Playlist for Friday 15/02/08

16 02 2008

Here’s the playlist for my show last night on and Phantom 105.2 in Dublin. It’s on every Friday night at Midnight GMT.

The ‘Under the Radar’ album was:

Saint Etienne - Good Humor


CLINIC – Free Not Free
CAT POWER – New York
CUT COPY – Lights & Music
ONE MORE GRAIN – Having A Ball
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS – (I don’t want to got to) Chelsea
DOES IT OFFEND YOU, YEAH? – We are Rockstars

THE GIST – Love at First Sight
WEAKLING & KING – Everybody’s Talking
SAINT ETIENNE – Split Screen
COCOPHONE – These Lungs, Our Ocean
LIGHTSPEED CHAMPION – Everyone I know is listening to Crunk
AMPLIVE – Faustz (Remix of Radiohead’s ‘Faust Arp’)
KELLEY STOLTZ – Tintinnabulations
MGMT – Time To Pretend
CASS McCOMBS – Pregnant Pause
SAINT ETIENNE – Lose That Girl

NEW AMUSEMENT – Lights Go Down
TUBELORD – Obstacles
ARCTIC MONKEYS – Diamonds Are Forever
LATE OF THE PIER – The Bears Are Coming

PUBLIC ENEMY – Bring The Noise

SAINT ETIENNE – Erica America
VON SUDENFED – Slow Down Ronnie
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS – Accidents Will Happen
AUTECHRE – Theswere
ENEMIES – A Blind Cocktail

Tune in tonight to hear…

15 02 2008

Tune in to Phantom 105.2 or at midnight tonight to hear new music from Cut Copy, Does it offend you, yeah?, Autechre, Enemies, Figurines and Tubelord and many others. There will also be 3 tunes from this week’s ‘Under The Radar’ album – ‘Good Humor’ by Saint Etienne. Here’s the video for ‘Lights & Music’ by Cut Copy.

Dylan, Donovan, Tyson & Bobby Brown

11 11 2007

Tonight sees the first episode of Dylan’s Theme Time Radio Hour on Phantom 105.2 at 9pm. I know it probably seems sacrilegious to some people but Dylan’s never really done it for me. I have tried. Maybe it’s because Dylan used to be played a lot in my house when I grew up and my initial instinct was to not like him for that very reason (Who wants to listen to the same music that your Dad listens to?). But the fact is that most of his records leave me cold. The exception is ‘Blood On The Tracks’, which does make sense to me and is a very fine record indeed.

This may be a controversial opinion but the thing is, like Saint Etienne, I believe in Donovan over Dylan. (“There are too many bands that look lame, sound tame: I believe in Electrelane… I’m so bored with the myth of common sense. I believe in Donovan over Dylan, love over cynicism.” – ‘Finisterre’, Saint Etienne) .

Donovan is often considered as a bit of a joke, a second-rate Dylan, mostly due to Dylan’s comments about him in ‘Don’t Look Back’. But Donovan is responsible for some terrific records – the legacy of which you can hear in his influence on the likes of Nick Drake, Vashti Bunyan, Devendra Banhart, Belle & Sebastian and Happy Mondays. Some of his tunes are almost proto-baggy records.

But whatever about my personal views on Dylan, I think it’s quite a coup for Phantom 105.2 to get the Dylan show. Hopefully, it will introduce Phantom to a brand new audience and I look forward to hearing it. Tonight’s episode is based on the theme of weather, so perhaps he’ll play ‘Idiot Wind’ from ‘Blood on The Tracks’ or ‘Hurricane’ or ‘Rainy Day Woman #12 & 35’ – In fact, he could probably do a show of his own weather-related songs. However, somehow I doubt he’ll play Donovan’s ‘Catch The Wind’. 

Check out rare footage of Dylan doing ‘Simple Twist of Fate’ from 1975 and Donovan doing ‘Season of The Witch’  in 1966 (the footage of this one is a bit distant for the first 55 seconds but stick with it…)

Also, talking of the ‘season of the witch’, here’s a clip I would have posted last week at Halloween time if (a) I had been aware of it and (b) I had started this blog. But I wasn’t and I hadn’t, so here it is now. This is truly surreal – Mike Tyson as ‘Dracula’ and Bobby Brown as James Brown doing ‘The Monster Mash’. You couldn’t make it up…