Playlist 312 - May 27 2014

Having watched the Big Star documentary Nothing can hurt me (if ever there was a misnomer) recently, I felt the need for a bit of Alex Chilton at his bleakest and best. Holocaust is like the downbeat flipside to The VU's I'll be your mirror, a truly heartbreaking piece of music.

Angel Olsen is another singer with a voice to stop you in your tracks, she plays Cork next week. More from another American singer Joan Shelley who plays Cork tonight (May 28).

New single from Tune-Yards, more brilliant songcraft from Merrill Garbus, this time bringing some dub and dayglo pop to the mix. Peter Broderick teams up with his friend Greg Haines and there's also dub involved, of a kind of outer space reverbed variety.

Kramies, desolate but beautiful psych folk; The Vincent(s) strident and swampy; Laura Cantrell loves the fact that all the girls are complicated, but is still wary of the fact.

And Trans Am, with the album version of a simple, stunning three chord trick, a doomy, post punk, new wave, vocoded treatment, like Phil Spector reimagined in a tin can.

More on these pages.

May 27 2014 show w/ Angel Olsen,Big Star,OOIOO,Trans Am,Kramies,Mutual Benefit++ by Theundergroundofhappiness on Mixcloud

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uplifting pop music of every creed

Playlist 312
Tues May 27 2014
(repeated on Tuesdays 8.30pm)
UCC 98.3FM
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*listen back to this show here

Angel Olsen - Acrobat (playing Triskel Christchurch, Cork, June 7, w/ Jaye Bartell)
Big Star – Holocaust
Haley Bonar – No sensitive man
Joan Shelley & Nathan Salsburg – Electric Ursa (Joan Shelley playing Gulpd Cafe, Cork, May 28)
The Vincent(s) – Throne song (playing Forbidden Fruit Festival, Dublin, May 31)
Tune-Yards – Hey life (playing Glastonbury Festival, June 25-29)
Lucky Dragons – Free guys by the sea
OOIOO – Jesse testa
Happyness - Great minds think alike, all brains taste the same
Peter Broderick & Greg Haines – A clear view
Douglas Dare – Swim
Kramies feat. Robert Wilson – Sea Otter Cottage
Mutual Benefit – Statue of a man (playing Green Man Festival, Aug 16)
Trans Am – I’ll never (playing Electrowerkz, London, Nov 8)
Laura Cantrell – All the girls are complicated

*next week’s show will feature music from Laurie Shaw, Women’s Murder Club, The Elwins & The Zombies among others

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Conor O'Toole,
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Trans Am - I'll Never from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.


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