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April 23, 2007

RaW Playlist – 21/04/07

Here’s your playlist people. First day, third term. That’s right.


Arctic Monkeys – Brianstorm (NB track 2)
Modest Mouse – Dashboard
The Cooper Temple Clause – Head
Mark Ronson – Stop me
LCD Soundsystem – All My Friends
The Twang – Either Way
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Weapon of Choice
Snow Patrol – Signal Fire

CSS – Let’s Make Love and Listen to Death from Above
Groove Armada – Get down
Patrick Wolf – The Magic Position
Rufus Wainwright – Going to a Town

The Fray – Over My Head
Biffy Clyro – Living is a Problem
Tom McRae – Bright Lights
The Red Hot Chili Peppers – Hump de Bump
Funeral for a Friend – Into Oblivion

Duke Special – Last Night I Nearly Died
Willy Mason – We can be Strong
Bjork – Earth Intruders


Brand New – Jesus
Noisettes – Scratch Your Name
The Electric Soft Parade – If that’s the case, then I don’t know

Feist – My Moon, My Man
The Enemy – Away From Here
Bloc Party – I Still Remember

Josh Pyke – Middle of the Hill
Travis – Closer
Kings of Leon – On Call

Cold War Kids – Hospital Beds
Example – You Can’t Rap

April 14, 2007

Albums of 1997

Ok due to popular demand we’re going to go with 1997 as the next album feature on Compact Disco. As usual, vote for your favourite album from the list of 10 below and then tell me why you’ve voted the way you have. The albums which generate the most votes, or the most discussion, will feature on the show.

1. Radiohead – OK Computer
2. The Verve – Urban Hymns
3. Prodigy – Fat of the Land
4. Spiritualized – Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
5. Bob Dylan – Time Out of Mind
6. Ben Folds Five – Whatever and Ever Amen
7. Feeder – Polythene
8. Foo Fighters – The Colour and the Shape
9. Blur – Blur
10. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – The Boatman’s Call

March 07, 2007

The Fall – The Robin 2, Wolverhampton 05/03/07 – Gig Review by Phil Richards

Why change a winning formula?

I went to see the Fall this week at the Robin 2 in Bilston, Wolverhampton. Supported by a band I hadn’t come across before – Now Assassin – I was hopeful of a brilliant night.

Now Assassin:

A cool indie rock outfit, Now Assassin consisted of four musicians and one dude standing in the middle of the stage bobbing his head and trying to look cool. I don’t know why but that fella in the middle just made the gig. From his first appearance of shouting at the audience through a megaphone, to him raising alternative pingpong bats with A) and B) written on them he really caught the imagination of the crowd. The music was awesome, and although playing to a fairly elderly audience, got many of them tapping toes and bouncing heads. If you get the chance a definite recommendation.

The Fall:

Like the band themselves, the fans of the Fall are starting to get on in years a bit, so I wasn’t expecting a surging, moshing crowd when the band started. How wrong could I be? To inspire this kind of reaction is a true indication of the power of this bands music and influence. Though they have never made “The Big Time” these guys have been around for ages, and inspired devotion from their fans because of such great songs as we heard that night. Admittedly towards the end of the evening the songs became a little sameish, but I ask, why change a winning formula?

One note of humour in the gig; it was Mark E Smith (lead singer of the Fall)’s birthday. 50 on Monday. And by the time he got on stage he was already blotto. There were three mikes on the stage and he could never make up his mind which one he was singing into.

RaW Playlist – 07/03/07


Compact Disco Single of the Week: Howling Bells – Low Happening

Arcade Fire – Keep the Car Running
The Gossip – Standing in the Way of Control
Joss Stone – Tell Me ‘Bout it
The Bees – Who Cares What the Question is
Big Bruvaz – Big Bro Thang

The Rakes – We Danced Together
Maximo Park – Our Velocity
The Fratellis – Baby Fratelli
Sugababes vs Girls Aloud – Walk This Way

Razorlight – I can’t stop this feeling I’ve got
Idlewild – No Emotion
Gwen Stefani ft Akon – The Sweet Escape
Five O’Clock Heroes – Skin Deep
The Maccabees – X-Ray

TheRapture – Pieces of the People We Love
The Long Blondes – Giddy Stratospheres
Jet – Shine On
Camille Jones vs Fedde Le Grande – The Creeps
The Fray – How to Save a Life
Bromheads Jacket – What if’s and maybes
Grace – Wonderful


The Decemberists – O Valencia!
Enter Shikari – Anything Can Happen in the Next Half Hour
The Feeling – Rosé
Nas – Hip-Hop is Dead
Klaxons – Golden Skans
The Killers – Read My Mind
Brakes – Cease & Desist

Biffy Clyro – Saturday Superhouse
CSS – Off the Hook
Lily Allen – Shame For You
The Horrors – Gloves
Nelly Furtado – Say it Right
Badly Drawn Boy – A Journey From A to B
Willy Mason – Save Myself
Kaiser Chiefs – Ruby
The Good, The Bad and The Queen – Kingdom of Doom

Bloc Party – The Prayer
The Shins – Phantom Limb
Snow Patrol – Open Your Eyes
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly – I Spy
+44 – When Your Heart Stops Beating
LCD Soundsystem – North American Scum
Ludacris ft Pharell – Money Maker
Mika – Grace Kelly
The Magic Numbers – This is a Song
Mr Hudson and the Library – Too Late Too Late


Yes, it’s comprehensive.

March 01, 2007

RaW Chart – 01/03/2007

10. Badly Drawn Boy – A Journey from A to B
9. The Feeling – Rose
8. The Cold War Kids – Hang Me Up to Dry
7. Gwen Sefani – The Sweet Escape
6. Mika – Grace Kelly
5. The Decemberists – O Valencia!
4. Idlewild – No Emotion
3. Maximo Park – Our Velocity
2. The Kaiser Chiefs – Ruby
1. The Long Blondes – Giddy Stratospheres

February 28, 2007

Albums of 1983

Same drill as usual. Take a look at the following list and vote on the album that you considder to be the best / most influential / your favourite:

1. R.E.M. – Murmur
2. Madonna – Madonna
3. Paul McCartney – Pipes of Peace
4. Police – Synchronicity
5. Talking Heads – Speaking in Tongues
6. New Order – Power, Corruption and Lies
7. U2 – War
8. Eurythmics – Touch
9. Pink FLoyd – The Final Cut
10. Culture Club – Colour by Numbers

The Fratellis – Birmingham Academy 27/02/07 – Gig Review by Andy Glyde

I came out of the Carling Academy Birmingham on Tuesday night knowing that I had just been to an absolutely awesome gig. My body ached all over, having had my feet trampled on, elbows in my back and kicked in the head by crowd surfers more times than I cared to remember. I felt as though I had lost at least half a stone from perspiration. My ears were ringing; my eyes were sore; it had definitely been a fantastic gig.

But then that was exactly what I was expecting from the three Glasgow lads with a strangely-sounding Italian name. The bouncy, catchy indie rock that the Fratellis have championed so well over the past year was performed with such energy and enthusiasm that every ounce of pain that I experienced for that hour was smothered with the euphoria of such a wonderful band. Playing all of their songs from their album, Costello Music, including the likes of Chelsea Dagger, Creepin Up The Backstairs, Whistle for the Choir, as well as their new single, Baby Fratelli and the their song from the new iPod adverts, Flathead, this band performed confidently and seemed completely at ease on stage.

It really helped that they had a brilliant support band who warmed the crowd up nicely. Local boys, The Enemy, showed exactly why they are being touted as the best Oasis-esque band since the big boys themselves. From the off, they performed strongly, getting the crowd going with their catchy tunes and four-letter ravings between songs.

After such a strong performance, the Fratellis had a lot to live up to. But they definitely managed it. A gig I will remember for the rest of my life, if not for the music, then for the lump on my head after being struck with a beer glass!

February 23, 2007

Compact Disco 21/02/07

Here’s a list of the music reviewed on Compact Disco This Week (the songs in bold were elected as single of the half):

1st Hour

The Fray – How To Save A Life
Sugababes vs Girls Aloud – Walk This Way
Third World War – Cast the First Stone
The Maccabees – X-Ray
Polytechnic – Cold Hearted Business
Mastodon – Colony of Birchmen
Jackson Analogue – Come On
The Rakes – We Danced Together

2nd Hour

The Twang – Wide Awake
The Fratellis – Baby Fratelli
New Young Pony Club – The Bomb
Scott Matthews – Passing Stranger
Air – Once Upon A Time
Jet – Shine On
Robbie Williams ft. Pet Shop Boys – She’s Madonna
Five O’Clock Heroes – Skin Deep

Ultimately The Rakes – We Danced Together was voted single of the week.

In RaW’s Music Hall of Fame The Strokes – Is This It was voted album of 2001 beating Muse – Origin of Symmetry and Hear’Say – Popstars.

February 22, 2007

Greatest Albums of 1977

Below is a list of 10 of the greatest albums from 1977. Let us know which you think is the best . most important album on the list. The results will be broadcast between 5 and 7 next wednesday on RaW 1251 A.M.

Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
The Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks
Meat Loaf – Bat Out of Hell
Television – Marquee Moon
Queen – News of the World
David Bowie – Low
The Clash – The Clash
Talking Heads – 77
Bob Marley and the Wailers – Exodus
Wire – Pink Flag

February 20, 2007

RaW Chart – 21/02/07

10. View – Same Jeans
9. The Good The Bad and the Queen – Kingdom of Doom
8. LCD Soundsystem – North American Scum
7. Long Blondes – Giddy Stratospheres
6. Bloc Party – The Prayer
5. The Shins – Phantom Limb
4. Mika – Grace Kelly
3. Just Jack – Starz in their Eyes
2. Kaiser Chiefs – Ruby
1. Klaxons – Golden Skans

RaW Playlist – 19/02/07

The A-List

The Gossip – Standing in the Way of Control
Joss Stone – Tell Me ‘Bout it
The Bees – Who Cares What the Question is
Brig Bruvaz – Big Bro Thang
Enter Shikari – Anything Can Happen in the Next Half Hour

Maximo Park – Our Velocity
The Decemberists – O Valencia
Willy Mason – Save Myself
Badly Drawn Boy – A Journey From A to B
Kaiser Chiefs – Ruby

The Killers – Read My Mind
Snow Patrol – Open Your Eyes
Idlewild – No Emotion
Gwen Stefani ft Akon – The Sweet Escape
The Good The Bad and The Queen – Kingdom of Doom

Klaxons – Golden Skans
Mika – Grace Kelly
The Shins – Phantom Limb
The Long Blondes – Giddy Stratospheres
Bloc Party – The Prayer

The B-List

Damien Rice – Rootless Tree
Keane – A Bad Dream
Switches – Drama Queen
The Feeling – Rosé
Nas – Hip-Hop is Dead

Billy Talent – Fallen Leaves
Brakes – Cease & Desist
Biffy CLyro – Saturday Superhouse
CSS – Off the Hook
Lily Allen – Shame For You

The Horrors – Gloves
Nelly Furtado – Say it Right
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly – I Spy
+44 – When Your Heart Stops Beating
Harrisons – Monday’s Arms

LCD Soundsystem – North American Scum
Ludacris ft Pharell – Money Maker
My chemical romance – Famous Last Words
The Magic Numbers – This is a Song
Union of Knives – Evil Has Never
30 Seconds to Mars – Attack

Gym Class Heroes – Cupid’s Chokehold
Patrick Wolf – Bluebells
Grinderman – No Pussy Blues
Mr Hudson and the Library – Too Late
Cold War Kids – Hang Me Up To Dry
Fall Out Boy – This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race

Album of the Week

The Shins – Wincing the Night Away

Talk Taxis / GoodBooks / The Maccabees – Live gig review by Rob Lowe

The Maccabees are a band that are, well… down right cool. Playing to a sold out crowd of crazy 16 year olds, and with anthems as big as “Latchmere”, a song completely written about a new wave machine at the aforementioned place, the night at the Carling Academy 2 was going to be all about fun.

I always feel sorry for support bands at gigs as they are usually ignored and just play out their set for the fun of it. ‘Talk Taxis’ had a different idea and certainly show signs of promise. Their lead singer has a voice that is quite distinct and made even the annoying 16 year old girls take notice. The music seems derived from a ska nature and certainly isn’t lost against the singers vocals. Next up were Goodbooks who have been strenuously touring the country, previously with Hot Club De Paris. These boys are pop, simply put; they play funky keyboard driven indie which is pleasant and enjoyable. The band played a flawless set and even verse into one of The Maccabees songs mid way through which the crowd seem to enjoy.

Then came the main event and with the entrance of the band came the quick rush forward of people and the general over excitement that this band can muster in you. The music is so catchy and upbeat that you just simply cannot stand still, and straight away the whole crowd was bouncing, to such an extent that it made the floor move. If the crowd weren’t excited enough the band played “Latchmere” early on and even they seemed surprised by the response from the crowd. Playing a variety of new songs mixed in with well known singles of “X-ray”, “Precious Time” and “Bicycles”, the tempo never stopped right the way through to the end. The lead singer then announced that they would be going off stage to get a drink and rest before returning to finish off. Apparently they weren’t being arrogant they were just really tired. Either way they returned to finish “First Love”, again to more stomping 16 year olds. Overall the night was pretty awesome and The Maccabees live are impressive. With a faithful crowd of, yep you guessed it, 16 year olds, I am sure they will go far.

February 12, 2007

The Albums of 2001

The RaW music team are currently in the process of creating a brand new feature for Comapct Disco, RaW’s weekly music show broadcast every Wednesday between 5 and 7 p.m. However we need your help.

Every week we pick a specific year from the last four decades and showcasing three albums released in that year. Listeners and participants in the studio will then be able to vote for whichever album of the three they believe is the greatest.

With some years there are three albums which clearly standout. In other years it is much harder to reduce the list of albums to three and that is where you come in. Below is a shortlist of classic albums released in 2001 and we want your comments on which album you think is the best or most iunfluential and why. The three records with the most votes will be included in the feature which will be broadcast during a future edition of Compact Disco. (Also if you are a RaW member you can head you can vote in the poll directly by going to the ‘Music’ section of the RaW forums)

1. The Strokes – Is This It
2. The White Stripes – White Blood Cells
3. Feeder – Echo Park
4. Hear’Say – Popstars
5. Gorillaz – Gorillaz
6. Muse – Origin of Symmetry
7. Alicia Keys – Songs in A Minor
8. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
9. Ryan Adams – Gold
10. Tool – Lateralus

Vote away.

November 23, 2006

Top Ten Worst Sounding Albums 1997–present

Writing about web page http://www.stylusmagazine.com/articles/staff_top_10/top-ten-worst-sounding-records-1997-present.htm

*Some controversial choices…
any thoughts?*

November 21, 2006

Paulo Nutini Review (Phil Richards)

Writing about web page http://www.radio.warwick.ac.uk

Paolo Nutini, the new singer songwriting talent from Paisley in Scotland, provided an enjoyable and monstrously popular performance in Biormingham, having gained such notoriety from his first single “Last Request” and continued success from “Jenny don’t be hasty” that he had to be upgraded from the Barfly to the bigger venue Sanctuary (just round the corner from Barfly) and still sold out. His gravely, soulfilled voice provided a beautiful chorus of his own material from his album “These Streets” including the incredibly touching “Autumn” about his Grandad, whilst intjecting a few memorable covers as well, from “Day for a Daydream” and his take on “Crazy”. This being the second time I have seen him this Summer, I have to say a consistently good performer, and would recommend him to anyone who can get tickets.

Tip Of The Week

Recent appearance on Jools Holland and a few gigs coming up (not yet in local area unfortunately) CHECK OUT MIKA

An eccentric piano-playing singer-songwriter from Lebanon with just a hint of Freddy Mercury….

Go to www.myspace.com/mikamyspace and listen to Grace Kelly!

New Playlist

A List

Christina Aguilera – Hurt Remixes (Pop)

The Noisettes – Don’t Give Up (Indie)

The Charlatans – You’re So Pretty, We’re So Pretty (Rock)

Brakes – Hold Me In A River (Indie)

Fields – If You Fail We All Fail (Chilled Indie)

Love Is All – Ageing Had Never Been His Friend (Indie)

Jeremy Warmsley – Dirty Boue Jeans (Electronic Singer-Songwriter)

B List

The Poppycocks – Lovebirds (Indie)

Gotan Project – Mr Confession (Electro Pop)

Richard Ashcroft – Why Not Nothing? (Indie)

Alterkicks – On A Holiday (Indie)

Akon Ft Eminem – Smack That (Rap/Hip Hop)

Chingy – Dem Jeans (Hip Hop)

Dustin’s Bar Mitzvah – The Grass (Punk)

Geyster – Under The Fuse Of Love (Indie)

Zillionaire – Not So Beautiful Now (Pop Rock)



Sassy, street-wise new album from the nineties superstars! Great for nostalgic boppers everywhere.


CHarity collaboration between acclaimed BVSC and Western artists.

October 25, 2006

Week 4 Playlist

Single of the week
Kasabian – Shoot The Runner

A List
Boy Kill Boy Shoot Me Down (Indie Rock)

The Macabees First Love (Indie)

Oasis The Masterplan/Acquiesce (Rock)

Sean Lennon Dead Meat (Pop Rock)

The Killers When We Were Young (Pop Rock)

McFly Star Girl (Pop)

Beck Cell Phone’s Not Dead (Electro-Pop)

The Kooks Ooh La (Pop)

DJ Shadow Enuff (Pop)

B List

Muse Knights of Cydonia (Gothic Rock)

Ben Harper Morning Yearning (Solo Indie)

Damien Rice 9 Crimes (Folk Indie)

The Game It’s Okay (Hip Hop)

(+44) Lycanthrope (Punk Rock)

Jamie T If You’ve Got The Money (Reggae-Punk)

The Holloways Generator (Pop Rock)

The Vines Don’t Listen To The Radio (Pop Rock)

Klaxons Magick (Dance Rock)

Peter Bjorn and John Let’s Call It Off (Folk Pop)

October 20, 2006

Welcome to RaW's Music Blog

Writing about web page http://www.radio.warwick.ac.uk

Hello there, come in to Radio Warwick’s newest blog site – for musicteamers and beyond.

As well as info about upcoming gigs, socials, recommendations etc we will be publishing individual music teamers’ review of gigs they have seen through the station and linking to recent interviews.

Please comment profusely – if music be the food of love blog on…