• Dandelion Radio - August 2015

    4 Aug 2015, 21:38 by DandelionRadio

    Kevin Robinson:
    Our record box for August contains the first new material in 30 years from Ethiopian musician Hailu Mergia, as well as rattling sonic explorations from eek, Kink Gong and swamp musician Mutamassik.
    There's abrasive electronica from Kerridge, Montauk Boys and Low Jack, African coldwave from Débruit, another track from Dusseldorf's The Durian Brothers, Shangaan electro from Jabulani Badco Mkhari, new releases from Fis, Black Channels and a gloriously chaotic techno odyssey from Chrononautz.
    In addition, there's much thrashing and screaming from Bored to Death, sadomasochistic self-loathing from Destruction Unit, a riotous sound from Sao Paulo's Anti-Corpos, some rare dub from The Aggrovators, and Swedish black metal from Marduk.
    Your ears will also be treated to new work from Haf Haf from Milan, desert rock pioneers Terakaft from Mali, the experimental Senyawa from Indonesia, legendary percussionist Ginger Johnson from Nigeria, Pega Monstro from Lisbon and Dawn of Humans from the sewers of Brooklyn.

    Lee Adcock:
    Boy, that summer raced by, didn't it? Here we are at August, and I'm still here in Athens, and you're still there doing whatever it is you do. Never really had a vacation, me, but then what have I got to vacate from?
    ANYWAY. Welcome back to school. For lessons in electronic buggery (and we gots plenty this month - DO NOT ADJUST YR SOUND SYSTEM), you'd best sign up for a class with Ash Koosha, Suck Susan, or Benjamin Finger - and don't miss David McNamee's lecture on collage art and cassette sabotage when he presents his Blue Tapes House Band project. Noon:30's class in gender studies is filling up fast; Benjamin Shaw's songwriting workshop isn't filling up at all; and no one knows what Waterfall Person is teaching, but everyone gets to doodle in class. If you need an extracurricular, you can always join the International Shoegazing Club with Static Daydream, Deafcult, and Dead Neighbors; or there's the Lesser Known Pop Fan Club, where folks gather round and wax poetical about Beds In Parks, Totally Mild, and Seconds.
    Even with these fine offerings, though, White Reaper and FLEMMINGS will be conspicuously absent from every class; and Seven Davis Jr. is so cool that we're just gonna give him a diploma right now.
    Also, tune in to hear Lee's EurNoVision faves, new old stuff from The Sinatra Test, a knockout from Jenny Hval and a very early sneak peek from Australia's most fantabulous Blank Realm (you'll find very quickly in this show that Australia RULES).

    Mark Cunliffe:
    I have two featured albums for this month, one from Sleaford Mods and the other from Haiku Salut, both ace for different musical reasons.
    Greece is represented in the form of Lola Demo, a close mate of Haiku Salut is in the mix in the form of Grawl!x and Brazilian reggae outfit Rokaroots makes an appearance. Fresh from Goldsmiths Laura Clough is plying us with sonic art and Seckou Keita is showering us with sonic brilliance.
    There's lots more, log in to find out......

    Mark Whitby:
    This month we've got an exclusive session from the fantastic Low Low Low La La La Love Love Love, who recently sadly called it a day, making the five tracks they've recorded for us possibly the last ever recorded material from the band. They rub shoulders with, among other things, new releases from Pyongyang Hardcore Resistance, Colonel Creep & the Electric Boogeymen and Persian one-man band par excellence Hassan K..
    The Silber label have been especially productive of late and we bring you three of their recent offerings, from M is We, Philip Polk Palmer and the always excellent Remora. Meanwhile, la bel celebrate their fifth anniversary as a label with a cracking compilation: two tracks from that in the show, from Di Bos and Alessandro Coronos/Laura Mura, while fellow Italians The Selfish ales also strut their, er, psychedelic thang.
    This being the month of the annual Green Man Festival, we bring you a whole bunch of artists that have got the old anticipatory juices a-flowing, ranging from the, let's face it, predictable in the form of The Fall and Television to show debutant Hannah Louise Clark. The aforementioned legends aren't the only oxygen thieves in the show this month: we've also got something from the recent Neil Young album and a side from that new/old single from The White Stripes. And yes, I know it's a cover of a Loretta Lynn song and not 'Loretta Love' as I inexplicably announce during the broadcast. Put it down to what I would suggest is, given the three hours of listening pleasures at your disposal, entirely understandable over-excitement.

    Pete Jackson:
    Summer appears to have set in, and we have some fine summer tunes this month, from the finally-released I, Ludicrous album, from show faves The Blue Giant Zeta Puppies, Mungo's Hi Fi and White Manna, and from new favourites Art Trip and the static sound, M is We and Luca Afrobaeat, among others. Elsewhere, Vibravoid tackle one of the most-covered tracks of the 1960s, Skinny Girl Diet celebrate a minor David Lynch character and Heaven Falls Hard bring us the sound of the last 5 minutes of existence - what could be more summery than that?

    This month we're very excited to bring you a debut session from London-based trio FLEMMINGS, recorded a few weeks ago at Rocker's studio. There's also new tracks from Pete Astor; Noon:30; The Popguns; The Spook School; Bangers; Bunnygrunt; Flying Saucer Attack; Teaser Pony; Lost Pets; Mammoth Penguins; Chook Race; Static Daydream; port sulphur; Jon K; Dark Willow; The Basement Benders; and Shit Present.
    There's electronica from Bicep; Roberto Calzetta & Twin Soul; Kolsch; Stephan Bodzin; and Luna Semara.
    This month's Peel's Big 45 is a 1972 release on John Peel's own Dandelion Record label, and this month's Educating Elizabeth record is a 1969 blue-eyed soul release from Nashville, Tennessee.
    As well as little known acts, here's a little known fact: Teaser Pony are named after a horse which is used to test whether a mare is ready to breed. The mare may kick back at unwanted advances, and potentially injure a valuable breeding stallion, so the Teaser Pony is deployed first, and if the mare is amenable the stallion is substituted.

    Sean Hocking:
    Ring of Fire just can't keep out of Africa at the moment with more old school Kwaito from the likes of Mawilliesand Mashamplani as well as a great new tune from the Congo thanks to the fabulous Mbongwana Star who are a new band birthed from Staff Benda Billi and a couple of other Kinshasha outfits. With the help of a French producer they've combined post punk with local rhythms and styles ... the future of music is here and we are loving it.
    I saw the wonderful and energetic (in equal measures) Ezra Furman whilst visiting the UK and had to include a couple of tracks in the show. I hope you are taken with him as much as I am.
    Also in the show a mixed bag of old, new and unsung. The second from Melbourne hard rock 'n' rollers The Pale Heads, Ginger Baker putting a couple of Cream classics in another place and the prodigy inspired Grime of Roachee whose track Sith Lord topped a listing of the Sleaford Mods favorite tunes. Who are we to argue.
    Enjoy the show and as always I'll be back next month.
  • Dandelion Radio - July 2015

    4 Jul 2015, 08:14 by DandelionRadio

    Andrew Morrison:
    Andy's two hour July show features loads of the latest new music, including God Damn, Algiers, Pretty Pink, Yak, Malcolm Middleton and his alter ego Human Don't Be Angry, Communions, Lanks, Azure Blue, Palma Violet and Kid Wave.

    Kevin Robinson:
    New music this month arrives in long player form from Wetdog, Peach Kelli Pop, Sauna Youth and our favourite bi-bilingual political sax punk party, the Downtown Boys. There's also new tracks from Durham's No Ditching, Austin's Ghetto Ghouls, and the new Lhf EP featuring contributions from Hackney's jungle pioneers The Ragga Twins.
    Tunes for the feet come from the new Container album, South Africa's Shangaan ambassador Nozinja, Dusseldorf's Durian Brothers, the debut on R&S from Dublin's Lakker and Malian Balani Show duo Supreme Talent Show.
    There's M. Ashraf & Noor Jehan from a collection of rarities from Pakistan's lesser-known 70's and 80's teen flicks, Niger's relentlessly energetic Tal National, classic 70's reggae from Dennis Alcapone and incredible Congolese 7 piece Mbongwana Star.
    Plus electronic sounds from Pye Corner Audio and Helm, fierce drum & bass from Source Direct, post punk greatness from the Inflatable Boy Clams, The Method Actors and Gardening by Moonlight, and complete weirdness from The Eccentronic Research Council.

    Lee Adcock:
    Geez, are we halfway through the year already? Well, nothing's really changed with me, except that I've got a motherload of tunes to share with ya this month.
    The Ethical Debating Society and Totem Terrors are locked in an epic shouting match out front; Debruít and Niagara are spinnin wax for their world dance night, while Mumbles and The School prance with joy; the Membranes rock the rooftop under a clear starry sky; Girlpool and O-Face swap tour stories at the merch table; Spray Paint and Container swap drugs out back.
    Let's not also forget 2nd appearances from Body in the Thames (I'm gonna say it RIGHT this time), Toy Shop Ghost, Factory Acts, and The Fifth Runway, not to mention some dazzling star power from FFS, Algiers, and Prurient. Plus for the big finale, prepare thyself for an out-of-body experience with the almighty A Middle Sex. Along with the usual ramblings and miscellaneous artists you've never heard of. HUZZAH!

    Mark Cunliffe:
    Got a packed show for you this month, 48 tunes crammed into three hours no less.
    There are TWO featured albums. One from Terakaft and the other from Nottingham noise mongers, Grey Hairs. There's reggae from The 5 Love, bhangra from Manna Dhillon and old skool garage vibes from Azealia Banks.
    There's bass sounds from Mapps and sonic art from Laura Clough.
    It ain't a bad effort and do look out for the compilation album I've put together to try to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association at

    Mark Whitby:
    We've got a much anticipated session from the amazing Videa Gam this month, while the LXXII label that brought him to our attention also feature with their most recent release, from Iceland's Erosynilegt. There are also two featured albums, with three tracks apiece from a brilliantly off-the-wall Eurovision compilation from the Soft Bodies label and a compilation in aid of Motor Neurone Disease curated by Dandelion's very own Mark Cunliffe.
    Other albums worthy of note get a much-deserved look-in: they include the marvellous new collection from The Ethical Debating Society, a colossal French masterpiece from Le cercle des Mallissimalistes, something new from No Joy and a couple of cracking self-released efforts from show favourites Dementio13 and Ian Thistlethwaite.
    The prolific Ital pops up again, as does a tune from the new album from Twomanting, some stunning dub from Egoless and a whole bunch of great Bandcamp EP releases from the likes of Pulco, Thee Amazing Andy California, SNOOTY GARBAGEMEN and Russia's shortbus 1999.

    Neil Jenkins:
    Continuing the celebration of his 50th birthday from June, Dandelion Radio co-founder and former regular DJ Neil Jenkins plays the second installment of his favourite 50 tunes of all time. Could he be catching the DJing bug again?

    Pete Jackson:
    There seems to be more of a dub influence on Pete's show than usual this month, with dub-infused tunes from Cambodia, Turkey and Argentina cropping up.
    Elsewhere there's a slew of great new releases from some of the usual suspects, especially White Manna, Dementio13, The Holydrug Couple and The Membranes, plus some great new finds and favourites of the future, like The Privies, Art Trip and the Static Sound and Little Albert.
    Plus we squeeze in a couple of corkers from yesteryear, including a tune covered by The Fall at Glastonbury 2015.

    This month's show features the debut session from Canadian / American duo Plasticon, as well as new tracks from The Spook School; Two White Cranes; Girl One And The Grease Guns; Mammoth Penguins; Chook Race; Static Daydream; Jon K; Dark Willow; The Basement Benders; Mia & Tuesday; Dispute Settlement Mechanism; The Fur Coats; Martha; and Jessica & The Fletchers.
    There's a preview of some of the bands playing at this year's Indietracks Festival, which takes place in Derbyshire towards the end of this month, including tracks by Evans The Death; The Ethical Debating Society; Fever Dream; and FLEMMINGS (who just recorded their debut session for this show, which will go out in August).
    There's electronica from Hackman; Kolsch feat. Gregor Schwellenbach; and Kollektiv Turmstrasse and also a bunch of new releases from older bands this month, with Neil Young & Promise Of The Real; Skimmer; Flying Saucer Attack and The Membranes all showing the young whippersnappers how to do it.
    This month's Peel's Big 45 is a 1972 release on John Peel's own Dandelion Record label, and this month's Educating Elizabeth record is a 1967 release from a Jamaican soul duo.
    As well as little known acts, here's a little known fact: Evans The Death are named after the undertaker in Dylan Thomas' 1954 fictional BBC Radio drama 'Under Milk Wood'.

    Sean Hocking:
    In Ring of Fire this month we re-discover some early South African Kwaito from the 90s and I'm falling in love with artists such as Ma Willies.
    Talking about re-discovery we've got a few French post-punk electronic tracks featured too and Australia's wonderful The Cannanes amongst others.
    New tracks from the Metal Postcard stable include a demo from WA's Celery, South Korean outfit Language of Shapes and last, but by no means least, Hong Kong based Little Albert.
    Jonathan Richman sings the praises of the Velvets, a perfect combination in my book and as the 90s appears to be the new source from which artists are now plundering sounds I suggest they all take a listen to the mighty The Black Dog who are as important as the likes of Richard James, Luke Vibert & The Boards of Canada.
    Hope you enjoy the show
  • Dandelion Radio - June 2015

    2 Jun 2015, 07:09 by DandelionRadio

    Andrew Morrison:
    Andy's first show for four months features tons of brand new music from artists you may or may not yet have heard of, including (but not limited to) Dan Deacon, Azure Blue, Shlohmo, Swim Deep, God Damn, Haelos, Lonely Boy, Fufanu, Yung, Braids and Georgia. Stick around for two hours of the very best new tunes - plus a smattering of slightly older ones too!

    Kevin Robinson:
    New records in abundance this June with tracks from recent albums by Wetdog, Helsinki's trash rockers The Splits, plus the dazzling Mbongwana Star from the Democratic Republic Of Congo. There's a taster from the forthcoming Sauna Youth long player, a new album from Switzerland's Massicot, and a track from the recent Steve Gunn collaboration with The Black Twig Pickers.
    Brutal dancefloor devastation this month comes from Diagonal's Green Gums, Lisbon's hot new talent Dj Nedwyt Fox, an unremitting Oneohtrix Point Never release influenced by Japanese video games, plus the best thing to come out of Hamburg since The Beatles, Helena Hauff.
    There's belly dance disco from Lebanese musician Ihsan Al Munzer, from Brooklyn, a new Sahel Sounds release from Fadimoutou Wallet Inamoud, classic 70's reggae from Big Joe and new dub productions on singles from Ronnie Davis and Speng Bond.
    Older tracks from Prince Far I and Vivien Goldman are lifted from the recent collection of Adrian Sherwood produced post-punk gems, we have a golden oldie from Melt-Banana, and the results of an open air recording session in Marrakech between Maalem Mahmoud Guinia, Floating Points and James Holden,
    Somewhat inevitably there's a track from the 31st studio album by The Fall, with Mark E Smith coughing up his observations about social media.

    Lee Adcock:
    Hey, you! Yes, you! What's your name? I'm STOKED. Most of our shows are mind-boggling in some way, but this month I've gathered so much razzle-dazzle that even my head is reeling. If you don't find any Festive Fifty contenders in this lot, then I have failed as a DJ.
    Who's in the house? Well, Red Cosmos has returned at last from his undercover mission on the Moon to serendade us; quirky synthpop chum Rodney Cromwell is nibbling a slice of cake while chatting amiably with Ruth & Trudy, who would rather be reading a book. The Fish Police wanna strut their stuff on the dancefloor, but they've just bumped into Public Likes Pills, and that could get ugly. Meanwhile, Ethical Debating Society and A Witness swap happy anecdotes from the Odd Box Weekender last month; Numbers Are Futile, Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld share the screenplays they've been writing on the sly; and, since Bunnygrunt feel kinda out-of-place in this corner of the room, they hang out with the kegs in the back.
    Plus I'm not too sure what Sigh or Ufomammut are up to, but it's best to leave them be or else this whole party is DOOMED. Also appplaud with me for a remix from Super Mario RPG, a reprise of Frog, and a new offering from Paul Carr's The Fifth Runway, and all the others I haven't even mentioned. Stay tuned, however, for the closer could very well be the most staggeringly bizarre track of the month ...

    Mark Cunliffe:
    First thing to tell you is there's a live set from Sleaford Mods ahead of their album that's going to be released in July. It was recorded in a sweaty Hairy Dog in Derby last August. The night was ace and it's most of the set they performed.
    As well as the Mods there's Four Tet, something a bit different from Mr. Mitch. Lots of appearances from UZ, reggae from Gramps Morgan and jungle from Kid Lib. Mazes make a couple of appearances and I'm featuring an album from CTMF.

    Mark Whitby:
    This month sees the much awaited debut session from Nanaki, one of two Isle of Man based artists in the show, the other being the excellent Twice Dead, whose new album features alongside other keenly anticipated releases from the likes of Antony Harding, Rodney Cromwell and The Fall.
    Our travels don't stop at the Isle of Man, of course. We've also got releases from Belgium's VoodooLand, Monster Surprise from France, Macedonia's Susijat and Austria's Soma, with a track from an excellent compilation released to raise funds for the Nepal earthquake appeal. Joining them on that are Canada's TakeOne and we've also got cracking new tunes from Hussein Sherbini from Egypt and Ecuador's bblos.
    And look out for great releases from show favourites such as Heroin in Tahiti, Dementio13 and Guantanamo Baywatch, plus the return of Prolapse, a couple of great tunes from a compilation courtesy of the It's Lost It's Found label and a slightly Irish tinge to this month's Peel Back... feature.

    Neil Jenkins:
    June 2015 is a big month for Dandelion Radio co-founder and former regular DR DJ Neil Jenkins. It marks his 50th birthday. 50th! Can you believe it? He can't. But he's not getting all depressed about it. He thinks it's the perfect excuse to attempt the impossible ... to select his favourite 50 tunes of all time. And after two months of painstaking (and painful) deliberation, he managed to get his list of fave tracks down to 50. But only just. Neil plays the first 25 of these in his 'Big Five-Oh' Part 1 show during June's schedule on Dandelion Radio. Tune in and see what's made the first part of his list. And look out for Part 2 in July's schedule.
    So Neil invites you to open a good bottle of red wine, log into Dandelion Radio, plug in your headphones, ramp up the volume and share his 50th birthday celebrations. Party poppers optional, but desirable.

    Pete Jackson:
    June brings a whole bunch of artists making their debut on Pete's show. Step forward The Smoking Trees, Black Baron, The Raydeos, Twice Dead, Stereo Total and Magic Dildoss, among many others.
    To show what good company the brand new kids are in, there's also some new tunes from old timers Squarepusher, Dementio13, Gnod and The Fall, plus a couple of sounds from the 60s get made over in some unlikely styles - a dub version of a TV theme tune and a sitar-based easy listening attack on a rock classic, anyone?

    This month as usual Rocker brings you three hours packed with new music, including a featured album from The Nightingales, and new tracks from The Fall; Milky Wimpshake; No Ditching; Dark Willow; Joanna Gruesome; Ash; Beau; Twice Dead; Great Cynics; The Lovely Eggs; The Catenary Wires; The Ethical Debating Society; Tufthunter; First Base; and Evans The Death.
    There's also a smattering of tracks by bands who we saw at last month's 5th and final Odd Box Weekender in London: Not Right; The Wednesday Club; Charla Fantasma; Nervous Twitch; and Slum of Legs.
    There's electronica from Shlohmo; Unique Repeat; Laurent Garnier; and a storming remix of Stephan Bodzin’s Sungam, by Patrice Baumel.
    Martha cover Masshysteri, and The Drain On The Balcony cover Prolapse. Meanwhile The Charlie Tipper Experiment take on Woody Guthrie, and Hard Left are remixed by Echo Wanderer.
    This month's Peel's Big 45 is from 1971, a classic slice of Dutch psychedelia, while this month's Educating Elizabeth record is a deep soul gem from 1969.
    As well as little known acts, here's a little known fact: May Day 1894 was marked by riots by the unemployed on the streets of Cleveland, Ohio, protesting against the city's ineffective measures to relieve unemployment in a severe economic depression.

    Sean Hocking:
    Ring of Fire is back with an attempted pirate radio sound for the first hour at least. I've been listening to a bit of that Atlanta trap sound over the past month and great to see hip hop going a bit Syd Barrett on us all.
    We feature a couple of tracks from LA's iLOVEMAKKONEN but a quick look around the interweb reveals that quite a few underground UK Grime types have been on the shrooms too and the results are a lot of fun. So do enjoy Stooki Sound and Mr Traumatik too.
    Yet again I have to admit to featuring a Jamie xx track ... he has poptastic hands that boy. Staying in London we had to include an oldie but a goodie from The Clash as developers try to rip the heart out Brixton.
    Also something new from one of my favorite bands of the last decade, Prinzhorn Dance School and in memoriums to Errol Brown and The Kingsmen's Jack Ely. Some Roots sounds from Winston Jones and too much more to mention.
  • Dandelion Radio - May 2015

    1 May 2015, 02:48 by DandelionRadio

    Jeff Grainger:
    Returning after a lengthy absence with not one but two exclusive sessions recorded for his show from Outside Your house and Paul McGladdery and the Uncommitted, who incidentally will be sharing the bill at The Bank Top Tavern on the 30th with Monkeys in Love.
    The rest of the 120 minutes is filled with a glorious varied mix of the familiar and unfamiliar; Fear of a Camp Planet, dihedral, Spectres, Groves, Melanie De Basio and Marching Church plus loads more.
    If all that isn't enough then the spectacular third Album by Jay Stansfield is LP of the Month.

    Kevin Robinson:
    It's May, and as election fever grips the UK we have Winston Edwards & Blackbeard taking the dub to Downing Street.
    Devastating our kitchen dancefloor this this month are juke connoisseur Chrissy Murderbot, hardcore rave revivalists WALLWORK & RZR, footwork mayhem from Chicago's DJ Clent, techno from Sydney's Lucy Cliché, brand new Manse on Lobster Theremin, lo-fi house from The Cyclist and archival recordings from Planet Mu's Chevron.
    Once again we have gender problematizing goth dance band bottoms from Brooklyn, percussionists Ginger Johnson and His African Messengers, the wonderful Trio Da Kali, cinematic soundscapes from German composer Alva Noto, rhythmic complexities from Niger's tireless Tal National and a dub influenced release from Radioactive Man.
    Bringing the noise this month are Lightning Bolt with their new album, garage punk action from San Francisco's Male Gaze, a taster from the forthcoming Prurient album, a reissue from early 80's anarcho-punks Part 1, and a new cassette from dog legs. Plus there's the second side of 2015's most essential 12" so far, featuring the vocals of seven year old Francis The Great.

    Lee Adcock:
    Hey, future Lee. Did ya snag that internship you were gunning for last April? Pop me a line when you're open - I know you'll be busy, between all that packing and looking for a new house and saying goodbye to all yr friends and whatnot. You know the address.
    Anyway, I came in cos I needed to hand ya my show for May. Filched more noise from The Audacious Art Experiment comp - and I knew you liked Blood Sport, so I slipped that in just for you. Also, remember when you found that cool new techno-pop label GODMODE, and bought that mixtape? Well, I culled some groovy stuff from that, too. (Yes, including that Breeding Program track that you bounced around the bedroom with.) Brought in Marshmallow Coast, Fake Flowers, and Hand Sand Hands from the home team...recycled Chrismis and Evasive Backflip, cos they rule...pulled in Trupa Trupa from Blue Tapes...oh, yeah, and Frog! You remember Frog, right? Those acoustic freak-out guys from 2013? Yeah, they're here, too. And that Charlotte & Magon that blew you away last month? Got it. And I didn't mean to, but I wound up with lotsa electronic tracks. From lotsa champs - Daphne and Celeste, Blanck Mass, a Wiley remix from Actress, Dissolved...yeah. Whoops.
    And you remember that grinding, gun-metal track that you didn't have any info for, the one with the ridiculous gnarly cover art? I popped that one in for kicks.
    Um, that's it, soooo...I hope everything works out for ya. Don't forget about me, OK?

    Mark Whitby:
    There are two shows this time around. This month's regular show is overflowing with keenly anticipated releases that certainly don't disappoint: in that category you can place tracks from new albums by Stealing Sheep, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Squarepusher and Cloud along with a new Clark EP and a Record Store Day release from Hinds, among other delights.
    We've got a brace of fine cassette releases from Fine Pets and Blue Diamond, sublime reggae from Jashwa Moses, some great Vietnamese field recordings courtesy of the Glitterbeat label, Hungarian punk from Menj Kapalni and Mexican electronic mayhem from ZUTZUT. Plus some exceptionally good reissues this month rub shoulders with Peel Back... session recordings hailing from Germany and Belgium.
    Fittingly, in the month that UK voters go to the polls, we've got an exclusive session from The Socialist. There is more on that theme ...
    An extra show from me this month brings together some of my favourite political and protest music from down the years. Alongside usual suspects like Billy Bragg, Chumbawamba and Stiff Little Fingers you'll find lesser heard gems from the likes of Norman & Nancy Blake, Lord Beginner and the Sheffield Socialist Choir.
    From this side of the Atlantic, Christy Moore and Red Guitars offer insightful comment on the Thatcher legacy, while the JD Meatyard rails against the post-Thatcher 'consensus' and Crass take a well-aimed stab at the whole system. Over in the States, meanwhile, Jackson Browne tears into Reagan, Country Joe & The Fish do something similar to Johnson, Nina Simone stands up for her rights in the pre-Civil Rights south, and Sonic Youth dispatch a kick to the guts of the American far right.
    Just in case you think that means we overlooked South African apartheid, police brutality, the plight of immigrants, Jamaican poverty, the Northern Ireland conflict, American foreign policy in the middle east, the decline of the Soviet Union and the British press, we didn't.

    Pete Jackson:
    Your thunderous applause should greet an awesome new session from Vert:X this month, as should more exclusives from I, Ludicrous and a celebration of more Peel show legends with the return of Terry & Gerry. In other news, there are new tracks from big hitters Squarepusher, Heroin in Tahiti, White Hills and Godspeed You! Black Emperor alongside stars of the future Honeybucket and Crisopa, and we investigate new projects from former members of one-time session guests Sea Dweller.

    Another three hour show this month, with an excellent featured album from Personal Best, as well as new tracks from Cinerama; The Catenary Wires; The Granite Shore; Chook Race; Wire; The Ethical Debating Society; Panther Ray; Hard Left; First Base; JD Meatyard; The Jet Age; Evans The Death; Darlings; Zebra Hunt; and Milky Wimpshake.
    There's electronica from Jake Chudnow; Kölsch; Euripides; King So So; and a storming remix of the current Skream single by Redshape.
    Not forgetting that there's a General Election here in the UK this month, we start the show with a handful of political tracks, carefully picked to avoid any accusations of bias (except where absolutely necessary).
    This month's Peel's Big 45 is the first African record that John Peel remembered playing, while this month's Educating Elizabeth record is a little know deep soul gem from 1973.
    As well as little known acts, here's a little known fact: "Kölsch" means "from Cologne" in German, and may refer to a popular German beer as well as the techno artist.

    Sean Hocking:
    Ring Of Fire is back and we want you .to relax!
    So what better than our favourite Tin Pot Aliens to start the show off for you. Also this month we've criss-crossed the planet so you don't get bored. There's angry Californians in the form of Death Grips, a very odd bunch from India who go by the name Digital Suicide, to be honest I'm not really sure what they are on about but I think that's part of the charm. From Shanghai we have Round Eye, and this month's Hong Feature is bedroom hip hop producer Little Albert who has penned a great little digital album about HK culture and Facebook and also in Asia The Kuda from Indonesia.
    On the urban side of things we've got fellow Indonesians Antzkilla with a funky slab of old style hip hop released on USA based label ARCA RECS, Peckham's finest the Newham Generals and I know it's all over the place but I can't get enough of Jamie xx's Loud Places. That boy certainly knows how to make 21st century pop music.
    Also some great oldies from The Flies , Ackie and Australia's Russell Morris
    That's not everything but enough to keep you going
  • Dandelion Radio - April 2015

    1 Apr 2015, 12:08 by DandelionRadio

    Kevin Robinson:
    Pack your bags; we're visiting all corners of the globe this April. We begin with a selection from Radio Vietnam - a collage of music, news segments, dynamic radio bumpers, jingles, advertisements, comedic interludes phoned-in karaoke sing-a-longs and coded messages from the outer ether, recorded and compiled by Mark Gergis for Sublime Frequencies. This programme also contains the vocal talents of seven year old singer Francis The Great, as well as music from South Africa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and from the Jemaa El Fna in Marrakesh.
    Dancefloor driven tracks this month arrive from Rotterdam's Stranger, Shanghai's Tzusing and Texas via Berlin's Lotic. We've got the phantasmagorical spectacle of Snapped Ankles, plus new tracks from Finland's Tsembla, Powell, Djrum and DVA Damas.
    There's the gender problematizing goth dance band bottoms from Brooklyn, sax fuelled punk from Rhode Island's Downtown Boys, something that isn't Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses, plus post-punk reissues from San Francisco's Pink Section and the Inflatable Boy Clams.
    Also this month, tasters from the new Joanna Gruesome and Holly Herndon albums, new tapes from Actual Crimes and Pennycress, more from the bewildering archive of Muslimgauze, a classic roots set by The Inturns and a rare King Tubby dub plate from the vaults of Jimmy Riley.

    Lee Adcock:
    April! Someone's about to turn 25, so let's keep this lively.
    Like the buds that sprout from a long cold winter, a bunch of labels and artists have blossomed this spring. Odd Box has gathered a bushel of beauts, like T-Shirt Weather and (my personal fave!) Chorusgirl. And then that absolute peach Cloud has returned with a more stable, but still breathtaking new LP. So has Flies on You, though that 'un smells less like jasmine and more like bleu cheese. Also, expect a few Athens imports, like the spunky el hollín and the righteous Chrismis, and a pair of Brooklyn DIY rock gangs with glorious band names.
    Plus, I just bought the Audacious Art Experiment's Annual Stakeholder Audit, which is a beastly comp and shall be featured heavily for the next two months AT LEAST. And the usual riff raff, non-sequiturs, covert submarine drum & bass, DOPE reissues, and so forth. This month also features a very lovely session from Audio Antihero's Low Low Low La La La Love Love Love.

    Mark Whitby:
    No particular reason for it, but there's a real John Peel flavour to this month's show. We've got an exclusive session from Peel faves The Cuban Boys for one thing, and you can add to that tunes from ex-Hefner members Darren Hayman and Antony Harding plus a Cornershop re-working of an old favourite. There's another track from the new JD Meatyard album and something from the latest offering from The Monochrome Set, while Clinic cover The Doors: just one of a clutch of memorable cover versions in the show as Polykeeper also tackle Kraftwerk while Lorelle Meets The Obsolete take on The Rolling Stones.
    Plenty of other great new stuff I there, of course. FKOFF 1963 and DJ Chernobyl both bring sumptuous offerings from Brazil; there are a couple of great releases from the Elefant label courtesy of The School and Giorgio Toma With Laetitia Sadier, while Manhattan Love Suicides and T-Shirt Weather deliver another memorable double on behalf of Odd Box and there's a brace also from Gravitas, featuring tunes from France's Clozee and the USA's Bassline Drift.

    Pete Jackson:
    This month, Pete is delighted to bring you the exclusive first play of two tracks from the forthcoming album from I, Ludicrous, their first in donkey's years. Expect tales (preposterous or not) of label-supported smugness and an unlikely meeting between two people who, it turns out, didn't murder anyone.
    Elsewhere, there's new releases from more old favourites, including Dementio13, White Hills and Public Service Broadcasting, two slices of seventies craziness from Portugal and Cambodia, some hollerin' from the Louisiana swamps and the Brazilian jungle, and Portland, Oregan's Honeybucket take on Manchester's favourite son.

    No sessions this month, just a three hour show packed with new music from all over the world, including tracks from Personal Best; The Catenary Wires; Hard Left; Comet Gain; First Base; The Lovely Eggs; The Blind Shake; T-Shirt Weather; JD Meatyard; Evans The Death; Darlings; Joanna Gruesome; Zebra Hunt; and Los Bonsais.
    There's a stunning new track from Skream, and more electronica from Grum; Shur-I-Kan; New York Transit Authority; Gidge; Dorian Concept; and Pearson Sound. There's also politics from the likes of Alun Parry; Flies on You; Not Right; and a hard hitting track from Cambodian artist Krom, on Sean Hocking's excellent Metal Postcard label, decrying the 'Taliban Man'.
    This month's Peel's Big 45 is a San Francisco punk classic from 1977, while this month's Educating Elizabeth record is a lesser known R'n'B spin out of LA 1969.
    As well as little known acts, here's a little known fact: Alun Parry's 'Sack Esther McVey' is the official song for Wirral TUC's Sack Esther McVey campaign - McVey is the Tory MP for Wirral West, and as Employment Minister of the UK coalition government has overseen the undermining of the welfare system by the instigation of targets for Jobcentre staff for indiscriminate sanctioning of benefit recipients for minor or even fictional breaches of rules, effectively removing the safety net from the poorest and most vulnerable in society.

    Sean Hocking:
    Ring Of Fire is back and as spring begins to break through for those of us in the northern hemisphere we thought we'd feature some summery tunes, so we've got some great early 80's "Afrodisco" tracks favored by Italian Dj's of the mid 80's and our standard 70's Jamaiacan inclusion. From Asia we feature new China artists WooTac and The Fuzz and do make sure you have a listen to the new EP from napolleon who hark from Bandung Indonesia and cite one of their influences as "White Light White Heat" by the Velvets.
    Sadly Lesley Gore who certainly had a pair of chops on her, passed away last month sop we couldn't but not include her in the show.
    Also a pair of UK classics are back on form. Mr Weller hasn't sounded so good since Wild Wood and The Pop Group's new album is almost as wonderful as their late seventies outings. We feature cuts from both.
    Keep an ear out for The Moonlandingz who are essentially The Fat White Family starring in a movie and they sound great as always.
    That's enough for the moment .. don't want to give all the great musical surprises away.
  • Dandelion Radio - March 2015

    1 Mar 2015, 19:50 by DandelionRadio

    Kevin Robinson:
    In March we bring you early tasters lifted from the highly anticipated albums from Squarepusher, and Lightning Bolt, plus Benjamin John Power of Fuck Buttons returns as Blanck Mass. We've got more tracks from the Witching Waves and H.Grimace albums, plus intriguing new releases from 75 Dollar Bill and percussion duo Ninos Du Brasil.
    There's raucous new rock from Australian delinquents The Living Eyes, menacing Memphis residents Ex-Cult and London's Taman Shud. New reggae sounds are supplied by Horseman, Face & Sheenyboo and Daddy Freddy, and there are dub selections from the vaults from Scientist and King Tubby.
    This month's dancefloor devilment comes from Demdike Stare, DJ Paypal, Skeptical Claude Speeed, Whitehouse's William Bennett in his Cut Hands guise, Berlin's M.E.S.H. and Japan's NHK yx Koyxen.
    Also this month, treats from global collective Weird Together, New Zealand singer Aldous Harding, South African Shangaan instigator Nozinja, Tel Aviv's Red Axes and Italian occult psych band MAMUTHONES.

    Lee Adcock:
    Oh, nothing particularly special this month - just the usual 31-track assortment that laughs in the face of capsule summaries.
    I can say, though, that I've carved out some Aussie cuts from the lovely Bedroom Suck compilation "Go Away and Leave It All Behind", like Blank Realm, SuperStar, and Terrible Truths; and you'll be steeped in Afro-futurism with the likes of THEESatisfaction and Beat Spacek; and we'll also catch up with Le Thug, GARDEN OF ELKS, and digitalanalogue from Scottish label Song, By Toad; and we'll hear the latest punk opus from Blue Tapes via Stillsuit; AND we'll delight in indie pop from Trust Fund and Carriages (the Bristol band, not the one from Ireland); AND for you vintage electronic connoisseurs (we know you're out there), take your pick from the improvising MP3 robots -b0b- or the French DAF, Liaisons Dangereuses. Oy. Really held out on the period there. Sorry, dude.
    Also, brace yourself for singles from jungle mangler M.E.S.H and lascivious off-the-chain techno from Seven Davis Jr..

    Mark Whitby:
    Re-formed Brighton punks Late Road Lunatics are our session guests in a show that does its best to fit as many of the slew of great releases coughed up so far by 2015 as possible. Which means there are tracks from cracking new album releases from, among others, Flies on You, JD Meatyard, Putrid Offal, Pulco and Darren Hayman.
    We showcase two singles from the incredible new LXXII label, courtesy of Videa Gam and Wiicca, plus three great slabs of 10" vinyl from Elefant, featuring the delights of Axolotes Mexicanos, Los Bonsais and ex-Field Mouse and Trembling Blue Star Bobby Wratten's new Lighting in a Twilight Hour project.
    One a sadder note, we say goodbye to the amazing New Weird Australia after six years of stunning releases from down under by playing a track from each of their three farewell volumes, from the extraordinary Rites Wild, Holy Balm and Crab Smasher.

    Pete Jackson:
    Some ace new bands this month, including some ace names - Twin Peaks might not win that title, but planet cock are surely in with a shout.
    There's also new stuff from established favourites like A Place to Bury Strangers, Eternal Tapestry, Heroin in Tahiti and Vert:X and new albums from both The Lucid Dream and Cornershop show a remarkable ability for self re-invention.
    With a whole stack o' blues and plenty else besides, what's not to love?

    This month's three hour show features a not-to-be-missed session from Lonely Tourist - Bristol-based Glaswegian singer-songwriter recorded exclusively at Rocker's for the first time with a full band.
    The show starts with an explosive new track from Russian punks Pussy Riot, easily the best thing they have done so far, featuring a chilling voiceover from the one and only Richard Hell.
    There's also new tracks from Personal Best; First Base; Milky Wimpshake; Plasticon; T-Shirt Weather; Snails; JD Meatyard; Pet Politics; Evans The Death; Cat Smell; Foam On The Daydream; Joanna Gruesome; Zebra Hunt; The Granite Shore; and Slum of Legs. There's electronica from We Need Cracks; Kidnap Kid; Gabriel Anando & Maceo Plex; Burial; and Sebastian Mullaert. Vitalic remixes Malian duo Amadou & Mariam, while Alan Vega remixes The Vacant Lots.
    This month's Peel's Big 45 is a 1971 album track, which is finally getting a much-deserved reissue, while this month's Educating Elizabeth record is a Northern Soul classic from a young Swamp Dogg, back when he was still known as Jerry Williams.
    As well as little known acts, here's a little known fact: Pussy Riot's haunting new track "I Can't Breathe" was written after they witnessed street protests in the USA last year, following the death of Eric Garner while being restrained in a chokehold by NYPD officers. It features original punk Richard Hell reading Garner's final words to the officers holding him, as captured on the video of his final moments, including him repeating "I can't breathe" eleven times. There is a chilling video online, in which the band cleverly draws the parallel between the US and Russian regimes as two sides of the same coin - it features two of the band being buried alive, wearing the uniforms of Russian riot police - echoing the secret night-time burial of hundreds of Russian troops who have perished in the Ukraine, while Putin denies Russian involvement.

    Sean Hocking:
    On Ring Of Fire this month we've got some new tunes from Calcutta by up and coming band Jeepers Creepers. From China Little Punk , Gui Gui Sui Sui and Junks.
    Not too much from the USA side of the Pacific but that said we have a preview of a track off Free Weed's forthcoming album. I'm getting a bit worried ... for the first time ever he sounds as though he's actually recorded it in a studio and not his best friend's bathroom.
    We also feature a couple of tracks from the free sampler (available via Bandcamp) from Brisbane's Bedroom Suck Records. I really recommend popping over there as soon as you can and getting hold of a copy. Normally freebie comps are something to stay well clear of but not a dud track on this little gem.
    Also do check out Sydney garage acts The Dandelion and the best Standells song not written by the Standells in the form of Sydney's Los tones and their tune "Ordinary Man". Their debut album has been released by a Portuguese label whose name I now forget but it has always amazed me how small town Portuguese and Spanish labels always manage to cotton on to great garage music way before the rest of us!
    Also a few great late 70's DIY tunes in the second half of the show. If you don't fall in love with Bona Dish I may have to call the paramedics to attend to you. Last but not least, Metal Postcard's first ever NZ signing ... Shacklock Meth Party who for me at least are the purest rock n roll I've heard in eons.
  • Dandelion Radio - February 2015

    2 Feb 2015, 18:36 by DandelionRadio

    Andrew Morrison:
    After a four month break from Dandelion Radio's airwaves, Andy is back with two hours of the best new(ish) music that he hasn't had a chance to play since his last show in October. Selections include tracks from Raury, The Twilight Sad, TV on the Radio, Burial, The Horn the Hunt, Real Lies, The Raveonettes and Aphex Twin. You'll also hear a slightly belated countdown of his twelve favourite tunes of 2014, plus there's a tribute to the whistling wonder that was Ronnie Ronalde who sadly passed away in January.

    Kevin Robinson:
    Wrap up warm and allow us to delve into the new release pile which this month offers an album of surf punk instrumentals from Swami John Reis & the Blind Shake, raucous new sounds from Perspex Flesh, Pampers, and Sick Thoughts, plus an interesting new 12" from Mark Ernestus. We've also got more tracks from the Witching Waves and Trash Kit albums, as well as that awesome compilation from Duppy Gun Productions.
    As usual there's intriguing music from all corners of the globe with The Dance Asthmatics from New Zealand, the Tarcar from Australia, plus there's Argentina's Los Cripis and German trio The Durian Brothers. Dub sounds this month come from Sweden in the form of Casio Love and from Nashville in the form of Pale Rider.
    Beats and bass this month comes from Luke Slater in his L.B. Dub Corp guise, Kompakt's Reinhard Voigt, Keysound's Caski, Demdike Stare, Beat Spacek and Afrikan Sciences. Plus we've got previously unreleased compositions from the BOOMARM NATION family including respected forces of the Istanbul beat scene iskeletor and El Mahdy Jr. and one side of a wonderfully ambitious C30 cassette from Moon B.
    Also this month we throw back to the 80's with Birmingham's Sceptre and LUCRATE MILK from Paris, to the 70's with proto-punkers electric eels, plus there's much more to make up three fun-packed hours of radio bliss.

    Lee Adcock:
    Fact: the only Valentine's Day gift I've received from someone other than my mother was a few carnations from an anonymous source in high school. I was flabbergasted at the time - but, now that I think about it, I'll betcha the mystery suitor was only my big bro.
    Anyway, no flowers or big teddy bears here - I've got a ten-tier box of assorted sweets for ya. If it's guitar flavors you crave, chew on indie pop superstars The Fireworks, or the Minutemen-esque Gnards, or the righteous Chastity Belt. The more adventurous sweet tooth can delight in Colin Robinson's newest creation via Churn Milk Joan, which is so irresistibly rich that I pulled three tracks from it. Plus for you sentimental lovers out there, the golden AM sounds of Animal Daydream and a return of the come-as-you-are indie folk kids Low Low Low La La La Love Love Love should tide you over.
    As for the electronic goodies, the pixellated candy floss disaster that is Eric Copeland should keep you busy for the long car ride, while the adults in the room can swill some Klara Lewis in their wine glasses and chug-a-lug. You that fancy hard liquor might wolf down this Strange U brew, or perhaps the split between scares and Tococoa will whet your whistle. From the imports list, we've just brought in the Ghana hip-hop grooves of Ata Kak, the fascinating Swedish retro-electro of Body in the Thames, and the Cologne flare of Reinhard Voigt.
    Whew. And that's not even the whole shebang. Sure beats a bouquet, don't it?
    Oh. And heads up - Father Murphy may scare your pants off. Be ready.

    Mark Whitby:
    Jim Milne, formerly of Tractor and The Way We Live, is the session guest in a show that features yet more of the best early releases of 2015, including great new stuff from, among others, Mega Emotion, iskeletor and Acid Mothers Temple, plus a track from the new JD Meatyard that sees the light of day later this month.
    We preview a couple of cracking March reggae releases, a new one from Capital Letters and a black symbol anthology, a forthcoming release from Jude Cowan Montague & Wim Oujdik and yet another stunning offering from the Blue Tapes label, while joining the general clamour of approval circulating around a first new album in 35 years from The Pop Group.
    We also take a look at some of the more interesting label samplers about at the moment, in the process digging out tunes from the likes of The Retro Spankees, Trapped Mice and Mdou Moctar and still find time for an extended Peel Back... featuring tunes heard in session on John Peel shows 20, 30 and 40 years ago this month.

    Pete Jackson:
    This month the music is split between the now and happening, with 2015 releases from Moon Duo, The Blue Giant Zeta Puppies, Dälek, Cranium Pie and Schnauser, among others, plus a whole bunch of tunes from the 20th Century - expect sounds of the 1920s, 30s, 60s, 70s and 80s ranging from the Delta blues to dub and beyond.
    There's also some great sounds from long-term and new-found favourites Dementio13, Jiboía, Mogwai, Nueva Costa and The Black Twig Pickers. One to file under 'eclectic', I think.

    Another cracking show this month - no sessions or featured albums - just three hours of mostly new music - including tracks from Pet Politics; Jen Cloher; CTMF; Ivan The Tolerable; Pete Wylie; Seth Corbin; Firestations; The Popguns; Belle and Sebastian; Stephen Fall; East Brunswick All Girls Choir; Soaked; Zebra Hunt; The Electric Pop Group; Seawitches; The Fireworks; NO/NO; and Flyying Colours.
    There's electronica from Johannes Brecht; Fraternal Bee remixed by Luis Junior; and We Need Cracks remixed by Clawz SG. Also Carl Craig takes on Caribou, while Metrik teams up with ShockOne to give an Underworld classic a bit of a seeing to.
    The Nightingales give us their interpretation of a Lovely Eggs tune, while fellow midlanders Capital Letters tell us of their love for their home town, Wolverhampton. Also Sarandon cover The Nightingales. Meanwhile Australian Jen Cloher covers a 1967 hit by The Loved Ones, and London duo Cowbell covers Ray Charles.
    This month's Peel's Big 45 is a rock'n'roller from 1963, while this month's Educating Elizabeth record is the above-mentioned Ray Charles cover.
    As well as little known acts, here's a little known fact: When Ray Charles' single "Unchain My Heart" was released in 1962, it was rare for an artist to appear in both the US R'n'B charts and the US pop chart. It was amazingly his 35th entry (and his eighth Number One) on the R'n'B chart, and his 24th entry on the pop chart.

    Sean Hocking:
    There are two shows from me this month. All the best ones are dying off and we are left with very little originality and that's why this month you'll hear a one hour show from me featuring some moments of oddness, madness and just plain fun from Kim Fowley.
    I first came across Fowley in the late 70's via reading about him (probably in something by Lester Bangs) but it being the days of living on next to nothing and no Internet it took me a number of years to get my hands on any of his actual recordings. Instead everything had to be left to my imagination and over time I managed to pick up a copy of the Fire Escape LP featuring the Trip, hear Bubblegum on Sonic Youth's EVOL album and hear third hand re-inventions of his 60's productions such as the Cramps version of Surfing Bird on the amazing Gravest Hits.
    Now of course we can be satiated immediately with a quick YouTube search but my love grew for him over the years of trawling second hand record stores searching out anything he'd been involved with. I hope you enjoy the selection as much as I did putting it together and anybody smart enough to spot the genius of the Modern Lovers early on is fine by me!

    In Ring of Fire we've got a two hour show featuring new tunes from Cambodia, Thailand, Australia and beyond, even some Zambian 70's Psych which, let's admit it, seems to be flavor of the month at the moment.
    Some great oldies in the show as well including Peel faves The Prefects, some great dub from Mikey Dread and King Tubby and early Rough Trade players Disco Zombies.
    On the electronic side of things great cuts from Invisible Conga People and Kalabrese as well a classic Balearic cassette (well that's how I remember it) bootleg Pink Floyd re-imagined by the Orb with a rather extended version of Shine On You Crazy Diamond.
    Finally, as much as they say music is the work of the devil ISIS still have a theme tune. Ok it's not very cheery or funky for that matter but it is worth highlighting that Dawlat al-Islam exists. If you want to know more the Guardian published a very well researched article on the subject late last year and do check out the Shiites they appear to have a bit more funk than their Sunni cousins
  • Dandelion Radio - January 2015

    3 Jan 2015, 11:34 by DandelionRadio

    Festive 50:
    Continuing a Christmas tradition started by the late broadcaster John Peel in 1976, an assortment of our DJs count down through the best 50 tracks from 2014 based on listener's votes.
    You can hear the full results of this legendary poll repeating from Christmas Day and into January, finishing off with Kevin Robinson revealing this year's winner!

    2014 Review:
    For January 2015 Dandelion Radio introduces a Review of the year 2014, as seen through the eyes of our DJs. Join Rocker, Pete Jackson, Kevin Robinson, Mark Whitby and Neil Jenkins as they take a turn in guiding you through some of their musical high points from the past year.
    Tune in, enjoy, and give us your feedback.

    Kevin Robinson:
    Before we even begin to tackle 2015, there's a pile of releases from late 2014 to sift through including terrific albums which must not go unheard from Raspberry Bulbs, Witching Waves, Trash Kit, USA Nails, Afrikan Sciences, The Skull Defekts and Posh Isolation's White Void, as well as an awesome compilation from Duppy Gun Productions.
    As usual we go global with The Calypso Steel-O-Rama Band from the Caribbean, The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band from Thailand, and there's a recently reissued album from Congolese legends Verckys & Orchestre Veve. We've also got new records from Cairo's Maurice Louca Hungary's Stephan Olbricht and from Romania there's more found material from Rodion G.A..
    Weird and warped electronica this month comes from IVVVO, Klara Lewis, Shackleton, Ekoplekz, and Eric Copeland, plus a particularly lively number from Dead Man's Chest.
    Also this month Gorgon Sound remix Kahn, Ancient Methods rip Powell to shreds, Skeptical collaborates with Clarity, and there's a stunning late contender for remix of the year from The Haxan Cloak and Akkord.

    Lee Adcock:
    Oh, this would be a tough one to compile, the elders said. Throw together a review of last year, they said. Well, GUESS WHAT? By some crazy feat of luck, I've piled up a bunch of sparkly new tunes to stun and amaze you with. (OK, I did cheat a little bit, but shhhhh.)
    So hey-ho, let's ring in 2015 with one banging' party: main man Pour Le Plausir will man the decks; Ex Hex can bring the keg, and Hookworms the illicit drugs; Clockwork Orchestra will stomp everyone on the SNES; The Fucked Up Beat will project super-8 black-and-white films on the wall; and The Ropes will stand in the corner as the resident divas.
    But partying shall cease to observe the strange aural rituals of an elusive cult known only as Mind Brains - rumor has it that the members are Elephant six magi, but no one knows. Also, prepare to be hypnotized by more Henry Plotnick, Andy Stott, Dissolved, and Gretchen Lyme.
    Plus a big warm welcome to Empty Child, another precocious composer/producer with most excellent skillz.

    Mark Whitby:
    Jackn bones provides the session tunes for a January show in which the emphasis is firmly on the new. In that spirit, we've got tunes from a whole load of keenly awaited releases set to hit us during January and February 2015, including new albums from Belle & Sebastian, Peter Kernel, Disappears, The Wave Pictures and Whyte Horses, plus a few that won't be seeing the light of day until March, from Moon Duo and Gratuit as well as a cracking Awesome Tapes From Africa reissue from Ghana's Ata Kak.
    The amazing Blue Tapes is branching out into vinyl this year and we've got the first fruits of that, courtesy of the excellent Pour Le Plaisir. There's also a new album from Alasdair Roberts, something suitably eccentric from MCFERRDOG and a debut from Viet Cong to look forward to so we throw something from those in there too.
    Of course there's been plenty happening since the last show so we also manage to cram in some fine end-of-2014 releases from the likes of Mogwai, Can Can Heads and Pete Bentham & the Dinnerladies, as well as the glorious racket brought forth by Slovenia's Praznina and an excellent split release from the Outward label featuring scares and Tocopa.
    And, with the 2014 Festive Fifty now out there for your listening pleasure, our Peel Back... section digs back into the chart of ten years ago while tentatively speculating what might have made a festive fifty forty years ago, had there been such a thing.

    Pete Jackson:
    Just 60 mins from Pete this month, but still chock full of great new stuff from Hookworms, Blue Giant Zeta Puppies and Jumble Hole Clough, old stuff from Red Lorry Yellow Lorry and Art Phag and the first fruits of my mate Steve's mega US cross country CD buying adventure, kicking off with music from the Blue Ridge Mountains.

    Kicking off the New Year with a bang! This month's three hour show includes three featured albums - the new one from the reformed Manhattan Love Suicides, the forthcoming debut from The Fireworks, and an excellent compilation from Very Gun Records which you may have missed when it slipped out towards the end of last year.
    We also manage to squeeze in new tracks from Stephen Fall; Emma Kupa; CTMF; Burnt Palms; Not Right; The Electric Pop Group; Sleater-Kinney; Caves; Hard Left; Lost Pets; Trust Fund; The Popguns; Zipper; Pale Lights; Evans The Death; Tyrannosaurus Dead; Kahoots; Joanna Gruesome; and Inspiral Carpets.
    There’s some twisted electronica too - Applescal reworks Daniel Avery’s Primal Scream mix; Butch and C. Vogt collaborate on a killer track recorded live with an orchestra; Radio Slave remixes Theo Schwarz, and Max Cooper mangles an ambient classic from The Rustle Of The Stars with judicious application of drum’n’bassbeats.
    This month’s Peel's Big 45 is a pseudo-Japanese release from 1971, while this month’s Educating Elizabeth track is the title track of the current Swamp Dogg album.
    As well as little known acts, here’s a little known fact: Rod Stewart’s ‘Reason To Believe’, played here in memory of recently deceased keyboard player Ian McLagan, a cover of a Tim Hardin original, was released in 1971 as a 7" A-side, however it was the B-side ‘Maggie May’ which received most US airplay, and became Stewart’s breakthrough hit on both sides of the Atlantic.

    Sean Hocking:
    Welcome to 2015.
    On a short trip down to Sydney in December I realised how much great new Australian music there is around at the moment. You'll have all heard the likes of Tame Impala and / or Courtney Barnett over the last 14 or so months but all of Australia's state capitals seem to be overflowing with great left field indie pop and rock at the moment. Melbourne still without doubt the nation's musical capital has bands left right and centre. In the show we feature, The Twerps, Dick Diver and The Ooga Booga's amongst others.
    A short 15 hour drive takes us up to Adelaide where we've come across the Wireheads who are on of those bands who don't sound like anything else we've heard..nothing better than a bit of cultural isolation to let a band develop properly. Back in the car and it's only a 23 hour hop across to Sydney a city that has been losing venues to developers in 2014 and being a musician there at the moment is by no means easy. Especially being a band with attitude, Low Life are appropriately named and remind me of the spirit of the early Fall. Do check out their album Dogging on Bandcamp. Also new band Community Radio formed from the ashes of cult Sydney band Youth Club have released a great little album that just gets under your skin after about half a dozen listens. Thanks to Red Eye Records in Sydney for the recommendation.
    Finally it's another 15 hour drive up to Brisbane to experience some more of the wonderful Blank Realm. This month we feature their track "Working on Love" which I have a funny feeling I'll be listening to daily this year. Also to break up the aus indie music fest I've thrown in a short set of left of centre dance tracks that have appealed to me recently. LA's Secret Circuit who I've featured in the show, a new 12" from Clarian entitled "My Shiva", a track that harks back to the days when Sven Vath was still making inventive music. And the best last, New York based Invisible Conga People and a DFA release entitled "Can't Feel My Knees". As far as I'm aware they've only written three songs - "Cable Dazed", "Can't Feel My Knees" and "In A Hole". But here at Ring of Fire those three songs still outclass the entire oeuvre of 90% of artists out there.
  • Dandelion Radio - December 2014

    8 Dec 2014, 12:05 by DandelionRadio

    Festive Fifty Build Up Show:
    Join a selection of Dandelion Radio DJs for the hour up to midnight (GMT) on Christmas Eve for this one-off, Festive Fifty Build-Up show. They'll be introducing some of their picks of 2014 that didn't quite make it into this year's legendary listeners' poll, while warming up for the first play of 2014's results starting at midnight.

    Mike Livesley:
    A special just for the Christmas break - presented by Michael Livesley and Andrew Battersby
    Why not kick off your slingbacks, take off your girdle, sit back and relax for an hour with Michael and Andrew as they present, for you, The Ghost of Christmas Pants.
    Recorded live at Uncle Tubbo's lighthouse on the North Wales coast the show features the blokes they call 'the drunkards drunkards' discussing their scattered memories and music of Christmases gone by in their own inimitable and slurring way.
    So, the fire is roaring, the places are set, the fridge is groaning with ale and there's a fresh 18 pack of Andrex in the bog. Our lighthouse jazz trio 'The Livettes' - featuring the world renowned Mr 'Nicely' Parrow on bass - are playing and so there is only one thing missing from this picture - you dear listener!
    Merry Christmas!!

    Jeff Grainger:
    A bumper 4 hour December show? Or a futile attempt to display, what a fine musical experience 2014 was - you decide! Tracks from Goat, Shellac, Sd Laika, Cuban Boys, Kasai Allstars, Millie & Andrea, Soundcarriers and Thurston Moore are small example of some of the many fine releases. There's a shed load of brand new stuff too from the likes of Songhoy Blues, Lovers open fire, Deers, Black Helicopters and Big Joanie.
    Jeff will also be playing some of his favourite session tracks from this year including White Mary, Scrabbled, Factory Acts plus ILL's fabulous session in its entirety. Theres a brand new session from Costa Rica finest Los Waldners and, just to keep it seasonal, this months featured album is Small Bears wonderful compilation; Never mind the Baubles.

    Kevin Robinson:
    Not exactly a programme packed with yuletide favourites, but still a good one (I hope).
    Guaranteed to kick those office parties into full swing, we've got Luke Vibert as his junglist alter ego Amen Andrews, thrash monsters Oozing Wound, post-punk sounds from The Skull Defekts and Useless Eaters, plus generous helpings of good shouty stuff from Nots and S.H.I.T.
    From Brazil there's a new 7" from Rakta; from Mali there's a taster of the forthcoming Songhoy Blues album; from Egypt there's new material from musician Maurice Louca; and we've even got a Christmas tune from King Scratch from the Caribbean.
    Off-kilter dance-floor compositions this month come from Vessel, Paula Temple Sully, Happy Meals, The Cyclist, and Silent Servant. Plus there's pummelling techno from AnD and Franck Vigroux, warped hip hop from Strange U, more excavations from the bottomless vaults of Muslimgauze, and the incredible debut of an 18 year old South London composer named Jire.
    There's always some dub and reggae to warm your chilly December nights from Natural Numbers, Tuff Scout All Stars, a new tape from Hieronymus and a reconsideration of a classic Scientist album by Seekers International.
    Finally, bringing the sleigh bells and spreading festive cheer, it's none other than ... Captain Beefheart.

    Lee Adcock:
    Merry merry, everyone! This truncated show features absolutely no festive content whatsoever, so if it's Xmas spirit you're seeking, you can tune out right now. However, if new music is on your wish list, then stick around and you will meet Tel Aviv weirdos Memory In Plant, demon summoner Anji Cheung, ghastly lo-fi rangers 808s and Greatest Hits, and others. Some old-timers and returning champs have popped in to the party, too, like Half Man Half Biscuit, The Black Watch, and Zed Bias. Primus volunteered to bring party favors - which means ya better double-check your goodie bags before you take 'em home. But anywho. I'll also be backward-gazing again, with some live Tunabunny by the fireside.
    Also - I'm super-happy to report that dreamscape spelunker Dissolved is recording again, and I've reserved a slice of his next LP for this show. Hang on 'til the end, kiddos!

    Mark Cunliffe:
    This month's show has hip hop and grime from the likes of Pierce Artists, Wiley and Sammus. There's a b-side from the first EP from Grawl!x since they went from solo project to full band. There's a track from the latest EP offering from Sleaford Mods and there is a fabulous session from Mas Y Mas recorded by myself in a school hall, no less, in a place called Sneinton in Nottingham. Total infectious latin vibes all the way there.

    Mark Whitby:
    Fresh from their triumphant appearance on Lee Adcock's show last month, Papernut Cambridge are the session guests in a final show of 2014 that also includes, among other things, new releases from Clockwork Orchestra, Clark, Guerilla Toss and Malcolm Middleton & David Shrigley.
    A masterful album from Venezuela's Fumaca Preta also figures, alongside a little something from Germany's Mosquito Ego and a fantastic Mexican/Australian hybrid going by the name of Mesa Cosa. There's a track from a solo album from the magnificent Brigitte Roussel and something from the recent platter by The Skull Defekts.
    There are recent tracks from some of my favourite new discoveries of 2014, including Virgo, Jack n Bones and Qualchan. And of course, this being the month of the Festive Fifty broadcast, we Peel Back... twenty years to play three great tracks from the chart of 1994.
    Oh, and the last half hour consists of Xmas tunes, including a brutal festive masterpiece courtesy of the very noisy Totally Pissed Off.

    Pete Jackson:
    This month's show includes a few festive goodies courtesy of a new Christmas compilation from Small Bear Records alongside a couple of vintage Peel session tunes both first broadcast 20 years ago this month. Elsewhere,
    There's epic psychedelia from Bonnacons Of Joy and Vert:X, Argentinian garage from Los Moretones and Yorkshire Americana from Serious Sam Barrett, plus The Flaming Lips (and fwiends) take on The Beatles and Icarus Peel tackle the Avengers - come and see who wins!

    As usual a three-hour show from Rocker this month, including exclusive new sessions from Eureka California and Rita Lynch, as well as new tracks from The Manhattan Love Suicides; Caves; Aiden Moffat; Emmy the Great; Allo Darlin'; The Popguns; Melbourne Cans; Slum of Legs; Tyrannosaurus Dead; Joanna Gruesome; Inspiral Carpets; The Wolfhounds; The Fireworks; and Cayetana.
    There's electronica from Marc Romboy; Burial; Ron Flatter remixed by Microtrauma; TCF; DJ Rocca; and Simon Shackleton.
    There's a stirring call to arms by the Marxist-Leninist Canadian Cultural Workers' Committee from 1979, and modern protest songs from Not Right and Swamp Dogg. Hard Left cover a song made famous by The Bay City Rollers, while Perfect Pussy tear apart and reconstruct a Sugarcubes song in their own image.
    This month's Peel's Big 45 is folk anthem from 1970, while this month's Educating Elizabeth track is a classic Motown single from 1966.
    As well as little known acts, here's a little known fact: Swamp Dogg, whose excellent new album is called "The White Man Made Me Do It", originally recorded under his real name, Jerry Williams, releasing at least one 7" which has become a Northern Soul classic - "If You Ask Me (Because I Love You)" from 1966.

    Sean Hocking:
    A special bumper December show to keep you occupied whilst the grey days and enforced jollity of December roll by. In Ring Of Fire we got 4 hours of old and new and hopefully until the last hour you've not heard any of it before.
    We start this month with assorted religious nutters and DJ Foundation in 2014 mode. His hometown, Mosul, has been overun by ISIS we don't know if he's alive or dead. So we thought there's nothing he'd love us to do more than remind the world that religious extremism is a curse we could all do without. And there's our Christmas message to you all! We also feature NZ based drone artist RST in collaboration with Shanghai songstress Lenz. We also preview a track from the forthcoming Drakkar74 also to be released on Metal Postcard in early 2015. This album is, without doubt, the holy grail of Cambodian pre Khmer Rouge psych rock. It was understood to be lost to time but we tracked down the surviving Drakkar band members. Two survived the Killing Fields, two did not. Band leader Touch Tana is now to be found shaping environmental policy with the Cambodian government and after two years of cajoling, searching and re-discovering Metal Postcard will be bringing the people the first ever vinyl pressing of this album. The original was only ever available on cassette. The album touches on the golden age of Cambodian Pop & Rock but elements of Santana, The Incredible String Band, Cream,and Khmer folk also come through.
    But enough of Metal Postcard ... we've also got on the show; Alternative TV, something new from Melbourne's NO ZU, the Homosexuals, Lyons based Bass dj & producer Flore and a great bit of turntabilism from America's DJ Craze who's had enough of button pushing edm dj's.
    Beijing 's Gui Gui Sui Sui has also taken to dj'ing, of a style! Old gameboys picked up in Beijing second hand electronic markets fed through his collection of battered effects pedals make for the type of dj set you've not heard before.
    In the last hour of the show it's time for a bit of nostalgia so I've thrown the tracks that have kept me coming back all year. Some are old and some are new. I hope you enjoy the selection.
  • Dandelion Radio - November 2014

    1 Nov 2014, 12:08 by DandelionRadio

    Jeff Grainger:
    Three hour November show packed with jolly decent stuff by anyone's standard, New tracks from Ought, Amadou Et Mariam, Dilly Dally, Boothroyd, Hag Face, Spectres, Caught In The Wake Forever, Inspector Tapehead, Dub Sex and a very old one from Louis Armstrong, (What about Dolly?) Another exclusive from Warm Widow, plus the full live set from Salford's Factory Acts recorded at a recent Last Saturday gig at The Bank Top Tavern. This months 'Last Saturday' (29th Of November - See News/Events) stars Jack Reid & The Black Whip, feature prominently in this months show as three songs, from their soon to be released LP get a spin.
    Can't sign off with out a reminder for all to vote in this year's Festive 50 AND to download 21 Songs for John which will be unavailable after the 30th of the Month - when it's gone, it's gone.

    Kevin Robinson:
    The stack of new releases this month include a raucous Stereolab cover from Toronto band Greys, polyrhythmic assaults from Cut Hands and Japanese producer Anchorsong, and a full-length of vicious rock'n'roll from California's Musk.
    From the "Riots Not Diets" stable there's a new offering from The Ethical Debating Society, brand new reggae with a fresh Groundation album, plus tracks from recent releases by London's Ravioli Me Away, Austin's Spray Paint, and Thailand's Khun Narin Electric Phin Band. We also lift tracks from the sansa-influenced new collection from Cameroon's Francis Bebey, the riotous international ensemble Fumaça Preta and the tremendously fierce Senegalese singer Aby Ngana Diop.
    Also this month there's sonically arresting new electronica from Objekt, Hieroglyphic Being on Planet Mu, Leicester duo Witch on Happa's new label, Woodstock's Photay, Black Dice's Eric Copeland on L.I.E.S., Mutsumi (the artist formally known as Mu), talented new Tri Angle signing Boothroyd, Tokyo's Ueno Masaaki, plusLakker produces something that sounds like "screaming into the wind on the top of a mountain".
    If it's golden oldies you're looking for, there's a Peel session track from 1981 by Killing Joke, a re-issue from Girls At Our Best! and a track from a stunning new Sun Ra collection.
    Don't forget to get those Festive 50 votes in!

    Lee Adcock:
    As you probably know, November is Festive 50 Campaigning month here at Dandy HQ - so my show will juggle between the megahits from earlier in the year and the fizzy pop on tap right now. Choose your flavor: we've got late night synth gambles with Siobhan, out-of-body noise illumination with Future Ape Tapes, gypsy ska caravan rolling with Hallouminati, bratty crunchy goodness from Crayon, and plenty more in the back if that don't suit ya. Festive 50 contenders from yestermonths include some top-tier prize contenders, like Kate Tempest and Ex-Easter Island Head, plus highlights from the international airwaves (we'll elaborate on the local front next month).
    Oh, and Papernut Cambridge popped in for a delightful session. They're on their second album now, y'know.
    And do hang in there to the end, if you can - one of the most awe-inspiring tracks I've heard all year caps off the show.

    Mark Whitby:
    It's about time we had a Hungarian band in session on the show and this month we put that right with exclusive recordings from Piresian Beach in a joint session with Pete Jackson, in whose show you can hear the rest of it. They're not the only featured artists from the European continent: we've also got fellow Hungarians Karaul, a cracking new single from Spain's Deers, Ukrainians Zapaska, Futuroscope from France and Germany's Deejay Deer.
    Closer to home, at least to me, among other things we've got album tracks from Inspiral Carpets, Tyrannosaurus Dead and Thom Yorke plus a show debut for the excellent Jackn bones. From across the pond, there's something from the new Deerhoof album, a stunning new track from Katie Gately and more from that incredible Shellac LP.
    This month sees Festive Fifty voting upon us, of course, so, as is the custom, our Peel Back... feature recalls three tracks from the festive fifty of thirty years ago.

    Pete Jackson:
    A first this month as Pete shares a session with Mark Whitby - ace Hungarians Piresian Beach perform three tracks here, another three there. Lots of new stuff from acts new to the show too, including Chileans Nueva Costa, Portugal's Jibóia and Greek-sounding Americans Rhyton; the John Peel influence still prevails too with new releases from Peel faves Thurston Moore, Aphex Twin and The Cuban Boys as well as a classic 1990 session track.
    Finally, there's three flexidiscs from a new Fruit De Mer box set - the 8-track revival can only be days away ...

    A three-hour show which includes a debut session from The Charlie Tipper Experiment, and featured albums from Allo Darlin' and Half Man Half Biscuit. There's also new tracks from The Manhattan Love Suicides; Trust Fund; Melbourne Cans; Slum of Legs; Tyrannosaurus Dead; Not Right; The Wolfhounds; dog legs; The Orchids; and Anguish Sandwich.
    There's electronica from Stephan Bodzin; Tvardovsky; Nick Muir & John Digweed remixed by Fairmont; TCF; Mala; and Guy J.
    Boyracer cover The Rosehips, while The Flatmates cover Prince. Sarandon cover the June Brides, while the A-side of the June Brides new single finally gets a play. There's a (rather long) track from Thurston Moore's new album, which features a My Bloody Valentine, and there's a somewhat shorter track from California-based oi - mod - punk supergroup Hard Left, featuring members of Boyracer, Black Tambourine, and Lunchbox.
    This month's Peel's Big 45 is a classic on Drag City from 1990. while this month's Educating Elizabeth track is a new recording from an Old Northern Soul favourite.
    As well as little known acts, here's a little known fact: Westward Ho! is the only settlement in the UK to include an exclamation mark in its name.

    Sean Hocking:
    Ring of Fire is back with something new and something old. Not so much happening in the AP region this month so we've had a wander over the planet and are especially pleased to hear so much great new music coming out of the UK that has nothing at all to do with 4 white boys all strutting around the stage doing yet another Kinks pastiche. I'm really enjoying listening to African Boy shop lifting from Lidl, The Fat White Family wishing they were Mark E Smith and The Council Tax Band having to waste their life in the job centre.
    Maybe at long last the drudgery of Noel and his cohorts are over (actually I'm quite fond of Noel) but some of the flotsam that has trailed in his wake over the past decade has at times made me think that British music was losing it's inventiveness. Great to see it back! Oh yes, almost forgot and why is UK music so great? Yet again we have the Tories to thank so thank you Mr Cameron and we have of course included your rap as created by the one and only Cassette Boy the best thing he's done since the Parker Tapes. On the electronic and funkier side of things we've got some great mid-nineties acid from Richie Hawtin. I keep reading that acid is coming back. Here at Ring of Fire it never went away. We've also come across an amazing Pilooski edit that we hadn't heard before, Bissau, not really surprising as it came out a few years back but limited to only a 150 12"s.
    Australia's had a fruitful year for new lo-fi indie music that appears to be informed by a Go-Betweens aesthetic. We are especially fond of Brisbane's Blank Realm and Melbourne's Dick Diver. Make sure you listen to the show as there's a little Dick Diver competition I'm running.
    Elsewhere from Asia we've got a preview of the forthcoming re-issue for the first time on vinyl (originally on cassette only) of Drakkar 74. An album recorded just prior to the arrival of the Khmer Rouge and almost lost to history. Here at MP we've now spent 14 months finding the album, the band members and getting it re-mastered from the final remaining dodgy cassettes ... although the sound isn't perfect (it was recorded in 1972/73 in Cambodia!) it has a rather magical sound to it. We'll be releasing 500 only and that's it ... so if obscure Cambodian psych rock folk is your bag you'll be in heaven.
    Last but not least two great cuts of artists that are rearing their heads after a long time hidden in the undergrowth. From 1989 a Keith Levene interpretation of Lennon's Cold Turkey and finally the amazing Lonnie Holley US underground artist whom I managed to catch over the summer. His psychedelic soul with more than a touch of Gil Scott Heron politics has me entranced. Hopefully he'll do the same for you too. Next month we roll on to xmas, so remember it's Festive 50 time and I'll be doing my own little selfish best of 2014. It's going to be a long xmas special from here considering the amount of great new tracks rolling into us daily at the moment.