Category Archives: Interviews

Christmas Countdown 2013 part 1

Our rundown of the top 20 tracks of the year is underway.
The next part of the Christmas Countdown will be part of Bradford Beat on Thursday 12 December from 8pm – 9pm.
The first part of the chart went out last week’s show, which also featured an interview with Tom from the Electric Soft Parade.
Here’s the full list of tracks played:

Drenge – Nothing
Junk Dealers – Hometown Blues
CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN PART 1
20 Beaty Heart – Lekka Freakout
19 Eagulls – Nerve Endings
18 Chutzpah – Eyes
17 Damn Vandals – Kings of Never Never
16 Vessels – Elliptic
Polyphonic Spree – Popular By Design
Electric Soft Parade – The Sun Never Sets Round Here
Sentimentalists – Toilet Attendant
John Parkes – One Who Got Away
Electric Soft Parade – Life In The Backseat

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Eclectic Mainline 17th April 2013 – Record Store Day preview

Record Store Day 2013This Saturday is Record Store Day.  Each year when I preview this event in my BCB show I notice the list of special, very limited, releases grow and grow.  Apparently this year there are 500 such releases.   Now, I love Record Store Day, and what it does for independent record shops.  However, I think there is a real danger that these limited edition releases may be starting to overshadow to real purpose of Record Store Day, and there are record shop owners who share my oncerns.   It is not Limited Edition Day, or Record Label Day.  The clue is in the title.   It is about the record shops.

This is why I think what shops like Jumbo Records in Leeds are doing is the right way to approach the day.  They have lined up a fabulous set of of instore performances throughout the day.  So, whether or not there is a limited release you want (and whether or not you get there in time for there to be any left) you can enjoy some wonderful music, have a browse round the shop, and acquaint yourself with the staff.  Last year a couple of young girls who are special to me saw The Staves at Jumbo, instantly became fans of the band, and want to go back to Jumbo again for Record Store Day this year.  The array of limited edition releases didn’t really matter to those little girls, but Record Store Day has done its job in drawing them into an independent record shop.  I for one hope that relationship lasts many years for them.  Their lives will be all the richer for it.

In my show this week you can hear Adam of Jumbo Records talking about what this day means to their shop.  If I were to make one recommendation, it would be that you are at Jumbo in the afternoon to see James Yorkston.  He came into BCB a few years ago to record one of my favourite sessions we’ve had.  Listen to the show here, and this is what you will hear:

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The Mirrored Hammer

The second instalment of The Mirrored Hammer: Art, Culture and Social Change airs tonight on BCB 106.6FM at 9pm. Interviews with Dusty Rhodes talking about being a student in Bradford post ’68 and the/(a) history of The Bradford Festival. Also a chat with Nagbea (The Word/Sound Shack Records) talking about the birth of the Punk scene and resonances between African culture and the DIY music scene. Live bootlegs from Blood Sport, Guns or Knives, Jupiter and Okwess International, Jaipur Kawa Brass Band and Gerrard Bell-Fife.

 

You can listen to last month’s debut episode here:

Eclectic Mainline 18th April 2012 – Record Store Day special

Tonight’s was a special show dedicated to releases that are coming on on Saturday 21st April, the annual Record Store Day event.  The official UK Record Store Day 2012 website has a full list of releases coming out on the day.

Record Store Day 2012

 

During the show I spoke to Adam of Jumbo Records in Leeds.  Jumbo have arranged a really special line-up of in-store performances for Record Store Day.   If you do make it into Leeds, I would advise you also visit Crash Records who are, of course, also stocking a wide range of special releases for Record Store Day.

I must confess I got something wrong in the show tonight.  I said that the Wickerman 7″ is on BBC Records.  It is, in fact, nothing to do with the BBC, but is released on Silva Screen.

If you missed the show you can hear it on the BCB Listen Again service, here.  Apologies for the low bit-rate and low volume.

Here is a full list of the Record Store Day releases that I played tonight:

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Rachel Sermanni, Wild Flag & Slow Club on The BCB Sessions!

Howdy!

On the show (Wed 15th Feb), we’ve got more treats than your average selection box – including a very lovely acoustic session from Rachel Sermanni!

Slow Club – The dog

Liz Green – Bad medicine

Breton – Interference

Rachel Sermanni (interview) and Breathe Easy (BCB Session) – played with Jesca Hoop at House Concerns in York. Check both out!

Timber Timbre – Black water

Those Darlins – Sirens get loose

Summer Camp – Losing my mind

Rachel Sermanni (BCB Session) – Song to a fox

Soap & Skin – Wonder

Wild Flag – Boom

Zulu Winter – We should be swimming

Waters – Take me out to the coast

Moody Gowns – Nelson skills

Rachel Sermanni (BCB Session) – The fog

If you’d like to come and do a session, send me a message: laura.rawlings@bcbradio.co.uk or tweet me @laurarawlings

Until next week – Wednesday night at 9pm.

Lx

p.s. if you miss the live show, listen again at www.bcbradio.co.uk

 

 

World Waves, 14th February 2012

PLAYLIST FOR 14/2/2012

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Valentine’s day special “A Lovers’ Guide to Arabia Felix“, contemporary oud music from the north of Yemen, featuring selections by guest presenter Sebastian Kellig:

Ayoob Tarish Absi


Ahmed Maheub


Jamilh Sa’ad

Ali Eneba

Nansi

Abdul Rahman

Teshety Al-Sedeq

Hareth

Murat Al-Aqrabi & his band the Yeah Yeah Yemen – “Al Musafrin”

Getting Ready for Leeds Fest With Mike Mitchell

Leeds Festival, Bramham Park, 26th – 28th August 2011

On a sunny Wednesday afternoon, at the idyllic and grandiose setting of Bramham Hall, the Lane Fox family are playing host to the Leeds Festival press conference, at this point it is hard to imagine that by the end of August they will have opened their gates (for the 9th time) to 75,000 people attending the Leeds Festival in the grounds of Bramham Park.

Fronting the press conference was event organiser Melvin Benn who brims with enthusiasm at what is about to happen and what he has already achieved with the help of a team that he so readily acknowledges.

Melvin chose to focus his attention away from the headline acts and concentrate on the up and coming bands appearing on the BBC Introducing Stage, “Leeds Festival is at the forefront of new music, these bands sum up what the festival is all about” stated Melvin.

Mike Mitchell talks to the Simon Pollard Band, who you can catch on the BBC Introducing Stage.

The Introducing Stage is making it’s 4th appearance at Leeds Festival which has given a strong platform in the past to bands such as Everything Everything, Florence and the Machine, Pulled Apart By Horses and Dinosaur Pile Up.

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Sinoptic Music on The BCB Sessions – Wednesday 8th June!

It was a big show this evening – we put the spotlight on the Yorkshire based Hip Hop collective Sinoptic Music including an interview with ExP from Sinoptic plus three tracks from Sinoptic artists (the ones with * below). Plus full details of this weekend’s Rock and Rail festival.

Hercules and Love Affair – Painted eyes
Fleet Foxes – Montezuma
Interview with ExP: http://sinopticmusic.com/
*Lunar C – StillSkint
Caged Animals – Girl on medication
Interview with Noel Hartley about Rock & Rail
Middleman – Chipping away (playing at Rock & Rail)
John Talebot – Families feat. Glasser
Eskmo – We got more (Throwing snow remix)
*Addverse – Out Of Space
Diagrams – Night all night
Jai Paul – BTSU
Barbara Panther – Unchained
*Illuzual – QVE

Next week we’re keeping the focus on Hip Hop with West Yorks Hip Hop acts Tapestry and F4 – Wednesday night from 9pm on 106.6fm in Bradford and www.bcbradio.co.uk

If you’ve got some music you’d like me to play or if you’re in a band and fancy coming in for a sessions then send me an email: laura.rawlings@bcbradio.co.uk

Pigeon Detectives exclusive interview

Don’t miss our exclusive interview with Matt from Pigeon Detectives – he’ll be chatting about their new album and tour on Bradford Beat on Thursday 17 March.

It’s their first UK headline shows since selling out London’s  Alexandra Palace at end of 2008.

The Leeds five-piece, whose two previous albums have now sold more than half a million copies in the UK, precede the album Up Guards And At ‘Em with a new single Done In Secret .

Recorded at Brooklyn Recording Company  with Justin Gerrish taking on production and mixing duties, the album will released on 4 April through Dance To The Radio

They will play Leeds Metropolitan University on 12 April.

Celebrating the female of the species…Wed 9th March

Hello!

Really loved doing the show this week – chatting to BCB’s finest female DJs and playing some of their favourite songstresses. We celebrated International Women’s Day on The BCB Sessions – only broadcasting the voices of the fairer sex. It’s almost impossible condensing everything I’d like to play into an hour but here’s what made the mix:

Broadcast – Still Feels Like Tears
Gossip – Listen Up (live in Liverpool version)
Garbage – Only Happy When It Rains (Selected by Alissa Juvan, one half of BCB’s Fabric show)
Lush – Single Girl (back to 1996….)
Kaito – Should I (Chosen by Katie Jennings, one half of BCB’s DIY or Die show)
Anna Calvi – Blackout (atmospheric, immense…brilliant)
Blue Roses – Does Anyone Love Me (Acoustic BCB Session – shiny and gorgeous!)
Roisin Murphy – Ruby Blue (Selected by Sally Cooper, blogger, presenter/producer of many a BCB show)
Bat For Lashes – Horse and I (another one of mine…takes me right back to sitting on the carpet at the Brudenell Social Club being mesmerised along with many other people by N Khan in tight white jeans).
Nina Simone – Feeling Good (Chosen by Emma Adams, one half of BCB’s Buffet duo..we’re feeling good)
Peaches – Downtown (it was either this or suck on my ***** !@%&)
MIA – It Takes A Muscle (Had to play MIA…she’s ace)

Of course I’ve missed out loads of great female artists so I’d like to do it all over again with the women I missed  - who should be in the mix next time? Suggestions please….Joan as Policewoman, Cat Power?? Your thoughts please. You don’t have to be a lady to contribute. Thank the lord.

If you missed the show you can listen again….hopefully this link will take you to it

http://www.podcast.canstream.co.uk/bcb/index.php?id=413

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