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Playlist for 6 Jan 2018 (AOTW: Rainbow Reservoir – Channel Hanna)

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One of my many New Year resolutions which I manage to break every year is the plan to have an Album Of The Week every single week. Of course if I suddenly put out a show without one, there just wasn’t any good albums released, right? Wrong – will have to listen to MORE albums, not less, and just find them. There you go, there’s another resolution for you.

So without any further ado I can announced that my first AOTW from 2018 is the excellent CHANNEL HANNA from RAINBOW RESERVOIR. They’re and Oxford-based Anglo-American power-pop trio signed to Cardiff’s Oddbox Records, current home of the Darling Buds, Nervous Twitch, Peaness and lots more indie-pop goodness. Channel Hanna is out on 23 February and you can pre-order/buy it from here.

Tonight’s playlist

Suede – Trash
Rainbow Reservoir – Fuzzy
Manic Street Preachers – International Blue (full version)
Geowulf – Hideaway
Shame – One Rizla (radio edit)
Velvet Tree – A Little Like You (Phoenix FM Creative Session – 09 Dec 2017)
Usselman – Tongue Tied
Dream Wife – Hey Heartbreaker
Blur – Chemical World
Sibyl Vane – Thousand Words
Vaccines – I Can’t Quit
Easy – Ask The Sky
Wind-Up Birds – The Astronauts
They Might Be Giants – All Time What
Rainbow Reservoir – Posh Ponytails
Wombats – Lemon To A Knife Fight
Beatniks – Send Me A Postcard (Phoenix FM Creative Session – 09 Dec 2017)
Ghost Music – Strange Love
Shed Seven – Star Crossed Lovers
Cardigans – Never Recover
Total Control – Luxury Vacuum
Swirlpool – Camomile
Thousand Yard Stare – Black & Blue Sky Thinking
Everglows – Here I Go Again
Rainbow Reservoir – Brenda
Gary War – Windows And Walls
Pony – Small Things
British Sea Power – Saint Jerome
Bongolian – I’m A Bigger Badder Bro Than Any Game Of Thrones
Salad – Debonair
Franz Ferdinand – Always Ascending
Radiohead – Planet Telex

Brentwood’s Only Alternative in 2017 – 525 bands and 1,291 songs later

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

In 2017 I played 525 bands and 1,291 songs.

This year the most popular artist played was BRITISH SEA POWER (29 plays), followed by THOUSAND YARD STARE (27 plays) and THE DARLING BUDS (24 plays).

The most popular tracks played were as follows:

1. Darling Buds – Evergreen (8 plays)
=2. British Sea Power – Bad Bohemian (6 plays)
=2. Los Campesinos! – 5 Flucloxacillin (6 plays)
=2. Shed Seven – Room In My House (6 plays)
=5. Cherry Glazerr – Nurse Ratched (5 plays)
=5. Darling Buds – Complicated (5 plays)
=5. Dream Wife – Fire (5 plays)
=5. Honeyblood – Swell Love (5 plays)
=5. Idles – Mother (5 plays)
=5. Idles – Well Done (5 plays)
=5. Jane Weaver – The Architect (5 plays)
=5. New Fast Automatic Daffodils – Big (5 plays)
=5. Radiohead – Lift (5 plays)
=5. Ride – Charm Assault (5 plays)
=5. Salad Undressed – Being Human (5 plays)
=5. Strand Of Oaks – Radio Kids (5 plays)

These are the bands I played:

29 plays: British Sea Power

27 plays: Thousand Yard Stare

24 plays: Darling Buds

21 plays: Salad

20 plays: Sleeper

18 plays: Idles, Radiohead

17 plays: Blur, Shed Seven

13 plays: Honeyblood, Oblong

12 plays: Ride, Senseless Things

11 plays: Charlatans, Dream Wife, Salad Undressed, Taffy

10 plays: Big Moon, Brix and the Extricated, Garbage

9 plays: Cherry Glazerr, Divine Comedy, Jane Weaver, Los Campesinos!, Trusted

8 plays: Desperate Journalist, New Fast Automatic Daffodils, Temples, Wolf Alice

7 plays: Bait, Cabbage, Carter USM, Franz Ferdinand, Lush, Rose Elinor Dougall, Strand Of Oaks

6 plays: Echobelly, Leyline Pass, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, Ocean Flaws, Popguns, Pulp, Sultans of Ping FC, Superglu

5 plays: Blondfire, Elastica, Freak, Garbanotas Bosistas, Heart Throbs, Jesus and Mary Chain, Kenickie, Maximo Park, Melys, Moonlandingz, My Life Story, Pale Honey, Pony, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Public Service Broadcasting, Sound Mirrors, Vant, Wannadies

4 plays: A House, Asylums, Belly, Casper Skulls, Charley Bliss, Circa Waves, Declan McKenna, Estrons, Everything Everything, Faerground Accidents, Family Cat, Gurr, Japanese Breakfast, Juliana Hatfield, Leggy, MX Tyrants, Shins, Sleaford Mods, Slowdive, Sunflower Bean, Super Furry Animals, Thomas Tantrum, Weaves, XTC, Young Knives

3 plays: Adwaith, Afghan Whigs, Amazons, An Emotional Fish, Andy J Gallagher, Audioweb, B-52’s, Beatniks, Bloc Party, Blushing, Breeders, Cardigans, Coldplay, Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, Duke Spirit, DWNTWN, Gaffa Tape Sandy, Girlpool, Graham Coxon, Happy Mondays, Kasakela, King Krule, Koria Kitten Riot, L7, Mammút, Margaret Glaspy, Marika Hackman, Marion, Midway Still, Milburn, Mr Happy Chainsaw, Placebo, Pop Will Eat Itself, Post War Glamour Girls, Rews, S*M*A*S*H, Seazoo, Shame, Sleater-Kinney, Slotface, Sparks, Suede, Supergrass, Surfer Blood, Tall Poppies, They Might Be Giants, Trash Can Sinatras, Velvet Tree, Voice Of The Beehive, Waxahatchee

2 plays: , Angelica, Arcade Fire, Are We Static, Art Brut, Bivouac, Black Honey, Blameless, Broken Social Scene, Bush, Catatonia, Charly Bliss, Clara Luzia, Darlia, Darrah, Dawnings, Dead Pretties, Dewey, Dives, Dodgy, Dronningen, Dutch Uncles, False Advertising, Family Gotown, Frank and Walters, Frau Pouch, Froth, Goldfrapp, Here Are The Young Men feat Uncle Peanut and Eddie Argos, Hole, Horse Heads, Horse Party, Inspiral Carpets, Jesus Jones, Kasabian, Kingmaker, La Bete Blooms, Lovely Eggs, Luxembourg Signal, Mac Demarco, Madonnatron, Mantarays, Mega City Four, Morrissey, Mystery Jets, Orders, Otoboke Beaver, Powder, Primitives, Pugwash, Pumarosa, Rah’s, Riff, Scarletts, Shampoo, Sherlocks, Songhoy Blues, Splashh, Spook School, Stone Roses, Superfood, Surge, Teenage Fanclub, Thurston Moore, Trampolene, Trash, Turin Brakes, Vince Petchey, Viva Brother, War On Drugs, Wire, Wombats, Wonder Stuff, You Want Fox, Yungblud

1 play: 14 Iced Bears, AC Acoustics, Airiel, AK/DK, Allo Darlin’, Alvvays, Amber Arcades, Angel Olsen, Apeman Spaceman, Army Of Bones, Ash, Assist, At The Drive In, Auteurs, Average Sex, Bang Bang Machine, Bang Bang Romeo, Barns Courtney, Be Your Own Pet, Being, Bellatrix, Ben Folds Five, Besnard Lakes, Bessie Turner, Beth Orton, Beths, Bettie Serveert, Beyond The Wizards Sleeve, Bis, Bjork, Blab Happy, Bleech, Blood Red Shoes, Bluetones, Boo Radleys, Boy Azooga, Bridport Dagger, British India, Brownies, Bruising, Buffalo Tom, Calva Louise, Camera Obscura, Camp Cope, Cannon, Car Seat Headrest, Carousel, Catch, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chatrooms, Chumbawamba, Chumped, Cibo Matto, Colour Of Spring, Communions, Coral, Cornershop, Cousteaux, Creases, Cribs, Cryptic Street, Cud, Curve, D’s Kitchen, Daisy Chainsaw, Dakota, Day Wave, Dayflower, Deadcuts, Decrees, Del Amitri, Dingus Khan, Django Django, Duds, Dyslexic Postcards, DZ Deathrays, Earl Brutus, East Village, Easy, Eat, Ecca Vandal, Editors, El Presidente, Elbow, Elcka, Electric Six, Everglows, Everlasting Yeah, Everyone Is Dirty, Fair Maiden, Fall Of Ego, Farm, Fatima Mansions, Feeder, Fever Dream, Fews, Ffug, Fields, Five Thirty, Flatmates, Fleet Foxes, Foals, Foil, Formation, Four Tet, Futureheads, Gallops, Gary Numan, Gengahr, Glass Animals, Gomez, Goodly Thousands, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, Graceland, Grandaddy, Grates, Grizzly Bear, Guided By Voices, Gulp, Gwenno, Happyness, Harkin, Harry Styles, Heldinky, Honey Lung, Hoops, Hot Puppies, Hundredth, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Hurtling, I Am Kloot, I, Ludicrous, Ian McNabb, Ida Maria, Indian Queens, Interpol, Interview with the Sherlocks, Jacques, Jagwar Ma, Japandroids, Jenn Vix, Jesca Hoop, Jim Noir, Jitterz, Jocasta, Joy Zipper, Juanita Stein, Julia Jacklin, Julian Cope, Juliana Hatfield Three, Kamikaze Girls, Katalina Kicks, Katalina Kicks feat GT Solo, Kate Pierson, Kellen of Troy, Kent, Kidsmoke, Kill For Eden, Killatrix, KLF, Ladyshark, Last Shadow Puppets, Late Of The Pier, Lawrence and Cow, LCD Soundsystem, Lemon Jelly, Letters To Cleo, Liam Gallagher, Llovers, Long Blondes, Los Blancos, Luby Sparks, Magic Gang, Magic Seas, Make Up, Maker, Manic Street Preachers, Mansun, Manuela, Marmozets, Mayflower, Melody’s Echo Chamber, Menace Beach, Meow Meows, Mexico 70, MGMT, Mint Royale, Mise en Scene, Missio, Mock Turtles, Moderate Rebels, Monarks, Montrose Avenue, Motion, Mount Eerie, Mr Ben and the Bens, Muse, Mutants feat Beki Bondage, Mutants feat Judy Nylon, Wilko Johnson and Wayne Kramer, Nabihah Iqbal, National, Needles For Teeth, New Model Army, New Musik, New Order, New Young Pony Club, Nine Black Alps, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Northside, Oasis, OK Go, Operator Music Band, Orielles, Pale, Palm Honey, Paravelle, Parva, Peaness, Pearl Harts, Pelvis, Peter118, Phalcons, Pharmacy, Pia Fraus, Pigeon Detectives, Pixies, Pizzicato Five, Pretty City, Priests, Protomartyr, Purest, QTY, Queens of the Stone Age, Railway Children, Rainkings, Ralegh Long, Real Estate, RedFaces, Regular Fries, Roadcase Royale, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Royal Blood, Ruts DC, Samurai Seven, San Cisco, Scarlet, Scarlet Fever, Screens, Scumbag Philosopher, Shambolics, Shamen, Shy Beast, Sibyl Vane, Skellums, Skinny Girl Diet, Slow Readers Club, Smashing Pumpkins, Södra Sverige, Sofa Surfers, Soundtrack Of Our Lives, Soup Dragons, Soviet Soviet, Space, Spitfires, Star Tropics, Stare, Starsailor, Stereolab, Steve Hackett, Stevenson Ranch Davidians, Sugarcubes, SuperGlu, Sway, Swedish Death Candy, Swervedrive, TeenCanteen, Terrorvision, Terry Blair and Anouchka, Theaudience, Therapy?, Three Dimensional Tanx, Throwing Muses, Tiger, Tigercub, Ting Tings, Towers Of London, Ulrika Spacek, Ultra Vivid Scene, Unqualified Nurse Band, Urusei Yatsura, Utah Saints, Velvet Hands, Veruca Salt, Ward Thomas, Warm Digits, Warm Digits and Field Music, Watercolours, Waters, We Are Scientists, Wedding Present, Ween, Where Fires Are, Wild Things, Willie J Healey, Wind-Up Birds, World Of Twist, Wylderness, xx, Yassassin, Yonaka, Ysgol Sul, Yuck, Yws Gwynedd

BOA’s End Of Year Indie Disco

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Always wanted to do one of these shows, which I managed without me spoiling it by talking all over it. Grab a White Lightning and party like it’s 1991.


Sultans of Ping FC – Where’s Me Jumper?
Happy Mondays – Kinky Afro
Soup Dragons – I’m Free
Charlatans – Weirdo
Mock Turtles – Can You Dig It?
Farm – Groovy Train
Blur – There’s No Other Way
New Fast Automatic Daffodils – Big
Pop Will Eat Itself – Can U Dig It?
Jesus Jones – Real Real Real
Darling Buds – Burst
Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – Kill Your Television
Breeders – Cannonball
L7 – Pretend We’re Dead
Wonder Stuff – The Size Of A Cow
Thousand Yard Stare – No Score After Extra Time
Inspiral Carpets – This Is How It Feels
Carter USM – Sheriff Fatman
Frank and Walters – Michael
Kingmaker – When Lucy’s Down
Shampoo – Trouble
Shamen – Ebeneezer Goode
Pulp – Common People
Wannadies – Hit
Elastica – Line Up
Sleeper – Delicious
Salad – Your Ma
Shed Seven – Disco Down
Cardigans – Lovefool
Utah Saints – Something Good
Feeder – Buck Rogers
Cornershop – Brimful of Asha (Norman Cook remix)
Maximo Park – Apply Some Pressure
Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
Bloc Party – Banquet

Knees Up Mother Brown! West Ham fans’ Albums of the Year

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Every year I compile a chart of Albums of the Year from the music section of longstanding West Ham United fan site Knees Up Mother Brown.

This year we played out selected songs from the chart in a special lunchtime BOA show.

Here’s the chart:

1. Jane Weaver – Modern Kosmology
2. The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
3. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Who Built The Moon
4. LCD Soundsystem – American Dream
5. Jesus and Mary Chain – Damage And Joy
6. Four Tet – New Energy
7. Public Service Broadcasting – Every Valley
8. The xx – I See You
9. Gary Numan – Savage (Songs From A Broken World)
10. Morrissey – Low In High School
11. Jlin – Black Origami
12. Kasabian – For Crying Out Loud
13. Queens Of The Stone Age – Villains
14. Ian McNabb – Star Strong Smile
15. The Hempholics – Kiss, Cuddle & Torture Volume 1
16. King Krule – The OOZ
17. Obituary – Obituary
18. Marilyn Manson – Heaven Upside Down
19. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked At Me
20. The Shins – Heartworms

The show’s playlist:

Shed Seven – Room In My House
British Sea Power – Bad Bohemian
Shins – Name For You
Mount Eerie – Toothbrush/Trash
King Krule – Dum Surfer
Ian McNabb – Can’t Get What I Want
Queens of the Stone Age – The Way You Used To Do
Kasabian – You’re In Love With A Psycho
Morrissey – Spent The Day In Bed
Gary Numan – Bed Of Thorns
The xx – Say Something Loving
Public Service Broadcasting – Progress
Four Tet – Two Thousand And Seventeen
Jesus and Mary Chain – Always Sad
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – The Man Who Built The Moon
The War On Drugs – Nothing To Find
Jane Weaver – The Architect
Thousand Yard Stare – Action Stations

Playlist for 23 Dec 2017

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The last show before Christmas, and I’ve resisted the temptation to pack it full of Christmas tunes!

Tonight’s show featured new releases and more of my favourite songs of the year, including a few that slipped through the net earlier in the year.

British Sea Power – International Space Station
Shame – One Rizla
Manic Street Preachers – International Blue
Garbanotas Bosistas – Wonderland
Everglows – Here I Go Again
Pretty City – Melt
Guided By Voices – Space Gun
Deadcuts – Opium Style
Boy Azooga – Face Behind Her Cigarette
Willie J Healey – People And Their Dogs
Slow Readers Club – Lunatic
Spook School – Less Than Perfect
RedFaces – Kerosene
Sherlocks – Live For The Moment
Stevenson Ranch Davidians – Holy Life
Seazoo – Dig
Calva Louise – Getting Closer
Pugwash – What Are You LIke
Graham Coxon – Falling
Barns Courtney – Golden Dandelions
Echobelly – Faces In The Mirror
Thousand Yard Stare – This Is A Weight
Salad – Cut And Cover
Shed Seven – Nothing To Live Down
Jane Weaver – The Architect
Idles – 1049 Gotho
Yungblud – Tin Pan Boy
Pony – Small Things
Swedish Death Candy – Broken Engrams

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

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

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

Here’s the playlist:

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

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

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

Tonight’s playlist:

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

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

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Here’s our album of the week …

Salad - The Lost Album Vol 1

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

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

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

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

Today’s playlist:

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

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

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

Casper Skulls - Mercy Works

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

Tonight’s playlist:

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

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

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

Shed Seven - Instant Pleasures

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

Tonight’s playlist:

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

Playlist for 04 Nov 2017

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

Dream Wife

Dream Wife

Tonight’s playlist:

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

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

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

Pale Honey - Devotion

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

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

Shed Seven

Tonight’s playlist:

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

Getting Better All The Time – we chat to Shed Seven

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

Shed Seven

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

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

Shed Seven - Instant Pleasures

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Tonight’s playlist:

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

Playlist for 14 October 2017

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

Tonight’s playlist:


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

Playlist for 26 Sep 2017 (AOTW: Brix and the Extricated – Part 2)

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This week’s album of the week is the excellent PART 2 from the wonderful BRIX AND THE EXTRICATED.

part 2

Brix Start Smith is an American singer and guitarist, best known as the lead guitarist and a major song writer for British post-punk band The Fall.

Brix left the band in 1989 and went on to have a successful career as a fashion entrepreneur and TV expert. In December 2014 she got together with with former Fall members Steve Hanley and Paul Hanley under the name Brix and the Extricated for a one-off gig – which went down rather well, so it was followed by another, and another, and here we are, the band’s debut album!


I spoke to Brix about it all a couple of weeks ago and you can still hear the interview here.

Tonight’s playlist:

Faerground Accidents – Gaslighter
Brix and the Extricated – Feeling Numb
Gengahr – Carrion
Space – Dangerous Day
Ysgol Sul – Silhouette
Lovely Eggs – I Shouldn’t Have Said That
Electric Six – Arrive Alive
Brix and the Extricated – Valentino
Screens – Jennifer Jones
Big Moon – Love In The 4th Dimension
Luxembourg Signal – Blue Field
Pumarosa – My Gruesome Loving Friend
Arcade Fire – Creature Comfort
Brix and the Extricated – Teflon
Pia Fraus – That’s Not All
Shed Seven – Room In My House
Blur – Out Of Time
Bloc Party – Banquet
Daisy Chainsaw – Love Your Money
Frank and Walters – Daisy Chain
Salad – Drink The Elixir
Sleeper – Delicious
An Emotional Fish – Celebrate
Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – Happy
Thousand Yard Stare – Version Of Me
Divine Comedy – Bernice Bobs Her Hair
Cardigans – Happy Meal II
Catch – Bingo
Samurai Seven – Xeroxy Music
Pixies – Monkey Gone To Heaven
Voice Of The Beehive – Beat Of Love
Boo Radleys – Firesky

Playlist for 19 Sep 2017 (AOTW: The Big Moon – Love In The 4th Dimension)

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Tonight’s album of the week was from The Big Moon – Love In The 4th Dimension. Yes it’s been out about six months and I have been playing the odd track here and there during that time, but I’ve had a chance to get to grips with the whole thing now and it’s a great listen.

Big Moon - Love In The 4th Dimension

Also notable for being the only real band nominated for this year’s Mercury Music Prize (although I have to admit my interest in that has waned over previous years).

Tonight’s playlist:

Sparks – Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me)
Big Moon – Cupid
Morrissey – Spent The Day In Bed
Honeyblood – Swell Love
Brix and the Extricated – Valentino
Adwaith – Lipstic Coch
Wolf Alice – Beautifully Unconventional
Big Moon – Silent Movie Susie
Fews – Metal
Darling Buds – Our Lips Are Sealed
Dream Wife – Fire
Protomartyr – My Children
Chatrooms – Homebody
Big Moon – Zeds
Foals – Mountain At My Gates
Garbanotas Bosistas – Last Summer’s Day
Northside – My Rising Star
Mega City Four – Who Cares?
Mexico 70 – Wonderful Lie
Blab Happy – Down
Thousand Yard Stare – Wideshire Two
Bettie Serveert – Palomine
Family Cat – Airplane Gardens
Bang Bang Machine – Technologica
Ash – Jack Names The Planets
Therapy? – Screamager
Powder – Deep-Fried
Audioweb – Sleeper
Kenickie – Private Buchowski
Mansun – Stripper Vicar
Sleeper – Statuesque (Steve Lamacq’s The Boxed Off Mix)

Brix Smith Start – ready for Part 2

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Fans of cult band The Fall will need no introduction to the members of Brix and the Extricated – the band contains four of the 66 musicians who have been in the band with Mark E Smith at some point!


Former guitarist and songwriter Brix got together with Steve Hanley, Paul Hanley, Steve Trafford and Jason Brown in 2014, initially to replay and rework Fall songs that they had written and played together in the 1980s, but the band soon started to write new material, which has culminated in a debut album, Part 2, which is out on 24 September.

part 2

Brix spoke to Paul Golder about how the band got together and how they’ve been writing and recording together.


Local Fall fans will not want to miss the band’s forthcoming shows when they Hit The South, which include a performance at Rough Trade East on Saturday 23rd September and Oslo in Hackney on Friday 3rd November.


Keep an eye on the band’s Facebook page to find out more about shows and releases.

Playlist for 12 Sep 2017

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Tonight’s show featured our interview with Joe Carnell from Milburn along with some great music …

Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine – Rent
Honeyblood – Swell Love
Brix and the Extricated – Moonrise Kingdom
AK/DK – Morphology
Wolf Alice – Beautifully Unconventional
Duke Spirit – Magenta
Darling Buds – Evergreen
Milburn – Nothing For You
Milburn – Midnight Control
Leyline Pass – Burning Bridges (Studio 6 Music session)
Rews – Shine
Duds – Elastic Feel
British Sea Power – The Voice Of Ivy Lee
Strand Of Oaks – Radio Kids
Garbanotas Bosistas – Last Summer’s Day
Thousand Yard Stare – Marginal Gains (Stargazing)
Idles – 1049 Gotho
Lush – Hey Hey Helen
Sleeper – Dress Like Your Mother
Salad – Ugly Fashion Town
Belly – Seal My Fate (US Radio Mix)
Shed Seven – Speakeasy
Powder – Aphrodisiac
Super Furry Animals – Northern Lites
Angelica – Take Me I’m Your Disease
Blur – Chemical World
Eat – Belly Town
Heart Throbs – She’s In A Trance
Stare – Stare
Trash Can Sinatras – One At A Time

Milburn – new album, tour and lots of football …

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Sheffield indie rockers Milburn returned to the music scene last year after 8 years away, and have been making up for lost time having played several sold out shows and recorded a new album, Time, which is out on 29 September.


The band also built up a cult following with many people professing their love from them, including former Doncaster Rovers player Louis Tomlinson.


I spoke to lead singer Joe Carnell about getting the band back together, the new songs and their forthcoming tour, the biggest one they’ve embarked upon to date.

The band are also taking part in this weekend’s Soccer Sixfest in London. As I’m a West Ham fan and the band support Sheffield Wednesday, we also found some common ground to talk about …


Keep an eye on the band’s official website to find out the latest on new shows and releases.