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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Elias Krantz – Patchwork (from the album Lifelines, Control Freak Kitten Records)

Entrancing beat-driven minimalist instrumental from the Swedish artist.

Thrilling shades of dancefloor Tortoise, a hint of Battles, a brilliantly conducted extended jazz groove.

There are saxophones, thudding drums, insinuating melodies, juicy interlocking analogue synth grooves.

Yum yum.

Track 3 in this playlist

Moon Bros – These stars (from the album These stars, Western Vinyl)

Sublime evocation of the wide open spaces of America courtesy of Matt Schneider of Chicago with some friends from that city’s notable musical underground...

...as distinct from Nashville which might seem at first listen like a better home musically.

A quixotic rising voice singing to itself and keeping its own tune, a creaky chair, a simple strum, a shimmering steel guitar.

It’s all very low maintenance but still demands your full attention.

A rough diamond. Maybe not so Nashville after all.

It is totally captivating.

Playlist 411 - July 19 2016

The Moles have a new album out next month, which is great news, and even better it sounds really good. You'll find a song from it in this wk's show.

Lawrence Arabia new album, more great sunshine pop with an edge. Stephen Steinbrink sits well with that, smooth AM sounds with an undercurrent of unease. Astronauts, another example of hushed but devastating songs.

Elias Krantz makes lovely groovy minimalist instrumentals, jazz rock you might say. Marielle V Jakobsons makes wonderful long form drone sounds with violins and guitars.

And Melt Yourself Down, space rock jams for the ages.

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The Underground of Happiness
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Playlist 411
Tues July 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/ucQpCd


Playlist
Melt Yourself Down – Dot to dot (playing Festival No. 6, Portmeirion, Sept 3)
Marielle V Jakobsons – Rising light
Elias Krantz – Patchwork (excerpt)
Silver Apples – The edge of wonder
Lutine – Died of love (Laura Cannell remix)
littlebow – The singing sands
IX Tab – Harvest
Moon Bros – These stars
William Tyler – Albion moonlight
Rhyton – D. D. Damage
Lawrence Arabia – Another century (playing The Lexington, London, Sept 16)
Stephen Steinbrink – Anagrams
Batteries – The fall-in-love club
Astronauts – Breakout
The Moles – Artificial heart

*next week's show features favourite music from the first half of 2016 inc. Cavern of Anti-Matter, Tortoise, Cate Le Bon & The Fiction Aisle, among others

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




Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Playlist 410 - July 12 2016

Most welcome new music this week from North Sea Radio Orchestra, a unit built around songwriter/composer Craig Fortnam which makes great progressive folk music with elements of pastoral and minimalist classical music. The new song is just as wonderful as we've come to expect, hopefully more from them soon.

Cate Le Bon being brilliant and wonky ("I want to make sense with you") and then producing Drag City compadre Tim Presley into somewhat similar shapes.

Scott & Charlene's Wedding sounding like a more invigorated late VU (is the Maureen of the title Mo Tucker by any chance?). Bat For Lashes contemplating marriage in lovely dreamy unsettling tones.

Some dancing interludes featuring Todd Terje & The Olsens covering Yellow Magic Orchestra, Holy Fuck getting dreamy and The Avalanches getting nice and beaty.

And something old from The Chills getting a reissue on Flying Nun - jaunty and effortless and sublime heart on sleeve guitar pop.

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The Underground of Happiness
uplifting pop music of every creed


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Playlist 410
Tues July 12 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
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Playlist
Cate Le Bon – I’m a dirty attic (playing Whelan's, Dublin, Oct 20)
Tim Presley – Clue
Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – Maureen
David West – Peace or love
North Sea Radio Orchestra – The British road
Bat For Lashes – I do (playing Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Sept 4)
A Dyjecynski – Yessiree
The Highest Order - Taking off
The Byrds – Set you free this time
Todd Terje & The Olsens – Firecracker
Holy Fuck – Neon Dad
The Avalanches – Subways
Frank Sinatra – What a funny girl (You used to be)
Trashcan Sinatras – Best days on earth
The Chills – Kaleidoscope world
Las Kellies – Summer breeze

*next week's show features more music from The Moles, littlebow & Elias Krantz, among others

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




Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Playlist 409 - July 5 2016

The Fiction Aisle is a band you'll be hearing plenty about round here over the next while. It's Thomas White, ex Electric Soft Parade, of Brighton and he makes gorgeous but intriguing and often unsettling orchestral pop music. On this week's show we had his cover of a Camera Obscura tune which finds some kind of ambient rush that the original cunningly hid.

Straight after was Camera Obscura themselves, always good to be reminded of their broken pop genius.

Vinyl Williams with some great magic carpet cosmic soul. Lawrence Arabia plying a lovely late Beatles fed through post punk sound. Lake Ruth, on the baroque end of psych pop, great stuff.

And August Wells, currently on tour over here, compelling bruised soul.

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The Underground of Happiness
uplifting pop music of every creed


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Twitter: UndergroundOfHappy

Playlist 409
Tues July 5 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/9JdmMB


Playlist
Seazoo - Teeth (playing Indietracks Festival, July 29-31)
Urusei Yatsura – Phasers on stun
Bob Mould – You say you
A Giant Dog – Sex & drugs
The Altered Hours – I’m on a high (playing Townlands Carnival, Macroom, July 8-10)
TAU – Mo anam cara
The Fiction Aisle – Country mile (playing Patterns, Brighton, July 21)
Camera Obscura – My maudlin career
Vinyl Williams – Riddles of the sphinx
August Wells – She was a question (playing Pine Lodge, Myrtleville, July 9, plus Irish tour)
littlebow – The last summer of the century
Lawrence Arabia – A lake
Lake Ruth - The only one who knows
Joasinho – Meshes
Elias Krantz – Patchwork (excerpt)
Merchandise – Flower of sex

*next week's show features more music from Bat For Lashes, Tim Presley & Cate Le Bon, among others

e-mail the show on radio@ucc.ie
or text +353 (0)86-7839800
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Conor O'Toole,
c/o UCC 98.3FM,
Áras na Mac Léinn,
Student Centre,
University College Cork,
Cork,
Ireland.




Thursday, June 30, 2016

Whitney – No woman (from the album Light upon the lake, Secretly Canadian)

You’ll have heard this song by now. The downbeat perfectly appointed antidote to all those windy male singing buffoons. Like a white soul Midlake. A little bit stoned and all seeing for that.

Some kind of wisdom in these deceptively banal words -

“I left drinking on the city train
To spend some time on the road”

Whether you go with “feral indie bros” (The Guardian) or “Neil Young guesting with The Band” (that was me) or some other line, you’ll find it hard not to fall in love with. The dappled electric piano intro. The high tone male semi falsetto. The unbeatable twisting guitar part. The stoic banks of trumpets. The swooning fiddle. The general country soul swing and amiability.

A beguiling mix.

Pedro Soler & Gaspar Claus – Al viento (Infiné Records)



Sublime and passionate instrumental music featuring the father and son duo taking Spanish guitar and cello on a vivid journey.

It’s unusual enough to hear a father and son duet, even more to hear such romance at the core. Although instrumental, it plays a thousand words.

Here’s an excellent line from the press release to go with the thrilling music.

“The sighs, outbursts, dips, elisions and surges of discord with which Claus' cello hooks the paternal elements breathe life once again into this improbable and mineral truth: if these two, the father and the son, were not always playing quite the same music during the sessions for the album, then they were certainly painting the same landscape.”