Sunday, 4 December 2016

The Listening Club - 4th December 2016

Greetings folks,

Hope all is good in your hoods, Amsterdam's in rare sunny day mode, which is welcome, if chilly, especially as the kinderlings of the city await the arrival of Sinterklass tomorrow, although I'm hoping he's recovered from his weekend drinking, as we saw him looking rather three-sheets-to-the-wind in a bar last night...

Last week, @Har_Shone was in the chair presenting her high-body-count debut pick of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' classic "Murder Ballads" which went down rather well indeed. Thanks to Harriet for the pick, and for sailing the frisb like a pro across to that @samsmitter, who's here with this week's intro...

"My favourite ever album? For me its a bit like the pop charts, and the number one spot changes at least once a month. This album held the prestigious title of My Favourite Album Ever for at least 6 months, a Mull-Of-Kintyre style run at the prestigious 16-18 formative age. The artist is one of those you either really like or you really don't - if you like him, this is far and away his best album in my opinion, and if you don't, sorry! - its only 36 minutes long. This is one from the glory days before some idiot told him he could sing, and he started recording albums with string quartets. Just a great band, swirling organ, and great songs. Hope you enjoy it."

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

See you at 8pm GMT.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

The Listening Club - 27th November 2016

Hey folks,

Still grey and grim all around, but pushing on seems to be the order of the day as the political dust settles all around us. Don't forget we still have a bit of a quandary as to when the #festivevortex takes place (for the uninitiated, that's when we all pick a couple of our favourite tracks of this year, throw them into a mix and have a little party during xmas downtime). As I'm going to be away this year, the mighty @JimMcCauley has agreed to helm the operation, but we still need to agree on a date, as xmas day falls around the weekend. Ideas welcome, although I figure Jim should have the final decision, as he's the one that's going to be putting the effort in! Let us know on the tweets, folks...

Last week, whilst myself and @nessiest were away being jazzed to within an inch of our lives, the very same @JimMcCauley was in the chair, boogieing folks with his pick of Sasha's "Invol2ver", which seemed to go down most satisfactorily indeed. Thanks hugely to himself for the pick, and for flipping the frisbaton across to @Har_Shone, who is here with her debut pick introduction....

"I suppose I should apologise because I had an album all picked out that I was convinced a) you’d all probably like and b) most of you wouldn’t have heard of and then it suddenly struck me, ‘why don’t I pick one of my favourite albums of all time which is notoriously divisive instead’. So that’s what I’ve done. Sorry.

My Aunt and Uncle are my music guru Yoda-esque favourites and they recommended this album to me when I was about 14 and I pretty much hated it because, well, its a bit weird and I was very young. Then, when I was about 19, I revisited it and discovered, maybe I’m a bit weird and I loved it! Enjoy!"

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

See you at 8pm BST!

Sunday, 20 November 2016

The Listening Club - 20th November 2016

Greetings folks,

Everything grey, wet and grim right now, fortunate though to have a cracking weekend of music to keep us positive and on-point; Mark Pritchard was in most excellent DJ form on Friday night, starting with ambient, folk, post-rock and dub, building to a ragga and jungle climax that stretched the leg muscles considerably. Last night we had a whole different bag of totalitarian boogie at the premiere of Laibach's "Liberation Day" documentary of their visit to play in North Korea, with a cracking set from the band themselves after. And today tapping this out early so we can scoot out for a good lunch and then an 8 hour set from The Necks and their friends, celebrating the band's 30th Anniversary. Get it whilst it's there folks!

Last week @wojsvenwoj was in an understandably fiery mood, stoking the flames with his pick of "Avengers" by, erm, Avengers, which sounded highly zeitgeisty, despite being nearly 40 years old. Thanks to Woj for the pick, and for sailing the frisb across to @JimMcCauley, who's here with the pre-match...

"I don't think I've picked a DJ mix album before, so let's see about that tonight. No crazy turntablism, just some mad Ableton skills and a bunch of great tunes; I think I'm mainly picking this one, over a whole bunch of other albums by the same artist that I could have chosen, because of the stunning remix around the 40 minute mark.

"Basically: this year, eh? It's put me right in the mood to just get mashed up and dance all night, and I'd be very happy indeed if this album dropped around 2AM. Enjoy!"

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

See you at 8pm GMT!

Sunday, 13 November 2016

The Listening Club - 13th November 2016

Greetings folks,

Well, fuck. Rendered very low and pretty much speechless by the last week's events. So long Leonard, you got out just in time. Meanwhile, let's all keep being excellent to each other and our communities and work up those Plan B's. We damn well gonna need them now.

Last week, aka a lifetime ago, @Nessiest was in the chair, smoothing our souls with "Treasure House" by Cat's Eyes. Many thanks to her for the pick and for sailing the frisbaton across to @wojsvenwoj, who's here with this week's pre-match...

"What a week. 

A kidney punch of a Presidential election here in the States that, of course, has ramifications well beyond our borders. Leonard Cohen's passing. A new Tribe Called Quest record.

Needless to say, the election has dominated my thoughts and driven a lot what I've been listening to since Tuesday. The early days of punk -- its rawness, speed, anger and, at least at times, political awareness -- has been where I've landed as my mood seems to be on that wavelength. 

So, figured this would be a good selection in that it's a little more political than most, captures a lot of what I am feeling now, and wraps it up in sweaty, adrenaline-soaked bow.

Drinking club: Lone Star"

Okaydoke. Direct download is here, the HearThis (possible spoiler warning) stream is below:

See you at 8pm.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

The Listening Club - 6th November 2016

Greetings folks,

Happy post-Guy Fawkes day. Grey and grim again outside, and a sense of foreboding across the planet as the American election prepares to drag its sorry carcass over the finish line, for better or for worse. Really looking forward to seeing this year folded up and packed away before it causes any more chaos, to be honest, but in the meantime let's join forces and get ready to howl at the supermoon....

All things considered, not surprising that last week @JonnyDaPigg chose to give us all a dose of the blues with his pick of Sonny Terry's "Wizard Of The Harmonica", which saw everyone assessing a few personal listening thresholds to much amusement. Many thanks to Jonny for the pick, and for sailing the frisbaton across to @Nessiest, who is here with this week's intro...

"This is from people I'd never heard of. They remind me of a lot of other artists while still managing to sound like themselves. 

I like the sharpness of some of the lyrics, the vying for balance between the artists without disrupting the effect of the overall album.

Steeped in a definite era, drinking recommendations for this one are maybe a dirty martini or an old-fashioned, accompanied by any food cut into cubes and stuck on toothpicks."

Okaydoke. Direct download is here, and the click-through-for-spoilers-goddamit HearThis stream is below:

See you at 8pm GMT!

Sunday, 30 October 2016

The Listening Club - 30th October 2016

Greetings folks,

Happy clock-dicking about week. Yep, it's goodbye to walking home in the early-evening embers, and hello to dark & gloom at the end of the day for a few months, well for me anyway. So it goes. At least it's a little less time per day I have to spend looking at the grim grey sky. No, it's not my favourite time of year, can you tell?

Back in hardy perennial #LC land, last week @cdrose_writer was in the chair, and despite my best efforts to link everyone back to the previous week, finally got there with his pick of Ruby's "Waiting For Light", which went down very well with the assembled. Cheers to him for the pick and for sailing the frisb across to the kitchen of @JonnyDaPigg, who is here with this week's appetizer...

"How do chaps and chappesses, gonna keep this brief as I'm need to keep putting more Hey Duggee's on the telly. Today's choice was helped narrowed down by my current listening situation, #kitchenclub, which basically meant I had to remove anything bass heavy. Which was quite a lot. Then removed was all choices marked summer, ah, summer, see you next year. Top of the pile was this offering which came into my possession upon receiving a new instrument one Christmas. To get me into playing (which actually I'm not allowed to do as the noise offends the gift giver) I went searching for some artists and albums featuring said instrument. This one is the second one I got and my favourite. I'm not sure why if I'm honest, but it never fails to bring a smile and get my foot tapping. It also sounds great on my laptop speakers so we should be all good to go.  

Recommended #drinkingclub: bourbon.   


Direct download is here, and the ol' spoiler-tastic HearThis stream is...

See you at 8pm GMT!

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)