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 Â - 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
Hope your week’s going well….on the show we’ve got the fantastic Scars on 45! Playing three acoustic tracks and having a chat. They’re playing their new single so if you like it and want to bag it for yourself go to: www.scarson45.com
One major dark cloud’s been hanging over me (well, more than one but we’ll stick to the musical point…) – the really sad news of Trish Keenan passing away. I’ve loved Broadcast from the moment I first heard their music and have since collected all their releases – one of the very few bands in that category. Their sound was quite different to everything I’d previously enjoyed.Â I have many happy memories of dancing along in the kitchen to tracks from ‘The Book Lovers’ and ‘Extended Play’ and being mesmorised by the band at a gig in Birmingham.Â Trish honestly inspired me – to the point where I briefly plucked up courage to sing in my own band. I’ll miss her dearly.
Cue the music….on Wed 19th Jan:
Cloud Nothing – Understand at all
Patrick Wolf – Time of my life (ceephax remix) (no, not the dirty dancing song!)
Mona – Listen to your love
Scars on 45 (BCB Session) – interview with Danny, Nova and Amy
Scars on 45 (BCB Session) – Hearts on fire
Soom T – Jungle of peace
Clinic – Bubblegum
McD – Lipburna (Big up for Bradford – making instrumental tunes)
Austra – Beat and the pulse
Scars on 45 (BCB Session) – Beauty’s running wild
Printed Circuit – Brick it (I love Printed Circuit from Leeds http://printed-circuit.net/…pledge some dosh and help get more releases from this great band)
Broadcast – According to no plan
Beat Connection – Space vacation
Former Ghosts – New Orleans
Scars on 45 (BCB Session) – Give me something
Thanks for reading/listening….the show’s on from 9pm, Wednesday on 106.6fm (in Bradford) or www.bcbradio.co.uk (live online).
Get in touch if you’re in a band/you’re an artist with music you’d like me to play: firstname.lastname@example.org – we love to hear from you!
Such terribly, terribly sad news today that Trisha Keenan of Broadcast has died after contracting swine flu and pneumonia. Â Laura was a big Broadcast fan too, so I know she will be upset by this as well. Â I didn’t actually see Broadcast live until the ATP Festival in 2010; in fact I have to admit I was somewhat late picking up on how talented they were, retrospectively getting their first 2 albums some years after they were first released. Â They were a special band to a lot of people, and I know Trisha will be dearly missed. I will say no more, and let songs, videos and photos do the speaking.
Here is my favourite Broadcast song, Man Is Not A Bird
Here is a photo I took of Broadcast at the ATP Festival in May 2010
The first thing that hits you when you walk in to the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival is the contrast between the ultra mainstream surroundings of Butlins and the heartening array of freaks who attend. This is demonstrated in microcosm within 5 minutes by a painfully thin young Japanese man wearing a surgical mask and lime green leggings draping himself with impressive languor against a wall featuring a poster for “The Peter Andre Weekend” – three nights at Butlins and a concert featuring the impressively pectoralled housewives’ favourite for a mere Â£98.
Broadcast - noise, or music?
We will return to bare chested doyens of entertainment in a moment, but our first foray was to see Broadcast, a male/female duo beloved of the hip and the trying-to-be, who amble shyly onto the stage and proceed to stand at two elevated box like contraptions and wrestle out half an hour’s worth of whirrs, drones and howls whist having experimental films “broadcast” (did you see what I did there? ) on top of them. The result is very much an ATP archetype: challenging, startling and beautiful at the same time. The effect is only diluted mid-way through the set when they resort to boring old actual songs. That’s not noise, that’s just music.