Playlist 464 - Oct 17 2017

A couple of main themes this week.

Seminal psych folk or country figures in Gene Clark and Bob Lind. Chris Gantry is getting a reissue on Drag City, Nashville but not as you probably dreamed. And Michael Nau and Damien Jurado, two contemporary US songwriters bringing great psychedelic undercurrents to modern folk music.

The second section is all about the soundtracks. A couple of brilliant pieces from the year just gone, Nicholas Britell and Mica Levi respectively, from two excellent films also, Moonlight and Jackie. And some jazz inflections from Mikael Tariverdiev (classical Russian style) and Martial Solal (frantic French Nouvelle Vague style).

Plus The Bonk, lovely prog pop shapes weaving dreamily around jazz and other things.

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Playlist 464
Tues Oct 17 2017

Tenniscoats – Tomas Azarahi (from the album Music Exists 3, Alien Transistor)

Beguling naive pop (or avant pops as they have called it in the past) with brass and reed from the Japanese duo.

Piano trumpet and a clarinet take most of the load making gorgeous circling patterns.

Saya Ueno’s vocal is the cherry leading the melody where the other instruments follow.

Sometimes simple things are the most beautful.

And affecting.

Track 9 in this playlist

Montero – Vibrations (Chapter Music)

Meet Ben Montero of Melbourne who is currently shacking up in Athens and by all appearances (from the music video anyway) having a whale of a time on the Mediterranean.

This storming tune has shades of Connan Mockasin and Tame Impala although imagined through MOR/soft rock rather than filthy funk or psych rock.

A quick perusal of his Facbook confirms the suspicion that this is the music of someone quite happy to proclaim love for the likes of Fleetwood Mac and REO Speedwagon.

Which in itself is a beautiful thing.

There’s also the small matter of a song which begins with a chorus especially one as good as this.

A lost art in pop music.

The sound of genius in the making I feel.

Playlist 463 - Oct 10 2017

Some very tasty underground sounds on the show this week.

Japanese band Tenniscoats are back with the latest part of their epic Music Exists series – all three albums are now releasing on vinyl – gorgeous naïve folk melodies meet outsider pop.

The estimable Front & Follow label are 10 years old and are celebrating with a compilation of their most excellent roster, Lessons. We heard Andy Nice, sumptuous cello lines, and Sone Institute, a gorgeous drifting mixture of loops, samples, spoken word and field recordings.

From her own new album, but also featured on Lessons, Laura Cannell with another bracing blast of pre modern overbowed violin.

Speaking of outsider pop, although it could make a play for the major leagues, is Montero – exceedingly catchy psych pop/soft rock.

And This is the Kit, just confirmed for Cork show in January.

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Playlist 462 - Oct 3 2017

A couple of Cork bands taking to the road soon on the show this week.

The Bonk feature Philip Christie from O Emperor and friends. On their debut album there’s a great mix of doomsday jazz and prog pop with some swamp rock on the side. Fixity you’ll know if you’re a regular listener to the show. Based around drummer (and many other things) Dan Walsh and a rotating cast of collaborators. Thrilling dreamy soundscapes you can dance to. Imagine.


Cool Ghouls, wonderful Byrds meets Creedence Clearwater Revival grooves.

PINS, more stirring anti anthems – “I’m only here to serve the rich.”

And some autumnal gems from The Kinks & Lee Hazlewood.

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Playlist 462
Tues Oct 3 2017
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Lali Puna - Deep dream (from the album Two windows, Morr Music)

Something very active in my ether this month and a sound that would remind you of Berlin.

Warm fluid dance music in the territory of a Caribou or a Floating Points.


Hook laden.


Wonderful pop music.

The Bonk – Seems to be a verb (thirtythree-45)

Things you should know.

Phil Christie of O Emperor is involved.

Bit of Beefheart.

Bit of doomsday jazz.

Bit of improv spirit.

Bit of mongrel swamp rock action.

Prog pop tendencies.

More than the sum of its parts.

In short very good.

Cipher by The Bonk

Monologue by The Bonk

Ancestor by The Bonk