Radio Show – 6th July

Welcome to this week’s show as broadcast on BBC Radio Kent, Listen Again on the BBCiPlayer here. Available until midnight Saturday night (12th July). Enjoy.

TrackList

++ My Friend the Sun – Family ++ Sunday Reverie- Emma Tricca ++ As Long As I’ve Got You (Demo) – The Emotions ++ Dolly and Porter – Alexis Taylor ++ Always, Always – Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton ++ Bad Habit – The Secret Sisters ++ Death Defying Acts – Angus & Julia Stone ++ Blabbermouth – Remember Remember ++ It’s Instrumental To Be Free – The 8th Day ++ Sparkle Up – The High Llamas ++ There Are No Words – Todd Rundgren ++ The Specter – The Besnard Lakes ++ It Brings Me Down – Billy Nicholls ++ Romantic Attitudes (S.T.S. Edit) – John Fitch & Associates ++ Ozel’s Dance Routine – Ôzel Turkbas ++ Attics of My Life – Grateful Dead ++ Train Song – Pentangle ++ I Didn’t Have Any Summer Romance – Simone White ++ It’s Not the Spotlight – Beth Orton ++ Only You Know (Dion Cover) – Arctic Monkeys ++ Porpoise Song – Django Django ++ Goin’ Back (stripped down version) – Dusty Springfield ++ I Was Not Born to Follow – The Lemon Pipers ++ I Can’t Make It Alone – P.J. Proby ++ The Right To Cry – Erma Franklin ++ (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin ++ Georgy Porgy (Ed Zone Land Of Oz Re Edit) – Toto ++

Under the influence of the Beach Boys

Rather lovely mix of Brian Wilson/Beach Boys influenced tunes old & new put together by James Kemp. It’s a summer thing. Enjoy.

CORNELIUS – FANTASMA
APPLES IN STEREO – II. MORNING BREAKS (AND ROOSTERS COMPLAIN)
DR. DOG – MT. SLIPPERY
ANIMAL COLLECTIVE – GUYS EYES
THE TOKENS – STEREO
THE SUPERIMPOSERS – THE BEACH (INSTRUMENTAL)
THE GIANT JELLYBEAN COPOUT – LOOK AT THE GIRLS
BULLION – TIME FOR US ALL TO LOVE
THE AVALANCHES – PABLO’S CRUISE
DINOSAUR JR – TAKE A RUN AT THE SUN
THE SUNRAYS – BETTER BE GOOD TO ME
DON & THE GOODTIMES – I COULD BE SO GOOD TO YOU
HARMONY GRASS – SUMMER DREAMING
THE HIGH LLAMAS – SPARKLE UP
PANDA BEAR – SURFER’S HYMN
THE BESNARD LAKES – THE SPECTER
WE ARE CATCHERS – WHERE ARE WE?
THE MORNING BENDERS – SLEEPING IN
MARK ERIC – MOVE WITH THE DAWN
BILLY NICHOLLS – IT BRINGS ME DOWN
PRIMAL SCREAM – INNER FLIGHT
TODD RUNDGREN – THERE ARE NO WORDS
GRIZZLY BEAR – REPRISE
THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF THE ALL – TUBA RYE & WILL’S SON
CHRIS RAINBOW – DEAR BRIAN

Radio Show – 12th May

Welcome to this week’s show as broadcast on BBC Radio Kent, Listen Again on the BBCiPlayer here. Available until midnight Saturday night (17th April). Enjoy.

Track list.

Get It Up for Love – Ned Doheny ++ I Can’t Give You More Than Everything – Colorama ++ Liberty (Is Where We’ll Be) – Gruff Rhys++ The Black Keys – Weight of Love ++ Black – The Mar-Keys++ Mighty Son Of Abraham – Pete Molinari ++ I Got My Shadows – The Delines ++ Bad Self Portraits – Lake Street Dive ++ Nick of Time – Bonnie Raitt ++ Moving Away – Ken Boothe ++ Love Wont Come Easy – The Heptones ++ Me and You – Carlton & The Shoes ++ Atomic Bomb (Cover) – William Onyeabor & Hot Chip ++ Grace of God – The Rails ++ See Your Face – Starry Eyed & Laughing ++ Golden Ratio – Ben Watt ++ Rear View Mirror – Roddy Frame ++ I’m Gonna Leave ++ You – Melanie De Biasio ++ No More Disguise (feat. Lou Lou Ghelichkhani)- Thievery Corporation ++ Sky Swimming -  Elephant ++ Bidin’ My Time – Black Diamond Heavies ++ Locked Down – Dr. John ++ Our Hearts Are Wrong – Jessica Lea Mayfield ++ Wanna Be On Your Mind – Valerie June ++ Hamadoun Toure – Toumani & Sidiki Diabate

Too Slow To Disco

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Although soft rock never officially died and the term continues to maintain general application to various kinds of mellow, light rock still today, the style thrived in its purest form for about 10 years spanning most of the ’70s and the early years of the ’80s. Characterized by gentle, unimposing arrangements and lyrics focusing on love and romance,  it soon mutated into AOR, & was the sort of music they played in Hi Fi stores to display the quality of the latest smoke topped music centers. These records “sounded” great for a reason they mostly featured “jazzers” – west coast jazz session men who brought their skills & precision to the fore on cuts. Also, a lot of money was floating around the  record industry, & a lot of money was spent making these records. orchestras booked, overdubs played, guest vocalists brought in. And why?  Because if you hit pay dirt & got a hit away the jackpot was HUGE. And, of course where there is the combination of money & fledgling rock stars there is Cocaine. It’s often pondered as to the effects of cocaine on music. Rumors abound that once suggested it can influence the frequency one hears at…..hence the high end sheen which seems to be present on so many of these recordings (plus some very OTT artwork).

I fucking love Soft Rock. Tapping into this musically source was one of the main inspirations for my Guilty Pleasures brand, the first two comp releases having a sprinkling of AOR cuts. So much  of the new music I play within my weekly radio show reflects the influence of soft rock – Midlake, Haim, Gonzales, John Grant, Ariel Pink, Jonathan Wilson, Haim,  Destroyer, Phoenix & of course Daft Punk.  Then there’s the never ending source of edits,most of which can be found here, AOR Disco. And now, Berlin based DJ Marcus Liesenfeld has gone all the way & come up trumps with a stunning set “Too Slow To Disco”, within which he reveals the true gems in the crown. He explains, “As you know, once musical genres get old the best parts still shine through, and this collection is a delectable document of this forgotten phase of the mid-70s West Coast music world. We’ve unearthed some of the lesser-known but still beautiful mood music of this period, by people who were often still starting out, or would write their biggest hits years later, but who surfed the West Coast wave penning some total gems.”
This is the best compilation of the year so far. Here’s three choice cuts to get you excited.

Robbie Dupree – Steal Away

16 Steal Away

Alessi Brothers – Do You Feel It ?

Photoglo – Steal Away

08 Photoglo – Steal Away

 

Party Time – Sean Rowley’s Last Hurrah !

Wolf-of-Wall-Street-Band

This coming Saturday (12th April) sees me host a proper party for those old enough to know better. If like me you still enjoy the occasional night out, but have gotten a bit frustrated, because let’s face it you’ve reached an age where when you do go to a club you tend to look like a teacher standing in the corner at the school disco. Then this new night out is the night for you.

With very special guest direct from Berlin, Marcus Supermarkt Liesenfeld  (Too Slow To Disco), plus Giancarlo Bonatii.

Music policy -I’ve spent a lifetime working with the “anything goes as long as it’s good” philosophy, so expect a mix bag of party tunes inspiring the older generation to get back up on the good foot (slowly), & give it one last hurrah!”

It’s being held at this stunning new central London venue The Basement @ London Edition. Designed by the man behind Studio 54, Ian Schrager. Amazing soundsystem, fantastic booze, & bloody nice loos too (these things matter).

Entrance is free, but by guest list only. Please email all names to sean@guiltypleasures.co.uk.

Vinyl of the Week

Record shopHere’s some hot biscuits which I have purchased this week

LP of the week : Benji is the sixth studio album by American act Sun Kil Moon, and whilst it was released on 11 February 2014 it’s taken me this long to get a physical copy of it, and I love it. Self-produced by Mark Kozelek, the album shares its name with the 1974 film Benji, which is a kids movie about a really cute dog.  Kozelek explains the inspiration, “I have this light, nice memory of going to see the movie Benji, at a Los Angeles movie theatre when I was a little kid, visiting my grandparents. This record is filled with so much darkness, I wanted to give it a light title, for contrast. Benji is a great movie, one of my favorites.

Much of the album’s lyrical content focuses upon mortality, I tried to work out the body count but gave up after the mass murder tune – Pray For A New Town, with Kozelek noting, “Things get heavier as you get older. At 47, I can’t write from the perspective of a 25-year-old anymore. My life has just changed too much and my environment around me. ”

For all the darkness this is an album of real beauty, Kozelek’s gift as a story teller is a real joy. Each tale keeps you hooked & intrigued with characters who are very damaged by life’s weary path.

Sun Kil Moon – I Can’t Live Without My Mother’s Love

02 I Can’t Live Without My Mother’s Love

 

7inch of the week : Debut single from new soul project, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats! ‘Look it Here’ is dirty soul stomper that sounds like a classic unreleased northern soul rarity, with all the needles bouncing up in the red.

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats – Look It Here

Look It Here

 

12inch of the week : Side A ‘Lucky Charm’ is kind of a track of two halves written and produced by Nick Mackrory, consisting of a two minute samba driven vocal intro, full of live instrumentation and featuring the live vocals of Harry Collier which has a lovely late 60′s Harpers Bizarre feel, before breaking down in to a deep hypnotic slow motion electronic groove. Side B takes things back down in to the dark basements. Only 300 vinyl copies have been pressed up.

Nick Mackrory feat. Harry Collier – Lucky Charm

Lucky Charm

 

All Back To Mine mix – Seahawks

Here’s an exclusive mix put together by Seahawks featuring their ‘sounds of paradise’….’when we get there we hope it sounds something like this’. The mix features alternative versions of tracks from their new album ‘Paradise Freaks’ (out on May 5th) along with sonic pearls from Deuter, Mick Karn, The Velvet Underground and others. Breathe in and go deep……….

Seahawks – Land of Shadows Dancing

Stephen Halpern – Seventh Chakra keynote B

Don Slepian – Awakening

Mick Karn – Weather The Windmill

Oneohtrix Point Never – Andro

Jurgen Muller – Beyond The Tube

Seahawks – Deepstar Dive

Emeralds – Now You See Me

Suzanne Ciani – Lixivation

Brain Machine – Massive Dying Stars Vibrating Like Giant Speakers

Sven Libaek – Peaceful Landscape

Jean Luc Ponty – Ethereal Mood

Seahawks – Soft Opening

Deuter – Meadows and Mystics

The Velvet Underground – New Age (Seahawks Wonder Valley Remix)

Seahawks – Sky Is You Too

Suzanne Ciani – Eighth Wave

Radio Show – 30th March 2014

Welcome to this week’s show as broadcast on BBC Radio Kent, Listen Again on the BBCiPlayer here. Available until midnight Saturday night (5th April).

I Don’t Know What You’ve Got But It’s Got Me – Little Richard ++ Dark Eyes – Dawn Landes & Bonnie “Prince” Billy ++ Rainy Day Women – Kočani Orkestar ++Johnny And Mary (feat. Bryan Ferry) – Todd Terje ++ Under The Pressure – The War On Drugs ++ Seasons (Waiting On You) – Future Islands ++Keep My Soul In Song – Jimi Goodwin ++ Where We Are? – We Are Catchers ++ I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself – Isaac Hayes ++ Reach Out For Me – Willie Tee ++Taking Chances – Sharon Van Etten ++ Rumour – Lyla Foy ++Raining Raining (feat. Ry Cooder) – The Haden Triplets ++ You and I – Spain ++ Seahawks – Land of Shadows Dancing ++Stephen Halpern – Seventh Chakra keynote B ++ Don Slepian – Awakening ++ Mick Karn – Weather The Windmill ++ Deuter – Meadows and Mystics ++The Velvet Underground – New Age ++ Seahawks – Sky Is You Too ++Suzanne Ciani – Eighth Wave ++ Gringo – Little Feat

Cover to Cover – Harry Nilsson

nilssonOnce upon a time Harry Nilsson wanted to call one of his later 70′s albums “God’s Greatest Hits”, whilst there was an element of mickey taking going on, he wasn’t far off. Both Lennon & McCartney declared him to be their favorite American artist & group. His songs are so good that they translate into genres diverse as soft rock, jazz , & alternative dance. The irony of it all was the two songs he will always be remembered by are written by others – Everybody’s Talkin’ & Without You. This mix has been inspired by my recent reading of the brilliant biog “Nilsson” by Alyn Shipton. Enjoy.

   One – Aimee Mann
Don’t Leave Me, Baby     – Astrud Gilberto
The Wailing of the Willow – Fred Astaire
Open Your Window – Ella Fitzgerald
Sin Ella (Without Her) – José José
Turn On Your Radio – Marc Cohn
I Guess the Lord Must Be In New York City – Mystic Moods Orchestra
Together – Sandie Shaw
1941 – Jenny O.
Paradise – The Ronettes
Story of Rock and Roll – The Turtles
This Could Be the Night – The Modern Folk Quartet
The Puppy Song – Mary Hopkin
Cuddly Toy – Hal
Best Friend – Puppet
Daddy’s Song – The Monkees
The Rainmaker – The 5th Dimension
Mournin’ Glory Story – Jennifer Trynin
Ten Little Indians – The Yardbirds
Jump Into the Fire – LCD Soundsystem

All Back To Mine mix – Damien Jurado

Really chuffed to bring you this exclusive All Back To Mine mix from an artist I’m a very big fan of, although I’ve arrived at the joys of Damien Jurado very late in the day.  His solo career began during the mid-1990s, releasing lo-fi folk based recordings on his own cassette-only label, Casa Recordings. Gaining a local cult following in Seattle, he was brought to the attention of Sub Pop Records who released his early records, until he switched to Secretly Canadian in 2003. It was his tenth album Saint Bartlett that first grabbed my attention, mainly because it was  produced by Richard Swift (who’s attachment to any record will always pull me in). This collaboration has gone on to deliver 3 of my favorite long players of the last few years. Folky & soulful, each album spins a fantasy filled story of pure delight. Damien’s  says of  his All Back To Mine mix   “(These are) what i consider key songs, by artists who have been essential to me, in the creative process / inspiration.” Enjoy.

Back to Stay – Bridget St John
I Hear You Calling – Bill Fay
Cadence And Cascade – King Crimson
Jerome – Jim Sullivan
U.F.O – Larry Norman
Mountains of the Moon – Grateful Dead
Franz Schubert – Kraftwerk
Bright Red – Laurie Anderson
Autumn Leaves/Just Walking In the Rain – Ray Conniff
Dust – Silver Apples
Embraceable You – Charlie Parker Quintet
Ladytron – Roxy Music
I’m Down Today – Drones
Indian Rope Man – Richie Havens-
Who Cares For The City – John Ylvisaker
Beyond and Before – Yes