Playlist 336 - Dec 9 2014

A couple of blinding folk records I've been enjoying in the past week or so. Aldous Harding is a young woman from Christchurch in New Zealand who sings ghostly, gripping folk songs, murder ballads and such, using not much more than an acoustic guitar and her unique voice. She may be young but the songs have an ancient quality. Stunning.

Also great is the new Elephant Micah, plangent tales of the world at large feat. forests, 4-legged creatures and the unmistakeable backing vocals of Will Oldham.

A couple of token Christmas tunes, but a little off the beam. Gruff Rhys imagining Christmas post apocalypse, a la Cormac McCarthy but as heard through T-Rex, sort of. And Tex Ritter, combining western swing with some social sensibility, a surprisingly apt combination it turns out.

Some furious Krautrock from Faust and also their Austrian friends Villalog. New Alasdair Roberts, glorious, some old This is the Kit, who play Ireland this week, lovely trancelike folk.

And the absolutely sublime chamber pop of Paul Smith & Peter Brewis.

More on the blog as ever.

Dec 9 2014 w/ Aldous Harding,Elephant Micah,Bell Gardens,Faust,This Is The Kit,The Chills++ by The Underground Of Happiness on Mixcloud

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Playlist 336
Tues Dec 9 2014
(repeated on Tuesdays 8.30pm)
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Villalog – Dusseldorf Dub
Faust - Gerubelt
This is the Kit – Sometimes the sea (playing Coughlan’s, Cork, Dec 10)
Alasdair Roberts – Artless one
Gruff Rhys – Post apocalypse Christmas
Tex Ritter & his Texans – Christmas carols by the old corral
Aldous Harding – Stop your tears
Bell Gardens – Joan’s ambulance
Elephant Micah – No underground
Syd Arthur – Dorothy (playing Crane Lane Theatre, Cork, Dec 12, w/ Cold Comfort)
Cold Comfort – Love pains
The Chills – Dan Destiny & The Silver Dawn
White Fence – Anger! Who keeps you under (playing 100 Club, London, Jan 30)
Paul Smith & Peter Brewis – Santa Monica (playing St Giles in the Fields, London, Dec 19)

*next week’s show features music from Adrian Crowley, Hiss Golden Messenger and some Hawaiian Christmas sounds from Arthur Lyman, among others

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