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Studio 6 Music sessions: Taffy

Tokyo band Taffy were back for their 4th Phoenix FM session and their first one fully plugged in at Studio 6 Music in Witham!

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Iris, Asano, Takeshi and Ken have just completed a seven-date UK tour which culminated in a spot at Kendal Calling.

They treated us to four songs which you can see and hear again below:

You can find out more about the band on their official Facebook page.

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Playlist for 25 Jul 2017 (Ocean Flaws in session)

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Shenfield’s sonic surfers Ocean Flaws were in the studio tonight to play live and chat about their new single. You can hear more about that by clicking here.

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Tonight’s playlist:

Sleeper – Inbetweener
Dream Wife – Somebody
Thousand Yard Stare – Ciphers
Darrah – Can’t Tax The Sun
Dead Pretties – Social Experiment
Södra Sverige – I Umeå
Juliana Hatfield – You’re Breaking My Heart
SuperGlu – Welcome Home
Ocean Flaws – Gooey (live in the studio)
Ocean Flaws – 20:22 (live in the studio)
Ocean Flaws – Tel Aviv (live in the studio)
Interpol – Obstacle 1
Ocean Flaws – interview
Moonlandingz – Lufthansa Man
Sunflower Bean – I Was Home (Live on KEXP)
Scumbag Philosopher – Heroes At Home
Salad Undressed – Being Human
Waters – Hiccups
Taffy – dd
British Sea Power – Scottish Wildlife Experience
Bloc Party – Helicopter
Idles – Mother
Carter USM – The Only Living Boy In New Cross
Senseless Things – Easy To Smile
Thomas Tantrum – Hot Hot Summer
Oblong – Tunguska
Swervedrive – Rave Down

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Ocean Flaws live in session

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It was great to welcome Ocean Flaws back into Phoenix FM for an acoustic session and interview.

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The band haven’t been in to us since December 2015 and Callum, Alex and Hamish filled us in on what’s been happening in the meantime. Sean sadly couldn’t make it as he’s in the USA.

The boys also played three songs for us live in the studio – a cover of Glass Animals’ Gooey, recent single 20:22 and new single Tel Aviv.

New single Tel Aviv is out on Friday in all of the usual digital download and streaming places.

You can keep an eye on what the band are up to in the future by keeping an eye on their Facebook page.

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Playlist for 18 Jul 2017 – Latitude Music Special

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Phoenix FM attended our 11th consecutive Latitude Festival at the weekend – and we had a great time!

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I managed to get interviews with Mark Gardener from Ride, Neil Hannon from the Divine Comedy, Declan McKenna, Gurr and Dream Wife and also the good people at ActionAid! Those interviews will be popping up on the Phoenix FM website very soon.

In the meantime we played out a music-heavy show featuring 31 of the bands I saw (or tried to see!) at this year’s festival.

And they were:

Superglu – Weekend
Declan McKenna – Isombard
Public Service Broadcasting – Signal 30
Dream Wife – Somebody
Ride – Lannoy Point
Honeyblood – Sea Hearts
Marika Hackman – My Lover Cindy
Divine Comedy – Love What You Do
Mystery Jets – You Can’t Fool Me Dennis
Gurr – #1985
Cabbage – Dissonance
Coral – Skeleton Key
Dead Pretties – Social Experiment
Beth Orton – Central Reservation
Slotface – Empire Records
Goldfrapp – Strict Machine
Bessie Turner – Milinky
Margaret Glaspy – Emotions and Math
Jesca Hoop – Havoc In Heaven
Idles – Mother
Jesus and Mary Chain – Far Gone And Out
Sunflower Bean – Come On
Temples – Mesmerise
Pumarosa – Honey
Julia Jacklin – Coming Of Age
Placebo – Pure Morning
Glass Animals – Life Itself
Ward Thomas – Material
Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal
Happyness – Naked Patients
Magic Gang – Your Love

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Playlist for 11 Jul 2017 (AOTW: The Moonlandingz – Interplanetary Class Classics)

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Album of the week: The Moonlandingz – Interplanetary Class Classics


Semi fictional Outsider Ouija Pop Group featuring members of Fat White Family & the Eccentronic Research Council. This, their debut, came out in March on half-Brentwood label Transgressive but I’ve only just discovered it!

Happened to notice that Steve Davis has given tracks airplay on his show too. I told him I thought it was a bit poppy for his show – he replied, “oh yeah, it is, but good tracks!” Not many people would consider this excellent mix of psychedelic and motorik “a bit poppy”.

Our recent Creative Session featuring Salad Undressed was given its first FM radio airing too.

Tonight’s playlist:

Thomas Tantrum – Tick Tock (Satie)
Moonlandingz – Black Hanz
Orders – Big Foot
Salad Undressed – Granite Statue (Phoenix FM Creative Session)
Salad Undressed – Being Human (Phoenix FM Creative Session)
Salad Undressed – Nowhere Near (Phoenix FM Creative Session)
Broken Social Scene – Protest Song
DWNTWN – Lonely
Wolf Alice – Don’t Delete The Kisses
Moonlandingz – Lufthansa Man
Popguns – Gene Machine
Jane Weaver – Slow Motion
You Want Fox – Liar Liar
British Sea Power – What You’re Doing
Coldplay – Aliens
Salad Undressed – Relationship Dust (Phoenix FM Creative Session)
Salad Undressed – White Rabbit (Phoenix FM Creative Session)
Moonlandingz – Neuf Du Pape
Oblong – 2600 (Dau Chwech Cant)
Los Blancos – Mae’n Anodd Defro Un
Yassassin – Cherry Pie
Katalina Kicks feat GT Solo – Cold
Declan McKenna – Isombard
Thousand Yard Stare – This Is A Weight
Radiohead – Lift
Grandaddy – The Boat Is In The Barn
Urusei Yatsura – Slain By Elf (BBC R1 Evening Session 21 Jan 1998)
S*M*A*S*H – Secret Bruise
Bait – I’m Still Here
Ride – Lannoy Point

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Bonus show on 5 Jul 2017 (SOTW: Salad Undressed – Being Human)

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We had a bonus one hour extravaganza on air today and I kept it fairly light, fluffy and 90s.

Since it was a pint-sized show we had a Single Of The Week instead of an Album and what better way to celebrate than to feature a WORLD FIRST PLAY of the first Salad/Salad Undressed single for TWENTY YEARS, Being Human!

Lead singer Marijne van der Vlugt describes the song as “a poignant and reflective song. It deals with the idea of pulling together in this life. It also drives along like a freight train in the dead of a hot summer’s night.”

Being Human is available as a free download available from 10 am on Saturday to those of you supporting the band’s Pledgemusic campaign which will see not one, not two but THREE albums released soon! For more details click here.

There will be lots more Salad Undressed soon as our Creative Session tracks are nearly ready …

Tonight’s playlist:

Happy Mondays – Kinky Afro
Bluetones – Marblehead Johnson
Garbage – Only Happy When It Rains
Salad Undressed – Being Human
Charlatans – Weirdo
My Life Story – 12 Reasons Why I Love Her
Sleeper – Statuesque
Divine Comedy – Something For The Weekend
Sugarcubes – Hit
Radiohead – Karma Police
Suede – Electricity
Wonder Stuff – The Size Of A Cow
Elcka – Don’t Disappear
Elastica – Connection

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Playlist for 4 Jul 2017 (AOTW: Charlatans – Different Days)

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Album of the week: Charlatans – Different Days

Different Days is the Charlatans’ 13th studio album. It’s possibly their most ambitious project yet, featuring a host of guest artists alongside the core four-piece of Burgess on vocals, bassist Martin Blunt, guitarist Mark Collins and keyboard player Tony Rogers … not only music industry pals such as Paul Weller, New Order’s Gillian Gilbert and Stephen Morris, Johnny Marr, ex-Verve guitarist Pete Salisbury, but also crime novelist Ian Rankin and Catastrophe writer/actor Sharon Horgan.

Tonight’s playlist:

B-52’s – Give Me Back My Man
Charlatans – Let’s Go Together
Thurston Moore – Germs Burn
Waxahatchee – Never Been Wrong
Orders – Big Foot
DWNTWN – Lonely
Tiger – Friends
Ralegh Long – Sleeping On My Dreams
Darlia – Beam Me Up
Star Tropics – Another Sunny Day
Charlatans – There Will Be Chances
Wannadies – Might Be Stars
Communions – Today
Dayflower – Sweet Georgia Gazes
Desperate Journalist – Why Are You So Boring
Salad – Granite Statue
Radiohead – Lift
Blur – Bang (Extended Version)
Jane Weaver – The Architect
Charlatans – Plastic Machinery
Oblong – Post-Punk World
Popguns – Sugar Kisses
Asylums – Joy In A Small Wage
Ride – Cali
Thousand Yard Stare – Ciphers
Sleeper – Vegas
Veruca Salt – Seether
Pulp – Dishes
Kenickie – Classy
Art Brut – Good Weekend
Young Knives – Marble Maze
XTC – Life Begins At The Hop

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Playlist for 27 Jun 2017 (AOTW: Radiohead – OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017)

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Album of the week: Radiohead – OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017

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I wasn’t sure if it was a cheat to have a reissue as my album of the week, especially one with such a ridiculously unweildly name. But OKC remains one of my favourite albums of all time, and the addition of previously unreleased tracks – all of which are fantastic – plus a number of B sides which I have scattered on various CD1s and CD2s (remember those?) in boxes all over my loft meant that this was definitely worth our coveted accolade.

Also amazing: the cover art has only recently been identified by user wgboyd from Reddit.


It’s the eastbound junction of I-84 (the “Yankee Expressway”) with I-91 in Hartford, Connecticut, just before it crosses the Connecticut River. wgboyd works in the Hilton Hotel overlooking the junction and took the photo above from the 22nd floor which matches the cover perfectly. It’s very likely too that the photo was taken on 20 August 1996 as Radiohead supported Alanis Morissette at the Meadows Music Theater in Hartford that night.

Tonight’s playlist:

Late Of The Pier – Heartbeat
Radiohead – Lift
Royal Blood – Look Like You Know
Salad – Kiss My Love
National – The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness
Popguns – We Don’t Go Round There Anymore
Arcade Fire – Everything Now
Declan McKenna – Isombard
Radiohead – Man Of War
Mammút – The Moon Will Never Turn On Me
Desperate Journalist – Why Are You So Boring
Sleeper – Statuesque
My Life Story – Girl A, Girl B, Boy C
Coldplay – All I Can Think About Is You
Songhoy Blues – Bamako
Oblong – Sganwyr
Bjork – Bachelorette
Radiohead – I Promise
Freak – No Money
Jesus Jones – How’s This Even Going Down
Melody’s Echo Chamber – Cross My Heart
Catatonia – For Tinkerbell
Moderate Rebels – Liberate
Thurston Moore – Cusp

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Playlist for 20 Jun 2017 (AOTW: Ride – Weather Diaries)

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Tonight’s album of the week is the “comeback” album from Ride – and what a comeback!

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Weather Diaries is the Oxford band’s first album since returning from their 20-odd-year hiatus. Produced by Erol Alkan, it’s the sound of a band utterly in their prime – Charm Assault is a great single and the rest of the album is full of songs that are quickly going to become Ride staples such as Cali and Lannoy Point. Out now and as we speak, heading towards the UK top 20 albums too (new chart is released on Friday).

Tonight’s playlist:

LCD Soundsystem – Call The Police
Ride – Charm Assault
Scarletts – In The Mirror
Jane Weaver – Loops In The Secret Society
Popguns – Sugar Kisses
Big Moon – Cupid
Wolf Alice – Yuk Foo
British Sea Power – Praise For Whatever
Darling Buds – Complicated
Oblong – 50 Miles On Empty
Ride – Lannoy Point
Heart Throbs – In Vain
B-52’s – Junebug
They Might Be Giants – Particle Man
Garbanotas Bosistas – Places, Planes and Trains
Horse Party – Paydirt
Killatrix – Overcome
Thousand Yard Stare – Action Stations
Temples – Oh The Saviour
Ride – Cali
Flatmates – Don’t Say If
Trusted – Sunlight
Bleech – Weirdo
Thomas Tantrum – Sleep
Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine – Twenty Four Minutes From Tulse Hill
Young Knives – Green Island Red Raw
New Fast Automatic Daffodils – Big

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Playlist for 13 Jun 2017 (AOTW: Girlpool – Powerplant)

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Tonight’s album of the week is from Girlpool.

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Powerplant is the LA duo’s second offering and it’s out now. You can find it on Bandcamp and lots of other places.

Tonight’s playlist:

Thousand Yard Stare – Dystopia
Girlpool – Powerplant
Darling Buds – Evergreen
Here Are The Young Men feat Uncle Peanut and Eddie Argos – Pop Stars Down The Pub
Wolf Alice – Yuk Foo
Manuela – Cracks In The Concrete
Pony – DIY
Marika Hackman – My Lover Cindy
Ulrika Spacek – Full Of Men
Waxahatchee – Never Been Wrong
Girlpool – Corner Store
Alvvays – In Undertow
Charlatans – Over Again
Creases – Is It Love
Estrons – Strobe Lights
Young Knives – Everything Falls Into Place
Radiohead – I Promise
Hundredth – Hole
Liam Gallagher – Wall Of Glass
Girlpool – Static Somewhere
A House – I Hope I’m Wrong
Julian Cope – Port of Saints
Super Furry Animals – Ysbeidiau Heulog
The Cribs – Modern Way
Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – Patio Song
Bivouac – The Bell Foundry
Wannadies – Hit
Melys – Baby Tornado
British Sea Power – Who’s In Control
Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – Trust
Shampoo – Bouffant Headbutt
Blameless – Breathe (A Little Deeper)
Everlasting Yeah – Anima Rising

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