Playlist 246 - Dec 4 2012

We’re not doing a Christmas special as such this year, but I will slip in a few songs of the season before we take a break for the holidays. So we had Johnny Cash singing a June Carter song, Darlene Love with an incomparable wall of sound and Dean & Britta with some gorgeous dream pop. In one way or another, all three songs are about a return to another time or place, some kind of home.

New music wise, The Great Balloon Race, a fantastic Cork band whose debut album is just out, also Adrian Crowley, Yo La Tengo, Sylvain Chauveau & FU. And from earlier in the year, Kyle Forester singing the wonderfully laconic songs of Joshua Stein, Dirty Projectors rocking out and the great cut up rhythms of Zammuto.

In the “My Highlights of 2012” category, David Byrne & St Vincent and Ariel Pink, both on 4AD but poles apart in most other ways.

And a pair of chamber pop beauties – Jon DeRosa from his great new album, and The Go-Betweens, from the 1986 classic album Liberty Belle & the Black Diamond Express. Pop music doesn’t get much better than when Grant McLennan sings over churning strings: “And the rain hit the roof, with the sound of a finished kiss, like a lip lifted from a lip”.

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Playlist 246
Tues Dec 4 2012
(repeated on Tuesdays 8.30pm)
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Johnny Cash – Christmas as I knew it
Darlene Love – Christmas (Baby please come home)
The Great Balloon Race – Medicated hope (playing The Pavilion, Cork, Dec 22, w/ The Altered Hours)
Adrian Crowley – At the Starlight Hotel
The Go-Betweens The wrong road
Jon DeRosa - Birds of Brooklyn
Kyle Forester – Multiple dudes
Balthazar – The oldest of sisters
Zammuto – Yay
Dirty Projectors – Offspring are blank
Yo La Tengo – Well you better (radio edit)
Sylvain Chauveau – Derniere étape avant le silence II
FU – A love like infinity
David Byrne & St Vincent – Outside of time and space
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Kinski assassin
Dean & Britta – He’s coming home

*next week's show is the last before the Christmas break and features more music from The Great Balloon Race, The Sea & Cake and Cat Power, among others

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