Sunday, July 25, 2010

Show tracks for Sat. July 24/10

With the 2010 Mercury Prize shortlist being announced this week, we take a look at almost all of the finalists. Not bad, 11 of 12 finalists have been played on this show. But, there are some glaring omissions from the list.
This prize has been under scrutiny for years for some of their shortlist finalists and winners. Consider that Blur, Oasis, Verve & Radiohead all have been nominated but never won. They are responsible for some of the most influential albums of the last 15 years, not to mention sales numbers. In fact, Damon Albarn has become so disillusioned with the prize that he has withdrawn one of his albums (Gorillaz debut) and not allowed any other of his albums to be even nominated.
This year is no different. My question is where is the electronic album? That must be The XX nod. After all they did nominate 3 indie-folk albums instead of a traditional folk album.
With that, the blogosphere is alight with the omissions of their favourite albums. So in that spirit here's the albums I think they overlooked;

We Have Band - WHB (perfect electronic representative)
These New Puritans - Hidden (maybe the title confused the
Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History (just because I love it)
Lonelady - Nerve Up (sorry Laura M. but a more deserving album)
Nedry - Condors (inventive, fusing indie and dubstep to perfection)

With that field of finalists, I think The XX are shoe-ins. But they have gone leftfield for a winner in multiple previous years, so who knows.
Who's your pic or what albums do you think they missed. Post them I'd love to see them.

Next week will be another installment of Rewind! I'm thinking lots of 80s and 90s new wave and indie bands this time around. What do you think?
Then stick around for a special guest host on Earwax at midnight, ME!
Alex has a previous engagement so he asked me to bring my unique choices and share them with you. There will be lots of stuff I don't get to play on a British themed show.
So tune in next Saturday night for both shows.

delphic - this momentary
mia - space
the bees - silver line
larsen b - marilyn
yu(c)k - daughter
stornoway - i saw you blink
broken social scene - art house director

2010 Mercury Prize Finalists
the xx - basic space
dizzee rascal - bonkers feat. armand van helden
wild beasts - we still got the taste dancing on our tongues
corinne bailey rae - feels like the first time
biffy clyro - that golden rule
paul weller - 7 & 3 is the strikers name
mumford & sons - the cave
foals - this orient
laura marling - devil's spoke
villagers - the pact (i'll be your fever)
i am kloot - i still do
(plus kit downes trio not played)

still corners - endless summer
visions of trees - sometimes it kills
cymbals - summer job
teen daze - saviour
the clientele - jerry
fran healy - buttercups
sky larkin - still windmills
liechtenstein - passion for water
solar bears - crystalline (be again)
arcade fire - month of may
weird dreams - hurt so bad
fjord rowboat - we both know
polka party - korean cinema
renaissance dolls - simone
states of emotion - the unsung
school of seven bells - windstorm

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Show tracks for Sat. July 17/10

We're in a "New Yorkshire State Of Mind" tonight, actually a Yorkshire State Of Mind, Leeds to be exact. Leeds bands are near and dear to our hearts here at Cowboys & Indies. Played quite a few Leeds bands tonight, some on purpose and some by accident. Maybe a future Rewind! show should be Leeds based. Hmmmm that's an idea, could easily do Manchester & Liverpool too.
There will be a Rewind! coming soon (just a regular one, no theme yet), so stay tuned for details.

Featured a few cover versions tonight. The BRMC and Duke Spirit plus more can be downloaded for free at
The Kills and The Shins plus more can be downloaded for free at

school of seven bells - camarilla
marina & the diamonds - mowgli's road
frankie & the heartstrings - needle in the camel's eye (brian eno cover)
the kills - pale blue eyes (velvet underground cover)
black rebel motorcycle club - dirty old town (pogues cover)
the duke spirit - if the kids are united (sham 69 cover)
the shins - goodbye girl (squeeze cover)
renaissance dolls - simone
kaiser chiefs - i predict a riot
the jon cohen experience - lucky number seven
stars - i died so i could haunt you
chapel club - the shore
young legionnaire - colossus
----lp session #1 adam franklin & bolts of melody "i could sleep for a thousand years"
adam franklin & bolts of melody - yesterday has gone forever
adam franklin & bolts of melody - carousel city
adam franklin & bolts of melody - spent bullets
adam franklin & bolts of melody - sinking ships
sky larkin - still windmills
allo darlin' - woody allen
tender trap - do you want a boyfriend?
cineplexx - tiger trap w/ duglas t. stewart
this many boyfriends - i should be a communist
the coral - more than a lover
richard ashcroft & united nations of sound - born again
the joy formidable - austere
futureheads - stop the noise
bear driver - wolves
the kiara elles - switch the beat
model horror - folio
----lp session #2 feeder "renegades"
feeder - white lines
feeder - sentimental
feeder - barking dogs
betty & the werewolves - euston station
josie & the lovecats - my heart's an idiot
professor green & lily allen - just be good to green
fjord rowboat - cottonwood glacier

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Show tracks for Sat. July 10/10

Not to much to say this week other than "I'm melting!" I know you don't want to hear anyone complaining about the heat/humidity, but I work in it. It was over 100 degrees 4 times this week at work. Enough! I'm done. Stick the fork in and

After England's dismal (at times) performance, the Cup couldn't have worked out a better final. I think orange it shall be today, since the three lions are out.

steve mason - the letter
the villagers - becoming a jackal
i am arrows - green grass
get cape, wear cape, fly - morning light
bombay bicycle club - ivy & gold
florence & the machine - heavy in your arms
2.54 - creeping
blanche hudson weekend - let me go
autolux - supertoys
80s matchbox b-line disaster - i hate the blues
this many boyfriends - i don't like you (cuz you don't like the pastels)
tender trap - counting the hours
veronica falls - beachy head
the vaselines - i hate the 80s
----lp session #1 the coral "butterfly house"
the coral - roving jewel
the coral - she's comin' around
the coral - north parade
the coral - into the sun
young rebel set - won't get up again
best coast - boyfriend
wintersleep - terrible man
tokyo police club - not sick
kula shaker - peter pan r.i.p.
the bluetones - carry me home
divine comedy - can you stand upon one leg
othello woolf - doorstep
mystery jets - it's too late to talk
memoryhouse - sleep patterns
----lp session #2 the pipettes "earth vs the pipettes"
the pipettes - i need a little time
the pipettes - ain't no talkin'
the pipettes - finding my way
delays - may 45
the bees - there are the ghosts (request)
field music - clear water
young galaxy - the buzz in my flesh

Monday, July 5, 2010

Show tracks for Sat. July 3/10

Sad news to start;
The creator of the man with the biggest head in showbusiness, Frank Sidebottom, has died.
Sidebottom was the bulbous-headed alter-ego of comedian and musician Chris Sievey,
who eclipsed the fame of his creator. Sievey, 54, died June 21 after
collapsing at his home in Hale, Greater Manchester, where he was recovering from
surgery for a tumour on his chest.
In honour, we open with two tracks, one from his first band and one from his alter ego.

Also, we have two sets to celebrate the independence holidays of Canada and the US this weekend.

the freshies - i'm in love with the girl on a certain manchester megastore checkout desk
frank sidebottom - three shirts on the line (live)
hurts - better than love
the shills - sweet inertia
fiction - curiosity
elephants - strong arms
klaxons - echoes
sunday girl - four floors
kele - on the lam
totally enormous extinct dinosaur - garden
stars - we don't want your body
teen daze - saviour
meligrove band - halflight
tokyo police club - bambi
----lp session #1 delays "star tiger, star ariel"
delays - the lost estate
delays - shanghaied
delays - in brilliant sunshine
delays - moment gone
frankie & the heartstrings - want you back
wave pictures - sweetheart
the coral - 1000 years
bombay bicycle club - ivy & gold
safari - quicksand
club smith - causing doubt
everything everything - schoolin'
wild palms - deep dive
tame impala - why don't you make up your mind?
gemma ray - ghost on the highway
----lp session #2 allo darlin' "allo darlin"
allo darlin' - silver dollars
allo darlin' - let's go swimming
allo darlin' - my heart is a drummer
wild nothing - my angel lonely
minks - funeral song
burnt ones - gonna listen to t. rex (all night long)
procedure club - slut fossil

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Monthly Indiessential Chart for June 2010

The Best Of The British Indie/Alternative Scene

1. FLASHOVER Klaxons (Polydor)

2. SCHOOLIN’ Everything Everything (Polydor)

3. DREAMING OF ANOTHER WORLD Mystery Jets (Beggars Banquet)

4. SUSAN RODE THE CYCLONE (LP) Wave Pictures (Acuarela)

5. THE NIGHTS ARE COLD Camera Obscura (4AD)

6. LOVELESS UNBELIEVER (LP) The School (Elefant)

7. QUICKSAND EP Safari (This Playground)

8. THE PROCESS EP Club Smith (All Sorted !?!)

9. THE BOXER (LP) Kele Okereke (Polydor)

10. EXISTENCE (LP) Detroit Social Club (Polydor)

11. BECOMING A JACKAL (LP) Villagers (Domino)

12. BEACHY HEAD Veronica Falls (No Pain In Pop)

13. SOUVENIR EP The Blueskies (Banquet Records)

14. II (LP) Crystal Castles (Fiction)

15. UNSUNG Delays (Lookout Mountain)

16. ORDER FROM THE CHAOS (LP) My Luminaries (Josaka/Cottage Inust)

17. SACRIFICE (LP) Teenagersintokyo (Backyard Recordings)

18. SILENT SCREAM EP The Cinematics (Indigo)

19. DO YOU WANT A BOYFRIEND? Tender Trap (Fortuna Pop)

20. THE FAIRYTALE ENDING The Boy Least Likely To (Republic Of Music)

Compiled from playlists, listener requests and dj input for June 2010