Eclectic Mainline 16th April 2014

My favourite opening track on an album so far this year is Mask Maker by Liars, and ooh look, a record with string in it – I want!

It’s not just me celebrating a 10th anniversary this year.  Bleep has also been going 10 years and they are releasing a compilation featuring exclusive tracks, including this by Machinedrum:

I played both of the above in this week’s Eclectic Mainline.  You will find the full programme on the BCB Listen Again service.

I only have 2 weeks left of Eclectic Mainline now.  Next week’s programme will be a look back (listen back, I suppose) at some of the wonderful live sessions I’ve had during my 10 year tenure.

Here is this week’s track list:

Liars – Mask Maker (LP – Mess) (Mute) YouTube
Dum Dum Girls – Are You Okay? (LP – Too True) (Sub Pop) YouTube
Ben Jacov – Ipsää (Transalp EP) (Doumen) SoundCloud
Machinedrum – aeolia (Various Artists LP – Bleep:10) SoundCloud
I Break Horses – Disclosure (single and LP – Chiaroscura) (Bella Union)
Alice Bowman – What (single) (Happy Death)
Ambassadeurs – Make Me (free download) SoundCloud
Gruff Rhys – American Interior (single and LP – American Interior) (Turnstile) YouTube
Plaid – Hawkmoth (LP – Reachy Prints) (Warp) SoundCloud
Blank Realm – Bulldozer Love (single and LP – Grassed Inn) (Fire) SoundCloud
Lufth – Democracy Is Dead Like Printed Matter (LP – Distanz und Nähe) (Kompakt)
Archie Bronson Outfit – We Are Floating (single and LP – Wild Crush) (Domino) YouTube
Yann Tiersen – A Midsummer Evening (LP – ∞ (Infinity) (Mute) SoundCloud
Francois & the Atlas Mountains – La Fille Aux Cheveaux De Soie (LP – Piano Ombre) (Domino)

When Big Joan Sets Up 11th April – It’s Astounding.Time Is Fleeting.

Three from “Small Town Heroes” the current LP by exemplary folk-blues ensemble Hurray For The Riff Raff provides the main event on this week’s programme plus the first new Jack White track in ages,a Coasters’ tune gets an agreeable sludge rock makeover from the Ukiah Drag and horse racing commentator Peter O’Sullivan makes his BCB debut. He did very well.

When Big Joan Sets Up 11th April – Hurray For The Riff Raff by Phil Cope on Mixcloud

Linton Kwesi Johnson – “Wat About Di Working Class” (LP – “Reality Poems – The Best of Linton Kwesi Johnson”) (Spectrum)
Jack White – “High Ball Stepper” (Download) (Third Man)
Mille and Andrea – “Drop The Vowels” (LP – “Drop The Vowels”) (Modern Love)
Typewriter – “Not Afraid” (LP – “Nobody Clears Out A Room Like…”) (Bandcamp)
Rev. Robert Wilkins – “Prodigal Son” (LP – “Prodigal Son”) (Bear Family)
Cleric – “Patteron One” (EP – “Pattern”) (Figure)
Prince Fatty and Mungo’s Hi Fi feat Horseman – “Horsemove” (LP – “Prince Fatty vs. Mungo’s Hi Fi) (Mr Bongo)
The Ukiah Drag – “Poison Ivy” (7″) (Katorga Works)
Hurray For The Riff Raff – “Crash On The Highway” (LP – “Small Town Heroes”) (ATO)
Hurray For The Riff Raff – “The Body Electric” (LP – “Small Town Heroes”) (ATO)
Hurray For The Riff Raff – “Forever Is Just A Day” (LP – “Small Town Heroes”) (ATO)
Tobacco – “Video Warning Attempts” (LP – “Ultima II Massage”) (Ghostly International)
Carsick Cars – “Wei Cheng” (LP – “3″) (Maybe Mars)
The Hollies – “Carrie-Anne” (LP – “20 Golden Greats”) (Parlophone)
Calibre feat MC DRS – “Eschaton” (LP – “Shelflife 3″) (Signature)

Competition: Win new Bradford album

We’ve extended the deadline for our competition to win the fantastic vinyl compilation album The Hare and The Bull.

Nagbea from Sound Shack was our studio guest on Bradford Beat this week talking about the great new release which features the likes of The Sentimentalists, Nick Toczek, Negative Pamda and Jed’s Blues Band.

To enter, just email me at with your answer to this question: What was the 13th track on Sound Shack’s first ever release “13 For 2013″ (released in January 2013)?

We’ll now choose the winner on Thursday 24 April. There’s no Bradford Beat that night as BCB will have live coverage of Bradford Bulls v Leeds Rhinos.

But you can listen again to this week’s show by clicking here

Here are the tracks we played:

St Vincent – Prince Johnny
Gerard Bell-Fife – No Difference
Junk Dealers – Bad Vibrations
Tinfoil Sojourns – Cohort of a Martinet
The Word – Schoolboy Saint
Maximo Park – Midnight On The Hill

Eclectic Mainline 9th April 2014

Since I announced last week that I’m stopping Eclectic Mainline at the end of April, I’ve been touched by the responses I have had.  Thanks ever so much for all the comments and good wishes.  I was particularly moved by Phil’s blog post.  He’s right when he says new music “exposes [people] to things that are happening now and encourages them to look outside the norms to different possibilities and opportunities”.  Well said Phil.

So, speaking of new music, this week’s programme included Lorelle Meets The Obsolete:

… Mungo’s Hi-Fi:


… and Shonen Knife:

You will find the full programme on the BCB Listen Again service.  Here is the track list:

Daniel Avery – Drone Logic (single) (Phantasy/Because Music) SoundCloud
Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – Sealed Scene (single and LP – Chambers) (Sonic Cathedral) SoundCloud
The Phantom Band – The Wind That Cried the World (single) (Chemikal Underground) SoundCloud
Tiny Ruins – Me At The Museum, You In The Wintergardens (single and LP – Brightly Painted One) (Bella Union) SoundCloud
Mungo’s Hi-Fi – Under Arrest (Prince Fatty mix) (LP – Prince Fatty vs Mungo’s Hi-Fi) (Scotch Bonnet) SoundCloud
Slow Club – Complete Surrender (single and LP – Complete Surrender) (Caroline International) YouTube
Ambassadeurs – Rain (free download) SoundCloud
Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – Junk Shop (LP – Any Port In A Storm (Deluxe Version)) (Fire)
Teebs – Mondaze (LP – E s t a r a) (Brainfeeder)
Shonen Knife – Bad Luck Song (LP – Overdrive) (Damnably) YouTube
Ratking feat. King Krule – So Sick Stories (single) (XL / HXC) Vimeo
Liars – Pro Anti Anti (LP – Mess) (Mute) YouTube
tUnE-yArDs – Water Fountain (single) (4AD) YouTube
Cate Le Bon – Sisters (single and LP – Mug Museum) (Turnstile)
France Jobin – -1/2 (LP – The Illusion Of Infinitesimal) (Baskaru)

When Big Joan Sets Up 4th April – Three Times wi’ Scraps

“Electric Ocean” the new LP from Scraps was the focus of our attentions tonight. Scraps is the musical nom de plume of Brisbane’s Laura Hill whose sound is described by aintgotno on Facebook as ” Kimya Dawson/the Moldy Peaches & Fever Ray’s bubbly lovechild” which will do for us.

Added to this harrowingly beautiful sub bass from Killing Sound, a new LP from The Nightingales and the end of the first World War.

As mentioned on the programme there’s some of our tunes from WW1 plus loads of other vintage music at The University of California Wax Cylinder Digitization Project here

When Big Joan Sets Up 4th April – Scraps by Phil Cope on Mixcloud

Photo from Fire Records
Killing Sound – “Waterboxing” (EP – “Killing Sound”) (Blackest Ever Black)
The Nightingales – “Dumb and Drummer” (LP – “For Fuck’s Sake”) (Self Released)
…Of Sinking Ships – “Suddenly No More Brilliant Lights In Our Sky” (LP – “The Amarinthine Sea”)(Broken Circles)
Scraps – “Mushroom Gods” (LP – “Electric Ocean”) (Fire)
Blah – “Grumpy” (Download) (Biogenetic)
Eternal Summers – “Gouge” (LP – “The Drop Beneath”) (Kanine)
Sizzla – “Put Down The Gun” (LP – “Nuh Worry Unu Self”) (John John)

Records of the First World War – 1918

Enrico Caruso – “Over There”
Al Jolson – “Rock A Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody”
Courtland and Jefferies – Goodbye-ee

Scraps – “Asleep” (LP – “Electric Ocean”) (Fire)
The Channels – “7″ (LP – Lo-Fruit”) (Bandcamp)
Bass Clef – “Neon Black and Vulcane”) (EP – “Bugbranded”) (Public Information)
The Cavemen – “Juvenile Delinquent” (7″) (1:12 Records)
Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers – “I’m Not A Juvenile Delinquent” (7″) (Gee)
Scraps – “Gone” (LP – “Electric Ocean”) (Fire)

All you good good comebacks

This week’s show was an Embrace special devoted entirely to the career of the West Yorkshire band to mark their return in 2014.

With tracks spanning nearly two decades, here’s a full rundown of what we played:

Embrace – Butter Wouldn’t Melt
Embrace – Refugees
Embrace – Higher Sights
Embrace – All You Good Good People (orchestral mix)
Embrace – Save Me
Embrace – Fireworks
Embrace – Free Ride
Talk To Angels – Enemies Closer
Embrace – It’s Gonna Take Time
Embrace – How Come (live)
Embrace – Gravity
Embrace – Come Back To What You Know
Embrace – Follow You Home (instrumental)

You can listen again by clicking here

Last Stop On The Eclectic Mainline

Eclectic Mainline is finishing at the end of this month and Albert has written his own summary of his radio career on this blog in typically articulate style. So much so, that my adding anything to it is spurious in the extreme. That said, it’s a sad and momentous occasion and so I’ve jotted out a few thoughts which are on here for want of anywhere else to put them. It’s in me and it’s got to come out to misquote John Lee Hooker.

Albert Freeman is as my dad would say “a cracking lad” Most of the people reading this probably know him and therefore I need not elaborate on this point any further.

However, as he has recently taken the decision to retire from presenting “Eclectic Mainline” his impeccable radio programme, after ten years at the end of this month, it’s worth looking back on what his presence on t’wireless has meant.

He is, I should say , one of my favourite people on the planet so this will not be an especially objective appraisal but nevertheless such an event should not go uncommemorated.

Spurred on like all the best music broadcasters, by John Peel, the boy Freeman has presented a kaleidoscopic barrage of differing styles of music from Lonnie Donnegan to twenty minute swathes of experimental electronica connected only by the fact that he likes them and probably can’t pronounce their names. Doing this would be remarkable in itself in the cosy, “here’s one you’ll know” boring as fuck environment of UK music radio where self congratulatory “music experts” trot out tweedy platitudes in place of the genuine enthusiasm for anything new that deserted them round about the time that The Jam split up. The fact that he’s done this at 8pm on a Wednesday evening whilst all across Bradford the squares are settling down to watch “DIY SOS” is quietly revolutionary.

What Albert makes sound so easy is in fact bloody difficult (I know -I’ve tried) and his enthusiastic yet measured, naturalistic delivery made an hour pass by in what seemed like minutes and a ragbag of twangs bleeps and yells sound like a cohesive whole akin to being in the company of your cooler mate who would invite you back to theirs after the pub and smilingly say “you’ll like this” just before dropping the needle on some recent purchase that would rattle your senses and make your Elbow records sound shit.

Listener feedback is rare on BCB but I’d be willing to bet that more than one Bradfordian has stumbled gasping, from the suffocating industry led wank of Zane Lowe into the path of Eclectic Mainline to be rewarded by Deerhunter,Phosphorescent, Onetrix Point Never, Darren Hayman or Big Star. And having seen the light,who’s to say that they didn’t search further,buy records,go to gigs and meet people that they wouldn’t have done if they’d kept it locked to the grinding monotony of BBC Fab FM.
New music changes people’s lives in a way that chart music and “classics” doesn’t. It exposes them to things that are happening now and encourages them to look outside the norms to different possibilities and opportunities. If that’s not serving the community then what is?

Albert would of course never make any of these grand claims for himself,indeed should he see this piece he will modestly harrumph to himself and mutter “you are too kind” under his breath. But as he goes off into the metaphorical sunset to concoct inedible vegan delicacies out of twigs and grass, try to learn Carol Kaye’s bass parts and spend time with his delightful partner Sally, something will be lost from our airwaves that we will all have to up our games to replace. Thanks for everything Albert. You made a difference.

I still think The Verve were rubbish though.

10 years and out! Eclectic Mainline 2nd April 2014

I made it to the big one oh!Albert 10 Years on BCB
It is now 10 years since my first programme on BCB, and what a 10 years it has been.  While preparing for this week’s anniversary edition I looked back over what I have achieved, and thought to myself…

“S**t, did I really do all that?!”

Eclectic Mainline has evolved a fair bit over my decade at BCB.  From starting to get a healthy number of new releases coming my way through 2004, I then had a frequent flow of interviewees on the programme in 2005.  The December 2005 edition of The Big Issue In The North ran an article under the title of “The Spirit of John Peel lives“.  This cited my own programme as one of several on community radio stations that had a similar ethos to that of the late Peel. Discovering that article on Boxing Day was by far the best Christmas present I got that year.

2006 was a turning point for Eclectic Mainline, as I dipped my toes into the world of live sessions, and I had several session guests a year for the next 5 years.  I would say that those sessions made the years from 2006 to 2010 my purple patch on BCB.  In 2011, Laura Rawlings and myself were up against the big boys and girls of the radio world, as our live sessions won us a Radio Academy Awards nomination. Continue reading

An Emergency Broadcast from Buffet (#61)

This show was recorded in February 2013 to be broadcast in the event of a Buffet emergency (ie, we couldn’t make it). And yet we were so on-point, playing Kate Bush and tapping into the mania surrounding her tour. Clever us! Want to hear the show? Click the link!

Want to know what we played? This is it!

1. JEFF WAYNE – War of the Worlds
2. FATIMA MANSIONS – Blues for Ceausescu
3. SUPER FURRY ANIMALS – It’s Not the End of the World
5. AC/DC – Highway to Hell
7. XTC – This World Over
9. DISCHARGE – Protest and Survive
10. BLOOD RED SHOES – It’s getting Boring By The Sea
11. STEREOLAB – Emergency Kisses
12. PRINCE – Pop Life
13. BJORK – Declare Independence
14. KATE BUSH – Hello World
We’re back at some point in April…

When Big Joan Sets Up 28th March -Tiddley iddley ighty

A mix from EQ Why‘s “ChiTokyo” mix tape this week along with a too long speech from me about why playing things on the radio that have a degree of artistic validity doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to support everything said within them.

You don’t get this problem with Florrie Ford.

When Big Joan Sets Up 28th March – EQ Why by Phil Cope on Mixcloud

Perfect Pussy – “Bells (Live)” (LP – “Say Yes To Love – iTunes version”) (Captured Tracks)
Holly Golightly and The Brokeoffs – “Don’t Shed Your Light” (LP – “All Her Fault”) (Damaged Goods)
Dub Spencer and Trance Hill – “The President (Western Lands)” (LP – “William S. Burroughs In Dub”) (Echo Beach)
Perc – “Dumpster” (LP – “The Power and The Glory”) (Perc Trax)

Records of The First World War – 1917
The Original Dixieland Jazz Band – “Tiger Rag”
Florrie Ford – “Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty”
Earl Fuller’s Famous Jazz Band – “Lil’ Liza Jane”

The Yolks – “Two Dollars Out The Door” (7″) (Randy’s)
EQ Why – “ChiTokyo Mixtape – Side B” (Orange Milk)
Subactive feat. Marina P – “They Can’t Catch We” (EP – “Pepper Dem”) (Scotch Bonnet)