Radio Joan – December 2018

Somewhat improbably, and only just barely behind schedule, we bring you our second monthly playlist of what we’ve been listening to at Joan HQ. Given that we’ve spent much of the last couple of weeks battling technology while putting our set together for Night & Day on Thursday night, we consider this no mean feat.

We’ve got tracks from ourselves and the two other bands on that bill: Tragicomics and Uzi Listening as well as Liam Frost who will be hosting a Christmas party in the same venue the following week.

We’ve also got songs from both Hannah Ashcroft and James Holt, who have just played their last gigs of 2018 and who are well worth tracking down in the new year. As is the wonderful Toria Wooff who we first met when playing the Ramsbottom Festival together last year.

We’re very much looking forward to Mercury Rev’s Bobbie Gentry tribute LP and hope that their version of Sermon, featuring vocals from Margot Price, sets the bar for the rest of the album. Their acoustic tour alights at the Royal Exchange in a few days. John Bramwell is also squeezing in one more gig before the end of the year at Gorilla so we’ve included one of his here too.

We can’t get enough of Gwenno and caught her supporting Ben Howard at the Apollo just earlier this week. We didn’t manage to catch any of Brix & the Extricated’s dates this year but fully intend to catch up with the Fall alumni in 2019.

This month’s oldie apropos of nothing is Colin Blunstone. Make of that what you will.

The extended Joan the Wad family speaks very highly of Dublin’s Orla Gartland and have already picked up tickets for her Deaf Institute show. Her infectious Between My Teeth is undoubtedly going to earworm its way into your life.

We recently had the pleasure of listening to the Unthanks and Ríoghnach Connolly share their experiences and advice for independent artists at Manchester’s marvelous Yes so we’ve included a track apiece from the Unthanks and Ríoghnach’s The Breath project.

The final two songs this month are one from Colorama’s recently reissued first LP and, for obvious and very sad reasons, Buzzcocks’ Everybody’s Happy Nowadays.

I think we’ve touched on everything there. The full tracklisting is beneath the Mixcloud widget below. We may very well see you again next month.

Tragicomics – Good Morning Sunshine
Gwenno – Eus Keus?
Hannah Ashcroft – Neptune
Colin Blunstone – Say You Don’t Mind
Toria Wooff – Author Song
Uzi Listening – Death Drives A Volvo (part 2)
Joan the Wad – Nil By Mouth
Mercury Rev – Sermon (ft Margo Price)
Liam Frost – Going Steady
James Holt – Alone Again
Brix and the Extricated – Valentino
John Bramwell – Who is Anybody?
Orla Gartland – Between My Teeth
The Breath – Trip the Switch
Unthanks – Monkey Dung Man
Colorama – Dere Mewn
Buzzcocks – Everybody’s Happy Nowadays

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