Sunday, 13 August 2017

The Listening Club - 13th August 2017

Greetings folks,

Hope you're all doing fine. Another recovery Sunday here in Amsterdam, following a rather raucous boat party last night featuring my first DJ set for absolutely ages, which went down very well indeed, I'm pleased to say. So a gentle day is in order, more about that in a moment...

Last week chez #LC @Holette was in the chair, delivering a rather unexpectedly groovy treat in the shape of Moon Diagrams (aka Deerhunter's Moses Archuleta) "Lifetime Of Love". Many thanks to Sarah for the pick, and for flipping the frisbo back across to me, @kleptones, so here I am again with the intro...

"Right, yes, so as I was saying, a gentle day. After receiving the frisbee last week, and knowing what I was going to be doing the day before the playback (see above), this one was going to be a mellow pick by personal necessity. 

I've always had a soft spot for a certain kind of guitar instrumentalist, folks like John Fahey, Michael Rother, Vini Reilly, James Blackshaw that manage to blend incredible technique with a truly idiosyncratic musical worldview. This (reasonalbly new) artist fits that lineage perfectly, making a sound that manages to be familiar yet still deeply personal, which is quite a trick to pull off, and he pulls it off very well indeed, I think. 

For your enhanced listening pleasure, I'd advise a comfy chair or sofa to sprawl on, some dim lighting and a bottle of full-bodied red to accompany.

Hope you enjoy!"

Reety-ho. Direct download is here, and the HearBeSpoilers stream is below:


See you at 8pm BST (GMT+1)


Sunday, 6 August 2017

The Listening Club - 6th August 2017

Greetings folks,

Tapping away very gently here, as yesterday's fun and frolics at Amsterdam Pride have given way to today's inevitable hangover deluxe. Short and sweet is the order of the day for the intro, as the sofa is beckoning...

Last week, @ohmyliver was in the chair, sending us all far out with his pick of Psychic TV's "Jack The Tab". Many thanks to Oli for the selection and for sailing the frisb across to Snowdonia, where @Holette is waiting with this week's intro...

"The last couple of Listening Club picks put me in mind of countless happy nights lost in music on the dance floor, but wanting to hear something less hectic, more dreamy.

I've settled on something a little darker and a lot newer than the dance music maestro who first sprang to mind. Another time maybe. This album invites introspection but it's also led me to explore more music made by this artist in his better known band.

Some tracks are hypnotic but I think there's enough surprises thrown in to keep it lively. 

Drinking Club recommendation: In an ideal world I'd have a Tuscan Mule" 

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


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

Sunday, 30 July 2017

The Listening Club - 30th July 2017

How do folks,

End of July already? Dammit, summer flying by as usual. Although here in Amsterdam it's settled into the usual pattern of stormy showers and patches of sunshine. As long as it's warm enough for shorts, tho, it's fine by me...

Last week, chez #LC, that @JimMcCauley was casting a successful charm in the form of The Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu's legendary "1987 (What The Fuck Is Going On?)", which, yes, sounds rather dated by today's standards, but it's homespun charm and gleeful theivery still managed to delight and boggle the assembled in equal measures. Thanks to Jim for the pick, and for sliding the frisbee down the M4 to South London, where @ohmyliver is waiting with this week's pre-match...

"Ah, what to pick.  Spotify is pretty much my constant companion at work, but most of my favourite recent finds I've found are either tracks from singles,, or gems from super long double CD compilations,  Which is a shame as things like the John Morales M&M mix of Ladybug, or the Special Request VIP remix of Hackney Parrot, or even the Shy FX remix of Golddust  really have rocked my world in the last couple of months.   Then there's all the albums which are interesting, but are let down by a couple of tracks, like The Dirtbombs album of garage punk covers of Detroit techno, or the albums that are way too long for this, despite their brilliance like Aretha's Amazing Grace. 

So, I went and chose something in keeping with last week pick.  Also late 80s.  Also innovative with its use of samples.  It purports to be 'acid house' but it's not really that like the 303 washed house coming out of Chicago at the time.  'This is like xxx on acid' is one of my most disliked lazy journalism clichés, but this album is actually fairly close to the lysergic wierding of sound in parts.  It has a sister album, which is more accessible, and more like acid house in a lot of its tracks, and entertainingly makes use of samples like 'yummy yummy yummy, I've got love in my tummy', but that is up on youtube, and this is not, so... 

Seeing the band live was one of my most memorable gigs.  Mainly because it was the night Gulf War 1 broke out, The lead singer announced on stage, mid set, that America had just started bombing Iraq, a woman at the back of the audience started freaking out, and the lead singer calmed her down by a terse and sweary explanation of the relative unlikelyhood of Saddam targeting the Zap club with his SCUDs."

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


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

Sunday, 23 July 2017

The Listening Club - 23rd July 2017

Greetings and salutations, folks.

Hope you're all doing fine. A week of gentle Amsterdam calm was disrupted earlier today by a ticket rush for a certain event in Liverpool in a month's time, which, against all the odds, will now see myself and @JimMcCauley join up alongside 398 other rather interesting people with absolutely no idea of what the fuck is about to go on. Meanwhile, normal life continues, so off to the supermarket we go....

...Back from the super, and last week in #LC land wor @nessiest was in the chair, introducing us all to the world of Aldous Harding via her album "Party", which went down rather well with most of the assemblage, and seemed to be tolerated by the rest. Thanks to Vanessa for the pick and for sailing that frisb across to the aforementioned @JimMcCauley, who wrote this earlier today by way of introduction...

"Tonight's pick isn't the first time that this lot have graced the #listeningclub decks, and I doubt it'll be the last. It'll be familiar to at least one of you, and I'm giving it an airing for two main reasons: first, we've recently passed a pretty significant anniversary of its release; and second, it's by way of an offering. One that, by the time you read this, will almost certainly have failed, but why the heck not, eh?

Thirdly, of course, it's a bit of a rarity that earned some small notoriety in its day, and while you can find this on YouTube in seconds, the thought probably never really occurred to you, so now's your chance. It's ripped from my bootleg vinyl, and you can tell in places that it's had a lot of plays over the years; nevertheless, I've yet to find a better-sounding version of it online. It's the sound of people just starting to meddle in forces they cannot possibly comprehend, it's gloriously uneven, so of its time in places it's almost painful, and I absolutely fucking love it.

Enjoy!"

Right then, direct download is here, and the HearBeSpoilers stream is below:


See you at 8pm BST (GMT+1)

Sunday, 16 July 2017

The Listening Club - 16th July 2017

Greetings folks,

Hope you're all doing well. Pretty much settled in a summer groove here in Amsterdam, for the most part, enjoying the sunball when it pokes its head out, finding random entertaining outdoor things to do here and there, giggling at twitter idiots affronted by a female Dr. Who, or simply perching on the stoop with a beer, watching the world go by when all else fails. Simple pleasures, eh?

Last week chez #LC @xpollen8 was in the chair, impressing the assembled with his pick of Isak's "Love Is A Panopticon". Many thanks to him for the pick, and for sailing the frisb across to @Nessiest, who, after some quite major deliberation, is here with this week's intro...

"I read a comment online earlier this year, that referenced a point tonight’s artist had made in an interview elsewhere. I can’t remember who the commenter was, or even what it was about. But it was a good point being made and I was intrigued. So I looked up the artist, read interviews, listened - and I know the exact date I stumbled across this artist, because she was playing a gig in Amsterdam that same day, quite a coincidence, in a teeny tiny venue on the furthest edge of the city… and it was thoroughly sold out. 

She’s been on my list of Listening Club potential picks since, although this weekend  I had difficulty deciding between two possibilities, the other being an artist recommended by someone from Radiohead. If they’re good enough for Radiohead, well, they must be pretty shit hot in my books. And they are, but will have to wait for another time. Because I’m treating you to what I called “morbid folk” earlier today. Which doesn’t do it justice. Intense, yes, morbid, sometimes. Occasionally disturbing, achingly beautiful, intelligent and likely to be divisive. But it keeps drawing me in. I want to re-listen and hear more. 

Tonight’s #drinkingclub recommendation - whatever you consider medicinal."

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


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


Sunday, 9 July 2017

The Listening Club - 9th July 2017

Morning all,

Tapping this out a little earlier than usual, as the gleaming golden Sun has decided to grace us with it's presence, so really we should be making for the outside while it lasts. Meanwhile inside will be recording the live stream from BlueDot Festival for later consumption (and possible @EmmaPrice spotting). Yesterday delivered fine sets from Orbital & Radiophonic Workshop, today has former #LC pick Anna Meredith amongst others. Good to see a UK festival other than Glastonbury doing some decent live streaming too!

Last week chez #LC,  @SimonLandmine was in the chair, trying out something a bit different, but naggingly familiar, with his pick of Linda Perry's "In Flight". Many thanks to him for the pick and for sailing the frisb across to @xpollen8 who is here with this week's intro...

"In 2012, I stumbled across a curious youtube video that tickled me in all the right places: off-kilter lyrics, non-traditional chord structure and arrangement. Not quite noise, not quite pop, a bit of glitch. Not yet a master of the form, but having immense fun and sharing a seat on the ride. Bookmarked.

Unfortunately, no more material was uploaded to youtube. An accompanying blog also remained un-updated, then disappeared.

5 years later, I got a hit on the artist's name, and boy has he been busy: 10 self-released albums, with a thrilling progression and retention of that crucial curiosity, experimentation, and humor.

Keep in mind as you listen that this artist is young (class of '18) and his first release was 7 years ago! His eyes are wide open and he's in that place where magic happens.

If you dig it, be sure to throw some love his way!"

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

See you at 8pm BST (GMT+1)

Sunday, 2 July 2017

The Listening Club - 2nd July 2017

Greetings folks,

Hope you're all well and good. Yep, we're back from the funny farm, in one piece and very happy. Indeed this year's festival definitely ranks up there with the very best, combining pretty decent weather (especially compared to last year's mudfest), a uniformly positive mood amongst the troops (again compared to last year's Brexit referendum mid-fest downer), and truly supreme quality music, from Napalm Death early on Thursday evening thru to Addison Groove in the small hours of Monday morning. It was all really the jolliest fun imaginable, and naturally followed this week by the wobbly back-to-earth happy-yet-sad demob that inevitably follows. Que sera...

Big thanks to @JimMcCauley for holding the fort last week and delivering a mighty fine #FirstGigVortex to boot, and thanks to everyone for chipping in their formative experiences. Most enlightening, for sure. Week before saw @SimonLandmine left clutching the frisb, and here he is with this week's intro...

"This album is one that I've enthusiastically shared with a number of people over the years, and now you get to join that number. It's one of the albums that I've rescued from languishing in charity shops, when I've seen it on the shelves, in order to pass it on to people who I think might appreciate it. It's not really got any floor-filling club track - it's not that kind of album - but it's definitely one worth running through decent speakers.

I'm not entirely sure when my first copy joined my shelves - I think it was probably fairly soon after release, possibly from the clearance rack of the local independent music store. It wasn't a great seller at the time, partly because it wasn't the product the record company had been hoping for, the artist having split from their previous band. They then went on to make a bigger reputation for themselves over the years than they had with that band, though, and the album has since been re-released (although not by the original label). One of the tracks off this album did make it onto a film soundtrack, though (and was probably one of the standout tracks from a soundtrack that was
better than the film it accompanied). Hope you folks enjoy it.

#drinkingclub: Hmmm, not sure. I mostly only drink cider. Or mead. Neither of which seem entirely appropriate for this one. I'd say it's probably one for an inexpensive full-bodied red. Maybe more than one bottle. Once empty the bottles can join the others with candle stubs in the necks. And for one of the tracks (you'll know the one when it comes), you might want to switch to a bottle of something punchy in a brown paper bag, for outdoor drinking."

Right then. Direct download is here, and the old spoiler-ridden HearThis stream is below:


See you at 8pm BST (GMT+1)

Sunday, 25 June 2017

The Listening Club - 25th June 2017

Evening all! @kleptones – along with other #listeningclub chums – is away at CorbynFest 2017 this weekend, so once again it's @JimMcCauley at your service, observing my annual ritual of not going to Glastonbury despite it being only a 40 minute drive away. Looks like they're having a nice day of it there, despite some pretty horrid drizzle this morning; me, I've been doing some washing and ranking the most powerful video game characters of all time. Gots to earn a living.

So, let's see, last week it was @saucer in the hot seat, taking us back to Old London Town with the Small Faces' "Ogden's Nut Gone Flake", which put some pretty big grins on the assembled faces, all told. Deep joy. Thanks to Murray for the pick, and for hoofing the frisball at @SimonLandmine, who has the luxury of an extra week to agonise over his pick.

Because yes, it's the #FirstGigVortex! 15 tracks inspired by our first live music experiences, possibly when we were a bit too young to know better. It's splendidly eclectic and poptastic collection, folks; I'd expect nothing else from us.

Direct download's here, and the spoilerific HearThis stream's below:


See you at 8PM! BST!

Sunday, 18 June 2017

The Listening Club - 18th June 2017

Greetings folks,

Hope you're doing well and good, which in this particular section of the sphere probably involves a cool, possibly alcoholic, drink under some sort of outdoor shade. Yes indeed, Monsieur Le Heatwave has come to visit, broiling us all in 30°C temperatures. All very lovely, and personally pleasing as it means Glastonbury is looking like being far less of a mudbath than in previous years - there are some showers forecast, but it's been dry as a bone there for weeks, so in these temperatures they're probably going to be welcomed by both the punters and the parched countryside alike...

Next Sunday, whilst I cavort on Worthy Farm, @JimMcCauley will be running the #firstgigvortex, so we call upon you all to dig out prime examples of your first gig experience and pass them on to himself, please and thankyou!

Last week, @akx was in the chair, fruitlooping everyone with his pick of Asa-Chang & Junray's "Jun Ray Song Chang". Many thanks to him for the pick, and for sailing the frisbo across to @saucer, who's here with this week's pre-match...

"I once had a musical friend named Peter who DJ'd at the club where I worked. He played records between the live sets. Peter was also the manager at a record store named after two albums (one by Skip Spence, one by Roy Harper). 

Above the record store was an apartment where Peter lived along with his girlfriend Linda. Linda turned me on to Vladimir Nabokov. Her brother did sound for NNB and, after I left Minneapolis, went on to play bass with them. I spent a lot of time in Peter's apartment listening to records from Wire, Paul McCartney, Public Image, and The Only Ones. 

Sometimes I would drive Peter and Linda around town and they'd navigate. I'd say, "Straight?" They'd say, "Forward, never straight."

Peter introduced me to countless fantastic albums. One of those was tonight's selection.

This album is very much of its time but still sounds fresh to me. If you listen on headphones, or especially then, you might have some time-travel production-esthetics adaptation in store. 

Drinking club members: something vintage. 

I can't wait to hear how this hits your ears if you haven't heard it, or your history with the album if you have."

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


See you at 8pm BST!

Sunday, 11 June 2017

The Listening Club - 11th June 2017

Greetings folks,

Hope you're good. No need to comment much on the political turmoil that has hit the UK this week, sure you're all aware that things are currently more chaotic than ever in Blighty. Who knows how this is going to play out, but personally hoping that long-term damage is kept to a minimum before the tide finally turns... and that that tide turns sooner rather than later.

Last week @samsmitter came up with the fine idea of a #myfirstgigvortex, which, appealing to the majority like the absolute boy, is now slotted in for Sunday 25th June. The man @JimMcCauley will be running it, as I'll be away in a (hopefully not too soggy) field down near Pilton. So, what we need from you before then are audio mementos of your first concert experiences, whatever they may have been. Should be quite an eye-opener this one...

Also last week, @cakehugga was in the chair, boggling the faithful with some oddball Mancunian psych courtesy of The Sisters Of Transistors' "At The Ferranti Institute". Many thanks to her for the pick, and for sailing the frisb across to the ever-punning @akx, who's here with this week's intro...

"I'm still terrible at writing anything thoughtful for these blurbs, so I'll keep it short.

You might have heard the opening track somewhere, but the band has otherwise kinda flown under the radar (at least in these parts?), so you probably haven't heard the rest.

Fun fact: While trying to narrow down my shortlist of choices to, well, this one, I came across a Discogs review that describes some of the tracks as "circus on acid" and "freaky festival". So there's that.

#drinkingclub: sake or umeshu might be too obvious"

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



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

Sunday, 4 June 2017

The Listening Club - 4th June 2017

Greetings folks,

Hope you're all doing as well as can be, as per. We're feeling culturally fulfilled here following a couple of days down in Maastricht, enjoying fine weather and artistic delights courtesy of Stanley Donwood and Raymond Pettibon. A very chill and enjoyable time indeed. Speaking of excursions, don't forget I'm off to Glastonbury in three weeks time, so looking for a temporary custodian here for Sunday 25th June. Let me know if you can help!

In the land of #LC, last week @wojsvenwoj was in the chair, dazzling the assembled with a pick of "Love Waves" by Veda Hille, which went down rather well indeed. Many thanks to him for the pick and for flipping the frisb across to @CakeHugga, who is here with this week's intro...

"So the last few weeks have been a little crazy to say the least. The Manchester bomb (where 22 innocent people were killed and 116 injured) after attending a gig at the Manchester Arena has played large on my psyche.

I first moved to Manchester 20 years ago as a fresh-faced student - excited for the possibilities of this city and for myself.

Music was always a draw for me – I lived for gigs and live music and found plenty of venues (big and small) in this city. I loved the buzz, the meeting of like-minded people, the shared beautiful experiences.

One of my fears after the bomb is that people will be scared to go to gigs and there will be a generation of kids who don’t get to experience the highs of a crowd of hundreds or thousands all singing along at the top of their voices, the shared magical energy.

I wanted to choose an album this week by a band I’ve seen live in Manchester as this city has given me so many fantastic gig memories. It was hard to whittle the bands down to a shortlist. I’d almost decided on another album when I remembered this band and the fabulous experience of seeing them live.

They are undoubtedly musically talented but I really remember the visual beauty of the gig – 4 of them wearing what I can only describe as space age kimonos. I have never experienced anything quite like this gig and it shines bright in my memory.

This band have eclectic influences, their sound veering between 70s horror soundtrack to upbeat sing-a-long choruses.

This is a band formed in Manchester and I hope that the youngsters of Manchester (and everywhere else) don’t give into those who want to stop us living bold, bright, lives full of shared experiences and connections with others.

I hope it will lead to toe tapping, head nodding and slipper shuffling wherever you are listening. 

Enjoy!"

Okaydoke. Direct download is here, and the stream-of-spoilers is below:


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

Sunday, 28 May 2017

The Listening Club - 28th May 2017

Greetings folks,

Hope you're all doing as well as can be expected. Here in Amstersam we're recovering from a scorching weekend, with a weather blip giving us a glorious few days, topping out at 34°C yesterday, Needless to say barbecues and cold beers have been the order of the days, along with a couple of gigs, one mighty fine one from Jim Jones and his new band The Righteous Mind, and one not so fine one from Kamixlo (backing track, wall of fog & going "wawawa" into a mic synth = must try harder). All very well and groovy.

Last week, @MrHig was in the chair, fucking with conventions and minds with his collision of Taylor Swift's "1989" and Ryan Adams' cover of the same, along with a guest appearence by Screaming Females, which caused the expected range of emotional responses. Thanks to Matt for the experience, and for flipping the frisb across the pond to @wojsvenwoj, who is right here with this week's intro...

"Even when not sitting in the captain's chair, I'm always thinking about what album to pick -- as I'm sure most of you do as well. I've ascertained from reading these little introductory vignettes that selecting favorites - artists, albums, genres -- seems to be something shied away from. I can understand that and have doen the same myself. That's not to say what I've selected previously are not albums I'm invested in or that my self-worth is tied up in your reactions to them but I've not felt like putting something I'm really attached to out there I guess. Maybe just wanted to ease into it? Who knows, really.

In any case, figured it was time to shift that paradigm (sorry) so here is the latest record by one of my favorite artists. I don't seem to have as much time for listening as I used to so even though the album has been out for a year, I'm still learning it. It has a strange pace but I think it fits the mood of where she is in her artistic life, straddling the line between writing pop music and works for theatre, as well as her personal life. And this is a fairly personal album. I hope you enjoy it."

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

See you 8pm BST (GMT+1)

Sunday, 21 May 2017

The Listening Club - 21st May 2017

Morning folks,

Rather an early hour for me to be tapping this out, but providing the day's weather turns out nice, there's a pleasant day of lounging in the Vondelpark listening to oddball world music to be had, so better discharge my responsibilities and get this up and out before the beer starts to flow, eh?

Last week @RougeForever was in the chair, jigging and reeling the assembled with her pick of DeVotchKa's "How It Ends" before sailing the frisbaton across to the other side of the sofa, landing in the lap of @MrHig, who has this to say by way of introduction...

"I always said to myself that I wouldn’t be one of those Listening Clubbers that gets cheeky and breaks the rules. To the extent that there are rules. I might have made up the rules myself. In any case, I’ve only gone and done it. Sorry. I hope you’ll be able to forgive me.

What is the history of music, or of popular music? As time winds inexorably down are you one of those who believes music gets worse and worse with each new generation? That the best music is behind us and that today can’t hold a candle to the tunes of twenty or thirty years back? Is it your belief that music peaked in the decade of your birth, maybe the decade after, when you properly got into music? Or perhaps it’s a few decades back from before you were born. But not too far back, right? I mean no-one’s out here rating the thirties or fourties. Unless you’re a particular fan of Charlestons.

Does it depress you that the music of today, the chart landfill, may well be held up as a shining example of all mankind and music had to offer in a few short decades time? Is Ed Sheeran going to be considered the Dylan of his day?

I don’t think there’s anything to fear about modern day music. Even modern day pop music. Even modern day, mainstream pop music. Even CHART music. There’re gems everywhere if you look close enough.

We won’t be looking at Ed Sheeran.

It may not always be easy to tell what is going to last, what will stand the test of time. Maybe if you can look at the bare bones of a song - see a song reduced to lumps of clay and refashioned again along the same lines, but different - you can tell whether there was anything there to begin with.

Now BOGOF."

Right then. Direct download is here, and the old HearThis stream is below:


See you at 8pm BST (GMT+1)

Sunday, 14 May 2017

The Listening Club - 14th May 2017

Hey there folks,

Hope you're all doing fine. Amsterdam has a case of the late April showers and (equally late) blossom "snow" clogging the streets and causing many sneezes, but inbetween those there's fun to be had as usual. Meanwhile the rest of Europe reels from the shock of Eurovision being won by a regular-looking guy standing still on a stage singing a nice song in his own language. No shooting flames, no dancing violinists, no gorillas. Whatever is the world coming to, eh?

Last week chez #LC, @101retstum was in the chair, stoking the 90s revival flames with his pick of Chumbawamba's "Swingin' With Raymond", which sent some toes tapping and others reaching for the earplugs. The kind of reaction I'm sure the band would approve of. Thanks to Gareth for the pick, and for flipping the frisb across to @RougeForever, who's here, now, yes, with this week's introduction...

"It's been a great weekend for international music and for international music lovers.  Fantastic to see how Eurovision brings us all together, absolutely unified around one key idea... the wrong song won.

This album, from 2004 (just the 13 years ago then?) contains much of the best of the European ideal - multi-lingualism, multi-culturalism and of course, a sousaphone.  There are no borders here, just beautiful music which scales the peaks of joy and plumbs the depths of despair in just under an hour.

Many of you will have heard these songs before.   A couple of years after release some of them were used on one of those cool indie films that people love as much for the score and soundtrack as the film itself.  And the title track has been used in one of those big console games.  So yeah, it's not just me that likes this. 

We saw this band play this live - and they were amazing.  This gig also featured the best shout of support from the audience ever - at one point a guy just shouted SOUSAPHONE!!!!  To this day I often feel like shouting that at bands during breaks between songs. 

Anyway, I just fancied listening to this record again, and when I came downstairs yesterday and Matt was streaming one of the songs it cemented my decision.  

Drinking recommendation?  Biere, du vin, ginebra, aperol - celebrate diversity!"

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

See you at 8pm BST (GMT+1)


Sunday, 7 May 2017

The Listening Club - 7th May 2017

Salutations folks,

Hope you're doing okay, here in Amsterdam things are ticking over nicely as the weather tries to start the gentle switch from spring to summer, the country celebrates it's annual Liberation Day allowing us to catch a free show from Bombino (great) and Alpha Blondy (bit cheesy but slick) and minds turn to planning festival fun and frolics to come (don't forget I'm away end of June for Glastonbury as per the usual)...

Last week chez #LC, @cdrose_writer was in the chair, conjuring up The Memory Band's fine "A Fair Field", which seemed to be over far too quickly for the assembled enjoyers, but welcome nonetheless. Many thanks to Chris for the pick, and for sailing the frisb across to @101retstum, who has this to say, by way of introduction...

"For some reason, this time when I received the frisbaton I knew almost straight away what album I wanted to share. Unfortunately it turned out I didn't own it any more. Such things are easily rectified although it was something of an eyeopener seeing how much the original pressings are going for on Amazon marketplace... but anyway I digress.

The band that we are about to hear are difficult to describe without giving away who they are. Part folk, part "other", they were unique enough at the time to catch my attention and that of a number of my friends, putting this band among the few that I saw play live in the fair city of Hull.

The album is very much a game of two halves, and intentionally so. Released well into the age of CDs, this is more of an LP where there should be a gap in the middle where you get up and turn the record over. In fact, the original pressing was a double CD, presumably to emphasis the partition and imitate this nostalgic act.

For a drinking companion you're probably going to want a strong folky cider, drunk from the bottle, along with several cigarettes if you're that way inclined."

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


See you 8pm BST (GMT+1) for playback.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

The Listening Club - 30th April 2017

Greetings folks,

Hope you're all doing fine. Here in Amsterdam, King's Day passed relatively gently, more due to the freezing temperatures than anything else. At least it stayed dry. Of course, now that's out the way the sun's back out with a vengeance, so the day has been spent scraping the off-season grime from the outer half of the windows, and welcoming light back into the house. Typical Sunday behaviour for a change...

Last week @samsmitter was in the chair, taking us back to the world of budget CD samplers with his pick of "This Is Charly R&B", which resulted in much bopping from the assembled. Thanks to Sam for the pick, and for flipping the frisb across to @cdrose_writer, who is here with this week's introduction...

"I’m always going to love a record which includes a bibliography, especially if it’s a bibliography which includes such choice tomes as Michael Drayton’s 1612 ‘Poly-Olbion,’ the poet Geoffrey Hill’s ‘Mercian Hymns’ and Rachel Hewitt’s recent book about the history of the Ordnance Survey and map-making.

This is a record for this time of year, when (here in the UK at least), we’ve spent the week being battered by an arctic blast of hail, yet can also see the days lasting well into the evening.   It contains an oblique reference to a classic piece of 70s tv folk horror, a quotation from an early English poem, and one ‘Trad arr.’  It is a very English record, and I hope global Listening Clubbers don’t find it parochial.  I need a reason to love England right now.  This record, at least, gives me one.

Drinking recommendation:  a strong ale, cloudy cider or some ridiculous home-made wine."

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


See you at 8pm BST (GMT+1)

Sunday, 23 April 2017

The Listening Club - 23rd April 2017

Greetings folks,

Hope all is well in your zones. Not doing too bad here in Amsterdam, nursing a small birthday hangover from yesterday, saving the big one for Kings Day later in the week, naturally, even though the awesome early spring weather has decided to crap out just as the local party season gets going, but hey, we'll make the most of it as we always do. Hip-flasks at the ready...

Last week I was away indulging in some fine brews in Bruges (and chancing upon a highly impressive show by Lubomyr Melnyk along the way) so that man @JimMcCauley was here running things, many thanks to him for hosting @EastVanHalen's pick of Prince's last album "Hit N Run Phase 2", which went down very well with the assembled, or at least so it seemed from Bruges... Many thanks to Steph for the pick, and for sailing the frisbee back across the ocean to @SamSmitter, who is here with this week's pre-match...

"These days I often bore my children with stories of the dim distant days before pretty much all music was freely available at all times on any number of devices. Back in the day, I tell them, I would even sometimes buy music based purely on its low price. As with most things, this was almost always a mistake, evidenced to this day by a good box full of obscure-for-a-good-reason vinyl including bargain bucket gems like Cola Boy's difficult second 12 inch single. The one major exception to this was the magnificent tradition of the label sampler album. These were usually albums full of great and surprising tracks costing something like £1.99. My pick today is an early sampler CD, one that I wore out, and that was my first introduction to many legendary artists. Still giving good value today. I hope you enjoy it! Sam x "

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

See you at 8pm BST (GMT+1) for playback!

Sunday, 16 April 2017

The Listening Club – 16th April 2017

And a very happy Easter to you all, if that's your thing. @JimMcCauley at your service, while @kleptones is off on his travels. I'm celebrating Zombie Jesus Day by sitting here writing about wireless gaming headsets, which are a lot more interesting than you might imagine. Yes.

Last week @saucer blew us all away with his choice of Horse Lords' 3rd album, Interventions, which proved to be an unexpectedly beautiful noise that prompted a few instant purchases and at least one LP order. Good work, there. So thanks to Murray for the pick, and for sailing the old frisbaton at @EastVanHalen, who's been away for a while. No, not in that sense. At least as far as I know. Anyway, here she is with this week's pick.

"Hola to the Listening Club massive! It's been far too long.

"I've been taking a boo at what's happened in LC Land during my time away, and thinking about all the artists we've lost over that time. When I think about what this artist finally left us with I feel impossibly sad. No grand valedictory like Bowie. Not something that stands with his greatest work. But this album feels to me like the work of an artist who was trying to struggle out of isolation into the world again. The first track, especially, breaks my heart because it points to what more he might have been -- a voice joined to others in struggle, in an increasingly perilous world.

"Rest in power."

So then we are having. Direct download is here, and the HearThis stream (which will spoil the fuck out of shit if you click through, so don't do that) is just down there.



See you at 8PM BST!

Sunday, 9 April 2017

The Listening Club - 9th April 2017

Hey there,

Hope all is fine with you all. Yet again the weather here in Amsterdam defies expectations, currently being a glorious 20 degrees of sunball, so I think a little perch on the stoop or maybe a stroll in the park is in order once this has been tapped out. Don't forget I'm away next weekend, still looking for a volunteer to run things in my absence - if you can help, please let me know!

Last week @nessiest was in the chair, rocking out in a trippy way with her pick of "La Araña Es La Vida" by Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds, which was very well received by the assembled. Many thanks to her for the pick and for sailing the frisbaton across the seas to @saucer, who has this to say by way of introduction...

"@nessiest Thank you? The frisbatonmatron is always a bit like the red pill.

But, and actually, there's very little better in my life than a reason to go exploring and shopping for music. And whatever else this planet is, if the only damn good thing that came out of it was sound art (and it's not... but even if it were), what an absolutely amazing and wondrous place.

(Just the music released in the past couple of weeks. Wow. Y'all know this. I forgot, apparently, this is how it goes, stuck head down as I've been in work and in politics-bullshit-obsession for too long.)

So, thank you @nessiest. And given that all y'all are still reading I suppose I should say a word about my pick.

I usually aim for dark corners of the musical labyrinth but this time not. This band has justly received exposure from all the usual suspects and has earned a huge/devoted following over the past five years. What I love about this recent piece is its essential musicality and its gestalt. Perfect qualities for our listening club format, I hope. To my ears, it's also their best (as in fascinating yet visceral) album.

I think it's quite funny that discogs.com classifies this as "Rock."

Volume & good stereo separation (e.g. headphones) recommended. 

Hope you like it."

Okaydoke. Direct download is here, and the HearThis stream is below...



See you at 8pm BST (GMT+1)

Sunday, 2 April 2017

The Listening Club - 2nd April 2017

Greetings,

Hope you're all good and well. Weather continues to be rather lush here in Amsterdam, with the local press doing lots of "hottest day since records began" articles, which is a little disturbing on the old global warming front, but nice on the sitting-outside-with-a-beer front. Speaking of which, yet again I have to mention I'm going to be away, this time on Easter weekend, so if anyone can help out and run this thing on Chocolate Jesus Day I'd be very grateful, please let me know!

Last week @har_shone was in the chair flipping the genres with her pick of Mexrrissey's "No Manchester" set, which went down rather well, even tolerated by the Moz-disliking section of the listening community, which is pretty good going. Thanks to Harriet for the pick, and for flipping the frisbo across to wor @nessiest, who is (literally) right here with this week's intro...

"Flashback to June 2014: a dingy venue off a narrow street on Amsterdam's seedier side. None of the summer evening light reached the stage or the 31 diehard fans plus clueless me. What I witnessed that evening was witchcraft, I'm sure. The exertion of will over an audience no matter how small the number, or maybe because of, Voodoo. It's the best word I have for it. Two hours later we emerged, sweat-soaked, minds transformed. 32 die-hard fans.

Don't worry, distilled into recorded form this should be quite safe. Dim the lights, get a drink with dark undercurrents. Keep your dancing shoes near just in case."

Righty-ho. Direct download is here, the spoiler-happy HearThis stream is below:



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

Sunday, 26 March 2017

The Listening Club - 26th March 2017

Hey there,

Doing OK? Hope so. Amsterdam is still looking unseasonably fine, which is bringing everyone out to sip their beers in the sunlight a little earlier than they expected (seriously, last year spring weather didn't arrive till early May, leading to the grimmest Kings Day I've experienced thus far...). Here, chez V&E, more sping cleaning is occurring, as the bath of glorious sunlight reveals yet more grot to be removed. Smiling and cranking the tunes whilst doing it, natch....

Last week, oh how we celebrated our 5th birthday with a wonderful #birthdayvortex. Fascinating to hear which tunes turned folks ears on the mostest, for sure, but an all round super-varied selection indeed. Thanks again to everyone for chipping in their favourites!

Back to regularly-scheduled programming, @har_shone was left with the frisbaton, and following a bout of jet-setting, has this to day by way of introduction...

"Those who know me will know that I am deeply enamoured with and worshipful of a certain Mancunian singer-songwriter / awful human curmudgeon. His voice and lyrics were the beginning of my process of falling in love with music and I still circle back to his oeuvre no matter what wonderful musical tangents life takes me on (and there have been many!).

So, this album is basically a really fun, strange, and surprisingly up-beat, take on something I love. I found the album last year and went through the cycle of ‘oh hell no’, ‘oh, ok, maybe’ and eventually ‘yes please’. 

I remain deeply worried that this album is specifically designed to make me and only me happy and you will all hate it. If you DO hate it, always remember that If You Don’t Like Me, Then Don’t Look At Me."

Okaydoke. A short play this week, as there were some duplicate live tracks on the end we've agreed to trim off, but have added a bonus tune, still it wraps around half an hour. Direct download is here, and the HearThisWithSpoilers link is below...

 
See you in a bit!

Sunday, 19 March 2017

The Listening Club - 19th March 2017

Greetings folks,

Hope all is well and good in your hoods. Yes'm it has indeed been five years since this here little shebang kicked off, and looking back over the list of music that has come our way over that time (here and here), I'm pretty damn impressed, to say the least. I must extend the hugest of thank you's to everyone who has come to listen, pick albums and vortex tunes, and contribute to the wounderful cassoulet of conversation, it's really been a truckload of fun.

But first, of course, we must give thanks to @akx for last week's selection of Nmesh's "Dream Sequins", which truly spaced everyone out completely, and for sailing the frisbaton across to @Har_Shone, who will be around next week with a pick, but now...

Yes, it's the #birthdayvortex! 28 seriously varied selections, mostly chosen by your good selves from the past five years of tunes, with the odd random "party-starter" thrown in for good measure. Thanks as always to everyone who flipped in a track or more!

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


Get the bubbly chilling, and we'll see you at 8pm GMT...

Sunday, 12 March 2017

The Listening Club - 12th March 2017

Greetings folks,

Hope all is fine with you, spring has seriously sprung here in Amsterdam, the sun is shining, buds are budding, windows are being flung open for the first time in months and brooms and vacuums are doing their thing as winter grot is seasonably removed from its temporary resting place. All kinda fine really, although hoping its not the calm before the storm here as there's a General Election on Wednesday, and there's one very unpleasant person looming in the shadows looking to take a hefty slice of the governmental pie. Crossing my fingers firmly that the Dutch see sense and that doesn't happen, which is all I can do really...

Thanks to @JimMcCauley for remembering to run tings last week, and don't forget it's our 5th birthday party this time-ish next week, for which we will have a #birthdayvortex, so please send me your highlight tunes from the last five years of this gathering, and / or any other #LC related or (for that matter) birthday related audio goodness sometime this week please!

So, last week whilst I was knee deep in plum porter,
@emmaprice was in the chair, folking for her life with her pick of Mawkin's "The Ties That Bind", which seemed to go down rather well it seems. Thanks to Emma for the pick and for flipping the wotsitatron across to @akx, and lo, here he is....

"So I stumbled upon this album via Spotify's Discover Weekly playlists (which are steadily getting better, it seems!), and after the song (whichever it was) that was featured finished, I had to hear more... and listening to the whole album, I pretty much immediately knew I'd have to let #listeningclub hear (or experience) it.

Even if you're familiar with the genre (which I won't disclose directly, but you'll know it if you know it), I still bet you might not be familiar with the album itself. It might be kind of long at around 80 minutes, but I assure you, the trip's worth it. Quoting a particularly glowing review of the album: "You will travel everywhere and nowhere, just let the synthetic neon light guide you."

Looking forward to seeing the reactions, which I'm sure will be varied.

#drinkingclub: yes, sure, why not."

Okaydoke. Direct download is here (right-click-save-as), and the spoilerstream is below:


See you at 8pm GMT...

Sunday, 5 March 2017

The Listening Club - 5 March 2017

Oh, hi! Didn't see you there. Yeah, I'm writing some stuff about this pro gaming keyboard and its amazingly short actuation distance. Got to pay the bills, isn't it. No, not much more to do today, then I can get in a few hours of the new Zelda before Listening Club. What's that? Did I? Oh shit, I did, didn't I. Balls.

Hello everyone! @JimMcCauley here, covering for @kleptones while he's off inhaling the fog on the Tyne and queuing up to get into a pub, which I totally didn't forget all about. And while I'm not forgetting things, remember that in two weeks it's our fifth birthday vortex, so get thinking about what's tickled your fancy over the last five years.

Last week @wojsvenwoj kept us all guessing for the duration of his pick, which took us through basically all the genres before being revealed as "Left Foot Dance Of The Yi" by Shanren. A fine pick, indeed, so thanks to Woj for his choice, and for bunging whatever the hell we're calling it this week at @emmaprice, who’s here with a clutch of .WMA files because apparently they were out of wax cylinders.

"Evening all,

"Hope you've had a lovely weekend, I've been off visiting the Oxford dodo with @andershanson so am nicely cultured up for the next few weeks.

"I discovered tonight's artists last year when they were the support act for a band I saw down in Brighton. Sometimes a support band can completely take you by surprise as you stand there pint in hand waiting for the main event. Within the first track (also the first track on the album) you could see the crowd starting to respond. I bought the album in the interval and it's been on regular play since then.

"Since then I've seen them play a couple more times in venues large and small & I can safely say that I adore this album but my word it's even better live.

"Don't think we'll be finding any new genres for @akx's T-shirt tonight & I know this is a genre that may not appeal to some.

"This puts me in mind of a festival on the village green, as the sun goes down and the evening comes alive.

"Drinking club is most definitely a fine cider or beverages suitable for a balmy night outside dancing under the stars.

"p.s #drinkingclub song is track 2."

And there we have it. Download is here, and the HearThis stream is just down there (click through to have everything spoilered rotten).


See you at 8PM! (GMT!)

Sunday, 26 February 2017

The Listening Club - 26th February 2017

Howdy folks,

Gentling away our hangovers here in rainy Amsterdam following a couple of days of intense musical activity, courtesy of the city's Sonic Acts festival on Friday, and Osunlade's Yoruba Soul Orchestra on Saturday. Many beats and beers indeed, and so now to chill...

Don't forget I'm away next weekend, so looking for someone to manage these activities, and there's gonna be a 5th birthday vortex on 19th March, giving you plenty of time to refersh your memories and pick out some of your favourites from the last five years...

Last week we had @holette in the comfy chair, sending us smoothly sailing away with her pick of Whitney's "Light Upon The Lake", which went down very well indeed with the assembled. Thanks to her for the selection, and for sailing the frisb across the pond to @wojsvenwoj, who's here with this week's intro...

"Several years ago, a musician friend who runs a bar/performance venue in town booked this band. Not sure how he found them or how much he knew about them beforehand but when they were soundchecking, he was blown away and immediately took to Facebook and e-mail to make sure people didn't miss this show. I had nothing going on that evening so I went over and was rewarded with a superb night of music as this band melded the folk music of their home with rock and reggae and, apparently, whatever other things caught their fancy. I don't really know much about them other than that which would give too much away so, without further adieu, here is their latest record, released a couple years ago. 

Enjoy!"

Okaydoke. Direct download is here, and the spoiler-ready HearThis stream is below:


See you at 8pm GMT!

Sunday, 19 February 2017

The Listening Club - 19th February 2017

Greetings folks,

Hope you're all doing good. Spring seems to have (temporarily?) sprung early here in Amsterdam, bringing a week of mostly sunny weather to surprise the local flora and fauna and cheer the residents. So much for groundhogs, eh? Hoping it's still warm in two weeks time, as I'll be off for a weekend away, therefore looking for a volunteer to run tings on Sunday 5th March - Let me know if you can assist, please...

Furthermore, last week the very observant @TheJayarr pointed out that we're fast approaching the fifth birthday of this lil' ensemble activity (doesn't time fly? corblimey gosh, etc) so, after discussion last week, a celebratory vortex party for Sunday 19th March has been agreed, and @saucer has kindly agreed to do the assembly work, which is grand. As for the subject of the vortex? I'm not 100% sure after last week's discussions, but I think something along the lines of "favourite #LC tunes" or similar? whatsayyou? Also looking for suggestions for a catchy name?

Also last week, in regular #LC land, @SimonLandmine was in the chair for his debut pick, which turned out to be Justin Sullivan (of New Model Army) & Friends live album "Tales Of The Road", which went down very well indeed. Many thanks to Simon for his pick, and for sailing the clogbaton over to Wales, where @holette is waiting with this week's introduction...

"It seems to be quite hard to be an interesting indie guitar band judging by how much predictable, twee or annoyingly shouty stuff there is out there.  I think this band manage to pull off the indie guitar thing with a modern, melodic sound that’s wistful without being fey. I guess it’s a bit Americana and as close as I get to liking country in a gentle country rock kind of way.  The shiny trumpet melodies really add to the arrangements especially on the track which was one of my favourite singles of last year.

The vocals might not be to everyone’s taste, but I like that frail, Neil Young sort of voice. The singer also plays drums and singing drummers are cool.

This is the band's debut album, although a couple of band members have been in better known bands. It's short, bittersweet, and I'm already looking forward to what they might do next.

Drinking club: I'd advise cracking open something crisp and cold and thinking about BBQ weather."

Rightyho. Directendownloaden is hier und der HearThis streamenmitbastardspoileren is below:


See you at 8pm GMT!

Sunday, 12 February 2017

The Listening Club - 12th February 2017

Greetings folks,

Hope you're all doing good and fine. Here in Amsterdam, like most of its European vicinity, the place is looking mighty white for a change, as a long weekend of frosty weather hits us, the first half-decent snow since I arrived here way back in January 2013, when it started snowing pretty much as I got off the plane and didn't stop for a week. It's quite nice to live in a picture postcard from time to time, really...

Last week @RougeForever was in the chair and put her foot hard on the cheerful-emo pedal with her pick of Rilo Kiley's "More Adventurous". Many thanks to Liz for the pick, and for sailing the frisbaton across to newcomer @SimonLandmine who's here with his debut introduction....

"Firstly, thank you for the warm welcome. I hope that's still the case at about 9pm this evening!

Picking a single album to listen to was a hard one, as, like many of you, I suspect, my CD collection is easier to measure in yards than numbers. And, as an inveterate compilation-maker (now DJ sets and compilation CDs for friends rather than mix-tapes - but the habit remains), picking an entire album rather than dipping in and selecting tracks by a number of artists ... well, yes.

I wanted to pick something that was representative of my taste, but that wasn't going to be one that everyone was already completely familiar with. Hopefully, that's what you've got. This one is a side project from a better known act, and a live album, as they've not put too much down in the studio. More an album for drinks around tables under dimmed light than for the raging maelstrom of the pit or the flashing strobes of the dancefloor. Some sadness, some anger, some peace.

I'll stop writing now, as otherwise I'll give too much away, I fear. I hope that you enjoy it, and maybe it acts as a gateway to their other work. Take care out there."

Okaydoke, direct download is here, and the spoiler-happer HearThis stream is...



See you at 8pm GMT!

Sunday, 5 February 2017

The Listening Club - 5th February 2017

Evening all,

Now then, actually quite a positive week gone by, at least in terms of masses of people far and wide saying "Oh no you don't, matey" to a certain orange-topped lunatic, all very gratifying to see. Still in hibernatory mode here in Amsterdam, but getting busy with plans for trips and gigs, so feeling good about the months to come for a change...

Last week it was I, @kleptones, in the chair, bending the rules slightly to bring you all 33 songs discussed in Dorian Lynskey's fine tome "33 Revolutions Per Minute - A History Of Protest Songs", which went down very well indeed, not surprising though given the outstanding quality of those tunes. As she spotted it rather sharpish, the frisbaton was sailed across to @RougeForever, who is here, now, yes, with this week's introduction...

"It's been a pretty hard month, out there in the big world.  It was a pretty hard week for @mrhig and I last week - so our little family has battened down the hatches, clung to the lifeboat of each other and started pedalling for shore.   It's times like this we all have to be super kind to ourselves - so we have been sleeping more, I've been cooking more and yesterday we spent a few happy hours chatting and relaxing over boardgames with lovely friends.

It's times like this I need music to comfort and cheer up.  And this record is one of those from me.  It's a sort of indie pop record from the early part of the decade by a band who have since split.  These pop songs take me away to where they were written and I think about the lives about the people mentioned in the songs.  It's not altogether cheerful (two tracks were written about Elliot Smith) but it's cheerful music for sad people.  

I hope wherever you are and whether it's the personal or the political that has got you down this little record manages to lift your spirits some.

SOLIDARITY to your house from mine."

Okaydoke. Direct download is here, and the spoiler-happy HearThis stream is...


See you at 8pm GMT!

Sunday, 29 January 2017

The Listening Club - 29th January 2017

Greetings folks,

Hope you're as well as can be expected, given the shit storm of the last seven days. Trying hard here to enjoy a mellow hungover Sunday as per the normal, but we no longer live in the normal, it seems...


Last week @JimMcCauley was in the chair, and blasted the collective lugholes with his pick of the eponymous album from Nevermen, aka Mike Patton, Doseone and Tunde Adebimpe. Many thanks to Jim for the pick and for sailing the frisbaton across to me, @kleptones. So here's the intro...

Okay, so this one does bend the rules slightly, but as it is a collection of music picked by an individual, I reckon it does qualify, but rather than existing in audio form, this is a collection of music from a book that I very much enjoyed reading a year or two ago.

I've left the order of the songs pretty much as it exists in the book, and included every one, but have moved a couple around as it made better listening sense. Still, there's two hours of fine music here, a lot of songs that people will know, a few you probably won't, and one that surprisingly moved me to tears on hearing it again for the first time in a while. 

I hope you'll stick with it, understand and enjoy the selections, and I'll leave you with the three quotations that are printed at the start of the book:

"There are two approaches to music. One is, “Man, I’m a musician and I got nothin’ to do with politics. Just let me do my own thing.” And the other is that music’s going to save the world…. I think that music’s somewhere in between." - Joan Baez

"As bad as it may sound, I’d rather listen to a good song on the side of segregation than a bad song on the side of integration." - Phil Ochs

"What art gains from contemporary events is always a fascinating problem and a problem that is not easy to solve." - Oscar Wilde

Download is here, and the spoiler-ridden HearThis stream is here:


Hope to see you at 8pm GMT.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

The Listening Club - 22nd January 2017

Greetings folks,

Hope all is fine and well with you all. Still enjoying the hibernation period here in Amsterdam, which is remaining resolutely snow-free despite some major sub-zero temperatures, much to the annoyance of the local canal-skating brigade, who are, yes, skating on thin ice quite literally.

In happy peaceful #LC land, @101retstum kicked off the year in unexpected style with his pick of Mike Oldfield's "Hergest Ridge", which, also quite unexpectedly went down rather well indeed with the assembled. The start of a year of surprises? We shall see, as the frisbaton is passed across to @JimMcCauley, who has this to say by way of introduction...

"Contrary to what you may imagine, I didn't spend all of 2016 listening to the Hamilton cast recording. Just, you know, most of it. Tonight's pick, though, is an album from last year that managed to make a significant dent in my Hamilton time.

A supergroup deal quite a few years in the making, it features one of my all-time favourite artists, seeing him at an accessibility high point that he seems to hit every ten years or so, something probably to do with collaborating with two other musicians on a fairly equal footing. Together they make interesting sounds that never quite tip into bad noise territory, combined with disjointed, properly surreal lyrics; the sort of jumbled, profound nonsense that you sometimes catch yourself thinking just when you're on the cusp of sleep. I really ought to look them up and see if they make any more sense written down, but somehow I doubt it.

Enjoy!"

Okaydoke. Direct download is here, and the "hey, spoilers!" HearThis stream is below:


See you at 8pm GMT!