Playlist 356 - May 19 2015

There's a new album from Giant Sand out, Howe Gelb and friends, and as usual there are some beautiful things contained within. We heard 'Pen to paper' from it on this week's show, a gorgeous late night meditation on writing, contact, communication, perhaps travel and ageing even, with sublime filtered piano, shuffling drums and a smoky nostalgic vocal. It's wonderful.

Also wonderful is the late Rod McKuen contemplating Haiku poems and waitresses in bandanas over double bass. It's hilarious and poignant at the same time.

New music from William D Drake, a great stomping medieval folk number; Orchestra of Spheres getting gloriously funky about the number universe; Virginia Wing with lissome psych pop.

Polar Bear focusing on the light of the universe, Rozi Plain dealing a gorgeous kosmische.

And Sheffield duo Nai Harvest with a welcome update of Husker Du.

More on these pages.

May 19 2015 w/ Giant Sand,Polar Bear,Orchestra of Spheres,Virginia Wing,William D Drake,Rozi Plain++ by The Underground Of Happiness on Mixcloud

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Playlist 356
Tues May 19 2015
(repeated on Tuesdays 8.30pm)
UCC 98.3FM
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Rod McKuen – Haiku poems
Giant Sand – Pen to paper
Polar Bear – Life love and light (playing Tramlines Festival, Sheffield, July 25)
Rozi Plain – Quarry (playing Cavern Club, Liverpool, June 4)
North Sea Radio Orchestra – I a moon
William D Drake – Distant buzzing (playing Komedia, Brighton, July 1)
Tame Impala – Let it happen (playing Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Sept 4-6)
Virginia Wing – Donna’s gift (playing Liverpool Psych Fest, Sept 26)
Orchestra of Spheres - Numbers
Nai Harvest – All the time
Titus Andronicus – Dimed out
Tandem Felix – Union St Blues
The Sandwitches – Sunny side
Marker Starling – Only speak your name (playing Stratford Art House, Stratford upon Avon, May 31, w/ Owen Pallett)
Gaz Coombes – Detroit (radio edit) (playing Fied Day Festival, London, June 7)

*next week's show will feature music from Todd Tobias, Death & Vanilla & Vinyl Williams, among others

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