066: Because Of You, We Survived the Cold of Winter Snow (Cian Ó Cíobháin)

Shock World Service 066:
Because Of You, We Survived the Cold of Winter Snow (Cian Ó Cíobháin)
24/12/16 Galway, Ireland

1. Edward Williams - The Sex Life Of The Fern
Strange tune title? Perhaps … but not when you realise its context. It’s from the soundtrack to David Attenborough’s 1979 BBC series ‘Life On Earth’.

2. John Martyn - Head and Heart
Achingly beautiful loves song from John Martyn’s 1971 classic LP ‘Bless the Weather’.

3. Shelleyan Orphan - Beamheart
Caroline Crawley, the lead singer of Shelleyan Orphan, sadly passed away some months back. I was familiar with her vocal work on This Mortal Coil’s LP ‘Blood’, but had never taken the time out to explore any of her back catalogue, outside of her contributions to Ivo-Watts Russell’s 4AD super-group.

4. Perfume Genius - Mr Petersen
Taken from Mike Hadreas’ debut LP from 2010, this is a song about a teacher he had in his formative years, who had a major influence on him, but later committed suicide.

5. Shiny Two Shiny - Moment To Moment
Thanks to Mary Maguire for introducing me to this band. Based in Liverpool, they released 1 album and 2 EPs in the mid-80s.

6. The Strange Walls - Grey To Red
‘…. Won’t Last’ by New York-based The Strange Walls on Alrealon Musique is one of my albums of the year.

7. Worldbackwards - (Leaving Me) Now
Minimal wave quartet from London who initially only released their music on cassettes (there are four of them, all C60s).

8. Peter Gordon & David Van Tieghem - Winter (feat Kathy Acker)
Peter Gordon is the bandleader of Love Of Live Orchestra, a multi-genre downtown New York collective that has counted Arthur Russell, David Byrne, Arto Lindsay, Phillip Glass and Laurie Anderson amongst its members. He sent me a thank you email VIA his publicist for playing this one so often on my radio show this year.

9. Thomas Leer - Private Plane
Amazing debut single from 1978 from Thomas Leer.

10. Lives Of Angels - Imperial Motors
Lost classic from husband/wife duo Gerald and Catherine O’ Connell, taken from their 1983 album ‘Elevator To Eden’. Shades of Can, Suicide, Depeche Mode, New Order.

11. Rollers/Sparkers - Kodiak
They’re from Dublin, they are responsible for my album of the year - ‘Interior Ministry’ - and by album, I mean a coherent collection of amazing songs that make complete sense in the way that they’re sequenced on the LP.

12. Let’s Eat Grandma - Eat Shiitake Mushrooms
I believe that this precocious teenage girl duo from Norwich are still in school (only aged 16-17 when they wrote this) and yet…. how on earth did they come up with possibly the best pop-song of 2016?

13. Scraps - Dreams
Brisbane’s self-styled ‘dehydrated disco queen’ released a corker of an album - called ‘TTNIK’ - on the always essential Not Not Fun label this year.

14. Blood Orange - Desirée
This was my highlight from ‘Freetown Sound’, an album which features more great female vocalists, many who previously were unknown to me.

15. The Paradise - In Love With You
Made by Alan Braxe (who had a hand in Stardust’s ‘Music Sounds Better With You’ with Thomas Bangalater and ‘Intro/Running’ with Fred Falke) with Romuald Louverjon back in 2003, I have Mike Smalle to thank for introducing me to this 6am afterparty classic.

16. Ruby & The Romantics - Baby Come Home
Akron, Ohio R&B 60s group who became big in Belgium when this one became a staple on the Popcorn scene.

17. Liz Damon’s Orient Express - 1900 Yesterday
Debut single from Liz Damon’s Hawaiian band came out in 1971 but I have my truelove to thank for introducing me to it recently.

18. Cocteau Twins - Half-Gifts
20 years ago the Cocteau Twins released their final album ‘Milk & Kisses’ and when it came out I recall many of us being completely besotted with this song. Liz Fraser’s biographer speculated that songs from this period may be about Jeff Buckley, but the lady herself has neither confirmed or denied this.

065: Guitar Side Of The Divide (Spaces)

Producer Spaces (check out his ‘One’ & ‘Two’ vinyl releases on the Bleep label) leaves behind the glithcy electronic sounds he’s known for to explore his guitar history on this episode.

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042: The Shoelace That Snapped (Jon Averill)

Shock World Service 042:
The Shoelace That Snapped by Jon Averill
04/10/11 London, United Kingdom

1. John Leyton - Johnny Remember Me
The more eagle-eared among you will recognise the reverb-doused production techniques of Joe Meek all over this track.

2. Os Ritmistas Brasileiros - Samba 2° Andamento
From the 1972 album ‘Batucada Fantástica'.

3. Aidan John Moffat - Nothing In Common
I’ve never seen Grease. One day, one day.

4. Spiritualized - The Ballad Of Ricky Lee
This track is taken from Spiritualized’s ‘Amazing Grace’, which is their most disjointed (worst) album.

5. Charles Dodge - The Days Are Ahead
This is taking from a 1976 album entitled ‘Synthesized Voices’, a work that used analysis and re-synthesis of human voices.

6. Bryan Ferry - Which Way To Turn
Summer ‘81. A middle aged man from Washington, County Durham is driving aimlessly. The final embers of night begin to fade. He feverishly flips between radio stations, eventually settling half way between two, the dialogue from both overlaps amid white noise which bubbles & pops like water boiling in a pot.

7. Joe Goddard - Gabrielle
Seems like a short while ago when Hot Chip seemed to rule the world. Joe Goddard’s current output is the most accomplished so far.

8. Chrome Sparks - <3 & Soul
I heard this on Tom Ravenscroft’s show. There’s a beautiful & almost naive simplicity to this record that reminds me little bit of Warp Records act Plone.

9. Tim Key - Waterloo

Tim Key may be more familiar to people as ‘Sidekick Simon’ on ‘Mid Morning Matters’. This track is taken from the album ‘With A String Quartet. On A Boat’

10. Lee Hazlewood - My Autumn's Done Come

Like the track from Nat King Cole which appears later in the podcast this Autumnally titled & themed track was originally intended for a summer podcast.

11. John Maus - Believer
Like being at a Simple Minds concert whilst locked in the toilet.

12. Dennis Wilson - Time
My favourite track from Dennis Wilson’s album ‘Pacific Ocean Blue’, which in recent years has gone from being largely ignored to being considered the best solo album released by a Beach Boy.

13. Max Richter - Journey 3
Taken from his his album 'Infra' which was part of a Royal Ballet-commissioned collaboration

14. John Cooper Clarke - Beasely Boulevard (Live)
Never heard before recording of JCC from one of our Shock parties back in '08. As he doesn’t release any new material these days this track will probably be new to many of you.

15. Harry Partch - Life Is Too Precious To Spend It With Important People;
Another snatch of sagacity from Harry Partch whom I would advocate more research being done, by you.

16. The Antlers - Kettering
A histrionic piece from Brooklyn’s The Antlers guides us neatly out of our spoken word section & onto...

17. Glenn Branca - Lesson No. 1
Glenn Branca’s ‘Lesson No. 1’ segues relatively smoothly out of the Antlers track, which actually may seem odd to anyone familiar with his music, known for using unorthodox tunings on his avant-garde recordings.

18. Nat King Cole - Autumn Leaves
At the time of writing its 28 degrees in London. Podcast track listings - another victim of global warming.

19. Susumo Yakotta - Imagine
Thankfully not a cover of John Lennon but a track taken from Susumo Yakotta’s album ‘The Grinning Cat’ which I vividly remember being soundtrack for a trip to London in 2001.

20. Spiritualized - 100 Bars
This 2nd Spiritualized outing on this episode, though more of a spoken word curiosity than a fully fledged track.

21. The Aphex Twin - Lichen
Richard James describes the album ‘Selected Ambient Works - Volume 2’, from which this track is taken as being "like standing in a power station on acid".

22. Charles Bukowski - The Shoelace
Time Magazine described Bukowski as the "laureate of the American lowlife".

015: At The Department Of Forgotten Songs (Jon Averill)

The department of forgotten songs feels like an alternative title for this series. This episode fuses music from Greek composer Eleni Karaindrou with The Jesus & Mary Chain. Apparat alongside crooner Lee Hazlewood. One of my favourites ever.

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006: Another September (Cian Ó Cíobháin)

The 1sts podcast by regular contributor Cian Ó Cíobháin really helped us find our way in what we wanted the podcast to be. Even now this episode stands up. It’s so all over the place in a beautifully coherent way.

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