Sunday, 17 September 2017

The Listening Club - 17th September 2017

Greetings folks,

Hope you're all doing okay. Tapping this out a day early, as I'm back in the UK visiting family, and that means a Sunday opportunity to pop over and see some of the Folkestone Art Triennial and hopefully inhale a good roast lunch and a few session ales along the route... so let's get on with this.

Last week, @Har_Shone was in the chair, kraut-rocking like a good'un with her pick of Wolfgang Reichmann's sole 1978 album "Wunderbar", which went down a treat for the most part. Many thanks to Harriet for the pick and for flipping the frisb across to @101retstum who is here with this week's intro...

"So it's my turn again. Every time I catch the frisbaton the thought goes through my head "well, it can't go any worse than Lana". The problem with thinking things like that is that at some point you're going to go and prove me wrong, but at the same time it makes me less nervous about sharing things just because I want to, rather than because they'll be well received, which is good because that's what Listening Club should be about.

As last week's pick was definitely at the obscure end of the spectrum, I figured I'd go for the complete opposite. Well, that's not exactly how I picked what I picked, but it fits, and it sounds good, so let's go with it, eh?

In the grand tradition of protest songs and political statements through music this is not a band that you'd usually think of, nor should you. That said, at the moment there's a lot to protest about. And on this album it becomes clear that the members of this band are a bit cross. I wouldn't quite go as far as saying this is a political album, there's also plenty of what you'd expect from this lot on here, but it is certainly the closest they come to making one.

If I go more than a minute without an "Oh Gareth!" I'll be very surprised tho."

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



See you at 8pm BST (GMT+1)

Sunday, 10 September 2017

The Listening Club - 10th September 2017

Howdy folks,

Hope you're doing fine, as the world's weather has a serious wobbler, to say the least. Calm here in Amsterdam fortunately, so we're spending the Sunday doing healthy DIY activities, assembling and strengthening shelves (damn that heavy vinyl) and generally sorting out all the bits and pieces that got put off over the summer, as you do. Also looking forward immensely to Tuesday, whence the mighty LCD Soundsystem will be here rocking the Paradiso and then some. One of my favourite live bands in one of my favourite venues? Bring it on...

Last week chez #LC@FaberFedor was in the chair, sending us off to the Denmark of the 70s with his pick of Gasolin's US debut "What A Lemon", which entertained the assembled most satisfactorily. Many thanks to Faber for the pick, and for flipping the frisb across to @Har_Shone, who is here with this week's intro...

"This is another one from my Aunt and Uncle, the Music Yogis of my life. They introduced me to this German visionary at 2AM one night in their music room after several bottles of wine and I was instantly hooked (and then fell asleep and spilt wine on myself).

Sadly, I fell in love with album and immediately went to find out what else he had done only to find out this was the only album he ever put out before dying tragically young, having been stabbed for no reason by some drunks in Düsseldorf in 1978 and later dying of internal bleeding. Still, at least we have this one perfect album to enjoy forever."

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


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

Sunday, 3 September 2017

The Listening Club - 3rd September 2017

Greetings folks,

Hope you're all good in your hoods. Still getting over the events of the other week here, personally, very few events have taken this long for me to return to "normal", but the follow on has been heartwarming, folks don't want to let the party end, which is the way is should be really, no?

Last week here in #LC-land, @EastVanHalen was in the chair, disturbing the Sunday calm with her pick of Fucked Up's 2011 concept opus "David Comes To Life". Many thanks to her for the pick, and for sailing the frisb down to @FaberFedor, who is right here with the pre-match...

"After last week's punk opera (thanks for that, @eastvanhalen), I thought I'd go to the opposite end of the spectrum and inject some refinement and class to the club with what has been called by some as America's greatest gift to the world. Then I remembered who my audience was. Besides, it's a bank holiday this weekend, marking the unofficial end of summer here in the States and listening to jazz just doesn't feel right. Instead, we're going with some straight up rock and roll to end the summer!

I have no idea how I got turned on to this band; they never "made it" here in the states but in their native country they were huge. This album was their attempt at breaking into the international market which didn't work out too well on this side of the pond, but I do love the album.

For those of you old enough to recognize the sounds, yes, this has been ripped from the original vinyl, now four decades old. My freind who ripped it recorded an entire side, then broke it into tracks based on where the audio spectrum dropped to near zero. Hence the number of mp3s don't match the number of songs on the album. That being said, it does sound great, even with the pops and crackles of old vinyl.

Summer may be over, but it's not going out quietly! See y'all in the club Sunday!"

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


See you 8pm BST (GMT+1).

Sunday, 27 August 2017

The Listening Club - 27th August 2017

Greetings folks,

Well then. Anyone that's been following me or @JimMcCauley over the last few days will have an inkling into how our week has gone. Sadly it's completely impossible for me to even attempt to summarise here what an intense experience that was, all attendees are still busy processing everything that happened. But yes, it was all completely unexpected and exactly what we'd been hoping for at the same time. Complete and utter madness of the finest kind. And the birth of something new too? We shall see...

Back in the "normal" world, last week here chez #LC, @emmaprice was in the chair, providing a festival bimble bopping experience courtesy of Jain's "Zanaka". Thanks to her for the pick, and for sailing the frisbaton around the world to @EastVanHalen, who is here with this week's intro...

"Hey all:

This week's entry is a bunch of things I usually don't like. Shouty punk rawk singer? One too many guitars? Concept album *with* shouty singer and many guitars? Hell no. Yet I love this -- like, goosebumps-level love.

Other things about this band: made Spin's album of the year and the cover of the NME, having sold only a couple of tens of thousands of units. Got frisked when they went to the Polaris Prize ceremonies (they won). And because I love making you listen to my friends' music, one of my comrades plays one of those guitars. 

This will not help Eric and Jim's hangovers. Play it loud. Cheers."

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


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


Sunday, 20 August 2017

The Listening Club - 20th August 2017

Greetings folks,

Hope you're all fine and well. Doing good here in Amsterdam, looking forward to myself & @JimMcCauley's upcoming Justified & Ancient escapades in Liverpool next week, we still have very little idea of what will be happening, but whatever transpires it should be a jolly few days, here's hoping we're back here next Sunday to tell the tale...

Last week here chez #LC it was me, @kleptones in the driving seat, having a mellow one with William Tyler's 2013 album "Impossible Truth", which seemed to go down pretty well, I'm delighted to say. Also delighted that @emmaprice grabbed the frisbaton and is now here with this week's intro...

"Greetings all. As usual my brain had a complete blank moment when faced with what to pick for you all tonight. Tonight’s pick is by an artist I’d never heard of until I bimbled past their set at Glastonbury this year. Which is what I tend to hope for at festivals – coming home with a few names to check out afterwards.  I’ve definitely come home with a bunch from Bluedot this year (side note the Bluedot playlist on Spotify is my most listened to album for months)

One of the tracks on this album stuck in my head in just this fashion and ended up with multiple streamings while in the office and over the past few weeks it's permeated my consciousness. This album primarily makes me smile and remember being at Glastonbury in the heat this year with some of my favourite people. Given the shitshow taking place around the world I just fancied something that makes me smile and dance under the trees, cider in hand."

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


See you at 8pm!


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)/