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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Playlist 387 - Feb 2 2016

The Convergence Festival runs in London in March and there's another fine line up this year, including the wonderful "supergroup" of The Rajasthan Express with Israeli composer/singer Shye Ben Tzur and Jonny Greenwood. Anna von Hausswolff is also on the festival bill, hopefully they find a church organ for her to achieve maximum epic.

Closer to home, Rozi Plain is at Quarter Block Party in Cork this w'end, finding a great niche between folk and kosmische; Morning Veils from Cork, spinning great freaked folk.

Tortoise with Georgia Hubley from Yo La Tengo on sumptuous vocals; Joanna Newsom with more great baroque flourishes; The Drink making tremendous progressive math pop.

And The Apartments, making heartbreak sound so luscious and inviting.

More on these pages.

Feb 2 2016 w/ Rozi Plain, Morning Veils, Junun, Tortoise, Anna von Hausswolff, The Apartments ++ by The Underground Of Happiness on Mixcloud



The Underground of Happiness
uplifting pop music of every creed


www.theundergroundofhappiness.blogspot.com
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Twitter: UndergroundOfHappy

Playlist 387
Tues Feb 2 2016
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/omjTXz


Playlist
Rozi Plain – Actually (playing Quarter Block Party, Cork, Feb 6)
The Left Outsides – Through a keyhole
Morning Veils – Lady in red
Cormac O Caoimh – The moon loses its memory (playing L'Atitude, Cork, Feb 25)
Maggie & Terre Roche – Telephone bill
Bert Jansch – Brought with the rain
Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood & The Rajasthan Express – Junun (playing Barbican Theatre, London, March 11 - Convergence Festival)
Tortoise – Yonder blue (playing Berghain, Panorama Bar, Berlin, Feb 9)
Caravan Palace – Aftermath
High Llamas – Here come the rattling trees
Joanna Newsom – Goose eggs (playing Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Mar 3)
Anna Von Hausswolff – Epitaph for Daniel (playing St John on Bethnal Green, London, Mar 18 - Convergence Festival)
Victoria Hume – Closing
The Apartments – Black ribbons
The Drink – Potter’s grave (playing The Globe, Cardiff, Mar 3, w/ Field Music)
Songs for Walter - Useless

*next week's show features music from Astronauts, Shearwater & Ennio Morricone, among others

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University College Cork,
Cork,
Ireland.




Saturday, January 30, 2016

Two Winters - Instrumental Mix Jan 2016

Every week the radio show is a series of mixes, usually a sequence of mini-mixes, 3 or 4 song runs put together to fill an hour. Every now and again though, a bunch of music comes together on my radar, drawn from albums sent to me as well as my own listening habits. Over the last few months I’ve noticed an amount of striking and powerful instrumental music coming together in this orbit I call The Underground of Happiness. All of this has received an airing on the show at some point, but given that I only have 1 hour per week to play with live on air, I thought it would be good to give some of this music an extra platform.

Firstly, as you would expect, these are all instrumental pieces, which is to say they don’t contain vocals (although Polar Bear flirt with humming at one stage in ‘No more goodbyes’). In fact, most of these artists are what you would call either exclusively or largely instrumental artists. The cellist Julia Kent for example, exploring the outer reaches of her instrument brilliantly over the course of several albums now. Noveller’s Sarah Lipstate creates epic soundscapes using one electric guitar and a rack of pedals. Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson also springs to mind, someone renowned for majestic ambient instrumental works. (Funnily enough, one of the other tracks on his new album contains what sound like wordless vocal sounds. Come to think of it, I’d love to hear what he might do with an expressly “vocal” album.)

However, several of the tracks in this mix are by bands who do use vocals. The legendary Bert Jansch is of course well known as a folk singer and songwriter, as well as a wonderful guitarist, but this track is from an instrumental album of his, Avocet, from 1990 which is getting a welcome reissue on the Earth label, featuring a lovely trio arrangement with double bass and fiddle from Danny Thompson and Martin Jenkins. Slow Moving Clouds use vocals (not always with words) to great effect within Irish/Finnish traditional music settings. Tortoise are using guest vocalists for the first time on their brilliant new album The catastrophist. Needless to say, the absence of vocals in these cases draws more attention to the instrumental, rhythmic, melodic, percussive work. There’s also a share of great electronic tunes in this mix, adding to that particular canon from club to concert hall. And along with Jóhann Jóhannsson (who made the accompanying film End of summer himself), there’s some tremendous film music by Mikael Tariverdiev (someone who has been dubbed the Russian Morricone), one of my most treasured discoveries of 2015, again thanks to Earth Records.

I wouldn’t make any great claims as to a binding theme for these tracks. The artists featured come from a wide variety of influences and backgrounds. But we are in winter and many of the tunes do have a certain chilly feel, in one way or another. So I decided to go with the title of Laura Cannell’s piece – it’s more or less the centrepiece of the mix – as an overall title. Her double recorder has an absolutely heart-piercing quality which seems an appropriate representation of the mix as a whole and the season we're in. Other than that, the only thing in common is that everything here has been released (or reissued) in the last 6 months or so.

One final point. I’d hope that if you come here for Tortoise, or Floating Points, or Benoit Pioulard, or whoever, that you’ll stay for the rest and discover something great you hadn’t heard before. That’s what makes the world go around after all.

Enjoy.

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Playlist

Floating Points – Nespole (Pluto)
Tortoise – The catastrophist (Thrill Jockey)
Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood & The Rajasthan Express – Junun brass (Nonesuch)
Yorkston Thorne Khan – Vachaspati Kaavya (Domino)
Polar Bear – No more goodbyes (The Leaf Label)
Noveller – Gathering the elements (Fire Records)
Julia Kent – Frost and furrow (The Leaf Label)
Laura Cannell – Two winters (Front & Follow)
Bert Jansch – Osprey (Earth Recordings)
Brave Timbers – After the rain (Gizeh Records)
Slow Moving Clouds – The death of Staker Wallace (Paper Palace)
Jóhann Jóhannsson – End of summer Part 3 (Sonic Pieces, from the soundtrack of the film End of summer)
Matthew Bourne – Daniziel (The Leaf Label)
Phantom Horse – Hector (Umor Rex)
Benoit Pioulard – Ante (Morr Music)
1115 – The drowned world I (Alien Transistor)
Mikael Tariverdiev – Moscow morning (variation) (Earth Recordings, from the soundtrack of the film I am a tree)

Two Winters - Instrumental Mix Jan 2016 by The Underground Of Happiness on Mixcloud

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Playlist 386 - Jan 26 2016

Touring season approaches so quite a few bands on the show this week playing live soon.

Daniel Knox, part of Quarter Block Party in Cork in early February August Wells, Irish tour in Feb This is the Kit & Giant Sand, both in Cork in April Yorkston Thorne Khan, part of the Field Day Festival line up in June.

Great new music from Astronauts, so good to hear from them again; also Nap Eyes, songs to get under your skin.

And The Altered Hours (pictured), launching their long-awaited debut album this week in Cork, after which they tour the known universe.

More on these pages as always.

Jan 26 2016 w/ Altered Hours, Tame Impala, Moodoid, Daniel Knox, August Wells, Astronauts++ 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 386
Tues Jan 26 2016
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/O7k8Ol


Playlist
The Altered Hours – Dig early (playing The Kino, Cork, Jan 29)
Benji Hughes – Magic summertime
Yorkston Thorne Khan - Little black buzzer (playing Field Day Festival, London, June 11-12)
Ivor Cutler – Gravity begins at home
Daniel Knox – 14 15 111 (playing St Peter's Church, Cork, Feb 5)
August Wells – A little too real (playing Coughlan's, Cork, Feb 12, plus Irish Tour)
Brave Timbers – A break in the clouds
Noveller – Fighting sleep
Jóhann Jóhannsson – End of summer Part 1 (from the soundtrack of the film End of summer)
This is the Kit - Les plus beaux (playing Cyprus Avenue, Cork, Apr 9)
Giant Sand - Pen to paper (playing Cyprus Avenue, Cork, Apr 14, w/ Jason Lytle)
Astronauts – Civil Engineer
Nap Eyes – Roll it
Tame Impala – Disciples
Moodoid – La lune
The Billy Shinbone Show – If you think you’ll get away with it you’re wrong

*next week's show features music from Rozi Plain, Cormac O Caoimh & Tortoise, among others

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




Friday, January 22, 2016

Tortoise – The catastrophist (Thrill Jockey)



There’s only one Tortoise in the world and they’re back with their latest gift to us, a glorious groovy thing from the very first beat.

So. Many. Highlights.

The title track, a thrilling circling tune full of conviction and killer kosmische synth hooks.
The great ominous build of ‘Shake hands with danger’, a minimalist clanging chime loop at its centre.
The beautiful shifting sands of ‘The clearing fills’, a drifting jazz dream.
The epic ‘Gesceap’, buzzing keys under a series of interlocking Reichian melodies.
Guest vocals by Yo La Tengo’s Georgia Hubley on ‘Yonder blue’, a gorgeous dream pop turn over an army of swooning guitars. (John McEntire produced YLT’s 2nd last album, the very beautiful Fade, so favour returned.)

The drumming as always is wonderful, chunky and delicate, supported brilliantly by an urgent bass pulse.

Plus they cover a David Essex song, ‘Rock on’, sung by Todd Rittmann of U.S. Maple.

Honestly, can this band get any cooler?





Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Playlist 385 - Jan 19 2016

A lot of new music on the show this week, in keeping with normal January service.

TEEN, a lovely mid 80s Prince type electro pop bounce
Ty Segall, pumping out the heartwarming glam jams
Nadia Reid, swoonsome dreamy folk rock
Morning Veils, spectral folk atmospherics from their debut album
Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood & The Rajasthan Express, showing everyone how to make dance music.

And Tortoise, more masterful minimalist grooves from their upcoming new album.

More on these pages.

Jan 19 2016 w/ TEEN, Ty Segall, The Drink, Morning Veils, Tortoise, Yorkston Thorne Khan, Damsel++ 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 385
Tues Jan 19 2016
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/HUnuVq


Playlist
TEEN – All about us
Ty Segall – Candy Sam
Melt Yourself Down – Dot dot dot (playing Shapes, London, Apr 27)
The Night Beats – Sunday mourning (playing Grand Social, Dublin, Jan 21)
Sea Pinks – Yr horoscope (playing Shacklewell Arms, London, Feb 12)
The Drink – Month of May (playing Grand Social, Dublin, Jan 20)
Ulrika Spacek – She’s a cult (playing Stag's Head, London, Feb 5)
Bert Jansch – Osprey
Nadia Reid – Reaching through
Damsel – Through the fells (playing The Roundy, Cork, Jan 23)
Josephine Foster – A thimbleful of milk (playing Café Oto, London, Feb 25+26)
Morning Veils – On the run
Yorkston Thorne Khan – Vachaspati Kaavya (playing Komedia, Bath, Feb 28)
Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood & The Rajasthan Express – Roked
Tortoise – At odds with logic

*next week's show features music from Giant Sand, This is the Kit & Noveller, among others

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Conor O'Toole,
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University College Cork,
Cork,
Ireland.




Friday, January 15, 2016

Yorkston Thorne Khan – Little black buzzer (from the album Everything sacred, Domino)

A fantastic musical curio taking in naive pop, folk, jazz and Indian classical music.

The song is written by the great Scottish songwriter Ivor Cutler, the band is James Yorkston, renowned Scottish folk musician, double bass player Jon Thorne and Indian classical singer and sarangi player Suhail Khan.

They make something lithe and supple and swoonsome.

Irish singer Lisa O’Neill, someone whose own work I personally haven’t dug up to now, adds a lovely dual vocal turn.

I’m sitting here on the top of the world with my little black buzzer beside me My bum is cold and my face is white and this is my message to you

as a bass pulse dots the backdrop and assorted drones (sarangi, nyckelharpa?) swoop and slide. Later Khan’s devotional singing just crowns it, a beautiful percussive instrument against the drones.

It's a sweet and lovely thing which takes the charming strangeness of the original and turns it into something ancient sounding.



Thursday, January 14, 2016

Best of 2015 Mixes

We're all probably sick of these by now, but one last thing. This is a Best of 2015 mix I put together, this one largely taking in June-December last year (a few exceptions). The full tracklist is on the mixcloud page, there's a range of stuff in there, kicking off with some psych pop and electronic tunes, some power pop and prog pop, folk, instrumental and orchestral.

By the way, I also did one around the middle of last year, which fitted into one of the weekly shows. That's also below.

And a final reminder that there is more detail on the entire Best of 2015 round up on these links -

http://theundergroundofhappiness.blogspot.ie/2015/12/best-of-2015-part-1-kosmischeinstrument.html

http://theundergroundofhappiness.blogspot.ie/2015/12/best-of-2015-part-2-folkcabaretavant.html

http://theundergroundofhappiness.blogspot.ie/2016/01/best-of-2015-part-3-punkpsychmotorikpro.html

http://theundergroundofhappiness.blogspot.ie/2016/01/best-of-2015-part-4-souldream-popjangle.html

July 28 2015 - Best of 2015 (Jan - July) by The Underground Of Happiness on Mixcloud



Best of 2015 Part 2 by The Underground Of Happiness on Mixcloud