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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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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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)

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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!

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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

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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.

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

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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 …

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

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Playlist for 05 Sep 2017 (AOTW: Everything Everything – A Fever Dream)

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This week’s album of the week was the 4th offering from Manchester’s Everything Everything – A Fever Dream. It’s more political and focused than previous albums, but the trademark genreless sound remains. It’s also their highest charting album, matching 2013’s Arc by going straight in to the album charts at no 5.

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We also played out the full session recorded at Studio 6 Music late last month by Essex band Leyline Pass.

Tonight’s playlist:

Honeyblood – Justine, Misery Queen
Everything Everything – Can’t Do
Superglu – Latvian (2016)
Superfood – Unstoppable
DZ Deathrays – Shred For Summer
Leyline Pass – Burning Bridges (Studio 6 Music session)
Leyline Pass – Heads Hands Face (Studio 6 Music session)
Dream Wife – Fire
Darrah – Can’t Tax The Sun
Brix and the Extricated – Moonrise Kingdom (single mix)
Everything Everything – Desire
Priests – Pink White House
Salad – Namedrops
Bridport Dagger – Bloody Wolves
Thousand Yard Stare – Dystopia
Luxembourg Signal – Blue Field
Leyline Pass – Liar (Studio 6 Music session)
Leyline Pass – Running Up That Hill (Studio 6 Music session)
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile – Over Everything
Marion – I Stopped Dancing
Idles – Well Done
Everything Everything – Ivory Tower
Radiohead – Lift
Gurr – #1985 (clean)
Taffy – dd (Studio 6 Music session)
Thomas Tantrum – Face The Music
Milburn – Nothing For You
British Sea Power – Observe The Skies
Sound Mirrors – VK

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Playlist for 29 Aug 2017

No album of the week this week but 2 hours of great music which you can hear again here!

Tonight’s playlist:

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British Sea Power – Lights Out For Darker Skies
Sleeper – Delicious
Superglu – Weekend
Salad Undressed – Being Human
Idles – Well Done
Honeyblood – Love Is A Disease
My Life Story – Motorcade
Black Honey – Hello Today
Juliana Hatfield – You’re Breaking My Heart
Blondfire – True Confessions
Radiohead – Man Of War
Blur – He Thought Of Cars
Taffy – Suicidal Bunny (Studio 6 Music session)
Sound Mirrors – Planet Fall
Ocean Flaws – Tel Aviv
Madonnatron – Tron
Family Gotown – Today Yesterday
Oblong – This Agression (Will Not Stand)
Adwaith – Lipstic Coch
Fever Dream – Youth (Is Wasted On The Old)
Meow Meows – Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
Muse – Time Is Running Out
Airiel – This Is Permanent
Wolf Alice – Beautifully Unconventional
New Fast Automatic Daffodils – Big
Rews – Shine
British India – I Can Make You Love Me
Cousteaux – The Innermost Light
Brix and the Extricated – Moonrise Kingdom
Wire – Nocturnal Koreans
Duke Spirit – Magenta
Garbage – No Horses

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Playlist for 15 Aug 2017 (AOTW: Charly Bliss – Guppy)

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Tonight’s album of the week was GUPPY, the debut from the wonderful Brooklyn four-piece CHARLY BLISS. Wikipedia describes them as “power pop” and boy do we need more of that on the radio! The album actually came out on 21 April so I’m a bit behind with my stack-of-CDs-not-quite-listened-to-yet, but there’s some great tracks fizzing with energy on the album and it’s been duly transferred to my must-play stack.

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Tonight’s playlist:

Pop Will Eat Itself – Ich Bin Ein Auslander
Charley Bliss – Glitter
Madonnatron – Tron
Dream Wife – Fire
Idles – Well Done
Superglu – Latvian
Skellums – If You Have To Leave
Darling Buds – Our Lips Are Sealed
Adwaith – Femme
Afghan Whigs – Oriole
Charley Bliss – Percolator
Sound Mirrors – Planet Fall
Honeyblood – Love Is A Disease
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – French Press
Voice Of The Beehive – Beat Of Love
Camp Cope – Keep Growing
Rews – Shine
Gurr – Song 2 (Antikörper Session)
D’s Kitchen – Bounce
Charley Bliss – DQ
Watercolours – Feel Tomorrow
Weaves – #53
B-52s – Funplex
My Life Story – It’s A Girl Thing
Salad Undressed – Being Human
Juliana Hatfield – You’re Breaking My Heart
Sleeper – Romeo Me
Ocean Flaws – Tel Aviv
Carousel – Show
Juanita Stein – Dark Horse
Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds From Another Planet
Dodgy – Stand By Yourself

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Playlist for 01 Aug 2017 (AOTW: Idles – Brutalism)

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Our album of the week was Brutalism from the excellent IDLES.

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The Bristol band’s debut came out in March so I am a bit behind the times with this one, but it’s been steadily on rotation at home for some time, even though I can’t play half the songs on the radio without trying to cut the naughty words out. The excellent video for Mother first caught my attention and I was hooked after seeing them live at Latitude. Another excellent performance at Standon Calling led me to believe this wasn’t the last time I’d seeing them – while the songs convey genuine anger and emotion there’s also a lot of humour in their performance. Angry humour. Go check them out now before they get bigger and you have to watch them live behind 100 rows of heads.

On tonight’s show we also played out the full session recorded for us by the wonderful Taffy at Studio 6 Music in Witham.

Tonight’s playlist:

Sleeper – Vegas (single version)
Idles – Well Done
Honeyblood – Biro
Salad Undressed – Granite Statue (Phoenix FM Creative Session)
DWNTWN – Lonely
Letters To Cleo – Can’t Say
Dream Wife – Somebody
Sound Mirrors – Forever Tonight
Pulp – Do You Remember The First Time?
Missio – Middle Fingers
Radiohead – I Promise
Oblong – Max Sant
British Sea Power – It Ended on An Oily Stage
Editors – Munich
You Want Fox – Liar Liar
Garbage – Stupid Girl
Taffy – Thantophobia (Studio 6 Music session)
Taffy – Suicidal Bunny (Studio 6 Music session)
Charlatans – There Will Be Chances
Desperate Journalist – Cristina
Cabbage – Uber Capitalist Death Trade
Taffy – dd (Studio 6 Music session)
Taffy – Boys Don’t Cry (Studio 6 Music session)
Idles – White Privilege
Blondfire – Sex Lies And Destruction
Young Knives – She’s Attracted To
Idles – Rachel Khoo
Franz Ferdinand – Stand On The Horizon
A House – Why Me?
My Life Story – You Don’t Sparkle (in My Eyes)

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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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