The first track we played on air was Default by then new band Django Django. That debut album is now ten years old, marked with a bunch of remixes one of which we have here for you. It also makes us think – maybe ten years is a good time to call it quits here. Life moves on, we’ve all got different responsibilities now. Not saying we will, but it’s a thought. Anyhoo, we kick off with Viagra Boys who have a new LP coming out and are off on tour. Fellow Swedes Hater also feature. The latest one from bdrmm is bloody great and we also have a remix from Working Men’s Club. We’ve been fans of Vukovar from pretty well the start and they’ve a new one out. See also Billy Nomates. And we close with old friend Paul Foster, aka DXIII. And if you don’t know his work, then we ain’t made any impact whatsoever in ten years.
Viagra Boys – Ain’t No Thief Bob Vylan (pictured) – Wicked & Bad Fontaines DC – Skinty Fia Life – Friends Without Names bdrmm – Port Solar Eyes – Dreaming Of The Moon Hater – Something Vukovar – Place To Rest Feardrops – Cold Outta Virtue Plosivs – Broken Eyes Crows – Slowly Separate King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Kepler-22b Billy Nomates – Blue Bones Project Gemini – Scorpio’s Waltz Dax J – Sunrise In Kyiv bdrmm – Port (Working Men’s Club remix) Django Django – Default (Mad Professor dub mix) Dementio13 – Modern Anxiety
Sticking the word ‘youth’ in your band name is always tricky. Thurston Moore’s in his sixties, for crying out loud. Here, we open with Youth Sector, a new one on us, with a Devo/Talking Heads kind of twist we rather like. Black Midi have an EP of covers out, so we’ve gone with the King Crimson one. Old chum Faithful Johannes tours the charity shops in his inimitable style. The Wave Pictures continue to excel, as if you expect anything less. And there’s all sorts in the middle for you to try.
Youth Sector (pictured) – Is Blood The Wave Pictures – Never Let You Down Snakerattlers – Spooked Pixies – Human Crime Black Midi – 21st Century Schizoid Man Jon Spencer & The Hitmakers – Junk Man Flamango Bay – Lucky Star Forming – All The Colours Of The Dark Dictator – Candlemaker Row Black Doldrums – Sad Paradise Slow Crush – Blue Loop – Halo Faithful Johannes – Chazza Shop Song Joshua Idehen – Don’t You Give Up On Me WH Lung – Kaya Dirty Freud – Shame On Me The 209 feat. If It Happens – Again & Again
It’s difficult right now isn’t it, living. We can but hope that music provides a little distraction. It does for us, so it feels good to share. As usual, lots going on. A peek behind the curtain – we’re already compiling an end-of-year list and there are couple on here this week that will be going in. Jump in, enjoy, and be kind to yourselves.
Belle & Sebastian – If They’re Shooting At You The Smile – The Smoke Melody’s Echo Chamber – Personal Message The Monochrome Set – Hello, Save Me Automatic – New Beginning Warmduscher – Twitchin’ In The Kitchen Aldous Harding (pictured) – Fever Arab Strap – Flutter Klammer – Progress (Or The Lack Of) Pit Pony – Black Tar The Mysterines – Dangerous Houseplants – The Barrows Soul Revivers ft. Ernest Ranglin – Harder Raw Poetic – Open Roads Joshua Idehen & LOOR – Kill The Bill Chiedu Oraka – North Face TVAM – Piz Buin Sir Robert Orange Peel – The Inbetweener
In the week we lost Mark Lanegan, we also found enough to otherwise occupy us. Clearly we start with a Lanegan track. Favourite? Probably not, but how do you choose? We will soon be waving goodbye to John MOuse too, though not for such unpleasant reasons. Instead, Hot Car represents the final track for a while before John Davies returns in his next guise. Holodrums debut album is terrific so have another one off there, Loose Articles are an exciting new one on us and you know the drill by now. So get on it.
Mark Lanegan – I Am The Wolf Simon & The Astronauts ft. Rachel Haden – I Have A Name Loose Articles – Chaos Horsemeat – Shame Bambara – Birds The JoJo Man Band – Aeroplane Adwaith – ETO 22 Oceans – Home Marc O ft. Belle Scar – Le Teste De La Femme À Barbe Still Corners – Far Rider Morcheeba – Sounds Of Blue (Gui Boratto remix) John MOuse – Hot Car Deer – אIV (Out Of The Mountain Of Despair) Holodrum – Lemon Chic Props – Dream On DXIII – Granadaland
It’s new HMHB album time, let us all rejoice. We went to see them recently and you’ll be pleased to know that everything you require is still there. The track here from Wax-Tree-Cast isn’t too current – came out at the back end of last year – but they’re new to us, we like their sound, so it’s in. And they’re relatively local to us, so that’s always a bonus. And all the rest is great too, starting with new Bloc Party material and ending with the always excellent Sir Robert Orange Peel. Have at it.
Half Man Half Biscuit – Rogation Sunday’s Here Again! Bloc Party – Traps Laundromat – Combo Pinch Points – Am I OK? Petrol Girls – Baby, I Had An Abortion Gloria – Anymore Cheerbleederz – Cute As Hell Wax-Tree-Cast – Run! Fontaines DC – I Love You Kælan Mikla – Svört Augu GNOD – Bad Apple Der Mann – Rock n Roll n Sozialstaat Sparkling – Not The Right Place Defset – All The Room And No Space Baba Ali – Black + Blue Dog Unit – Turn Right And Right Again STOCKSNSKINS – Coming Down John Paul – Dolls House Dälek – Decimation (Dis Nation) Sir Robert Orange Peel – Youbutteo
Two new(-ish) bands for you to get your teeth into this time. Wine Moms are totally new to us and sound pretty damn far up our street. We’ve been aware of Thank a little while, but reckon they still count as new(-ish), but they’re really maturing well. We open, however, with the mighty Benefits. We saw them supporting I Like Trains recently and the live experience did not disappoint. Do catch them on their headline dates coming up. Other highlights are Claude Cooper – an assault on the senses covering psych-funk, trip-hop and jazz – a new Home Counties track, retro vibes from The Senior Service and more from the prolific Conscious Route.
Benefits – Meat Teeth Thank – Dread Big Softy – The Big Man Lupers – Tutú The Facades – Don’t Ask Wine Moms (pictured) – I Hope You Have Regrets Home Counties – Village Spirit Charles Watson – Figure Skater Flamango Bay – LA Samana – Patience Dubstar – Token The Senior Service – If You’re Not There Claude Cooper – Stan’s Plan Lazy Habits – CTRL Lence – I’m Sorry I’m Like This Conscious Route & Scott Bathgate ft. Sean Focus – Love & Institutions Rodney Cromwell – Opus Three Marie Craven – That’s What I Said
So much to get through this time. From new albums received this week, we have a track from everybody’s current favourites Yard Act. We’re happy to have been on this train from the beginning and it’s great to see them so well received. It’s well earned. We’ve been fans of Fold for a long time too and their much-delayed (vinyl pressing issues) album Aphelion arrived this week. A tribute to the playwright Lorraine Hansberry, it follows the Fold pattern of sound clips over the tunes and works to perfection. Fold’s Seth Moshowitz has also teamed up with fellow Leeds-based emigré Komla MC for a collaborative project which sounds pretty good to us. And there’s a new album from Fontaines DC which everybody will be raving about before too long. Also on the collaboration train are part of Yard Act and members of the now ex-outfit Hookworms under the moniker Holodrum. Top notch. Elsewhere, we have new ones from The Wave Pictures with a nice Northern Soul type hook to draw you in, Baba Ali – touring with Yard Act and signed to their label – Vukovar, Arab Strap, Teleman drummer Hiro Ama with a solo project. So much goodness for your ears. Dive in.
Fontaines DC – Jackie Down The Line Peaness – How I’m Feeling Reminders – Carousel Winachi – Characters Yard Act – Quarantine The Sticks Richard James Simpson – We’re In The Wolf’s Mouth Arab Strap – Aphelion Surprise Chef – The Positive And The Negative The C33s – Better Luck Next Time, Soul Seeker! The Wave Pictures – Flight From Destruction Lotte Kestner – Open Ocean Vukovar & Max EMRG – The Sheltering Sky Black Flower – O Fogo Holodrum – Free Advice Yarni – Orgone Hiro Ama – Free Soul Fold (pictured) – Insurgent Mood Post Coal Prom Queen feat. Conscious Route – Dragons Jaw BBXO feat. Reba Mangope – Berlin Heart Komla MC vs Fold – Victoria Falls Baba Ali – Living It Up
Back to it. Soup! are new to us and sound pretty darn good. Pencil that in for your end-of-year lists which, yes, we’re already talking about. See also that collaboration between Kid Kapichi – whose LP This Time Next Year which totally passed us by last year – and Bob Vylan. Terrific stuff. Warmduscher’s new album is due soon, so we’ve another track from that while old favourites Faithful Johannes, Whirling Hall Of Knives and Boobs Of Doom all have new ones out to ease you into another January. Dive in.
Jim Bower – Starting Tomorrow Smashing Red – Smashed The Total Rejection – Paul’s Eye, John’s Teeth Herzegovina – Emergency Soup! – The Acrobat Warmduscher – Fatso Sea Power – Green Goddess The Sexy Wild East – Let The Good Times Roll Ashinoa – Disguised In Orbit Digital Resistance – Duty Kid Kapichi (pictured) ft. Bob Vylan – New England Kevin Beacham x Odd Nosdam – What Remains… (Sum Of Inspiration) Faithful Johannes – Head Down Nosdam + Rayon – From Nowhere To North Whirling Hall Of Knives – Xyllindric Boobs Of Doom – Halama’umu’u Fila Brazillia – Apollyon
With the last of the leftovers finally devoured, it’s time to look back at what 2021 gave us. For starters, lots of postponed gigs, but also a slow, ginger return to venues. Highlights for us include The Nightingales – which had been postponed from the before times – Benefits and Billy Nomates. It gave us a shortage of vinyl just to throw another blocked in the way of anyone actually making any money out of this business. But there were, as always, some great records to soundtrack the year. And here, as every year, are our favourite 50 which this year includes 53 tracks.
Tracklist: The Trudy – Dear Sancho Home Counties – White Shirt/Clean Shirt Alex Spencer – Things Just Come & Go Blanketman – Leave The South Play Dead – Shaun Italia 90 – Borderline The Broken Orchestra & Joe Hakim – Play To The Gallery Dry Cleaning – Strong Feelings Black Salmon – Chihuahua Power The Shed Project – Feel My Love Working Men’s Club – X Jister – Normal Island Sons Of Kemet – To Never Forget The Source The Lucid Dream – Coalesce The C33s – Benzodiac Monitors – The Drill Herbert Grönemeyer & Alex Silva – I Love A Man In Uniform Django Django – Kick The Devil Out Idles – Damaged Goods JOHN – A Song For Those Who Speed In Built-Up Areas Mathlovsky – Geng Geng Gang Great Pagans – Just A Step Behind Amateur Trepanning – Thank Ourselves Of Temporary Baba Ali – Black Wagon Sugar Horse – Fat Dracula Dead Slow Hoot – Gesticulating Wildly Ceiling Demons – From The Womb To The Grave Alabama 3 – Whacked Andrew Hung – Brother Voodoo Beach – Anders Sein Tropical Fuck Storm – G.A.F.F Wet Leg – Chaise Longue Chihuahua – Nailing Tent Pegs To My Forehead DZ Deathrays – Skeleton Key Amen Dunes & Sleaford Mods – Feel Nothing Lonely Guest – Pre-War Tension Boyoca – Bamboo Mask Amyl & The Sniffers – Guided By Angels Johnny Marr – Spirit, Power & Soul Sea Fever – Crossed Wires JOHN – Šibensko Powerhouse Stocksnskins – Control Alt Delete Y Bülbül & Rose Glass – Aspiration Nation Wet Leg – Wet Dream Pray For Mojo – Landslide Amyl & The Sniffers – Hertz The Limiñanas & Laurent Garnier – Saul Skrattar – Trouble Pigeon – Yagana Warmduscher – Wild Flowers Pictish Trail – Natural Successor Little Dragon – Drifting Out Gefahrgeist & Conscious Route – Orbit
And in a break with tradition, here we choose our favourite of the favourites. Johns must stick together:
Thanks for listening this year. We’ll do all this again in 2022
Highlight this week, among many, is a foretaste of the next album from The Pictish Trail. Out early next year, if Natural Successor is anything to go by, it’ll be a belter. Elsewhere, Orbital bring the now 30-year old Satan up to date, there’s a new album from Physics House Band, poet Luke Wright debuts with his band The People Who Run The Country with their eponymous single. And there’s a Bob Vylan track. Crackin’
Jim Bower – Ten Years To Save The World The Scaramanga Six – It Is The Face Wish How DITZ – The Warden The People Who Run The Country – The People Who Run The Country The Allergies – Utility Man ft. Andy Cooper Richard James Simpson – Starry Hope Yard Act – Payday Bob Vylan – GDP The Bug – Treetop ft. Jason Williamson Pussy Riot – Rage (Boys Noize remix) Orbital – Satan (30 Something Years Later remix) Dementio13 – Knots Phonseca – Frozen Music El Michels Affair – Cham Cham Yip Man – Not That Easy The Pictish Trail (pictured) – Natural Successor Swansea Sound – Freedom Of Speech Physics House Band – Incident On 3rd Little Dragon – Drifting Out Gefahrgeist – Orbit ft. Conscious Route
We ease you in with some Cold Water Swimmers this week for two reasons. One, it’s a great record. Two, it would be cruel to go straight in with Gnod and have your face torn off before we really got going. Jeez, that’s good. Other highlights for us this week are Old Tramp and a remastered album worth of Bush Tetra tracks from which we have Too Many Creeps for you. Overdue a do over, we reckon. And we end with a Cobby double because why not.
Cold Water Swimmers – Everything We’ve Ever Had (We’ve Had To Fight For) Gnod (pictured) – Pink Champagne Blues Black Flies – A Concrete Garden Where I Lay To Rest Cinemascope – In Silence Swansea Sound – Rock N Roll Void Old Tramp – Middle Of Nowhere slo/tide – Neck High Emlyn Johnson – Don’t Wanna Be Anyone Else Pinch Points – Reason To Be Anxious Bush Tetras – Too Many Creeps ONETWOTHREE – Sudden Champyun Clouds – Check For Silt Easy Stride Band – Satellite Peakes – Day & Age The Mystery Plan – Silver Lining (Steve Cobby remix) Steve Cobby – Pick Flowers Brewmaster