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Presenter of Eclectic Mainline on BCB 106.6FM, bassist in Wilful Missing, solo musician under the name Our Albert, and photographer.

Eclectic Mainline 5th March 2014

Hype about this year’s Record Store Day (sorry, Record Shop Day as Phil Cope keeps reminding me) is building.  The only thing I’ve actually heard so far that’s coming out on 19th April is a new tune by Spiritualized from a compilation LP of music incorporating sounds from Voyager space probes:

Also in this week’s Eclectic Mainline was this by Nothing:

And this by Todd Terje:

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

Nothing – Endlessly (LP – Guilty of Everything) (Relapse) Soundcloud
Kangding Ray – Evento (LP – Solens Arc) (Raster Noton)
Poemss – Ancient Pony (LP – Poemss) Soundcloud
Mestre Cupijó e Seu Ritmo – Perereca (LP – Siriá) (Analog Africa)
Ringo Deathstarr – God’s Dream (LP – God’s Dream)
L-Vis 1990 – Flash Drive (Dance System EP) (Clone Jack For Daze) Soundcloud
We Are Catchers – Tap Tap Tap (single) (Domino)
Samantha Crain – Never Going Back (single and LP – Kid Face) (Full Time Hobby)
Quilt – Mary Mountain (LP – Held In Splendour)
Guerilla Toss – Club Kids (LP – Gay Disco)
Family Fodder – Savoir Faire (LP – Monkey Banana Kitchen) (Staubgold) Soundcloud
TVS meets AudioArt – Pax (featuring Speng Bond) (LP – AudioArt Presents Op’Ra Dub Style) (One Drop)
Todd Terje – Delorean Dynamite (Olsen) Soundcloud
Spiritualized Mississippi Space Program – Always Forgetting With You (The Bridge Song) (LP – Space Project) (Lefse) Soundcloud

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

Eclectic Mainline 26th February 2014

Illum Sphere - Ghosts Of Then And Now LP

Illum Sphere – Ghosts Of Then And Now LP

This week’s episode of Eclectic Mainline included three tracks from the Illum Sphere LP, Ghosts Of Then And Now, out now on Ninja Tune.

This coming Saturday, 1st March, Ekoplekz play a Golden Cabinet gig in Shipley and there is a new Ekoplekz LP coming out on Planet Mu.

Other music in this week’s programme included this from the Gay Disco LP by Guerilla Toss:

Young Fathers, from their Dead LP:

And this from Hauschka’s new LP, Abandoned City:

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

Guerilla Toss – Trash Bed (LP – Gay Disco) Soundcloud
Illum Sphere – All Night (featuring Mai Nestor) (LP – Ghosts Of Then And Now) (Ninja Tune)
Fear of Men – Waterfall (single) (Kanine) Soundcloud
Mestre Cupijó e Seu Ritmo – Mingau De Açai (LP – Siriá) (Analog Africa)
Guided By Voices – Planet Score (LP – Motivational Jumpsuit)
Dawn Landes – Try To Make A Fire Burn Again (LP – Western Vinyl) Soundcloud
Girl Band – Heckle The Frames (single b-side – Lawman) Bandcamp
Young Fathers – Am I Not Your Boy (LP – Dead) (Big Dada  / Anticon) Soundcloud
Ekoplekz – Temporal Drift (Fountain Square EP) (Mordant)
Blank Realm – Reach You On The Phone (single and LP – Grassed Inn) (Fire) Vimeo
Illum Sphere – Ghosts Of Then And Now (LP – Ghosts Of Then And Now) (Ninja Tune) Soundcloud
The Fauns – Seven Hours (single) (Invada) Vimeo
Chaino & His African Percussion Safari – Torture Of The Mau Mau (LP – Jungle Echoes)
Ringo Deathstarr – Bong Load (LP – God’s Dream) YouTube
Illum Sphere – Near The End (LP – Ghosts Of Then And Now) (Ninja Tune)
Hauschka – Elizabeth Bay (LP – Abandoned City) (City Slang) YouTube

Eclectic Mainline 19th February 2014

Tunes that I played in this week’s programme included this by Jamie Isaac:

…this by Keel Her:

…and this from Young Fathers:

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

Eagulls – Possessed (single and LP – Eagulls) (Partisan) SoundCloud
Beck – Wave (LP – Morning Phase) (Capitol)
Keel Her – Riot Grrrl (LP – Keel Her) (Critical Heights) SoundCloud
Kevin Drew – Good Sex (single) (City Slang) SoundCloud
Lee Bannon – Cold/Melt (LP – Alternate / Endings) (Ninja Tune) YouTube
Jamie Isaac – She Dried (single) (House Anxiety / Marathon Artists)SoundCloud
The War On Drugs – Red Eyes (single) (Secretly Canadian) YouTube
Young Fathers – No Way (LP – Dead) (Big Dada) SoundCloud
Dum Dum Girls – Rimbaud Eyes (single and LP – Too True) (Sub Pop) https://soundcloud.com/subpop/dum-dum-girls-rimbaud-eyes
Wild Beasts – Wanderlust (single and LP – Present Tense) (Domino) YouTube
Au Revoir Simone – More Than (single and LP – Move In Spectrums) (Moshi Moshi) SoundCloud
Illum Sphere – Liquesce (LP – Ghosts of Then and Now) (Ninja Tune)
Radkey – Feed My Brain (single) (Little Man) SoundCloud
Liars – Mess on a Mission (single and LP – Mess) (Mute) YouTube
Hospitality – Last Words (single and LP – Trouble) (Fire)
FaltyDL – ‘Danger’ (single) (Ninja Tune)

Eclectic Mainline 12th February 2014

The excellent new single by Liars opened this evening’s programme:

I also played this from the new Bibio EP:

I’ve only recently bought last year’s LP by A Hawk and a Hacksaw and played the title track:

And I played this from the new LP by Stephen Malkmus:

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

Liars – Mess on a Mission (single and LP – Mess) (Mute) Soundcloud
Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – Clock Out and Leave (LP – Any Port in a Storm) (Fire) Soundcloud
Illum Sphere – Embryonic (LP – Ghost Of Then And Now) (Ninja Tune) Soundcloud
The New Mendicants – By the Time it gets Dark (LP – Into The Lime) (One Little Indian)
BABE – Aerialist Barbette (single) (Moshi Moshi) Soundcloud
Dirtmusic – Ballade de Ben Zabo (LP – Lion Music) (Glitterbeat)
Gabriel Saloman – Cold Haunt (LP – Soldier’s Requiem) (Miasmah) Soundcloud
Bibio – Dye the Water Green (The Green EP) (Warp) Soundcloud
Drenge – Fuckabout (single) (Infectious) YouTube
A Hawk and a Hacksaw – You Have Already Gone to the Other World (LP – You Have Already Gone to the Other World) (L.M. Dupli-cation) Soundcloud
Lee Bannon – Perfect/Division (LP – Alternate / Endings) (Ninja Tune) YouTube
Timber Timbre – Hot Dreams (single) (Full Time Hobby) Vimeo
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – ‘Cinnamon and Lesbians’ (LP – Wig Out At Jagbags) (Domino) YouTube
Goat – Det som aldrig forandras / Diarabi (LP – World Music) (Rocket) YouTube

Eclectic Mainline 5th February 2014

The new Lee Bannon LP, Alternate/Endings, is one of my favourites of 2014 so far. Take a listen to the opening track:

Another new release I’m enjoying is this by The War On Drugs:

Both of these tunes were in this week’s Eclectic Mainline, which you can listen back to at your leisure. Here is the track list:

Keel Her – Go (LP – Keel Her) (Critical Heights)
Snowbird – All Wishes Are Ghosts (RX Gibbs remix) (LP – Luna) (Bella Union)
Lee Bannon – Resorectah (LP – Alternate / Endings) (Ninja Tune) YouTube
Mogwai – Tell Everybody That I Love Them (bonus 7″ with LP – Rave Tapes) (Rock Action)
Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – Sealed Scene (LP – Chambers) (Sonic Cathedral) Bandcamp
Au Revoir Simone – More Than (single and LP – Move In Spectrums) (Moshi Moshi)
To Die – Terhempas Luka / Jurang Nestapa (Various Artists 3CD – ‘An Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music / Seventh and Last A – Chronology Volume #7) (Sub Rosa)
Dum Dum Girls – Rimbaud Eyes (single and LP – Too True) (Sub Pop) Soundcloud
Run The Jewels – Pew Pew Pew (LP – Run The Jewels) (Big Dada)
The War On Drugs – Red Eyes (single) (Secretly Canadian) YouTube
Snow Ghosts – Secret Garden (single) (Houndstooth)
Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Vocal Choir - Pilentze Pee (LP -
Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares) (4AD) YouTube
Real Estate – Talking Backwards (LP – Atlas) (Domino)
Keel Her – Women Lost In Thought (LP – Keel Her) (Critical Heights)
Jóhann Jóhannsson – Prisoners (OST – Prisoners) (NTOV)

Eclectic Mainline 29th January 2014

Tunes in this week’s programme included this by Caitlin Rose:

…and this by Illum Sphere:

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

Ghostpoet – ‘Dial Tones’ (single and LP – Some Say I So I Say light) (Play It Again Sam)
Caitlin Rose – ‘I Was Cruel’ (LP – The Stand-In) (Names) Soundcloud
Keel Her – ‘Roswell’ (single and LP – Keel Her) (Critical Heights)
Xiu Xiu – ‘Stupid in The Dark’ (LP – Angel Guts) (Bella Union) YouTube
Faulty DL – ‘Danger’ (single) (Ninja Tune)
Warpaint – ‘Love Is To Die’ (LP – Warpaint) (Rough Trade) YouTube
Jason Grier – ‘Baby I Don’t Know Right Now’ (LP – Unbekannte) (Human Ear Music) Soundcloud
Mogwai – ‘Heard About You Last Night’ (LP – Rave Tapes) (Rock Action)
Beans on Toast – ‘Keep You’ (LP – Giving Everything) (Xtra Mile)
Illum Sphere – ‘Embryonic’ (LP – Ghost Of Then And Now) (Ninja Tune) Soundcloud
The New Mendicants – ‘Lifelike Hair’ (LP – Into The Lime) (One Little Indian)
Bill Callahan – ‘Highs In The Mid-40s Dub’ (LP – Have Fun With God) (Drag City)
Younghusband – ‘Left Of The Rocks’ (LP – Dromes) (Sonic Cathedral) Soundcloud
Bibio – ‘Down To The Sound’ (The Green EP) (Warp)
Lyla Foy – ‘Feather Tongue’ (single and LP – Mirrors The Sky) (Sub Pop) Soundcloud
Tim Hecker – ‘Stab Variation’ (LP – Virgins) (Kranky)

Eclectic Mainline 22nd January 2014

Tunes in this week’s programme included Dat Politics:

And Demdike Stare:

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

Cymbals – Erosion (single) (Tough Love) Soundcloud
Steve Moore – ‘Planetwalk’ (LP – Pangaea Ultima) (Spectrum Spools) YouTube
Gardens & Villa – ‘Bullet Train’ (single) (Secretly Canadian) Soundcloud
Jóhann Jóhannsson – ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ (OST – Prisoners) (NTOV)
Blank Realm – ‘Back To The Flood’ (single and LP – Grassed Inn) (Fire) Soundcloud
Dat Politics – ‘Ghost Town’ (LP – Powermoon) (Tigerbeat6) Soundcloud
Sore Eros & Kurt Vile – ‘Jamaica Plain’ (10″) (Care In The Community) Soundcloud
Demdike Stare – ‘Null Results’ (12″ – Testpressing #004: Fail / Null Results) (Modern Love) Soundcloud
Bearsuit – ‘Hey Charlie, Hey Chuck’ (single and LP – Team Ping Pong) (Fantastic Plastic) YouTube
Cass McCombs – ‘Big Wheel’ (single) (Domino)
Scott Walker – ‘See You Don’t Bump His Head’ (LP – Bish Bosch) (4AD)
Nils Frahm – ‘Familiar’ (LP – Spaces) (Erased Tapes)

Eclectic Mainline 15th January 2014

Tunes in this week’s programme included the most recent release by Burial:

…this from the new Steve Moore LP:

…and the new Wild Beasts single:

Listen back to the full programme if you so desire. Here is the track list:

Jon Hopkins – ‘Collider’ (single and LP – Immunity) (Domino) YouTube
His Clancyness – ‘Run Wild’ (LP – Vicious) (Fat Cat)
Atom TM – ‘Ich Bin Meine Maschine (Boys Noize Remix)’ (12″) (Raster Noton)
A Winged Victory For The Sullen – ‘Steep Hills Of Vicodin Tears’ (LP - Winged Victory For The Sullen) (Erased Tapes) Soundcloud
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – ‘Chartjunk’ (LP – Wig Out At Jagbags) (Domino)
Burial – ‘Rival Dealer’ (12″)  YouTube
Adrian Crowley & James Yorkston – ‘Like A Monkey In A Zoo’ (LP – My Yoke Is Heavy: The Songs Of Daniel Johnston) (Chemikal Underground) 
Quilt – ‘Tie Up The Tides’ (Mexican Summer) YouTube
Steve Moore – ‘Nemesis’ (LP – Pangaea Ultima) (Spectrum Spools) Soundcloud
of Montreal – ‘Triumph of Disintergration’ (single) (Polyvinyl) Bandcamp
Wild Beasts – ‘Wanderlust’ (single) (Domino) http://youtu.be/9IIbbFIQTKI
Tomas Barfod – ‘Pulsing feat. Nina Kinert’ (single) (Secretly Canadian)

Eclectic Mainline 8th January 2013

In this week’s programme, the music included this by Gelbart:

…this by Dat Politics:

…and this by Ryoji Ikeda:

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

Gelbart – ‘The Device’ (LP – Vermin) (Gagarin) YouTube
Sam Lawrence – ’18 Christmas Carols’ (unreleased)
Dat Politics – ‘Boogie Mind’ (LP – Powermoon) (Tigerbeat6) Soundcloud
Shipla Ray – ‘Lessons From Lorena’ (CD / 10-inch) (Bad Seed) YouTube
Hospitality – ‘Going Out’ (single and LP – Trouble) (Fire)
TER – ‘Untitled 4′ (LP – Fingerprints) (Monotype)
Martin Rev – ‘Mari’ (LP – Martin Rev) (Divine Enfant) YouTube
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – ‘Lariat’ (single and LP – Wig Out At Jagbags) (Domino) YouTube
Ryoji Ikeda – ‘Supercodex 4′ (LP – Supercodex) (Raster Noton) YouTube
Bhundu Boys – ‘Chekudya Chose’ (2xCD – The Shed Sessions) (Sadza) YouTube
Lubomyr Melnyk – ‘Windmills’ (LP – Windmills) (Hinterzimmer)

My favourite music of 2012

“Bit late with this list aren’t you, Albert?”

Let me answer that question, as I’m sure you are wondering why, in January 2014, I’m writing about my favourite music of 2012, over a year after everybody else.  For one thing, I find it impossible to judge a year’s music before the year has ended.  “Best albums of the year” lists being published in November is just plain silly.

Secondly, when a year ends there is still a lot of its music that I haven’t heard.  I’m never going to hear all a year’s music of course (I’m still finding my favourite albums of 1973) but waiting a year has meant several albums are in my 2012 list that I hadn’t heard a year ago.

The lists below are in purely alphabetical order.

My Favourite Albums of 2012

Actress – R.I.P.
The Cinematic Orchestra – In Motion #1
First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Road
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes
Daughn Gibson – All Hell
Goat – World Music
Grizzly Bear – Shields
Julia Holter – Ekstasis
Squarepusher – Ufabulum
Tame Impala – Lonerism
Sharon van Etten – Tramp

My Favourite EPs and singles of 2012

Burial + Four Tet – Nova
Clark – Fantasm Planes EP
Four Tet & Burial – Nova
King Creosote – I Learned From The Gaels EP
Magnetic Fields – Andrew in Drag
Those Darlins – Screws Get Loose
Why? – Sod In The Seed EP

My favourite gig of 2012

Midlake at the Brudenel Social Club

Spotify playlist of some of my favourites from 2012