All entries for January 2007

January 31, 2007

Guilty Pleasures

Sharlene Spiteri (Texas)

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I think everyone who listens to music for any length of time in their lives has a few guilty pleasures; songs that they think they should really hate but (perhaps embarassingly) they love and keep popping up on their playlists.

It's probably the case that I have more guilty pleasures than most, because it's quite difficult to hide the fact that under my indie-playing exterior is a 13 year old girl who loves bouncy pop, especially when it's got a twang to it. (Orif it beeps)

Anyway, here's three of my guilty pleasures: Texas, Maroon 5 and Boston. Got any of your own? Share them! We can all laugh at your expense.

Texas - Drawing Crazy Patterns (White on Blonde)
Maroon 5 - She Will Be Loved (Songs About Jane)
Boston - More Than A Feeling

Edit: Oh noes! According to BBC News The Beautiful South have split, and they were one of my favourite guilty pleasures :( 

The Beautiful South - Song For Whoever

January 22, 2007

Mat and Chris's Indie Nipple, 19th Jan

Does the podcast this week constitute racism? You decide.

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In the podcast this week: (Apologies on the audio quality from my mic :()

  • Crowds are not allowed at tonight’s Big Brother eviction, so, y’know, don’t bother going.
  • I arrive at the station merely 15 seconds before the show starts (it was Chris’s fault for being a cripple) and therefore, far too loudly, announce the show from radio towers in Barbados. Sorry.
  • Guillemots – Trains to Brazil
  • R.E.M. – Bad Day
  • I make fun of the very disfigured Chris
  • The Cure – Why Can’t I Be You?
  • The Shins – Pressed In A Book
  • We talk about some silly person who says there’s no fit men at Warwick. She’s wrong. Thanks, Arianna Webb.
  • The Manic Street Preachers – Australia
  • The Libertines – Can’t Stand Me Now
  • The Sanctuary. It’s rubbish. Celebrity Big Brother. It’s rubbish. “Our Tone” doesn’t watch it!
  • Butthole Surfers – Dracula From Houston
  • Fields – Song For The Fields
  • One World Week. GOOD. Hilary Benn also (Nigel Benn’s dad)
  • Larrikin Love – Happy as Annie
  • Klaxons – The Bouncer (Worst song we’ve played for some time)
  • Chris is on Crystal Meth. Then we try and do on-air sudoku… and die on-air horribly.
  • The Young Knives – She’s Attracted To
  • Rakes – 22 Grand Job
  • We talk about cowbells and stuff. Entertainment! Anyone got any pain killazzz!?
  • Guns N’Roses – Welcome To The Jungle (Fucking COWBELL)

I’d like to make a truly serious apology for the production values this week. It was less than great and it’s usually much better than it was… sorry!

January 20, 2007


New year, new music!

2006 was fairly good for music I hope you’ll agree but 2007 also promises to be rather spiffing. Some of the acts who you will really need to check out are going to be profiled here over the next few days and we are going to start off with the latest slice of delicious indie goodness to escape from the north east of England.

Kubichek! are another band with a thing for exclamation marks. Not as bloody awkward to write as ¡Forward, Russia! or as goddam impossible say as !!!, they are part of that gang of bands which has thrown up The Futureheads and Field Music yet manage not to sound like either.

Kubichek! take the jerky new wave format which has served a lot of indie bands well over the last few years, and add muscle and speed. These are bigger and faster songs than we have been used to. Yet to soften the blow for those sensitive indie kids they layer their tracks with some rather lovely vocal harmonies. There’s something pleasing about the relentlessness and the sweetness, kind of like being licked to death by puppies. But with less drool.

They’re soon to release a new single, ‘Nightjoy’ which is a brilliantly danceable piece of pop magnificence which I’ve personally been inflicting on indie discos for over a year now. The long gestation period of this band has also apparently contributed to a tight live set which will be exhibited next Saturday 27th January at the Coventry Colosseum. Go and see them, it’ll be good for you! You’ll start adding exclamation marks to everything you do! And won’t that be like being five years old and high on sweeties again!!!

Here are the demos of ‘Nightjoy’ and ‘Hometown Strategies’. I could be controversial and claim that the ‘Nightjoy’ demo is better than the single but actually both are ace.

Kubichek! – ‘Nightjoy (demo)’

Kubichek! – ‘Hometown Strategies (demo)’

More tour dates for non-Cov residents
24/01/07 Carlisle, Brickyard
25/01/07 Barnsley, Lucorum
26/01/07 Swindon Brunell Rooms
27/01/07 Coventry Colosseum
1/02/07 Kingston, The Works

January 13, 2007

Mat and Chris's Indie Nipple – 12th January

Well, we're back. Super! 

In this week's podcast:
  • The NEWS
  • Doves - Pounding
  • Cansei de Ser Sexy - Music Is My Hot Hot Sex
  • We talk about times and stuff.. we're back at 5 o clock next week, not 6. I whinge about PGCE students, because in fairness, they're bastards. I stab students, but I give back... And a big ABORT button to tune into Classic FM
  • Pulp - Disco 2000
  • The Arcade Fire - Intervention (Live on KCRW)
  • The Arcade Fire, Holly Cruise and her £128m over 5 years, the genre of the Klaxons, and some wonderful racism about Scientologists and TomKat.
  • Klaxons - Gravity's Rainbow
  • Radiohead - Idioteque (Live BBC Session)
  • We thank Thom for his wonderful live in-the-studio rendition. Thom doesn't seem to appreciate it... Bands touring hurts the environment, apparantly.
  • Bob Dylan - Subterranean Homesick Blues
  • Thom Yorke - Videotape (Acoustic, Live on From The Underground)
  • George Galloway... he hates war, but he loves RaW. Learning guitar, bedding music, air guitar competitions
  • Bloc Party - Song For Clay (Disappear Here)
  • Modest Mouse - Dashboard
  • We're on FM! Horrifying :)
  • Apples In Stereo - Same Old Drag
  • We completely cock up everything. Curses! We love you, though...
  • Muse - Knights of Cydonia

Come with me, come with me, we'll travel to infinity!

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January 12, 2007

From The Basement – Thom Yorke

Whilst searching around for a good quality version of Radiohead's new song Videotape, I came across a wonderful idea from Nigel Godrich, Radiohead's producer, to shoot a video podcast with several bands from London's Maida Vale studios. No studio audience, no presenter, just the artist's raw audio on stage shot in beautiful HD.

The price is a bit steep at £1.89 per song and £9.48 for a (6-song) show, which lasts around half an hour, but after watching the sample I decided to buy it and I couldn't be happier. Thom's performance of an acoustic version of Videotape is simply breathtaking, and I highly reccomend that everyone promptly goes out and pays out £2 on iTunes or 7digital to experience it, because he really is a bloody genius.

Show 1 also includes three tracks from The White Stripes and a jazz collaboration between one of the guys from Four Tet and some jazz musician I've never heard of. 


From The Basement 

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