Episode number 131 of Insomnia Radio: UK
Stuart at the controls again. Eight tracks from UK Artists. Two from the Daily Dose, two from AMP, two Pink Hedgehog Records artists, and two via Blue Soap Music.
Recording Date: Monday 25 May 2015
Rating: Work Safe
- The Vow – Free The World – Download
Liverpool | Web Site | BandCamp | ReverbNation | Jamendo
- Sorren MacLean – Tree of Darkness – Download
Mull | SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter
- Antiqcool – Girl In A Room
Newcastle | Web Site | Facebook | Twitter
- Night Noise Team – High Line
Edinburgh | Web Site | Facebook
- Wilson – Little Friend
Weymouth| Web Site | Facebook | Twitter
- Peter Lacey – Wayward Song
Brighton | Label | SoundCloud
- Soft Picasso – Wrong Type of Night
Liverpool | Twitter
- The Shy Lips – Bahia Part II
Gotenburg, Sweden | Web Site | Facebook | Twitter
BJ Bonin and Mike McCloskey became Demolition Means Progress in late 2011, having toured together since 2000 (as The Underthings). Grant Martin joined in 2013 to complete the lineup, and they have an ongoing collaboration with Minneapolis cellist Amy Waller.Their first EP “Destroy as Directed” features song topics ranging from politics to silly road trips to relationships, each with a different musical theme (punk, americana, rock). “Destroy as Directed” has been described as REM meets the Pixies, or Billy Bragg meets Sugar. Think Teenage Fanclub with a cellist, or Murder By Death with shoegaze pedals, the EP has garnered airplay on independent radio stations around the country.
Demolition Means Progress is currently recording their sophomore effort “Lovesongs for Saboteurs.” The LP features songs about work, debt, despair, and love with strong melodies and harmony,
jangly guitar, bass chords, and some cello over layers of reverb that comes close to shoegaze without crossing that event horizon. [bio]
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Hosted this week by Peter Clitheroe of Suffolk 'n' Cool
Opa! unites musicians from different parts of the huge area of the former USSR, who came together in Saint-Petersburg, the multicultural capital of Russia. This band is a product of self-expression via experienced musicians who grew up on a fertile ground of traditional weddings of the 90s, town celebrations, and world music festivals around the world.
The band’s music expresses freedom and euphoria of post-soviet spirit and ancient enigma of Russian soul. Open-hearted shows, the multilingual lyrics of “Opa!” and their willingness to give it all to the audience make this wild positive folk remarkable and understandable for everyone around the world.Russian State Museum’s Lottery HypeMachine
Learning Music Monthly was a subscription based album-a-month series with today’s featured single coming from a compilation of songs from LMM 2.1 – LMM 2.6 (originally released from March – August 2009). Each season of LMM lasted for twelve months and included twelve issues. Every album featured artwork by a different visual artist, and was released under a Creative Commons license.
The 36th and final issue of Learning Music Monthly was released in April, 2011.Electric Letter HypeMachine
Live Gig: Discovery 2 with Knites, Palumbo and the Funk, Alex Hulme, Andrew Maxwell Morris and Cara Mitchell
March’s Discovery 2 showcase brings a dash of folk, funk and indie pop with Knites, Palumbo & The Funk, Alex Hulme, Andrew Maxwell Morris and Cara Mitchell. In this podcast, you’ll hear full live sets and interviews from each of the bands, presented by the amazing Claire Rozario.More about the artists KNITES
Combining 3 piece rock elements with electronic/pop influences creates KNITES unique sound. Their distinctive songwriting have attracted attention from Sony ATV and they’ve been recording in EMI Studios, as well as ratcheting up airplay from BBC Introducing and KRCW. They’re catching the attention of blogs too – “Set Me Right” was a recent track of the day on Killing Moon.
“Its going to be exciting watching these guys grow this year” – Don’t blog me, blog you
“They are definatly going to be creating a buzz over the coming months” – Rockandroll creationsPALUMBO AND THE FUNK
Big original sound, based on the old school. Palumbo provides the rock, the band provide the funk! They incorporate Sgt. Pepper and James Brown-esque horn lines, funky rhythms, big riffs, and 3 part vocal harmonies to build their big sound.
Winner of the Jazz/Funk/Fusion EP section at the 13th Independent Music Awards, Palumbo and the Funk have performed in Vienna, Paris and Geneva and numerous festivals in Australia.
Folk pop singer-songwriter, loop station addict and odd socks enthusiast. His work has received critical acclaim from the likes of Ultimate Guitar. He conquers the intricate layering of loops on a live stage that would put many to shame. He’s a regular performer at Discovery events, Liverpool Sound City and Kendall Calling. His new EP is produced by Ciaron Bell.
“A beautiful song and a wonderful melody.” – Sir Paul McCartney
“A great voice and a great understanding for melody.” – Billy Ocean
“His ability to command the room was nothing short of remarkable…” – Bido Lito Magazine
A singer/songwriter playing a new genre of Americana, with influences from Neil young, Bob Dylan and Ryan Adams. Self-released debut album “Well Tread Roads” has received critical acclaim as an honest and heartwarming collection of songs.
“This album is quite simply stunning with thoughtful intelligent lyrics, caressing melodies and, despite some of the subject matter, not an ounce of maudlin to be seen… One of 2014’s best albums.” – AMERICANA UK
“Well Tread Roads” warms you up, holds you close and makes you feel richer for having encountered it. Each of the 10 songs cradled in the lyrics and melodies so thoughtfully written and steadfastly felt. This album haunts you with the echoes and essence of Neil Young & David Gray whilst inspiring your heart to surrender all its questions and find its own way home.” – FRESH INDEPENDENCE
Since her first appearance at Discovery 2 when she was just 16, Cara Mitchell has gone from strength to strength, completing two full UK headline tours as well as countless support slots with the likes of Simone Felice, Gemma Hayes, Little Comets, Rachel Sermanni and Fatherson . Now 19, Cara has just released Afraid Of The Dark – her second EP to much critical acclaim including being named in the Top 15 EPs of 2014 by Rave Child.
“Check her voice. There’s something a little bit Bjorky about that. That was not like one of those people that go on TV talent shows and sound like everyone else. She has a totally unique voice and thats the kind of thing we like to promote on BBC Introducing.” – Ally McCrae – BBC Introducing – BBC Radio One
“With such soft, lush tones to her voice, Cara could probably sing the phonebook and have lots of success. It is an added bonus that she is such an accomplished songwriter.” – For Folks Sake
This week on The Bugcast: pain, birthday, Eurovision, and our usual mix of 8 great tracks of Creative Commons music!Songs played
- Maze – Randall Scandal – from Siegen, Germany – source
- Bellevue – Breathe – from Paris, France – source
- Kinematic – Louder – from Melbourne, Australia – source
- Jasmine Jordan – Possibilities – from Los Angeles, CA – source
- Devon Elizabeth – Nothing New – from Charlotte, NC – source
- Boogie Belgique – Smile – from Ghent, Belgium – source
- The Glass Child – Give Myself Away – from Gothenburg, Swedent – source
- Manhat10 – Dreams – from Tomsk, Russia – source
Cara’s birthday next week
Eurovision 2015 on Saturday
- Podcrawl Glasgow, Friday 10 July 2015
- Please leave us feedback on the music or any of the topics that we’ve discussed.
- The next live show will be episode 362, broadcast live in the chatroom on Friday 29 May 2015 at 21:30 UK time (BST/UTC+1).
The artists for allowing us to play their music.
Everyone who joined us in the chat room for the live broadcast of this show.
Internet Archive for hosting the podcast files
Ubuntu Podcast for the use of their Icecast server
Euterpia Radio for the use of their Shoutcast server
World Wide Indie Radio for relaying the live stream on their own service
Audio Graffiti for replaying the show on their station
Poppy Brothers just released their new album Dreams of the Newly Awake and today’s Dose Pillow Talk is from it.
“Poppy Brothers is an American electropop duo consisting of vocalist James Tillman and producer Matthew Taylor. In 2012 the real life brothers released three radically different songs online which ranged from smooth R&B to thick alternative rock. However, it was the slick electropop gem One that caught fire and propelled the brothers to record a full-length album: 2013’s Mark of the Beat. Shortly after the release, the pop duo returned with the even more ambitious collection End of the Rainbow before beginning work on their sophomore LP Sour Fruit, which saw the brothers sharpening their pop credentials on tracks like Dance Floor Forever and Perfect. Less than a year later, the brothers are back again with their fourth release in three years, 2015’s adventurous Dreams of the Newly Awake.” [bio]
- Secret Lie: Until Death do us Apart (from “Pandora”, Portuagal)
- I am The Trireme: Basking in the Essence of My Sorrow (from Gnosis: Never Follow the Light, Philadelphia, USA)
- Pathways: Hollow (from “Harlot”, South Florida, USA)
- Withering Soul: Hex Illusion (from “Adverse Portrait”, Chicago, USA)
- My Grimace: Reveal Nothing (from “Grim Serenades”, Jyväskylä, Finland)
- Grieved: Not Withstanding (from “Samaritans”, Stockholm, Sweden)
- Prion: Chronic Disease (from “Uncertain Process”, Argentina, Comatose Records, Clawhammer)
- Saturnian Mist: Chaos Unchained (from “Chaos Magick”, Tampere, Finland)
- Cave of Swimmers: the Skull (from “Reflection”, Venezuela)
- Vidare Black: Tonight you be Alone (from “Vidare Black”, Ohio, USA)
- Curse upon a Prayer: Death Sentence (from “Rotten Tongues”, Finland, Inverse Records)
- Titans Eve: Warpath (from “Chasing the Devil”, Vancouver, Canada, Asher)
- An Empire Will Fall: Succubus (from “The Spawn”, Nottingham, UK)
- Spitfire: Damned if you Do (from “Fuel to Burn”, Norway, Indie Recordings)
- Fall of The Archetype: Part II: Cries So Silent (from “Psynopsis”, Bristol, UK)
- In Other Climes: Dreams (from “Leftover”, Nice, France, Bastardized Recordings, Clawhammer)
- On Scalar Waves: Apathy (from “Sequence”, Italy)
- Forgotten Horror: The Adept (from “Aeon of The Shadow Goddess”, Finland)
- Black Tower: Death March (from “Destroying the Moshpit Vol 1″, Ontario, Canada, Asher)
- Cubic Space Division: Sunspot (Folkestone, UK)
- Elasea: Sink or Swim (Berkshire, UK)
I’m back for another show, talking about David Letterman’s last show, memories, and memorial day!
The first single has arrived from Weirdo Shrine, the new Ty Segall-produced sophomore album by Seattle surf-rock group La Luz, out August 7th on Hardly Art records. You Disappear is the perfect track to help launch off the quickly approaching summer and forthcoming holiday weekend here in the US.
We recently also spied a notice that their merch page through Bandcamp has recently been fully stocked with some pretty cool T shirts and tote bags. Links follow below.You Disappear HypeMachine
Our May Discovery 2 showcase on Thursday, May 28th features rock’n’rollers The Harlots who are launching their new single, Stockport band Kazo who play excellent dynamic rock, Cornish purveyors of hectic electronica Rosie and the Goldbug, the ethereal vocals of Indigo Face, and busking pop troubadour Whelligan.
The podcast contains a song from each of the artists as well as Alex KW’s and me discussing this show and other Discovery 2 news.More about the artists
A rock and roll four-piece straight out of London town. They’ve got loads of energy and plenty of hit singles up their sleeves. In two years they have performed at Camden’s legendary Koko twice, toured across Europe and smashed the London circuit. The band have just finished recording the debut album with Top 10 producer Rory Atwell (Palma Violets/Vaccines).
“Top 5 best gigs at the club in the last ten years” (DEATH DISCO)
“Huge energy, like The Vaccines and Strokes in their early days” (UML)
Four young men from Stockport near Manchester who are playing it the old fashioned way. Learning their trade like the best bands did in the 60’s, playing gigs, where ever they can, crafting their live shows. Think early Led Zeppelin, mixed with The Red Hot Chilli Peppers with a sprinkling of Radiohead and you have some idea of what the guys are about.
In just under a year Kazo have been featured on countless radio stations in the UK, including the coveted ‘future classic’ slot on the North West’s largest rock station Real Radio XS performed at festivals and gigs around Manchester including an after show party for Noel Gallagher in Liverpool.
“Kazo’s songs stand by themselves. They’re dynamic and unequivocally unique. …. a band to watch out for.” – Dan Broad (Producer ofHappy Mondays, Peter Hook, Badly Drawn Boy, Johnny Marr).
ROSIE & THE GOLDBUG
Cornish purveyors of hectic electronica Rosie & The Goldbug are roaring into 2015 with a new record deal, live dates and a brand new single; ‘Running In The Dark’. Drawing on the vintage eccentricities of Alison Goldfrapp and Kate Bush and dripping with insanely catchy pop hooks, ‘Running In The Dark’ is released on May 4th via Public Recordings. The brainchild of lead singer and keyboard player Rosie Vanier and named after an Edgar Allen Poe story, Rosie & The Goldbug first came to the nation’s attention whilst still in their teens, with the release of their critically acclaimed debut, ‘Rosie & The Goldbug’ Throughout 2015 the band will be taking their new songs on the road.
“Somewhere between Siouxsie & The Banshees and Cyndi Lauper having a sing-off with Kate Bush.” Q Magazine
“A throwback to more interesting times.” -Simon Price, The Independent
“Kate Bush on crack with Goldfrapp on synths.” -The Guardian
Indigo Face are Italian singer/songwriter Mariachiara Terragin and French producer
and multi-instrumentalist Maxime Obadia. Mariachiara and Maxime are 2014 first-class honours graduates of BIMM (London) whose alumni include Tom Odell, George Ezra and James Bay. Single Fearless was supported last year by BBC Introducing London’s Gary Crowley and the band recently opened Sound for Sight fundraiser concert at The Tabernacle alongside Nate James and Byrn Terfel.
Indigo Face released their first EP, State Of Alert, on March 6th 2015 via Spinnup.
“Transfixing to say the least” -EQ Music Blog
“Their beats are infectious & their first EP ‘State Of Alert’ has got us asking – can it be the weekend forever? This may be the first time you’ve heard Scouted artists Indigo Face but trust us, they are here to stay.” -SPINNUP
“Stunning vocals and harmonies” -Muff Winwood
Hailing from Birkenhead on the sunny North West Coast of England, Jamie Whelligan is a pop troubadour in the classic late 60s mode, with a penchant for crafted songs; combining sweet melodies with unusual arrangements.
After releasing two eclectic albums online (Salad Days and Pipes Plus), he has recently added “The Dancing Bear EP” to his canon; a 4 track EP filled with with lush strings and drenched in sun-kissed, West Coast harmonies.
With his trusty acoustic guitar and the help of his accomplices; Nick Frater (production/keys) Jack Wolvey (drums), Simon Hempenstall (bass), Helen McLoone (flute) and Dave O’Connell (lead guitar), Whelligan has recently began translating his recorded material to venues around London.
Whelligan also performs his songs as a solo artist; most notably and regularly as a Busker on the London Underground
Check out the video for the first single from the album, Yodel, which we featured a couple of weeks ago.
When you think about it, this tidy little podcast full of great new music, which also gives you the show as a free download and lets you know about other great free downloads… it’s a pretty good bargain, isn’t it? We think so – and this week we’ve got some great new tracks to the show, we celebrate Randy’s 200th show, and encourage you other superfans to let us know how many shows you’ve listened to… just leave us a note in the comments below and we’ll give you a shout next episode.The Playlist Title Album Artist Most People Are Better Than You Payin’ 4 Yesterday JoeJoeKeys Kiss The Ground Kiss The Ground Charlotte Wrinch Running Wild Running Wild The Michael Reed Band Someone You’ve Never Known Lovejoy Revival The Nadas Boxes Boxes The Baltic States Bloom Bloom Holly Morwenna Easy Closer EP Nathaniel Rateliff Prison Song Dear Lucy Soundtrack Sam King Hear the Sound Can’t Talk Now Greg Friedman Steel Driver The Common Deer EP The Common Deer Pins Sparkleton Grown Up Avenger Stuff Apollo Thirteen Into Your Atmosphere Seth Freeman Star Is There Love On Mars? The Goldenhearts YOLO B-sides Tom Rosenthal The Beat Sparkleton Grown Up Avenger Stuff Jenny Jenny Wily Bo Walker Floating My Fellow Sponges My Fellow Sponges The Haunted I’d Like To Remain A Mystery The Glass Child You Say Chasing Ghosts Morning Fuzz (You’re My) Lighthouse Transmission Party Transmission Party
See you next week!
~JW and CR
New York based shoegaze and dream-pop indie band Lightning Bug started out as a group of best friends who started creating music together with the main ambition to share it with as many people as possible. Not too long after inception they found themselves with enough songs for a full length which took the form of the album “Floaters”, released at the end of January 2015.
The band recently had their demo ‘Bobby’ featured through the Fat Cat Records Soundcloud page, one of several content links for the band, below.Bobby HypeMachine
Yes, BLUE, having dispensed with episode numbers I am shifting to colours.
In this weeks ranty, sweary episode I play a new song from Grant Sharkeys new album Hello Goon, The Travis Waltons – The Antagonist, Paul Liddell – Brighter Lights, The Bombs – Howl, an oldie from me good old Nick Tann and a great tune Digress from Fur Cough.
I also managed to sort that player problem out see?