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Sound of 2010?

This was a piece also written for Bradford Zine – Claptrap which you should all get involved with.

It’s a bit rude and probably pretty pointless, but it was fun.


Oh! Joyous fanfare to a new year! Nay! A new decade!
It’s the time of year for wild hyperbole, for ‘Next Big Things’ and ‘Upcoming Stars’.
As our big label A + R masters wake from their Christmas slumbers, bleary eyed and pissed off about the way this lengthy cold snap has affected their personal supplies of ‘snow’ they stare out into the stagnant, icy high streets and wonder; WHO WILL SAVE US FROM OBLIVION?
Well do not fear. For the BBC, the NME and the plentiful blogs of cyberspace are only a phone call away. They will create such a force of musical Mystic Meg clairvoyance that record label coffers will be full in no time. The BBC Sound of 2010 is top of the pile. A big brown nosed, golden shower of praise and merriment. Don’t give me that ‘it’s good for the music’ bullshit. Like vultures picking at vomit to feed their squawking little chicks, this is desperate dollar grabbing. A self fulfilling prophecy of cash, with barely any thought for actual, you know, musical talent. Still, someone’s got to pay those music journalists / talent scouts wages and help the self-perpetuating circle of futurology, so I’ve concocted a handy guide to six of the top picks which will help you seem like your finger is on the pulse (clue, it’s just past the perineum) without actually having to listen to any of these god awful people. Let the cynicism commence!

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TMTY 18.11.09

Ace fun this week, guys.

We started with the hot hyped Chew Lips

Freelance Whales

Singing the News

Le Tournoi

Backrow Banter – Harry Brown 7/10

Four Tet

2/3 of the team took the Daily Mirror quiz to find out which Twilight heart throb’s side we were on. Pat was a strong member of team Jacob, whereas statistical analysis could not determine where KC’s allegiances lay. Like Switzerland in WW2, the big-hearted japester remained neutral.

TMTY 04.11.09!

We’ve been forced today away from our usual live broadcast due to rehearsal commitments for this weekend’s Raise Your Banners festival of political song, a worthy excuse if ever there was one.  So this show was a pre-record.

Yessir. A trip down on Saturday night may well result in you seeing my goodself in some fetching women’s clothing…!

But yes, this week we played some very nice stuff indeed.

WILD BEASTS – The Fun Powder Plot

Here’s the Kendal / Leeds gang’s fantastic Jool’s performance for those that missed it too-

Then we talked about how Laura Groves AKA Blue Roses still owes us all a pound in royalties for singing on her album (along with a few other BCB Broadcasters I believe, Albert?)
We played an old version of-
and chatted about her imminent headline tour:

Then a glorious short from-
THE BOBBY MCGEES – L.O.V.E / A Masonic Youth

New music then from the glorious Yeasayer.
‘Ambling Alp’ is their new single.
Available for free here –
Properly stunning stuff, we’re really glad to have some new music coming from those guys after overplaying ‘All Hours Cymbals’ the last few… well… years! (it came out in 2007!)

KC’s Backrow banter gave a solid 8/10 to thirst.

On at the pictureville now!

And a solid dressing down to the latest Danny Dyer / Tamer Hassan / FIDDY Cent shocker ‘Dead Man Running’, 2/10.

We finished with DEVENDRA BARNHART – Baby
Happy Days.
Happy Bonfires.

Too Much Too Young – playlist for Wednesday 21st October 2009

This wednesday’s show was really fun to make – with an especially good backrow banter in my opinion. We’ll be back next wednesday at 5.30pm as always. But for now here’s what we played this week…

The Drums – Lets Go Surfing
A tune-packed show kicked off with much-hyped and surprisingly googleable New Yorkers The Drums with probably the best surf-themed song since Melt Banana’s cover of Surfing USA or even Weezer’s Surf Wax America.

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TMTY Playlist – 07.09.09

An interesting start to this week’s show for all you ethnomusicologists…
Japanese Dancehall?
I guess it’s no stranger than English Dancehall when you think about it but this kind of thing does seem to polarise people—
A wonderfully executed soundtrack to a well connected global village, or shameless musical tourism?
It sounds great anyway, which is my main criteria.

‘Akane – Dancehall Head’

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TMTY 30th September – tracklisting

Howdy. I’m Joel. This is my first blog post for BCB.
I think we can all agree that it’s going pretty well so far.
Every Wednesday at 5.30pm I have the pleasure of filling 30 minutes of good Bradford air with all manner of noise, discourse and hillarity.
From now on I’ll be updating this site with tracklistings, spoilers and musings.
Here’s what we did on the 30th September.

The Drums – Lets go Surfing

The drums

Spectrals – Leave me be

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