Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Episode 290

Songs To Learn And Sing - Episode 290

Photo: Life Without Buildings - Any Other City (Tugboat 2000)

This episode featured three tracks from one of my favourite records of the noughties. Life Without Buildings was a Scottish band from Glasgow who released three singles and one album for Rough Trade affiliate Tugboat Records before disbanding. Released in early 2001, Any Other City was recorded at CHEM 19 in Hamilton by Andy Miller. It's a blisteringly fantastic record. Life Without Buildings created a truely original sound helped in no small part by the unique vocal style of Sue Tomkins. She talks, sings and stutters her way through the songs. She repeats words, syllables and phrases and often sounds like she is actually fighting against the music created by her bandmates rather then singing along with them. Comparisons with Patti Smith and PIL were inevitably made but Life Without Buildings were a one off and Any Other City remains a cult classic. Find it!

Life Without Buildings - The Leanover

This episode also featured two tracks from Catriona Irving. I've recently fallen for the Julien Plaisir De France remix of Irving's third single, Sitting On the Shelf Without Shelly. It's a beautiful remix that simply layers the vocals and adds some synths and a beat. This track led me to investigate Catriona's previous releases. The two songs featured on this episode can be found at Need No Water Records. Running On Empathy was her first single and I Nearly Died For Your Art is taken from her second release the Stitch EP. The label produces beautiful handmade sleeves for its limited run 7'' singles.

Catriona Irving - Sitting on the Shelf Without Shelly

Episode 290 01/04/10
Angus & Julia Stone - Big Jet Plane
Christy & Emily - Kings & Monsters
Lone Wolf - We Could use Your Blood
Oh No Ono - Internet Warrior
Extra Life - Head Shrinker
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - The Ship Song
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Straight To You
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Deanna
Extra Life - The Refrain
Allo Darlin' - Dreaming
Holy Roman Army - Elegy
Stornoway - I Saw You Blink
Tender Trap - Fireworks
John Grant - Sigourney Weaver
Wild Nothing - Cloudbusting
Active Child - She Was A Vision
Tanlines - Real Life
Vessels - An Idle Brain and the Devil's Workshop (Errors remix)
Catriona Irving - I Nearly Died For Your Art
Catriona Irving - Running On Empathy
Fun Boy Three - Our Lips Are Sealed
tUne-YarDs - Sunlight
Julian Cope - Preaching Revolution
Dum Dum Girls - Oh Mein Me
The Splinters - Mysterious
Life Without Buildings - The Leanover
Life Without Buildings - Lean On Me
Life Without Buildings - Young Offenders

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