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Playlist 160 - Jan 25 2011

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www.theundergroundofhappiness.blogspot.com Tues Jan 25th 2010
11.00am-12.00pm
Playlist 160 (repeated on Tuesdays 8.30pm)
Cork Campus Radio, 98.3FM
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*listen back to this show at http://rapidshare.com/files/444462660/UOH_Podcast_Jan_25_2011.mp3 Playlist
The Phoenix Foundation - Buffalo (playing Liquid Room, Edinburgh, Feb 4, w/ The Go! Team) Hotels - The bat watusi John Stammers - Idle I'm Matthew Friedberger - Shirley Jim Sullivan - U.F.O. Joan as Police Woman - The magic (playing The Button Factory, Dublin, Feb 10) Mogwai - San Pedro (playing Radisson Hotel, Galway, Feb 14) Young Magic - You with air Telekinesis - Dirty thing Jonny - Continental (playing Deaf Institute, Manchester, Feb 14) Fujiya & Miyagi - Yoyo Incarnations - Make you mine Duo 505 - Whirligig beetle party Lost Idol - Hushed strokes The Go! Team - Buy nothing day (playing Black Box, Galway, Mar 3) *next week's show features…

Markus Mehr Interview

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To decorate the place a little bit, and add some content, I'm going to post some past interviews we've had on the show. Some of my favourites were recorded last year, including this one with German ambient artist Markus Mehr, over the phone from his home in Augsburg last September, to mark the release of his excellent album Lava.

The conversation ranged across electric toothbrushes, Black Sabbath, Depeche Mode, what it's like living in small town Germany while making experimental pop music, the bar-raising pressure of live performance, and more. One particularly interesting thing to come out of the interview was the fact that most of the sounds on the album were generated from a guitar (Markus' first, and main, instrument). This isn't at all obvious, due to the various filters and effects the guitar sounds are fed through. You can listen to the interview on the link at the bottom.

Also check a track from the album here, the compelling Cousteau - the beautiful visu…

Playlist 159 - Jan 18 2011

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The Underground of Happiness
uplifting pop music of every creed
www.myspace.com/theundergroundofhappiness Tues Jan 18th 2010
11.00am-12.00pm
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Playlist 159 (repeated on Tuesdays 8.30pm)
Cork Campus Radio, 98.3FM
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*listen back to this show at http://rapidshare.com/files/443235404/UOH_Podcast_Jan_18_2011.mp3 Playlist
Ben Butler & Mousepad feat. The Niallist - Infinite capacity (for love) Galaxie 500 - Fourth of July (live) (Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500at The Workmans Club, Dublin, Feb 11) Metronomy - She wants (playing Academy 2, Liverpool, Jan 22) Junip - Rope and summit (playing Cyprus Avenue, Cork, Feb 5) The Go! Team - Buy nothing day (playing Liquid Room, Edinburgh, Feb 4, w/ The Phoenix Foundation) Rue Royale - Halfway blind Bobby Garrett - I can't get away (Munster Soul Northern Soul Night, The Pavilion, Cork, Jan 30, w/ documentary screening "The way of the crowd") Co…

Playlist 158 - Jan 11 2011

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The Underground of Happiness
uplifting pop music of every creed

www.myspace.com/theundergroundofhappiness Tues Jan 11th 2010
11.00am-12.00pm
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=100000831467458

Playlist 158 (repeated on Tuesdays 8.30pm)
Cork Campus Radio, 98.3FM
listen live on the web at www.ucc.ie/ccr
*listen back to this show at http://rapidshare.com/files/441977662/UOH_Podcast_Jan_11_2011.mp3 Playlist
Dutch Uncles - Fragrant The Phoenix Foundation - Buffalo (playing The Liquid Room, Edinburgh, w/ The Go! Team, Feb 4) Igor Boxx - Bunker sweetheart Our Broken Garden - Garden grow Marmaduke Dando - No tomorrow Esben & the Witch - Warpath (playing XOYO, London, Feb 9) Yo La Tengo - Let's save Tony Orlando's house Wye Oak - Civilian Cloud Control - Meditation song #2 Julianna Barwick - The magic place Dollboy meets Sone Institute - A slow reader The National - Sorrow (playing Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona, May 26-28) Rich Bennett - Goodbye to love Syd Matters - Lost Thread …

Jan 4 2011 show - Playlist 157

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Playlist 157
Tues Jan 4th 2010
11.00am -12.00pm
(repeated on Tuesdays 8.30pm)
Cork Campus Radio, 98.3FM
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*listen back to this show at
http://rapidshare.com/files/440754873/UOH_Podcast_Jan_4_2011.mp3

Playlist

1. The Go! Team - Buy nothing day
2. Rich Bennett - Chase scene
3. The Walkmen - Stranded
4. Deerhunter - Memory boy
5. Jumpel feat. Chloe March - Edinburgh
6. Essie Jain - Lay down
7. Fujiya & Miyagi - Yoyo
8. Colourmusic - Tog
9. Broken Records - You know you're not dead
10. Iron & Wine - Tree by the river
11. Crystal Stilts - Practically immaculate
12. Serifs - Esses and ees (I)
13. Codes in the Clouds - Look back, look up
14. Syd Matters - Hi life

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Best of 2010 Podcast

The Underground of Happiness
uplifting pop music of every creed


Best of 2010 Podcast *in most cases, you'll find album and label details for these in the "best of 2010" post
*d'load this podcast at http://rapidshare.com/files/437128544/UOH_Best_of_2010_Podcast.mp3 Playlist
Frankie Rose & the Outs - Candy Field Music - Measure  Future Islands - Tin man Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Round and round Caribou - Odessa Peter Broderick - Part I: Discovery (from the soundtrack of the dance piece Congregation) Toro y Moi - Leave everywhere Wildbirds & Peacedrums - Fight for me Bjork & Dirty Projectors - On and ever onward Joanna Newsom - '81 CocoRosie - Hopscotch Boxharp - The green Sone Institute - On tree hill She & Him - Over it over again Oh No Ono - Swim Secret Cities - Boyfriends The Chap - Pain fun Seeland - Black dot, white spider Darren Hayman & the Secondary Modern feat. Emmy the Great - Calling out your name again Dum Dum Girls - Bhang bhang, I'm a bur…

Best Albums of 2010

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That time of year for lists again. A vaguely arbitrary exercise, although strangely satisfying. Especially when it's been another great year for pop music. Below is what has been soundtracking the UOH cabin for the past year.

Read. Discard. Listen. Enjoy. I've also put together a Best of 2010 Podcast which I'll send details of in another post. Til 2011, stay warm.

The Underground of Happiness
uplifting pop music of every creed
Favourite Albums of 2010 (71, in no particular order)
Syd Matters - Brotherocean (Because Music)
Sone Institute – Curious memories (Front & Follow)
Dum Dum Girls - I will be (Sub Pop)
NLF3 - Beautiful is the way to the world beyond (Prohibited Records)
Joanna Newsom - Have one on me (Drag City)
She & Him - Volume Two (Double 6)
Christy & Emily - No rest (Klangbad)
Field Music - Field Music (Measure) (Memphis Industries)
*d'load interview (phone) with David & Peter from Field Music here

The Ruby Suns - Fight softly (Memphis Industries)
Sarah Bla…

Primavera Sound Festival 2010

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Day 1
The Wave Pictures
What a lovely start to the weekend, with some fey and witty English pop on the Ray Ban stage. There's a great reception from the Spanish crowd, which surprises me until I remember Jonathan Richman being greeted like a god in the auditorium here a few years ago. A certain strain of wry pop music is very popular around these parts.

Surfer Blood
I move on to meet friends at the Pitchfork stage to see a band I know nothing about. What I learn is they play a pleasing brand of balls-out indie guitar rock and boast a great singer, who can scream in tune as well as croon. And their guitarist looks about 12 years old - he looks delighted to be here really, just to be asked.

The Fall
No surprises here on the main stage (San Miguel) but as enjoyable as ever, in a seething, surly kind of way. In an unexpected gesture (of hospitality?) Mark E Smith has dispensed with the leather glove. Is this a sign of middle-age mellowing, I wonder? For the sake of the music, I hope not.

Tit…

Primavera Sound 2011

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Looking ahead at the start of a new year and thoughts turn as usual to late May in Barcelona and the Primavera Sound Festival.


Last year's festival was great but this year's line-up already looks like it might be better (The National, Ariel Pink, Fleet Foxes, John Cale, The Walkmen, Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips etc.). The one misgiving is that last year's festival was much more crowded (including with ridiculous amounts of Irish people), taking from the comfort factor a little. However, the atmosphere was still wonderful, not to mention the music.


That's the Dum Dum Girls on the Pitchfork stage. If you've not heard of this festival before, I'll post below some thoughts I put together earlier in the year. And of course you'll find plenty more info on the official festival website - http://www.primaverasound.com/.