Couple of weeks off, but back with an extended episode as we clear up the end of last year and grab some new stuff off the shelf. We didn’t know Ozric Tentacles could sound like that, Divide & Dissolve are absolutely essential now, there’s a new EP from Those Fucking Snowflakes. The Spray track is our pick for a new national anthem.
Still loads in the backlog, so probably more of the same next week while we get back to something like normal service.

Ozric Tentacles – Stripey Clouds
Divide & Dissolve (pictured) – Prove It
Cower – Proto-Lion Tamer
Those Fucking Snowflakes – By The Power Of Barnard Castle
Indica Blues – We Are Doomed
Horsemeat – Jibber Jabber
Milford Place – Chemistry
No Deal Disco – Nationalism Is A Gateway Drug
Dragged Up – Neighbourhood Watch
Ishani – Perfect Life
Steve Cobby feat. Emma Fee – Captivated
Novyi Lef – Part Of The Bigger Thing
Emanative & Liz Elensky – Tea Leaf Dancers feat. Vince Vella
Spray – You’ll Never be Forgiven
Anzahlung – Standing Still
Radioactive Man & Ben Pest – Old Tight Selektah
Nkisi – Blackbox
Jasss – Turbo Olé
Drew Five – Endless Ocean
Trislanda – With You

RADIO LIES ep 345: christmas special

Ho ho ho. We nearly made it, everyone. OK, so we’re in tier n+1 where n is a large number, we may not be able to see who we thought we were going to….
Forget that. Christmas innit. So here’s the annual festive edition of the show. There’s a lot of ‘lonely christmas’ vibes out there for obvious reasons, but we’ve tried not to go too strong on that and have some diversity of thought. Picks this year are from The Sinclairs – Rat Scabies’ new(ish) band – and our chum Faithful Johannes, while we have two tracks from Fightmilk’s festive EP which other than these two original tracks features a bunch of covers. Speaking of which, Talkboy have a cover in here too, just before we end in the traditional manner, with a dodgy transformer.

The Sinclairs – Pillow Fight Skies feat. Jane Horrocks
Jetstream Pony – Grief Of A (Frozen) Sailor
Arrest! Charlie Tipper – Xmas=Consume
Fightmilk – Happy Christmas (I Guess I’ll See You Next Year)
Dream Nails – Lonely Star
The Hannah Barberas – Can You Hear The Snowfall?
Oh Peas! – Feeling Terrible This Christmas
Faithful Johannes – It’s OK To Be Alone
Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer – I’m Getting The Blame For Christmas
Minimal Schlager – Fireworks feat. Eddie Argos and Laura Lee
Fightmilk – I’m Dreaming Of A Christmas (Where You Just Explode)
Porridge Radio – The Last Time I Saw You (O Christmas)
Police Dog Hogan – First Christmas Alone
Slow Club – It’s Christmas And You’re Boring Me
Talkboy – White Christmas
Half Man Half Biscuit – All I Want For Christmas Is A Dukla Prague Away Kit

Be safe, be well. We’ll have our end-of-year round up later in the week, but other than that, we’re off until the new year. Good luck everyone.


Last regular show of this absolute arse of a year. But hey, if you’re reading this, that means you got through it! Go you! And so did we, with a lot of help from seeking out your next favourite band to keep us sane. This week, a new one from The Avalanches who have a new album out. Another one from Ghostpoet’s magnificent LP I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep, one of the records of the year. The Comet Is Coming are the acceptable face of saxophones, while Samuum and Anzahlung (featuring The Shend from The Cravats) are filed in this weeks experimental segment. Look, it’s all good. Just try it out.

The Sexy Wild East – A Statue Of Paddington Bear
Those Fucking Snowflakes – Due Some Terrible End
Talkboy – Sky Is Falling
The Baggios – Mantrayam
Mystic Peach – Wanna Be My Daddy
Dan O’Farrell & The Difference Engine (pictured) – I Am Afraid
Flor And The Sea – Kings & Queens
Modern Studies – The Failing Light
Dogma – Austerity
Anzahlung – You’re My Friend
Dark Time Sunshine – 7 Knots/Ayemen
Knomad Spock – Papillon
Ghostpoet – Bruised Fruit
The Comet Is Coming – Imminent feat. Joshua Idehen
Samuum – Moranam
The Avalanches – Insterstellar Love feat. Leon Bridges
Makoto Nagata – Depth

Christmas special next week then a couple of weeks off. Thanks for listening.


Highlights this week are a new one off the forthcoming long-players from Sleaford Mods and Shame. Sweden’s Viagra Boys also have a new one due and there’s another single off that. David Shrigley’s latest spoken word collaboration came out last month and we like it a lot – as expected really. Gary, Indiana and The Byker Grove Fan Club are new ones to us. Sir Robert Orange Peel sums up the year on his new one, Ceiling Demons have a 7″ out, we open with new stuff from Russians JARS and work through until we get to Strega Beata, the new name for Lana Del Rabies. Get it down you.

JARS – Заебало (Sick)
The Byker Grove Fan Club – Cake Shop
shame – Snow Day
Swine Tax – Johnny
Viagra Boys – Creatures
Gary, Indiana – Nike Of Samothrace
David Shrigley & Regis Laugier – Hey You
A Bunch Of Jerks – Chad
Night Beats – That’s All You Got feat. Robert Levon Been
Magic Wands – Angel Dust
Cornershop – I’m A Wooden Soldier
Charlotte Clark – Drive On
Ceiling Demons – Soul Within A Storm
Sleaford Mods – Shortcummings
Sir Robert Orange Peel – Baby Shower
Strega Beata (pictured) – Grace The Teacher


In the week where our spirit animal Diego Armando Maradona died, the enigmatic Sir Robert Orange Peel has a tribute. We open, however, with a new one from Benefits who are rapidly becoming the voice of our inner rage. We work our way through an important piece from M(h)aol about the Magdalene Laundries and head towards more uplifting tracks from Benin City and Feral Five via new Arab Strap. Get stuck in.

Benefits – Traitor
Sir Robert Orange Peel – A Soccer Ball Is Worth More Than 100 Rifles
Sweet Benfica – Death Party Rule
The Battery Farm – Excellent Public Speaker
M(h)aol – Laundries
Arab Strap – Compersion part 1
Soothsayer – Rat Race
The Allergies – Gather Around
Beach Riot – Blush
Maruja – Rage
Paper Fishes – All Your Lives Are Dreams Played Inside My Head
Straight Girl – Limón
Lara Smiles – Oh How
Nice Biscuit – Fem Chem
Benin City – Get Your Own
Feral Five (pictured) – Get A Grip


Highlights for the week are a new single off what is probably going to be our album of the year by Working Men’s Club, an email from our chums Night Giants with news of their banging new EP and also from Faithful Johannes with more of his unique stylings. New stuff from old giffers corner sees Half Japanese and Teenage Fanclub come back with new material. This one was a joy to put together and it bangs, so have a listen and maybe you’ll find your next favourite band in there.

Ed Dowie – Robot Joy Army
Working Men’s Club – John Cooper Clarke
Lalalar – Hiç Mutlu Olmam Daha İyi
Night Giants (pictured) – Selector
Faithful Johannes – Dust
Cavernzz – Heartbreak For England
Radio Europa – Lick The Shadow
Jesu – When I Was Small
Chiedu Oraka – Serve You A Taster
Fat Earthers – Like Like Like
Half Japanese – Undisputed Champions
Head Noise – Age Of Content
The Fuckin’ Glorious – Another Mess
Kiwi Jr – Cooler Returns
Teenage Fanclub – Home
Van Houten – You And Me


Lockdown 2, though lockdown 1 never really went away in terms of getting in to the studio, so this series of shows sans commentary continues. And we start with New Zealand’s Cavemen, pop to Milan for Bear Of Bombay, Belgrade for Repetitor as well as more local stuff. Yard Act have long established themselves as a house favourite and their new track features along with another from the new Eli Hermit EP and some poppier stuff in the middle.

The Cavemen – Euthanise Me
Adulkt Life – Whistle/Country
Repetitor – Kost I Koža
Swine Tax – Relax
Bear Of Bombay – Night Tree
tunng – A Million Colours
Speedboat – bigboy123
Baby Queen – Want Me
Hayley Mary – The Chain
Xup – Disconnect
Yard Act – Peanuts
Loud Apartment – No Justification
Dead Sheeran – Flytippin’
BBXO – Money (Can’t Buy Me Love)
Eli Hermit – Madmen
Conscious Route & True Note (pictured) – Needles


New Sleaford Mods is the headline this week, with a new LP to come early next year. Eli Hermit has long been a favourite here and there’s a new EP out shortly. John MOuse’s lockdown (the first lockdown, that is) LP The Goat has a physical release now, so we mark that with a track from it. And our chums UkePunk are back. And there’s a load of other great stuff too so dig in.

Spectres – Idolise Us!
Mourn – This Feeling Is Disgusting
Eat Your Own Head – Poltergeist
Kate Clover (pictured) – Channel Zero
Real(s) – Radiation
UkePunk – Overspill
Micko & The Mellotronics – Psychedelic Shirt
Laundromat – Bureau De Fatigue
Lazy Queen – Last Call
Культодиночества – Тени
Modem – Incarceration
John MOuse – A Well Planned Party
Yiğit Bülbül – Mulhouse
Sleaford Mods – Mork n Mindy feat. Billy Nomates
Eli Hermit – Daze
Riz Ahmed – Once Kings


We open this week with an off-the-cuff bit from Andy Falkous in his Christian Fitness guise, taking the whack-ass ramblings of Ian Brown (from his mate’s phone, presumably) and setting them to music. It’s 2020, so why not. We end with a more thoughtful poem from Riz Ahmed. In between times, there’s a new one from Viagra Boys, veterans Alan Jenkins and Jello Biafra, before veering into the electronic with Paula, Povoa and Jerge – a Franco-Brazilian outfit – and the Colombian Ela Minus.

Christian Fitness – Granny Killaz (Ian Brown cover)
Viagra Boys – Ain’t Nice
Primitive Ignorant – Beautiful Scum feat. Daisy Coburn
Fuzz – Returning
Muck & The Mires – I’m Your Man
Stepford Wives – Living In The Shadows
Alan Jenkins & The Kettering Vampires – Observation Balloons
The Dead Freights – Stray Dogs
Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School Of Medicine (pictured) – Tea Party Revenge Porn
USA Nails – Character Stop
The Sunny Smiles Three – God’s Empty Chair
Shards – 2020 (I Want To Go Home)
Les Flaneurs – Dark Souls
Easy – Radical Innocence
Strawberry Pills – The Voyeur
Paula, Povoa & Jerge – Primavera
Ela Minus – They Told Us It Was Hard, But They Were Wrong
Riz Ahmed – I Miss You


Some astonishingly good and different sounds this week. Space-funk from Little Barrie, a cover of a Louis Armstrong staple like only Black Needle Noise can do, no idea how you describe Smurphy. It’s all good – go have a listen.

Froggy & The Ringes – Soft G Theme
Twisted Ankle – Landlord Laughs
Nervous Twitch – Something To Look Forward To
Liines – On & On
Flesh Tetris (pictured) – AI
Ben Wood & The Bad Ideas – You’re The Crash I Needed
The Spyrals – There’s A Feeling
David Shrigley & Lord Stornoway – Don’t Worry
Tugboat Captain – No Plans (For This Year)
Bull – Disco Living
Tokky Horror – Simulate Me
Little Barrie & Malcolm Catto – After After
Pete Rock & The Soul Brothers – Say It Again
Black Needle Noise with Tom Berger – What A Wonderful World
Cestra – Monument
Smurphy – Intuition


Back after a week off with a bunch of new stuff as we continue the search for your next favourite band. New singles from Pellethead, the brilliant Nervous Twitch and Brynovsky kick us off. Dave Gedge and friends have put an LP of Bond tunes together to raise money for CALM and we’ve a track off that. Stuff from Barnsley’s After Nature who we like a lot, from Canadians Population II who are in The Oh Sees stable, a cheery little ditty from Bunkerpop, new stuff from Emanative and ending on a slice of funk from Roisin Murphy. So get stuck in while it’s fresh.

Pellethead – Fjord Blues
Nervous Twitch – Keeping Faith In Something
Brynovsky – Ain’t Gonna Work
Samh – This Town
The Strangerz – Straight Gay Brother
Voodoo Bandits – Backyard Wrestling
After Nature – This Little England
Vukovar – Here Are Lions
Fatty Acid – Eco-Anxiety
Fax Machine – Motorbike
Population II – Il Eut Un Silence Dans Le Ciel
Sleeper & Dave Gedge – Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
INEGO – Phoenix Arizona
Bunkerpop – C’est Comme Des Robots N’est Pas
Emanative & Bex Burch – Disrupt #4
Roisin Murphy (pictured) – Narcissus