Welcome to your weekly catch up on the This Is How It Feels To Be Indie radio show hosted by Adam Jeffery on Radio Scarborough. Last week’s show featured all the usual great music including Echo and the Bunnymen, The Shins, and Two Door Cinema Club. Keeping up with the latest new bands there was also tracks from Delamere and Superfood, plus Calling Out, the great new single from Distant Sun. You can find the full track listing on the Indie Radio Facebook page and give us a like and a share please! You can also listen again to the show in full on Mixcloud here.”
The weekly feature of The Best off of a Best Of (hosted in conjunction with Everything Indie Over 40) was Pop Will Eat Itself’s 16 Different Flavours of Hell. The winning track was Def Con One as voted by the Twitter followers and that amazing EIO40 t-shirt was won by @Betamax857. Well done! Keep an eye out for next week’s competition and get your vote in!
Also on the show Johny popped by and gave us his Lost Indie Classics while Adam nipped out for his usual iced latte and cinnamon swirl. This week he brought us The Little Engineers Set by The Dentists and The Procession of Popular Capitalism by McCarthy. Did you get the connection? It was of course the return of The Apprentice on the telly!
This week’s Vigil is going out live on the air, but I have been lucky enough to get hold of the info on our participant. He’s clearly a very brave man as he’s agreed to visit the studio and spend some time with Adam, so let’s meet Paul:
I’m Paul Burnett. I’m 39 and a bit of a mongrel! Scotland born, Australia bred now living in Scarborough with my beautiful wife Katey and two sons Ryan and Owen. Since I can remember I’ve been fortunate to have been around great people who have impeccable taste in music and in the age of chew-em-up-and-spit-em-out pop bands, whether it’s subliminal or forced, my challenge now is to make sure my kids are exposed to alternatives to the mainstream! A big thanks to Adam for a great show and for the opportunity for my 15 minutes of fame.
So, going out live on the show these are Paul’s three tracks:
New Order – Every Little Counts
I find imperfections and chaos in music very attractive and a few high charting singles aside, this band were mostly unpolished - especially in a live setting. I discovered this band over 25 years ago and loved everything about them. I was particularly fascinated with the story of their record label, Factory, and how this affected their sound. The label had a very unorthodox approach, but allowed them to maintain full artistic integrity. The sound, the slick but very expensive Peter Saville artwork, the musical reinvention through the years after the Joy Division years made for a really interesting musical journey.
My choice for Something Old is taken off their 1986 album Brotherhood and although there are far better crafted tracks on this album and throughout their back catalogue, it captures the essence of the imperfect chaos that makes them one of my favourite bands of all time.
The Flaming Lips – Do You Realize?
The Flaming Lips were a retrospective discovery. A good friend of mine in Australia was a big Flaming Lips fan and he lent me several albums prior to the release of arguably one of their finest Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. The Lips stay true to their experimental sound in the album, but it’s also scattered with fantastic melodic pop-sounding songs.
So, for my Borrowed selection, I’ve picked a song that means something different to everyone who listens to it. It’s also the song to which my wife, Katey, walked down the aisle to.
Alt J – Taro
My choice for Something New is Taro by Alt J. A really beautiful track in so many ways and another band with unique sounding vocals. In my opinion, Taro is by far the stand out track on the album An Awesome Wave. I love the way it builds through each chorus with the Indian Bhangra sounding guitar work which is actually created by finger tapping with a roll of electrical tape. If this is new to you, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
I’m writing this before the show, so hopefully it all went to plan and you enjoyed the first ever live Vigil. Thanks to Paul for sharing his song choices with us along with the reasons why he’s picked them and also for braving being in an enclosed space with Adam!
Listen in to the show next week to find out who will be featured in the vigil and then come and join us for a debrief along with a replay of their tracks.
And finally, as always, don’t forget to tune in to http://www.radioscarborough.co.uk/ on a Wednesday night to hear some great music and chat.