Tonight! Phantom 105.2! Midnight!

23 05 2008

Tune into Phantom 105.2 tonight at Midnight BST on, Phantom 105.2 in Dublin or Channel 935 on your telly if you have UPC anywhere in Ireland to hear my show where I’ll be playing loads of great new music. Tonight’s show will include Adem, Sonny J, Wild Beasts, Late of The Pier, Laurel Collective, Jape, Halves and many more. I’ll also be playing 3 tracks from this week’s ‘Under The Radar’ album, ‘The Golden Age’ by Bobby Conn. Below, you can watch a classic by Bobby (not on ‘The Golden Age’ unfortunately) – ‘Never Get Ahead’.


Wild Beasts – The Devil’s Crayon

21 05 2008

With every single Wild Beasts release, I am initially sceptical but it slowly winds its way inside my brain and heart and limbs. ‘Assembly’ was one of my favourite tunes of last year and I very much look forward to their album, ‘Limbo, Panto’ in June. This single, ‘The Devil’s Crayon’ follows the album about two weeks afterwards. I haven’t decided how much I like it yet but I have a feeling it will be another grower. It begins in a slightly more conservative fashion than their usual fare, with bassist, Tom Fleming taking on lead vocal spotlight but as soon as Hayden Thorpe joins him, it wanders into their unique pigeonhole.  They play Dublin on May 29th (in the Tripod, supporting The Maccabees) which is another gig I’d love to see in the next week which I will more than likely miss, unfortunately. I have no idea how the world will take to Wild Beasts. Somehow, I imagine they’re too peculiar to do any kind of crossing over but I have a feeling there will be some who will clasp their records quite dearly to their heart.

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.

On Tonight’s Show…

16 11 2007

On tonight’s show, I’ll probably be audibly grinning from ear to ear due to my glee about obtaining My Bloody Valentine tickets. And I’ll  be playing new tunes by Correcto, Wild Beasts, Jeffrey Lewis, Jape, Future of the Left, Large Mound, Les Savy Fav, O’ Death and Holy Fuck amongst others. I’ll also have a Peel Session version of ‘Reward’ by Teardrop Explodes and a ska version of ‘Swan Lake’ as well as three songs from this week’s featured ‘Under The Radar’ album, ‘Watertown’ by Frank Sinatra. The show starts at Midnight on Phantom 105.2 or

I’ve included the video for ‘Joni’ by Correcto, new Domino signings who feature a member of Franz Ferdinand and The Royal We in their ranks. Enjoy!

Wild Beasts – Assembly

9 11 2007

 When I first heard their last single, Through Dark Night, I thought it was a joke. The b-side seemed to confirm it for me. It conjured up memories of The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band or Antony & The Johnsons enjoying a knees-up at a helium party. But I found myself, strangely drawn to listen to it again and soon enough, I had decided they were a really special band. Hearing their previous single, Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants confirmed it for me.

They’ve since been signed to Domino Records but they’re not likely to do an Arctic Monkeys as it’s far stranger than that. The obscenely high voice, the pencil moustache, the amateur dramatics, the upright piano, the bizarre costumes and the veils!  It’s strangely compelling and I’ve a feeling they will completely divide people but I’m on the side of the beasts.