Category Archives: Brentwood’s Only Alternative

Playlist for 14 Apr 2018 (AOTW: The Spectors – Ooh Aah Aah)

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Tonight’s album of the week was Ooh Aah Aah from Belgian dreampop/Britpop(ish) band The Spectors.

Ooh Aah Aah is their second album and it’s out now. You can find out more about them on their Facebook page.

Tonight’s playlist:

Shed Seven – Getting Better
Spectors – Borderline
Gaz Coombes – Walk The Walk
Everglows – Sunshine
Asylums – When We Wake Up
We Are Scientists – Your Light Has Changed
Interrobang – Based On A True Story
Dose – Furniture
GRDNS – Juniper
Belly – Stars Align
Spectors – When The Morning Falls
Sunflower Bean – Burn It
Thousand Yard Stare – Dystopia
Daddy Issues – I’m Not (clean)
Orielles – Old Stuff, New Glass
Moaning – Don’t Go
Jesus Jones – Suck It Up
485C – Kapow!
Darling Buds – Evergreen
Salad Undressed – We’ll Never Meet
Tokyo Police Club – Wait Up (Boots Of Danger)
Heart Throbs – Dreamtime
Spectors – Leader Of The Pack
Tape The Radio – Our Love Is A Broken Heart
Wonder Stuff – On The Ropes
Blab Happy – Tender Hooks
Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine – Alternative Alf Garnett
Blur – Coping
Jocasta – Go
Bluetones – Cut Some Rug
Radiohead – Just
Charlatans – Opportunity


Playlist for 07 Apr 2018 (EIO40 special – the newies)

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Tonight’s show was the second of two special shows in conjunction with Everything Indie Over 40 – a community for those people who love their old-school indie (and new old-school indie too).

We had requests from a number of the group’s members and I managed to squeeze them all into tonight’s two hour show.

As last week’s show concentrated on oldies we decided to make the second of the two shows a “newies” show – and introduced me to a number of great artists that I don’t usually play, so I think I was the main beneficiary from all the requests!

EIO40 is a website, a Facebook group and a Twitter account. If you love the music I play, go and join them!

Tonight’s playlist:

Ride – Pulsar
(requested by Bill Ainsworth)
From the Tomorrow’s Shore EP which came out in February.

Teenage Wrist – Swallow
(requested by Jeremy P Goldstein)
A band from LA who released their debut album Chrome Neon Jesus on 9 March, and this track is taken from it.

Casper Skulls – Primeval
(requested by Norman Dykstra)
From the Toronto band’s album Mercy Works, a former Album Of The Week here on BOA, which came out last November.

Kindling – Destroy Yrself
(requested by Mark Gurwell)
Kindling are from Easthampton, MA. This song was released as a single on Bandcamp in November 2017.

The Beths – Great No One
(requested by Sandy Wishart )
The Beths are a guitar pop band from Auckland, NZ. The lead singer is called Elizabeth Stokes but I don’t think there are any other Beths in the group! This single was released in Ovetober 2017.

Lake Ruth – One Of Your Own
(requested by William McAlpine)
Band from NYC – this track was released on 16 Feb 2018 on Feral Child Recordings @lakeruthmusic

Daddy Issues – I’m Not
(requested by David Kravitz)
This track is taken from the Nashville, Tennessee band’s Deep Dream album which was released in May 2017.

Black Honey – All My Pride
(requested by Antony Boot)
This track appears on the Headspin EP which was released in 2016.

Last Leaves – Third Thoughts
(requested by Rob Morgan)
Last Leaves are an indie pop band from Melbourne, Australia. This track appears on their album Other Towns Than Ours which came out in October last year.

Scott Gilmore – Walking Underground
(requested by Rob Morgan)
Scott Gilmore is a producer from California and this track comes from the Subtle Vertigo album released in 2017.

Ill – Ill Song
(requested by Richard Culver)
Ill are a Manchester band who originally released this as a single on Bandcamp on Hallowe’en in 2015 – but it will also appear on their debut album We Are Ill which is out on 18 May 2018.

Buffalo Tom – See High The Hemlock Grows
(requested by Ian Blatherwick)
This track appears on Quiet and Peace, Buffalo Tom’s first new album in 7 years which was released in March.

The Spectors – Only You
(requested by Timmi X-Laughter)
New single from the band from Belgium which was released on 23 March.

Hippies vs Ghosts – No Left No Right
(requested by @oblongpop)
HVG are a Welsh experimental indie rock band – this is the title track of their new album which came out in February.

Letters To Cleo – Can’t Say
(requested by Norman Dykstra)
Appears on the Back To Nebraska EP, the band’s first new music in 19 years which came out in October 2016 after a Pledgemusic campaign.

Anthonie Tonnon – Two Free Hands
(requested by Riverboat Captain)
Anthonie is a singer/songwriter from Dunedin, New Zealand. This single was released in October 2017.

Parquet Courts – Almost Had To Start A Fight
(requested by Chöpstick)
This track is from the NYC band’s forthcoming album Wide Awake! which is due for release on 18 May.

The Magic Gang – Getting Along
(requested by Si Farrier)
The Magic Gang are a quartet originally from the New Forest but now based in Brighton. The Times here in the UK recently described them as Britain’s best new guitar band! This track is from their self-titled debut album which came out in March.

Soccer Mommy – Your Dog
(requested by Stephen Williamson)
Soccer Mommy is the stage name of bedroom pop and indie rock musician Sophie Allison. This track appears on her debut album Clean which was released in March on Fat Possom records.

Firestations – Receiver
(requested by Positive Noise)
This track appears on the London band’s debut album The Year Dot which came out today (7 April)!

Beautify Junkyards – Prism
(requested by Pablo Blazaleta)
Beautify Junkyards are a band from Lisbon whose music blends their love of English Acid Folk and Brazilian Tropicalia. This track appears on their album The Invisible World Of Beautify Junkyards which was released in March.

White Room – Stole the I.V.
(requested by Antony Boot)
A Brighton-based five-piece who released this track as a single in May 2017.

National Honor Society – I Am, And Was And Will Be
(requested by @Johnynocash)
The National Honor Society are a band from Seattle, Washington who released this song on Bandcamp back in August.

Say Sue Me – Good For Some Reason
(requested by Mark Whitworth)
A band from Busan, South Korea who I’ve been giving a bit of airtime to over the last few months. This track was released as a split 7″ single back in October with Japanese band Otoboke Beaver on the other side.

Desert Mountain Tribe – Wide Eyes
(requested by Chris. Just Chris)
The current single from this London based alternative/indie rock trio – the first track to be taken from the band’s forthcoming second album, which is due out in the early summer.

Slow Riot – Voyeur
(requested by Paul Foley)
Slow Riot are a four piece band from Limerick in Ireland. This track came out as a single last week.

Laurie Shaw – Breaking Branches
(requested by Darren Jones)
Laurie Shaw is a 23 year old Wirral songwriter and producer who now lives in Ireland. According to his Bandcamp bio, he has released around 75 albums to date, all of which are available on request! This track was released on Bandcamp back in January this year.

Editors – Hallelujah (So Low)
(requested by Jake Palmer)
This track is taken from the band’s 6th studio album Violence, which was released back in March reaching no 6 in the UK Album Charts and the top 10 in several other countries across Europe.

Eat Fast – Scrambled Egg
(requested by David Bruce)
This track appears on the Immortal Kombat EP released in June 2017.

The Shimmer Band – What Is Mine?
(requested by Anthony Boot)
Our final track today was a single released last summer by this Bristol band.


Playlist for 31 Mar 2018 (EIO40 special – the oldies)

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Tonight’s show was the first of two special shows in conjunction with Everything Indie Over 40 – a community for those people who love their old-school indie (and new old-school indie too).

We had requests from a number of the group’s members and I managed to squeeze them all into tonight’s two hour show.

This show concentrates on oldies and you can hear some much newer songs on next week’s show.

EIO40 is a website, a Facebook group and a Twitter account. If you love the music I play, go and join them!

Tonight’s playlist:

Voice Of The Beehive – Don’t Call Me Baby
(requested by Gareth Williams)
Released as a single in May 1988 reaching no 15 in the UK single charts. Also appears on their debut album Let It Bee.

For Squirrels – 8:02PM
(requested by Jeremy P Goldstein)
For Squirrels was an alternative rock band based out of Gainesville, Florida. This is the first track on their second album Example, released in 1995. Sadly the singer Jack Vigliatura and bassist Bill White were killed in a car crash just before the album came out. The band regrouped and changed their name to Subrosa in 1996, splitting up in 2001.

The Wedding Present – My Favourite Dress
(requested by Norman Dykstra)
This song was released as a single and also appears on their debut album George Best which was released in October 1987.

Happy Mondays – Russell
(requested by Stephen Williamson)
This is a track on the band’s April 1987 debut album Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out), which was produced by John Cale from the Velvet Underground.

Mission Of Burma – That’s How I Escaped My Certain Fate
(requested by Sandy Wishart)
This is the final track from Vs which is the debut studio full-length album by American post-punk band Mission of Burma (although it sounds more like old school British punk to me).

Miracle Legion – The Backyard
(requested by David Kravitz)
Miracle Legion is an American college rock band formed in 1983 in New Haven, Connecticut. They were active until 1996 but reformed a couple of years ago. This song was released as a 12″ and cassette EP in 1984.

Beat Happening – Foggy Eyes
(requested by William McAlpine)
Beat Happening is an American indie pop band formed in Olympia, Washington in 1982 and still going strong today. This track appears on their 1985 self-titled debut album.

Galaxie 500 – Tell Me
(requested by Bill Ainsworth)
Galaxie 500 was an American alternative rock band that formed in Cambridge MA, 1987 and split up in 1991 after releasing three albums. This track appears on their 2nd album On Fire which was released on Rough Trade in September 1989.

Family Cat – Steamroller
(requested by Antony Boot)
A UK indie band who I saw supporting Carter USM several times! They released three studio albums and this came from their 2nd one, Furthest From The Sun which came out in 1992. Singer and main songwriter Paul Frederick is now in Jack Adaptor who played at Indie Daze in 2017.

Daisy Hill Puppy Farm – Heart Of Glass
(requested by Richard Culver)
Daisy Hill Puppy Farm were an Icelandic indie band between 1987 and 1990 who released two singles, Daisy Hill Puppy Farm (1988) and Spraycan (1989). The band named themselves after the farm in the Peanuts comic strip. This song was released in 1988 and was a John Peel favourite.

Buffalo Tom – Taillights Fade
(requested by Ian Blatherwick)
Buffalo Tom are from Boston, Massachusetts, formed in 1986 and still going strong today. This track appears on their 3rd studio album Let Me Come Over which was released in March 1992 on RCA Records.

Frank and Walters – Bake Us A Song
(requested by Timmi X-Laughter)
From the band’s debut album Trains, Boats and Planes released Oct 1992 reaching no 36 in the UK charts.

XTC – This Is Pop
(requested by @oblongpop)
This track appears on the band’s debut album White Music which was released in January 1978. It was also re-recorded and released as a single later that year.

Trashcan Sinatras – I’ve Seen Everything
(requested by @Johnynocash)
Title track of the band’s second album which was released in May 1993 reaching no 50 in the UK album charts.

dEUS – Instant Street
(requested by @Chops_Top_Fives)
dEUS are a rock band from Antwerp, Belgium. This song was released as a single reaching no 49 in the UK charts. It also appears on the band’s third album The Ideal Crash released in March 1999.

The Wake – Crush The Flowers
(requested by @SimonFarrier1)
The Wake were a band from Glasgow active during the 1980s although they reformed in 2009 and are still going strong. The band was formed by Gerard McInulty from Altered Images – Bobby Gillespie is a former member. Crush The Flowers was a single released on Sarah Records in 1989.

The Fall – Draygo’s Guilt
(requested by @PozNoz)
This track appears on the band’s 7th studio album The Wonderful and Frightening World Of The Fall, which was released in October 1984.

A Certain Ratio – Shack Up
(requested by Rob Morgan)
An early single from the Manchester post-punk band – this was released on Factory Benelux in August 1980.

Bailterspace – X
(requested by @RiverboatCapn)
Bailter Space are a band from Christchurch, New Zealand who had four top 40 albums in their home country during the 1990s. This track is taken from one of them, 1994’s Vortura.

Stereolab – French Disko
(requested by @cjl__73)
Appears on the Jenny Ondioline EP released by Stereolab in December 1993. The song was later covered by Editors.

New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle
(requested by @bringitonskippy)
This track appears on Brotherhood, the fourth studio album by New Order, released in November 1986 by Factory Records.

Bradford – In Liverpool
(requested by @Axels96)
Bradford were an indie band from Blackburn, best known for being liked by Morrissey, who proclaimed them to be “heirs to the Smiths’ throne”. When I read that I thought, oh, well I’ll play them anyway, but it’s actually very good. (I have this controversial view that the Smiths are a tiny bit overrated). This single was released in July 1989 and the band split in 1991.

Thin White Rope – Up To Midnight
(requested by @darrenmjones)
Taken from The Ruby Sea, the fifth and final full-length album by American Band Thin White Rope, released in May 1991. Bristol East MP Kerry McCarthy described them as the loudest band she ever saw!

The Walkmen – The Rat
(requested by @JakePalmer04 and Norman Dykstra)
Released as a single in April 2004 reaching no 45 in the UK charts. Also appears on their album Bows + Arrows.

The Replacements – Answering Machine
(requested by Mark Gurwell)
This track is taken from the band’s third studio album Let It Be which was released in October 1984.

Come – Off To One Side
(requested by @davidkbruce)
Another band from Boston, Massachusettes – this track appears on their debut album Eleven:Eleven which was released in July 1992.

Scott 4 – Your Kingdom To Dust
(requested by @durutti74)
Scott 4 are a three-piece indie rock band from London, described by Allmusic as ‘Electronic cowpunks’ for their blend of country-blues, hip hop and indie-punk. This track was released as a single in 1997.

Field Mice – Triangle
(requested by @BlazCTID)
The Field Mice were a south London band who were signed to Sarah Records – this track is the opener to their second album Skywriting which was released in June 1990.


Playlist for 24 Mar 2018 (AOTW: Salad Undressed – Good Love Bad Love)

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Tonight’s album of the week was Good Love Bad Love from Salad Undressed. I chatted to Marijne about the new album and tour and you can read all about that here.

Tonight’s playlist:

Maximo Park – Our Velocity
Salad Undressed – Moonshine
Planet – Save.Sold
Sunflower Bean – Burn It
Orielles – I Only Bought It For The Bottle
Holy Now – Pearl
Say Sue Me – After Falling Asleep
485C – Kapow!
Tiger Pilots – Evil
Salad Undressed – Evergreen
Interview – with Marijne from Salad
Salad Undressed – Blue Cold Eyes
Manic Street Preachers – Dylan and Caitlin
French Vanilla – Social Trappings
Frank and Walters – Fashion Crisis Hits New York
Everything Everything – Breadwinner
Scarlet Drive – Ceto
Bloc Party – Little Thoughts
Madder Rose – While Away
Jesus and Mary Chain – Head On
Orchids – Something For The Longing
House Of Love – I Don’t Know Why I Love You
Silver Sun – Last Day
Prayers – Sister Goodbye
Independent Country – Big


Good Love Bad Love – Marijne tells us all

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We met up with Salad/Salad Undressed’s Marijne van der Vlugt on the eve of the release of Salad Undressed’s new album “Good Love Bad Love”.

Salad rode the wave of Britpop in the 1990s with a top 20 album, Drink Me, and a second critically acclaimed album, Ice Cream. The band split in 1998, but Marijne met up with guitarist Paul Kennedy in 2016 to start playing some short acoustic sets under the “Salad Undressed” name. One thing led to another, and another – and we not only have a new album from Salad Undressed, but Salad the electric band are back too and playing live!

Marijne talks about the new album and what fans of the band can expect over the coming months.

You can order the new album at their Pledgemusic site where you can also find the recently-released Lost Album Vol 1 – songs recorded in the 1990s that have only recently seen the light of day. And you can also see the band live at the following dates:

Salad Undressed
Thu 29 Mar London, 93 Feet East

Salad
Thu 19 Apr Glasgow, Broadcast
Fri 20 Apr Leicester, Soundhouse (w/S*M*A*S*H)
Sat 21 Apr Manchester Academy (w/Carefree Sud)
Wed 25 Apr Bristol, The Fleece
Thu 26 Apr Amsterdam, Paradiso Noord
Fri 27 Apr Brighton, Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar (w/Lucie Barât)
Sat 28 Apr York, Fibbers (w/S*M*A*S*H)


Playlist for 10 Mar 2018 (AOTW: Moaning – Moaning)

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This week’s album of the week is the debut from Los Angeles post-punk trio MOANING. It’s out now on Sub Pop Records and you can find out more about them here.

Tonight’s playlist:

Salad – Kent
Moaning – Don’t Go
Fontaines DC – Boys In The Better Land
Planet – Save.Sold
Asylums – Joy In A Small Wage
Blur – Go Out
Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian At Best
Jesus Jones – Suck It Up
Kills – List Of Demands (Reparations)
Shame – Lampoon
Moaning – Tired
Altered Hours – Open Wide
Fernweh – The Liar
Say Sue Me – Old Town
Monochrome Set – Stage Fright
Grace Vonderkuhn – Worry
Lovely Eggs – Wiggy Giggy
Ride – Pulsar
Goat Girl – The Man
Moaning – The Same
Kenickie – In Your Car
Hookworms – Static Resistance
Danny Goffey – Ancient Text
Shed Seven – Speakeasy
Wannadies – Might Be Stars
Belly – Seal My Fate (US Radio Mix)
Presidents of The United States of America – Lump
Franz Ferdinand – Feel The Love Go
Dream Wife – Kids
Kula Shaker – Grateful When You’re Dead
Super Furry Animals – God! Show Me Magic
Devlins – Waiting


Playlist for 03 Mar 2018 (AOTW: Grace Vonderkuhn – Reveries)

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This week’s album of the week is REVERIES from Wilmington, Delaware’s Grace Vonderkuhn.

The album is a wonderful mix of garage, grunge and 90s-style alt rock – let’s hope she makes it over to the UK in time for festival season.

Today’s playlist:

Art Brut – Alcoholics Unanimous
Grace Vonderkuhn – Worry
Horse Heads – Questions
Dream Wife – Kids
Monochrome Set – Stage Fright
Men – Rose On Top Of The World
Say Sue Me – Old Town
Fernweh – The Liar
Blossoms – I Can’t Stand It
Divine Comedy – Love What You Do
Grace Vonderkuhn – Candy Buttons
Franz Ferdinand – Feel The Love Go
Garbage – Dumb
Ladytron – The Animals
Olden Yolk – Cut To The Quick
Blur – Turn It Up
Katalina Kicks – Waterfall
Goat Girl – The Man
Sloan – The Day Will Be Mine
Bilk – Give Up
British Sea Power – Remember Me
Mega City Four – Ticket Collector
Grace Vonderkuhn – Cellophane
Whenyoung – Pretty Pure
Turin Brakes – Underdog (Save Me) (Phoenix FM Creative Session)
Omni – Wire
Young Knives – Green Island Red Raw
Maximo Park – What Equals Love (acoustic version)
Ash – Buzzkill
Pinkshinyultrablast – In The Hanging Gardens


Playlist for 01 Mar 2018 – A St David’s Day special!

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To celebrate St David’s Day we’ve squeezed in an extra show tonight with some of the highlights of Welsh indie and alternative music since the 1980s.

Playlist:

Young Marble Giants – Brand New Life
U Thant – Rownd A Rownd
Anhrefn – Rhedeg i Paris
Manic Street Preachers – You Love Us
Darling Buds – Sure Thing
Pooh Sticks – Working On A Beautiful Thing
Catatonia – Sweet Catatonia
60ft Dolls – Talk To Me
Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – Let’s Get Together (In Our Minds)
Super Furry Animals – Northern Lites
Melys – Chinese Whispers
Feeder – Buck Rogers
Mo-Ho-Bish-O-Pi – Playboy
Mclusky – To Hell With Good Intentions
Goldie Lookin Chain – Guns Don’t Kill People Rappers Do
Stereophonics – Dakota
Hot Puppies – The Girl Who Was Too Beautiful
Automatic – Monster
Joy Formidable – Whirring
9bach – Gwydr Glas
Jayce Lewis – Electric Medicine
Y Niwl – Undegpedwar
Strange News From Another Star – Last Night I Happened Twice
Colorama – V Moyn T
Joanna Gruesome – Sugarcrush
Llwybr Lleathog feat Rufus Mufasa – Rhagfarn
Cate le Bon – Are You With Me Now?
Catfish and the Bottlemen – Pacifier
Gulp – Game Love
Helen Love – A Boy From Wales Called Gareth Bale
H Hawkline – Means That Much
Los Campesinos! – 5 Flucloxacillin
Adwaith – Femme


Playlist for 24 Feb 2018 (AOTW: The Lovely Eggs – This Is Eggland)

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This week’s album of the week is THIS IS EGGLAND from the Lovely Eggs.

Can’t believe it’s been seven years now since we had them in for a session here at Phoenix FM!

This Is Eggland is their 5th offering and it sees the band head in a slightly heavier direction with a step up in production quality too, but the humour and the anger are still there.

There’s a lot to love about the band – from their charmingly old-school and profanity-laden website to their brilliant live performances, where you can be guaranteed to get the last bus home because there are NO FAKE ENCORES.

Today’s playlist:

Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
Lovely Eggs – Hello I Am Your Sun
Hookworms – Static Resistance
Ride – Keep It Surreal
Courtney Barnett – Nameless, Faceless
Sunflower Bean – Easier Said
Kings and Castles – Friday Nights
Sloan – The Day Will Be Mine
Hot Hot Heat – No Not Now
Elcka – Boho Bird
Belly – Shiny One
Beach House – Lemon Glow
Albert Hammond Jr – Muted Beatings
Lovely Eggs – I’m With You
Manic Street Preachers – International Blue
Olden Yolk – Cut To The Quick
Dream Wife – Let’s Make Out
Wombats – Lemon To A Knife Fight
Y Niwl – Tridegtri
Brownies – Dance Romance
Mega City Four – What’s Up
Rakes – Retreat
Lovely Eggs – Big Sea
Baikonour – Oben Beg mk3 CBC theme
Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine – Airplane Food/Airplane Fast Food
Art Brut – Nag Nag Nag Nag
Blur – Never Clever
British Sea Power – Observe The Skies
Night Flowers – Cruel Wind
Young Knives – Dialling Darling
Divine Comedy – Come Home Billy Bird
XTC – Ball And Chain


Playlist for 17 Feb 2018 (AOTW: Y Niwl – 5)

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Our album of the week this week is 5 from Welsh surf rockers Y Niwl.

I first came across these guys when I interviewed them at Latitude 2011 (was it REALLY that long ago?) Their performance on the Lake Stage confirmed that they’re a great live act too. You may recognise this song as one of the themes from BBC1’s Football Focus:

5 is very much in same vein as their earlier work. No enormous changes of direction, genre hopping or experimentation – just another album of doing what they do, very very well indeed. Roll on 6.

Tonight’s playlist:

Pulp – My Legendary Girlfriend
Y Niwl – Tridegpump
Grace Vonderkuhn – Worry
Hookworms – Static Resistance
Wombats – Cheetah Tongue
Freak – Everyone’s The Same
Manic Street Preachers – Distant Colours
Sloan – The Day Will Be Mine
Paradise – Humiliation
HMLTD – To The Door
Y Niwl – Tridegtri
Goat Girl – The Man
Breeders – All Nerve
Ash – Buzzkill
Sleater-Kinney – Bury Our Friends
Shed Seven – Nothing To Live Down
Danny Goffey – Ancient Text
Dream Wife – Right Now
Hot Puppies – The Girl Who Was Too Beautiful
Y Niwl – Dauddegwyth
British Sea Power – The Spirit Of St Louis
Others – Lackey
Alpaca Sports – Summer Days
Albert Hammond Jr – Muted Beatings
Whenyoung – Pretty Pure
Served On Sunday – Enemy To Me
Horse Heads – Questions
Ride – Charm Assault
Bilk – Give Up
Lovely Eggs – Wiggy Giggy
Maximo Park – Apply Some Pressure
Gwenno – Tir Ha Mor