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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Playlist 356 - May 19 2015

There's a new album from Giant Sand out, Howe Gelb and friends, and as usual there are some beautiful things contained within. We heard 'Pen to paper' from it on this week's show, a gorgeous late night meditation on writing, contact, communication, perhaps travel and ageing even, with sublime filtered piano, shuffling drums and a smoky nostalgic vocal. It's wonderful.

Also wonderful is the late Rod McKuen contemplating Haiku poems and waitresses in bandanas over double bass. It's hilarious and poignant at the same time.

New music from William D Drake, a great stomping medieval folk number; Orchestra of Spheres getting gloriously funky about the number universe; Virginia Wing with lissome psych pop.

Polar Bear focusing on the light of the universe, Rozi Plain dealing a gorgeous kosmische.

And Sheffield duo Nai Harvest with a welcome update of Husker Du.

More on these pages.

May 19 2015 w/ Giant Sand,Polar Bear,Orchestra of Spheres,Virginia Wing,William D Drake,Rozi Plain++ by The Underground Of Happiness on Mixcloud



The Underground of Happiness
uplifting pop music of every creed


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Twitter: UndergroundOfHappy

Playlist 356
Tues May 19 2015
11.00am-12.00pm
(repeated on Tuesdays 8.30pm)
UCC 98.3FM
listen live on the web at www.ucc.ie/983fm
*listen back to this show here
https://goo.gl/7Qy5s9


Playlist
Rod McKuen – Haiku poems
Giant Sand – Pen to paper
Polar Bear – Life love and light (playing Tramlines Festival, Sheffield, July 25)
Rozi Plain – Quarry (playing Cavern Club, Liverpool, June 4)
North Sea Radio Orchestra – I a moon
William D Drake – Distant buzzing (playing Komedia, Brighton, July 1)
Tame Impala – Let it happen (playing Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Sept 4-6)
Virginia Wing – Donna’s gift (playing Liverpool Psych Fest, Sept 26)
Orchestra of Spheres - Numbers
Nai Harvest – All the time
Titus Andronicus – Dimed out
Tandem Felix – Union St Blues
The Sandwitches – Sunny side
Marker Starling – Only speak your name (playing Stratford Art House, Stratford upon Avon, May 31, w/ Owen Pallett)
Gaz Coombes – Detroit (radio edit) (playing Fied Day Festival, London, June 7)

*next week's show will feature music from Todd Tobias, Death & Vanilla & Vinyl Williams, among others

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Conor O'Toole,
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Áras na Mac Léinn,
Student Centre,
University College Cork,
Cork,
Ireland.




Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Circuit des Yeux – Do the dishes (from the album In plain speech, Thrill Jockey)



A compelling and invigorating slice of what sounds quite like performance art on record from Haley Fohr of Chicago.

If that’s a new name to you, here’s the press blurb behind her new album.

Haley Fohr’s music strikes a unique balance between the personal and universal. As Circuit des Yeux she creates music that embodies the complexity of human emotions, juxtaposing tenderness and grief, ecstasy and horror, using sounds as representations of the emotional spectrum that we all experience. Fohr’s striking voice, an impassioned baritone, is the music’s centerpiece and guiding force. On In Plain Speech, Fohr is joined by some of the most progressive musicians in the Chicago music community; Cooper Crain (Cave, Bitchin Bajas), Whitney Johnson (Verma), Rob Frye (Bitchin Bajas), Adam Luksetich (Little Scream), and Kathleen Baird (Spires That In The Sunset Rise). Fohr cements her reputation as a fearless songwriter and inventive arranger with this stirring collection of songs that are both gorgeous and emotionally potent. Produced by Cooper Crain, In Plain Speech represents the start of a new, more collaborative chapter for Circuit des Yeux.

The minimalist opening on this album standout might put you in mind of the gradually phasing patterns of Steve Reich but with added distorted oomph.

It turns out this opening was created by cutting up and looping an original ethnographic field recording from Laos (you really would swear it’s an organ), a piece of information that only adds to the impression that this woman is not fucking around.

That and these words I suppose.

There is something deep inside of you
Something that’s worth reaching into
It makes me tremble
It makes me shake
It’s a risk I’m willing to take


That grinding loop then drops out suddenly, taking Fohr’s rollercoaster of a voice with it and leaving in its place a sparse ghostly playout as a catch your breath coda.

It’s an intriguing piece of work all round.

*There’s also an interview with Fohr by FACT on this link which includes a full stream of the album.

http://www.factmag.com/2015/05/12/circuit-des-yeux-interview/

**And be aware this video features full frontal nudity so is very much NSFW.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Rozi Plain – Friend (Lost Map Records)



First published on www.lowtrees.net

A beautiful album of folk drones enlivened by vintage synths and inventive danceable backbeats.

We've already spoken here of the beguiling kosmische lilt of ‘Actually’ and the spacey pitter patter club atmosphere of ‘Jogalong’.

But check the glorious Tortoise-like brass swells of ‘Best team’, the bleeping keys with two step drum machine of ‘Five beans’ and the gorgeous late night shuffle of ‘Quarry’ and it’s obvious that this is a highly unusual hot pot and nothing like your average folk album.

We must also mention Plain’s authentic singing-to-itself vocal style, a unique instrument with inflections capable of turning words into unending earworms.

Describing music as having a sense of adventure is a bit of a cliché these days but there’s a genuine feeling of horizons expanded and a questing personality behind these songs.

Triumphant genre-bending stuff.







Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Playlist 355 - May 12 2015

If you're a regular, you'll know I've been a huge fan of Aldous Harding since first coming across her late last year. The woman taps into a timeless folk strain but with a sharp & gothic songwriting style. She's on tour in the UK right now, check her out.

Circuit des Yeux is Haley Fohr of Chicago, also on tour soon inc in Cork, a fascinating purveyor of minimalist patterns with very appealing open-throated singing.

I'm always a sucker for high quality orchestral pop and Paperface is exactly that - strings, sentiment, wry observations, it's all there. Taking orchestral pop into more Scott Walkerish territory is August Wells, an old fashioned thoroughly gorgeous song.

The Star Department with lovely low key psych pop; Daniel Knox with irresistibly lilting cabaret; Twerps bringing jangle pop home gloriously.

And Dawn of Midi, for fans of Hauschka, brilliant excavation of rhythm.

More on these pages.

May 12 2015 w/ Circuit des Yeux,Dawn of Midi,Bjork,August Wells,Aldous Harding,Twerps,Michael Head++ by The Underground Of Happiness on Mixcloud



The Underground of Happiness
uplifting pop music of every creed


www.theundergroundofhappiness.blogspot.com
www.facebook.com/theundergroundofhappiness
Twitter: UndergroundOfHappy

Playlist 355
Tues May 12 2015
11.00am-12.00pm
(repeated on Tuesdays 8.30pm)
UCC 98.3FM
listen live on the web at www.ucc.ie/983fm
*listen back to this show here
https://goo.gl/VnvnPq


Playlist
Twerps - Conditional report
Young Knives – Something awful (playing Chorlton Arts Festival, Manchester, May 24)
Morton Valence – Chinatown
The Star Department – This ship won’t sail
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Careen
Circuit des Yeux – Do the dishes (playing Gulpd Café, Cork, June 18)
Michael Head – It’s harvest time
Aldous Harding – Two bitten hearts (playing Rough Trade East, London, May 20, 1pm)
Soley - Aevintyr
Paperface – Amsterdam
Daniel Knox – By the venture
Dawn of Midi – Nix (radio edit)
Bjork – Lionsong
August Wells – Here in the wild

*next week's show will feature music from Titus Andronicus, Orchestra of Spheres & Rod McKuen, among others

e-mail the show on radio@ucc.ie
or text +353 (0)86-7839800
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Conor O'Toole,
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Áras na Mac Léinn,
Student Centre,
University College Cork,
Cork,
Ireland.




Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Titus Andronicus – Dimed out (Merge)

A beautiful blast of intellectual fury from Patrick Stickles and friends.

This is one of those rare instances when you need the lyric video to get the full visceral benefit.

The righteous anger in Stickles’ vocal delivery will be immediately apparent but check the self-motivating thrust and burgeoning ego of this passage which would fly straight past the naked ear.

I don’t chase after clocks or calendars
I bow down not to masters, gods nor managers
Cause all the greatest artists they were amateurs
Unembarrassed dressed in only bandages


There’s a distinct literary sensibility lurking in those roars and pummelling backbeats, high brow masquerading as low brow.

Stickles here is the US Shane McGowan, slayer of the American dream.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Tender Prey – Pleasure pain principle (from the album Organ Calzone, Bird Records)

Laura Bryon of Cardiff's new album is full of pleasurably trashy guitars but this song sticks out for me and there’s not a guitar in sight (well maybe a couple near the end but they're subtle).

A restless ticking drumbeat and a visceral lyric with a carefree tang and a tease to it.

Get in position
You know this might sting a bit
I like it but it hurts


Then the chorus (an instrumental break really) introduces a genius stabbing organ part – the kind you could happily hum all day - before ramping up the ante with a full scale breakdown later.

Sweet and intriguing.

Tk 6 in this playlist

Apr 14 2015 w/ Polar Bear,Jon DeRosa,Rozi Plain,Tender Prey,Arborist,Close Lobsters,Jim Noir++ by The Underground Of Happiness on Mixcloud

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Playlist 354 - May 5 2015

The new Titus Andronicus tune is a tour de force of controlled fury, shout singing brought to new levels of insight and intelligence. Essential.

John Cale with a great memory from 1974, chaos nagging at the edges of sweet melody. And Courtney Barnett giving a great litany of modern day lameness.

The beautiful mariachi touch of Jon DeRosa; the gorgeous pedal steel sweep of Tandem Felix; the lush soul of Laetitia Sadier and the soulful psych of Vinyl Williams.

The compelling psych drift of Todd Tobias and Death & Vanilla making glorious psych pop.

More on the blog.

May 5 2015 w/ John Cale,Titus Andronicus,Laetitia Sadier,Vinyl Williams,Death & Vanilla,Todd Tobias+ by The Underground Of Happiness on Mixcloud



The Underground of Happiness
uplifting pop music of every creed


www.theundergroundofhappiness.blogspot.com
www.facebook.com/theundergroundofhappiness
Twitter: UndergroundOfHappy

Playlist 354
Tues May 5 2015
11.00am-12.00pm
(repeated on Tuesdays 8.30pm)
UCC 98.3FM
listen live on the web at www.ucc.ie/983fm
*listen back to this show here
https://goo.gl/oV9ppY


Playlist
The Byrds – Turn! Turn! Turn! (To everything there is a season)
Antony Harding – Walk with no real place to go
Jon DeRosa – When Daddy took the treehouse down (playing Union Chapel, Islington, May 25)
Kathryn Williams – Mirrors (playing St Pancras Old Church, London, June 8)
Tandem Felix – Nothing I do will ever be good enough (playing Mother Jones Market, Cork, May 9, w/ Patrick Freeman)
Ultimate Painting – Break the chain (playing Eindhoven Psych Lab, June 5)
John Cale – Fear is a man’s best friend
Titus Andronicus – Dimed out
Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian at best
Laetitia Sadier – Release from the centre of your heart (playing Indietracks Festival, Ripley, July 24-26)
Vinyl Williams – World soul (playing Field Day Festival pre-party, Shacklewell Arms, London, June 4)
Death & Vanilla – The optic nerve (playing The Basement, Brighton, May 16)
Todd Tobias – Suvarnabhumi
Screaming Parent – The design of awful things (I’m through with numbers)
Surf City – Leave your worries (playing The Basement, Brighton, May 16)

*next week's show will feature music from Twerps, Circuit des Yeux & Aldous Harding, among others

e-mail the show on radio@ucc.ie
or text +353 (0)86-7839800
please mark messages “uoh”

Conor O'Toole,
c/o UCC 98.3FM,
Áras na Mac Léinn,
Student Centre,
University College Cork,
Cork,
Ireland.