Category Archives: The Alex Fletcher Show

Update – Listen to Girls “Vomit”

11/08/11

Harsh Realm – Widowspeak

Alex Winston – Velvet Elvis (RAC remix)

Sumemr Camp – I Want You

Neon Indian – Fallout

Nikki Lane – Gone Gone Gone

Twin Sister – Bad Street

White Denim – Drug

Gauntlet Hair – Top Bunk

Girls – Vomit

Geoffrey O’Connor – Whatever Leads Me To You

Masters Of The Hemisphere – Belushi

Chromatics – Night Drive

Trailer Trash Tracys – Dies In 55

Asobi Seksu – Trails

Solid Gold – Get Over It

Blair – Hearts

03/08/11

De Montevert – High On You

Golden Child – World’s End Press

Kim Curly Band – Passerby

Love Of Everything – Sooner I Wish

Waters – Oh Holy Break Of Day

Feldberg – Dreamin

Kellermensch – Black Dress

Ladytron – White Elephant

My Wet Calvin – Laps

MIA – 20 Dollar

Fan Death – Reunited

Princeton – Korean War Memorial

Wild Palms – Overtime

The Cheek – Just One Night

The National – England

30/07/11

HTRK – Eat Yr heart Out

Dreadnought – by The Wire

Younghusband – Carousel

Superhumanoids – Mirrors (Cosmic Kids remix)

Tony Castles – Juice

Theophilus London – Flying Overseas

Sufjan Stevens – Seven Swans

Deerhunter – Nothing Ever Happened

Warpaint – Undertow

Best Coast – Gone Again

Gold Panda – MBP

Morrissey – People Are The Same Everywhere

The History Of Apple Pie – You’re So Cool

Devon Williams – Your Sympathy

Royal Bangs – TV Tree (Deerhoof remix)

Alias – Wanna Let Go

Apparat – Black Water

The Knocks – Sunshine

27/07/11 

Cults – Go Outside (Menahan Street band remix)

Dum Dum Girls – Coming Down

Pele – Nude Beach

The Presets – Down Down Down

Digitalism – 2 Hearts

Mode Moderne – Real Goth

The Pack A.D. – Sirens

Chapel Club – After the Flood

Cold Skin – To Kill A King

Norway – Beach House

The Drums – Let’s Go Surfing

Performance – Reptile

Royksopp – This Must Be It

Future Of The Left – The Hope That House Built

Kid Gloves – High Pressure

20/07/11

Anna Calvi – Blackout

Total Warr – Jamie (Weezer cover)

They Might Be Giants – Judy Is Your Vietnam

M83 – Midnight City

PJ Harvey – Written On The Forehead

Sleeping Bag – Slime

Caveman – Old Friend

Street Eaters – Ashby and Shattuck

Morrissey – Action Is My Middle Name

Cults – Go Outside 

13/07/11

Battlekat – He Didn’t Want a Love Song

Bleached – Thinking Of You

Frankie Rose & The Outs – Candy

Humans – Avec Mes Mecs

Matt & Kim – Block After Block

Moonface – Fast Peter

Sainthood Reps – Monoculture

That Work – Secret Lover

Valentin Stip – Anytime Will Do

When Saints Go Machine – Kelly

Xeno & Oaklander – Not Afraid

Big Troubles – Misery

Crystal Antlers – I Slept In An Arcade

Grace Jones – Williams Blood (Aeroplane remix)

Luther – There’s Always Money

Mirro Mirror – Interiors

Picture Plane – Post Physical

Tennis – Is It True

The Raveonettes – Forget That You’re Young

Wooden Shjips – Lazy Bones

Zola Jesus – Vessel

15/06/11

Appetite – Fiery Ring (Johnny Cash rework)

Digital Leather – Sea of Hate

Fall On Your Sword – The First Time I Saw Jupiter

I Break Horses – Hearts

Odonis Odonis – Mr Smith

Railcars – Hounds Of Love (Kate Bush cover)

Vetiver – Wonder Why

Woods – Pushing Onlys

Cassettes Won’t Listen – Homeboy Sandman

Dirty Vegas – Little White Doves (Nightriders remix)

Fool’s Gold – Street Clothes

Noah & The Whale – Tonight’s The Kinda Night (RAC remix)

Pinksy – Half Full

Underworld – Diamond Jigsaw

Delta Spirit – She’s Not There (Zombies remix)

Morrissey – The Kid’s A Looker

Bright Archer – Hidden Systems

Tomorrows Tulips – Casual Hopelessness

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Bands to listen to this week include The History of Apple Pie, Devon Williams and YoungHusband. New tracks from Morrissey aired.

Totally in love with new band The History of Apple Pie who are making some very excellent music straight out of the nineties. Just don’t get bogged down with the fact that it sounds exactly like something out of the nineties because these kids were probably born in the nineties and are therefore ill-equipped to make music that is instead, a clver ironic homage to the nineties. Just like it for what it is. Fans of 13-era Blur, Dinosaur Jnr, Pavement etc etc will love this. Check out their single ‘You’re So Cool’.

Devon Williams is a fantastic singer/songwriter from LA who specialises in some really nice timeless pop that has influences from 80s punk to 60s pop with jangly guitars thrown in for good measure. His new album ‘Euphoria’ (out 30 August) is a future classic, charming and very well thought out with particular attention paid to melody and arrangement. Listen to his track ‘Your Sympathy’.

YoungHusband are from London and have been going for a couple years for they got signed. Their first single ‘Carousel’ came out two weeks ago, and it is an instantly rememberable hit. There is a a single guitar riff that repeats cyclically throughout the whole song, much like a carousel – genuis!

I also played over the last couple weeks, some new tracks from Morrissey. He has already recorded his tenth album in full and is ready to release the as yet unnamed record as soon as he finds a new label as he ended his contract with Major/Minor Records at the beginning of the year. So that’s HMV/Sire, RCA/Reprise, Attack/Sanctuary and Decca/Lost Highway so far…

Do check out Warpaint if you haven’t already. They’re one of the most exciting rock acts to come of LA for a while and I am ashamed that I hadn’t heard of them until I saw the Glastonbury highlights!

Playlist 30/06/2011

Class Actress – Keep You
HTRK – Eat Yr Heart
Dreadnought – By The Wire
YoungHusband – Carousel
Superhumanoids – Mirrors (Cosmic Kids remix)
Theophilus London – Flying Overseas
Emeralds – Candy Shoppe
Sufjan Stevens – Seven Swans
Deerhunter – Nothing Ever Happened
Warpaint – Undertow
Best Coast – Gone Again
Gold Panda – MPB
Morrisey – People Are The Same Everywhere
The History of Apple Pie – You’re So Cool
Peguine Prison – Multi-Millionaire
Tomorrow’s Tulips – Hoplessness
Devon Williams – Your Sympathy
Alias – Wanna Let Go
Royal Bangs – TV Tree (Deerhunter remix)
Finn Reggins – Some Are Knightz
Apparat – Black Water
Glasser – Plane Temp
Delta Spirit – She’s Not There (The Zombies cover)
The Knocks – Sunshine
Morrissey – Action Is My Middle Name
Morrissey – The Kid’s A Looker

06/07/2011

Woods – Pushing Onlys
Foster The People – Helena Beat
Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers
Frankmusik ft Far East Movement – Do It In The AM
The Rosebuds – Woods
Morrissey – Action Is My Middle Name
The History of Apple Pie – You’re So Cool
Devon Williams – Your Sympathy
Bright Archer – Hidden Systems
Mr Little Jeans – The Suburbs (Arcade Fire cover)
Chapel Club – After The Flood
Bosco Delrey – Baby’s Got A Blue Flame
WU LYF – LYF
Cults – Go Outside
Attic Lights – Never Get Sick Of The Sea
Solid Gold – Get Over It
Overnight – I Know
Bombay Bicycyle Club – Always Be Like This
Royal Bangs – TV Tree (Deerhunter remix)
YoungHusband – Carousel
Tony Castles – Juice

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Playlists 01/06 and 15/06 – Mr Little Jeans, Frankmusik, Appetite and Homeboy Sandman

Music-you-must-make-an-extra-special-effort-to-listen-to-this-week comes from Mr Little Jeans, Frankmusik, Appetite and Homeboy Sandman (just like the headline says).

Mr Little Jeans isn’t really Mr and she doesn’t particularly like denim either. Aka Monica Birkenes from London, Mr Little Jeans is a budding pop star who has, up until recently, been churning out a host of remixes for the likes of the Naked & Famous, Passion Pit, RAC and Pacific. She has an EP out now entitled Rescue Song, where she blends sweet pop with synths, dirty drum beats and some breathy vocals. Very cool. Check out her cover of the Arcade Fire track The Suburbs for free.

I’m glad to see Frankmusik is back with a new offering. Do It In The AM is slightly different avenue for the British electropop musician, thanks to the Far East Movement who has thrown in a hard hit of hip-hop to otherwise pretty vacous electro beats. Check out the various remixes of the record on the Frabkmusik website.

Appetite aka Teddy Briggs, is a drummer and self-taught producer with a taste for electronica. Fiery Ring is reworking of the famous Johnny Cash song Ring of Fire. The record is just genuis, which has taken the original and evolved it into something very cool, but keeps just enough of Cash so you exactly what it is that you are listening to (a big pet hate of mine is when bands cover a record and don’t recognise it – what’s the point?).

Homeboy Sandman makes me very excited about the world of hip hop. For at least the last 10 years, hip hop has been a pretty mediocre genre that has has played it too safe but slowly very slowly, it seems to be embracing other influences such as dance and electro. Not only can Homeboy Sandman spit some serious rhymes, he’s perfectionist when it comes to choosing the beats and incorporating and collaborating with different musical influences.

01/06/2011

Tasseomancy – The Darkness of Things

Bosco Delrey – Baby’s Got A Blue Flame

Frankmusik ft Far East Movement – Do It In The AM

Rochelle Jordan – How To Feel

Ronika – Forget Yourself

Blackbird – Jus’ Someone

Dynasty Electric – Radiation 

The Breaks – Planning to Rock

The Rosebuds – Woods

Tellison – New York New York New York

Iceage – Broken Bone

An Horse – Dressed Sharply

Brilliant Colours – How Much Younger

Alan Watts – Jukebox Dad

WU LYF – Go Tell Fire To The Mountain

Metronomy – The Bay (Stop Making Me remix)

Mr Little Jeans – The Suburbs (Arcade Fire cover)

15/06/2011

Appetite – Fiery Ring (Johnny Cash cover)

Digital Leather – Sea of Hate

Fall On Your Sword – The First Time I Saw Jupiter

I Break Horses – Hearts

Odonis Odonis – Mr Smith

Railcars – Hounds of Love (Kate Bush cover)

Vetiver – Wonder Why

Woods – Pushing Onlys

Homeboy Sandman – Cassettes Won’t Listen

Dirty Vegas – Little White Doves (Nightriders remix)

Fool’s Gold – Street Clothes

Noah & the Whale – Tonight’s the Kind of Night

Pinsky – Half Full

Underworld – Diamond Jigsaw

Wombats – Techno Fan (Diplo remix)

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Two albums you must hear this week – The Alex Fletcher Show

I don’t get round to buying many CD albums these days but I made a special exception for the new Young Knives album ‘Ornaments From The Silver Arcade’ and Wild Beasts ‘Smother’. A bit late in the game I know, seeing as they  came out in April and May respectively.

Both albums are truly two masterpieces. Ornaments From the Silver Arcade sees a small departure from Young Knives’ usual awkward punk into something much more grown up, clever and dare I say it, sexy (!!), thanks to new subject matter in the songs, female backing vocals and a few synths and guitar effects. Stand out tracks for me are I Love My Name, Human Again and Silver Tongue.

Wild Beasts’ Smother is a beautifully arranged album – clearly the work of a perfectionist. The themes of sex, desire and brutality that run through the songs contrast really well the gentle instrumentalism. Stand out tracks are Invisible, Albatross, Reach A Bit Further and Bed of Nails.

Track list 25/05/2011

Alexander – Truth (White Arrows remix)

Echo Lake – Young Silence

EMA – Milkman

Black Lips – Moder Art

Young Knives – I Love My Name

Handsome Furs – What About Us

Kids On A Crime Spree – I Don’t Want To Call You Baby, Baby

Wild Beasts – Albatross

Naked Hearts – Pillow Song

No Joy – Indigo Child (Stereolab Remix)

Rye Rye (ft MIA) – Sunshine (2 Bit Thugs ReRub)

Star Slinger – Mornin’

Thee Oh Sees – Corrupted Coffin

Washed Out – Eyes Be Closed

Woodsman – Insects

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The Alex Fletcher Show 11/05/11

Lots of new records this week including my new favourite band Best Coast. They are a low-fi riot grrl artist. Totally up my street. Watch the video for their latest single \’Boyfriend\’

Also have a listen to Blood Orange, which is Dev Hynes (aka Lightspeed Champion aka Boa vs Python aka sometimes member of Weezer) latest incarnation. This is basically a Prince tribute band co-produced by grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor.

I have selected my summer anthem as well for this year. I have to go with Foster The People ‘Pumped Up Kicks’. THIS WILL BE BIG thanks to numerous festival appearances this year.

Playlist:

Danananananaykroyd – E Numbers

Future Of The Left – I Am The Least Of Your Problems

Best Coast – Boyfriend

Blood Orange – Dinner

Adele & Jamie XX vs Cecile, Mr Lexx & Timberlee – Rolling In The heat (The Heatwave refix)

Brute Heart – Hunter

Lost In the Trees – Tall Trees

Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks

Oh Land – Sun Of A Gun

The Dears – Blood

Little Scream – Cannons

Other Lives – For 12

Wild Beasts – Invisible

Thee Oh Sees – Corrupted Coffin

Kids On A Scream Spree – I Don’t Want To Call You Baby, Baby

Bonjay – Want A Gang

No Joy – Indigo Child

Charli XCX – Stay Away

Jess Mills – Vultures (MJ Cole remix)

Alex Winston – Locomotive (Beach Fossils remix)

 

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The Alex Fletcher Show – back on the airwaves

I’m finally back on the airwaves after a year or so’s hiatus and all my fears about being totally out of touch with all things ‘good’ music-wise, thankfully, seemed to have vanished.

I truly believe this year is a fantastic year for new music, especially as we’re now starting to see the back of the recession. Labels seem to taking a few more gambles with new bands and artists, and that in turn has made me more enthusiastic than ever about picking and playing new tracks every week.

Here’s some of the stuff you might have missed over the last couple of months:

02/03/2011

Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers (from album Wounded Rhymes)

Music For Animals – If Looks Could Kill

Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers

Clare Maguire – The Last Dance (Chase & Status remix)

Sneaky Sound System – Pictures

The Strokes – Under Cover of Darkness

Foster The People – Helena Beat

Patrick Wolf – The City

Chapel Club – After the Flood

To Kill A King – Cold Skin

Tigers That Killed – The Merchant

Wooden Shjips – For So Long

Temper Trap – Fools

The Rosebuds – Big Heartbreak

Goldfrapp – Rocket

 

09/03/2011 (The SXSW special)

Bonjay – Stumble (from Broughtupsy EP)

Asobi Seksu – Trails

Bonjay – Stumble

California Wives – Purple

Datarock – True Stories

Elizabeth & The Catapult – Taller Children

Fake Problems – Soulless

Gold Panda – Snow & Taxis

Har Mar Superstar – Tall Boy

Jukebox The Ghost – Empire

Portugal. The Man – People Say

Rah Rah – Salty Cities

Shilpa Ray – Venus Shaver

Solid Gold – Get Over It

Surfer Blood – Swim

The Black Heart Procession – Rats

The Spinto Band – Pumpkins & Paisley

Uh Huh Her – Say So

Vetiver – Everyday

Whip – Trash

Zowie – Broken Machine

 

22/03/2011

Oh Land – Wolf & I (from Oh Land)

Oh Land – Wolf & I

Bat For Lashes – Stangelove

JJ – the End

Metronomy – The Look

Foals – This Orient

Neon Hitch – What Starry Eyes Know (Two Door Cinema Club vs Ellie Golding)

New Young Pony Club – Lost A Girl

Brite Lite Brite – Sky Turns Red

Bonjay – Stumble

Aya – Sugar & Gold (Justin Van Volgen remix)

The Dears – Blood

U.S. Royalty – Equestrian

 

29/03/2011

Scala & The Kolacny Brothers (from One Winged Angel) GIVE THIS A CHANCE!

Bikini – American Mourning

Neon Hitch – Get Over You

Blair – Hearts

The Limousines – Internet Killed the Video Star

Andreya Triana – Lost Where I Belong (Flying Lotus remix)

Scala & the Kolacny brothers – Our Last Fight

Colleen Green – Worship You

Datarock – Catcher In The Rye

A Place To Bury Strangers – In Your Heart

Austra – Feel It Break

Anna Calvi – Love Won’t Be Leaving

White Denim – Anvil Everything

The Good Natured – Prisoner

 

06/04/2011

Beth Ditto – I Wrote The Book (The Beth Ditto EP)

Oh Land – Wolf & I

Sleigh Bells – Tell ‘Em

The Pornographer – Parenthetical Girls

Austra – Lose It

Wolf Gang – Something Unusual

The Naked & Famous – Young Blood

Atari Teenage Riot – Blood In My Eyes

YACHT – Dystopia

Arcade Fire – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Noah & the Whale – Give It All Back

Chromeo ft La Roux – Hot Mess

Beth Ditto – I Wrote the Book

Friendly Fires – Live Those Days Tonight

The Good Natured – Wolves

 

13/04/2011

MNDR – Cut Me Out (single)

Graham Coxon, Paloma Faith & Bill Ryder-Jones – Desire

Connan Mockasin – Forever Dolphin love (Erol Alkan rework)

Holy Other – Touch

FOE – A Handsome Stranger Called Death

Dirty Gold – California Sunrise

Architecture In Helsinki – Contact High (Clock Opera remix)

MNDR – Cut Me Out

Nicki Minaj – Girls Fall Like Dominoes (sampling The Big Pink)

The Sewing Circle – Lead Role

Gang Gang Dance – Mindkilla

Metronomy – The Look

Arron Dean – The Extraordinary Things We Fear

Chase & Status ft. Delilah – Time

Rosanna – Waterfall

Phantogram – When I’m Small

The Good Natured – Wolves

 

27/04/2011

Vetiver – Can\’t You Tell (single)

Witches – Creatures of Nature

Ponytail – Easy Peasy

Manchester Orchestra – Simple Math

Telepathique – All Your Lovers

Seapony – Blue Star

Vetiver – Can’t You Tell

Cassettes Won’t Listen – The Echoes

Golden Bloom – You Go On (& On)

Stripmall Architecture – Daylight Machine

The Van Doos – Is This The One

Eddie The Gun – Kids

Edwin Van Cleef ft. Jane Hanley – Litzomania

Cold Cave – Villains Of the Moon

Phantogram – When I’m Small

 

02/05/2011

The Amplifetes – It\’s My Life (single)

AlunaGeorge – Make No Mistake

Wolf Gang – Pyramid Song

The Sound of Arrows – Nova

The Amplifietes – It’s My Life

White Lies – Strangers

Suuns – Arena

Takka Takka – Everybody Say

Paris Angels – Perfume

BRMC – Cold Wind

Austra – Lose It

Uh Huh Her – Say So

JJ – The End

Patrick Wolf – The City

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