Podcast number 72

A surprisingly happy wizard does his best to cheer up the rest of the team in their first proper show of the year.

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Things really get rolling with a quite literally colourful quiz, detailed reviews of new albums from both Smug Brothers and Eugene Twist, and there’s even time for an exclusive new track from Schizo Fun Addict, oh, and another of Chorizo Garbanzo’s hazily recalled tales to catch up on some sleep through.

To listen and download just click here or do the soundcloud thing down there.

Some of the physicality we played in this show:

 

Podcast number 71

As is right and proper, this podcast starts with a glimpse into the heady world of academia…

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Drink is the real theme of the show and tracks are played just because the wizards like the titles (take that discerning podcasts!). Kicker brings in a surprising guest, there’s a review of the new MFC Chicken album and what can only be described as a Stupid Quiz.

Rebel Rikkit’s World of Ska makes its way to Brum and Chorizo does his best to frighten those listeners (hello to you both) who fall asleep before the end of the podcast.

Tune in and breathe easily right here. Oh and there:

Some of the physicality played and discussed on the show:

 

Podcast number 70: Rebel Rikkit’s Best of 2016

Picking the best songs from 2016 is not an issue to take lightly.

screenshot-2017-01-13-19-14-20So, Rebel Rikkit has taken his time to consider the selections before now delivering his verdict some 13 days after the end of the year.

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Was it worth the wait? Has the curator’s curator cured or cursed? Has the collector’s collector collected or cashed out? Has…(shall we just get on. TTW Ed.)

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Yes indeed, Rikkit calls 2016 here and down there and, may I say in tribute to one of our fallen, Listen With Prejudice!

Kicker’s Quarterly – January 2017

Happy New Year everyone!

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As is tradition [We did this last year – TTW Ed.], the first quarterly of the year rounds up all those songs from 2016 that just missed the cut in being on my Best of 2016 list. The very best of the rest if you will.

And with time at a premium, let’s get straight to it with a run down of the runners and riders:

  1. Jeff Rosenstock – We Begged 2 Explode (from the album Worry.)
  2. Shit Present – Sick Of Me (from the Misery + Disaster EP)
  3. Beth Orton – 1973 (from the album Kidsticks)
  4. Christian Fitness – Happiness Is Not For Amateurs (from the album This Taco Is Not Correct)
  1. The Burning Hell – Men Without Hats (from the album Public Library)
  2. Terry – 8 Girls (from the single 8 Girls)
  3. Manray – Feelin’ Alright (from the Feelin’ Alright cassette EP)
  4. Graham Repulski – The Next Great Cake (from the album Contaminated Man)
  1. The Hayman Kupa Band – Someone To Care For (from the single Someone To Care For)
  2. A Tribe Called Quest – We The People… (from the album We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service)
  3. The Humdum Express – Double Edged Swords (from the album The Day My Career Died)
  4. Kristin Hersh – Between Piety And Desire (from the album Wyatt At The Coyote Palace)
  5. Robert Pollard – Little Pigs (from the album Of Course You Are)
  6. Fog – Made To Follow (from the album For Good)
  7. Gruff Rhys – Set Fire To The Stars (from the album Set Fire To The Stars)
  8. Pete Astor – Do Nothing (from the single Do Nothing)
  1. Ian Hunter And The Rant Band – Dandy (from the album Fingers Crossed)
  2. Honey Radar – Fort Wayne Mermaids (from the album Blank Cartoon)
  3. Sat. Nite Duets – Deep Peace (from the album Air Guitar)
  4. The Dwarfs Of East Agouza – Baka Of The Future (from the album Bes)

All these tracks are too good to miss, so after listing to them below, why not go and buy your favourites and help support these talented musicians.

The Playlist

 

 

Podcast number 69: Chorizo Garbanzo’s Best Of 2016

It’s Christmas time. There’s no need to be afraid.

We’ve already seen more than enough musicians dying this year and now it seems that Santa Claus gave The Grim Reaper a copy of this iconic 1984 photo and he’s started working his way through it. With 3 days of 2016 still remaining, Sting, Midge and the rest of them know that the greatest gift they’ll get this year is life.

Well, tonight thank God it’s them instead of you.

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“Hey guys, is it just my tinnitus playing up or can anyone else hear the clanging chimes of doom?”

 

None of the musicians pictured feature in our latest podcast.  Instead it includes 24 of Chorizo Garbanzo’s favourite new releases from 2016. This is podcast number 69, the sauciest of all the numbers, so it is appropriate that it is introduced by a certain sexy MF.

Listen or download it here.

 

 

 

Here are some of the CDs that were played:

 

Some of our other “Best of the year” podcasts:

Kicker of Elves’ Favourite Things from 2016

It’s that happy time of year again when I look back over the previous 12 months of music related ephemera and award my favourite things with the accolade everyone secretly desires, the Kickers of 2016.

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Favourite song

You can hear me and Kicker Jr chewing the fat over my 23 favourite songs of the year right here, but there is clearly only one possible winner of the Kicker Song of 2016, the remarkably kind and hugely talented The Thyme Machine (with a video from Kicker Jr):

Favourite album

In order, these are my top 25 albums of 2016, all of which you need.

1. Tremolo Ghosts – Supercomputer Designs Seashells

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2. ESP Ohio – Starting Point Of The Royal Cyclopean

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3. Lambchop – FLOTUS

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4. Eureka California – Versus

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5. Guided By Voices – Please Be Honest

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6. Babybird – People Do Stupid Things

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7. Pulco – Farmyard & Library

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8. The Moles – Tonight’s Music

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9. Yak – Alas Starvation

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10. Graham Repulski – Re-Arranged At Hotel Strange/Contaminated Man/Boy Lung

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11. The Julie Ruin – Hit Reset

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12. Drive-By Truckers – American Band

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13. The Wave Pictures – Bamboo Diner In The Rain

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14. The Nosuns – Pawrawbaw

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15. Honey Radar – Blank Cartoon

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16. Joseph Airport – Is Reeling ‘Round The Punch Bowl

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17. Christian Fitness – This Taco Is Not Correct

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18. Connections – Midnight Run

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19. Badgertrap – Man Shed Head Crisis

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20. Datblygu – Porwr Trallod

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21. David Bowie – Blackstar

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22. Motorama – Dialogues

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23. A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service

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24. Martha – Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart

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25. Shirley Collins – Lodestar

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And here, making up my top 50 albums for 2106, in alphabetical order, are 25 more albums I have really enjoyed and also highly recommend:

Bad Luck Jonathan – Bad Luck Jonathan, Bill Baird – Summer Is Gone, Baltic Fleet – The Dear One, The Bordellos – How To Lose Friends And Influence No-One, The Burning Hell – Public Library, Car Seat Headrest – Teens Of Denial, Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker, The Frightnrs – Nothing More To Say, Darren Hayman – Thankful Villages Vol. 1 , The Humdrum Express – The Day My Career Died, Kristin Hersh – Wyatt At The Coyote Palace, Jon Langford’s Men Of Gwent – The Legend Of LL, Lightning In A Twilight Hour ‎– And All The Ships At Sea, Parquet Courts – Human Performance, Robert Pollard – Of Course You Are, Jeff Rosenstock – Worry., Fatima Al Qadiri – Brute, Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – Mid Thirties Single Scene, Elza Soares – A Mulher Do Fim Do Mundo, Soda Eaves – Murray, Darling , Soft Hearted Scientists – Golden Omens, The Still – The Still, Sweet Benfica – Dip My Hands Into The Sun, The Wedding Present – Going, Going…, Working For A Nuclear Free City – What Do People Do All Day?

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Best Compilation

Adventures in Home Taping Volume 3 & 4 (Post/Pop Records) – for the second year running!!

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Top EP:

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  1. Barlow – Every Time I Saw Him
  2. Dog Paper Submarine – Trouble On Earth
  3. Graham Repulski – High On Mt. Misery
  4. Lou Barlow – Apocalypse Fetish
  5. Tremolo Ghosts – Is Drunk On The Stairs
  6. Jason Henn – The Parachute Candidate
  7. Joseph Airport – 8-Mile Blowout At Hot Wheel City
  8. Manray – Feelin’ Alright
  9. Billordo – Punk De Fogon
  10. Shit Present – Misery + Disaster

 

Top Download Only:

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  1. The Astounds The Astounds
  2. The Electric Pencils The Electric Pencils
  3. Nixon Calvin
  4. Mike Downey TapeAll Times Gem
  5. This HeelThis Heel III

 

Top Reissue/Not Strictly Speaking New Stuff

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  1. Spare Snare – Dundee Church For The Deaf
  2. Black Reindeer – The Songs
  3. Urusei Yatsura – You Are My Urusei Yatsura Radio Sessions
  4. Tim Chaplin – Boy To Make Me Worry
  5. Tapes & Tubes – Retroactive
  6. The Microphones – Early Tapes, 1996 – 1998
  7. The Clean – Getaway
  8. Lizardland – The Brotherhood of Lizards
  9. Visitors – Poet’s End
  10. Passenger Peru – Passenger Peru

 

The Robert Pollard Annual Output Roundup

Another bumper year in GBVworld with ESP Ohio – Starting Point Of The Royal Cyclopean, Robert Pollard – Of Course You Are; Guided By Voices – Please Be Honest; 2 songs with Bun E Carlos (Greetings from Bunezuela);  2 x ESP Ohio singles, and the re-release of Guided By Voices – Under The Bushes Under The Stars (on blue vinyl) and Robert Pollard – Not In My Airforce (now on separate album and EP).

In the wider GBV world, we also had 2 singles from Tobin Sprout; Doug Gillard on the Nada Surf LP (You Know Who You Are); Nate Farley & The Firewatchers split single with Motel Beds; Mitch Mitchell’s Terrifying Experience LP (Mother Angelina) + a demo debuted on a previous podcast; Todd Tobias – Gila Man LP; Jim Greer’s DTCV’s Confusion Moderne.

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Here is a playlist of favourite songs taken from the pile above:

N.B. Tobin Sprout – When I Was A boy and DTCV – Le Silence Ne Porte Pas both unavailable on Spotify

 

The Bobby Pop Award For Prolificacy

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Songs released in 2016:

  1. Stephen Jones: 326 tracks (With a final Triple CD released on 28 December, this figure has now been amended. – TTW Accuracy Ed.)
  2. Owen Chambers (Tremolo Ghosts): 62 songs
  3. Robert Pollard: 51 tracks
  4. Graham Repulski: 47 tracks

 

Worst Records Bought

Mark Kozelek – Sings Favourites. (He really needn’t have bothered.)

Neil Young – Earth. (Songs with the sound of bees over the top, anyone? At least Peace Trail was pretty good.)

 

Top 6 Music Related Books (Read This Year)

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  1. Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run
  2. Robert Forster – Grant & I
  3. Bob Mehr – Trouble Boys: The True Story Of The Replacements
  4. Eddie Argos – I Formed A Band
  5. Kristin Hersh – Don’t Suck, Don’t Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt
  6. Andy Partridge – Complicated Game

 

Best TV

  1. Black Mirror – Series 3 (Netflix)
  2. Happy Valley – Series 2 (BBC1)
  3. Fleabag (BBC3)
  4. Trapped (BBC4)
  5. Narcos (Netflix)
  6. People Just Do Nothing (BBC3)

 

Worst TV

All BBC political coverage.

 

Top 12 Gigs

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  1. The Thyme Machine – our back garden, Liverpool, 31/5/16 – review
  2. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Ricoh Arena, Coventry, 3/6/16 – review
  3. Robert Forster – The Deaf Institute, Manchester, 31/5/16
  4. Spare Snare – Rio Community Centre, Newport-on-Tay, 17/9/16
  5. The Necks – Band On The Wall, Manchester, 8/11/16
  6. Low – Epstein Theatre, Liverpool, 3/8/16
  7. Kristin Hersh – Philharmonic Rooms, Liverpool, 19/11/16
  8. Elvis Depressedly – Aatma, Manchester, 15/6/16
  9. The Wave Pictures – Telfords Warehouse, Chester, 15/11/16
  10. The Burning Hell – The Eagle Inn, Salford, 14/5/16 (and The Shipping Forecast, Liverpool, 3/12/16) – review
  11. Shonen Knife – Arts Club, Liverpool, 4/5/16 – review
  12. The Wedding Present – Lowry Theatre, Salford, 11/9/16 – review

 

Podcast number 68: Kicker’s Best of 2016

Unable to rouse his fellow wizards in this season of hangovers, Kicker ropes in Kicker Jr to be on the receiving end of a definitive selection of the best songs of 2016.

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Things kick off with a challenging instrumental (and gratuitous swearing) as Kicker throws down the obscurist’s obscurist gauntlet with 2 selections that have had no commercial release at all. Take that record labels! Some proper musicians also share their favourite songs of the year with us, so prepare to add to your must listen lists.

All the goodness can be heard here and there…

This is the physicality played where there was physicality to play:

As there were no other wizards around, Kicker also played one extra (long) track at the end, which would have made the cut if only CDs stretched to 90 minutes.

Here it is being made:

and this is the finished product:

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The Wedding Present: One From Each with special indie-rock royalty guests!

To celebrate the latest leg of The Wedding Present‘s tour, we invited some legends from the wild world of indie-rock to join us playing a parlour game we invented called “One From Each”

Each player has to choose 1 track from each of the band’s studio albums to make what surely must be THE ULTIMATE PLAYLIST.

The participants are:

Seeing as it’s my blog post I get to chip in with my choices too.

We have all been to see The Wedding Present this week. I went Liverpool on Tuesday, Kriss saw them in Kendal last weekend and Tim and Frankie were at the Derby gig on Wednesday.

 

 

 

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George Best (1987, Reception)

Tim: Anyone Can Make a Mistake

Very difficult choice this one, could have gone either of three ways. Festive 50 1987, I still didn’t get them, my tape of it criminally has the 4 or so tracks from it skipped, it would take a whole 2 more weeks and their gig at Manchester University on the Nobody’s Twisting Your Arm tour to finally succumb. Seeing them do the album back a few years ago was one of the best gigs I’ve ever seen, not least for bringing out the Non-Hits.

Kriss: A Million Miles

Great, great Weddoes tune. For me no one writes about love, jealousy and disastrous relationships as well or as honestly as David Gedge. From the opening gambit, “I must’ve walked past this doorway thirty times” to the climax and the ending, with probably my favourite Wedding Present lyric of all time, “you’re not like anyone I’ve ever met… at least not yet.” Arrangement wise, it’s jangly, fast and a classic Weddoes track.

Frankie: A Million Miles

Has to be “A Million Miles”. That was the first track off the album I heard on Peel and I was totally sold. The lyrics also seemed to legitimize my pulling technique of continually walking past girls until they said something to me. This rarely (never) worked but at last David Gedge knew my pain.

Chorizo: My Favourite Dress

 

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Tommy (1988, Reception)

Tim: You Should Always Keep In Touch With Your Friends

I remember this LP cover from going round to a school mates house. His big brother had this and the Beggars Banquet sampler with The Fall doing Spoilt Victorian Child. That was the day I fell for the Fall, but I didn’t get The Wedding Present just then.

Kriss: My Favourite Dress

However many times I hear this song it always sounds as fresh, raw and emotional as the first time. David Gedge at his best, brutally stark and not dressed up or sanitized. “Slowly your beauty is eaten away By the sense of someone else, In the blanket where we lay”. The image of the “strangers hand on my favourite dress” is tragic, haunting and heartbreaking. Breathtaking.

Frankie: Never Said

A classic b-side which I already had on the white vinyl 7” of My Favourite Dress that came free with my copy of George Best. Yet again it seemed to make it OK to be completely useless at interacting with girls. This all happened while I was at Sixth Form college and completely informed my decision to choose Leeds Polytechnic as my Higher Education institute of choice. The UK’s capital city of hopeless indie kids.

Chorizo: You Should Always Keep In Touch With Your Friends

 

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Bizarro (1989, RCA)

Tim: Bewitched

Angst ridden Gedge at his finest, we’ve all been there. Repetition Repetition Repetition. And their first (possibly) quiet/loud bit. And that lovely bit at the end too.

Kriss: What Have I Said Now?

This is difficult, especially when Bizarro has Kennedy and Brassneck on it. “What have I said now?” is the track that unlocked the Wedding Present for me. There was a recent Guardian article that described the Wedding Present and David Gedge as ‘something deeply ensnaring about the Wedding Present and singer (and only constant member) David Gedge, an acquired taste you can never shake’. And it’s true, when I first listened to them I found them to be impenetrable and all the songs sounded the same. Then suddenly I listened to ‘What have I Said now?’ and I got it! Like seeing a magic eye for the first time, or acquiring a taste for beer I ‘got’ the Wedding Present, that was at nineteen and I still listen on a weekly basis. Picked for sentimental reasons but still a great track.

Frankie: Take Me

I’d heard this on the Peel Session they did prior to the release of Bizarro and I remember sitting in my room taping it with a strange mixture of excitement and fear. Excited that it felt like it was never going to end, but then scared that my tape was going to run out! I accidentally saw them play a secret warm-up gig in Leeds for the Bizarro tour and this “Take Me” was a stand-out memory. My old blog on that gig is here if you’re interested.

Chorizo: Take Me

 

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Seamonsters (1991, RCA)

Tim: Dalliance

A close cousin of Bewitched I guess. Brilliant album. I remember having a drunken conversation about this album with someone at Leicester Poly Friday night disco, trying to explain that each song on the album for me related to a different girl (all largely unrequited I think), can’t remember any of them now! Seeing them with the Wonder Stuff earlier this year re-confirmed that the best bit of any Wedding Present gig (or indeed ANY gig) is that bit at 2:46 when it explodes, never too old to throw yourself around to this. Glorious. And when not in a mosh pit, its essential air drumming! Probably my #1.
Actually just remembered about Crawl (if you were doing deluxe versions which we shouldn’t be) A very simple song, cant actually work out why its so good, but it is.

Kriss: Corduroy

The song they opened with when I saw them live for the first time. Loud, distorted massive sound but everything has a place. Much darker, edgier and aggressive than the jangliness of George Best. Brilliant song from an excellent album.

Frankie: Octopussy

One of the few songs on Seamonsters that I didn’t already know through Peel sessions, singles or gigs before I got a copy of this record home. Sat at the end of Side B it was obviously the last one I heard and still feels like a lost gem to me. I don’t think I ever even saw them play it live until the recent Seamonsters heritage tour.

Chorizo: Lovenest

 

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The Hit Parade (1992, RCA)

12 singles released monthly throughout the year. Technically not an album but hey, who cares? My blog post on the Hit Parade singles and my David Gedge approved graph can be found right here.

Tim: Silver Shorts

Ah what fun. This year corresponded to leaving University and getting a job, and realising that November was going to be the first one I wasn’t going to be able to buy on the day it came out. I almost tried to hold off joining the real world until the January, just to make sure (what an idiot)! Thankfully the novelty was beginning to wear off by then so 11 and 12 were secured to complete the set. Silver Shorts – just a great tune.

Kriss: Flying Saucer

Ever since I heard this I’ve loved the image of the ‘flying saucer right inside my head’. Great tune!

Frankie: Silver Shorts

By the time they reached The Hit Parade I had left Leeds and was back in Deby working a full-time job. The first Monday of every month in 1992 I’d nip out of the office for lunch and head to the record shops to pick up the next 7” in the series. So The Hit Parade never felt like an album but my favourite of the singles was definitely “Silver Shorts” with the Twin Peaks song on the B-side. Living at my parents, my Dad had a swanky record player that you could put on repeat, so I remember spending the Easter weekend listening to this one about 200 times on the bounce.

Chorizo: Come Play With Me

 

Watusi (1994, Island)

Tim: Click Click

Probably the easiest choice of all of these, one of Gedge’s very best on what is a comparatively weak album. By this point there’s some real experimentation in the song writing and this strikes me as a sort of round, and is very clever. I’ve listened to this song god know how many times over the last 20+ years and still really struggle to come in at the right place with the air drumming. Whilst Rob and I have joked about it eventually being our turn to join either the Fall or The Wedding Present (Rob’s got no chance, he doesn’t look good in a short skirt and knee high boots). My biggest fear would be having to play this, because I’d never be able to come in at the right place. Air drumming failures aside, probably my #2.

Kriss: Swimming Pools and Movie Stars

It feels as if Watusi is often forgotten in the Weddoes canon but I’ve always had a soft spot for it. Maybe because it came on the back of releasing all the singles for Hit Parade people were all Gedged out. Swimming Pools and Movie Stars just edges out Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah for top spot on this one!

Frankie: Click Click

Watusi coincided with me finally moving out into a reasonably nice flat (as opposed to student hovels) with a mate who managed Way Ahead Records in Derby. This was known as the Year Of Many CDs as my collection seemed to exponentially increase as a result. Watusi kind of got lost in the glut, possibly because it underwhelmed me slightly. “Click Click” was the stand-out track, whilst rubbish like “Shake It” left me beyond disappointed.

Chorizo: Click Click

 

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Saturnalia (1996, Cooking Vinyl)

Tim: Skin Diving

Very difficult choice, as an album, it’s okay probably better than Watusi, but no real stand out tracks. This era was a bit weird for me having previously hung out quite a bit with Tse Tse Fly a few years back, and then here they are as being half the Wedding Present!

Kriss: Real Thing

Saturnalia was always a bit of a slow burner for me but it did get under skin after a while. Real Thing always stood out off this album for me. Love the boy/girl vocals and the distorted guitars at the end. I enjoyed the shift sonically and it’ll be a mystery to see what they would have put out next had Saturnalia not been the last album before the hiatus.

Frankie: Venus

Saturnalia came out 6 months after the birth of my first child, so my memories of it are somewhat blurred. I doubt I even bought it on the day of release, and I certainly didn’t spend a lot of time listening to it. Which is probably why I’d choose “Venus” here as the first track on the CD it’s probably about as far as I got most times. Even now having gone back to it, I can say with conviction that this is by far my least favourite Wedding Present album. It felt like they were running out of steam and I wasn’t surprised in the least when David Gedge announced his solo project afterwards. My only disappointment there was that he didn’t heed my advice and call it “Gedge!” (the exclamation mark being important). Cinerama was a rubbish name for it in comparison.

Chorizo: Skin Diving

 

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Take Fountain (2005, Scopitones)

Tim: Perfect Blue

After slowly turning back into the Wedding Present from Cinerama, this album is a cracking return of the name. There are a few that could have been the choice here, but as an album closer this is one of the very best. The tours for this album were also great, being the first time, in years they’d done really old stuff too, just a shame Simon Smith wasn’t there, the Finnish drummer’s snare was always too tight!

Kriss: Interstate 5

As good as anything the Wedding Present have ever done. Genuinely believe that Interstate 5 is one of the greatest Wedding Present songs off an album I love. Along with Seamonsters and George Best, Take Fountain completes my top three WP albums. With regards in Interstate 5 I love the arrangements of the guitars, I love the lyrics, I love how long it is! Excellent.

Frankie: Don’t Touch That Dial

The Wedding Present “comeback” didn’t surprise me either. Having attended Cinerama gigs throughout their lifespan it was obvious that audiences were dwindling, so reverting to The Wedding Present name seemed an obvious (if somewhat cynical) path to take. I still think of this as a Cinerama album as they’d debuted a number of the songs as Cinerama and the line-up was identical. They had this very technical drummer from Finland or somewhere and he seemed (to me) completely ill-suited to The Wedding Present. Witness the horrible off-beat ride cymbal on “Interstate 5” that drags, what should be a powerful opening statement, towards some sort of reggae excursion. That said, there are some brilliant songs on here and I struggle to choose between “Perfect Blue” and “Don’t Touch That Dial” as my favourites, but as it’s a strict “1 from each” rule, I’ll go with the latter.

Chorizo: Ringway to Seatac

 

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El Rey (2008, Vibrant)

Tim: Boo Boo

Another one showing I’m a sucker for the moody ones. The only time I saw them round this time was at Indietracks. The problem with all these themed old tours is they don’t play the new stuff much after the year it comes out. I’d be keen on a “NO OLD SONGS” tour, but the gigs would be empty I guess.

Kriss: Spider Man on Hollywood

Sounds like it could have been off Watusi! My favourite from this album as it sounds the most like the Wedding Present!!!

Frankie: Boo Boo

Seems to have a fairly low standing among other fans I’ve spoken to but I really liked this album when it came out. I’ve not listened to it in quite a while but “Boo Boo” was my favourite at the time. Just checked again and it still is, although I can see why it’s not considered a classic Wedding Present album. A couple of weak songs and some fairly flat Albini production going on but at least they’d got a proper drummer in!

Chorizo: Don’t Take Me Home Until I’m Drunk

 

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Valentina (2012, Scopitones)

Tim: End Credits

For the bass guitar alone, could be Steve Hanley playing it.

Kriss: Back a Bit… Stop

Didn’t really get into this album first time round until I heard the the Cinerama cover of the whole album. I really enjoyed that so I went back and listened to it. It was great as listening to it again I enjoyed it a lot more. Not vintage Weddoes in my humble opinion but still better than most!!!

Frankie: The Girl from the DDR

My main criticism of Valentina when it came out was that, whilst it contained a whole bunch of solid Wedding Present songs it didn’t have a killer track that grabbed me and stuck with me like their best albums did. This makes doing a “1 from each” tricky for me, but I’ll plump for “The Girl From The DDR” even though it’s one of several songs that I think were bettered by the Cinerama versions last year. Am I allowed to say that?

Chorizo: Deer Caught in the Headlights

 

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Going Going… (2016, Scopitones)

Frankie: Rachel

My favourite on the new album is probably Rachel (I bet Tim says Santa Monica!)

Tim: Santa Monica and Bear

As its a double length album, I’ll have 2 choices. Santa Monica as correctly predicted by Rob, not least for its impressive use of recycling lyrics! But also Bear.

Kriss: Bear

I love Going Going, it’s their best since Take Fountain and I think it might even be in my top three Weddoes albums. Been on pretty much constant rotation since I got it. Favourite track has to be Bear. Such a great song and when they played it live in Kendal it was amazing!

Chorizo: Got to agree with Kriss, this album is right up there with their very best. Seeing as Tim has already bent the rules a bit with the double album thing, I’ll choose Fifty Six and Little Silver.

 

Official Wedding Present links:

  • Visit The Wedding Present online shop to buy their music
  • Check the tour dates to see when they’re coming your way (if you’re going to Manchester in May then see you down the front!)

More Wedding Present stuff on this website:

 

Spotify playlist featuring all these songs:

Podcast number 67

Our latest podcast takes you behind the scenes with a bunch of old farts, no not the wizards…

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We also venture into the teenage Chorizo Garbanzo’s lair, learn about Rebel Rikkit’s aversion to very high heights and hear about Kicker’s latest favourite Robert Pollard side project.

There’s also a rational and reasoned debate about the various qualities of current football pundits [this may well not be rational or reasoned and may involve justifiably lengthy personal attacks – TTW Ed.]

Oh, and we also once again forgot to say hello to listener Lee Anthony Beet, so hello LAB (as everyone calls you. Probably).

Listen in and download on this link or below:

Some of the physicality played on this show:

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And here’s that photo of Chorizo’s teenage bedroom circa 1989…

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Live review: The Burning Hell @ The Shipping Forecast, Liverpool, 3 December 2016

The wizards are in attendance once again as Canadian cult heroes, The Burning Hell, make it back to our shores; this time ripping it up at The Shipping Forecast in downtown Liverpool.

Have a listen to Kicker and Chorizo pre- and post-gig right here (and there):

Pictures from the front row

And some more…

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The setlist

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Kicker’s T-shirt Challenge

Did Chorizo correctly name all the acts on Kicker’s T-shirt?

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Live review: Ezra Furman & The Boyfriends / Delmore Huggs @ The Ritz, Manchester 27th October 2016

Manchester was the place to be last week for the first date of Ezra Furman and The Boyfriends latest tour. The night was made even more special by a rare live appearance from the enigmatic Texas troubadour Delmore Huggs.

You can hear what we made of it all right here.

 

 

Have a look at our photos below.

 

 

A whole load of far better pictures by proper photographer Andrew Benge can be viewed here.

 

More Ezra Furman on our website:

Podcast number 66

It’s fashion week on the Trust the Wizards podcast, so join us as we take a sashay down the catwalk of sound.

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You’ll find us modelling the works of some musical stylists both old and new, something borrowed, but no real blues. We do have the eagerly awaited return of Kicker’s Question Time (well, he likes it), and a couple of hot off the recording press album reviews from the cool kids’ favourites Three Dimensional Tanx and The Wolfhounds. It’s all going on here

Some of the physicality we played on the show:

Live Review: DTCV / Voo / Big Safari / Stadt Skulls @ Evil Eye, Liverpool, 29 October 2016

I thought I was alone until I realised I was in it.

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the heart of south liverpool

Yes, me and friend of the pod, Texas Paul, spent last night very much watching the detectives. Actually Detective (or more properly the vowel eschewing DTCV) and three local Liverpool bands playing the second night of Evil Eye’s Day Of The Dead Weekender. This was the first time I had been to this particular burrito joint/venue in the south of the city, but I was immediately struck by the friendly vibe at the bar and was delighted to find a decent spec in the corner of an already packed front room when the first band started setting up.

This turned out to be the band Stadt Skulls, who announced that they were playing only their second gig. The three-piece (at least from my vantage point) sounded great and played pop punk in the style of Boyracer and Number One Cup. I was particularly impressed by the lead singer/guitarist’s ability to keep propping his glasses back up his nose mid lively song. The bloke next to me and Paul reckoned they sounded like Green Day, but they were much more interesting than that.

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stadt skulls (yep, only three of ’em)

As The Skulls (as everyone is now calling them) were finishing up their set, I noticed a very tall American dude and a  stylish petite French woman enter the bar. They clearly weren’t from around these parts and yet no-one batted an eyelid. No-one except me, of course, as I recognised them to be James and Lola from the headlining band or more specifically Jim Greer, formerly of Guided By Voices, Jim Greer, who has written the definitive story of GBV: Twenty-one Years of Hunting Accidents in the Forests of Rock and Roll. THAT Jim Greer. Tex managed to restrain the fanboy me from leaping up and embarrassing myself, but once The Skulls had finished I headed off to the back of the venue to find Jim and ask him to sign my copy of his book and the GBV EP he appears on. Despite to all intents and purposes interrupting their candlelit dinner (top quality burritos out the back albeit not cellophane shrink-wrapped), I was delighted to find a very welcoming set of people.

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dtcv mid meal

As followers of this blog and podcast (hello to both of you) will know, to say I am a fan of Guided By Voices is a little bit like saying Donald Trump is a fan of the odd white lie. I fucking love the band and have been obsessively collecting their music for more than 20 years. In that time I have only seen them play live once, so to meet up with a former member and current pal of the band was quite a thrill. Jim indulged me in not only signing my book and record, but also in telling me tales about the band and highlighting a couple of little known truths (see below).

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After chatting to the detectives for a while I went back inside with Kyle (the bass player) to see the next band. As we stood at the bar they started up with a burst of tribal drums that immediately grabbed everyone’s attention before launching into a set of Cramps/B52s surf guitar infused songs with reverb heavy Elvis (P not C) type vocals up front. Wow. They were excellent. Nobody around me was aware who they were so I politely enquired what they were called [“Yer fucking great, but who are ya?” – TTW Elocution Ed.] Turns out they were Big Safari and despite feeling that their name didn’t really do them justice (we preferred Poison Ivy or Mystery Plane or…), we will definitely be checking them out again. In the meantime, you can hear a couple of their songs here:

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While all this was going on I was chatting to the very amiable Kyle and it turns out he’s Kyle Sowash out of off of The Kyle Sowashes. Yes, I know! For those of you less aware than you should be of the Ohioan rock scene, The Kyle Sowashes put out a couple of albums on Anyway Records about 5 years ago cleverly called Somebody and Nobody. As GBV had also released records on this label, I had checked them out and liked what I’d heard, contacted the label and done a deal on postage to get a whole bunch of their stuff sent over to the UK. Anyway (ahem), both the label and the band are still going strong and Kyle was impressed enough that I knew his band to give me a copy of their latest release (Everybody). What a gent! You can check their stuff out for yourself here.

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Up next were local legends Voo, whose alt-rock sound clearly nods in the direction of my Dayton, Ohio based heroes and their set was a tremendous mix of slower soulful numbers and quicker tempo rockers. They went down really well with the crowd, many of whom were obviously long-term fans. The harmonies on their records got a bit lost in the mix, but the guitar sounded particularly fine. I recognised one or two of the tracks from the records of theirs I own, but can’t recall exactly what was played. Have a listen to some of their stuff here (and then find out when they’re playing your town):

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So then it was time for the headliners, and DTCV squeezed their impressive array of effects pedals into the corner of the bar. A warm up of the bass line to that Grand Prix song [Fleetwood Mac’s The Chain – AOR Ed.] later and BAM!! Possibly the loudest gig me and Tex have witnessed since The Lucid Dream at the Liverpool Psychedelic Festival a couple of years ago. This band does rock. Mixing French and English lyrics Lola is an impressive frontwoman ably supported by Kyle on lowslung Peter Hook style bass, Jim on screeching guitar and the wild intense drummer (whose name I didn’t catch, sorry). They soared through tracks from their current Confusion Moderne album in a way that brilliantly combined 60s French insouciance and post-punk Magazine. Lola’s guitar had a Buzzcocks sticker on it and that seems apt. Highlights included Radio Drive (from previous LP Uptime!) and a song about a Vampire (I think). Truth be told it was all great and it was fantastic to have them play in my adopted hometown

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Please check out the DTCV back catalogue on their bandcamp page and at dtcvband.com

They are continuing their UK tour in Glasgow tonight followed by Durham, Sheffield, Brighton, London and Cardiff and are not to be missed.

Live review: Scott and Charlene’s Wedding / Ohmns @ The Continental, Preston 20th October 2016

A new venue in a new town for me tonight. Quite a few times I’ve seen gigs advertised in Preston and thought “naaah, that’s too far away!” But this week I learnt from Google Maps that it’s exactly 1 hour from my front door, about the same distance as Liverpool or Manchester in fact and I go to gigs in those cities all the time.
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But what a great venue The Continental is. Extremely friendly staff and a brilliant selection of beers. A shame I was driving really, I could’ve easily have stayed all night. This was a local gig for my good friend The Lancashire Toreador so he was happy to attend despite his assertion that Scott and Charlene’s Wedding is really shit name for a band.

Before the gig, I had a prior engagement DJing at a children’s Halloween party where 200 creepily dressed kids insisted that all in attendance should watch them whip and subsequently nae nae. That meant I arrived too late to see Vukovar, a St Helens band which shares some bandmembers with wizards favourites The Bordellos and takes its name from the scene of some of the worst atrocities in the Yugoslavian wars of the 1990s. Vukovar’s latest EP is an intriguing listen and is available as a “name your price” download below.

 

We did catch the next band, Liverpool’s Ohmns and very good they were too. I read somewhere that they are following in the footsteps of other Liverpool psych bands such as Dr Phibes and The House of Wax Equations. I loved Dr Phibes and was lucky enough to see them live before their tragic demise but they didn’t sound the slightest bit like Ohmns.

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Ohmns were a much heavier and hairier proposition altogether. The bass player is surely the progeny of either Tony Iommi, Derek Smalls or both. One of the songs was a Gories cover and many of Ohmns’ own songs are in similar dirty punk territory. Most of the best songs had little repetitive lead guitar lines (listen to the “Boil D. Rice” and the end of “Paul Is Sure” on the EP below). They started with a song that sped up and finished with one that slowed right down so bonus points for symmetry. The 2 guitarists and the bassist know their way around a pedal board and all 3 seem to have purchased one called The Make-The-Whole-Fucking-Room-Vibrate-o-matic which they used to tremendous effect in their last song.

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But last words about Ohmns must go to the drummer. With a snare wound tight and sounding like a gunshot, he was a ball of energy and gave the kit a right good seeing to. If he were to ever get onstage with the drummer from fellow Liverpudlians Mind Mountain there’d be a city-wide epidemic of perforated eardrums. The lead vocals were shared around the band quite a lot and most of the best songs were sung by yer man on the drums. But no matter who was on vocals one thing remained the same: you couldn’t make out any of the words and IT DIDN’T MATTER AT ALL. Definitely worth catching live if they’re playing anywhere near your Ohmn-town.

 

Onto the headliners, the wonderful Scott and Charlene’s Wedding. Their album “Any Port In a Storm” was our Official Trust the Wizards Album of the Year™ in 2013 and we reviewed their Liverpool gig back in August of that year. They’re led by Craig Dermody who writes clever, reflective, honest, sometimes amusing, mostly autobiographical lyrics and sings with great passion in a voice reminiscent of Jonathan Richman or a male Courtney Barnett. They’ve released a great new LP “Mid Thirties Singles Scene” a couple of months ago and most of tonight’s set came from that.

 

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The opening song of both the new album and tonight’s gig was “Maureen” an homage to a lady who lives in the country and communes with spiders. Here was the first of many great solos from lead guitarist Gill with her fantastic 70s Chrissie Hynde hair and bomber jacket.

Next up was “Don’t Bother Me”, probably the catchiest song on the new album in which Craig touches on the subject of depression, not for the last time this evening. “I’ve seen days turn my world black, black, black, black, black. Now these little things they don’t bother me.” Or “don’t sweat the small stuff” as my Kiwi mate Tom puts it. In this song Craig also reflects on his inability to dance and compares himself to a crab. As long-suffering fans of at best mediocre football teams, The Lancashire Toreador and I particularly enjoyed the verse that goes:

“When I’m at the football on Saturday
I look at the scoreboard like it was world affairs. 
And there’s just one team that we never seem to be able to beat.
But the beer still tastes the same at the end of the day to me.”

Amen to that. I long since stopped going to football matches with any genuine expectation of enjoying the actual match. Treat the match as an excuse to catch up and get pissed up with friends and if the team play well or win, well, that’s just an added bonus.

 

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Soon after, one of my favourite tracks from the debut album is played, the magnificent “Gammy Leg” which starts with Craig working on a building site and ends with him moving to New York, all the while being hampered by a persistent “zombie” leg injury that won’t heal. This was followed by another older song “Footscray Station” a story of truck driving and redemption through music set in the band’s hometown. Fantastic stuff.

“Distracted” is another catchy tune from the current album. It’s uptempo and sounds very cheery but if you a listen a little closer it’s about fighting off depression. Great call and response vocals from Craig and Gill on the chorus here.

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Another song from the new album “Hardest Years” was probably my favourite song of the night. It starts off with a verse about a loved one (his dad?) in a wheelchair who “laughs the biggest laugh that I ever have heard” and the chorus “I take my hat off to that”.

The next verse is worth quoting in full I think:

“Now when I was a teen we didn’t get on so much
When I left I ran, we just lost touch
All them years, running round the world, I never looked back
When I returned all unannounced the door was open
and all you said was “Mum’s cooking dinner, it might be bad but there’s beers in the fridge”
And that is all we ever ever said about that and I’m grateful for that”

I could easily go on because the next verse is brilliant too. An exceptional song full of heart-on-the-sleeve writing, once again touching on the theme of depression and battling inner demons.

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As they started the encore, Craig explained that today was the 10th anniversary of the band’s first ever gig. Apparently the other bandmembers weren’t in the band back then but they were at the gig. In fact I don’t think Craig was the only bandmember there tonight who played in Liverpool 3 years ago. The band apologised for being jet-lagged and explained that they would play one more song which was “an Australian classic”. What would it be we wondered? The Go-Betweens? Nick Cave? AC/DC? Scott and Charlene’s duet “Especially For You”? It turned out to be a cover of “Live It Up” by Mental as Anything, a 80s hit on the back of the film “Crocodile Dundee”

I didn’t particularly like that song 30 years ago and despite Gill’s stirring guitar solo, their cover didn’t do a lot to make me change my mind. It seems a shame to play a cover when they’ve got so many great songs of their own. Earlier this year the band released a 4 track EP “Delivered” which features 3 truly brilliant tracks.* It would’ve been great to hear one of these songs or something else from the first 2 albums to close the gig.

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The Preston gig was the first one of the tour, check out their other tour dates here. They’re off to Holland, Germany and Spain next before coming back to UK next month.

You can (and should) buy Scott and Charlene’s Wedding music from Fire Records website and from Bandcamp

Other Scott and Charlene’s Wedding stuff on our website:

 

* The 4th track is a cover of Elton John’s “Benny and The Jets”, a song that stands out as being particularly irritating and shit even amidst the huge pile of irritating and shit songs that comprise the Elton John back catalogue.

Bonus Mental as Anything fact: Lead singer Greedy Smith’s real name was Andy. He earnt the nickname Greedy because in 1979 he ate 15 pieces of KFC “chicken” before a gig. Sounds like the banter-ometer must have been off the scale in that band.

Mental as Anything rehearse at the Forum.

Podcast number 65

The wizards have had some work done, but are not all necessarily pleased with the results.

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Fortunately, there is much to raise their spirits in the show, which features a timely tribute to the late Prince Buster and reviews of the new albums from Ben Reed and Ay Carmela.

There’s also the return of the gap-fill quiz, this time focusing on a former early member of the Mott The Hoople fanclub, as well as loads of great music.

Check it all out right underneath these words or directly on this word.

 

Some of the physicality we played on the show:

 

Kicker’s Quarterly – October 2016

Hello again, dear reader, and welcome to what will be the last Quarterly of 2016. I appreciate this does not mean it is December and the year still has 92 more fun-filled days left.

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plenty more of this to come

But for now, buckle up and settle down for a whole bunch of music that has been on my radar these last few months. First up an instrumental from the Dundee band that isn’t Spare Snare. Yes, The Associates with a track from Sulk that showcases Alan Rankine for a change. More Scots after that with a track from the delightful surprise that is a new Urusei Yatsura album. Well, a new collection of songs in any case – the album You Are My Urusei Yatsura: BBC Radio Sessions, which brings together some tremendous versions of old favourites on pink vinyl. Then we have the band Miss Mary, who, as far as I can work out, is pretty much the work of one Mary Stopas, and a track of garage-pop candy from the rather wonderful Ready 2 Pop album that was out on Waxfruit in 2005. Next on the mix, but only available in video form here [Go and buy it! – TTW Ed.], it’s the SFA that’s not Super Furry Animals – our pals Schizo Fun Addict – who had a split cassette (with a K) out on Small Bear Records with label mates and sonic tyros The Bordellos last year that I should have banged on about much more. Have a gander and check out those ace backing vox.

A new favourite next with the all-caps CHUCK, whose latest release (the factually correct, My Band Is A Computer) on Audio Anihero is a must listen. However, here I have gone for the track of his that appeared on the sadly ill-fated Bern Yr Idols fundraiser. Time for a cover version after that and just pipping the choice of Kristin Hersh doing Like A Hurricane, comes Cristina Quesada doing The Jesus & Mary Chain, which I picked up on an Elefant Records sampler. Neat, huh? Eric Caboor and David Kauffman are perhaps best known, if at all, for their Songs From Suicide Bridge collection (it was the only record of theirs I owned until recently, certainly), but they also performed together as The Drovers on an LP called Tightrope Town (actually their second LP), which is well worth seeking out. Our next not-on-Spotify song is from the band Dumb, who came to my attention on the flip of a split single with JD Meatyard’s old band Calvin Party back in the day (OK, 1995). Calvin Party went like this, and Dumb go like that:

It seems appropriate that this mix’s Guided By Voices selection features Doug Gillard on guitar seeing as how he is now part of the newly reformed GBV currently touring the USA. This track comes from the Universal Truths An Cycles album, a fact I am happy to remind you of. Another fact is that the band Passenger Peru combines the talents of Justin Stivers (ex- The Antlers) and Justin Gonzales. This year they made the leap from cassette to vinyl by putting out a kind of self-titled ‘best of’ on Gallic taste-maker label, Big Tomato Records, which has had repeated plays in Kicker Towers. A bit of an oldie next as we venture into Television’s 70s album that isn’t Marquee Moon, or Adventure as it is otherwise known. An underrated gem, this one. They are followed by another band that I discovered because they shared a split single with a band I already loved – And His Voice Became. This song was the other side of Riding (Bracken Mix) by Spare Snare (yes, them again) and it goes like this:

That Canterbury Sound, eh? No, not yer Caravans, Soft Machines or Gongs, I mean Canterbury, New Zealand and the sound of Transistors, whose neat Cuppa Jarra Brossa EP comes highly recommended (with or without cream and sugar) especially the opening track, Confidence Man. And that links us nicely to Yesterday’s Man (calm down, you Suggs fans, it’s just the one) in the form of a blistering track off of the Velcro Hooks Gymnophoria album that came out a few years ago – described by Artrocher as “a band you SHOULD DEFINITELY HAVE IN YOUR LIFE. And we don’t write in caps lock very often, so we really mean that”. So there. All I can add is that the album title refers to the sensation that someone is mentally undressing you, something us wizards just have to get used to. Another fantastically named album that came out last year was Remember Me John Lydon Forever by Doubting Thomas Cruise Control from Brooklyn, New York. The album is top notch and full of intriguing lyrics. But as much as I appreciate the band’s name, I think they might have missed out an some fine portmanteau possibilities like Doubting Thomas Cook (unreliable package deals) or Doubting Thomas Brolin (a suspension of belief regarding the size of certain ex-Leeds United ‘stars’). Anyway, after that we are invited to go all the way by The Squires, who pop up on that brilliant Nuggets collection put together by Lenny Kaye that always rewards dipping into. Dip right in to the video below to see what I mean.

Another neat compilation that finds itself in my hands is the 6 x CD CMJ 500 collection, bought solely on the grounds that it featured a GBV song, but nevertheless a source of some great stuff, like the next track from Beat Happening, whose contribution represents the sound of 1988. Probably. No real reason for including a Captain Beefheart track next except for the fact that it is from The Spotlight Kid album and is therefore inherently brilliant. Back to the 80s after that for one of those bands who may well have recorded loads of ace albums, but that I only know from one single – but what a single! I refer, of course, to The Kamikaze Pilots and their wonderful Sharon Signs To Cherry Red tale that I have on the rather less well known Lowther International label and is dedicated to “everyone who has ever sent a demo tape to a record company” (or musical podcast show). I recently watched that documentary film ‘Lawrence of Belgravia’ about him out of off of Felt, Denim and Go Kart Mozart, and was struck by the lot of the creative artist seemingly ill-equipped to cope with not only the murky world of the record business, but life itself. Lawrence seemed to me to quite heroic in his own way and the film made me immediately put on records of his that I hadn’t listened to for far too long. And so it is that we finish this mix with Felt and a favourite taken from Ignite The Seven Cannons And Set Sail For The Sun, which sounds like a plan.

Before I leave you though, I also wanted to share the fact that I have just finished reading Robert Forster’s new autobiography, Grant & I, that has been an absolute pleasure (thanks, Rebecca!!), filling in all sorts of gaps in my knowledge of The Go-Betweens, not least the fact that at the initial demise of the band, Grant and Robert intended not only to continue as a duo, but had songs lined up for a new album, Freakchild, that included the likes of this…

Those all important tracks in full

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  1.  The Associates – Arrogance Gave Him Up
  2.  Urusei Yatsura – No No Girl
  3. Miss Mary – I’m Waiting
  4. Schizo Fun Addict – Make A Stand
  5. Chuck – Rich Kids
  6. Cristina Quesada – Just Like Honey
  7. Eric Caboor & David Kauffman – Boulevard
  8. Dumb – Do One
  9. Guided By Voices – Eureka Signs
  10. Passenger Peru – On Company Time
  11. Television – The Dream’s Dream
  12. And His Voice Became – Lost
  13. Transistors – Confidence Man
  14. Velcro Hooks – Yesterday’s Man
  15. Doubting Thomas Cruise Control – Lenny Bruce
  16. The Squires – Going All The Way
  17. Beat Happening – Indian Summer
  18. Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band – Click Clack
  19. The Kamikaze Pilots – Sharon Signs To Cherry Red
  20. Felt – Primitive Painters

The Playlist

Live Review: The Wedding Present @The Lowry, Salford, 11 September 2016

Two wizards were in Salford to witness a stellar live performance from The Wedding Present of their new album Going Going…

An unusually an all-seated audience thrilled to the new sounds of the concept(?) album and accompanying visuals (no capes) and our intrepid reporters tell you all about it on the links here and there…

Some, frankly, pitiful attempts at photography from Row B:

and a couple more…

Podcast number 64

Creative differences are again to the fore, as the wizards announce their ideas for new musical ventures.

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Fortunately, sense and taste take hold and we get a suitably sweary show that sees the long awaited return of both Rebel Rikkit’s World of Ska and Chorizo Garbanzo’s Kevin Rowland impression  Kicker’s now celebrity endorsed Question Time.

We’ve also got another album review, a celebration of Lancaster, a cheese conspiracy,”the sound of self-promotion reminiscent of wind chimes in a hurricane” and a heated debate about spelling.

Check it all out right here at the right click of a mouse and on that there picture below.

Some of the physicality we played on the show:

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Podcast number 63

Did you think we’d forgotten you? Yes, after a lengthy summer hiatus, the wizards are back with fuck all to report.

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Luckily, in the world of music, there’s plenty for them to get stuck into and in this show there are songs from as far afield as Argentina and Wales, not one, but two album reviews, and a state of the nation address from Chorizo Garbanzo (with soul).

Kicker is also delighted to relate his recent correspondence with not one, but two former members of Guided By Voices and as a result we get to hear an exclusive track from Mitch Mitchell’s Terrifying Experience. And shit, yeah, it’s cool.

Hear all that right here and stream away below

Some of the physicality played on the show:

and that picture of the remarkable Adrian Street:

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Also, Kicker was right about the DTCV gig in Liverpool being on 29 October – here’s a link for more detail.

Kicker’s Quarterly – July 2016

So, three quarters of the way through the year that is calling itself 2016 and nothing of note has happened, eh? Oh. Ah.

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THE big news in Kicker Towers

This quarterly mix kicks off in fine instrumental style with the undoubted king of the melodica, Augustus Pablo, and a track from the self-explanatory Dub, Reggae and Roots from the Melodica King collection. This is followed by another oldie, and definitely a goodie, some proper blues from another self-titled king – he of the slide guitar – Elmore James and my favourite of his that tells a tale of sneaking out the window rather than facing the music, which seems apt. This is the title track from another compilation, One Way Out, that I would recommend everyone own even if it is their only blues album. Taking us up the M1, ahem, we next have San Fran punks J Church with one of many great tunes on the singles collection Nostalgic For Nothing. Then rounding up our compilation heavy start, we have a top track taken from the Sensible Record Labels RSD15 release curated by our pals at Alcopop and here featuring Best Friends from the label Art Is Hard, which you can buy here and hear there:

A band that certainly unites all of us wizards is The Wave Pictures and I am currently really keen on their album If You Leave It Alone and in particular the title track, so here it is. After that it’s Andrew Howie, who I was introduced to via the Grand Gestures collective first couple of albums, and whose own album The Great Divide I would heartily recommend. I would also suggest you go back and check out Andrew’s first band Calamateur too. A bit of European solidarity next with the inclusion of Berlin-based multilingual, French-German duo Stereo Total and a track from their second album Monokini, which as well as sporting a remarkable cover, also contains a load of great music including this track, which my CSE (ask yer parents, kids) German tells me means ‘nice behind’. Yeah. After that, we have more European culture from the very difficult to google Collection with a track taken from AB Records (out of Lyon, France) Go Goal 1 round up of their own artists that came out in January and which you can hear in full on this link and enjoy on the player below.

Here’s another free compilation that you should get hold of immediately – the Bloodshot Records Sampler 15 – which brings you a pleasing mix of genres, usually within the one song. It’s all good, but I’ve gone for the rip-roaring Banditos, who kick this set off in fine style. They’re followed by this year’s new sensation, at least according to the fine people on the Not For The Masses forum, and who am I to disagree, it’s London’s own Yak. Their debut LP Alas Salvation is going to be right up there in my best of the year list, no doubt, so now’s as good a time as any to catch up. Our GBV related track this time comes not from Robert Pollard, but from the equally gifted, if rather less prolific, Tobin Sprout, who has so far given us one fantastic single and here a taster track from a new album due later in the year. Maintaining the lo-fi aesthetic we then have a track from the magnificently monikered Dolby Fuckers’ album of Groovy Tunes that again you can get hold of fer nowt. This one is my favourite:

More from San Fran next in the form of new-wavers Tuxedomoon and the title-track from their debut EP No Tears from, bloody hell, 1978 – still sounds pretty contemporary to me. Another old favourite, although not from so far back, is the opener to the Peter Bjorn & John album Falling Out. I always thought there should be a comma after Peter, but perhaps the band’s name refers to two individuals not three. There’s definitely a bloke called Bjorn in the band, I know that.There’s only one Rowland S Howard though, and he’s up next with a killer track from his wonderful Pop Crimes album. Probably my second favourite ex-Birthday Party bloke if push came to shove, but it’s a close call. The S is for Stuart, you’ll be pleased to know. Our pals at Active Listener released a tremendous collection of psychedelic tunes on The Great British Psychedelic Trip Revisited back in March that features wizard favourites like Adam Leonard and The Blue Giant Zeta Puppies, but how could I resist a song about a vacuum cleaner. It’s not Mission Of Burma, it’s Murmurs Of Irma…

The last 4 tracks of the mix start with a fab song off of the debut album from Number One Cup Possom Trot Plan. Unfortunately, you won’t get to hear it on Spotify, but as luck would have it Dundee’s finest, Spare Snare, do a rip roaring cover that you will. Well, you will if you get onto the playlist below. If you want to hear the original, there’s a video of a man having a shave at the foot of the page that you should check out. After that particular song, we have a bit of ‘reggae’s sweetest voice’ with Bim Sherman aka Jarrett Vincent aka Lloyd Tomlinson. The song here is taken from the Pay It All Back Vol. 3 compilation on On-U-Sound and I can confirm that Vols. 1 & 2 are equally ace. I am a recent convert to the lo-fi sounds of Tim Chaplin, but am increasingly building up a bit of a collection of the great man’s work. As good a starting point as any is the Boy To Make Me Worry double album that appeared on Bleeding Gold Records at the turn of the year with a whole bunch of home recordings with hatfulls (hatsfull?) of distortion. It really is excellent stuff. The final song to get you through the next 3 months is from Canada, a single entitled Triple Water from Les Chaussettes (which sounds much better than The Socks, right?). Anyway, this is the second 7″ I have got from them (both on Punk Fox) and both are fantastique. A bientot.

Those all important tracks in full

So Many Things To Explain

  1.  Augustus Pablo – Up Warricka Hill
  2.  Elmore James – One Way Out
  3. J Church – At The End Of The M1
  4. Best Friends – Wash Me Out
  5. The Wave Pictures – If You Leave It Alone
  6. Andrew Howie – Dead Ringer
  7. Stereo Total – Schoen Von Hinten
  8. Collection – Ghosts
  9. Banditos – The Breeze
  10. Yak – Plastic People
  11. Tobin Sprout – Future Boy Today / Man Of Tomorrow
  12. Dolby Fuckers – Liam Leads
  13. Tuxedomoon – No Tears
  14. Peter, Bjorn & John – Far Away, By My Side
  15. Rowland S Howard – The Golden Age Of Bloodshed
  16. Murmurs Of Irma – Vacuum Cleaner
  17. Number One Cup – Strange & Silent Staircase (covered by Spare Snare on the playlist)
  18. Bim Sherman – Nightmare
  19. Tim Chaplin – Stratospheric
  20. Les Chaussettes – Triple Water

The Playlist

The original Number One Cup version of Strange & Silent Staircase:

Q & A with M.J. Hibbett

Still Valid

There’s a new album out next week from M.J. Hibbett and The Validators. It’s called “Still Valid” and they definitely are. Lyrically it covers a lot of ground as it mentions Geoffrey Chaucer, X-Men, Indian food, masturbation, One Direction, middle-aged men with pony tails, a mythical Norse sea monster and Top Gear.  And that’s just in one song!

You can buy the album from the band’s website here and we highly recommend you do so.

You can hear a few of the songs from the album as well as some older favourites in our interview with main man Mark Hibbett right here.

 

 

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The Musical European Championships 2016 – Part Deux

UPDATE: And we have a winner! It really came down to a battle between Hungary’s Poster Boy and Turkey’s Reptilians From Andromeda, but in the end the song with an elephant trumpeting on it outdid the subtle ukelele backed song of heartbreak. As it should.

Thanks to everyone who voted and to all the bands for taking part.

 

As the football version of this musical extravaganza grinds its way to the knockout stages, so too do we take you skipping and jumping into the final round to discover the musical Euro 2016 champion.

oh, roy

oh, roy

The results from the group stages are in and there are no third place qualifiers here. The winners of each group can be found on the links below (correct as of 22 June) and they now go up against each other in what some are calling the greatest musical Euro 2016 play-off podcast ever.

Group A

http://www.strawpoll.me/10404583/r

Group B

http://www.strawpoll.me/10404607/r

Group C

http://www.strawpoll.me/10404629/r

Group D

http://www.strawpoll.me/10404660/r

Group E

http://www.strawpoll.me/10404683/r

Group F

http://www.strawpoll.me/10404705/r

Now, it is up to you, dear listener, to take the hand of destiny and thrust it deep in the pocket of hope, to emerge with the fluffy cough sweet of success. In other words, listen to the final six songs here and vote for your favourite on the link underneath.

 

VOTE HEREhttp://www.strawpoll.me/10552130

We will announce the winner on 9 July to give football’s lesser version a final poke in the eye.

If you haven’t already enjoyed the smorgasbord of Euromusic from the group stages, please take time to check it out here:

The Musical European Championships 2016 (Group Stages)

Q&A with Peter Momtchiloff

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As guitarist with Talulah Gosh, Heavenly, Scarlet’s Well, Les Clochards, Razorcuts, The Would-Be-Goods and more, Peter Momtchiloff is indisputably indiepop royalty. Last year’s Tufthunter LP saw him collaborating with a whole host of other luminaries and the album was included in our Best of 2015 selections. We’d like to thank Peter for taking the time to be lightly grilled by us about that album, his career and of course his breakfast preferences.

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The Tufthunter album is a very strong collection of songs, is this a bank of songs that you’ve been building up for years?

Thanks, I’m glad you like the record. The songs span a very long period, though most of them were written in the last five years. You’ll have to believe me that I had no idea of making a record of my songs till about three years ago when the concept clicked: a different singer for each song. And the singers, like the songs, are from various different times of my life.  The earliest song, ‘Pirbright’, is from the 1980s (though subsequently revised), and is sung by my old friend Richard Ramage, with whom I was in a band (Here Comes Everybody) in the mid-80s. ‘My Future Band’ I wrote in the 1990s while I was in Heavenly, and it is co-sung by Amelia from Heavenly. ‘Low Life’ is a rewritten version of an unrecorded song I wrote for the Speed of Sound, who I played with from the late 1990s to the mid 2000s, and it’s sung by Kevin from that band. (I say something about each of the songs on the Tufthunter Facebook page.). Four of my colleagues from The Would-be-Goods appear on the record, three of my former colleagues from Scarlet’s Well, and three from my Oxford band Les Clochards.

Les Clochards, with Peter on the right.

Les Clochards, with Peter on the right.

 

With all the guest singers, did it take a long time to record? Did everyone come to you to record their parts?

It took about a year to record, with lots of gaps waiting for someone to be available. I did ropey demos ‘singing’ all the songs myself in a variety of keys, till all the songs were assigned to singers and we’d worked out the right keys for them. I rehearsed and recorded most of the basic tracks in Oxford with Ian Nixon (bass) and Gary Neville (drums) from Les Clochards. A few I did in London with my pal Jon Clayton. Over six months or so I got the singers to come into the studio in London or Oxford to do their thing, along with a few other guest players like Bid and Andy from the Monochrome Set.  Jessica Griffin did a lot of backing vocals.  The three US-based singers (Lois, Claudia, and Jeffrey) couldn’t make it in person, so we sent the backing tracks to them and they sent them back with vocals added.

Bid from The Monochrome Set

Bid from The Monochrome Set

How did you get all these people to agree to be on the album? I know that many of them are current or ex bandmates so is Tufthunter basically your mates?

They are all old friends of mine so I was pretty sure they’d say yes, and they all did.

 

For the song Pirbright, did you choose the place because you liked the sound of the placename or is there some other significance?

Pirbright is the next village to where I grew up in Surrey, and Richard who sings it also grew up in Surrey. I thought Surrey was the most boring place imaginable when I was young. I can appreciate its charm a little now that I have lived well away from it for all my adult life. The song imagines a disgraced local celebrity coming back to drink himself to oblivion there, because he’s got nowhere else to go.

 

Any singers you wanted but didn’t manage to get for the album or anyone you’d particularly like to work with in the future?

I had two songs which I didn’t get around to recording, one for Calvin Johnson of K Records and one for Delia and Dave from the Family Way, who I played with in the late 90s. I was thinking of doing them as a single; perhaps I will get around to that. Calvin sang his song on his UK tour last year. I would have liked to ask Debsey from Dolly Mixture to sing a song, but I didn’t manage to come up with a good one for her.  I would have liked to feature my old pal Greg from the Razorcuts, but he’s retired.

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Why did you decide to give the album away for free?

I wanted to make sure that everyone I wanted to have the album would have it, and I thought going through a sales process would just be an obstacle to that. As for people I don’t know, I’m perfectly happy for them to download it for free from tufthunter.co.uk. I had some money saved up to pay for the recording, mastering, and manufacture. And I’ve given out more than 400 copies without any difficulty, which is probably far more than I would have sold.

 

Amelia Fletcher is an economics professor with an OBE, you work in Philosophy for Oxford University, Elizabeth has won a Turner Prize. Surely that makes Talulah Gosh comfortably the cleverest band in the world!! I like to imagine you having extremely intellectual conversations in the back of the transit van back then, how accurate is that?

Talulah Gosh’s van talk, like most bands’, tended to be very infantile. In Heavenly one game we played was bad anagrams of bands’ names, like Nasty Soul Fonies for Nation of Ulysses. We didn’t care whether they were proper anagrams or not, so long as they had the ring of poetic truth. (I should say that we liked and admired Nation of Ulysses very much, it was just fun to be rude about them.) {TTW adds: We’ve tried to come up with an anagram for Talulah Gosh, the best we’ve got is all hush goat} 

Talulah Gosh, the cleverest band in the world!

Talulah Gosh, the cleverest band in the world!

 

You’ve had a long career making music, have you got to meet some of your heroes? 

My favourite band when I was young was The Monochrome Set, and I’ve been in the bands with Bid and Andy. My favourite album was Mondo by The Would-be-goods, and I’ve been in the Would-be-goods for fifteen years. So that would be a yes! In the 80s and 90s, when I was in Talulah Gosh and Heavenly, I met a lot of people in fairly well-known indie bands and I can honestly say that almost all of them were really friendly and encouraging. I think in particular of The Pastels, The TV Personalities, The Go-Betweens, Beat Happening, The Headcoat(ee)s, Fugazi, Bratmobile and the Magnetic Fields.

 

What’s coming up? (gigs / releases etc)

I haven’t got any releases coming up, but am playing early 60s r’n’b with the Count of Three in Oxford, and hope to have some Would-be-goods action before long.

 

What song would you choose to soundtrack your life aged 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50.

10: Rod Stewart, Maggie May (not that I was in a relationship with an older woman)

20: The Monochrome Set, I’ll Scry Instead

30: Heavenly, Cool Guitar Boy

40: Would-be-goods, Mystery Jones

50: Hot Hooves, Midlife

 

What bands/artists should’ve been massive but weren’t?

If quality of songs was enough, I’d say the Would-be-goods. But of course it isn’t. Very few people in my part of the music world have the drive needed to become massive, and it wouldn’t suit them if they were. OK, let me try harder. Joan as Police Woman, Cats on Fire, Club 8, the Research. Further back‎: Laura NyroJudee Sill.

 

What is your favourite song with a question in the title?

‘Are you with me now?’ by Cate Le Bon.

If you could magic yourself into any band, past or present, which would you choose and why?

I did manage to insinuate myself into several bands that I liked (the Family Way, the Would-be-goods, Les Clochards).  If I could be allowed sufficient instrumental prowess as part of the deal, I would have liked a spell deputizing in Booker T and the MGs or The Meters.

 

You’re in a caff ordering breakfast. You are given toast and your choice of tea or coffee. You are then allowed 4 more items, what do you choose?

Smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, capers, bircher muesli.  I’m willing to go to continental Europe for my breakfast if that would help.

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Cricket, is it any good or is it a load of old bollocks?

I played cricket until I was about 30, when I came to dislike too strongly the good-bloke macho banter culture which appeared to come in from Australia and South Africa in the 1990s.  I prefer Oxford City FC.

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Podcast number 62

Despite the wizards raising serious doubt as to whether an amusing musical podcast [Amusing? – TTW Ed.] is the way forward, and amidst threats of solo podcasting careers, the ever professional threesome [!! – TTW Ed.] soldier on to bring you the best off-beat music the EU (and beyond) has to offer.

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In this show Rebel gives us a worrying insight into his youthful self, Chorizo turns to an old favourite, and there is a long overdue appreciation of Bristol.

All that, and three Replacements linked songs can be heard right here. Or down there.

Some of the physicality we played on the show: 

 

And as promised, check out the Ichi Maru Mini-Documentary:

Oh, and if you enjoyed any or all of that, you’ll definitely need to check out this:

https://trustthewizards.com/2016/06/21/qa-with-peter-momtchiloff/

Live Review Ben Folds 15th June 2016 Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Put quite simply Ben Folds has made at least 10 of the best songs of all time, songs that everyone on the planet should, no darn it! must be made to listen to at least once. From Angry Dwarfs through Bricks into deep Philosophy and even going Underground the rapid fire piano playing, the quirky wit of the lyrics, the liberal smattering of profanity is surely a must for all music enthusiasts.  If Elvis Costello was the “Avenging Geek”, Ben Folds is the Avenging Geeks son who oozes musicality and sticks to his creative muse so rigidly that even with his genius he has managed to evade mainstream success for a quarter of a century.  But hold on. What Ben are we seeing tonight? A lot of those 10 must listen to’s are many years ago what about the marauding solo career that while interesting has not managed to excite me in the same way as the first 2 Ben Folds 5 Albums.

This was a while back

This was a while back

Now he arrives in Liverpool replete with classic musicians and an album with long orchestral pieces that I have not been able to listen to all the way through yet.  Will our hero deliver? Will he fall on his arse (that will then get kissed)? We have to wait and see as first there was the not so small matter of :

Lera Lynn

Let’s be honest all I knew of the support act prior to the gig was that her name sounded a bit like Vera Lynne (pointed out by a friend who works at HMV. The big kid!). Lera took the stage with Josh the guitarist and proceeded to play slow, spacious, breathy songs full of the ghost of Duane Eddy playing a twanging guitar from the grave. Lera has an amazing voice that whispered at times and then filled the room with a swirling intensity at peaks in the songs.  The half hour set allowed for 6 or so songs the highlight being My Least Favourite Life which gives a hint of the off kilter and strange nature of the lyrics and let’s be honest the whole performance.

 

Obligatory Terrible Picture

Obligatory Terrible Picture

I mean where does Lera play to get started? Does haunted chamber pop go down at the youth club (do such things still exist).  Well here at the Liverpool Philharmonic she went down just fine with reaction growing after each song and the on stage banter getting more relaxed and funny there was much to enjoy.  The climax was a cover of Johnny Cash’s Ring Of Fire which I doubt has ever sounded quite like this. She slowly eviscerated the song and ground it into the desert dirt until it cried Mercy. All in all a decent start!

So onto Ben Folds or more accurately yMusic the 6 classical Musicians who were to accompany him who took the stage first without the great man. Whilst respecting Ben and the need to follow his muse and push his creative envelope I did wonder how long they would go on for. They were however pleasant enough and it was not long before the man himself appeared. It would be great to describe the wit of Ben Folds and tonight we got plenty of rambling streams of consciousness and at one point a complete halt to proceeding until Ben said “How awkward can I make this”. He is the Stewart Lee of pop! However the introduction to the first song set the surreal comic tone for me “Thanks for coming. Heres a song”.

Nervously awaiting the master

Nervously awaiting the master

The first hour was basically the new album and while this can be a slow death for many an audience I think there are plenty of good songs on the album and particularly Capable of Anything and Not a Fan were excellent. Also this was setting the tone for the night that might be described as an evening of beautiful, emotional, contemplative chamber pop. Of course on the sly we all love classical music played live its something to do with wind and string and worked for me. When Ben left the stage again my inner Angry Dwarf was getting anxious that none of my top 10 must hears would be played. Fortunately that was another brief interlude and Ben started mixing it up with older songs and some strange but effective choices like Jesusland which I had not heard for ages. Also Boxings Been Good To Me that he explained was inspired by Mohamed Ali. Then some classics that drew in the yMusic people for some extended and impressive arrangements like Stevens Last Night in Town and Erase Me.. However it was not until late in the show till he pulled out the big guns The Song For The Dumped (Top 10 Alert) was played with an outrageous arrangement and dovetailed into…I kid you not..Hava Nagila done in a very authentic Jewish wedding way. The clarinet came into its own on the Jewish Folk song section and then from 9.43 pm to 9.48 we witnessed what can only be described as Clarinet led, free Jazz. The sheer audaciousness of the performance won me over!

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Of course Ben was never going to let us one dimensional fans down and returned solo and asked for requests playing Kate (nearly top 10), Landed (top 10) and Army (top 10).

Did the risks work? Well there is nothing more awkward than your favourite artist telling you to like and buy albums by their friends and telling you to listen to classical music but its so great to hear him ramble on you kind of went with it and I will probably look their stuff up.

Mixing the new and old? I thought the pace of the evening struggled to deliver on the Foldian rituals for the encore like the crowd horn sections on Army and the sing alongs in Kate I was just too relaxed by the first hour and a half to get off my seat. But hey these are minor points in truth Johnny Cash was mentioned more than once from the stage tonight and made me reflect, did he “Walk The Line”? I think he did!

Tale a Bow Ben Folds and yMusic

Take a Bow Ben Folds and yMusic