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Playlist 468 - Nov 14 2017

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Something I’ve been thinking about for a while is a cello themed show. Well a little preview in the middle of this week’s show. Penny Rimbaud was in Crass and has made a very interesting new album of treatments of Wilfrid Owen’s war poems, featuring some gorgeous piano and cello. I wouldn’t call it backing, it’s more like a jazz trio with one of the parts being a voice.

Also in there is the Andy Nice contribution to the Front & Follow compilation celebrating 10 years in the world, beautiful loops and layers. And Solo Collective teasing out the durational element of this endlessly fascinating instrument.

Little Tornados making beguiling dream pop featuring Caroline Sallee of Caroline Says.

Who is in there in her own right with one of my favourite songs of the year somehow bridging the gap between bossa nova and kosmische.

And Bonny Doon sounding like a young 20s Silver Jews with the poetry and the guitars and the wonderful bittersweet stance on life.

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Playlist 467 - Nov 7 2017

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Centrepiece of this week’s show was a little piece of an interview with Kramies who has a new single out now on Hidden Shoal. He’s an interesting guy and has worked with plenty of other interesting people – Jason Lytle and Todd Tobias to name a couple.

Also this week we had euphoric prog pop from Montero.

Sumptuous lounge music from Howe Gelb with the brilliant Lonna Kelley.

Bonkers and charming naive pop from Tenniscoats.

And klezmer jazz from Berlin 1941 courtesy of the great Lift it up compilation on Gut Feeling.

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Playlist 467
Tues Nov 7 2017
11.00am-12.00pm
(repeated on Tuesdays 8.30pm)
UCC 98.3FM
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Playlist
Montero – Vibrations (playing Vicar Street, Dublin Nov 22, w Mac DeMarc…

Playlist 466 - Oct 31 2017

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The Go! Team on the show again this week - better get used to that, it's one of the best pieces of music heard anywhere in some time.

Moondog and Bob Lind to begin. An odd pairing you might say. But I wonder if Jack Nietzsche (whose genius you can hear in the production of 'Counting') was aware of the Viking of 6th Avenue? Something in that glorious swirling arrangement sounds to me like it's speaking to the marvellous rounds and overlapping rhythms and time signatures of Moondog.

Drahla have a nice line in Sonic Youth esque tight jagged post punk.

Lean Year and The Saxophones, two of a great current crop of American artists plying the edges of dream pop to intriguig effect.

And speaking of that, one of the classics from Julee Cruise with the handiwork of Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch not far away.

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Grace Sings Sludge – A man doesn’t want (Empty Cellar Records)

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Grace Cooper from San Francisco treats us to some tasty slowcore from the irresistibly titled album Life with Dick.

Insistent.

Unpredictable.

A little bit dangerous.

Two guitar chords and a high hat are the tools employed as Cooper croons somewhere between Chan Marshall and Kurt Cobain.

There’s a wonky slacker feel to the fuzz chords which is particularly endearing.

To add to the sense of intrigue.

Lovely stuff.

The Stevens – Good (Chapter Music)

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The spirit of GBV and Pavement is alive and well on this Melbourne 4-piece’s excellent second album.

Satisfying not as simple as they sound guitars make hay with gorgeous go ahead drumming.

In general the feel is of the joy of the bandroom.

But let’s also point out the superior songwriting and nagging tunes at the heart of gems like ‘Chancer’ and ‘Cruiser’.

It’s a beautiful thing.

Good by The Stevens

Playlist 465 - Oct 24 2017

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This week’s show has a lot of great music.

At least four of my favourite tunes of the year (you know the ones if you're here regularly).

But really this week come for the pop genius of The Go! Team...brass band handclaps xylophones joyous teenage guest singers.

Then stay for the rest.

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Playlist 465
Tues Oct 24 2017
11.00am-12.00pm
(repeated on Tuesdays 8.30pm)
UCC 98.3FM
listen live on the web at www.ucc.ie/983fm
*listen back to this show here
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Playlist
The Go! Team – The semicircle song (playing Electric Ballroom, London, Feb 15)
Hater – Blushing (playing Rough Trade East, London, Nov 29)
This is the Kit – By my demon eye (playing Cyprus Ave, Cork, Jan 16)
Montero – Vibrations (playing Vicar Street, Dublin Nov 22, w Mac DeMarco)
The Clientele – Everyon…

The Go! Team – The semicircle song (Memphis Industries)

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Great pop music comes in many different forms.

However there are some combinations of elements that even on paper are close to guaranteed to bring about wonderful results.

A brass band.

Handclaps.

Shakers.

Xylophones.

A chorus of oohs.

Add to that the way around a melody and bouncing backbeats which are two of the things we love most about The Go! Team.

And the sheer exuberance of the group of Detroit teenagers who guested on vocals.

Did I mention that the singers introduce themslves along with their starsigns during the breakdown?

(Plus is that a theremin in the background?)

A joyous riot and a genius pop song.