Sunday, 23 October 2016

The Listening Club - 23rd October 2016

Hola folks,

Hope you're doing fine, Amsterdam is bouncing and full to capacity, as three or four hundred thousand boppers decend upon the city for Amsterdam Dance Event weekend. I'm feeling a little ragged here following The Bug's cracking 7" vinyl + FX set last night, so a gentle Sunday is in order, for me and probably several hundred thousand other folks in the vicinity...

Last week chez #LC, @Holette was in the chair, weirding folks out with Anna Meredith's debut album "Varmints", which garnered a mixed reaction, but all agreed it had some fine moments. Many thanks to @Holette for the pick, and for sliding the frisb across to @cdrose_writer, who's here with this week's intro...

"Return of the re-forgotten, part 48.  A couple of months back I got a text from a friend tipping me off about an artist we’d both liked back in the early 90s now playing a gig in the backroom of a pub near my house.  I went along to find literally twelve other people there (I counted them), most of whom seemed to know or be related to said artist.  Undeterred, said artist - armed only with a laptop and a couple of strange little boxes - threw out a set that was challenging, funny, visceral and emotional.  I got the record: it’s as good as the show was.

Drinking recommendation: a smooth whisky.

(N.b. bonus points will go to the Listening Clubber who can spot the link between this artist and the Twitter name of one Listening Club regular!)"

Direct download is here, and the HearThis stream (may be spoilers) is....

Okaydoke, see you at 8pm BST (GMT+1)

Sunday, 16 October 2016

The Listening Club - 16th October 2016

Greets folks,

Tapping this out early before a day in Den Haag with my visiting mum, forecast is for unseasonal warmth & sun, so let's have it. But first...

Last week @akx was in the chair, spinning heads as usual with his selection of DJ Kentaro's "On The Wheels Of Solid Steel" mix, which want down very well indeed in all quarters, as well it should. Thanks to Aarni for the pick, and for flipping the frisb across to @holette, who has this to say by way of introduction...

"I first heard the lead track on this album recently and listened, slack-jawed. Bold, bonkers and banging, it made me want to find out more. Released this year, the album is packed with surprising sounds orchestrated by an artist well known in her field but previously unknown to me.  Just when you think you're entering familiar musical territory, it skitters and slithers off somewhere unusual and cleverly catches your attention.

Be interesting to see what the Listening Club Massive make of this. Easy on the volume button. Drinking Club: something fortifying."

Reety-ho. Direct download is here, and the HearThis stream is...

Unfortunately it looks like HearThis now has automatic track detection that can't be disabled unless you pay, so don't click through to the full HT page unless you want to risk spoilers. Goddamit.

See you at 8pm BST (GMT+1)

Sunday, 9 October 2016

The Listening Club - 9th October 2016

Greetings folks,

Hope all is fine with you all. Ups and downs here in Amsterdam, after seeing a fine set from Ben Watt on Friday, I've managed to come down with some sort of stomach lurgi, which has put the mockers on the rest of the weekend's activities, save for a rather fruitless attempt to grab Glastonbury tickets - was looking like our streak of good ticket fortune had come to an end, but fortunately others in the posse had better luck and got our names in, so hooray for that, at least!

Chez #LC, last week @saucer was in the chair, and cranked up the distortion to give us Teenage Cool Kids' "Denton After Sunset", which went down pretty good, much to his surprise I think. Thanks to him for the pick and for sailing the frisb across to @akx, who's here with this week's intro...

"For once, I actually immediately knew what to pick when I snatched the frisbaton.

This is a turntablist DJ mix in a series we've actually heard one
installment of before, back in November 2014, but I'm preeeetty sure we haven't heard this one.

Anyway - dunno what I can tell you other than that it's a ride alright, and you should play it suitably loud.

#drinkingclub suggestion: something loud."

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

See you at 8pm BST (GMT+1)

Sunday, 2 October 2016

The Listening Club - 2nd October 2016

How do, folks.

Yeah, so finally summer doth come to an end, with grey grotty grimness gleefully descending on Amsterdam, and the summer togs getting pushed to the back of the wardrobe once more. Still, plenty of things to keep us occupied, still buzzing gently from seeing one of my all-time favourites (and previous #LC picks) Negativland on their first European tour for 20-or-so years last Wednesday, and mighty fine they were too. A nicer bunch of lunatics you couldn't hope to meet, truly.

Chez #LC, last week. whilst myself and @nessiest were off having our minds triangulated by Plaid at the Melkweg, the right honorable @RougeForever was folking it up with her selection of Kathryn Williams' "Hypoxia", which seemed to have quite an emtional effect on the assembled. Many thanks to Liz for the pick, and for sailing the frisbo across the sea to @saucer, who has this to say by way of introduction...

"Tonight's pick is the missing link, as it were, between the origin story of one of my favorite, active American bands and what they became... are becoming. In fact, in April of this year they released a new, "mature" album, guest star and all (and it's great). But this isn't that.

Rather, this is the final evolution of one band that changed a great deal across three albums and then ended, so the next one could start.

I am a happy completist of everything the central figure in this story created/is creating/will create. Within his growing catalog, tonight's pick is special... balanced between morosophy and mastery, brilliance expressed through lizard brain, plain and direct and urgent.

Then without further decoration or delay, let's have a listen and I hope you enjoy."

Right. Direct download is here, and the HearThis stream is...

See you at 8pm!

Sunday, 25 September 2016

The Listening Club - 25th September 2016

Greetings folks,

Yeap, it's the summer keeps on giving over here. 24 degrees on the 25th? Grateful, for sure, if a little weirded out. So let's get this tapped out so we can get out and enjoy it before it fucks off again...

Last week wor @nessiest was in the chair, and pulled out one of the live highlights of the summer in the form of Meilyr Jones's "2013", which quite a few folks were already familiar with. Not surprising then that it went down rather well. Thanks to @nessiest for the pick, and for sailing the frisbaton across to @rougeforever, who is here with this week's intro...

"Sometimes, if you want people to really hear you, it's more effective to whisper than to shout.   This short record whispers about the execution of traitors, about attempted rape, about mental illness and Esther's barbaric treatment at the hands of doctors.   It whispers quietly and if you weren't listening hard you'd miss it.  This record appears and disappears like little soapy bubbles from a kid's toy on a summer day.

You know Esther, of course.   You know her collapse under the weight of society's expectations.   You've dated women who have well thumbed copies of her fictional life, and maybe you've not understood how it was for women, how it is for women. 

And you know the author.  The worst sort of woman:  fiercely intelligent, accomplished and beautiful.   A woman ultimately destroyed by her own brilliant mind.  

Art about art is usually pointless.   But I hope you find something beautiful in this.  

And at least it's short."

Okay. Direct download is here, and the HearThis stream is...

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

Sunday, 18 September 2016

The Listening Club - 18th September 2016

Greetings folks,

Well, looks like summer is hanging on for a couple more weeks in these here environs, which is grand for evening strolls and drinks, but making for some rather sweaty enviroments as we enter the post-festival gigging season. Good problems to have though, eh?

In the land of #L&C last week @samsmitter was in the chair, and his weapon of choice was Prince's 2007 opus "Planet Earth", which, like most of the man's latter albums had some mighty fine moments amongst the eyebrow-raisers, as all agreed. Many thanks to Sam for the pick, and for flipping the frisbaton across to @nessiest, who popped in from clearing cat shit out of the soon-to-be-flower-beds to say this...

"Some of the sweetest and most uplifting moments of this summer have been spent in various fields with friends, listening to music - possibly with a cider in hand. 

Tonight's music is brought to you by one of the acts I was lucky enough to see this year. I chose this album above the other on my shortlist because of its accomplished feel, the giddy veering between genres and the really beautiful moments dotted thoughout. Pull on your metaphorical festival wellies and join me in swaying along, I'll get the first round in."

Righty-ho. Direct download is here, and the HearThis stream is...

See you at 8pm (BST+1)

Sunday, 11 September 2016

The Listening Club - 11th September 2016

Greetings, folks...

Hope you're doing fine. Feeling a little tender here following the final festival soujorn of the season at Magneet Festival here in Amsterdam yesterday, much fun and frolics, and no rain for a change. Indeed the summer here seems to have been extended due to popular demand, which is rather grand, therefore much making-the-most-of-it is the order of the days. Well, you have to, don't you?

Back in #LC land, last week that @JimMcCauley was in the chair, and sent us back to an unusual slice of the 90s in the shape of "Shaken And Stirred - The David Arnold Bond Project" which did the intended reminder job of that era, good, bad and inbetween. Thanks to Jim for the pick, and for flipping the frisb across to @SamSmitter, who is here with this week's pre-match....

"This artist won’t be new to anyone, but the album might be, coming from his more obscure and impenetrable later period recordings. I read an interesting article about the later recordings after his death, which claimed that the later stuff was just as full of good material as the earlier better known work. Having waded through several triple albums since then, I’m not sure I agree, but this is certainly the most accessible album from that period, and would be considered an incredibly accomplished pop/rock/R&B album if it had been released by anyone else. I had a free copy of this album put into my hand on the way into a concert, almost 20 years on from my previous time seeing him live, and the performance was just as incredible as the first time. This album captures a lot about the artist – versatility, bags of talent, moments of extreme virtuosity, moments of boredom, moments of what-the-fuck-is-he-on-about, and sexuality that is brazen to the point of providing comic relief. Hope you enjoy it!"

Righty-ho. Direct download is here, and the HearThis stream is....

See you at 8pm BST (while it lasts!)