Thursday, July 24, 2014

Show: 24.7.14

A random mix of music and spoken word including some of the acts at this year's Cambridge Folk Festival. Also a song by Karmadillo aka Rishi who will be live on the next show on August 5th. He will then be doing a gig with me on August 9th at CB2 as part of the Romsey Art Festival.

The Ramones - Teenage Lobotomy
Loudon Wainwright III - Brand New Dance
Balloon Ascents - Cutout
We Were Evergreen - Eggs
Laura Mvula - Like The Morning Dew
Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip - Entity
Anna Binkovitz - Asking For It
Moulettes - The Observatory
Richard Dawson - The Brisk Lad
The Antipoet - Ere’s One For The Kiddies
The Glass Set - Luckiest Girl
Sassparilla - Overture
Matsuki Ayumu - Two of Us
Fujiya and Miyagi - Artificial Sweetners
Karmadillo - Variations on a theme of DNA
Ivor Cutler - One Of The Best
Jet Jaguar - Hoops

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Headsound: Balloon Ascents - Cutout

Sofar sounds made a welcome debut in Cambridge at the weekend. The global movement curates monthly gigs in living rooms and other unconventional venues in 86 cities worldwide with more being added all the time.

Oxford group Balloon Ascents were an uplifting opener, harmonising dreamy pop melodies and helping the 20 odd audience members squeezed onto the living room floor to forget the cramps and backache.

The band have previously played Sofar in Oxford and are set to play more dates around Europe in the Summer. Cutout is one of several songs on their Soundcloud page.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Headsound: Half Japanese - In Its Pull

Half Japanese are strong contenders for the best new old band of the year. Brothers David and Jad Fair started making music in 1974 and have been influencing the great and the good in alternative music ever since as seen in the mini documentary below. Contributors include Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo, R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, the Velvet Underground's Moe Tucker, Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner and more.
They are returning after a 13 year break with album 'Overjoyed'. The first song to be shared 'In It's Pull' is a snappy manifesto.  Jad calls on you to 'Refresh the life you have and be the best that you can possibly be,' over a mutilated bed of rock and roll. It's uplifting, visceral punk rock with a distinctive twist. 

The album is out in September giving a couple of months to catch up on their back catalogue. 


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Show: 8.7.14 with Tom Adams

It was great to be joined by musician and composer Tom Adams who talked about his soundtrack to the forthcoming film The Knife That Killed Me and played a few songs including a couple of new songs from his new solo album, due to be released next year.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Headsound: Tom Adams - All is Lost

My guest on next week's show on 8th July will be Tom Adams. Adams' music regularly features on the show but it's been too long since he joined me in person. He will be playing some songs and talking about new film The Knife That Killed Me which he has done the soundtrack for including this song, All is Lost. The film is released on July 15th.