Playlist 323 - Sept 9 2014

Another extended show this week, great to have time to pull out a few old treasures, along with the huge backlog of excellent recent releases, plus music from acts on tour in the autumn.

The former category, 'Bonnie & Clyde' by Serge & Brigitte, that inspired and ageless slice of psych pop with the best ever "woo-hoo" in pop music (the giddy playfulness between them is a lovely subtext); Donnie & Joe Emerson, two Oregon farming brothers making bedroom pop sound fucking essential in 1979; and Cluster making pastoral, sky-gazing kosmische.

The latter category, Amen Dunes, bringing their beautiful 1000 yard drones to Ireland this month; likewise Sean Nicholas Savage (pic), gorgeous bedroom soul from Montreal; SlowPlaceLikeHome, fuzzy and warm electronica from Donegal; Tennis, heart-melting white soul.

And Pye Corner Audio, bringing the autobahn compellingly to English underground pop.

Sept 9 2014 Hr 1 w/ Serge & Brigitte,Amen Dunes,Sean Nicholas Savage,SPLH,Rozi Plain,Wussy++ by Theundergroundofhappiness on Mixcloud

The second hour of this week's show had some of my favourite bands/artists - The Chills, bringing jangle pop to bear unforgettably on the male id; Big Star, making growing up in middle America sound painful but wondrous; The Kinks, kicking gloriously against the Swinging Sixties; Lee Hazlewood, legend, with partner in crime at the time Suzi Jane Hokom; and Bob Lind, laying down a template for psych pop in 1965 with some help from Jack Nietzsche producing.

Then new music from Buke & Gase, playing the Brassland weekender at NCH in Dublin in December; Martin Carr, ex Boo Radleys; Alien Ensemble, beautiful jazz tones; Schultz & Forever, intriguing plastic funk; Brother Earth, lovely low-key psych folk; and Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa, making delirious wonky pop.

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Sept 9 2014 Hr 2 w/ Buke & Gase,Alien Ensemble,Lee Hazlewood,Big Star,Purling Hiss,The Chills++ by Theundergroundofhappiness on Mixcloud

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Playlist 323
Tues Sept 9 2014
(repeated on Tuesdays 8.30pm)
UCC 98.3FM
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Hour 1 -
Hour 2 -

*Hour 1

Serge Gainsbourg & Brigitte Bardot – Bonnie & Clyde
Amen Dunes – Lonely Richard (playing Workman’s Club, Dublin, Sept 23; Dolan’s, Limerick, Sept 24; Black Mariah, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, Sept 25)
Wussy – Teenage wasteland
Rozi Plain – Jogalong (playing The Glad Café, Glasgow, Sept 20, w/ Rachael Dadd)
Theatre Royal – Here it comes
Tennis – Never work for free
Sean Nicholas Savage – You changed me (playing Whelan’s, Dublin, Oct 10; Black Mariah, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, Oct 12)
Donnie & Joe Emerson – Baby
Sean Nicholas Savage – Heartless
Cluster – Heisse lippen
SlowPlaceLikeHome – Set fire to the stars (playing Whelan’s, Dublin, Sept 12, w/ Carriages)
Pye Corner Audio – Black mist

*Hour 2
Buke & Gase – Seam esteem (playing Brassland Weekender, NCH, Dublin, Dec 13+14)
Martin Carr – The Santa Fé Skyway
Bob Lind – Elusive butterfly
Purling Hiss – Learning slowly
Death in the Sickroom – Brick to the face
The Kinks – Where have all the good times gone
The Casanova Wave feat. Conor Deasy – New sensation (Hopes and aspirations)
Alien Ensemble – Modest farewell
Schultz & Forever - Silvia
Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa – Dimension Dive part 3: Deep sea dance
Ergo Phizmiz – The flying house
Lee Hazlewood & Suzi Jane Hokom – Califia
The Cobras – Restless
Big Star – The Ballad of El Goodo
Brother Earth – Out like a lion
The Chills – Male monster from the id (Martin Phillips playing The Lexington, London, Sept 12)

*next week’s show features music from Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Peter Broderick & Little Tornados, among others

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