Podcast & Playlist 24/01/14

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Tomas Barford – Pulsing (feat Nina K)

Broken Bells – Holding On For Life (Nick Zinner remix)

India East Youth – Glitter Recession

Damien Jurado – Silver Donna

Coves –  Cast A Shadow

Mogwai – Remurdered

Tinariwen – Toumast Tinchi

Yacouba Sissoke Band – Chanson Denko Tapestry

Lanterns On The Lake – The Buffalo Days

Dylan Tighe – Opus

The New Mendicants – If Only You Knew Her

Kwes – Rollerblades

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Planetary Motion

Bruce Springsteen – Harry’s Place

Paddy Hanna – Join The Army

Myles Manley – Old Habits Die Hard

Cass McCombs – Big Wheel

Patten – Drift

Warpaint – DiscoVery

The Dead Weather – Open Up (That’s Enough)

Bill Calahan – Expanding Dub

Maximo Park – Leave This Island

The Wave Pictures – Missoula

Kevin Morby – Reign

The NoTwist – Close To The Glass

The Gloaming – Hunting The Squirrel

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Friday Freebie 19/07/2013: The Fisherman

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According to his soundcloud profile The Fisherman hails from Nafpaktos in Greece and is an ‘amateur’ guitar player and singer, whoever there is nothing amateur about this deadly little 60s inspired ditty that we played on today’s show called ‘Drawing Suns’ which to my ears has a little bit of a Teenage Fanclub feel. You can download the track on soundcloud below.

 

Friday Freebie 29/03/13: Kurt Vile

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The day before his hometown of Philadelphia honour their sonorous son with a parade we are delighted to share a new Kurt Vile track as our Friday Freebie.

Having wooed a whole new fan base with Smoke Ring For My Halo two years ago, he is set to release his second album for Matador Records on April 9th. Walkin On A Pretty Daze will be his fifth full length record and Never Run Away is the second track to get a public airing and is available to download for free right here. It’s the most immediate track he has released to date, instantly accessible but without a hint of dilution.

All bodes very well for the album and of course his Irish date this summer at Body & Soul Festival in June.

2xm Podcast & Playlist 08/03/13

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Thee Oh Sees – Toe Cutter, Thumb Buster

Austra – Home

Bahamas – Caught Me Thinking

Mano Le Tough – Cannibalize

Suuns – 2020

Bibio – Á Tout à L’heure

Mmoths feat. Holly Miranda – All These Things

Darkstar – Amplified Ease

Ron Sexsmith – Snake Road

David Bowie – Dirty Boys

The Growlers – Someday

Phosphorescent – Ride On/Right On

David Bowie – Changes

RTÉ 2xm Podcast & Playlist 18/01/13

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Beach Fossils – Generational Synthetic

Toro Y Moi – Say That

Youth Lagoon – Dropla

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – So Good At Being In Trouble

Eels – New Alphabet

Rachel Zeffira – Here On In

Yo La Tengo – Ohm

Pantha Du Prince – Photon

Cave Singers – Hard To Pretend

John Grant – Pale Green Ghosts

Adam & The Ants – Kings Of The Wild Frontier

RTÉ 2xm Podcast & Playlist 11/01/13

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The Babies – Alligator

Christopher Owens – New York City

On An On – Ghosts

Matthew E White – Will You Love Me

Grouper – Vital

Clean Bandit – A&E

Yo la Tengo – Ohm

Foxygen – No Destruction

Widows Peak – Thick As Thieves

Teleman – Christina

Talk Normal – XO

SBTRKT – Wildfire (Live )

Dr Feelgood – She Does It Right

Lulu James: Be Safe / Stuck

Nearly the end of another year where yet again most of the music that has blown me away is made by women (and I endeavor to be an equal opportunities listener), when a 21 year old voice from South Shields steals the whole show. Blazing a scorched soul trail through dark and smokey post dub-step atmospherics,  Lulu James, in her own words makes ’21st Century Soul’, and aided by producers like Domzilla for her debut Rope Mirage E.P. earlier in the year, and now with Black Butter Records stable mates Hostage & Kidnap Kid on the stunning Be Safe, the flip side of which is the equally stellar Stuck , is setting out her stall as a major new talent. Mark my words. But most importantly get your ears round these if you haven’t yet.

 

New Cass McCombs – The Same Thing

Less than six months after releasing his dark and brooding Wit’s End LP, Domino has just announced that the California man will drop yet another new record this year. Humour Risk will be out on November 7th and judging by this mp3 it sounds to be a little lighter  than his last release (which currently tops my releases of this year so far).

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Pre-order the album from Domino here

New Breed Of Irish Music

It’s that time again. Early December means one thing for music fans – end of year lists. The Drowned In Sound list is active and I can’t wait for the Ragged Words one as it always unearths something that I’ve missed. (the site actually have a feature dedicated to this at the moment and it’s quite a corker). Attempting to compile my list this year I began to realise this new wave of indigenous music that I’m really enjoying. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth when I see separate lists made for Irish artists at the end of each year, or when at an international showcase for new music and all the music from here only appear on one night together. I never categorise the music I listen to by country and I doubt many others do either, however quite hypocritically I now give you three artists that happen to be Irish but are trumping much of the international music I’m hearing at the moment.

Kill Krinkle Club – Golden Eagle

Sacred Animals – Chosen Seed

Bear Bones – Moonman

Perhaps I should have titled this piece “Three reasons why funding for the arts should not be cut in today’s budget”

Glasser : Ring

 

The insistent percussive persuasion of the opening track Apply on this debut sets the tone for the wondrous and accomplished work that follows. Glasser aka Cameron Mesirow the Californian via Brooklyn (where else?) self styled ‘one woman orchestra’ has here created the blue print for a magical sound completely of her own. The sloppily bandied about lazy comparisons to Kate Bush, Bjork, etc totally miss the point…because the point is…this is an artist of singular talent and a talent finely realised. Within this short song cycle we are sucked into a world where simple and delicately weaved whistful melodies have at their pulsating heart a relentless sense of self. The voice here asserts itself as a conduit for pure emotion. What ensues is nothing short of a tour de force… this really is top drawer stuff. The playful synthesized backbeats offset with organic flourishes compliment the restless and haunted vocals beautifully, conjuring up an intoxicating, heady brew. Drink deep from this well. For this is the stuff of musical dreams.

Glasser: Apply

Glasser: Mirrorage