A proper world tour today with not one, but two Belarusian post-punk bands – old friends Super Besse and the lesser known (to us) Molchat Doma whose 2018 LP has had a recent wider distribution. Elsewhere, we went to see Working Mens Club last week and include their new single, there’s powerful new stuff from Jehnny Beth – she of Savages – as well as stuff from Japan, Brazil and a closing banger from Serbia.

Chai – Fashionista
Pet Crow – Insomnia
Working Mens Club – White Rooms & People
Dboy – Red Ultra Glide
God Damn – Dreamers
Memes – J.O.B.S
Dilettante – Shopfront
Jehnny Beth (pictured) – Flower
The Academy Of The Sun – The Parts That Need Replacing
Jape – I Want To Get Right
The Baggios – Limaia
Molchat Doma – На Дне (At The Bottom)
Super Besse – Rodina
Hallows – Subtle
Space Motion – Right On

News of the death of Andrew Weatherall reached us too late to adjust the schedule. We were all huge fans here and he had a huge influence on all of the stuff we love. We’ll do something in the the week by way of tribute.


More of the usual this week, featuring Lemon Jelly producer Fred Deakin and his new concept album, the enigmatic wonder that is Sir Robert Orange Peel and the equally mysterious Sault who had a couple of LPs out last year. Band name of the week is David Cronenberg’s Wife and we end with Holy Fuck. Kicking us off are Asian Dub Foundation who are back back back, baby. Get in.

Asian Dub Foundation (pictured) – Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay
Warm Digits – The View From Nowhere
The Pink Diamond Revue – Miss Lonely Hearts (Rude Audio remix)
Mint – Goodbye Beautiful
Sugar Horse – Pity Party
Forgetting The Future – Sara Tonin
The Pedaljets – Disassociation Blues
Nada Surf – Something I Should Do
David Cronenberg’s Wife – Hannity Comes Home
Surf Rock Is Dead – Diabolik
Sault – Tip Toe
Fred Deakin – The End Of The World ft. Charlotte Hatherley
Sir Robert Orange Peel – Sid
Ruf Dug – Shoppin’
Holy Fuck – Deleters

picture by Umberto Lopez


Late switch to the running order I had planned following the announcement of the death of Andy Gill. Not the way I wanted to open the 300th edition of the show, but events.
Besides a bit of vintage Gang Of Four to open, there’s new stuff from Benefits that you need in your life and an absolute belter of a soul track from Tommy Down which may be the record of the week. And Nelson Can release a new LP at the same time as announcing that they’re splitting up, which sucks as they’re great. Oh well, enjoy while you can.

Gang Of Four – At Home He’s A Tourist
Benefits – Divide And Be Conquered
CSE Art Project – The Truth’s On Telly
Little Albert – No Auto Correct
Michael – Sole Trader
Alex Kelman – Alone
Seazoo – The Pleasure
Neverman – Ibiza ’98
Oranj Son – Whole Hunger
Cornershop – St Marie Under Canon
The Late Pioneers – Bird In My Hand
Who Can Sleep – All Your Love
Nelson Can – I Wanna Be With You
Big Fox – Beast
Omar Souleyman – Shlon
Tommy Down – Don’t Think I’m Leaving Without You
Tiger Shadow – Loopholes For The Brave


Another eclectic mix tonight. Bit of Scandi stuff, tracks from Lippy Kid and Radio Europa off a compilation raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society – a cause close to my heart – an utter banger from Container, big late-1990s vibes from Jetta and Four Tet, 14 minutes of ambient techno from Sound Effects Of Death And Horror and Beefheart-esque goodness from The GR Record Head. Dive in, have fun.

Podcasts – Dragging The Lake
Juniore – Ah Bah D’Accord
Mayflower Madame – Vultures
The GR Record Head – Fred Hampton
John – Western Wilds
Orochen – Thinking Eyes
Doomshakalaka – Black Balloons
Alfie – The Easter Song
Cheerbleederz – Disco
Lexytron – Tell The Vein
Jetta (pictured) – Livin’
Four Tet – Baby
Lippy Kid & Greg Farndon – Thought Form IV (Palisade)
Radio Europa – Cities Of The Red Night
Container – Nozzle
Sound Effects Of Death And Horror – Techno Optimism


Closing in on the triple century now. Quite an eclectic mix this week, so fingers crossed there’ll be at least one thing you like.

The Chap – Merch
Japanese Television (pictured) – Bruno’s Nightmare
AJJ – Normalization Blues
Surreal Kinnock – Bipolarism
Smoke Fairies – Disconnect
Ala.Ni – Differently
Flossed In Paradise – Off World
Apollo Junction – What Are You Waiting For?
The Ghost Wolves – Let’s Go To Mars
Bad Knaves – Indian’s Head
Intet – A Part
Mechanimal – Stolen Flesh
Domus – Canada feat. Ljung
Humanist – Shock Collar feat. Dave Gahan
PVA – Divine Intervention
Taxxess – Danger


Still no recording – more of that after the rest – but we crack on regardless searching for your next favourite band. And also a track raising money for Australian First Nations communities devastated by the ongoing fires down there.

The Lovely Eggs – This Decision
Girls In Synthesis – Pressure
Lust For Youth – New Balance Point
The Goa Express – The Day
Dispel – Temptation
Rev Rev Rev – Adrift In The Chaosmos
Kiwi Jr – Salary Man
The Milk – Never Come Down
Surprise Chef (pictured) – Hymn For The #1 Tram
Dream Nails – Text Me Back (Chirpse Degree Burns)
Summer Camp – Women In Love
Mush – Revising My Fee
Dead Arms – Grandad Hates You
Oceans Over Alderaan – There’s Always Another Summer
Wrangler – How To Start A Revolution
The Cowls – Should It Feel Like This?

So go buy that Surprise Chef track. It’s really good as well as doing some good. Link up there. And here.
Not really on the same scale, but….. Regarding that computer, the station this goes out on is a charity and we’re not just concerned with this show, but for the station as a whole. If you feel you can spare us some change so we can replace our knackered machines, please do by clicking here and dobbing us something. Thank you.


Back to the old routine. More things you need on your radar, some from the back end of last year, some throwing forward deeper into 2020. Look ’em up. Go on, dare you.

Def Robot – The Last Cuss
Travelling Wave – The Lake
The Pink Tiles – Have You Heard
Joseph Martone – The Deal
The Cavemen – My Baby Knows
Euros Childs – Bits Of Me (Falling Off)
Adam Walton – Red Letter, Brown Envelope
Luc – Lost In Love
Snippet (aka Johnno Casson) – Wondering
Fanclub – Trespassing
Meatraffle – Meatraffle On The Moon
Hannah Lou Clark (pictured) – Trigger Happy Kisses
Eli Hermit – Japan
Paige Kennedy – Finga
DXIII – Fentibuse 100mg
TGC – Secret Wedding


Yeah, not gonna be able to play this on the radio either.
It took this writer a lot of time to get Sparks. Post-40, certainly. That early stuff still sounds really good, but in the last few years they seem to have become substantially more playful and outspoken. You could say – naively – that climate change isn’t necessarily their fight given that Ron and Russ are both in their 70s now, but their festive output focuses on that and with the addition of a chorus of kids sees Russ kind of hand the baton to the coming generation. Honest and heartfelt and not totally devoid of hope.

A new album is to follow in 2020 along with tour dates. Catch them while you still can.

words by @johnnydobbo

#BOL50 2019

As 2019 draws to a close, time to look back on the year in music with the traditional fifty tracks that stood out for us at Chateau Lies. Except this year it’s 61 because we couldn’t decide on eleven to take out and we make the rules so sod off.
Also, as opposed to previous years, it’s not been carefully put together in some sort of cohesive order, rather the tracks appear in the order in which we played them on air. This way, we won’t get radged if you stick it on shuffle. So whack the cross-fade to 12 seconds and dive in.

We’ll be back with more of the usual guff in 2020 as we continue the search for your next favourite band. Happy new year.


The seventh annual christmas special. No Slade, no Wizzard, definitely no Wham. Some of these are box fresh, some stretch back a year or two and we end in the traditional manner with the only song I’ve ever played more than twice on air. It’s simply not christmas without it.
Enjoy, have a peaceful and restful holiday and we’ll be back in the new year. Thanks for listening, as always.

Final Clearance – Let’s Have An Indie Rock Christmas
Death Of Guitar Pop – Feeling Like A Right James Blunt At Christmas
My Name Is Ian – Christmas Time Again
Emily Lockett – Always Got Next Christmas
The Attery Squash – Santa’s Laughter Mocks The Poor
Graham Brady – No-one Hates Christmas More Than Me
Bis – You Wrecked My Christmas
Goddammit Jeremiah – Mince Pies!
The Hannah Barberas – Oh Santa Claus!
The Mockers – (There’s No War On Christmas) When Christmas Is In Your Heart
Jamie Jamal – The Greatest Gift
Trembling Blue Stars – Christmas & Train Trips & Things
The School – Happy Christmas (Don’t Tell Me It’s Over)
Faithful Johannes – You Don’t Like Christmas Songs
The Holiday Scene – Eight Dates A Week (Song for Hannukah)
Half Man Half Biscuit – All I Want For Christmas Is A Dukla Prague Away Kit


Still no office computer so no ability to record the show as it went out, so you have to do with a mashup again. I mean, if anyone wants to buy the charity a decent computer, hit us up. Anyway…

Woolen Men – Mexico City Blues
Moderate Rebels (pictured) – Every Cheat You Meet Sings Love Songs
Virus – Money
Ukepunk – Civil Enforcement Officer
Morning Bells – Ghost Story
Alan Jenkins – Platypus
Psycho Comedy – Standin’
The Orange Kyte – Infinity Rope
Daymaker – MPC
The Routes – Just How It Feels
Hayley Mary – The Piss, The Perfume
Sea Legs – Favourite Doll
Duck Thieves – Dance Like A Duck Thief
Ruthie – No-one On This Earth ft. Drenge
High/Low – Red Beard
Urchin – Blame It