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Music For Listeners 6/7/8

1) The Beastie Boys-"Country Mike's Theme"  From the CD 'Anthology'.
2) Brenda Lee-"Sweet Nothin's"  From the CD 'The Definitive Collection'.
3) Los Campesinos-"My Year In Lists"  From the brand new vinyl UK 7" single for "My Year In Lists".
4) The Accidental-"Dream for Me"  From the CD 'There Were Wolves'.
5) Werewolves-"Pill Box"  From the brand new vinyl UK 7" single for "Pill Box".
6) Frightened Rabbit-"Old Old Fashioned"  From the CD 'The Midnight Organ Fight'.
7) Sergeant-"K - OK"  From the brand new vinyl UK 7" single for "K - OK".
8) Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong-"I Ain't Sure"  From the brand new vinyl UK 7" single for "Lonely Buoy".
9) The Ting Tings-"Keep Your Head"  From the CD 'We Started Nothing'.
10) Young Knives-"Turn Tail (Lathe Cut Session)"  From the brand new limited vinyl UK 7" record 'Lathe Cut Sessions'.
11) Jeremy Warmsley-"The Boat Song"  From the brand new limited vinyl 7" single for "The Boat Song".
12) Je Suis Animal-"Secret Place"  From the CD 'Self-Taught Magic From A Book'.
13) I Was A Cub Scout-"Echoes (Live)"  From the 2008 UK CD single for "Pink Squares".
14) The Pigeon Detectives-"She's Gone"  From the brand new CD 'Emergency'.
15) Envelopes-"Life On The Beach (Hot Chip Remix)"  From the brand new vinyl 10" remix single for "Life On the Beach".
16) Japancakes-"Soon (James Rutledge Mix)"  From the brand new 7" single for 'Soon'. MBV cover.
17) The Orb-"Vuja De"  From the CD 'The Dream'. Out soon in the U.S. on Six Degrees!!!
18) Manu Chao-"Politik Kills (Dennis Bovell Remix feat Linton Kwesi Johnson)"  From the brand new CD 'Politik Kills E.P.'.
19) The Deathset-"Negative Thinking"  From the CD 'Worldwide'.
20) The Wave Pictures-"Avocado Baby"  From the CD 'Instant Coffee Baby'.
21) The Stevenson Ranch Davidians-"Getting By"  From the CD 'Psalms, Hymns, & Spiritual Songs'.
22) Lightspeed Champion-"Your Heart"  From the brand new vinyl UK 7" single for "Galaxy of the Lost".
23) Get Well Soon-"Witches! Witches! Rest Now In The Fire"  From the brand new CD 'Rest Now, Weary Head! You Will Get Well Soon'.
24) Bo Diddley-"Who Do you Love"  From the Chess CD compilation 'Bo Diddley'. R.I.P.
25) Fleet Foxes-"Sun It Rises"  From the brand new CD 'Fleet Foxes'.
26) The Leaf Library-"Light and Colour"  From the brand new CD single for "Light and Colour".
27) Nethers-"Three Hearts"  From the forthcoming CD 'What the Wind Will Never Tell'.
28) Charlie Parr-"Worried Blues"  From the brand new vinyl UK 7" single for "Worried Blues".
29) Paul Weller-"Echoes Around the Sun (Radio Edit)"  From the brand new UK double A-side CD single for "Have You Made Up Your Mind"/"Echoes Around the Sun".
30) Pete Greenwood-"Penny Dreadful"  From the brand new vinyl UK 7" single for "Peeny Dreadful".
31) Spiritualized-"True Love Will Find You In the End"  From the brand new expanded edition, double CD set of 'Songs in A + E'.
32) The Wedding Present-"Back for Good"  iTunes exclusive track from the brand new release 'El Rey'.
33) "The Mid-Morning Recording"                   Idlewild-'Hope is Important'
Take The Smiths and merge them with R.E.M., and throw in some Pixies, and that might come close to describing the music heard on this record. This may not be Idlewild's best album, but it is certainly up there. This was the first music I heard from the band way back in 1998; I think it was "When I Argue I See Shapes". Back when these things were new, I found Steve Lamacq's radio show streaming online, and during that online stream, (one of my first), I heard this band. This album stupidly never saw the light of day in the U.S., and it took me a good while before I found out that my friend, (and now co-host), Orly was also really into the band, and I heard this album and their next album, '100 Broken Windows' on the same day. That next album was released in the U.S. after they signed to Capitol Records/EMI in the states; most likely because they were signed to Food Records/EMI in the U.K. Unfortunately with that signing, they became another band in a long list of acts that Capitol Records didn't know how to promote. Idlewild should have been bigger, and even with this first full-length recording, their talent is already apparent. There are several great singles, and the album track "I'm Happy to Be Here Tonight" should have been a single. It is easily one the strongest tracks in their whole catalog. I'm glad they still are together, and I hope the good karma comes to this band. Sort of like what has happened in the history of bands like The Charlatans, Spiritualized, The Orb and James. These are all really talented poets, musicians, and artists that haven't let record labels dictate their creative abilities; all the while standing in the face of critics and giving them one big musical finger. As the title of the record says, this band seems full of hope, and that happens to be really important. "You're an abstract unknown boy, 'cause you and me talk freely at night....and this is my chaos." "I am the best message out of the rest of them, are you all alone, are you all alone?"
Michael - MFL

34) James-"Sayonara"  From the CD 'Wah-Wah'.
35) Dios-"Hermit (Live at Emo's - March 2007)"  Exclusively recorded for broadcast on Music For Listeners.
36) Swervedriver-"Behind the Scenes of the Sounds and the Times"  From the CD '99th Dream'.
37) Swervedriver-"Good Ships"  From the CD E.P. 'Space Travel Rock and Roll'.

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