2 Playlists I didn’t get around to posting

18 07 2008

I’ve been off the air for the last few weeks but I’ll be back tonight at Midnight BST on Phantom 105.2 and www.phantom.ie with loads of new stuff and 3 tracks from Bill Withers’ ‘Still Bill’ album. Here are some playlists I never got around to posting…

Playlist for 20 June 2008

The ‘Under The Radar’ album was Jilted John’s ‘True Love Stories’

Jilted John

Jilted John

Jape – Apple in an Orchard
El Perro Del Mar – Into The Sunshine
Black Affair – Subfuge
Grand Pocket Orchestra – Little Messy
James Brown – Night Train
Sigur Ros – Vidf spilum endalaust
Fight Like Apes – Something Global
Dudley Corporation – Holy Wars
XTC – Making Plans For Nigel
Leila – Little Acorns
Jilted John – Going Steady
The Dodo’s – Walking
The vinny Club – Tech Noir Grand Re-opening
So Cow – Halcyon Days
MIA – Paper Planes (DFA Remix)
Daedelus – Drummery Jam
The Week That Was – Scratch The Surface
Jilted John – Karen’s Letter
Daniel Johnson – Walking The Cow
Silver Jews – Suffering Jukebox
Kaki King – Pull Me Out Alive
My Brightest Diamond – If I Were Queen
Centro-Matic – Strychnine, Breathless Ways
White Denim – Shake Shake Shake
Jilted John – Jilted John
Port O’ Brien – Close The Lid
Fleet Foxes – Sun Giant
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Satan Said Dance
Dry County – Attention
Halves – The Lamp Dies…A Sleeping Circuit Wakes


Playlist for 27 June 2008

The ‘Under The Radar’ album was ‘Isn’t Anything’ by My Bloody Valentine

Fight Like Apes – Something Global
Santogold – Unstoppable
Subtle – Exiting Arm
Lykke Li – Breaking It Up
Cylob – Rewind
Jeff Martin – Balancing Act
Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal
Tricky – Council Estate
The Go-Go’s – We Got The Beat
Flying Lotus – Beginners Falafel
My Bloody Valentine – Soft As Snow (But Warm Inside)
Get Well Soon – Prelude
Leila – The Exotics
David Turpin – White Lemonade
Animal Collective – Cobwebs
Albert Hammond Jr. – Bargain of the Century
Black Affair – Just Keep Walking
My Bloody Valentine – Feed Me With Your Kiss
The Jimmy Cake – Jetta’s Palace
The Dodo’s – Winter
Jimmy Cliff – The Harder They Come
Sigur Ros – Inni Mer Syngur vitleysingur
Late Of The Pier – Focker
My Brightest Diamond – Apples
My Bloody Valentine – (When You Wake) You’re Still In A Dream
Chris Letcher – Parker
Portishead – Plastic
The Shangri-La’s – You Can Never Go Home Anymore
Wolf Parade – The Grey Estates

Bjork Wanderlust 2d Preview

25 03 2008

Here’s a 30 second preview of the new Bjork video for Wanderlust. This is in 2D but the finished article will be in 3D and will require special glasses for it all to make sense properly. I imagine it will be very impressive in 3D and all the wooly mammoths will appear as if they’re about to step into your eyes. To be honest, the most exciting thing about all of this is nothing to do with three-dimensional videos (sure, didn’t U2 invent them?) or wooly mammoths but the reminder that I will be seeing Bjork in concert in just over a month in Belfast. She’s one of the few living artists that I really admire that I have never seen live [Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin (though I may be better off not seeing him), Brian Eno are also on that list. And My Bloody Valentine but that omission will be be repaired in July]. I know she has played here several times through the years but somehow, she always slipped through the net. In a way it’s a shame she’s not playing Dublin though the requirement to travel helps make it a little bit extra-special.

Playlist for Fri 11/01/08

12 01 2008

Here’s the playlist for my show from last night on www.phantom.ie and Phantom 105.2 in Dublin. The show is on every Friday at midnight (which, technically, makes it a Saturday). The featured ‘Under The Radar’ album was:

PJ Harvey - Dry


LACROSSE – You Can’t Say No Forever [SEE VIDEO BELOW]

DAN LE SAC v SCROOBIUS PIP – Letter from God To Man
MARS VOLTA – Wax Simulacra
PHOENIX – Too Young
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS – Dig, Lazarus, Dig!

BATS – Nautilus v Irish Ferry
PJ HARVEY – Sheela-na-Gig
JOHN & JACKIE – Little Girl
LEO ABRAHAMS (feat. BINGO GAZINGO) – 2000 Years From Now
MGMT – Time To Pretend
GLASVEGAS – It’s my own Cheating Heart that is making me cry
PJ HARVEY – Plants & Rags
PINCH (feat INDI KAUR) – Angels in the Rain
MARVIN GAYE – Mercy Mercy Me
LIGHTSPEED CHAMPION –  Tell Me What It’s Worth
THE TING TINGS – That’s not my Name
LATE OF THE PIER – Space and The Woods

LOS CAMPESINOS – My Year in Lists
MAGNETIC FIELDS – Too Drunk to Dream
SO COW – Commuting

Albums to look forward to in 2008

2 01 2008


My Bloody Valentine – Title TBC  Due Sometime 2008

Apparently, this is mostly done. According to Kevin Shields, it’s a continuation of the record they started in the mid-nineties, which he then described as ‘like drum & bass at 33RPM’ with some new tracks as well. Hopefully, it’ll be out in time for the gigs this summer which is all very exciting. There are some bands you’d hate to see recording together again (The Pixies, The Smiths)  but My Bloody Valentine are one band that just might pull it off.

Portishead – Title TBC (Rumoured Title: ‘Alien’) Due April 2008:

This looks like it could well be a stonker. They played some of the new material at their recent ATP appearance and reports all-round were excellent. You can see one of the tracks, Peaches here which is excellent and other tracks I’ve heard also seemed rather wonderful and very different for Portishead. Everything sounds much more upbeat and it seems like 60’s psychedelia may be a key influence on the record. But we’ll have to wait and see…

Goldfrapp - The Seventh Tree Goldfrapp – ‘Seventh Tree’  Due February 2008:

Having heard much of this, I have to say I’m really looking forward to it. I was a big fan of ‘Felt Mountain’ but have been fairly indifferent to anything since. But the new material is stripped-down and more ethereal with a Beatles/Cocteau Twins influence on the material I’ve heard. A&E is the first single to be released from the album and is already getting regular play on Phantom 105.2.

Los Campesinos – ‘Hold On Now Youngster’  Due February 2008:

It feels like a lifetime since I first heard their demo’s and got very excited by Los Campesinos!, which is unfortunate because a lot of their songs seem old to me now and they seem to be over-doing the twee factor the more I learn about them. But I’m still holding out hope that they’ll pull a great album out of the bag, I’ll forgive them their tweeness-overload and it’ll all be okay again. They play The Village on February 11th 2008

Cap Pas Cap  – Title TBC  Due Sometime 2008

They originally claimed that their album would be released in 2007 along with a split 7″ but neither made an appearance. In fact, their only release of the year was a re-press of their 2006 ‘Not Not Is Fine’ EP. Hopefully, it won’t take too much longer and we’ll be rewarded with releases in the near future. Hurry up, would you?

The Jimmy Cake The Jimmy Cake – ‘Spectre & Crown’  Due February 2008

The Jimmy Cake finally get around to releasing their follow-up to ‘Dublin Gone, Everybody Dead’, which is now six years old. They recently played some of the new tracks on The Indie Hour which sounded more piano-led and almost simpler than The Jimmy Cake you might be used to.

The Breeders: ‘Mountain Battles’  Due April 2008:

Steve Albini is involved and it includes a song in Spanish and a song in German. They play Dublin on April 7th 2008 in The Ambassador.

 Jape – Title TBC  Due: Feb/March 2008

Another one that fells like it’s taken an age to come out but hopefully it will be well worth the wait. Presumably, their current set will make up the bulk of the record which has to be a good sign. Songs like ‘Gimme Some More’, ‘I Was A Man’ and ‘Strike Me Down’ are all absolute stompers so it’s hard to see how this one can fail.

Wild Beasts – Title TBC  Due: Sometime 2008

Wild Beasts are a band that a lot of people are going to despise. Funny high-pitched vocals, bizarre lyrics and a general atmosphere of feyness abounds but I think they’re one of the most exciting new bands around. All three singles to date have been first class so I can’t wait to see what they do with a full-length.

Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Title TBC  Due: Hopefully 2008

Dexy’s are a long-time favourite of mine and ‘Searching For The Young Soul Rebels’ is one of my favourite albums ever. I saw a re-formed Dexy’s a few years ago and was sorely disappointed and this is a record I would have been worried about except that the new song Kevin Rowland has up on his Myspace page (‘It’s OK Johanna’) is fantastically deadly so perhaps all is not lost yet.

Foals Foals – Antidotes  Due: March 2008

This is a band that could still go either way for me. I have loved some of their tracks while others have left me cold. I’m glad to see that the tracklisting includes the track that got me excited about them in the first place – ‘The French Open’ and doesn’t include the underwhelming single, ‘Mathlethics’.

Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend  Due: Jan 2008

They certainly stick out like a sore thumb from everything else that’s going on at the moment with their Afro-Beatles sound. You’re going to hear about them constantly for the next few months and endless reviews mentioning Paul Simon’s Graceland album but if their debut is as good as ‘Mansard Roof’ and new single ‘A Punk’, then it could well be worth the hype.

The Smiths – Boxset  Due: Late 2008

Johnny Marr confirmed towards the end of the year that he and Morrissey are compiling a boxset supposedly due for relese in 2008. Marr hoped it would include unreleased versions of tracks including some of the never-officially released Troy Tate demos and alternate versions and unrelesaed session versions of tracks. It won’t feature any new tracks but it may also include a DVD of unreleased live footage of the band.

Messiah J & The Expert – Title TBC  Due: Summer 2008 

I have to declare an interest here as I’m involved with the band  (See here) but I have heard a lot of the album and I think it sounds very exciting.

Other bands/artists that will hopefully release new records this year include Boards of Canada, Stereolab, Joanna Newsom, Broadcast, Edan and Boom Bip (His ‘Sacchrilige’ EP of last year was the best thing he’s ever done but I’m less keen on Neon Neon, his recent collaboration with Gruff Rhys). There’s always a few surprises and I’m sure this time next year I’ll be praising albums from 2008 by artists I don’t even know exist yet. That’s the fun part.

Woohoo! It’s Official! MBV are back!

15 11 2007

So after years of rumours and hinting aplenty, it’s official. My Bloody Valentine have announced 3 dates:

London Roundhouse on June 20, Manchester Apollo on June 28 and Glasgow Barrowlands on July 2. Tickets go on sale on tomorrow (Friday).

I imagine a Glastonbury appearance will also fit in there and hopefully an Irish date (Electric Picnic?) but we”ll have to wait and see. Still, it’s all very exciting.