14 September 2009

Month of Mercurys - this year's nominees take over 6music

another reason why I adore BBC Radio: they never fail to come up with interesting radio programme formats that prove they're all about the music.

every Sunday afternoon 6music has a 2-hour slot called "Month of Sundays" in which a band/act/singer/etc. is given complete control over what they want to play. the Kaiser Chiefs were given a whole month earlier this year to do just that, which means they had to fill 8 hours up with the music they like and show all of Britain what turns them on musically.

this month, 6music has decided to give the collective radio reins over to Mercury Prize nominees for their "Month of Mercurys" feature. 6 September was the Horrors' show (insert your Libertines-related joke here), and yesterday 13 September it was Friendly Fires' turn. as always, you have 7 days from the initial broadcast to listen to these BBC programmes on BBC iPlayer. the Horrors' set has already been closed out but you can still listen to FF's set this week until 20 September, when La Roux steps up to the plate.

in case you're a sped and can't manage to catch the shows, I will be providing the lists of selections here (thank you 6music):

the Horrors's selections
Apple — Buffalo Billycan
The Barrier — Spot The Lights
Caleb — Baby Your Phrasing Is Bad
Dave Davies — Creeping Jean
eLi — Never Mind
Fire — Fathers Name Was Dad
Lavender Grove — Lavender Grove
The Hill — Sylvie
The Idle Race — Imposters Of Lifes Magazine
John's Children — Desdemona
The Kinks — Lazy Old Sun
The Lovin' — All You'Ve Got
Martells — Time To Say Goodnight
The Nashville Teens — Last Minute
Orange Machine — Cr Crippens Waiting Room
Paul St. John — Flying Saucers Have Landed
Paul St. John — Spaceship Lover
The Pretty Things — Bracelets Of Fingers
The QPR Supporters — Supporters Support Us
Rhubarb Rhubarb — Moneylender
The Smoke — Sydney Gill
Tintern Abbey — Vacuum Cleaner
Unit — Would You Believe What I Say
The Virgin Sleep — Love
Ways and Means — Breaking Up A Dream
Excelsior Spring — It
The Yardbirds — Happening Ten Years Time Ago
The Zombies — Time Of The Season - aren't they from St. Albans? nice segue. ::grin::

Friendly Fires's selections
Nas — It Ain’t Hard To Tell
Electric Light Orchestra — Turn To Stone - funnily enough, I heard this on the way to work this morning and thought "Edd Gibson!"
Major Lazer — Pon The Floor
Empire of the Sun — We Are The People
Barrabás — High Light (Todd Terje Rekutt)
Deerhunter — Agrophobia
Was (Not Was) — Tell Me That I’m Dreaming
The xx — Basic Space - FF confirmed the xx will be touring with them on the NYLON Winter tour. nice how NYLON themselves have not bothered to post this important information! should I go to Boston? should I?
Bibio — Ambivalence Avenue
The Fall — Dr Buck’s Letter
Kylie Minogue — Slow
Jack Peñate — Tonight’s Today
Black Disco — Chains (Anonstop Edit) - note: Black Disco is the label, Ed Macfarlane has no idea who the artist is
D'Angelo — Greatdayinthemornin’/Booty
Motor City Drum — Raw Cuts #5
Tortoise — Crest
Jürgen Paape — Ofterschwang
House of House — Rushing To Paradise (Walking These Streets)
Holy Ghost! — Hold On
Joy Orbison— Hyph Mngo - note: it wasn't Roy Orbison! the site is WRONG!
Olivia Newton-John — Love Song - v. amused that Ed Macfarlane used his favourite word to describe music - "lush" - for this one

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