Sunday, 15 April 2018

The Listening Club - 15th April 2018

Greetings folks,

Hope you're all doing fine. Amsterdam's definitely starting to shake off it's winter shackles, buds and blossom appearing at a goodly rate, and the appearence of the live Coachella stream on the TV (highlight so far, predictably David Byrne, tho Fleet Foxes are doing a fine job in the background as I type) is always a good reminder that there are warmer, tuneful times just around the corner...

Last week chez #LC, @saucer was in the chair, delivering the essence of indie in the shape of Dunedin's The Prophet Hens' spendidly titled "The Wonderful Shape Of Back Door Keys", which had folks discussing and debating all through. Many thanks to @saucer for the pick, and for sailing the frisb across to @wojsvenwoj, who's here with tonight's intro...

"One cool thing about the Twitter and other social medias is the window it gives us into the minds of the musicians and performers we admire and appreciate. Turns out, for the most part, they're not much different from us, thinking the same petty thoughts and making the same stupid jokes we do (albeit getting more likes and 'splodey hearts than mere mortals such as ourselves). However, many musicians, especially those who tour a lot, often seem to have a finger that's more on the pulse of new artists and new music than mine so I like to keep an eye on what they're listening to and talking about. And that's how I first heard about this artist. I don't remember who first mentioned him and it took me a while to finally get around to checking out this year-old album...but I've dug its grooves ever since."

Okidoke. Direct download is here, and the HearBeSpoilers stream is below:

See you at 8pm BST (GMT+1).

Sunday, 8 April 2018

The Listening Club - 8th April 2018

Greetings folks,

Hope you're all doing fine. Back after a fun week in England (Thanks to Jim for running things in my absence), catching up with folks (some #LC company included, happy to say), and returning to a considerably warmer Amsterdam, which jumped 10 degrees in our absence, and is now fairly basking in near 20 degress of celcius loveliness. So a weekend of spring cleaning has been the order of the day, and now that every window in the house is sparkling and letting in maximum early evening light, time to get on with this here business...

Last week, @AndersHanson was in the chair, and delivered Breton's "Other People's Problems", which seemed to go down well, and encourage an interesting discussion on the pros and cons of over-compression into the deal. Many thanks to Anders for the pick, and for sailing the frisb across to @saucer, who's here with tonight's intro...

"This album's country of origin is obvious from the first notes, if you know any music from there.

30 or so years ago I bought an album whose cover was a blurry picture of a creepy marionette. You know the one I mean, right? Wasn't sure, on early listens, whether it was amazing or quaint... but kept listening and came to slowly approach the not-so-profound realization that music could be both. 

Then I never stopped loving that album or its feel. 

I had the same sort of early reaction on first hearing tonight's band. Could a 21st-century band manifest the same spirit? 

Drinking club suggestion: something grown in volcanic soil."

Okidoke. Direct download is here, and the HearBeSpoilers stream is below:

See you at 8pm BST (GMT+1).

Sunday, 1 April 2018

The Listening Club - 1st April 2018

Happy joke egg day, everyone! It is I, @JimMcCauley, taking care of business while @kleptones is away doing whatever it is his people do on this, the holiest of opportunities for hilarious pranks. Today I'm mainly doing washing and bleeding radiators, as well getting excited about seeing the actual Daphne & Celeste in Bristol on Tuesday night. Fun times!

Last week surprising ex-roadie @faberfedor treated us to the wry musical observations of Deirdre Flint's 'Then Again', which didn't go down as badly as I think Faber might have been expecting; they can't all be zingers but there seemed to be something there for everyone. So thanks to Faber for the pick and for launching the frisbaton at @AndersHanson, who's right here, right now.

"I can't believe it's been 19 months since I last had the frisbaton, but then last year was a bit of an odd year and I wasn't around as much on a Sunday. However, despite all that time for me to think about my next pick it was only this morning that inspiration came and so here it is. I hope it'll have been worth the wait.

"This album I discovered through accidentally stumbling on one track that I became a little obsessed with and listened to loads and loads with it rapidly become of my favourites. For some reason though it was only much later that I finally went off and discovered the album it was on - that track I fell in love with being the last one on this album. The rest of the album is actually quite different in many respects although in genre terms this pick probably won't surprise many of you. Hopefully though there's enough in there for it not to be wholly predictable."

Right ho. Download is here, and the spoilery HearThis stream is below.

Catch you at 8PM (BST)!

Sunday, 25 March 2018

The Listening Club - 25th March 2018

Greetings folks,

Hope all are well and good. Springy vibes here in Amsterdam, and also just remembered I forgot to wish this here club a happy 6th birthday last week - I always seem to forget it, but yay and woo anyways, we are so amazing, n'est-ce pas? Next week, as I mentioned, I'm away in that London (might see some of you there), so the legend @JimMcCauley will be taking care of business, many thanks to him.

Don't forget, too, European clocks have changed today, so we're back on BST (GMT+1) for the next six months.

Last week, @holette was in the chair, blasting some rock action courtesy of Dream Wife's eponymous debut album, which got the whole place pogoing happily. Thanks to Sarah for the pick, and for flipping the frisbatron across to @faberfedor, who's here with this week's intro...

"Sometimes the songs we, well, I, listen to aren't about the music but about the stories being told. 

Tonight's artist is known for her stories. As you might imagine, some of the stories are touching; probably more so if you've ever been a young woman (for the record, I've never been). Other stories (my faves) are satirical or humourous (is that how y'all spell it?). I imagine the women in the audience will get a bigger kick out of some of the stories than the guys.

I've seen her in concert three times. The second time, not only did I roadie for her, I was the only one in the audience; starting a music career is hard! She has since joined a group with revolving artists that I first heard of in 1992 and they're still going strong.

Now, we're not talking Dylan here. This is a woman who can tell a good story while playing the guitar. The music isn't going to blow you away, although I was impressed with her musical growth between the first and second album (tonight's pick). The song that brought her to local fame is on her first album and I'll play it at the after-party if  there's any interest.

So let's listen to some stories..."

Right. Direct download is here, and the HearBeSpoilers stream is below:

See you at 8pm BST (GMT+1).

Sunday, 18 March 2018

The Listening Club - 18th March 2018

Greetings folks,

Hope you're doing good. Sunny but chilly here in Amsterdam. Growing impatient for warmer weather, but plenty of film watching making the time go (see Annihilation if you get a chance, very good). Reminder that I'm away week after next, so vortex or not? Let me know what you think...

Last week, wor @nessiest was in the chair, debuting David Byrne's new album "American Utopia", which bopped and popped its way around the assembled to mostly positive effect. Thanks to Vanessa for the pick, and for whizzing the frisb across the ice to @holette, who's here with this week's introduction...

“Here’s a debut album that screams don’t fuck with me attitude, uncompromising pop and a fierce sense of identity.

There will be shouty girls with guitars. There will be hand claps, harmonies, heavy riffs and big tunes.

You can spot some of their influences easily enough but for me their sound is empowering, a cool mix of raw and slick and they just seem like a whole lot of fun.

It’s short and sweet so anyone hyped up and ready for the after party might want to to chuck in a tune or two inspired by the album. Go!”

Okaydoke. Direct download is here, and the HearBeSpoilers stream is below:

See you at 8pm GMT.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

The Listening Club - 11th March 2018

Hey folks,

Hope all is good. Spring sprungness has hit Amsterdam, which is lovely, so the trad joy of opening long-shut windows and airing out the place is the order of the day. So, with fresh oxygen in my lungs, a heads up to you all that I'll be away Sunday 1st April, and therefore need someone to take care of business here. Hmm... April 1st eh? That might be one for a foolish vortex if someone fancies running it...

Last week, @JimMcCauley was in the chair, getting a little spooky with his pick of Cobalt Chapel's eponymous debut album, which went down pretty well with the assembled. Many thanks to Jim for the pick, and for flipping the frisb across to wor @nessiest, who's right here (okay, actually she's upstairs right now), with this week's intro...

"This artist was on posters ripped from music mags and blu-tacked to my teenage bedroom wall, the inspiration for fashion choices back in the day (you’ll know which) and for me has formed part of the soundtrack of life. They’re an international treasure, long may they continue to create, unite and inspire.

My pick this week was part of the usual filtering and selection process, my initial pick pretty much immediately dismissed for a couple of reasons, one of which means that after discussing and agreeing with Mr  Kleptone, the download will be pulled after tonight. The other possibles may be future picks (if you lot don’t pick em all first) but for this week there were good and valid reasons they weren’t quite right: too much like last week’s pick/from the same town as one of my last picks/album not out yet (!)...

This is the right album. Even though I haven’t heard it. Let’s listen to it together. À la Listening Club back in the day."

OK, direct download (until 9pm GMT!) is here, and the HearTheSpoilers stream is below: 

See you at 8pm GMT.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

The Listening Club - 4th March 2018


Hope you're all defrosting nicely, especially those of you around our neck of the woods. Yep, the thaw has hit Amsterdam finally today, much to the annoyance of the oddball locals who have quite literally been skating on thin ice for the past week or so - rather them than me I must say. Happily booking future good times too as both John Cale and The Decemberists have announced shows here later in the year, hoorah. And it's @nessiest's birthday too, so cake and bubbles are most likely being consumed here as you read this....

Last week in #LC-land, @akx was in the house, busting out a vintage electro mix courtesy of I-F's "Mixed Up In The Hague Vol.1" which got the assembled busting moves all over the place. Thanks to Aarni for the selection and for sailing the frisb across to @JimMcCauley who is here with this week's intro...

"I've been sitting on this one for over a year; I nearly picked it back in January 2017, but it had only just been released and I wasn't quite sure about it. 13 months and many plays later, I'm reasonably sure about it.

"It's a sound that evokes terrifying old kids' TV show such as Children of the Stones and Timeslip, and watching them on grey Sunday afternoons with a slight fever making everything seem that bit more plausible. It takes all the weird, unsettling bits of psychedelia, prog and folk, mixes them up a bit and shows them to you through a modern lens with a completely straight face.

"Basically, if Scarfolk had a soundtrack, it would be this album. Enjoy!"

Okaydoke. Direct download is here, and the HearMySpoilers stream is below:

See you at 8pm GMT for playback.