Category Archives: Interviews

Le menu – Wed 28th Feb

Hello you,

Ok, have you seen the bit of paper I wrote the track listings on for last week’s show? It’s A4, white with scrawl on it, probably a bit crumpled by now?Are you hiding it? Help! I’ve looked everywhere AND unpacked every banana box in the flippin living room and it’s just not there. So, I start this post with an apology for bad filing and a promise that I’ll try really hard next week. On the upside, it’s better to listen to the show so put this addy in the bar at the top if you missed it…

and scroll down to click on The BCB Sessions

We’re sending out a big BCB Sessions bon chance to all the bands heading off to SXSW and playing at the Yorks & NE SXSW 2011 Showcase on Sat 19th. Thanks Pat (Timeless Music Project) for coming on the show and making us all jealous! Thanks also to Duane Simon – featured artist of the week…I had your track going round in my head for ages, a proper ear worm.

Now then onwards to this week’s show (Wed 9th March) and we’re doing a full on nod to International Women’s Day with female DJ’s from across BCB’s specialist music schedule and friends of the show talking about their favourite female artists and playing some of their songs. The show’s live from 9pm on 106.6fm and online at If you miss it then you can listen again by clicking on the pink highlights box on the BCB homepage. If there’s a particular female fronted band or artist you’d like to hear then get in touch: and we’ll put a quid in the BCB jukebox and see what happens.

Until Wed at 9,


Wilful Missing on the show – Wed 2nd Feb

Hello you,

I’m organised for once (albeit for about two minutes) which means I’ve sorted the songs and typed the words…hooray! I’ve assembled my favourite songs of this week including a beautiful number plucked from the session archives and something from my christmas presents. I’m also not alone on the show because Wilful Missing (who are this week’s featured band) have very kindly lent me one of their band members to chat to…the famous Albert Freeman.

If you’d like to get a sneak preview of what’s in store with Wilful Missing then take a look and a listen to ….perhaps even copper up afterwards and buy their EP. I think they’d prefer you to ‘pound coin it up big stylee’ but that sounds a bit odd.

Here’s what’s playing on Wed 26th Jan:
Everything Everything – Photoshop handsome
Fujiya & Miyagi – Taiwanese boots
Ann Drury (BCB Session track from the archives) – Loving you (Ann’s a very lovely, very talented lady from Keighley…
Wilful Missing interview – with Albert Freeman
Wilful Missing – Comfort in strangers (from the Loose Ends EP – I love this song. The key, the lyrics and the atmosphere….my favourite WM song).
Appliance – Ursa major
Laetitia Sadier – One million year trip
Yuck – Georgia
Wilful Missing – Night parachuting (from the Vast Atlantic EP)
Make Out – I don’t want anybody that wants me
Tapestry – Misplaced trust (recorded for The BCB Sessions)
Arab Strap – Blood (from Madator at 21 box set)
Acid Washed – Rain
Wilful Missing – Postcode lottery (from the Vast Atlantic EP. WM are playing live at the Basement Bar in York on 5th Feb so try somewhere new and head up the A64 or whatever road leads to York).

Next week we’ve got Alt Track on the show! I saw them playing at a wedding (Congratulations Lorna – she presents ‘From here’  on BCB)…and they caught my attention – even with the pull of wedding dancing to ‘Voulez Vous’ in the cellar bar of the Bradford Playhouse. Obviously I’d had a few Lambrinis.

Moving swiftly on…if you’d like to get your music on the show or you want to plug a gig – get in touch:


New Model Army special repeat

Bradford Beat’s recent hour-long interview with Justin Sullivan will be repeated by popular demand.

The show, in which Justin chats about the band’s 30th anniversary, will go out again on Thursday, 2 December.

That means the start of this year’s Christmas Countdown (our choice of the top 20 tracks of the year) will be put back by a week to 9 December.

The playlist for Bradford Beat on Thursday 18 November is:

New Model Army – Stranger
Archie Bronson Outfit – Chunk
Glissando – The Long Lost
We Are Scientists – I Don’t Bite
Talk To Angels – He Loves Cilla
Being 747 – Bodybuilding
The National – Conversation 16
The Xx – VCR
Whole Sky Monitor – My Regeneration
Vampire Weekend – Cousins
No Eager Men – Outlaw
Arcade Fire – Rococco
JD and Panther – When The Pressure’s On
New York Alcoholic Anxiety Attack – Lullaby Us

Eclectic Mainline 10th November 2010


Constellations line-up

This Sunday, the rather splendid Constellations Festival is on in Leeds, and it really is quite a line-up! 

You may already have heard Katie and Jen talking about it in The Show, and I’m sure several other BCB presenters have been bigging it up too.

As you will see the line-up really is quite special.  Regular listeners to Eclectic Mainline will have heard all the artists mentioned to the left.

Last night in my show we featured Katie speaking to Local Natives about their appearance at the festival.

A server glitch prevented me from posting my playlist straigh after the show, but here it is now:

This is what I played in my show last night:

Panico – “Icon” (LP – “Kick”) (Chemikal Underground)
Blonde Redhead – “Not Getting There” (single and LP – “Penny Sparkle”) (4AD)
Peter Broderick – “Human Eyeballs on Toast” (LP – “How They Are”) (Bella Union)
Zé Da Lua – “Ulungu Wami” compilation LP – “Angola Soundtrack”) (Analog Afrika)
Vessels – “Meatman, Piano Tuner, Prostitute” (single) (Cuckundoo)
The National – “Conversation 16” (single and LP – “High Violet”) (4AD)
Appliance – “West Waves” (LP – “Re-conditioned”) (RROOP)
Sparrow and the Workshop – “Black To Red” (single) (Distiller)
Four Tet – “Angel Echoes” (LP – “There Is Love In You”) (Domino)
Local Natives interview with Katie Jennings
Local Natives – “Who Knows Who Cares (BretonLABS remix)” (single and LP – “Gorillan Manor”) (Infectious)
Liars – “Scissor” (LP – “Sisterworld”) (Mute)
Warpaint – “Undertow” (single and LP – “The Fool”) (Rough Trade)
Consumers – “Anti, Anti, Anti” (compilation LP – “Black Hole: Californian Punk 1977-80) (Domino)

Justin Sullivan: exclusive BCB interview

A treat is in store next week for fans of New Model Army.

The Bradford band’s frontman is in the studio for an hour-long Bradford Beat special looking at their 30-year career.

During the in-depth interview, Justin looks back at New Model Army’s early days and talks about their mixed experiences with major record labels as well as some of their favourite places to play around the world.

We also play tracks from a new 30-track anthology being released to mark the band’s 30th anniversary.

Don’t miss our New Model Army special on Bradford Beat, Thursday 11 November from 8pm to 9pm on BCB 106.6FM.

And here’s a catch-up of the tracks played on this week’s show (4 November):

Tricky – Murder Weapon
AFS – Unite
Trespassers William – I Could Go Back
Gruff Rhys – Shark-Riddled Waters
Being 747 – The Microscopic Universe
Talk To Angels – Off The Radar (BCB session)
Broken Social Scene – Forced To Love
Disco Machine Gun – Shoot To Kill
The Walkmen – Angela Surf City
Whole Sky Monitor – Ten Floors
Creole Choir of Cuba – Chen Nan Ren
Siren – Billy The Pig (live)
The Go-Team – T.O.R.N.A.D.O.
State of Error – Audience of None

La liste – Le BCB Sessions 3rd Nov

Hi folks,

Loved putting this show together for you – although it was tough because there’s so much good stuff out there. Let me know if there’s something you think I should be playing on the show – especially if it’s from a West Yorks artist/band. Thanks to everyone who’s already got in touch. Here’s the email addy to reach me:

And here’s what I played on the show (3rd Nov) – we had Maia in session!

Fujiya and Miyagi – Sixteen shades of black and blue
Darren Hayman  and the Secondary Modern – Calling out your name again
Neon Indian – Terminally Chill
Maia (BCB Session) – Dead Centre
Everything Everything – MY KZ, UR BF
Spodni Pradlo – Korak the Killer (track from The BCB Sessions archive)
WALLS – Hang Four (Banjo or freakout remix)
FOPS – Black boar
Maia (BCB Session) – Melons
Laetitia Sadier – Un soir, un chien
Bear Driver – A thousand samurais (lovely Leeds band. ‘Wolves’ is a great single.
IRN MNKY – Johnny Cash rules everything around me (Leeds mashup, mixer dude.
Peaches – Downtown (minor indulgence on my part!)
Maia (BCB Session) – Sidelines (absolutely fantastic track!)

Thanks to Maia for their great session. All the session tracks are on their debut album, ‘Maia’. They’ve also got a couple of gigs this month in Huddersfield -for full blurb take a look at:

Next Wednesday night (from 9pm) I’ll be chatting to Joe from Escort Knights ahead of their single launch in Leeds on 13th Nov. If you’re a music maker, remixer type then make sure you listen in or check out their site because they’re looking for you to remix their single!

Bye for now,


The Show – 02/10/2010 and again on 05/10/2010

Hello blog world!

This week, Katie and Jen of The Show spoke to Rory from bright young thingies, The Kabeedies. He was very tired and in a miscallenous Travel Lodge (oh, the trappings of fame). We mostly talked about Twitter, which is always entertaining as neither Jen nor I really ‘get it’. The Kabeedies are playing at the trend central venue that is Nation of Shopkeepers in Leeds on Thursday 7th October – they are a most excellent live band with enough energy to keep a medium sized town (perhaps Ipswich) alight for at least 2 hours, i.e they are rather good.

sometimes they wear more clothes

sometimes they wear more clothes

We also talked about the AMAZING Constellation Festival happening over 2 days at Leeds Uni on 13th and 14th November – excellent line-up featuring Local Natives, Liars, Fout Tet and Broken Social Scene.

Here is what we played –

– Kap Bambino – ‘Red Signs’ (Single, 2008)
– Musuem of Bellas Artes – ‘Watch the Glow’ (Single, 2010)
-Kabeedies – ‘Palindromes’ from the EP ‘Ten Animals I Slam in a Net’ (2008)
-Broken Social Scene – ‘World Sick’ from the Album ‘Forgiveness Rock Record'(2010)
-Young Blood Brass Band – ‘Nuclear Summer’ from the album ‘Is That A Riot?’ (2007)
-Kabeedies – King Canute’ from the EP ‘Ten Animals I Slam in a Net’ (2008)

The Show goes out at 6pm on Saturdays, is repeated on Tuesdays at 1pm and will see you soon.

Leeds Festival Review: Day 2

(Yes, I know, I’m shoving this up on the blog somewhat after the event, but I’m a busy man y’know.  Better late than never…)

Bloody hell, it’s windy.  Either that or someone has got hold of the outside of my tent and is flapping it about like a Killer Whale with a half dead seal.  Maybe it’s them Spam bastards paying me back for nicking their tent pegs.  One thing is certain – the noise it is making has rendered any further sleep impossible without tranquilisers.  I dare say there’s a fair bit of Ketamine washing around the festival site, but personally I’ll give that a miss if it’s all the same to you.

Horse tranquilizers: its a race horse called Horlicks, apparently.

Horse tranquilizers: it's a race horse called Horlicks, apparently.

I am a parent now and hurtling towards middle-age, so 8am is considered an indulgent lie-in anyway, so I get up and go for breakfast – the details of which started the first blog, so we’ll skip over that.  However, before I can go to eat I am refused entry to the festival main area as no one is allowed in until 9am.  Eh, do what?  The festival closes at night?  I thought this was supposed to be a playground of non-stop revelry and no sleep ’til Brooklyn.  Now I find that everyone went to bed before me, tucked up with a cup of Horlicks (other revolting bedtime drinks are available).

It occurs to me that I’ve not really had a proper look around the whole site, so I rectify this.  There’s not a great deal around other than food stands and stalls selling t-shirts with wanky slogans, although I do spot a place which sells ale as opposed to the rather flimsy Tuborg which is the only other beer available onsite.  Sadly, further investigation later in the day reveals the ale to be rather horrid as well. Continue reading

Eclectic Mainline 15th September 2010 – Grinderman interview

This week sees the release of the second Grinderman album, smartly titled Grinderman 2.  To celebrate, in my show tonight I spoke to Jim Sclavunos from the band.  If you heard the show you will have heard Jim and I discussing the evolution of Grinderman since the first album, and also the video to the single Heathen Child, which you can see below.  If you then read the rest of this entry, you will be able to listen to a longer version of the interview, which is available as a podcast. 

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Leeds Festival Review: Day 1

Before me sits the remnants of a full English breakfast, served to me with piping hot hash browns to mask the fact that the rest of it was clap cold. I’ve paid £7.50 for the privilege. I’m just wondering if I’ll manage to be be able to consume my body weight in orange juice from the refillable dispenser before they tell me to shit off.  You’ve got to get your five a day somehow, but fruit & veg isn’t especially forthcoming at a festival.

I arrived here yesterday morning intent (and with tent) on having enough time to pitch my canvas Shangri-La before going to catch The Walkmenopening up the Main Stage at Noon. But for a false start where I had to return to my temporary home after being denied entry due to possession of a can of well-known stout (cans not allowed apparently – though I later noticed that the novelty of the power wielded by the “Customer Protection Office” had waned after a few hours and his bag check became somewhat less censorious) and the fact that the splendid New York noiseniks start 8 minutes early for some reason, I’d have pretty much timed it to perfection.

The Walkmen: larger than actually pictured.

The Walkmen: larger than actually pictured.

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