill of a charity gig at the Town and Country Club in Kentish Town with such luminaries as Mega City 4, the Frank and Walters and the Senseless Things. The band put on a great set and despite the lack of recent giggage didn’t sound very rusty at all.

The best place to catch up with the band’s current doings is on their Facebook page.


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Playlist for 2 October 2011

Apart from playing out Friday’s Missing Andy session again, I also managed to get in a bit of the Bikini Beach Band, who I first saw live back at the Jazz Cafe in August 1995 (ouch) supporting My Life Story, and then again in 1996 and 2006 and yet again last night at Greenwoods Hotel in Stock, just down the road from Phoenix’s very hot and very ivory-y towers.

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Yes, that’s the kind of thing. It does look like they’re playing in a book cupboard, doesn’t it … As for tonight’s music I didn’t play Babies though, I played these instead:

Bikini Beach Band – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Missing Andy – Dave (Phoenix FM session)
Fixed Stars – Here Comes The Music
Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – Gewn Ni Gorffen
Others – Looking For A Product
Fashoda Crisis – With My Good Eye
Nine Inch Nails – Bite The Hand That Feeds
Dananananaykroyd – Muscle Memory
Maximo Park – Going Missing
Howling Bells – Into The Sky
Ten Tigers – Superlucky
Pop Will Eat Itself – Captain Plastic
Elastica – How He Wrote Elastica Man
Midway Still – I Don’t Care
Lovely Eggs – Don’t Look At Me (I Don’t Like It)
Anna Leda and the Orchids – Child
Salad – Motorbike To Heaven
Eddy Current Suppression Ring – You Let Me Be Honest With You
My Life Story – Motorcade
David Bowie – I Took A Trip On A Gemini Spacecraft
Super Furry Animals – Demons
Missing Andy – Kings For The Weekend (Phoenix FM session)
Tiger – Friends
Dandy Warhols – We Used To Be Friends
Thomas Tantrum – Betty Blue
Transplants – Diamonds And Guns
Dutch Uncles – Cadenza
Bis – How Can We Be Strange
Ultrasound – Welfare State

Next week: Fashoda Crisis are live in session.

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Playlist for 25 September 2011 (AOTW Nirvana – Nevermind)

Interview of the week

We don’t always have one – but if you missed my show you missed my interview with The Others, their first radio interview for 4 years. Don’t fret – it’s up here.

Album of the week – Nirvana – Nevermind

Heard of this one? It was twenty years ago today yesterday … I am so fed up of classic albums making me feel old.

Shoegazing Around The World

No 1 in an occasional series: Polyester from Uruguay.

I know nothing at all about this band other than that they come from Montevideo. They have a Myspace and I sent them a message but they didn’t reply. That’s probably because their inbox is full of spam too, like the Phoenix FM one. I just cleared out 310 spams.

Tonight’s playlist:

Bang Bang Machine – Technologica
Nirvana – In Bloom
Young Empires – Against The Wall
Fashoda Crisis – 100 Years Of Cake
Late Of The Pier – Heartbeat
Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – Happy
Others – Stan Bowles
Others – The Truth That Hurts
Death Of Death Of Discotheque – Preset Three
Cloud Control – Death Cloud
Polyester – Shoot Into The Sun
Spotlight Kid – Haunting Me
The Finger – Die! Die Superhnero!
Kate Jackson Group – Date With Dawn
Minimum – Smash Routine
Nirvana – On A Plain
Boxer Rebellion – Never Knowing How Or Why
British Sea Power – Fear Of Drowning
Pre New – Do You Like My New Hair?
Heike Has The Giggles – Crazy In Love
Pillar Box – Feel The Wave
Cancel The Astronauts – Seven Vices
Cardigans – I Need Some Fine Wine And You, You Need To Be Nicer

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The Others talk to Phoenix FM

Between 2004 and 2006 The Others were all over the music press – a front cover of the NME, hundreds of gigs and festivals, “guerilla gigs” making the national press. And more importantly, frontman Dominic Masters was a regular visitor to Phoenix FM, presenting half a dozen radio shows in 2006 to the band’s worldwide fanbase. But then what happened?

Dominic Masters (left) and Johnny Others (right) with new guitarist Estonian Eddie in the middle

Last night the band played their first gig in four years and talked to us about where they’d been and what was coming next. If you missed the interview you can hear it again by clicking below:

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The gig itself was great – having seen the band seven times in two years before the hiatus, I saw a few real blasts from my past last night. The set had a big proprtion of new songs which generally went down well with the sell-out crowd. And of course it was great to catch up with the band who were not only as hospitable as ever but still sounding sharp and with a clear passion to keep making music.

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Playlist for 8 September 2011 (AOTW Fashoda Crisis – Him Make They Learn Read)

This was my last Thursday evening show for quite a while – Nick Field will be moving his Curveballs to this slot as of next week. I’m having a couple of weeks off (unless I end up covering for someone else!) and will be back in a new Sunday evening timeslot of 6-8pm from 25 September.

One of the bands coming in to do a session on is Fashoda Crisis and their latest offering – “Him Make They Learn Read” – was my album of the week. We’ve already heard three of the songs acoustically but you can hear them and others now in their full noisy glory. You can find out more about the band here.

Tonight’s playlist:

China Drum – Wuthering Heights
Grouplove – Colours
Super Furry Animals – Something 4 The Weekend
Cud – Purple Love Balloon
Fashoda Crisis – 100 Years Of Cake
PJ Harvey – The Words That Maketh Murder
Candyskins – Feed It
Carter USM – Anytime Anyplace Anywhere
CSS – You Could Have It All
Del Amitri – Just Like A Man
Le Corps Mince De Francois
Digitalism – 2 Hearts
Divine Comedy – Sweden
Fashoda Crisis – With My Good Eye
Others – Lackey
Family Cat – Goldenbook
Korda Marshall – The Only Way I Know
Thomas Tantrum – Betty Blue
Howling Bells – Into The Sky
Larry Page Orchestra – Zabadak
Pulp – Lipgloss
Space – Kill Me
Pop Will Eat Itself – Chaos And Mayhem
Sultans of Ping – Teenage Punks
Fashoda Crisis – Alien Dinosaur Brundlefry
Shampoo – Bouffant Headbutt
Scumbag Philosopher – God Is Dead So I Listen To Radiohead
Pre New – Do You Like My New Hair?
Rakes – Retreat
Skunk Anansie – Selling Jesus
Pillar Box – Feel The Wave

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Playlist for 1 September 2011

Tonight’s show was a bit of a Reading Festival comedown – I played out my interviews with Metronomy and Viva Brother and also the following wonderful tracks:

Pulp – I Spy
Joy Formidable – The Greatest Light Is The Greatest Shade (acoustic) (Reading Festival 28-08-2011)
Muse – Hysteria
Metronomy – Hear To Wear
Madness – Drip Fed Fred
Digitalism – 2 Hearts
Brother – Darling Buds Of May
Others – Stan Bowles
Darling Buds – Burst
Kaiser Chiefs – Man On Mars
Kenickie – P.V.C.
Robocop Kraus – Sometimes I Wonder If You’d Been A Dog In A Previous Life
CSS – City Grrl
Beck – E-Pro
Amanda Palmer – Leeds United
El Presidente – Rocket
Grouplove – Colours
Treefight For Sunlight – Time Stretcher
We Are Scientists – The Great Escape
Fashoda Crisis – Animals
We Are The Physics – Goran Ivanisevic
Wurzels – Remember Me
Cymbals Eat Guitars – Keep Me Waiting
Tai Chi Swayze – Pink Shoes (Phoenix FM session)
Interpol – PDA

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Playlist for 25 August 2011 (AOTW CSS – La Liberación)

Yes, I have an AOTW again! It’s CSS and their third offering, La Liberación, which came out on Monday.

Without meaning to sound too judgemental – I was pleasantly surprised. Go buy it and listen over and over, that’s what I did, and my life is just a little richer for it.

We also talked about Reading a bit. Going there tomorrow ….

The show was dedicated to the two guys on yesterday’s POINTLESS quiz show on BBC1, who thought that Cud might have once won the Mercury Music Prize.

Tonight’s playlist

Pulp – This Is Hardcore
Digitalism – 2 Hearts
Ladytron – Mirage
Grouplove – Colours
Interpol – Evil
Fashoda Crisis – Animals
Darvaza Hole – I Dream Idol
Metronomy – The Look (acoustic) (live at Glastonbury 2011)
(International) Noise Conspiracy – Capitalism Stole My Virginity
Feeder – Buck Rogers
Muse – Plug In Baby
I Am Kloot – From Your Favourite Sky
Something Beginning With L – Last Night’s Party
CSS – You Could Have It All
Hot Puppies – Terry
Lianne Havas – Final Form
Howling Bells – Into The Sky
CSS – City Grrl
British Sea Power – We Are Sound
Cud – Through The Roof
Kaiser Chiefs – Man On Mars
Treefight For Sunlight – Time Stretcher
CSS – Rhythm To The Rebels
Viva Brother – Darling Buds Of May
Art Brut – Our Parents’ Record Collection
Younghusband – Carousel
Ash and We Are Scientists – Washington Parks
Le Corps Mince De Francoise – Gandhi

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Playlist for 18 August 2011

Thousand Yard Stare – Comeuppance
British Sea Power – Mongk II
Howling Bells – Into The Sky
Franz Ferdinand – Can’t Stop Feeling
Brownies – Japan
Pop Will Eat Itself – RSVP
Carter USM – Airplane Food Airplane Fast Food
Futureheads – Struck Dumb
Walk In Coma – Space Monkeys
Cerys Matthews – Arlington Way
Super Furry Animals – Hometown Unicorn
Mansun – Stripper Vicar
Tammar – The Last Line
Ming Tea – BBC
Pixies – Monkey Gone To Heaven
Data Panik – Cubis
Darling Buds – Shame On You
Scumbag Philosopher – God Is Dead So I Listen To Radiohead
Thomas Tantrum – Betty Blue
Eddy Current Suppression Ring – You Let Me Be Honest With You
Joy Formidable – Austere
Vegas – Possessed
Young Knives – Woman
Water Signs – These Weapons
Austra – Shoot The Water
XTC – Are You Receiving Me
Blur – Jubilee
Cold Mailman – Ruby
Radiohead – Codex
Everything Everything – Schoolin’
Ultrasound – Welfare State

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Playlist for 11 August 2011

Kaiser Chiefs – Never Miss A Beat
Pre New – I Believe In Jackie
Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks
History Of Apple Pie – Tug
New Fast Automatic Daffodils – Stockholm
Eddy Current Suppression Ring – You Let Me Be Honest With You
Larry Page Orchestra – Zabadak!
Punk TV – Solar
Art Brut – Lost Weekend
Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain – Miss Dy-na-mi-tee
Tai Chi Swayze – Stumble Home (Phoenix FM session 28-07-2011)
Divine Comedy – In & Out Of Paris & London
Þeyr – Rúdolf
Pop Will Eat Itself – Ich Bin Ein Auslander
Pop Will Eat Itself – Eat Me Drink Me Love Me Kill Me
Mega City Four – Words That Say
Scumbag Philosopher – Heroes At Home
Blaggers ITA – Stresss
Young Knives – The Decision
Thomas Tantrum – Betty Blue
Finger – Die! Die Superhero!
Darvaza Hole – I Dream Idol

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Dos Pints, Mis Amigos

Click below to listen again to the interview

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Cult 90s band POP WILL EAT ITSELF are back with a new album, new tour and new line up put together by band mainstay/songwriter/vocalist Graham Crabb.

The band enjoyed success and numerous changes of style during 1986 to 1996 which saw them chalk up ten top 40 singles – including the top-ten-bothering Get The Girl! Kill The Baddies! – and four top 40 albums. The band got together for a fully sold-out Reformation tour in January 2005.

I met up with Graham in a Kent pub this week to talk about what he’s been doing since then, why the new line-up got together and plans for the future.

If you want to find out what the band are up to you can visit their official website, Facebook or Twitter.

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Tai Chi Swayze live at Phoenix FM

You can hear the whole session and interview again by clicking here

We welcomed Londonish band TAI CHI SWAYZE into the Phoenix FM studio for a whole load of chat and three songs, which you can hear again by clicking either above or watching the videos below!

The band are currently working on new material and you can find out more about them by visiting their Facebook or Twitter.



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Playlist for 28 July 2011

Auteurs – Show Girl
Jonny Cola and the A Grades – Postcode Wars
Fight Like Apes – Do You Karate
Darvaza Hole – I Dream Idol
Local Girls – Kitty (Is A Bad Kitty)
R O M A N C E – River Runs Red
Art Brut – Modern Art
Ladytron – Mirage
Deferred Sucess – Sherrif Fatman
Punk TV – Solar
British Sea Power – Thin Black Sail
Wu Lyf – Dirt
Divine Comedy – Thrillseeker
Something Beginning With L – Say
Ultrasound – Welfare State
Finger – Die! Die Superhero!
Prince Edward Island – You Look Like I Need A Drink
Scumbag Philosopher – Heroes At Home
Fiona Bevan – Us And The Darkness
Thomas Tantrum – Tick Tock (Satie)
Yes – Heart Of The Sunrise

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Playlist for 21 July 2011

Yes – Don’t Kill The Whale
Naked and Famous – A Geek In Wolf’s Clothing
Heike Has The Giggles – Crazy In Love
To Destroy A City – Narcotic Sea
Y Niwl – Tri
Mercury Rising – Panic
Just Joans – I Hear You’re The Man Now John
Billy Bragg – Never Buy The Sun
Darvaza Hole – Observational Frame Of Reference
Ease Springs – No Sleep Tonight
British Sea Power – Lights Out For Darker Skies
Finger – Die! Die Superhero!
Jonny Cola and the A Grades – Postcode Wars
Ladytron – Mirage
Punk TV – Solar
North Sea Radio Orchestra – Heavy Weather
Carter USM – The Only Looney Left In Town
Tall Poppies – Antony
Gorillaz – Stylo (Erland and the Carnival Carnivalization remix)
Stanley – Sandwiches and Tea
Echobelly – Molotov
R O M A N C E – River Runs Red
Art Brut – Lost Weekend

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Playlist for 14 July 2011

Along with the excellent session from Jonny Cola and the A Grades, which is going up on this website soon, I also played:

Pulp – Lipgloss
Darling Buds – Shame On You
Good Natured – Skeleton
Kaiser Chiefs – Things Change
Earl Brutus – The SAS And The Glam That Goes With It
Mexico 70 – Wonderful Lie
Lush – Leaves Me Cold
Darvaza Hole – I Dream Idol
Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – Grey Cell Green
Long Blondes – Madame Ray
Midway Still – It Ain’t Right
Northern State – Cold War
Futureheads – The Connector
Salad – Namedrops
Rose Elinor Dougall – Start Stop Synchro
Scumbag Philosopher – Tickbox Exercise
Sky Larkin – Still Windmills
Y Niwl – Undegpedwar
Young Knives – Vision In Rags
Thomas Tantrum – Face The Music
Stereolab – Melochord Seventy-Five
Þeyr – Rúdolf
Art Brut – I Am The Psychic
The Like – Square One

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Playlist for 7 July 2011 (AOTW Shonen Knife – Freetime)

Apart from having the wonderful Something Beginning With L in (more info about that here) we had an excellent album of the week, Shonen Knife. It’s pretty much exactly the same as the sixteen albums that came before it, which is good because you feel 25 years younger when listening to it. Plus the cover art is a thought-provoking piece too.

Tonight’s playlist:

Jam – News Of The World
Lianne Havas – Final Form
Hold Kiss Kill – Neon Girls
Thomas Tantrum – Betty Blue
Lovely Eggs – Don’t Look At Me (I Don’t Like It)
Something Beginning With L – Last Night’s Party (LIVE in the studio)
Magoo – Expansion Ride
Something Beginning With L – Say (LIVE in the studio)|
History Of Apple Pie – Tug
Something Beginning With L – Elephant part ii (LIVE in the studio)
Warpaint – Bees (live at Glastonbury 2011)
Metronomy – The Look (live at Glastonbury 2011))
Chris T-T – A Plague On Both Your Houses (Phoenix FM session 2005)
They Might Be Giants – Can’t Keep Johnny Down
Royksopp – Happy Up Here
Scumbag Philosopher – I Like Sums
Shonen Knife – Perfect Freedom
Baddies – Tiger Face
Menswear – Stardust
Sun Of Souls – Keep You Satisfied
Shonen Knife – Do You Happen To Know
Graham Coxon – Bittersweet Bundle Of Misery
Angelica – Take Me I’m Your Disease
Art Brut – Sexy Sometimes
Shonen Knife – Economic Crisis
British Sea Power – Living Is So Easy
Franz Ferdinand – Michael
Good Natured – Skeleton (live at Glastonbury 2011)

Next week – another live band coming in – the return of Jonny Cola and the A Grades.

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Something Beginning With L – live session

This ex-Suffolk London-based trio have been playing together for quite a while through various outlets including Stuffy and the Fuses and Graham Coxon’s backing band.

The recorded output is a beguiling mix of indie, electro and shoegaze although we got the stripped down version tonight – two voices, two guitars and a cello, which wasn’t as big as I thought it was going to be.

The band played three songs for us and you can see two of them, and hear the third one below. (This is why I really need an assistant on the show).


Audio for second song: Say [audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Something-Beginning-With-L-Say-Phoenix-FM-07-07-2011.mp3|titles=Something Beginning With L – Say (Phoenix FM, 07-07-2011)]


I resisted the temptation to ask what it was exactly that begins with L; some things are really left best unspoken.

You can buy the excellent debut album “Beautiful Ground”, out now on Armellodie Records, from somethingbeginningwithl.bandcamp.com/releases. You can find more about the band on their official website or Facebook, or follow them on Twitter @SBLBand.

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Playlist for 29 June 2011 (2 AOTWs: Thomas Tantrum – Mad By Moonlight and Victorian English Gentlemens Club – Bag Of Meat)

Like the title says, two albums of the weeks:

Firstly, Southampton’s finest – Thomas Tantrum – who I interviewed at their recent Hoxton gig, and the wonderful Mad By Moonlight. I knew it was going to be good, but was still suprised by how good.

And secondly, Cardiff nutjobs The Victorian English Gentlemens Club with Bag Of Meat. If you wonder what the album sounds like, just look at the cover and check out the song titles. Transcendant.

Tonight’s playlist:

New Young Pony Club – Ice Cream
Thomas Tantrum – Tick Tock (Satie)
Kaiser Chiefs – Out Of Focus
Others – Looking For A Product
Heike Has The Giggles – Crazy In Love
History Of Apple Pie – Mallory
Stars and Sons – Comfy Now
Stornoway – The Coldharbour Road
Thomas Tantrum – Face The Music
Scumbag Philosopher – Heroes At Home
Corporal Machine and the Bombers – Five A Day
Lovely Eggs – Watermelons
Art Brut – Lost Weekend
Thomas Tantrum – Cold Gold
Hundred In The Hands – Pigeons
Difference Engine – (I Don’t Have Your) Money
Hundred Reasons – If I Could
Local Girls – Kitty (Is A Bad Kitty)
Victorian English Gentlemens Club – Bag Of Meat
My Life Story – It’s A Girl Thing
Younger Younger 28s – Julie
Young Knives – Everything Falls Into Place
Sun Of Souls – Keep You Satisfied
British Sea Power – Observe The Skies
Victorian English Gentlemens Club – Fire In The Wife
They Might Be Giants – Au Contraire
Alice Gold – Cry Cry Cry
Friendly Fires – Chimes
Cold Mailman – Ruby
Eliza Newman – Bloom Again
Victorian English Gentlemens Club – My Imagination Can’t Save Me Now

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Playlist for 16 June 2011 (AOTW Scumbag Philosopher – It Means Nothing So It Means Nothing)

Yes, we have an album of the week. It’s a shortie (nine tracks) but a goodie … no, a greatie.

Released this week on Words and Music. See www.scumbagphilosopher.com to find out how to get it.

Tonight’s playlist:

Rocket From The Crypt – Born In ’69
Scumbag Philosopher – God Is Dead So I Listen To Radiohead
Blur – Popscene
British Sea Power – We Are Sound
Jonny Cola and the A Grades – Postcode Wars
Esben and the Witch – Marching Song
Cold Mailman – Ruby
Radiohead – Codex
Victorian English Gentlemens Club – Lost My Face In A Fast Car Race
Elastica feat Mark E Smith – How He Wrote Elastica Man
Fiona Bevan – Dial D For Denial
Divine Comedy – Becoming More Like Alfie
Difference Engine vs the EMF and the IMF – I Don’t Have Your Money, I’m Broke, Get Over It
Chumbawamba – Add Me
Hold Kiss Kill – Death Pleasures
King Adora – Suffocate
Le Corps Mince De Francoise – Future Me
Scumbag Philosopher – I Like Sums
Bikini Beach Band – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Sleeper – Statuesque
Stornoway – The Coldharbour Road
Awolnation – Sail
Others – Stan Bowles
Baddies – Tiger Face
Pre New – Teenage Taliban
Art Brut – Our Parents’ Record Collection
Carter USM – The Undertaker And The Hippy Protest Singer
Midway Still – It Ain’t Right
Scumbag Philosopher – Heroes At Home
Tai Chi Swayze – Tabby Cashmere

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Playlist for 9 June 2011

No particular theme tonight. Just tried to play more music and talk less. Didn’t work quite as well as I’d hoped.

Oh Land – Sun Of A Gun
Mystery Jets – You Can’t Fool Me Dennis
Electric Six – Gay Bar
Tom Vek – World Of Doubt
New Sun Blues – I Did Warn You
Filthy Revolution – Let Yourself Down
Others – Stan Bowles
Young Knives – Running From A Standing Start
White Rose Movement – Girls In The Back
Arcade Fire – Neighbourhood #3 (Power Cut)
Awolnation – Sail
New Fast Automatic Daffodils – Cannes
Sons And Daughters – Breaking Fun
Tai Chi Swayze – Tabby Cashmere
Axton Kincaid – I Wanna Be Adored
Þeyr – Rúdolf
British Sea Power – No Lucifer
Bravery – An Honest Mistake
Midway Still – Better Than Before
Alice Gold – Cry Cry Cry
Bloc Party – Price Of Gasoline
Art Brut – Bad Comedian
Battles – Ice Cream
Kaiser Chiefs – Child Of The Jago
Frank and Walters – Laurence Olivier
Mike Flowers Pops – Venus As A Boy
Jesus Jones – Info Freako
Brownies – Finger
Fields – Song For The Fields
Editors – Bullets
Kate Bush – The Infant Kiss

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Playlist for 2 June 2011

Camera Obscura – French Navy
Cardigans – Choke
Art Brut – Fight!
Young Knives – Human Again
Oh Land – Sun Of A Gun
Senseless Things – Too Much Kissing
Friendly Fires – Hurting
My Life Story – Motorcade
Duplodeck – Strange Girl
Tal Bachman – She’s So High
Ace Out – When The Stars …
Dears – Blood
Kaiser Chiefs – Little Shocks
Fall – Theme From Sparta FC
Rose Elinor Dougall – To The Sea
Breeders – Cannonball
Something Beginning With L – Sixers
Super Furry Animals – Something 4 The Weekend
Boxer Rebellion – The Runner (The Joy Formidable remix)
Blur – He Thought Of Cars
Supergrass – Richard III
Tai Chi Swayze – Tabby Cashmere
Hundred In The Hands – Pigeons
(International) Noise Conspiracy – Arm Yourself
Stars and Sons – Comfy Now
British Sea Power – Observe The Skies
Brownies – Finger
Terrorvision – Alice What’s The Matter
Þeyr – Rúdolf
Shampoo – House Of Love

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Playlist for 26 May 2011

Silversun Pickups – There’s No Secrets This Year
Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man – Fatherhood
Pre New – I Believe In Jackie
Oh Land – Sun Of A Gun
Young Knives – Sister Frideswide
Swound! – Oh No!
Wind-Up Birds – Round Here
Ash – You Can’t Have It All
Art Brut – Clever Clever Jazz
Parva – Good Bad Right Wrong
British Sea Power – We Are Sound
Amanda Palmer – Leeds United
Baddies – Tiger Face
Brownies – Finger
Polysics – Electric Surfin Go Go
Lovely Eggs – Watermelons
Dears – Blood
So So Modern – Berlin
Fiery Furnaces – Tropical Iceland
Something Beginning With L – Angel Sized
Vatican DC – Wow
Battles – Ice Cream
Hefner – The Hymn For The Cigarettes
Cheek – Hung Up
Good Natured – Skeleton
Deferred Sucess – Sherrif Fatman
Miss 600 – Twist
Mull Historical Society – Bar Code Bypass

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Playlist for 12 May 2011 (AOTW Friendly Fires – Pala)

I had an Album Of The Week once more! Friendly Fires and Pala.

Super Furry Animals – Something 4 The Weekend
Friendly Fires – Blue Cassette
Birdland – Everybody’s Dreaming
Jim Bob – Mr Blue Sky
British Sea Power – Living Is So Easy
Moog Cookbook – Basket Case
Everything Everything – Photoshop Handsome (Entrepreneurs Socratic-Suplex remix)
Brownies – Finger
Cardigans – Never Recover
Friendly Fires – Running Away
Good Natured – Skeleton
Lush – De-Luxe
Pre New – I Believe In Jackie
They Might Be Giants – Cloisonne
Young Knives – Human Again
Oh Land – Sun Of A Gun
Catatonia – Dead From The Waist Down
New Fast Automatic Daffodils – Cannes
Friendly Fires – True Love
Smashing Pumpkins – Zero
Thomas Tantrum – Sleep (Dream remix)
Charlatans – Blackened Blue Eyes
Dears – Blood
Angelica – Take Me I’m Your Disease
Divine Comedy – In & Out Of Paris & London
Animalhouse – Animal
Ben Folds Five – Jackson Cannery
Art Brut – Lost Weekend
Pulp – Common People
Shampoo – Trouble

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Playlist for 5 May 2011

Pizzicato Five – Trailer Music
Senser – 2 3 Clear
Auction From The Promise Club – Under China
Baddies – Tiger Face
Thomas Tantrum – Hot Hot Summer
Elastica – S.O.F.T.
Foals – Olympic Airways
Something Beginning With L – Expansion Ride
Young Knives – Human Again
Good Natured – Skeleton
Futureheads – Struck Dumb
Hickey Underworld – Mystery Bruise
Dutch Uncles – Cadenza
Birdland – Everybody’s Dreaming
Angelica – Take Me I’m Your Disease
Art Brut – Lost Weekend
Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – Patio Song
Pelvis – I Am The Supergrass
Jim Bob – Mr Blue Sky
Kaiser Chiefs – Modern Way
Dears – Thrones
Jonny Cola and the A Grades – Postcode Wars
Eliza Newman – Jumping Through Hoops
FM Belfast – New Year
Lovely Eggs – Watermelons
Arrows Of Love – Song 1
History Of Apple Pie – Tug
Grates – 19-20-20
Other Two – Tasty Fish
Radiohead – Little By Little

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Playlist for 28 April 2011

Catatonia – Mulder And Scully
Friendly Fires – Paris
Pete and the Pirates – United
Eliza Newman – Bloom Again
Jonny – Candyfloss
Thomas Tantrum – Hot Hot Summer
Hafdis Huld – Diamonds On My Belly
Young Knives – Everything Falls Into Place
Ravens In Paris – Liar
Joy Formidable – Whirring
FM Belfast – New Year
History Of Apple Pie – Mallory
Doyle and the Fourfathers – The Governor Of Giving Up
Dead 60s – Ghostfaced Killer
Chris T-T – Build A Bridge, Burn A Bridge
Pulp – Monday Morning
Chumbawamba – Timebomb
Detektivbyrån – Nattoppet
Erland and the Carnival – Springtime
Filthy Revolution – Let Yourself Down
Silt – In Line
Lush – Take
Marion – Sleep
X-Ray Spex – The Day The World Turned Day-Glo
Milk Kan – Why Should The Devil Have All The Good Tunes
Senser – 2 3 Clear
Carter USM – Bloodsport For All

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Playlist for 14 April 2011 (AOTW Eliza Newman – Pie In The Sky)

My album of the week was ex-Bellatrix lead singer ELIZA NEWMAN and her second long playing offering, PIE IN THE SKY. It’s been a long time coming but it’s full of great songs and hot ukulele action and I can even pronounce Eyjafjallajökull 95% correctly now, so I learned something today!

Tonight’s playlist:
Earl Brutus – Come Taste My Mind
Abdoujaparov – Benjamin and Jumble
Dinosaur Pile Up – Mona Lisa
Pulp – Joyriders
Eliza Newman – In The Beginning
Charlatans – Blackened Blue Eyes
Jonny – Candyfloss
Young Knives – Everything Falls Into Place
Annie Christian – The Other Way
Art Brut – Martin Kemp Welch Five-A-Side Football Rules!
Lovely Eggs – Don’t Look At Me (I Don’t Like It) (Phoenix FM session 06-02-2011)
Elastica – Stutter
Thomas Tantrum – Sleep
Eliza Newman – Eyjafjallajökull
Cowboy Racer – Fly My Plane
Nouvelle Vague – Teenage Kicks
Asian Dub Foundation – Fortress Europe
Something Beginning With L – Angel Sized
Auction For The Promise Club – Under China
Mansun – Take It Easy Chicken
Eliza Newman – Starwarsbar
Senser – 2 3 Clear
Garbage – Subhuman
Auf Der Maur – Followed The Waves
British Sea Power – Observe The Skies
Sun Of Souls – Given The Chance
Boxer Rebellion – Step Out Of The Car (acoustic)
Local Girls – Kitty (Is A Bad Kitty)
Super Furry Animals – Inaugural Trams

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Playlist for 7 April 2011 (AOTW Young Knives – Ornaments From The Silver Arcade)

It’s easy to pick YOUNG KNIVES for AOTW as they’re a very easy band to like (if you’re me) but choosing this album was more than a lazy “that’ll do”. It’s true that there’s little of the charm and quirkiness of earlier songs like The Decision but the songs are still very strong and sound better with every listen – it’s much more of a classic mainstream indie pop album. And there’s more than a nod to Blur’s Modern Life Is Rubbish – this makes a good companion album to it, and that’s no insult either.

 

Tonight’s playlist:

Stone Roses – I Am The Resurrection
Young Knives – Human Again
Thomas Tantrum – Sleep
Ace Out – When The Stars …
Local Girls – 7 Salty Seas
Ida Maria – Oh My God
We Are Scientists – Nobody Move Nobody Get Hurt
Young Knives – Silver Tongue
Young Knives – Storm Clouds
Eliza Newman – Bloom Again
Lovely Eggs – Watermelons
Art Brut – Bad Comedian
Nada Surf – Love And Anger
Stereolab – Percolator
Clash – Guns Of Brixton
Alice Gold – Orbiter
Baikonour – Oben Beg mk3 CBC theme
Metric – Gold Guns Girls
Islington Boys’ Club – Pristine
Milk Kan – I’m Going With You (Phoenix FM session 11-02-2006)
Radiohead – Little By Little
Jam – Smithers-Jones
S*M*A*S*H – Real Surreal
Sleeper – Statuesque
Joy Formidable – Cradle
Midway Still – Your Last Mistake
Ride – Leave Them All Behind

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Playlist for 31 March 2011 (AOTW Art Brut – Brilliant! Tragic!)

Some real heavy hitters coming up for the Album Of The Week – this week from Art Brut, and to use a well-worn cliche, a REAL RETURN TO FORM. Not that their other offerings were particularly lacklustre but this album is fantastic on so many levels. And given the reaction on the “rest of the internet” (TM) which we know is always RIGHT, people are loving the artwork – drawn by Jamie McKelvie – too. There’s an article about that here.

 

And I also managed to give another play to the wonderful COWBOY RACER who recorded their first ever radio session for us at the weekend (more about that here).

Tonight’s playlist:

Y Niwl – Undegpedwar
Afterglow – Into The Fire
Brother – Darling Buds Of May
Animalhouse – Ready To Receive
Everything Everything – Schoolin’
Art Brut – Lost Weekend
Cowboy Racer – Love Stationary (live at Phoenix FM 26-03-2011)
Fiona Bevan – Us And The Darkness
Erland and the Carnival – Springtime
Maximo Park – Going Missing (acoustic) (Live Tent Oxegen 2005)
Jonny Cola and the A Grades – Marlborough Road
Salad – Written by a Man
Local Girls – Kitty (Is A Bad Kitty)
Robocop Kraus – Small Houses Odd Cars
Art Brut – Bad Comedian
Lovely Eggs – Don’t Look At Me (I Don’t Like It)
Cowboy Racer – God Is My Lover (live at Phoenix FM 26-03-2011)
Radiohead – Codex
Pre New – Cathedral City (6music session 08-11-2010)
Rakes – Retreat
Sultans Of Ping FC – Teenage Punks
Kingmaker – Ten Years Asleep
Art Brut – Sexy Sometimes
Lara – In Between
Brownies – Tropical Linda
Cowboy Racer – Yellow Horse (live at Phoenix FM 26-03-2011)
Sleater-Kinney – Entertain

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Cowboy Racer live at Phoenix FM

Click below to listen again to the interview

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As part of our 4th birthday celebrations we welcomed Cowboy Racer into the Phoenix studios for the first time. Marijne talked about her life after MTV and Salad, and with Mike treated us to some excellent live performances of three songs from their debut album LOVE STatiOnaRY, which was released in January. Don’t take my word for it though, see for yourself …

For more details on the band you can visit their Facebook page here and you can also visit the Salad/Cowboy Racer fansite Planet In The Ocean.



 

 

 

 

 

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Amoriste on Phoenix FM

Blackmore boys Amoriste were back in the Phoenix FM studio today in advance of a tour taking them to Edinburgh and Leeds in the next few days among other places.

photo pinched from the band’s 4square account!

Liam, Phil and Crawf came down to play acoustic versions of two songs – Halfway To Limbo and Wit Of The Staircase.

The band’s new single “The Mascot” has had a lot of airplay on Phoenix FM this month – it’s out on March 28. Their official website can be found at www.amoriste.com.

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Playlist for 24 March 2011 (AOTW Local Girls – Wedding Jitters EP)

A bit of a busy show today – we had a visit from Chris and Steve, two of the organisers of the Brentwood Festival (you can read more about that here), as well as Amoriste in for their live session.

Despite this I still managed to cram in a first play of the Creative Session from the wonderful Corporal Machine and the Bombers AND play three tracks from our album of the week – which, bizarrely, wasn’t an album at all this week. I chose the new 4-track EP, The Wedding Jitters, from Norwich’s excellent LOCAL GIRLS who have the sentimentally touching web address of 0898localgirls.com, which I’m pretty sure isn’t a sex line.

 

And we played:

Steve White and the Protest Family – Merchant Bankers
Art Brut – Unprofessional Wrestling
Trees – Tracy’s House
Foo Fighters – Rope
Jam – Saturday’s Kids
Black Crowes – Soul Singing
Catatonia – Sweet Catatonia
Feeder – Side By Side
OK Go – Get Over It
Tom Allalone and the 78s – Crashland (live at Phoenix FM 28-03-2009)
Turtle Soup – Hello Bee
Amoriste – Halfway To Limbo (live in the studio)
Amoriste – Wit Of The Staircase (live in the studio)
Amoriste – The Mascot
Corporal Machine and the Bombers – Five A Day
Corporal Machine and the Bombers – Newham
Local Girls – Polished
Corporal Machine and the Bombers – eBay
Local Girls – 7 Salty Seas
Pizzicato Five – It’s A Beautiful Day
Kenickie – I Would Fix You
Local Girls – Kitty (Is A Bad Kitty)

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Playlist – 17 March 2011

A bit of a St Patrick’s day “special” or maybe just an excuse to play an hour of good Irish music and not a bono in sight!

Genesis – Stagnation
Smiley Culture – Police Officer
Brownies – Tropical Linda
Raveonettes – Recharge And Revolt

Phoenix FM Creative Session:
Steve White and the Protest Family – Brisbane Road
Steve White and the Protest Family – Merchant Bankers
Steve White and the Protest Family – Golden Arches

Pulp – David’s Last Summer
British Sea Power – Mongk II
Thomas Tantrum – Sleep
I Am Arrows – Green Grass

Tribute to St Pat:
A House – Endless Art
Chalets – Sexy Mistake
Pale – Shut Up Venus
LMNO Pelican – Wangley Dan
Sultans Of Ping FC – Veronica
Desert Hearts – DSR
Rulers of the Planet – Nandrolone
Power of Dreams – See You
Divine Comedy – In and Out of Paris and London
Fight Like Apes – Something Global
Rubberbandits – Horse Outside (clean version)
Frank and Walters – Laurence Olivier
Hybrasil – God Bless The Devil
Talulah Does The Hula – Bad Boyfriend
Therapy? – Screamager

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Playlist – 10 March 2011 (AOTW Erland and the Carnival – Nightingale)

This week’s album of the week was ERLAND AND THE CARNIVAL – NIGHTINGALE

 
Busy show tonight, three songs from this album AND three songs from the Elbow album which I didn’t bring last week AND three more songs from our 24 hour Creative sessions, this week’s band being SUCK MY DEFORMITY. The EATC album was out on 7 March.

Tonight’s playlist:

Super Furry Animals – Ice Hockey Hair
Suck My Deformity – Is It Wrong
Young Knives – I Love My Name
British Sea Power – Stunde Null
Von Sudenefeld – Fledermaus Can’t Get Enough
Suck My Deformity – Spread The Disease
Suck My Deformity – March Of The Wildebeest
Erland and the Carnival – I’m Not Really Here
Art Brut – Unprofessional Wrestling
Baddies – Tiger Face
Erland and the Carnival – Springtime
Nada Surf – Popular
Blur – Advert
Elbow – With Love
MJ Hibbett and the Validators – Never Going Back To Aldi’s
Maximo Park – The Coast Is Always Changing
Erland and the Carnival – Emmeline
Lovely Eggs – Panic Plants
Lianne Havas – Final Form
Elbow – Open Arms
Menswear – Stardust
Thomas Tantrum – Sleep (Band Of Skulls remix)
Fiona Bevan – Us And The Darkness
Good Natured – Wolves
Elbow – Dear Friends
Radiohead – Lotus Flower
Ladytron – Ace Of Hz
Mega City Four – Iron Sky

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Playlist – 3 March 2011 (AOTW Elbow – Build A Rocket Boys!)

This week’s album of the week was ELBOW – BUILD A ROCKET BOYS!

 
In an unusual twist I didn’t bring it along with me. I think I was just too excited about playing WALK IN COMA from our 24 hour Creative sessions. The Elbow album is out on 7 March. Maybe next week boys!

Tonight’s playlist:

Carter USM – The Only Looney Left In Town
Joy Formidable – Chapter 2
Young Knives – I Love My Name
Walk In Coma – In Circles
Bozwood – (Murder At) Fresh And Wild
Family Gotown – Turtle
Walk In Coma – In Spite Of This
Graham Coxon – Bittersweet Bundle Of Misery
Cure – A Forest
Walk In Coma – Space Monkeys
Cursor Miner – Library
Pre New – Bring Me The Head Of Susan Boyle
Samurai Seven – Lucky Pierre
Radiohead – Little By Little
Franz Ferdinand – This Fire
Boxer Rebellion – Step Out Of The Car
Gorillaz – Stylo (Erland and the Carnival Carnivalization remix)
Hyperbubble – Welcome To Infinity
James Yuill – Crying For Hollywood
Kill City Defectors – Your Mutiny
Vile Electrodes – The Leopard
Kaiser Chiefs – Good Days Bad Days
Midway Still – It’s Your Life
Sketches – My Father’s Son
Blaggers ITA – Stresss
WeirdGear – Black7

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Playlist – 24 February 2011 (AOTW Radiohead – The King Of Limbs)

This week’s album of the week was RADIOHEAD – THE KING OF LIMBS.

 
To be honest Radiohead could have bumtootled the whole 45 minutes and I would still have given it the AOTW accolade. They’re just THAT GOOD.

Tonight’s playlist:

Chateau Neuf Spelemannslag – Hopparen
Charlatans – You’re Not Very Well
Coral – Who’s Gonna Find Me
Lovely Eggs – Watermelons
EMF – They’re Here
Radiohead – Little By Little
Fiona Bevan – Dial D For Denial
Young Knives – I Love My Name
Mausi – Follow Me Home
Hattie Murdoch – Submarine
Maximo Park – Questing Not Coasting
Go! Team – Buy Nothing Day
Joy Formidable – Austere
Radiohead – Lotus Flower
Lovely Eggs – Don’t Look At Me (I Don’t Like It)
Madame Ray – Homeward Bound
Sun Of Souls – Breaks Our Hearts
Thomas Tantrum – Sleep
Vile Electrodes – Feel Your Addiction
Rachid Taha – Rock El Casbah
Blur – Coping
Primitives – Rattle My Cage
Elastica – How He Wrote Elastica Man
Carter USM – Bloodsport For All
WeirdGear – Black7
Cardigans – I Need Some Fine Wine And You, You Need To Be Nicer
Radiohead – Separator
Sketches – My Father’s Son
Boxer Rebellion – Enjoy The Silence (RTL2 Paris session 18 Feb 2011)
Cowboy Racer – Fly My Plane

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Playlist – 17 February 2011 (AOTW The Lovely Eggs – Cob Dominos)

This week’s album of the week was THE LOVELY EGGS – COB DOMINOS.

 
No real surprise here as I’ve been playing single Don’t Look At Me .. and we also had a session from them a week and a half ago, but the album is out now and I’ve got more excuse to play more Lovely Eggs on air. The album came out on 14 February on Cherryade Records.

Tonight’s playlist:

Stone Roses – I Am The Resurrection
Le Corps Mince De Francoise – Future Me
Midway Still – Count Me Out
Audioweb – Test The Theory
Lovely Eggs – Don’t Look At Me (I Don’t Like It)
Carter USM – My Second To Last Will And Testament
Ten Benson – Mystery Man
British Sea Power – Mongk II
Divine Comedy – In & Out Of Paris & London
Salad – Granite Statue
Patrick Wolf – Hard Times
Catatonia – Lost Cat
Lovely Eggs – Why Don’t You Like Me
Sultans Of Ping FC – No More Nonsense
Dutch Uncles – Face In
Gay Dad – To Earth With Love
Banjo Or Freakout – Idiot Rain
Fiona Bevan – Us And The Darkness
Super Furry Animals – Northern Lites
Earl Brutus – Don’t Leave Me Behind Mate
Kula Shaker – Drink Tea (For The Love Of God)
Kaiser Chiefs – Never Miss A Beat
Lady Grey and the Earls – Tear
Cowboy Racer – Cowboy Disco
Erland and the Carnival – Map Of An Englishman
Joy Formidable – Cradle
Lovely Eggs – Real Good Man
Radiohead – Reckoner

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Playlist – 10 February 2011 (AOTW Esben and the Witch – Violet Cries)

This week’s album of the week was ESBEN AND THE WITCH – VIOLET CRIES.

 
Debut album from this young band from Brighton. You don’t get much goth these days but I know my goth (without, thankfully, looking like one) and this is the stuff. The album came out on 31 January.

Also had another play of the session from THE LOVELY EGGS which we recorded here at Phoenix FM last Sunday.

Tonight’s playlist:

Clinton – Buttoned Down Disco
Wonder Stuff – Circlesquare
Le Corps Mince De Francoise – Future Me
Lovely Eggs – I Like Birds (But I Like Other Animals Too) (Phoenix FM session 06-02-2011)
Lovely Eggs – Why Don’t You Like Me (Phoenix FM session 06-02-2011)
Ten Tigers – Superlucky
Lovely Eggs – Don’t Look At Me (I Don’t Like It) (Phoenix FM session 06-02-2011)
Wind-Up Birds – In A Yorkshire Call Centre I Knelt Down And Wept
All Seeing I – Walk Like A Panther
Esben and the Witch – Chorea
Lush – For Love
WeirdGear – Black7
3rd Rock Revolution – Non Starter
British Sea Power – Who’s In Control
Bricolage – Footsteps
Supergrass – Lenny
Erland and the Carnival – Map Of An Englishman
Das Pop – Underground
Esben and the Witch – Marching Song
Yuck – Rose Gives A Lilly
Thomas Tantrum – Sleep
Monmon – Leeds Brig
Primitives – Rattle My Cage
Fiona Bevan – Us And The Darkness
Tahiti 80 – Yellow Butterfly
Esben and the Witch – Warpath
Joy Formidable – Cradle
Pulp – Do You Remember The First Time

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Playlist – 3 February 2011 (AOTW The Boxer Rebellion – The Cold Still)

This week’s album of the week was THE BOXER REBELLION – THE COLD STILL.

 
I know we don’t mention these plucky youngsters enough on Phoenix FM but we’re happy to give them all the help we can! It’s their third LP and the band are off touring Europe, the UK and the US including an appearance in March at SXSW. The album is out on 7 February.

Tonight’s playlist:

Radiohead – Paranoid Android
Boxer Rebellion – Locked In The Basement
Hafdis Huld – Diamonds On My Belly
Lush – Hypocrite
King Adora – The Law
Lovely Eggs – Don’t Look At Me (I Don’t Like It)
Erland and the Carnival – Map Of An Englishman
Dodgy – Water Under The Bridge
Maximo Park – Our Velocity
Boxer Rebellion – Step Out Of The Car
Mike Flowers Pops – Venus As A Boy
New Young Pony Club – Ice Cream
Mansun – Take It Easy Chicken
Senser – Resistance Now
Metric – Poster Of A Girl
Manic Street Preachers – You Love Us
Pixies – Monkey Gone To Heaven
Discodeine feat Jarvis Cocker – Synchronize
Muse – Plug In Baby
Salad – Diminished Clothes
Fiona Bevan – Us And The Darkness
Mega City Four – Stop
Others – Looking For A Product
Boxer Rebellion – Memo
Pulp – Joyriders
Everything Everything – Photoshop Handsome
Fall – Theme From Sparta FC
Eagulls – Council Flat Blues

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Playlist – 27 January 2011 (AOTW The Joy Formidable – The Big Roar)

This week’s album of the week was THE JOY FORMIDABLE – THE BIG ROAR

It’s their “debut album”, although I am pretty sure I bought one called “A Balloon Called Moaning” a couple of years ago, although that appears to be now relegated to an 8-track EP! Lots of new songs and a few old ones reworked and enhanced. The album is out on 24 January.

Tonight’s playlist:

Carter USM – Rubbish
Joy Formidable – Austere
China Drum – Wuthering Heights
Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know
Erland and the Carnival – Map Of An Englishman
Cowboy Racer – Fly My Plane
Lance Gambit Trio – Return Of The Mack
Steve and Eydie – Black Hole Sun
British Sea Power – Stunde Null
Earl Brutus – The SAS And The Glam That Goes With It
Joy Formidable – The Magnifying Glass
Wind-Up Birds – In A Yorkshire Call Centre I Knelt Down And Wept
Everything Everything – Suffragette Suffragette
Kula Shaker – Drink Tea (For The Love Of God)
Le Corps Mince De Francoise – Future Me
Lovely Eggs – Don’t Look At Me (I Don’t Like It)
Fiona Bevan – Us And The Darkness
Fixers – Iron Deer
B-52’s – Planet Claire
Joy Formidable – A Heavy Abacus
Salad – Drink the Elixir
Radiohead – Ripcord
Eagulls – Council Flat Blues
Space – Mister Psycho
Ladytron – Ace Of Hz
Polysics – Young Oh! Oh!
Thomson – Suicide
Midway Still – Drag To Care
Pulled Apart By Horses – High Five, Swan Dive, Nose Dive
Blood Arm – Suspicious
Super Furry Animals – Northern Lites
Art Brut – Alcoholics Unanimous

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Playlist – 20 January 2011 – Megadudes live (AOTW Cowboy Racer – Love STatiOnaRY)

Good news everyone! THE MEGADUDES finally made it over to Brentwood having cancelled an earlier appearance due to The Snow.

 
Chris, Adam, Kyle and Joe played two songs for us live and we had a chat about where the band came from and where they were going, music-wise, and also managed to reminisce about old bands in general, including two favourites of mine, The Senseless Things and Mega City Four, which put us in danger of trashing the rest of the show. If you want to hear more about them have a look at their Facebook page or see the videos below:


 


Album of the week: Cowboy Racer – Love STatiOnaRY

 
Salad were one of many great bands to come out of the mid-90s but never really got the recognition they deserve – and to be honest that ain’t going to start now, since they split up after the release of their excellent second album, Ice Cream, in 1997. Lead singer Marijne van der Vlugt former a new band, Cowboy Racer, in 2006 and have FINALLY got round to releasing their debut album, Love STatiOnaRY, which came out on 3 January and is on sale at Amazon.

Lots of good news but some sad news too – Trish Keenan, frontwoman of Broadcast, has passed away from pneumonia at the extremely untimely age of 42. Broadcast were another the great bands to come out of the mid-90s and someone I gave a lot of airplay to on my early radio shows on Phoenix FM.

Tonight’s playlist:

Milk Kan – Junk Shop
Cowboy Racer – Fly My Plane
British Sea Power – Mongk II
Monmon – Leeds Brig
Broadcast – Lunch Hour Pops
Asobi Seksu – Fluorescence
Wind-Up Birds – Some Slum Clearances
At The Drive-In – One Armed Scissor
Cowboy Racer – Cowboy Disco
Fixers – Iron Deer
Islington Boys’ Club – Plastic
Hattie Murdoch – Submarine
Midway Still – It Ain’t Right
LIVE: Megadudes – The Ballad Of Terry McGann
Le Corps Mince De Francoise – Future Me
LIVE: Megadudes – Mrs Radbone
Senseless Things – Everybody’s Gone
Jellyfish – The King Is Half-Undressed
Broadcast – Man Is Not A Bird
Kate Bush – Big Stripey Lie
Cowboy Racer – Love STatiOnaRY
Brother – Darling Buds Of May
Fiona Bevan – Us And The Darkness
Long Blondes – Giddy Stratospheres

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Playlist – 13 January 2011 (AOTW Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will)

Two weeks of 2011 and two albums of the week. I’m so proud to have not abandoned it like my new year’s resolution to eat more healthily. Although I have stopped eating powdered gravy, so I suppose I did keep that one this time.

Album Of The Week no 2: Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will

 
Since falling for the charms of Stereolab almost a generation ago I’m a sucker for a bit of a driving Krautrock thing, and this album has its moments. The album’s divided loyal fans – but it’s grabbed my attention in a way that this band never did before, so it can’t be a bad thing, moving onwards and upwards and all that …!

If you want to find out more about Mogwai please go to Google.

Tonight’s playlist:

Blue Aeroplanes – … And Stones (Lovers All Around remix)
Japan – Communist China
Sleeper – Vegas
Mogwai – Mexican Grand Prix
Supergrass – Richard III
Lovely Eggs – Don’t Look At Me (I Don’t Like It)
Teardrop Exlpodes – Sleeping Gas
Ian Brown – F.E.A.R.
Fixers – Iron Deer
Boxer Rebellion – Step Out Of The Car (acoustic)
Inspiral Carpets – Weakness
Wind-Up Birds – Some Slum Clearances

Ah I can’t get enough of that one. Single of the year so far!

Thomas Tantrum – Trust Rhymes With Crust
Mogwai – Rano Pano
Arp Attack – Boy
Funeral Party – NYC Moves To The Sound Of LA
British Sea Power – Mongk II
Alice Gold – Orbiter
Candyskins – For What It’s Worth
Big Troubles – Freudian Slips
Midway Still – I Don’t Care
Islington Boys’ Club – Pristine
Jonny Cola and the A Grades – Mauro’s In Peru
Mexico 70 – Wonderful Lie
Mogwai – San Pedro
Monmon – Leeds Brig
Baddies – Open One Eye
Zalinski – Alive
Vaccines – Post Break Up Sex

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Playlist – 6 January 2011 (AOTW British Sea Power – Valhalla Dancehall)

New year, new feature: ALBUM OF THE WEEK. I don’t think any radio show has ever done this before.

This all came about from discussions on Another Place On The Internet, where people were bemoaning the lack of quality albums in 2010. I would agree with this but I don’t know if it’s because I just wasn’t searching any out, so I’m going to force myself to listen to AT LEAST 52 NEW ALBUMS this year to find out.

The first one is a very easy choice indeed.

Been looking forward to this one for a while. Avoided the single, Living Is So Easy, and played Stunde Null, Mongk II and the less-excitingly-named Cleaning Out The Rooms instead. It’s out on 10 January.

Tonight’s playlist:

Sweet Billy Pilgrim – Future Perfect Tense
Vaccines – Post Break Up Sex
Sleater-Kinney – You’re No Rock N’ Roll Fun
British Sea Power – Stunde Null
Sleeper – Inbetweener
Toasted Heretic – Galway and Los Angeles
Sultans Of Ping FC – Michiko
Everything Everything – Photoshop Handsome (Entrepreneurs Socratic-Suplex remix)
Fall – Theme From Sparta FC
Alice Gold – Orbiter
Le Corps Mince de Francoise – Gandhi
Vile Electrodes – Empire Of Wolves
Lovely Eggs – I Like Birds But I Like Other Animals Too
B-52’s – Dry County
Y Niwl – Tri
British Sea Power – Mongk II
Divine Comedy – Sweden
Mogwai – Mexican Grand Prix
Crystal Fighters – Follow
Videotapes – Postcard
British Sea Power – Cleaning Out The Rooms
Bozwood – (Murder At) Fresh And Wild
Cling – Spirit
Erland and the Carnival – Trouble In Mind
Frank and Walters – Plenty Times
Midway Still – Your Last Mistake
Ringo Deathstar – Imagine Hearts
Power Of Dreams – 1989

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Brentwood’s Only Alternative in 2010 – 469 bands and 1,415 songs later

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

In 2010 I played 469 bands – down 14 on 2009. I played 1,341 songs, down 74 on the previous year (I must have had about 4 hours less airtime).

The most popular artists played were SKY LARKIN who received 24 plays, closely followed by THE JOY FORMIDABLE who were played 23 times and BETTIE SERVEERT who were played 18 times.

The Joy Formidable and British Sea Power were in my top ten in both 2010 and 2009 – and British Sea Power were also in the top ten for 2008. (With their new album coming out next week they might make it four years in a row).

I’m not going to list every song I played but the most popular were:

1. Bettie Serveert – Deny All (12 plays)
2. Joy Formidable – Popinjay (10 plays)
3. Good Shoes – Under Control (8 plays)
=4. Brownies – Fox Force Five (7 plays)
=4. Death of The Elephant – Trypticon (7 plays)
=4. Echobelly – Molotov (7 plays)
=4. Erland and the Carnival – The Derby Ram (7 plays)
=4. Rose Elinor Dougall – Carry On (7 plays)

=4. Sky Larkin – Matador (7 plays)
=4. Sky Larkin – Still Windmills (7 plays)
=4. Sunshine Underground – Coming To Save You (7 plays)

My 2009 review can be found here and my 2008 review here.

These are the bands I played:

24 plays:

Sky Larkin

23 plays:

Joy Formidable

18 plays:

Bettie Serveert

17 plays:

Brownies

16 plays:

Jonny Cola and the A Grades

15 plays:

Everything Everything

14 plays:

Mystery Jets

13 plays:

Fiona Bevan

12 plays:

3rd Rock Revolution, Futureheads, Nurse Who Loved Me

11 plays:

Art Brut, Erland and the Carnival, Frank and Walters, Lucky Soul, Rose Elinor Dougall

10 plays:

Death Of The Elephant, Franz Ferdinand, Good Shoes, Katie and the Ayres, Lush, Pulp, Senser

9 plays:

Divine Comedy, Echobelly, Foals, Hyperbubble, Lovely Eggs, Muse, New Young Pony Club

8 plays:

Ash, Hafdis Huld, Talulah Does The Hula

7 plays:

Blood Red Shoes, Blur, Charlatans, Cud, Deferred Sucess, Elastica, Gorillaz, Kingmaker, Radiohead, Sultans Of Ping FC, Sunshine Underground

6 plays:

A Band Called Quinn, Action Design, Afrirampo, Amoriste, Brother, Dum Dum Girls, Kenickie, Maximo Park, My Life Story, Polysics, Pop Will Eat Itself, Republica, Stars and Sons, Stereolab, Tom Allalone and the 78s, Vileevils and Pop Will Eat Itself, Young Knives

5 plays:

Carter USM, Cerys Matthews, Cure, Dirty Fairies, Earl Brutus, Feeder, Funeral Party, Good Natured, Hot Puppies, Marc Almond, Metric, Milk Kan, Pre New, Primitives, Sleeper, So So Modern, Supergrass, XTC, Y Niwl

4 plays:

Alphabet Backwards, Boxer Rebellion, Bridport Dagger, Candy Panic Attack, Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Die So Fluid, Femmepop, Filthy Vibe, Katalina Kicks, Le Corps Mince de Francoise, Long Blondes, Lost Harbours, Our Lost Infantry, Pulled Apart By Horses, Shibuya Crossings, Suede, They Might Be Giants, Thomas Tantrum, Twenty Twenty, Twin Sister, Vile Electrodes, We Are Scientists, Wild Palms

3 plays:

Abdoujaparov, Amanda Palmer, B-52’s, Baddies, Bis, Cahier Collection, Chatelaine, Choir Of Young Believers, Codeine Velvet Club, Coldplay, Darren Hayman and the Secondary Modern, Discodeine feat Jarvis Cocker, Dutch Uncles, Egyptian Hip Hop, Eliza, Fashoda Crisis, FC Kahuna, Focus, Future Of The Left, Gaggle, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Hickey Underworld, Incredible Flight Of Birdman, Interpol, James, Killers, Lady Grey and the Earls, Like, Mathildes Destiny, Megadudes, Menswear, MGMT, Midway Still, Mighty Roars, Miike Snow, Missdavinalee, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, Others, Philip Selway, Pixies, Royksopp, Salad, Scarlet Echo, Shamen, Silversun Pickups, Sleater-Kinney, Soundtrack Of Our Lives, Stanley, Suck My Deformity, Super Furry Animals, Ten Tigers, These New Puritans, Tibetan Tea Company, Trash Monroe, Ukranians, We Were Promised Jetpacks, WeirdGear, Zalinski

2 plays:

(International) Noise Conspiracy, Aberdeen City, Air, Angelica, Animal Alpha, Archaean, Auteurs, Automatic, Bang Bang Machine, Beck, Belle and Sebastian, Ben Folds Five, Bloc Party, Bluetones, Bozwood, Camera Obscura, Cardigans, Catatonia, Chapman Family, Cheek, Chris T-T, Chumbawamba, Crystal Fighters, Data Panik, Delakota, Delphic, Duke Spirit, EMF, Faith No More, Fighting Cocks, Five Thirty, Flowered Up, Frank Sidebottom, General Fiasco, Genesis, Girls, Gruff Rhys, Happy Hollows, Heart Throbs, Hot Hot Heat, I Am Kloot, Idlewild, iLiKETRAiNS, Internet Forever, Jam, James Yuill, Jarvis Cocker, Kabeedies, Kaiser Chiefs, Kate Bush, Kid Neon, Kings Cross, Kitchens Of Distinction, Kula Shaker, Lara, Late Of The Pier, Lemonheads, Local Natives, Los Campesinos!, Madness, Manic Street Preachers, Marion, Melys, Metronomy, Missing Andy, MJ Hibbett and the Validators, Mull Historical Society, Operator Please, Paul Hawkins and the Awkward Silences, Peter Gabriel, Pizzicato Five, Power Of Dreams, Rocket From The Crypt, Saint Etienne, SaraMUSt, Senor Coconut, Shed Seven, Sons and Daughters, Spoon, Stellarium, Stone Roses, Strawberry Whiplash, Sweet Billy Pilgrim, These Ghosts, Thousand Yard Stare, Tiger, Tigercats, Travis, Ungdomskulen, Von Sudenfeld feat Mark E Smith, Wannadies, Wurzels

1 play:

9bach, A, A House, Airhead, Alan Hawkshaw, Angry Vs The Bear, Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Arp Attack, Asobi Seksu, Atari Teenage Riot, Audioweb, Baikonour, Baseballs, Be Your Own Pet, Bearcraft, Beatsteaks, Beauty Shop, Bees, Bellatrix, Belly, Bird and the Bee, Bjork, Blab Happy, Blaggers ITA, Blood Arm, Bow Wow Wow, Bravery, Brendan Benson, Bricolage, Broadcast, Bush, Candyskins, Celeste, Charlot Webster, Charlotte Hatherley, Cibo Matto, Cling, Clint Boon Experience, Clor, Collapsed Lung, Courtney Love, Cribs, Crystal Castles feat Robert Smith, Curve, Damned, Das Pop, Das Wanderlust, David Devant and his Spirit Wife, David Kitt, Del Amitri, Depeche Mode, Desert Hearts, dEUS, Devlins, Dikta, Do Me Bad Things, Drums, Dubstar, Echelons, Eels, Eisley, Elbow, Electric Soft Parade, Ellie Goulding, Emiliana Torrini, Erlend Oye, Euphoria Audio, Family Cat, Family Gotown, Fanfarlo, Fields, Firefly Effect, Five Point Buck, FM Belfast, Frank Bennett, Freelance Whales, Friendly Fires, Fuzzy, Gay Dad, Georgia Strand, Get, Glam Chops, Happylife, Hatcham Social, Hattie Murdoch, Haven, Hefner, Hives, Hjaltalin, Huggy Bear, Inspiral Carpets, Ipso Facto, Isnaj Dui, Jayways, Jenny Owen Youngs, Jesus Jones, Jim Bob, Jim Noir, Jingle, John Foxx, Joy, Junior Senior, Kasabian, Kasms, Katie Goes To Tokyo, Kele, Kit Richardson, Lady GaGa, Ladyhawke, Lemon Jelly, Lightning Seeds, Lionrock, Little Comets, Living Graham Bond feat Fiona Bevan, Lodger, Lykke Li, Male Bonding, Manda Rin, Mansfield, Markus Nikolai, Marnie Stern, Mike Summers, Mock Turtles, Mona, Moog Cookbook, mum, Mum Wants A Mixtape, Mumford and Sons, Nada Surf, New Order, New Sun Blues, New Sunset Hotel, No Age, Nozh Dlya Frau Muller, Oceanic, Of Montreal, Oh! Gunquit, Ooberman, Our Man From Odessa, Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man., Pale, Patrick Wolf, Paul Anka, Peppermint Apes, Phillious Williams, Pink Floyd, Pipettes, Placebo, Plantman, Pro Rata, Protege Reign, Quimby, Rakes, Ramjets, Ramona, Rass, Red Square, Resque, Richard Cheese, Ringo Deathstarr, Run Don’t Walk, S*M*A*S*H, Samurai Seven, Scarlet, Scenario Rock, Senseless Things, Shampoo, Sigur Ros, Simple Minds, Sisters of Mercy, Smash Mouth, Snug, Soft Cell, Soft Toy Emergency, Soho, Spacehog, Specials, Spek, Starsailor, Ste McCabe with Maria and the Gay, Steve Hooker, Stiff Little Fingers, Style Council, Sugarcubes, Surfquake, Teenage Fanclub, Teeth, Temperatures, Tenek, Terrorvision, Theaudience, Therapy?, Three Trapped Tigers, Tiger! Shit! Tiger! Tiger!, Transister, Trashcan Sinatras, Trophy Wife, Tunng, Two Door Cinema Club, Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Utah Saints, Vaccines, Veronica Falls, Vicky Pollard, Violet Violet, Warpaint, We Are The Physics, Whigs, Wire, Wonder Stuff, World Of Twist, Yes, Yuck, Zen Motel

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New Year’s Eve playlist

Last show of the year!

Brother – Darling Buds Of May
Everything Everything – Photoshop Handsome
Marc Almond – Varieté
Futureheads – Heartbeat Song
My Life Story – Strumpet
Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – Kill Your Television
Suede – Trash
Divine Comedy – National Express
Supergrass – Richard III
Wonder Stuff – The Size Of A Cow
Muse – Uprising
Super Furry Animals – Inaugural Trams
They Might Be Giants – Where Do They Make Balloons
Pulp – Duck Diving
Madness – Baggy Trousers
Oceanic – Insanity
EMF – I Believe
Kasabian – Fire
Stiff Little Fingers – Wasted Life
Faith No More – From Out Of Nowhere
Franz Ferdinand – No You Girls
Cure – Just Like Heaven
Shamen – Ebeneezer Goode
Baddies – Battleships
Art Brut – Alcoholics Unanimous
Automatic – Monster
Blood Arm – Suspicious Character
Data Panik – Cubis
Rakes – 22 Grand Job
Pizzicato Five – It’s A Beautiful Day
Coldplay – Clocks
Lovely Eggs – I Like Birds But I Like Other Animals Too
Shampoo – House Of Love

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The best BOA of 2010!

Quite simply, I managed to cram in my favourite songs of 2010. In Alphabetical Order. Is there any other order?

A bit of an early 90s feel with Bettie Serveert, Blur, Echobelly, the Frank and Walters, Kula Shaker, Midway Still and ex-Earl Brutus the Pre New all featuring – Power of Dreams just missing out too. The playlist:

A Band Called Quinn – DIY
Afrirampo – Miracle Lucky Girls
Bettie Serveert – Deny All
Blur – Fool’s Day
Brother – Darling Buds Of May
Brownies – Fox Force Five
Crystal Fighters – Follow
Discodeine feat Jarvis Cocker – Synchronize
Echobelly – Molotov
Erland and the Carnival – The Derby Ram
Frank and Walters – The Parson
Futureheads – Heartbeat Song
Good Natured – Be My Animal
Good Shoes – Under Control
Gorillaz – Stylo (Erland and the Carnival Carnivalization remix)
Jonny Cola and the A Grades – Marlborough Road
Joy Formidable – I Don’t Want To See You Like This
Kula Shaker – Drink Tea (For The Love Of God)
Le Corps Mince de Francoise – Gandhi
Like – Square One
Midway Still – I Don’t Care
Milk Kan – Junk Shop
New Young Pony Club – Chaos
Pre New – The Pre New Anthem
Pulled Apart By Horses – High Five, Swan Dive, Nose Dive
Rose Elinor Dougall – Carry On
Sky Larkin – Still Windmills
These New Puritans – Three Thousand
Thomas Tantrum – The Last Kiss
Twin Sister – All Around And Away We Go
Vile Electrodes – Empire Of Wolves
Y Niwl – Undegpedwar

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Decidedly unChristmassy Christmas Show

Well not quite, I played a COUPLE of Christmas songs, mainly from the Killers and Saint Etienne, but it was business as normal, had a lot of great music to get through. And I had so much fun on Facebook I barely looked at Twitter, and now I feel guilty.

Happy Christmas to the many many people who got involved with the show last night, including Mel from Narvik in Norway, Dariana from Romania, Alison in Brisbane, Jason in Dublin, Chris from Hornchurch, Maren in Bremen, Steve and Nick from the station .. same time next week then?

Tonight’s playlist:

Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip – Thou Shalt Always Kill
Gorillaz – Stylo (Erland and the Carnival Carnivalization remix)
Cling – Spirit
Hattie Murdoch – Submarine
Frank and Walters – Walter’s Trip
Suede – Electricity
Vaccines – Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)
British Sea Power – Living Is So Easy
Kula Shaker – Drink Tea (For The Love Of God)
Clint Boon Experience – White No Sugar
Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
The Killers – Don’t Shoot Me Santa
Courtney Love – Mono
Eels – Flyswatter
Saint Etienne – No Cure For The Common Christmas
Art Brut – St Pauli
Manda Rin – DNA
Vile Electrodes – Empire Of Wolves
Arp Attack – Boy
Super Furry Animals – Hometown Unicorn
Midway Still – Your Last Mistake
Sultans Of Ping FC – Give Him A Ball (And A Yard Of Grass)
Mum Wants A Mixtape – Blade To Your Skin
Muse – Stockholm Syndrome
Mystery Jets – You Can’t Fool Me Dennis (album version)
Polysics – Do You Remember
Power Of Dreams – See You
They Might Be Giants – Birdhouse In Your Soul
Thomas Tantrum – Lonely Eyes
Joy Formidable – Popinjay
Brownies – Fox Force Five

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Playlist – 9 December 2010

“It’s December, I’m getting airplay. This must be what it feels like to be Noddy Holder :-)”

Back in the studio tonight after being stuck at home in a snowdrift last week. More and more Christmas songs creeping in including offerings from Ten Tigers, Earl Brutus, Asobi Seksu and the Joy Formidable. I also played new stuff from Stanley, the Megadudes (who we hope will be live in the studio next week) and an unsigned band from Brighton who sent us stuff to play, the Zep-tinged New Sun Blues. I EVEN PLAYED LADY GAGA. That’s what happens when you put yourself open to requests.

Tonight’s playlist:

Ash – Orpheus
Glam Chops – Countdown To Christmas
A Band Called Quinn – DIY
Feeder – White Lines
Everything Everything – Photoshop Handsome (Entrepreneurs Socratic-Suplex remix)
Asobi Seksu – Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)
Ten Tigers – Christmas On Prozac
Crystal Fighters – Follow
Lady GaGa – Alejandro
Afrirampo – Miracle Lucky Girls
Fiona Bevan – The Balance
Heart Throbs – Bright Green Day
Lush – Sweetness And Light
Milk Kan – Junk Shop
Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip – Cauliflower
Soft Cell – Memorabilia
These New Puritans – Three Thousand
Bush – Swallowed
Elastica – All For Gloria (Peel Session 06 Dec 1994)
Stanley – Monkeys And Friends
Sky Larkin – Still Windmills
Bettie Serveert – Deny All
New Sun Blues – Dazed
Megadudes – Mrs Radbone
Die So Fluid – Figurine
Joy Formidable – My Beerdrunk Soul Is Sadder Than A Hundred Dead Christmas Trees
Earl Brutus – Single Seater Xmas
Deferred Sucess – A130
Good Shoes – Under Control

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Snowbound: Playlist – 2 December 2010

Tonight’s show was a bit of a cheat, because I recorded it at home and uploaded it to the website, although I was at home in the chatroom and able upload any requests, etc.  I love the teleworking.  And it’s December so we broke out some of the Christmas songs too!

Oh and if you wondered why, I wasn’t being lazy, it was just a bit snowy, that’s all.

Tonight’s playlist:

Futureheads – Christmas Was Better In The 80s
British Sea Power – Who’s In Control (BBC 6music session)
Pre New – Cathedral City (BBC 6music session)
Senor Coconut – Around The World
Poly Styrene – Black Christmas
Crystal Castles feat Robert Smith – Not In Love
Ste McCabe with Maria and the Gay – Make Your Own Kind of Music
Discodeine feat Jarvis Cocker – Synchronize
Everything Everything – Suffragette Suffragette
Megadudes – Mrs Radbone
Lovely Eggs – Tyrannosauras Rex For Christmas
Stanley – Monkeys And Friends
Le Corps Mince de Francoise – Gandhi
Brother – Darling Buds Of May
Y Niwl – Tri
Summer Camp – Christmas Wrapping
Bees – We No Speak Americano
Joy Formidable – I Don’t Want To See You Like This
Wojtek Godzisz – December Will Be Magic Again
Elastica – All For Gloria (Peel Session 06 Dec 1994)
Cymbient – December Song
MJ Hibbett and the Validators – The Advent Calendar of FACT
Sultans of Ping FC – Xmas Bubblegum Machine
Severe – Stop The Cavalry
Glam Chops – Countdown To Christmas
Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – Let’s Get Together (In Our Minds)
Madness – Drip Fed Fred
Marc Almond and the Willing Sinners – The Boy Who Came Back
Fiction – Phyllis
Art Brut – Nag Nag Nag Nag
Beck – Sexxlaws

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“Ah. I don’t have any James Blunt. Sorry”

Or McFly. Or Jack Johnson. Or Simple Plan. (Is that even a band?) I don’t mind requests. And I am not diametrically opposed to James Blunt either and I might not turn off the radio if I hear him on there. And I was extremely impressed with the way he avoided us all going to World War 3 as well. But I am not playing him because I’m having a lot of fun playing all of this lot instead:

Brendan Benson – Spit It Out
Gruff Rhys – Shark Ridden Waters
Georgia Strand – Seasons
Jonny Cola and the A Grades – Out Of Focus
Duke Spirit – Everybody’s Under Your Spell
Missdavinalee – Come On!
Milk Kan – Junk Shop
Wurzels – Sowing The Seeds Of Love
Everything Everything – Qwerty Finger
Marion – I Stopped Dancing
Stars and Sons – If It’s Good For Me (Phoenix FM session)
Good Natured – Be My Animal
Tibetan Tea Company – Captain Jaffa
Boxer Rebellion – Watermelon
Lush – De-Luxe
Discodeine feat Jarvis Cocker – Synchronize
Joy Formidable – I Don’t Want To See You Like This
British Sea Power – Stunde Null (BBC 6music session)
Polysics – Young Oh! Oh!
Royksopp – The Alcoholic
Brother – Darling Buds Of May
Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip – Cauliflower
Two Door Cinema Club – Eat That Up, It’s Good For You
Bridport Dagger – Dangling Man
Darren Hayman and the Secondary Modern – Calling Out Your Name Again
Shibuya Crossings – Take It Out On Me
Sky Larkin – Kaleide
Mathildes Destiny – I Got This Perfect Girlfriend
Bozwood – (Murder At) Fresh And Wild

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Wednesday night “all oldies” special!

Well, they’re not that old. Here’s tonight’s playlist. Oh yes I met Tony Cottee earlier. Interview going out on the Commentary Box on Friday night. What a guy!

Airhead – Funny How
Lemon Jelly – Nice Weather For Ducks
FC Kahuna – Hayling
Manic Street Preachers – A Design For Life (Stealth Sonic Orchestra Remix)
Stereolab – Cybele’s Reverie
Cure – Lovesong
Coldplay – Brothers And Sisters
Del Amitri – Just Like A Man
Auteurs – Show Girl
Lemonheads – Mrs Robinson
Kingmaker – Queen Jane
Spoon – Lines In The Suit
Blur – Tracy Jacks
Charlatans – Then
Starsailor – Alcoholic
Divine Comedy – Come Home Billy Bird
Hefner – The Hymn For The Cigarettes
Spek – I’m A Hippie
Cardigans – For What It’s Worth
David Kitt – Song From Hope Street
Erlend Øye – A Sudden Rush
Pulp – Joyriders
Cibo Matto – Sugar Water
Happylife – Breathe
Markus Nikolai – Bushes (Norman Cook remix)
British Sea Power – Carrion
Amanda Palmer – Leeds United

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Playlist – 18 November, Ringo Deathstarr

Band Name of the Week, if not Song of the Week, has to be the excellent Ringo Deathstarr. According to the good people of Youtoob, this song “reeks” of Curve and My Bloody Valentine and who am I to argue with people who sit on Youtoob all day with too much time on their hands?

Tonight’s playlist:

Smash Mouth – Walkin’ on the Sun
Marc Almond – Kitsch
Hot Puppies – The Girl Who Was Too Beautiful
Afrirampo – Miracle Lucky Girls
Kit Richardson – Dr Dr
Y Niwl – Un
Le Corps Mince de Francoise – Gandhi
Art Brut – Bad Weekend
Blur – Beetlebum
British Sea Power – Living Is So Easy
Brother – Darling Buds Of May
Pulp – Acrylic Afternoons
Ringo Deathstarr – Imagine Hearts
Senor Coconut – Around The World
Pre New – Cathedral City
Stanley – Monkeys And Friends
Crystal Castles feat Robert Smith – Not In Love
Metric – Poster Of A Girl
Das Wanderlust – Swan Song
Fighting Cocks – Marvin And Tamara
Ste McCabe with Maria and the Gay – Make Your Own Kind of Music
Discodeine feat Jarvis Cocker – Synchronize
Twin Sister – All Around And Away We Go
Stereolab – Ping Pong
Joy Formidable – I Don’t Want To See You Like This
Freelance Whales – Generator First Floor
Duke Spirit – Everybody’s Under Your Spell
Kingmaker – Freewheeling
Megadudes – Mrs Radbone
Warpaint – Elephant

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Playlist – 13 November, a lazy Sunday afternoon with Senor Coconut

I wasn’t on air on Thursday because I was out enjoying myself (tsk), watching Marc Almond live at the Cliffs Pavilion in Westcliff. Great show, still sounded amazing after all these years, and I sat down for two hours without fidgeting which is pretty much unheard of.

Taking over the Sunday afternoon 4pm-6pm slot for one week did allow me to play some more chilled out stuff, including Senor Coconut’s fantastic Latin cover of Daft Punk’s Around The World, which was released two years ago – how did I miss this one first time round?

Today’s playlist:

Republica – Ready To Go
Divine Comedy – Something For The Weekend
Emilíana Torrini – To Be Free
Lemonheads – It’s A Shame About Ray
Kate Bush – Love and Anger
B-52’s – Roam
Fiona Bevan – Moths (Phoenix FM session, 27-05-2010)
Gorillaz – Clint Eastwood
World Of Twist – She’s A Rainbow
Hafdis Huld – Diamonds On My Belly
Travis – Writing To Reach You
I Am Kloot – Fingertips
Marc Almond – Jacky
Junior Senior – Move Your Feet
Scarlet – Independent Love Song
New Order – World (The Price Of Love)
Ooberman – Bluebell Morning
Peter Gabriel – No Self Control
Pulp – Lipgloss
Senor Coconut – Around The World
Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain – Miss Dy-na-mi-tee
Y Niwl – Undegpedwar
Radiohead – Paranoid Android
Air – Sexy Boy
Rose Elinor Dougall – Carry On
Cerys Matthews – Arlington Way
Supergrass – Mary

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Playlist – 4 November, like Daphne and Celeste, but from Finland

Highly recommended at the moment: Le Corps Mince De Francoise – Gandhi. They’re a bit like a baggy version of Daphne and Celeste, but from Finland (and not France, oh no).

Tonight’s playlist:

Rocket From The Crypt – Born In ’69
Suede – Beautiful Ones
Good Natured – Be My Animal
Everything Everything – Photoshop Handsome
Tom Allalone and the 78s – Sign On You Lazy Diamond
The Like – Square One
Ben Folds Five – One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces
Shibuya Crossings – Take It Out On Me
Brother – Darling Buds Of May
Twin Sister – All Around And Away We Go
Chapman Family – All Fall
Jonny Cola and the A Grades – Marlborough Road
Kenickie – Come Out 2 Nite (Peel Session 01 Mar 1996)
Y Niwl – Undegpedwar
WeirdGear – Halloween Dancehall Raga (Vaillante + Claypole mix)
Joy Formidable – Greyhounds In The Slips
Mathildes Destiny – I Got This Perfect Girlfriend
Pixies – Velouria
Le Corps Mince de Francoise – Gandhi
Rocket From The Crypt – Born In ’69
Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – Kill Your Television
Stanley – Monkeys And Friends
Egyptian Hip Hop – Moon Crooner
My Life Story – Motorcade
Wannadies – Might Be Stars
Ungdomskulen – Idunno
Elastica – S.O.F.T.
Fiona Bevan – The Revel And The Devil
Lara – In Between
Dutch Uncles – Fragrant
Megadudes – Mrs Radbone
These New Puritans – Three Thousand

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Playlist – 28 October, here comes the fog. In Welsh.

Loving the sound of Y Niwl at the moment, so much so that I’ve used Undegpedwar as the “bed” for my “jingle” on the “radio” ! By the way Y Niwl is pronounced “Ur Newell” and means “The Fog” (in Welsh, of course. They’re Welsh”. Undegpedwar means “Fourteen” but I have no idea how you’d pronounce it. Their songs are numbered in a ¡Forward, Russia! stylee.

Tonight’s playlist:

Bees – We No Speak Americano
Mathildes Destiny – I Got This Perfect Girlfriend
Darren Hayman and the Secondary Modern – Calling Out Your Name Again
Erland and the Carnival – The Derby Ram
Y Niwl – Undegpedwar
Lush – De-Luxe
Jenny Owen Youngs – Hot in Herre
Afrirampo – Miracle Lucky Girls
Lykke Li – Get Some
Jonny Cola and the A Grades – Mauro’s In Peru
Royksopp – The Alcoholic
Good Natured – Be My Animal
Brownies – Fox Force Five
Chapman Family – All Fall
Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip – Cauliflower
Milk Kan – Junk Shop
Elbow – Independent Women Part 1 (BBC Radio 1 session 2002)
Stellarium – Harbinger
Gruff Rhys – Shark Ridden Waters
Brother – Darling Buds Of May
Lara – In Between
FC Kahuna – Hayling
Twin Sister – All Around And Away We Go
Shibuya Crossings – Take It Out On Me
Dutch Uncles – Fragrant
I Am Kloot – Fingertips

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Playlist – 21 October, A to Z, Quimby and Chemicals-uh!

Looks like a bit of a lazy, I mean well-structed “A to Z” show tonight, judging by the first 26 songs I played. But who are these people? Quimby is a Hungarian band brought to our attention by the president of Phoenix FM’s Hungarian Fan Club, Vanda, and I just hope (but don’t know for sure) that they’re named after the world-famous mayor of Springfield. Von Sudenfeld features the not-unremarkable vocal talents of Mark E Smith and you might have heard the music if you’ve seen one of these excellent videos on Youtoob:

Tonight’s playlist:

Aberdeen City – God Is Going To Get Sick Of Me
Bettie Serveert – Palomine
Charlatans – A Man Needs To Be Told
Dubstar – Not So Manic Now
Electric Soft Parade – Empty At The End
Friendly Fires – Paris
Good Shoes – Never Meant To Hurt You
Hyperbubble – Non Biodegradable Hazardous Waste Disposal
iLiKETRAiNS – We Go Hunting
Jesus Jones – Idiot Stare
Kenickie – I Would Fix You
Lovely Eggs – Have You Ever Heard a Digital Accordion
Muse – Time Is Running Out
Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – Kill Your Television
Others – Stan Bowles
Placebo – Special K
Quimby РBord̩ly Boogie
Resque – She Drives My Train
Sleeper – Sale Of The Century
Terrorvision – Alice What’s The Matter
Utah Saints – Something Good 08 (Van She tech remix)
Von Sudenfeld – Fledermaus Can’t Get It
We Were Promised Jetpacks – Quiet Little Voices
XTC – Sgt Rock (Is Going To Help Me)
Young Knives – Counters
Zen Motel – Death Rock City
Candy Panic Attack – Operator
Death of The Elephant – Trypticon
Dirty Fairies – Groovy and Chips
Echobelly – Molotov
Fiona Bevan – The Revel And The Devil
Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man. – Fatherhood
My Life Story – Under The Ice

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A week of highs and lows – The Pre New, Republica, Activia and Isa Isa Baby

Had a great week this week seeing both The Pre New live at the Dublin Castle on Monday and Republica at the Academy in Islington on Wednesday. Plus I stood next to Amy Winehouse in the pub on Monday and Samantha Fox at the gig on Wednesday, but watching the bands turned out to be much better.

Even watching the Activia advert on TV followed straight away by the Halifax’s Isa Isa Baby advert didn’t dampen my mood, although under normal circumstances I’d have banned TV in the house for the rest of the week in case I saw either again.

Tonight’s playlist:

Stone Roses – I Am The Resurrection
Abdoujaparov – Beer Scooter
Good Natured – Be My Animal
Jonny Cola and the A Grades – Greenhouse
Joy Formidable – Greyhounds In The Slips
Lush – Superblast!
Republica – Out Of The Darkness
Egyptian Hip Hop – Rad Pitt
Bis – Diska
Darren Hayman and the Secondary Modern – Calling Out Your Name Again
Erland and the Carnival – The Derby Ram
Art Brut – Alcoholics Unanimous
Afrirampo – Miracle Lucky Girls
Radiohead – Anyone Can Play Guitar
Little Comets – Isles
British Sea Power – Zeus
Frank and Walters – The Clock
SaraMUSt – Outlet
Dutch Uncles – Fragrant
Pre New – The Pre New Anthem
Elastica – How He Wrote
Flowered Up – Weekender

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Republica – live in London

Listen again: [audio:http://new.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Phoenix-FM-interview-with-Saffron-from-Republica-Paul-13-10-2010.mp3|titles=Phoenix FM interview with Saffron from Republica (Paul, 13-10-2010)]

It came as a bolt out of the blue when I heard that Republica had reformed and would be playing their first London gig for many years. I went down to check it out and also had a chat with Saffron about what they’d all been up to for the last ten years!

The gig itself picked up where they left off in 2000 – the band still providing a very tight rock/electronic sound and Saffron’s vocals were as strong as ever. The crowd seemed happy to be there too and there were quite a few celebrities in the crowd. (Probably shouldn’t mention I was standing next to Samantha Fox when I took some of these photos …)

As well as a large smattering from their two albums, Republica and Speed Ballads, there were two new songs – Suck Baby Suck and Christiana Obey, the latter of which may be coming out as a release soon.

Also supporting were half-Billericay/half-Brighton electronic duo TENEK who’ve already appeared on Phoenix FM, coming down to see David Worrall on Drive back in August. It was great to finally catch them live and their material went down equally well with the crowd who seemed familiar with quite a few of the songs! Tenek mixed Republica’s reissue of Ready To Go earlier this year and will be collaborating on future projects with them too.

To find out more about future plans for both eyes keep an eye on Republica’s website and Tenek’s website.


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Lock up your fast cars, pop stars and Mars bars

Listen again: [audio:http://new.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Phoenix-FM-interview-with-The-Pre-New-Paul-11-10-2010.mp3|titles=Phoenix FM interview with The Pre New (Paul, 11-10-2010)]

For a short time in the late 90s and early 00s the music scene was enriched by the presence of Earl Brutus, a band named after an imaginary pub and featuring ex-members of the Jesus and Mary Chain, World of Twist and JoBoxers (good memory?)

The band fizzled out as easily as it formed but earlier this year former members Jim Fry, Gordon King, Stuart Boreman and Shinya “Shins” Hayashida got together and reformed as The Pre New, along with newcomers Laurence Bray, Stuart Wheldon and George Phillips. I managed to catch them live at the Dublin Castle in Camden, but before that got together with them for an extraordinarily relaxed time at the Spread Eagle across the road.

This was definitely one of the less structured and more enjoyable interviews that I’ve done for a long time – not least because I was in a very comfortable chair in a rather nice pub (that’s a familiar part of my life) but because Jim had all the time in the world to talk about the old days, the new days and all sorts of random stuff in between. And just like the Earl Brutus shows of old that I remember, Shins would frequently interrupt the interview with charming yet utterly puzzling random musings.

It was good to hear how an “unlistenable” single made it to number one and was played on national TV, what Shins watches on Youtube and why he’s suddenly picked up a Glaswegian accent, and what Jim really thought of Kenickie. (Now if we could just get them to reform too …)

The show itself was a typically robust affair, with new songs such as the Pre New Anthem alongside old Earl Brutus songs Navyhead and Universal Plan, and an outing for old World of Twist number Sons Of The Stage. Support came from Cash For Cars, who gave us a slightly heavier and less-glammy rendition of the 1997 Earl Brutus single The SAS And The Glam That Goes With It, joined by Jim on joint vocals.

You can hear the interview again by clicking the link at the top of the page, and find out more about the band by visiting their Myspace or Facebook pages.


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Playlist – 7 October 2010

B-52’s – Rock Lobster
Jonny Cola and the A Grades – The Party’s Over
Ladyhawke – Paris Is Burning
Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence
Stellarium – Harbinger
Alan Hawkshaw – Man Of Means
They Might Be Giants – They’ll Need A Crane
Afrirampo – Miracle Lucky Girls
Frank Bennett – Been Caught Stealin’
3rd Rock Revolution – Put On Ya Boots
Menswear – 125 West 3rd Street
Local Natives – Airplanes
Marnie Stern – Transparency Is The New Mystery
British Sea Power – Zeus
Ipso Facto – Six & Three Quarters
Katie Goes To Tokyo – Will You Be Gone All Summer
Choir Of Young Believers – Action/Reaction
Blaggers ITA – Stresss
Cud – Purple Love Balloon
Jam – ‘A’ Bomb In Wardour Street
Shibuya Crossings – Take It Out On Me
Pre New – The Pre New Anthem
Republica – Holly
Joy Formidable – I Don’t Want To See You Like This
Long Blondes – Giddy Stratospheres
Soundtrack Of Our Lives – Heading For A Breakdown
Paul Hawkins and the Awkward Silences – Perpetual Motion
(International) Noise Conspiracy – Arm Yourself

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The Brownies live in Ipswich

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Off to Ipswich, that well-known final output of Essex (note to self: check this later). Norwich’s punky-catchy-shouty-sweary-angry Brownies were at the Swan, playing a free gig with London headliners Kids Love Lies and So Many Dynamos, over from Illinois.

 

We interviewed the band six months ago in a tent at the Offset Festival in Hainault Forest, and we’re clearly moving up in the world as we were all inside Glenda, the band’s trusty tour bus, this time.

 

The infectiously charming quartet of Sophie, Maxie, Stevie and Michael filled us in over what had been happening over the last six months, including line-up changes and writing and recording new stuff.

 

The gig itself was a great affair, with the Brownies mixing up tracks from their excellent debut album Ourknife Yourback with a few new ones, which should be finding their way onto new EP/LP releases later this year. There should also be some London gigs in the late spring or early summer too.

 

You can find out more about the band here (Facebook) or here (Myspace).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Interview with Dave Couse and the Impossible

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Phoenix FM interview with Dave Couse 06-05-2006

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Back to the Water Rats in Kings Cross for the latest fundraiser from London-based charity the Aisling Return To Ireland Project. Former A House frontman Dave Couse is playing a gig in support with his new band, Couse and the Impossible.

I managed to speak not just to Dave, in the busy Lucas Arms pub over the road, but also to Alex and Fiachra, two of the organisers of the event, in the even busier Water Rats pub itself. Definitely our kind of interviews!

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Dave was very kind to have a chat with us about what he’s been doing over the last few years. It’s good to see that one of the great songwriters of the 1990s is back with some new material, even better to see him play it in London, and it’s fantastic to find out that, along with the rest of the guys in the band, he’s a thoroughly nice bloke even though you’ve gone to the pub and interrupted their dinner!

Since A House split in 1997, Dave has been involved in a number of projects which didn’t see the light of day, but a first solo album, “Genes”, was released in 2003, followed up by “The World Should Know” from the new band he has put together, Couse and the Impossible. They’ve already created a storm in their native Ireland, with two nominations in the 2006 Meteor Awards (the Irish equivalent of the Brits) for best male and best album.

If you liked the previous A House material you’ll love the new offerings, which aren’t a great shift from the songs that were written and played by Couse in the 90s. It’s hoped that UK and worldwide releases will soon follow.

Saturday night’s show itself was fantastic. The new songs mixed perfectly well with half a dozen old A House songs which sounded as fresh today as they did when they were first written 15-20 years ago. Their indie classic “Endless Art” was even updated for 2006, the original names in the song being replaced by a host of others, including Joe Strummer, Mick Ronson, Hunter S Thompson, Dusty Springfield, George Harrison and Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes which seemed to stick in the memory for some reason!

Having last seen Dave Couse grace a stage in London in 1994, I’m hoping it’s not going to be 12 years before I see it again.

For more information on Dave Couse, A House and the Aisling Return To Ireland Project visit:
www.davecouse.com
www.zop.ca – the A House homepage
Myspace – Dave Couse
Myspace – A House
www.aisling.org.uk

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Les Carter – Abdoujaparov – interview 30 Jan 1999

Back in January 1999, Abdoujaparov came to Essex (for the first of many happy visits to our wonderful county) and played the Y Club in Chelmsford, only their second ever show at that time. Eddie Curry went down and visited him, perhaps the first time they had spoken when both parties were sober. The interview went out on BOA on Phoenix’s 2nd RSL broadcast in March 1999. Thanks to the wonder of typing, you can now read it too …

How did you come up with that name?

It’s the name of my favourite cyclist. I’m a real keen cycling fan and he’s, well he’s not a professional cyclist any more because he got thrown out for taking too many drugs a couple of years ago. He was like a kind of an anti-hero, he was pretty dangerous – always knocking other riders off. He was a good sort, I liked him, very punk rock!

Is that reflecting the music you’re playing now, as the last couple of Carter USM albums were moving towards a more acoustic and mellow direction?

Yes, it was kind of like that, although there are a couple of very mellow songs with Abdoujaparov as well. But the idea of the band is that it was going to be very raucous and punk rock and we don’t care kind of thing.

You’ve only been together for a few months but the first single is already out – Punk Confetti, which came out on mail order only. What was the idea behind that?

I actually put it out through the internet using a shareware idea – people sell a lot of computer programs on a try before you buy basis. I thought that I could adapt this to get enough money together to press the CD by getting people to download the files from the internet, and if they liked them they could send me a cheque for three quid. When I got enough three quids, I pressed it, so it was kind of like a payment in advance but people had it in the meantime on their computers and they get the real physical thing afterwards.

Any idea how many people downloaded the track from your website?

It was in the thousands. I put the files on line towards the end of November (1998) and I had enough money just before Christmas to get them pressed.

So that was a fairly good take up considering most people are used to taking things off the internet for free?

Yeah, I was really heartened by it and I’m going to do the next single that way as well.

You had your first gig at the Water Rats in November, how did that go?

It was great, it was a real good thing for me as it was the longest I had been without playing live since I was 16. The last Carter gig was 18 months before that. It was also the first time I got up and was actually singing as well instead of just playing guitar. It was great, I really enjoyed it – I was quite nervous before I went on but it went really well and the crowd seemed to like it as well.

How do you feel about playing venues like the Water Rats and the Y Club again?

Even when we had a no 1 album in the UK we were still going to America and playing clubs of this size so we’ve been doing this all the while. Mind you it takes as long to get to Chelmsford from South London as it does to get to Paris nowadays. I think this band for me is like a fresh start, if it was Carter I would think, oh shit, we’ve really gone downhill. But that was one of the reasons that we stopped Carter, because it wasn’t any fun any more. With this band, it’s a new thing, and I really enjoy playing clubs like this.

Talking of Carter, what is Jimbob up to now?

Jim’s recorded his first solo album. He’s got this new thing called Jim’s Super Stereoworld and he is talking to three or four record labels at the moment. He was going to have a record out on Cooking Vinyl, which was Carter’s previous label, but that fell through so he’s talking to other people. He’s quite hopeful to get something out in the Spring.

What’s influencing the Les Carter sound these days?

The only thing I like at the moment is Fatboy Slim! Guitar based music is really bland and boring at the moment and I don’t really get off on it at all. I’ve been going back to my old record collection – I’ve got a lot of Leonard Cohen LPs … (laughs)

What else is planned for the future?

I’m gointg to release the next single on the internet in mid February and if I go by how the other one went, I will have the physical CD sometime in March. In March we’re going to tour Australia – we decided to do the Australia thing very early on in the career of this band. And of course their Grand Prix’s on so can’t ask for more really!

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