Friday, December 31, 2010

Monthly Indiessential chart for December 2010

The Best Of The British Indie/Alternative Scene

1. GOD BLESS JIM KENNEDY (LP) Phil Wilson (Slumberland)
2. THINK POSITIVE (LP) The Real People (Townsend)
3. CHRISTMAS WAS BETTER IN THE 80s .. Futureheads (Nul)
4. THE KUSAMA EP The Duke Spirit (Shangri-La Music)
5. RUBBER Yuck (Mercury)
6. YEAH OK (LP) Not Squares (Richter Collective)
7. MEASURE OF A MAN Young Rebel Set (Our Broadcast/Ignition)
8. BLONDEHEAD EP The Lyrebirds (Lotus Records)
9. COME AND SEE THE LIGHTS Flashguns (Friends Vs Records)
10. ST. THOMAS (LP) Scottish Enlightenment (Armellodie)
11. ONE HUNDRED SUNS (LP) Jonquil (Dovecote)
12. LEAVE THE LIGHT ON Lost Souls Club (C-Sounds)
13. UNDER THE STARS Morning Parade (Parlophone)
14. GIVE ME ALL THAT YOU GOT The Agitator (Pointless Excitement)
15. GALLIVANT Bicycle Thieves (Bicycle Thieves)
16. ACE OF HZ Ladytron (Nettwerk)
17. CAREGIVER Memoryhouse (Suicide Squeeze)
18. PLUG (LP) Plug (Upset The Rhythm)
19. WOLVES VVolves (Recordiau Peski)
20. ARE YOU ONE? The Chanteuse & Crippled Claw (Arms Controller)

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

Thursday, December 30, 2010

My personal Best Of... Lists for 2010!

Since the year is almost done, and the Festive 50 starts Saturday night I thought I would post my personal lists for the year. I probably forgot something, like I always do, but here they are albums and singles;

Top 50 Albums Of 2010

1. Serotonin ... Mystery Jets (RoughTrade)
2. Criminal Art Lovers ... Northern Portrait (Matinee)
3. Tourist History ... Two Door Cinema Club (Kitsune/V2)
4. Plastic Beach ... Gorillaz (Parlophone/EMI)
5. Hidden ... These New Puritans (Angular)
6. WHB ... We Have Band (Naive)
7. Gemini ... Wild Nothing (Indie Europe/Zoom)
8. Total Life Forever ... Foals (Sub Pop)
9. Surfing The Void ... The Klaxons (Polydor)
10. Butterfly House ... The Coral (Deltasonic)
11. The Chaos ... Futureheads (Nul)
12. Write About Love ... Belle & Sebastian (Rough Trade)
13. Happiness ... Hurts (RCA)
14. The Suburbs ... Arcade Fire (Merge)
15. Relayted ... Gayngs (Jagjaguwar)
16. Acolyte ... Delphic (Chimeric/Polydor)
17. Without Why ... Rose Elinor Dougall (Scarlet Music)
18. Celeste ... The Soundcarriers (Melodic)
19. Allo Darlin' ... Allo Darlin' (Fortuna Pop)
20. Record Collection ... Mark Ronson & the Business Intl (RCA)
21. Losing Sleep ... Edwyn Collins (Heavenly)
22. Nerve Up ... Lonelady (Warp)
23. God Bless Jim Kennedy ... Phil Wilson (Slumberland)
24. Exit Calm ... Exit Calm (Club AC30/Sonic Unyon)
25. Lucky Shiner ... Gold Panda (Notown)
26. The Golden Year ... Ou Est Le Swimming Pool (Fire & Manoueuvre)
27. Crazy For You ... Best Coast (Mexican Summer)
28. We Are Cha-Cha ... Cha-Cha (Pop Noodle)
29. Life On Earth ... The Moons (Acid Jazz)
30. Pull In Emergency ... Pull In Emergency (Mute)
31. Loveless Unbeliever ... The School (Elefant)
32. Condors ... Nedry (Monotreme)
33. Blood & Fire ... The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster (Black Records)
34. The Drums ... The Drums (Downtown)
35. Pickin' Up The Pieces ... Fitz & The Tantrums (Dangerbird)
36. The Winter Of Mixed Drinks ... Frightened Rabbit (Fat Cat)
37. I Will Be ... Dum Dum Girls (Sub Pop)
38. Forget ... Twin Shadow (Terrible Records/Red General)
39. Anika ... Anika (Invada)
40. Black Teeth & Golden Tongues ... Burnt Ones (MOKB)
41. Kaleide ... Sky Larkin (Polydor)
42. Big Echo ... The Morning Benders (Rough Trade US)
43. The Fool ... Warpaint (Rough Trade US)
44. Becoming A Jackal ... Villagers (Domino)
45. Sleep Mountain ... The Kissaway Trail (Bella Union)
46. Yeah OK ... Not Squares (Richter Collective)
47. Halcyon Digest ... Deerhunter (4AD)
48. The Lady Killer ... Cee-Lo Green (Elektra/Asylum)
49. Clinging To A Scheme ... Radio Dept. (Century Media/EMI)
50. The Crystal Axis ... Midnight Juggernauts (Midnight Juggernauts)

Top 25 Singles Of 2010

1. Schoolin`... Everything Everything (Polydor)
2. Better Than Love ... Hurts (RCA)
3. Celestica ... Crystal Castles (Universal/Zoom)
4. On Melancholy Hill ... Gorillaz (EMI)
5. Fool`s Day ... Blur (Parlophone/EMI)
6. Found Love In A Graveyard ... Veronica Falls (Trouble)
7. Boyfriend ... Best Coast (Wichita Recordings Ltd.)
8. We Want War ... These New Puritans (Angular)
9. Georgia ... Yuck (Mercury/Fat Possum)
10. Liar, My Dear ... The Heartbreaks (Seven Sevens Records)
11. Some Reptiles Developed Wings ... Egyptian Hip Hop (Moshi Moshi)
12. Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra) ... Vaccines (Marshall Teller Records)
13. Ghost Train ... Summer Camp (Moshi Moshi)
14. Don't Fall In Love/Wish ... Still Corners (The Great Pop Supplement)
15. The Loss ... Club Smith (All Sorted Records!?!)
16. King Of Rome ... Goldheart Assembly (Fierce Panda)
17. Heathen Child ... Grinderman (Mute)
18. Be My Animal/Prisoner ... The Good Natured (KIDS Records)
19. Thieving Magpie ... The ABC Club (Things To Make And Do Records)
20. Quicksand ... Safari (This Playground Records)
21. Sea Change ... Turin Brakes (Cooking Vinyl)
22. Patron Saint Procrastinate ... Lonely Tourist (Tourist Info)
23. Ungrateful ... Frankie & The Heartstrings (Popsex Ltd.)
24. Best In The Class ... Late Of The Pier (Phantasy)
25. Ways To An End ... Mirrors (Skint Records)

Love to see yours. Drop me a line.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Show tracks for Sat. Dec. 25/10 - The Christmas Rewind!

Let me guess, you're off to the mall to enjoy Boxing Day deals, return gifts and use those gifts cards you got yesterday. Not me, the malls will be insane in the membrane
As always the Rewind! show was a blast to do. But always I ran out of time. Still got in loads of great music for you though. Merry Christmas! Thanks for your support through the year.
It was a special Christmas Rewind! which featured the normal Rewind! selections. But also featured seasonal and Christmas songs. The last Christmas songs until next December, I promise.
We commemorated the death of the great Joe Strummer by playing some solo and Clash material. As well as playing some Frank Sidebottom, who we lost this year as well.
Remember, The 2010 Festive 50 starts this Saturday, New Year's Day at 10pm. We start with #50-26 and then next Saturday, Jan. 8/11 we finish it off with #25-1.
Tune in and see who will be #1 this year!

band aid 20 - do they know it's christmas?
frank sidebottom - christmas is really fantastic
joe strummer & the mescaleros - yalla yalla
the clash - what's my name
king kurt - destination zululand
the alarm - where were you when the storm broke?
trashcan sinatras - snow
the mekons - ghosts of american astronauts
revolver - crimson
saint etienne & tim burgess - i was born on christmas day
orange juice - felicity
franz ferdinand - this fffire (rich cosley version)
bauhaus - hollow hills
spoons - smiling in winter (cc)
the church - myrrh
the waterboys - medicine bow (full length)
real people - window pane
julian cope - the greatness & perfection of love
fatima mansions - only losers take the bus
tom robinson - grey cortina
modern english - after the snow
belle & sebastian - o come, o come emmanuel
the loft - winter
arcade fire - jingebell rock (cc)
furniture - brilliant mind
gang of four - return the gift
the specials - holiday fortnight
t rex - i love to boogie
stiff little fingers - roots radicals rockers and reggae
martha & the muffins - suburban dream (cc)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Show tracks for Sat. Dec. 18/10

Well, that's it for regular shows for the year. We finish off the year next week with a Christmas Rewind! special. We start the new year off with the 2 week extravaganza that is The Festive 50. Remember, if you can't be with us live, the archives are available for show downloads at any time. Surf on into and find Saturday in the grid and choose Cowboys & Indies. You can usually download shows up to 4-6 weeks old.
I hope you will join us for the special holiday programming.

MERRY CHRISTMAS to those who celebrate it and HAPPY HOLIDAYS to those who don't!!

freebass - she said
performance - unconsoled
yuck - holing out
glasvegas - a snowflake fell (and it felt like a kiss)
vvolves - wolves
exit calm - don't look down
chapel club - roads
the lyrebirds - only dreaming
bicycle thieves - gallivant
lost souls club - leave the light on
athlete - cut the map
the courteeners - three months
flashguns - come and see the lights
futureheads - christmas was better in the 80s
lp session - not squares "yeah ok"
not squares - in front
not squares - asylum
not squares - don't do nothing
i like trains - last christmas
villagers - on a sunlit stage
lonely tourist - trojan box calypso
dead child star - natural kind of joy (cc)
jonquil - get up
vondelpark - hippodrome
fixers - who says boys
unknown mortal orchestra - how can u love me?
scrooge & marley - i don’t want it to be me
parallels - the raven (cc)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Show tracks for Sat. Dec. 11/10

As far as December's go, this one has been amazing for new releases. I fully expected a quite month for releases. There has a gaggle of quality releases out there. Including some top notch Christmas songs. I was afraid the shows would get a little stale heading up the holidays. No fear of that now!
Less than 2 weeks away until the Christmas Rewind! and the Festive 50 countdown starting on New Year's Day! Mark your calendars.
New singles, great Christmas tracks, previews of 2011 albums and the return of The Real that's what I call a solid show.

tricky - ghetto stars
klaxons - future memories
noah & the whale - l.i.f.e.g.o.e.s.o.n.
phil wilson - up to london
the june brides - in the rain
frank & walters - song for a future love
the bottletop band - fall of rome
little barrie - surf hell
little comets - joanna
cancel the astronauts - funny for a girl
banjo or freakout - 105
pj harvey - written on the forehead
poly styrene - black christmas
summer camp - christmas wrapping
lp session - the real people "think positive"
the real people - can you hear me?
the real people - time
the real people - never give it up
the go! team - buy nothing day feat. bethany from best coast
diego & the dissidents - new found land
memoryhouse - caregiver (cc)
teen daze - cold house (cc)
sharks - common grounds
the agitator - heart isn’t in it
the bicycle thieves - stop to start
the lyrebirds - now i know why
brother - darling buds of may
the duke spirit - everybody's under your spell
morning parade - under the stars (request)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Show tracks for Sat. Dec. 4/10

All I want for Christmas is....really cool indie Christmas songs! And there are so many this year so far. We included a few in tonight's show and will do the same next week.
The holidays are coming so fast. Make sure you don't miss any of the special programming we have to offer. You can always download missed shows at
by clicking on this show and the day/date in question.

gold panda - same dream china
jonquil - pillow quest
futureheads - christmas was better in the 80s
little comets - isles
los campesinos! - too many flesh suppers
white wires - be true to your school (until you get kicked out) (cc)
pj harvey - written on the forehead
james blake - limit to your love (cc)
the streets - the morning after the day off on one
scottish enlightenment - the first will be last
mt. desolation - annie ford
frightened rabbit - the loneliness & the scream
the orchids - god of special things
lp session - phil wilson "god bless jim kennedy"
phil wilson - three days
phil wilson - the sum of
phil wilson - give me consolation
white noise sound - blood
bubblegum lemonade - white noise christmas
yuck - the base of a dream is empty
the vaccines - all in white (live)
noah & the whale - wild thing
the chanteuse & the crippled claw - are you one?
young rebel set - common touch
northern portrait - leave the trees alone
hurts - all i want for christmas is new year's
morning parade - under the stars
brian eno - paleosonic

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Monthly Indiessential Chart for November 2010

The Best Of The British Indie/Alternative Scene

1. WRECKIN' BAR (RA RA RA) ... The Vaccines (Marshall Teller)
2. WHITE NOISE SOUND (LP) ... White Noise Sound (Alive)
3. NOT MUSIC (LP) ... Stereolab (Duophonic UHF Disks)
4. DONCAMATIC ... Gorillaz (Parlophone)
5. THE LOST STAR (LP) ... The Orchids (Pebble)
6. HE WHO SAW THE DEEP (LP) ... I Like Trains (iLR)
7. RIGHT SIDE OF MY BRAIN ... Veronica Falls (Veronica Falls)
8. MICROLITE ... Trophy Wife (Moshi Moshi)
9. IN OUR TIME OF FLYING ... Four Dead In Ohio (Yoyo Acapulco)
10. LOSE CONTROL ... The Black Sharks (Greater London)
11. THE LINES (LP) ... The Lines (Amboy Road Records)
12. JOJO BURGER TEMPEST (LP) ... Working For A Nuclear Free City (Melodic)
13. BE MY ANIMAL ... The Good Natured (Kids)
14. SPECTRALS EP ... Spectrals (Republic Of Music)
15. I OWN IT ... Phil Wilson (Slumberland)
16. SUBURBAN TIMEBOMBS (LP) ... Roses Kings Castles (360 Degree Music)
17. ONCE AND FOR ALL ... Clock Opera (Kitsuné)
18. FRAGRANT ... Dutch Uncles (Memphis Industries)
19. COLD HOUSE ... Teen Daze (Stadiums and Shrines)
20. IF IT WASN'T FOR YOU ... Various Cruelties (Bandcamp)

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