Sunday, April 18, 2010

Episode 292

Songs To Learn And Sing - Episode 292

Photo: Gramercy Arms - Gramercy Arms (Reveal Records 2008)

This episode featured three tracks from 2008's self-titled debut album from Gramercy Arms. The New York band were dubbed a "supergroup" because of its members previous musical incarnations. The band features Rainy Orteca (Dead Air and Joan As Police Woman), Sean Eden (Luna),  Dave Derby (The Dambusters), Kevin March (Guided By Voices) and Hilken Mancini (Fuzzy). The band is named after the the Art Deco, 10 storey apartment building at 102 East 22nd Street. The album was described as being "a slice of West coast pop with East coast sensibilities" and that pretty much sums it up. Fans of The Byrds, Big Star, the Modern Lovers, the Velvets and Simon and Garfunkel will love this. It also features contributions from Sarah Silverman, Chris Brokaw, Lloyd Cole, Joan Wasser and various members of the Pernice Brothers, Nada Surf and Shudder to Think. It's quite simply a gem.

Gramercy Arms - Shining Bright (Dead Air remix)

This episide finished with two tracks from One Year, Colin Blunstone's debut solo album from 1972. Colin was the lead singer with The Zombies and after they split up he released three singles under the pseudonym Neil MacArthur in 1969. He teamed up again with his old Zombies bandmates Rod Argent and Chris White for his solo debut album. Argent and White co-produced and contributed three songs to One Year. The album features three tracks with a rock band backing and the other seven are backed with a beautiful Chamber-pop strings, arranged by Chris Gunning. We played the two singles from the album on the show, Caroline Goodbye is about the break-up of Colin and actress Caroline Munro's relationship and Say You Don't Mind was written by Denny Laine.

Colin Blunstone - Caroline, Goodbye

Episode 292 15/04/10

Miracle Bell – Fit For Love
Pearly Gate Music – I Woke Up
Malachai – Snowflake
Dum Dum Girls – Bhang Bhang, I’m A Burnout
Grizzly Bear – Cheerleader
The Splinters – Dark Shades
Tanlines – Three Trees
Extra Life – Head Shrinker
Seeland – Captured
John Grant – Outer Space
Tracey Thorn feat. Jens Lekman – Long White Dress
Angus & Julia Stone – Big Jet Plane
Active Child – She Was a Vision
Tim Cohen – Haunted Hymns
Low & Springheel Jack – Bombscare
Charlotte Gainsbourg – Time of the Assassins
Gramercy Arms – Looking at the Sun
Gramercy Arms – Fakin’
Gramercy Arms – Shining Bright
Stornoway – I Saw You Blink
Cathy Davey – Little Red
Arch Garrison – Stone on the Pound
Wild Nothing – Cloudbustling
Liquid Liquid – Scraper
Explode Into Colors – Sharpen the Knife
Luke Haines – 21st Century Man
Lone Wolf – Russian Winter
Mark Beazely – Three Twenty Five
Colin Blunstone – Say You Don’t Mind
Colin Blunstone – Caroline Goodbye

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