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Buffet #63 – Bobby is Back!

Hello hello!

If you tuned in to Buffet on Sunday 18th May – thanks! If you’re here to have a listen – click this bit!

Emma 2Emma made a triumphant return, which was marvellous, as she can only pop in sporadically to share her ace musical choices. And she really served up a treat with our Bastardised Beatles track of the month. Goodbye Beatles is a very special tribute album! If Emma’s track choice doesn’t make you chuckle when you hear it, there’s something seriously wrong with you…

And you also have a chance to win a pair of tickets to see Swans at the Cockpit, Leeds on Sunday 1st June. We want you to Tweet or Facebook us your pictures of swans using the hashtag #uptheswanny They can be any kind of picture and any kind of Swan! The deadline is midnight on Tuesday 20th May. And for inspiration, here’s a picture Emma drew. It documents a real-life situation where a giant swan attacked her girlfriend:

swan attack!








Anyroad, this is what we played on the show!

1. The theme from Welcome Back Kotter
2. Liars – Pro Anti Anti
3. Round Window – Gelato Fragola
4. tUnE-yArDs – Water Fountain
5. The Johnny Dunne Singers – Hello Goodbye/Get Back
6. Yann Tiersen – Midsummer
7. Vincent Gallo – When
8. Field Music & Warm Digits – Snow Watch
9. Swans – Oxygen (To Be Kind)
10. Sisyphus – I Won’t Be Afraid
11. Cowtown – (Kim) Deal Breaker
12. Kim Deal & Morgan Nagler – The Root
13. Oh No Ono – Helplessly Young
13. Jack White – Lanzaretto
15. Gruff Rhys – American Interior

No idea which members of Team Buffet will be presenting the next show on 15th of June, but we can assure you the music will be well good, so please join us!

Team Buffet x










Buffet #62

Hello hello!

Once again we were joined by Boris/Lyndon who brought along some choice tunes. In fact, we had some much to play we ran out of time. We even forgot our promised Bastardised Beatles cover – whoops!  If you listened – cheers! Or if you want to hear it, click here.

This is what we played:

1. McClusky – To Hell With Good Intentions
2. Lanterns on the Lake – Elodie
3. Melt Yourself Down – Fix My Life
4. No Means No – Victory
5. School of Language – Moment of Doubt
6. Portico Quartet – Spinner
7. Jambinai – Time of Extinction
8. Wolf Parade – This Heart’s on Fire
9. Liars – Mask Maker
10. American Music Club – Johnny Mathis’ Feet
11. Ceiling Demons – Mendacity
12. Mark Lanegan Band – Harborview Hospital
13. The Julie Ruin – Stop Stop

Thanks, people! We’re back on 18th May.



Eclectic Mainline 16th April 2014

My favourite opening track on an album so far this year is Mask Maker by Liars, and ooh look, a record with string in it – I want!

It’s not just me celebrating a 10th anniversary this year.  Bleep has also been going 10 years and they are releasing a compilation featuring exclusive tracks, including this by Machinedrum:

I played both of the above in this week’s Eclectic Mainline.  You will find the full programme on the BCB Listen Again service.

I only have 2 weeks left of Eclectic Mainline now.  Next week’s programme will be a look back (listen back, I suppose) at some of the wonderful live sessions I’ve had during my 10 year tenure.

Here is this week’s track list:

Liars – Mask Maker (LP – Mess) (Mute) YouTube
Dum Dum Girls – Are You Okay? (LP – Too True) (Sub Pop) YouTube
Ben Jacov – Ipsää (Transalp EP) (Doumen) SoundCloud
Machinedrum – aeolia (Various Artists LP – Bleep:10) SoundCloud
I Break Horses – Disclosure (single and LP – Chiaroscura) (Bella Union)
Alice Bowman – What (single) (Happy Death)
Ambassadeurs – Make Me (free download) SoundCloud
Gruff Rhys – American Interior (single and LP – American Interior) (Turnstile) YouTube
Plaid – Hawkmoth (LP – Reachy Prints) (Warp) SoundCloud
Blank Realm – Bulldozer Love (single and LP – Grassed Inn) (Fire) SoundCloud
Lufth – Democracy Is Dead Like Printed Matter (LP – Distanz und Nähe) (Kompakt)
Archie Bronson Outfit – We Are Floating (single and LP – Wild Crush) (Domino) YouTube
Yann Tiersen – A Midsummer Evening (LP – ∞ (Infinity) (Mute) SoundCloud
Francois & the Atlas Mountains – La Fille Aux Cheveaux De Soie (LP – Piano Ombre) (Domino)

Eclectic Mainline 12th February 2014

The excellent new single by Liars opened this evening’s programme:

I also played this from the new Bibio EP:

I’ve only recently bought last year’s LP by A Hawk and a Hacksaw and played the title track:

And I played this from the new LP by Stephen Malkmus:

You will find the full programme on the BCB Listen Again service. Here is the track list:

Liars – Mess on a Mission (single and LP – Mess) (Mute) Soundcloud
Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – Clock Out and Leave (LP – Any Port in a Storm) (Fire) Soundcloud
Illum Sphere – Embryonic (LP – Ghost Of Then And Now) (Ninja Tune) Soundcloud
The New Mendicants – By the Time it gets Dark (LP – Into The Lime) (One Little Indian)
BABE – Aerialist Barbette (single) (Moshi Moshi) Soundcloud
Dirtmusic – Ballade de Ben Zabo (LP – Lion Music) (Glitterbeat)
Gabriel Saloman – Cold Haunt (LP – Soldier’s Requiem) (Miasmah) Soundcloud
Bibio – Dye the Water Green (The Green EP) (Warp) Soundcloud
Drenge – Fuckabout (single) (Infectious) YouTube
A Hawk and a Hacksaw – You Have Already Gone to the Other World (LP – You Have Already Gone to the Other World) (L.M. Dupli-cation) Soundcloud
Lee Bannon – Perfect/Division (LP – Alternate / Endings) (Ninja Tune) YouTube
Timber Timbre – Hot Dreams (single) (Full Time Hobby) Vimeo
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – ‘Cinnamon and Lesbians’ (LP – Wig Out At Jagbags) (Domino) YouTube
Goat – Det som aldrig forandras / Diarabi (LP – World Music) (Rocket) YouTube

#36 Paint along with Buffet

If you listened to our show, we thank you! If not, and the playlist below appeals, you can listen here:


Here’s what we played on Saturday 16th June 2012:

2. BEASTIE BOYS – (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)
3. LAETITIA SADIER – Find Me The Pulse Of The Universe
4. HUGH MASEKELA – Amo Sakesa-Baranta
8. SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN story – The Man From the Future (part 1)
9. HOT CHIP – Night and Day
10. DONNA SUMMER – MacArthur Park
11. BEASTIE BOYS – Futterman’s Rule
12. R DEAN TAYLOR – There’s A Ghost In My House
13. BEE GEES – Stayin’ Alive

Also – we are DJing two silent discos in the Spiegeltent as part of Harrogate Festival on Saturday 7th July – it’ll be ace fun, so come along if you can make it! http://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/spiegeltent/

Our show is back on 14th July.

Big love! Team Buffet.



Eclectic Mainline 16th May 2012

I’m really rather excited by the imminence of a new album by Liars.  They’re amazing live, so you should go and see them if you get chance this year.  Here’s the new single, as played in tonight’s show:


If you’re in Leeds tomorrow night, you should get yourself along to Gary Stewart’s new EP launch at the Brudenel Social Club.  Here’s ‘Blue’ the song I played tonight:

Blue Master-MP3 by garystewart

If you’re keen enough to listen again, or even for the first time, to tonight’s show, you will magically find an opportunity to do so here.  And I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but this is what you would hear:

The Magnetic Fields – “Andrew In Drag” (LP – “Love At The Bottom Of The Sea”) (Domino)
FilFla – “Iso-Circle” (CD – “Fliptap”) (Someone Good)
Liars – “No.1 Against The Rush” (single and LP – “WIXIW”) (Mute)
Gary Stewart – “Blue” (“Year and a Day EP”) (self released)
Volcano – “Long Gone” (LP – “Piñata”) (Leaf)
Don Preston – “Analog Heaven #7” (LP – “Filters, Oscillators & Envelopes 1967-82”) (Sub Rosa)
Flats – “Shuffle” (LP – “Better Living”) (Sweat Shop)
Neutral Milk Hotel – “Holland, 1945” (LP – “In An Aeroplane Over The Sea”) (Domino)
Amon Tobin – “Angels & Demons” (Amon Tobin box set) (Ninja Tune)
White Rabbits – “Temporary” (single and LP – “Milk Famous”) (Mute)
FilFla – “Wst-Est” (CD – “Fliptap”) (Someone Good)
Breton – “Jostle” (double A-side single with “Foam”) (Fat Cat)
Senking – “The Dance Hall Walk” (12″ – “Dazed”) (Raster Noton)
King Creosote – “Doubles Underneath” (EP – “I Learned From The Gaels”) (Domino)

Post- CONSTELLATIONS musings on festivals

I was 15 when I attended my first festival – U2 at Milton Keynes Bowl, with support from The Ramones, REM, Spear of Destiny and Billy Bragg (who performed at pretty much every festival in the mid to late 1980s). Bono was less pompous then, I was in love with Larry Mullen Jnr, and I’d never seen 50,000 people in one space before – it was quite a big deal for little teenage me. I also got hideously sun-burned and learned my first festival lesson – sun-block.

I haven’t been to that many festivals since, as I decided I actually don’t enjoy them that much. I’ll get excited by a line-up, pay a huge sum of money for maybe three or four bands, then feel disappointed because I can’t see a thing, the sound quality is rubbish, and there are too many drunk people invading my personal space. I’ve often come away from a festival saying “(insert band) were great, but I’d love to see them properly…”

Then I had my first All Tomorrow’s Parties experience. No tents. No portaloos. No sun-block. Amazing bands, decent stages and sound quality – a festival that gives you a proper, intimate gig experience for each band you choose to see. And do you know what else I like? Seats. Standing around all day takes it’s toll, and I am officially middle aged, you know.

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ATP Festival curated by Matt Groening – Day 1

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 £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.

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Eclectic Mainline 17th March 2010 – Midlake interview

Midlake - The Courage Of Others

Midlake - The Courage Of Others

For the very first time, my show has a podcast this week. If you heard the show you will have heard me talking to Eric Pulido of Midlake. What you will have heard is the abridged version of the interview, but the full thing is available for you here now, at the bottom of this blog entry.

Midlake have also backed John Grant on his debut solo album (he used to be the singer in The Czars). A funny thing happened the other day while I was listening to his album, Queen Of Denmark, for the first time. I was reading the brochure for the 16th Bradford International Film Festival while listening. Just as I was reading about Alien being on as part of Widescreen Weekend, John Grant was singing “I feel just like Sigourney Weaver, when she had to kill those aliens“. Spooksville..!

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