Imagine, if you will, the effect on your body and mind from having spent several weeks slaving away at the coal face of public service broadcasting having to work for a whole two hours every week. Â Well, look upon my exhausted face and see such a reality, for having recorded my own show I have also been sitting in for Albert Freeman on Eclectic Mainline. Â So yes, that’s not one hour per week but two – you’d barely think that such a feat of human endurance was possible but I am living proof that with proper application and a back-up stock of biscuits a man can push his corporeal essence to the very limits. Â It knocks that John Bishop bloke’s efforts into a tilted titfer, I think you’d agree.
Anyroad around, this week’s featured record comes from My New Favourite Band for this week Those Darlins who are a four-piece from Tennessee who have the knack not only of making smashing three minute guitar pop records but also looking ruddy great. Â Here’s the second track from their new album Screws Get Loose entitled Your Bro which has lyrics to die for. Â Not literally, obviously. Â No one should ever die for a lyric. Â Unless it’s as punishment for Des’Ree. I’d rather have a piece of toast.
I appear to have gone missing in action from here in recent weeks, which is slightly less preferable than going missing in Acton. I know of at least one really nice pub in Acton, so I could probably find that after a quick search and make my way to a Tube station from there. There are no decent pubs on the internet.
This is all a meaningless pre-amble into the dullardry of three playlists, with the shows available on BCB’s Listen Again feature.
Yes, yes, I know that this new numbering system is not sequential. I did go to school, as demonstrated by the fact that words like “sequential” pour out of my fingers without so much as a pause to blow my nose. Simple counting is not something which I find a major problem – though don’t ask me to help with your algebra homework because you’ll be given short shrift. And I’ve forgotten how to do it anyway (though from memory, I recall it was surprisingly easy).
Time, however, is something I seem to have appalling problems with, and once again the weeks have slipped past and I am even further behind than I was previously. Luckily, the teething troubles that have been preventing Selection Box from appearing on BCB’s new Listen Again feature now appear to be ironed out, and you can now listen to this week’s show again here. A pincer movement from either end will therefore help us to get back up to date, so here’s two shows as yet uploaded to the blog brought to you by the loveliness of Soundcloud, starting with a seasonal “treat” from December which also features that there Albert Freeman. Merry Christmas.
I was informed this week of the exciting news that BCB has gone live with a Listen Again feature, which should make things a bit easier in terms of blogging, and it will now mean yet another way that you can decide not to listen to my programme.
However, due to a slight teething problem, Selection Box is currently missing form the Listen Again list, and as they only remain for a month and I am still over a month behind on playlists I’ll not use a link to the Listen Again feature just yet as I continue the catch up.
Courtesy of these lovely Soundcloud players you can listen to these shows again for a limited period (probably about the length of time it will take to stop vomiting after watching that Paul Whitehouse as a ghost advert). Sadly due to copyright and such blah the show cannot be made available as a downloadable file.
Two more shows for you to place wrap your side-head flaps of aural-catcher flesh around. One day I will catch up to the present day. And then I will probably self-destruct.
Courtesy of this lovely Soundcloud player you can listen to these shows again for a limited period (probably about the length of time it will take for Newcastle United’s owners to stop laughing). Sadly due to copyright and such blah the show cannot be made available as a downloadable file.
Two more shows for you as I continue my attempt to catch up to present day parity.
Show 155 saw the chocolate-throated thespian Pete Gallagher take time out of his schedule with the touring production of Oklahoma! – at that time playing at the Bradford Alhambra – to come and lark about with me in the studio for a bit. Pete and I have known each other since he brought life to a bloody great red robot called Tommy whilst I pretended to be a pretentious Nick Broomfieldesque documentary maker, and he’s quite one of the loveliest and funniest people I have the pleasure of knowing and I’d very much like to lick him all over; made out of chocolate or not.Â Quite why he’s prepared to associate with a miserable shit like me is really anyone’s guess.
You can view Pete’s metallic appearance (and my wooden one, before anyone else does that joke) here:
Anyway, courtesy of this lovely Soundcloud player you can listen to these shows again for a limited period (probably about the length of time it would take to collect enough earwax to make a bust of Ronnie Corbett’s head). Sadly due to copyright and such blah the show cannot be made available as a downloadable file.
Oh, alright, I give in.Â Months have passed by with me trying to write something interesting whilst also catching up on playlists.Â We’re now into 2011 and I’m still giving you lists from October.Â I’ve had enough of being miles behind, so I’m going to bite the bullet and just shove up the show lists and start afresh once up to date.Â So here’s two more. Continue reading →
The featured track for this show is the first single from the new album by Liverpool’s surgically-masked noiseniks Clinic.
Now on their 6th album, this track demonstrates a rarer toe tip into a rather lovely lilting dreamy sound for which the band are not often noted. Thankfully, the full thrust of the album, entitled Bubblegum, doesn’t entirely dismiss the minor key guitar howls and Philips Philicorda keyboard wibbles. They say if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. It’s nice to tinker though, eh. Ruddy marvellous.
Courtesy of this lovely Soundcloud player you can listen to this show again for a limited period (probably about the length of time it would take for a hedgehog to consume an entire wheelbarrow of slugs). Sadly due to copyright and such blah the show cannot be made available as a downloadable file.
Hmmm, I keep saying that I am trying to catch up on playlists, but “catching up” surely requires me to provide more of these blogs than I’m recording shows. I am currently on a ratio of just about 1:1, which really won’t do if I am going to get up to date.
This week’s featured record from the show is Edwyn Collins‘ return single Losing Sleep, which was released in September and comes from the album of the same title. It would have been difficult to be overly-critical of any record at this stage by Collins – arguably best known for his work in the marvellous Orange Juice and the mid-90s hit A Girl Like You – coming as it does after a long illness. In February 2005 Collins was interviewed on BBC 6Music and complained of feeling a little unwell. Within a couple of days he was admitted to ITU at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, That Fancy London, with a major cerebral hemorrhage. A second hemorrhage followed soon after. The illness left him with a weakness on the right side of his brain and a devastating problem with his speech, which has resulted in a prolonged period of neurological rehabilitation. Recent radio appearances have revealed that Collins’ speech is still not yet 100%, but thankfully the ability to write great pop songs is still in evidence. Any track from Edwyn Collins after this time would have been a triumph. That the record is a triumph purely in musical terms is all the more remarkable.
Courtesy of this lovely Soundcloud player you can listen to this show again for a limited period (probably about the length of time it would take to fill an entire 2 litre bottle with spit, were you to do one flob into it every day). Sadly due to copyright and such blah the show cannot be made available as a downloadable file. Continue reading →
Gah, the desperate will to catch up on my life seems to not be sufficient to actually bridge the gap into the present.Â Indeed we’re still dealing with shows from August, rather terrifyingly.
So, as suggested last time we’ll have some quick blah about a featured track and then on with the playlist.
This week I have plumped for a bit of folk in the shape of Men-An-Tol’s Black Waterside which comes from the album Through The Quoit.Â I can’t claim to be anything even remotely approaching a Men-An-Tol afficiando, but I certainly know how to snaffle a free record or two when offered, so when lovely Albert Freeman offered up some unknown delights from the Static Caravan label – home of the likes of Tunng – you could bet your bottoms that I did my best to ensure that the aforementioned wares would find a permanent home in my living room.
And they did – taking a brief outing back to BCB for an appearance on Selection Box 147.Â Sadly, I cannot find a video online to link to the track, but you can listen to a lovely snippet here or alternatively just listen to the track along with the rest of the show in question…
Courtesy of this lovely Soundcloud player you can listen to this show again for a limited period (probably about the length of time it would take to turn a knee entirely to dust if you rubbed it non-stop with a carpet tile). Sadly due to copyright and such blah the show cannot be made available as a downloadable file. Continue reading →