Sunday, 20 May 2018

The Listening Club - 20th May 2018

Hey there folks,

Hope all is going good for you all. A mighty fine day here in Amsterdam, which is much appreciated, as there's a free world music fest happening this afternoon in the Vondelpark, and a slice of live Italian soundtrack grooves courtesy of Calibro 35 to follow after, so it's all hands to the pumps right now...

Last week, @samsmitter was in the chair, smoothing us out in unexpected ways with his pick of "Classic Mellow Mastercuts Vol.2" by those legendary multi-billion sellers, Various Artists. Thanks to Sam for the mellow vibes, and for sailing the frisb across London to @ohmyliver, who's right here with tonight's intro...

"So I caught the fabled Listening Club frisbee  What to pick? 

Been listening to a bit of Drill, the newish sound of disaffected youth, which has emerged from Brixton in the last couple of years.  If you don’t know it, it’s the more trap influenced child of Grime, with the angry electronic innovation of youth making music with whatever they can get hold off like the PlayStation’s Music 2000 replaced by a less interesting heavy influence of US trap beats, and bars glorifying the behavior that manifests in things like the wave of stabbings and shootings by London youth.  Fear not I didn’t pick an example of this genre. Not out of Daily Mailesque moral panic, but because I don’t find the genre that interesting, probably because I’m too old.

A couple of weeks ago I badgered, in a fanboy way, Lawrence from Felt/Denim/Go Kart Mozart on the 55 bus as it slinked westwards from Old Street roundabout.  It was slightly depressing, especially as I love his work, to see a man seemingly shrunken by the disconnection between his talent and how much fame and success he actually got. He repeatedly asked if I had brought any of his records, and told me to buy his new record (he was on his way back from recording in Stokie) a number of times. As a consequence I’ve been adding to his Spotify play count whilst at work.  But I presume everyone’s familiar with his work, so didn’t pick any of that.

I did think about picking an album by Scott Bradlee’s Post Modern Juke Box, but whilst I love their cover of Bizarre Love Triangle, the rest of their stuff in all of its late-night talkshow knowing cleverness grates after a few songs.  

So I went for this, released last year.  It’s sort of post-dubstep Techno, done by the ex flatmate of Bristol’s Pinch (who’s track Qawwali is one of my favourite tracks from the ‘00s) who has veered away from Dubstep to something more Techno, because in parts, it has the feel of music that should be experienced to the backdrop of a still stimulated, but yawning, dawn of a sunny summer day.  Which, err, might or might not work at 8pm on a Sunday evening, but in parts it’s very good."

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

See you at 8pm BST (GMT+1)

Sunday, 13 May 2018

The Listening Club - 13th May 2018

Greetings and salutations,

Hope you're all doing fine. Amsterdam has lobbed a wet grey day out after a glorious week, sadly curtailing any outdoor perching, which is a shame, so instead I'm inside working my way through a pile of art films looking for bits and bobs to appropriate, as I'm wont to do.

Chez #LC, last week, @eastvanhalen was in the chair, taking us down to New Orleans with her pick of Dumpstaphunk "Live at 2011 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival", which was a funkin' good time for all assembled. Thanks to her for the pick, and for sailing the frisb back over to London, where @samsmitter is waiting with this week's intro...

"My pick today is one of a series of CD compilations that I started to collect in the early 90s. These were very clearly a labour of love for the compiler, this much was obvious from the detailed liner notes, careful selection, and overall quality of production. It seemed very much like one man's mission to share his 12" collection with the world in the new CD era. As well as being full of great music, these things introduced me to a lot of artists and made me listen in a new way to stuff I might have turned my nose up at ten years earlier. The compilations covered different musical genres, and this one had a somewhat spurious "genre" as its heading, but it works, and of all of them on my shelf (and latterly, on my phone) it is the one I've gone back to the most. Hope you enjoy it! Sam x"

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

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

Sunday, 6 May 2018

The Listening Club - 6th May 2018

Greetings folks,

Hope you're all fine. Blisteringly lovely weather has landed here in Amsterdam, so as soon as this is tapped out, I'm heading off into it!...

... and returning a good few hours later to see if the tunes have arrived. Which they have.

Last week it was me, @kleptones, in the chair, sending you into space and back again via "Planetarium", a collaboration between Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly & James McAlister, which most of you seemed to enjoy / endure. Kinda happy about that, and also happy to sail the frisb across to Vancouver, where @eastvanhalen is waiting with this week's intro...

"I just got to spend a couple of brilliant weeks in New Orleans, where you can't turn your head without finding a jaw-dropping gig. 

This is a band I managed not to get to, because there were too many other shows and I couldn't go to all of them. This album makes me want to go back immediately and see them, and then do it all over again."

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

Enjoy the weather if you got it, and we'll see you on the veranda at 8pm BST (GMT+1) for a sundowner...

Sunday, 29 April 2018

The Listening Club - 29th April 2018

Greetings folks.

Hope you're all doing fine. Gently does it here in Amsterdam, as we're still slowly recovering from a typically random and wayward Kings Day on Friday, which managed to just avoid being a washout (hooray for local weather patterns), but was still full of the chaos that we all know and love... and pay for after.

Last week @xpollen8 was in the chair, delivering an indie supergroup concept album in the shape of Pfarmers' "Our Puram", which went down rather well indeed. Many thanks to David for the pick, and for flipping the frisbee across to me, @kleptones. So here we go...

"I have to admit I had this album already earmarked a while ago, but it was definitely a surprise to be chosen to follow @xpollen8's pick, as there are quite a few similarities to his selection. It's another concept album (albeit a concept somewhat looser in narrative than previous), created by another bunch of folks who don't normally work together, one of whom even has a direct link with someone from his pick. However I think the similarities end there.

Hearing this for the first time a few months ago had me grinning like an idiot in parts, raising my eyebrows in parts, metaphorically "looking at my watch" in parts, and wondering if I'd skipped to a completely different album by accident once or twice. All of these qualities making it an ideal pick for this here shebang.

It's not a short album, so I apologise if you're time-strapped tonight. But I hope there'll be something within that you'll appreciate. Dim the lights, crack open a bottle, and let's give it a go."

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

See you at 8pm BST (GMT+1)

Sunday, 22 April 2018

The Listening Club - 22nd April 2018

Hey folks,

Tapping this out a day early, as the weather is still pretty damn good, and I've got a personal anniversary to attend to tomorrow, so apologies for the brevity! Onwards...

Last week that @wojsvenwoj was in the chair, presenting some angular abstract hip-hop in the form of Nnamdi Ogbonnaya's "Drool", which hit the spot for many. Thanks to Woj for the pick and for sailing the frisb across to @xpollen8, who's here waiting with this week's intro...

"This little concept album concerns the experience of living in a rural Oregon commune in the early 80's. This record - inexplicably -  has not been the soundtrack of the recent Rajneeshi coverage."

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

See you at 8pm BST (GMT+1)

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).