Playlist 247 - Dec 11 2012

Last show of the year, featuring a few more Christmas pieces and a few more of my Best of 2012 choices.

I was all set for a great segue, from ‘Cheer up Charlie’ (from the film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, which is of course de facto Christmas music), on into Mumblin Deaf Ro’s brilliant almost-riposte ‘Cheer up Charlie Brown’, but I almost fucked it up. I forgot to bring the former with me and just about managed to pull it off via a crackly youtube link.

We also had the incomparable Dylan Thomas reading his own ‘A child’s Christmas in Wales’, a peerless piece of writing and delivery, followed by John Cale’s song of the same name to finish the show.

The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock, Jherek Bischoff, AU, Hidden Highways and Sone Institute all helped to make 2012 great musically, for me. There’s also new music from (The) Caseworker, Cat Power and Seb Rochford & friends, in the latest of the Days & Nights at the Takeaway series.

And one of my favourite Cork bands, The Great Balloon Race , with a beautiful piece of drifting psych pop from their just released debut album. More on most of the above in these pages.

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Playlist 247
Tues Dec 11 2012
(repeated on Tuesdays 8.30pm)
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Esquivel - Parade of the wooden soldiers
Mumblin' Deaf Ro - Cheer up Charlie Brown
Diana Lee - Cheer up Charlie (from the soundtrack of the film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory)
The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock - The Tarentella
The Great Balloon Race – Animals burning (playing The Pavilion, Cork, Dec 22, w/ The Altered Hours)
The Sea & Cake - Skyscraper
Jherek Bischoff feat. Carla Bozulich - Counting
Cat Power - Silent machine (radio edit)
(The) Caseworker - Hold on to the road (Makee remix)
Hidden Highways - Come wander with me
Seb Rochford, Spoek Mathambo & Jaelee Small - Time Wave Zero (San Gabriel remix)
Sone Institute - Tradition and dream (Nick Rundall remix)
Dylan Thomas - A child's Christmas in Wales (spoken word, excerpt)
John Cale - A child's Christmas in Wales (live)

*the next show is on Jan 8th, following the Christmas break
**enjoy the holidays and Happy New Year

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Conor O'Toole,
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The version of the John Cale song on the show was taken from the live album Fragments of a rainy season. Here's another more expansive live version, with a great semi-improv sounding intro, from 1983 in Hamburg.


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