on a true story.
those who listened to my comeback show (Nov 3rd 2012 – first one for about 4
years!) you won’t need me to tell you that I played the SONGS OF THE FUTURE.
Songs that are so new, that they almost haven’t been written yet. Songs so
fresh that… something something something freshness…. hmmm. You also won’t
need me to tell you – as you can recall fondly – how in order to ingratiate
myself back in the Phoenix FM fold, I spent the show learning facts about
Essex. You possibly didn’t expect this to be life-affirming nuggets of info
that may – or may not – have brought you closer to the ones around you.
mystery of Thomas Richman’s buried treasure has gone unsolved since 1780.
It is suppose to be buried somewhere in Essex
first crocodile to be brought to the UK was in 1701 by Richard Bradley who
kept it in the lake and grounds of his home in Braintree
- During the
witch hunt in the Middle Ages there were more reported witches in Essex
than Devon and Cornwall combined
living in Essex are 38% more lightly to be hit by falling aeroplane parts
than anywhere else in Britain
- The first ice
making machine in the UK was built in Romford in 1871 by James Ernest
Lighthouse using the vapour evaporation method
male suicide rate in Essex is the lowest in the UK
- Women from
Essex have larger breasts. The top bra companies sell 25% more D to G cup
bras than anywhere else in the UK
space shuttle has only ever had one report of theft. That was in 1983
whilst on display atop a Boeing 747 at Stansted Airport Essex. In total
seventeen items of value were stolen along with a further fifty three
items from the Jumbo jet used to carry it. Nobody was ever charged by
Essex police in connection with the theft.
- In 1651 Henry Joist, an amateur
cartographer from Ilford attempted to measure various distances between
Essex villages. Unfortunately for Joist he failed to calibrate his
equipment first. As a result Joist’s mile was in fact just over a mile and
a half. Using his calculations would have put Clacton about thirty miles
into the English Channel. From then on distances that appeared further
than imagined were called “an Essex mile” later changed to “a country mile”
you can see, much fun was to be had. I also brougnt to light the mystery and
myth of A DRAGON THAT WAS SEEN IN ESSEX. Yes, a news report that I found on the
ever reliable INTERNET, brought me the story of a live dragon that was
witnessed in Brentwood and lovingly captured in the form of MSPaint and lies.
you didn’t listen to my show to hear about cryptids did you? No. you listened
on the oft chance you would hear new music, new bands and me messing up and
trying to dodge the webcam. You wish was answered and in no particular order
here are the songs I played in no particular order.
The Hidden Messages/Apple Eyes – The Jed Shepherd Show
I have a theme song. Yes that is an explosion at the end. and what?
CHVRCHES – the mother we share (SINGLE OF THE WEEK)
I said around 26 times on the show, I genuinely think this is not only the song
of the week, month or year… but maybe the song of the 21st century. Maybe its
just me. Actually its quite possible I have just formed some sort of bond to
this song as it has everything my ears need, encapsulated in a 3 minute bullet
of indietronica that threatens to TEAR MY HEART APART. Okay maybe not as
dramatic as that, but the first time I listened to it I had to put it on 100
more times until I was sure that a band from Glasgow, who had never done
anything previously, had somehow crafted a song of such majestic pop beauty it
cast a shadow on the entire concept of The Jed Shepherd Show. How am I meant to
play new music all the time when all I want to play is this over and over again
until they take me away to a nice bouncy room with nothing but the people I
draw on the walls as company? I don’t think I’ve been so in love with a song,
so immediately that I daydream about it like its an unrequited love thats
accidentally sent me a text. I dare you not to embrace this like it’s a cold
pillow on a hot night, like it’s a high five from that guy you’ve always
thought was cool but never gave you the time of day, like its a incredible
moment of clarity in your working day when you realise that life isnt just
about trying to make everyone else happy, its about making yourself happy and
everyone else can go eat bees. This song is like that.
The Griswolds –
love The Griswolds. this sounds like a Lonely Island parody song, but its real.
Very real. In fact its brilliant.
Yuko Yuko – My Ego, Your Echo
this is a new music show I wanted to throw in a band that nobody has ever heard
before and think I succeeded with this one. Its also a really lovely song . I
have no idea what its about but throw me a catchy chorus and I’m all up in
Yuno – Sunlight
friend Tina used to call herself Yuno on music forums. I don’t speak to her
anymore. Hope she is okay. I don’t think this is her, but she used to sing, so
maybe it is. *sigh*
Matt & Kim – Let’s Go
welcome on the Jed Shepherd Show, M&K just make happy music. A mainstay of
any summer mixtape and I don’t think I’ve ever heard them produce a bad song
(or at least one without some sort of merit)
Young Dreams – fog of war
genius. I’d never heard of Young Dreams until recently but I have scoured the
internet for everything they have ever done now. If ever a band is due to go
mainstream, just through quality of output, it’s them. Steadily accruing more
and more interest on music blogs across the world, these are one to watch.
Andrew Bird – Three White Horses
Beautiful. Andrew Bird has been around for ages, but this isnt a new band show,
its a new music show so thats why I’ve plumped for this. Summons up images of
riding across a desert with nothing but the sky above you and the sound of
galloping, echoing across an expansive canyon, and then suddenly it stops and
you realise you are in your flat in london and the horse you were riding on is
in fact the arm of your sofa and everybody is looking at you.
Kopecky Family Band – Heartbeat
band I’ve ever listened to has a song called ‘Heartbeat’ but I’ve never heard a
bad one. Maybe bands make a quality tune and then attach the moniker
‘heartbeat’ to it to become part of a great collection of songs with that name.
That’s why I’ve written a song called “Candle in the Wind” about that
time when I threw a candle at a cat on a windy day.
DUDES – Somewhere Close 2 U
knows there is nothing cooler than substituting words with numbers. Okay maybe
EVERYTHING is cooler than that. Good song though, terrible spelling.
Elvis Depressedly – Hurt Everything
chose to play this based on the band name. Thats an incred good band name. This
is probably style over substance as in hindsight I’m not too peachy keen on
this song. Still… that band name eh?
Childhood – Blue Velvet
the show, my ex-girlfriend text me to let me know she endorses this song.
Therefore I retract my previous love of this tune and consign it to the ‘Never
Play Again’ List. I will however play other songs called ‘Blue Velvet’ as a nod
to David Lynch for being the best human being alive.
Crystal Castles – Affection
the most well known band I played. It’s their new tune and its a canny one at
that. They are the band that for the most part sounds like a robot falling into
some Lego, but are consistantly innovative and breathtakingly fresh. Live they
are a bit hit and miss, but exciting nonetheless.
ABADABAD – All The Bros Say
would have been amazing if ABADABAD was the chord sequence for this song. It’s
not though. I checked. It’s a really poppy slice of Americana that I’ve found
myself playing on my iphone most days. I know how that sounds.
Chad Valley – Fall 4 U
Valley is one of my favourite new bands. I will probably play another new track
from them on my next show. they seem to be remixed to high heavens, which only
means more bang for your buck. Google them and listen to their soundcloud.
The 1975 – You
the show, I proclaimed that this band are potentially the next big thing. I
don’t mean that in an altogether good way. I mean they are possibly the next
Snow Patrol. Yes, that sounds like a diss and perhaps it is. Commercial indie
rock for the masses is exactly what they were going for an I think they
achieved it. It’s very listenable and I have oft hummed this on the way to the
fridge. they have a song called ‘Sex’ that should have been the song of the
summer but kinda fizzled out. Give them your ear and you’ll probably love them.
Electric Youth – The Best Thing
film ‘DRIVE’ has alot to answer for. It has brought a bout of copycat films,
all trying to get that same neo-noir look that harks back to neon-nights and
80s sensibilities. I’m all for that. More 80s in my face please. What ‘Drive’
has also done is created an industry of bands who are trying to imitate the
perfect soundtrack. Electric youth appeared in the aforementioned soundtrack
with probably the best tune of all ‘Real Hero’ and in a perfect facsimile of
themselves, have produced a song that sounds exactly like it. This is of course
in hope of crafting the same success, but thats never going to happen. In
summary, this is SUCH an emotive tune, a bit like getting a message off the
ghost of someone with soft hands, who only throws around teddy bears.
Sky Ferreira – everything is embarrassing
of all, DO NOT JUDGE ME. I stand by this song and also the artist. Even though
she is POP through and through. just find this song and listen to it. The
reverb, the pauses, the brevity of narrative, the tailing off of Sky’s vocals
at the end of some of the lines. It’s like it was recorded at the bottom of a
well where every now and then, a villager drops pennies on her head in the
belief the ‘magic well witch’ might grant them a bountiful harvest. I would
have said it was my song of the week but that is coming up. honestly, listen to
any song Sky’s ever done and you’ll be amazed at how creative pop can be.
Solange – sleep in the park (Twin Shadows Remix)
original is awful. This remix by Twin Shadows elevates the below-par to
something akin to radio-friendly Valhalla. again, there’s only approx 5 words
in the whole song, but the repetition and the bass/drum tangle made me wake up
and question whether Solange (aka Beyonce’s sister) has something that other
artists don’t have. she doesn’t. she isn’t really any good, but it highlights
what a great producer can do with the minimum of content. Twin shadows
(Solange’s labelmate) is a force to behold. Anything with the TS name on it in
any capacity is a joy to behold and worth a second listen.
A Fine Frenzy – Now is the start
took me a while to warm to this song. It’s as if it didn’t want me to like it.
Has this song been used on an Apple advert or something? It sounds like the
kind of Arcade Fire rip-off that they would go gaga for. I’m not kidding about
the Arcade Fire-ness of this track or the band as a whole. It’s uncanny but
obviously they do not have the twin-galaxies of Win & Regine to lend their
tragi-vocals to the track, so it ends up being an ultimately empty indie-pop
song with way too much synth in that middle 8. I’m an arm-length fan at best.
Pear shape – the coca cola kid
threw this in as it sounds like every Scando-band ever to come out of that set
of countries who secretly all hate each other. Surprisingly, this band do not
hail from Gothenburg but from Australia! the mroe I think about it, the more I
see similarities to one of the best band of the last decade (Architecture in
Helsinki of course) in the quirky intonations and the lyrical humour. Its
bubblegum, its lite-indiepop, its almost Strokes-esque but what it isnt, is a
Haerts – Wings
the last week this song has become even more popular across the internet. I’m
not surprised as it matters a female vocal comparable to Stevie Nicks against a
backdrop of a 21st century Tears for Fears track. I’m not quite sure where this
band is going, but I want a piggy-back there.
Trails and Ways – Border Crosser
Thats what we need in songs. More Whistles. this track delivers and also has
one of my fave hooks of the male/female – call/response dynamic. It’s just a
well constructed song that even manages to sound fresh when it has a train
sample in it.
Emily Capell – Louis Matthews
this song. LOVE this girl. LOVE. I’m totally biased though as she is coming in
to perform on THE JED SHEPHERD SHOW this week (yay!). This track is about her
unrequited affection to the titular character and her attempts at lovingly
stalking him FOR HIS OWN GOOD AS SHE IS JUST PROTECTING HIM FROM THOSE OTHER
GIRLS, MAN. I will be asking her ALL the questions and listening to alot more
of her songs during the next show. This is her myspace (myspace is still a
thing right?) https://uk.myspace.com/emilycapell
but you can hear hre in lots of places if you just google her name. I think she
is briliant and I will be playing more of her songs on shows even when she isnt
that was my first NEW show of 2012. If you listened in, I hope you enjoyed it.
If you didn’t then frankly you’re not my target audience and you should
immediately seek medical advice as I fear your ears (and possibly brain) are
not working as they should.
Whats on the next show?
Capell and me telling Ghost Stories (and playing new music).