We pay tribute to Yvonne Staples in the latest edition of Bradford Beat – here’s the full list of what we played:
Calexico – Bridge to Nowhere
Team Picture – (I Have A) Little Secret
Staple Singers – I’ll Take You There
Boubacar Traore – Ben De Kadi
Park Fires – Wake Me Up
Car Seat Headrest – Almost Started A Fight / In and Out of Patience
Rusty Pops – Walking Down The Street
Gaz Coombes – Walk The Walk
Andy Shauf – Quite Like You
The Donkeys – Four Letters
Belle and Sebastian – Poor Boy
The DMAs – For Now
Wilful Missing – Postcode Lottery
James – Better Than That
The Boxing – Circles
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If I do not appear inÂ photographicÂ form in a blog post then it is important that I put my name in the title, or the old ego will begin to suffer. AnyhowÂ beyondÂ that I would like to draw yourÂ attentionÂ to an album that slipped past my radar. Back from June now. I am taking the view that if this is news to me, then it might be news to other people.
Album Art - Obligatory blog post accompaniment
I had intended to knock something up about the Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize before I went on holiday, and therefore also before this year’s winner was announced.
You only have my word for it, therefore, that Speech Debelle was my tip for the prize. In fact, I think I have now correctly guessed the Mercury Prize winner for the past four years. Sadly, I’ve never even set foot inside a bookmaker’s, so my Nostradamusesque capabilities in this matter have sadly not led to a bulging wallet.
It’s a strange old beast, the Mercury. When Antony & The Johnsons won the prize in 2005 for the modern masterpiece I Am A Bird Now, the eponymous lead singer Antony Hegarty claimed that the award was “kind of like a crazy contest between an orange and a spaceship and a potted plant and a spoon – which one do you like better?” I suspect it this nonsensical eclecticism which determines that I should always be quite so interested in the result. Continue reading