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Best of the #BCBsessions – Eclectic Mainline 23rd April 2014

During my 10 years presenting Eclectic Mainline on BCB I had the pleasure of recording live (largely) acoustic sessions with some wonderful artists.  As I am giving up the programme, I wanted to re-broadcast some of my favourite session tracks before leaving.

BCB sessions

So, this week I played some (but by no means all) of my favourite session tracks. You can hear the full programme (plus a bonus track taking the show past the hour mark) on my Mixcloud page:

My method of recording a live session evolved over time until I ended up with a process that got the best out of the available resources.  The microphones at BCB are only really suited for speech broadcasting, and the studios are not equipped for multitrack recording. But I managed to work round these restrictions.  The microphones issue was easy to overcome, as I would borrow some from Wilful Missing.

I was restriced to recording in stereo, but I would hard pan the inputs, recording the lead vocal in the left channel, and all other instruments in the right channel.  This effectively created a 2-track recording that I could later mix to ensure a good level on the lead vocal.  But I needed to get a good live mix of all the instruments, and this wasn’t always easy because I was in the same room as the musicians.  I couldn’t monitor what was being recorded without also hearing the ambient noise of the musicians in the room. Continue reading

The BCB Sessions on Going North from Nashville: Monday 3rd January, 10-11pm

A dip into the BCB sessions, + other music which has come our way via BCB. With thanks to Albert & Laura!

Gaslight Anthem – Heaven Sitting Down
The Duke & the King – The Morning I Get to Hell  – BCB sessions
Mary Chapin Carpenter  -The Age of Miracles
Stephanie Dosen – Only Getting Better – BCB sessions
Micah P Hinson – Beneath the Rose – BCB sessions
Corrine West &  Kelly Joe Phelps – River’s Fool
King Creosote – Coast on By - BCB sessions
Dan Korn – Dustbowl
Willard Grant Conspiracy’s  Rober Fisher – Drunkards’ Prayer – BCB Sessions
Chief – Irish Song
Laurence Arabia – Apple Pie Bed – BCB sessions
Mountain Man – The Whale Song – BCB sessions
Kate Rusby -  Poor Old Horse
The Rolling Creek Dippers – In My Hour of Need

Hear three of these sessions, those by Mountain Man, The Duke & The King and Lawrence Arabia, in full here:

Mountain Man BCB session by DJ Albert Freeman
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Le BCB Sessions – Wed 29th Sept

Hi folks,

Naughty naughty…late with the playlist! Some top tunes though so definitely worth waiting for.  Here’s what the fuss was all about….

Wed 29 Sept

Two door cinema club – I can talk
Magic Kids – superball
Cherry Ghost – Black Fang
Rose Elinor Dougall – Start/Stop/Synchro
Maps and atlases – if this is (playing @ the Brudenell Social on 9th Oct!)
The Futureheads – I can do that
Offshore – Round & Round

*Mark Ronson @ Jumbo Records  – interview with Adam from Jumbo Records

A Camp – Boys Keep Swinging
Disco Machine Gun (Boy epic remix) – Damage done (DMG – great Bfd band, supporting Ultrasound at the Playhouse Fri 8th Oct).
Escort Knights – I don’t know your name (great indie house band from West Yorks http://www.myspace.com/escortknights)
Thomas Truax – It always rains on Sunday
M.I.A – It takes muscle
Timber timbre – Until the night is over

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Le BCB Sessions – Wed 8th Sept

Hello people,

Hope you’re in fine fettle.

Put together a top selection of songs for you…enjoy.

Let me know if there’s a band you think I should be playing on the show, especially if they’re in/from West Yorks: laura.rawlings@bcbradio.co.uk


M.I.A. – It takes a muscle
Local natives – Wide eyes (Fools Gold ft Aristotle Pop a bottle Remix)
Wild Beasts – All the Kings Men
Chilly Gonzales – Knight Moves
Maggie 8 – Greatest days (lovely Leeds band)
Stereolab – Margerine Melody (minor indulgence tune!)
Interview with Seb, Meet Me In Vegas
Darwin Deez – Lucky Number
Still Flyin – Stay wild, tokelau
Broadcast Society – Behind your back
The Vaselines – Turning it on (naughty indie band!)
Yeasayer – Madder Red
Meet Me In Vegas – High (Yorks band – heading off on tour, check them out)

The BCB Sessions – 9th June 2010

Laura was off this week sipping sparkling elderflower cordial in the swanky nitespots of that London, which meant I got to rummage around in the BCB Sessions archive and play some of my favourite sessions plus some top tunes, and it went like this.

The Bluetones – Carry Me Home
Lazer Zeppelin – Friday Night
The Lodger – I Can’t Stop (BCB Session)
Flying Lotus – Galaxy In Janaki
Alisdair Roberts and Jackie Oakes – The Bloody Fields of Flanders/The Red Haired Boy
The Peppermint Lounge – African Orange (BCB Session)
The Fall – Hot Cake
David Moleon and Tadox – Final Days
Ritchie Spice – Yap Yap
Gun Outfit – My Whole Life
Slow Club – When I Go (BCB Session)
Rox – My Baby Left Me
The Smiths – Hand In Glove
Best Coast – Far Away
Lee “Scratch” Perry – Revolution Dub
Freyed Knot – Wild West Yorkshire (BCB Session)
Blighters – Don’t Want Nothing
Yimino – Q-Bit (BCB Session)

The BCB Sesssions 5th and 12th May

Wed 5 May
Peaches – Downtown
Teenagersintokyo – End it tonight
Vinny Piana – Love is your fear
She and Him – Thieves
Freyed Knot (BCB Session) – Wild West Yorkshire
This Morning Call – Tides
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Bad Blood
Black Carrot – The one that got away
Booka Shade – Havanna Sex Dwarf
Wilful Missing – Night parachuting
New Young Pony Club – We Want To
Wood Pigeon – Woodpigeon vs Eagleowl Strength in numbers
God Help the girl – Baby you’re blind
Neil McSweeney (BCB Session) – Sunrise

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The BCB Sessions 28th April 2010

Trevor Moss & Hannah Lou at BCB

Trevor Moss & Hannah Lou at BCB

Teenagersintokyo – End it tonight
Two door cinema club – Something good can work
Steve Mason – Lost & found
Angus & Julia Stone – Big jet plane
Danny and the champions of the world (BCB Session) – Follow the river
Jamaica – I think I like you too
Atlas Sound – Sheila
Hannah Lou & Trevor Moss (BCB Session) – Allotment Song
Royal Bangs – Japanese Cars (Siamesecars remix)
Phoenix – Lasso
Blitzen Trapper – Heaven and Earth
The Duke & The King – Union Street
Caribou – Sun
Hannah Lou & Trevor Moss (BCB Session) – Concorde

The BCB Sessions – 24th March 2010 – Peter von Poehl session

Peter von Poehl at BCB, February 2010

Peter von Poehl at BCB, February 2010

Middleman – It’s not over yet
Fuck buttons – Olympians
Bonobo – We could forever
Peter von Poehl (BCB Session) – 28 Paradise
Coco Rosie – Lemonade
Hot Chip – Hand me down your love
Booka Shade – bad love
Rusko – Woo Boost
Peter von Poehl (BCB Session) – Near the end of the world
Lone Wolf – Keep your eyes on the road
Funki Porcini – This ain’t the way to live
Phoenix – It’s all real
Fenech Soler – Stop and stare
Frankie and the Heartstrings – Possibilities
Peter von Poehl (BCB Session) – Forgotten garden

Fab sesh from Lawrence Arabia

Allo allo!

Lawrence Arabia

Lawrence Arabia - BCB session

Here’s what I played on Wednesday’s show (3rd March):

We had a special acoustic session from Lawrence Arabia, recorded here at BCB by Albert Freeman (thanks Alb).

This morning call – Tides
Ghost Train – Summer Camp
Fenech Soler – Stop and stare
Lawrence Arabia (BCB Session) – Apple Pie Bed
Husky Rescue – Sound Of Love
The Big Pink – Tonight
to rococo rot – fridays
Lawrence Arabia (BCB Session) – I Smoked Too Much
The Birdman Rallies – You and I
Silver Columns – Cavalier
Alt track demo
Django Django – Wor
Lawrence Arabia (BCB Session) – The Beautiful Young Crew

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