Showing posts from November, 2017

Bonny Doon – I see you (from the album Bonny Doon, Melodic Records)

Bonny Doon sounding like an in their 20s Silver Jews with the poetry and the guitars and the wonderful bittersweet stance on life.

The tone is laconic self deprecating.

But full of emotion in between the lines.

The poetry of these says it all -

liquor store
slippery floor
I saw my reflection in a bottle of wine
like a neon sign

And especially this coup de grace –

I got a couple of texts from my mom
one said happy birthday
and the other one was a smiley face
a sideways heart
we miss you won’t you come on home

Meanwhile the guitars and drums keep a stoic presence.

It's soulful in the way white people can sometimes be.

It’s a very beautiful thing.

Playlist 468 - Nov 14 2017

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

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
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Montero – Vibrations (playing Vicar Street, Dublin Nov 22, w Mac DeMarc…