Wednesday, February 29, 2012

LISTEN: The Big Beat 'cast 44

After last week's show, I took a hard look at the playlist and flipped it completely over.  Result?  Not one song is repeated this week from the last. You're getting a lot of new bands and new music. More than usual if that's possible.  Press play to start 'er up.  For the next two to three weeks it's all SXSW, baby.  So get ready.

SAINT ETIENNE "Tonight" (Heavenly), from Words and Music by Saint Etienne
WORK DRUGS "License To Drive" (self-released), single
SIMIAN GHOST "Wolf Girl" (Heist Or Hit), from Youth
ARCTIC MONKEYS "R U Mine?" (Domino), single (video)
THE WEDDING PRESENT "You Jane" (Scopitones), from Valentina (video)
GORILLAZ (feat. Andre 3000 & James Murphy) "DoYaThing" (Converse), free download
FRANKIE ROSE "Night Swim" (Slumberland), from Interstellar
SLEEPY SUN "Stivey Pond" (The End), from Spine Hits
HUSBAND "Flowers" (Robot Elephant), from Robot Elephant Records vs. Tundra Dubs
WILLIS EARL BEAL "Evening’s Kiss" (XL), from Acousmatic Sorcery
FIRST AID KIT "The Lion’s Roar" (Wichita), from The Lion's Roar
GRASS CANNONS "Wendy’s" (self-released), from Vet Dream EP
THE CLEAN "Tally Ho!" (Merge), from Anthology
THE GRISWOLDS "Mississippi" (self-released), single
KINNIE THE EXPLORER "Empyrean" (Alcohol), from Kinnie The Explorer
YOOFS "Hazy Dayz" (self-released), single
COLLEEN GREEN "Goldmine" (Art Fag), from Milo Goes To Compton 
FIELD MUSIC "A New Town" (Memphis Industries), from Plumb
PORCELAIN RAFT "Put Me To Sleep" (Secretly Canadian), from Strange Weekend
ALT-J "Matilda" (Infectious), from "Matilda" / "Fitzpleasure" single
TANLINES "Brothers" (True Panther Sounds), from Mixed Emotions
THE YOUNG "Livin’ Free" (Matador), from Dub Egg
THE COUCH "The Way You Came" (self-released), from Old & Touchin' Blue
DIAMOND RUGS "Gimme A Beer" (Partisan), from Diamond Rugs
EXITMUSIC "Passage" (Secretly Canadian), from Passage
DUNES "Vertical Walk" (PPM), from Noctiluca
WHITE HILLS "Pads of Light" (Thrill Jockey), from Frying On This Rock

Music via Oh My Rock, We All Want Someone To Shout For, Pitchfork, Obscure Sound, Chromemusic, Consequence Of Sound, Einstein Music Journal, The Music Ninja, mu-sique, Rollo & Grady

Friday, February 24, 2012

LISTEN: Amazing Radio (16 February)

Here's last week's Amazing Radio show, my fourth for the station. Big fan of the music mix on this one.  Must say that I think each show gets a little better than the week before.  I should post this week's show (23 February) soon.

TURF WAR "100 Years" (Old Flame), from Years of Living Dangerously
FRANKIE ROSE "Know Me" (Slumberland), from Interstellar
OUTFIT "Dashing In Passing" (Sounds of Sweet Nothing), from Another Night's Dreams Reach Earth Again
FICTION FACTION "Nina's Different" (Saraseto), single
JONATHAN WILSON "Ballad of the Pines" (Bella Union), from Gentle Spirit
THE ROMLEYS "Shake 'Em On Down" (self-released), tbd
BOS ANGELES "Beach Slalom" (self), from "Days Of Youth" / "Beach Slalom" single
BLEECH "Mondays" (n/a), video
MINT JULEP "Aviary" (Village Green), from Save Your Season (video)
HERE WE GO MAGIC "Make Up Your Mind" (Secretly Canadian), from A Different Ship
PLAITUM "She Speaks Spanish" (self-released), free download 
MiNI dOG "Another Man Done Gone" (n/a), from Juke Joint
FAST YEARS "Young Heart" (self-released), single
AZEALIA BANKS "212" (self-released), single
SLEIGH BELLS "Comeback Kid" (Mom + Pop), Reign Of Terror
ADMIRAL FALLOW "Beetle In The Box" (Nettwerk), from Tree Bursts In Snow
SPEAK "You Know As Well" (self-released), from I Believe In Anything  
EMPEROR HA HA "Blitzer" (self-released), single
SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS "Low Times" (Vagrant), from Ghostory
THE WAR ON DRUGS “Baby Missiles” (Secretly Canadian), from Slave Ambient
MARIBEL "Jezebel Jive" (Splendour), from Reveries
BETH JEANS HOUGHTON "Sweet Tooth Bird" (Mute), from Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose (video)
TRUST "Sulk" (Arts & Crafts), from TRST
BEACH HOUSE "Norway" (Sub Pop), from Teen Dream
NIGHTLIFE "Awake" (self-released), from Radio EP
CURXES "Haunted Gold" (self-released), single
LOST BOY "Chew" (Old Flame), from USA USA
YOUTH LAGOON "July" (Fat Possum), from The Year of Hibernation 
BUILDINGS "Eyes On Sunrise" (Tall Story), single
HOODED FANG "ESP" (Daps), from Tosta Mista
PUSHING HANDS "He's Still Here" (self-released), single

Music via:  Consequence of Sound, Avenge The Virgins, Pitchfork, Matinee As Hell, Chromewaves,     

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Big Beat Comes To Moheak Radio

I'm thrilled to announce that The Big Beat has added another station. Starting this Friday, February 24th, TBB will join the lineup of Moheak Radio.

Moheak is free internet radio, streaming 24/7 from Wavaflow Studios in Los Angeles at You can catch my two-hour roundup of music I think you should be listening to every Friday morning from 7 to 9 Pacific Time. So, if you're in the Eastern or Central time zones, I'll ease you into the work day you can't wait to finish. On the West Coast, I'll soundtrack your morning commute and for those of you overseas, I'm rockin' your Happy Hour. This is in addition to the show airing on DIY Radio.

Moheak picks up where LA's beloved Indie 103.1 left off and where many of their former shows & hosts have moved to. The Big Beat joins a lineup that includes:

- TK
- Big Sonic Heaven with Darren Revell
- Dark Matter with Dave Navarro
- Full Metal Jackie
- Passport Approved with Sat Bisla
- Go Deep with Bruce Rave
- Nina Blackwood’s New Wave Nation
- Totally Psyched with Keith Morris (OFF, Circle Jerks, Black Flag)
- Alter-Native with Native Wayne
- Neon Noise with DJ Paul V.
- Head Trip with Christian B
- Sala De Espera with Jose Galvan
- The Zoglow Show with Zowie
- View the entire lineup.

LISTEN: The Big Beat 'cast 43

I needed a moment to catch my breath last week, so that meant I doubled down on this week's show with premieres from JACK WHITE, HERE WE GO MAGIC, MIIKE SNOW (feat. Lykke Li),
MAPS & ATLASES, GRAHAM COXON, FRESHKILLS, MARIBEL, PLANTS AND ANIMALS, and RHYE.  My Wild Card pick is from an Ohio-born expat who’s kind of a legendary figure in the UK but known only to the most obsessive music nerds at home.

Just a reminder that starting this week (yesterday, in fact), TBB moves forward one hour on DIY Radio.   That means the show now airs at 8p GMT, 3pm Eastern, 2p Central, etc.  And also starting this week, The Big Beat will air on LA-based Moheak Radio every Friday morning from 7-9 Pacific (4p GMT, 11a ET).  More details on that in an upcoming post.    

ROYAL BATHS "Faster, Harder" (Kanine), from Better Luck Next Life
JACK WHITE "Love Interruption" (Third Man), from Blunderbuss 
LADYHAWKE "Black White & Blue" (Modular), from Anxiety
SLEIGH BELLS "Comeback Kid" (Mom + Pop), Reign Of Terror 
FRESHKILLS "Positive Vibes" (Bat Rabies Alert / The End), from Raise Up The Sheets
HERE WE GO MAGIC "Make Up Your Mind" (Secretly Canadian), from A Different Ship
WE HAVE BAND "Where Are Your People?" (Naive), from Ternion (free album sampler)
RHYE "Open" (Innovative Leisure), from Open EP
-> Mike's Wild Card Pick of the Week <-
MARIBEL "Jezebel Jive" (Splendour), from Reveries
FRIENDS "Friends Crush" (Lucky Number), single (video)
DJANGO DJANGO "Default" (Because), from Django Django
AZEALIA BANKS "NEEDSUMLUV (SXLND)" (self-released), free download
GRAHAM COXON "The Truth" (Parlophone), from A+E
TRAILER TRASH TRACYS  "Candy Girl" (Double Six / Domino), from Ester 
PLAITUM "She Speaks Spanish" (self-released), free download 
GRIMES "Vowels = Space and Time" (4AD), from Visions
MIIKE SNOW feat. Lykke Li "Black Tin Box" (Downtown), from Happy To You   
PLANTS AND ANIMALS "Lightshow" (Secret City), from The End of That
MAPS & ATLASES "Winter" (Barsuk), from Be Aware and Be Grateful
HEARTLESS BASTARDS "Parted Ways" (Partisan), from Arrow
TEAM ME "With My Hands Covering Both of My Eyes I Am Too Scared To Have a Look At You Now" (Propeller), from To The Treetops
TENNIS "It All Feels The Same" (Fat Possum), from Young and Old
M.I.A. "Bad Girls" (Interscope), single
SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS "Lafaye" (Vagrant), from Ghostory
LOS CAMPESINOS! "Hello Sadness" (Arts & Crafts/Wichita), from Hello Sadness

Music via:  Chromewaves, The Dadada, mu-sique, Winnie Cooper, Bedwetting Cosmonaut, The Last Python   

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Big Beat on DIY Radio moves to a new time

It's Tuesday, so that must mean another two hours of quality new music from yours truly on DIY Radio.   Beginning today, the start time moves forward an hour.  Synchronize your watches to hear The Big Beat at 3pm Eastern, 2p Central & 2000 GMT. Miss a show? Visit TBB archive on DIY Radio at the link in the sidebar.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Amazing Radio (9 February)

Apologies for the delay posting last week's show. Nevertheless, it's a great mix of music if I do say so myself. BETH JEANS HOUGHTON (pictured above) has been around for a few years, touted as a rising star as far back as 2009, but is just now releasing her full-length debut. It's definitely a interesting, left-of-center listen and I think her whole approach is pretty original and kind of fascinating.  ADMIRAL FALLOW is a rootsy folk band from Scotland that sound like a more mature Frightened Rabbit.  MERCY is a former teen singer with a voice that recalls Martina Topley-Bird: smouldering and perfect for dimly lit encounters.  And HERE WE GO MAGIC returns with perhaps their best song to date, the first taste from their forthcoming Nigel Godrich-produced record, due in May.

You can hear yours truly on Amazing Radio from 10p GMT - that's 5p ET & 4p CT - on DAB in the UK, worldwide at, and timeshifted to the 4 major North American time zones at

BETH JEANS HOUGHTON "Sweet Tooth Bird" (Mute), from Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose (video)
ADMIRAL FALLOW "Beetle In The Box" (Nettwerk), from Tree Bursts In Snow
HOWLER "Back of Your Neck" (Rough Trade), from America Give Up
ALT-J "Fitzpleasure" (self-released), download
THE KABEEDIES "Eyes" (Fierce Panda), from Soap (video)
TEEN DAZE "Brooklyn Sunburn" (Lefse), from All Of Us, Together
MERCY "Sleepwalker" (Cool For Cats), single
SPANK ROCK feat. Santigold "Car Song" (Boysnoize), from Everything Is Boring and Everyone Is a Fucking Liar
SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS "Lafaye" (Vagrant), from Ghostory
ERRORS "Pleasure Palaces" (Rock Action), from Have Some Faith In Magic (video)
FIRST AID KIT "Emmylou" (Wichita), from The Lion's Roar
TENNIS "Origins" (Fat Possum), from Young and Old
FAST YEARS "Young Heart" (self-released), single
SPEECH DEBELLE "I'm With It" (Big Dada), from Freedom of Speech (video)
RxGIBBS "Futures" (Cascine), from Futures EP (free download)
HOORAY FOR EARTH "No Love" (Dovecote), from True Loves
LOVE INKS "Wave Goodbye" (City Slang), from E.S.P.
DOG YEARS "Attention Seeking Missile" (Leperprint), single
FRANKIE ROSE "Know Me" (Slumberland), from Interstellar
EXITMUSIC "The Modern Age" (Secretly Canadian), from From Silence EP
BLEECH "Mondays" (n/a), video
CULTFEVER "Knewyouwell" (self-released), from Cultfever
PHILCO FICTION "Horizon" (Brilliance), from Take It Personal
120 DAYS "Dahle Disco" (Splendour), from 120 Days II (free download)
HERE WE GO MAGIC "Make Up Your Mind" (Secretly Canadian), from A Different Ship
SIMIAN GHOST "Curtain Call" (Heist Or Hit), from Youth
TOURIST "Placid Acid" (Make Mine), from Tourist EP

Music via: GIMME TINNITUS, ..tell all your friends.., Austin Town Hall

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

LISTEN: The Big Beat 'cast 42

Nearly a dozen artists make their first appearance in the 'cast this week including ANDREW BIRD, BEACH FOSSILS, SCUBA, BARRY ADAMSON, ADMIRAL FALLOW, ROYAL BATHS, THE MARY ONETTES, FRANKIE ROSE, FAST YEARS, KINNIE THE EXPLORER, and M.I.A. My Wild Card pick is from another artist that’s probably never been heard on DIY Radio before. They just released their first album in nearly 15 years. I hope you'll listen to find out who it is. Just press play & let 'er rip.

By the way, if you ever want to listen to a previous TBB show, hit the DIY Radio link on the upper right side of the page. The last 6 months worth of shows are there. You can also look at my KUT playlists (no archived audio, sorry) and coming soon, I'll try to have all of my Amazing Radio shows stored in one place. Until then, just look for 'em on the blog.

On another note, The Big Beat Facebook page just passed 400 'Likes'. Thank You!

BLEECH "Mondays" (n/a), video
ANDREW BIRD "Eyeoneye" (Mom + Pop), from Break It Yourself
LANA DEL REY "National Anthem" (Interscope), from Born To Die
TEEN DAZE "Brooklyn Sunburn" (Lefse), from All Of Us, Together
M.I.A. "Bad Girls" (Interscope), single
PHLO FINISTER "Bang Bang" (Yolo), from Crown Gold EP
WILD NOTHING "Nowhere" (Captured Tracks), single
ADMIRAL FALLOW "Beetle In The Box" (Nettwerk), from Tree Bursts In Snow
NIGHT FRUIT "Dark Horse" (Forty Four Distro), single
SCUBA "Flash Addict" (Hotflash), from "The Hope" single
THE MARY ONETTES "Love’s Taking Strange Ways" (Labrador), from Love Forever
MOZART PARTIES "Where Has Everybody Gone?" (self-released), from Memory Thunderstorm EP
DE STAAT "Ah, I See" (Mascot), from Machinery
CURXES "Haunted Gold" (self-released), single
SWISS LIPS "U Got The Power" (self-released), single
FAST YEARS "Young Heart" (self-released), single
KINNIE THE EXPLORER "Scissor Dance" (Alcohol), from Kinnie The Explorer
ARTHUR BEATRICE "What We Hoped To Achieve" (self-released), n/a (TBB coverage)
FRANKIE ROSE "Night Swim" (Slumberland), from Interstellar
ROYAL BATHS "Faster, Harder" (Kanine), from Better Luck Next Life
-> Mike's Wild Card Pick of the Week <-
THE 2 BEARS "Work" (DFA), from Be Strong (video)
MAGAZINE "Hello Mister Curtis (With Apologies)" (Wire-Sound), from No Thyself
BARRY ADAMSON "Black Holes In My Brain" (Central Control), from I Will Set You Free
ALABAMA SHAKES "Hold On" (ATO), from Boys & Girls
->Super Double Super Secret Wild Card Pick of the Week<-
BEACH FOSSILS "Shallow" (Captured Tracks), single

Music via: Pitchfork, Side One: Track One, Indieball, The Last Python, Largehearted Boy, The Pop Cop, Stereogum      

Monday, February 6, 2012

Amazing Radio (2 February)

If you missed my show on Amazing Radio the other night, check out the archived audio and tracklisting right here.  I'm on every Thursday 'from' 10p GMT and 'at' 4p ET & 3p CT.  It’s a new kind of radio where everything you hear is sourced entirely from the companion site Amazing Tunes, where artists get 100% of the download revenues.  It’s definitely the first one where all the music comes from new and emerging artists.  And, just so you  know, there are no commercial advertisements.   

If you're an artist: to have a chance of airplay on Amazing Radio, go to Amazing Tunes and create a user account.  Read and agree to the Terms and Conditions, then upload as many songs as you want as MP3s.  It has to be new music and you have to own it.

Some really terrific stuff this week.  I didn't care much for TENNIS' debut record beyond the first single but this new, Patrick Carney produced disc is promising.  FAST YEARS is a new Brooklyn band and if their debut single is any indication, they should earn some of the buzz Howler is getting at the moment.  There a bunch of emerging UK bands that might be new to you:  CURXES' new tune has a gothic, retro vibe that fans of Siouxsie should dig; THEME PARK sounds like they've got a a few Talking Heads records in their collection;  and then there's KINNIE THE EXPLORER's psychedelic ambient rock.  

TEAM ME "Dear Sister" (Propeller), from To The Treetops
TENNIS "Origins" (Fat Possum), from Young and Old
FAST YEARS "Young Heart" (self-released), single
KINNIE THE EXPLORER "Scissor Dance" (Alcohol), from Kinnie The Explorer
THEME PARK "Milk" (Luv Luv Luv), single (video
FIRST AID KIT "Emmylou" (Wichita), from The Lion's Roar
SIMIAN GHOST "Wolf Girl" (Heist Or Hit), from Youth (video)
ZULU WINTER "We Should Be Swimming" (PIAS), single (stream)
THE ABC CLUB "Thieving Magpie" (Things To Make and Do), single 
ARRANGE "Sun Showers" (JUKBOXR), from Five Years With The Sun EP
SPOTLIGHT KID "Plan Comes Apart" (Tri-Tone), from Disaster Tourist (video)
CURXES "Haunted Gold" (self-released), tbd
QUADRILLES "Gong Hey Fat Choi" (self-released), free download (video)
WET PAINT "Gone So Long" (Records Records Records), from Woe
BLEECH "Mondays" (n/a), video
DAUGHTER "Run" (demo) (self-released), demo
ERRORS "Tusk" (Rock Action), from Have Some Faith In Magic
SHEARWATER "Breaking The Yearlings" (Sub Pop), from Animal Joy
DEVIN "You’re Mine" (Frenchkiss), from You're Mine EP
PLAITUM "She Speaks Spanish" (self-released), free download
BRETON "Interference" (edit) (FatCat), from Other People's Problems
MMOTHS "Heart" (feat. Keep Shelly In Athens) (SQE), from Mmoths EP
APPLE RABBITS "I Could Not Care Less" (Kilburn State), from Kilburn State
SARAH WILLIAMS WHITE "Hide The Cracks" (Strangers remix) (self-released), free download
CORRIDOR "Pieces of Work" (Manimal Vinyl), from Real Late
NEW LOOK "Nap On The Bow" (!K7), from New Look
BLONDES "Wine" (RVNG Intl.), from Blondes

Music via: Earmilk, Electric Panda Music, mu-sique, The Burning Ear, The Music Wins, Austin Town Hall