What an insane week. So much news to cover.
First and sadly, the news of Amy Winehouse's death came out as I prepared for this show. The news came out of left field and was shocking to say the least. Say what you will of Amy and her demons but she was a great talent and will be missed.
We open the show with a couple of Amy's great performances.
Of course, much will be said of the fact that she was 27 with references to The 27 Club. There were 2 other tragic deaths of modern British musicians at 27. Pete de Freitas (Echo & the Bunnymen) and Richey James Edwards (Manic Street Preachers). Ok before you get all riled up (and believe me some already have) Richey is missing and presumed dead. And he does appear on many lists of performers dying to young.
So we play Echo & The Manics as well.
The 2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize shortlist was announced Tuesday. Tonight we run down the list and play a track from each nominated album. Some are regulars to the show and some aren't. This might be the first time in 20+ years that a regular jazz track has been featured on the show.
Who are you picking to win? I'd say Adele but with the committees habit of picking albums from the fringes who knows. She may be too popular. My heart is rooting for Everything Everything or James Blake.
amy winehouse - back to black
mark ronson feat. amy winehouse - valerie
echo & the bunnymen - rescue
manic street preachers - die in the summertime
the horrors - moving further away (request)
electric soft parade - lily
drugstore - sweet chili girl
the black sharks - jokers wild
the kooks - is it me?
the noisettes - never forget you
hard-fi - fire in the house
the milk - (all i wanted was) danger
madness - le grand pantalon
2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize shortlist
adele - i'll be waiting
james blake - the wilhelm scream
tinie tempah feat. ellie goulding - wonderman
pj harvey - written on the forehead
anna calvi - desire
king creosote & jon hopkins - bubble
elbow - the river
gwilym simcock - northern smiles
everything everything - suffragette suffragette
ghostpoet - survive it
metronomy - corinne
katy b - easy please me
summer camp - better off without you
echo lake - another day
veronica falls - come on over
chad valley - reach lines
the james taylor quartet - pressure gauge