Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Episode 299

Songs To Learn And Sing - Episode 299

The Blue Aeroplanes - Beatsongs (1991 Ensign Records)

This week's episode featured a few tracks from Bristol's The Blue Aeroplanes. The band can easily give The Fall a run for its money in line-up changes, according to the band's myspace page they have had over 47 members over the years. The band's 1989 album Swagger got the remastered and reissue treatment a few years ago but my own favourite has always been the album that came next in the discography - Beatsongs.

The album was recorded over a two month period in LA with producer Larry Kalman Hirsch. The album opens with the single Yr Own World and other highlights include the singles Fun and a cover of Paul Simon's The Boy in the Bubble. The album's towering glory for me though has always been the epic 6 minute Colour Me. Ensign records was bought by Chrysalis, and it took two years for the band to get out of their recording contract. Eventually their next album Life Model, appeared on Beggars Banguet in 1994. Broken and Mended, the third Blue Aeroplanes track played on this episode, comes from Life Model. 

The Blue Aeroplanes - Colour Me (from Beatsongs)

The Blue Aeroplanes - The Boy in the Bubble
(from Beatsongs)

This episode also featured two tracks from Extra Life. According to LOAF Recordings: "Extra Life is the primary musical vehicle for Charlie Looker, singer, guitarist and composer, who has become one of the most intense and respected voices in the New York experimental underground. For years Looker was a core member of legendary brutal chamber ensemble Zs and has also worked with diverse artists such as Dirty Projectors, Glenn Branca, William Parker and the S.E.M. Ensemble. Formed in 2007, Extra Life combines elements of Medieval chant, metallic hardcore, dark neofolk, abstract modernism and lush pop."

The Refrain is taken from the band's 2008 debut album Secular Works and Black Hoodie is from their recently released second album Made Flesh. The brilliant video for the first single off the album, Headshrinker, is below.    

Extra Life - Headshrinker (taken from Made Flesh,

Conor O'Toole from Cork Campus Radio's The Underground of Happiness interviewed Extra Life's Charlie Looker when the band played last year's Primavera Sound. The interview can be downloaded here.

Episode 299 - 03/06/2010

Quack Quack - Big Sounds
Royal Bangs - War Bells
Titus Andronicus - A More Perfect Union
Micah P. Hinson - The Cross That Stole My Heart Away
John Grant - I Wanna Go To Marz
Field Music - Let's Write A Book
Wild Palms - Deep Dive
Christy & Emily - Kings and Monsters
Wildbirds & Peacedrums - Bleed Like There Was No Other Flood
Boa Morte - Quarter To Ten
Extra Life - The Refrain (playing Whelans, June 5)
Extra Life - Black Hoodie
Blackbox Recorder - Uptown Top Ranking
The Honeys - Shoot the Curl
The Vaselines - Rory Rides Me Raw
The Pipettes - Our love Was Saved By Spacemen
The Would Be's - All This Rubbish Is True
Grovesnor - Find A Way To Stop Him
Stronoway - I Saw You Blink
The Fall - Mexico Wax Solvent
The Blue Aeroplanes - Colour Me
The Blue Aeroplanes - Yr Own World
The Blue Aeroplanes - Broken & Mended
Charlotte Gainsbourg - Time of the Assassins
Ann Scott - All Eternity (playing Whelans, June 9)
Malachai - Snowflake
Faust - Feed the Greed
Wooden Shjips - Motorbike

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