Monthly Archives: February 2017

Hilltop Radio No.65

Forecast: Listen To Me

A mix heavy with 80’s nostalgia. Not so much the synth 80’s but rather the guitar pop version. There are a lot of oldies here as well as bands from the era that are still producing. There is also a bunch of bands that just could have been around then. The mix starts with “Just A Girl” and early track by the unequaled Pale Fountains. The East Village and In Embrace tracks are from a C87 compilation from last year. We then get Yo La Tengo, The Primary Five and then The Boy Hairdressers, an early track by Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake. A new track from The Jazz Butcher followed by Monochrome Set and a brand new track from the Bats. GBV’s Tobin Sprout is up next, followed by The Blue Aeroplanes, Pete Astor and Hooton Tennis Club. I was going to add a recent Close Lobster’s track but it was almost ten minutes long, so I opted for a shorter, older tune. Another C87 track from The Clouds and then an old track from The Jacobites. The Clean’s David Kilgour then covers “Message To Pretty” by Love. “Serious Drugs by BMX Bandits (who at the time was featuring Norman Blake). At the time I took the song to be an actual prescription and acted accordingly. The next song is an early offering from our kid. It is also one of the few times I stared down a blank sheet of paper without a single idea and wrote the lyrics in 15-20 minutes (while our kid had an early rehearsal with Davey and the Brain). Ballboy was one of those bands that came and went that I never knew about until the ‘went” part already happened. “Dreamland” is from down under’s Moles. Rachel is an acoustic version of a fave track from last year’s Wedding Present album. We then have a couple of tracks from ex Orange Juice guitarists. The mix ends with a collaboration between Paul Haig and Billy Mackenzie from the Associates.

The Pale Fountains – Just A Girl
East Village – Her Father’s Son
In Embrace – This Brilliant Evening
Yo La Tengo -Avalon Or Someone Very Similar
The Primary Five – Make Believe
The Boy Hairdressers – Golden Showers
The Jazz Butcher – Shame About You
Monochrome Set – Oh, Your Such A Star
The Bats – Diamonds
Tobin Sprout – Wedding Song
The Blue Aeroplanes – Beautiful Is As Beautiful Does
Pete Astor – The Getting There
Hooton Tennis Club Katy-Anne Bellis
Close Lobsters – Violently Pretty Face
The Clouds – Get Out Of My Dream
Jacobites – Pin Your Heart
David Kilgour – Message To Pretty
BMX Bandits – Serious Drugs
Too Far Gone – Perfect Conclusion
King Creosote – Surface
Ballboy – I Died For Love
Moles – Dreamland
Wedding Present – Rachel (Acoustic Version)
Malcolm Ross – One More Day
James Kirk – Any Old Iron (Part 1)
Paul Haig & Billy Mitchell – Listen To Me

Hilltop Radio #64

Forecast: Finally got there.

It’s been a while, and I have so many songs that have been holding out on.  Anyhoo, here’s a big batch of them all released last year (and in the first few weeks of this year). Some are not new recordings but newly released on recent albums. We start with a couple of “Let’s Get” songs.  Hope songs about getting there, Chrissie about getting lost.  The Tyde’s newest seems to be paying tribute to Scott Walker, at least cover-wise, and the song takes a step up when producer Bernard Butler joins on harmonies. Ebbot Lundberg makes sure your life is still being sontracked with his latest project, followed by a really fresh drop by Foxygen.  It starts to get a bit funky with Back Stabbers by Elvis C. from the HBO show vinyl.  Jimi Hill’s Guessing Game is clearly not a new recording but comes from last year’s from stellar archivists Numero Group’s “Afterschool Special” comp.  The Avalanches returned last year with Because I’m Me and a video that is worth seeking out.  Next we have a mashup of Steely Dan and Danzig and two more covers.  The Afghan Whig’s Regret comes from their 20th anniversary edition of “Black Love”.  Lambchop pays tribute to the well missed Prince.   The xx had a new album and Say Something Loving is maybe their best.  Drugdealer’s Suddenly is brought to life by Weyes Blood.   Cosines then explain chaos theory.  Deaf School was one of my fave bands in my youth and it is great to see that Clive Langer is still producing, now as The Clang Group.  Close Lobsters and pete Astor were also faves (of my a little less young) self and it is equally rewarding to see that they had a new releases last year.  The Shack’s No Surprise was a surpirise to me.  Hooton Tennis Club released their sophomore effort and it was not disappointing.  A duet of covers (VU, The Misfits) by a couple of duets.  The Delgados are long gone, but Emma Pollock showed up with Parks & Recreation.  I wasn’t familiar with Carter Tanton  but came to Twentynine Palms because of Sharon Van Etten.  Then the podcast ends, but it doesn’t because we go to what may just be the first posthumous release the departed Mr. Bowie.

Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions – Let Me Get There
Pretenders featuring Neil Tennant – Let’s Get Lost
The Tyde – The Curse In Reverse
Ebbot Lundberg & The Indigo Children – To Be Continued
Foxygen – On Lankersham
Elvis Costello – Back Stabbers
Jimi Hill – Guessing Game
The Avalanches – Because I’m Me
Demi Adejuyigbe – Steely Danzig
The Afghan Whigs – Regret
Lambchop – When You Were Mine
The xx – Say Something Loving
Drugdealer featuring Weyes Blood – Suddenly
Cosines – Chaos Theory
The Clang Group – Had A Nice Night
Close Lobsters – Under London Skies
Pete Astor – Oh You
The Shacks – No Surprise
Hooton Tennis Club – O Man, Won’t You Let Me?
Flo Morrissey & Matthew E. White – Sunday Morning
Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan – Where Eagles Dare
Emma Pollock – Parks and Recreation
Carter Tanton featuring Sharon Van Etten – Twenty Nine Palms

Yup, that’s Bowie with When I Met You

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