Playlist and notes from tonight’s show :
TIED ON TEETH – Philosophers
Play it Strange’s Lion Foundation Songwriting Competition is open to students in years 9-13 – this year Play It Strange approached Cheese on Toast to judge and sponsor the inaugural Cheese on Toast Best Alternative Song Award and the winner this year was Hugh Piesse from Ngatea for his song Philosophers performed by his band Tied On Teeth. The awards ceremony is this Thursday night in Auckland
MOTHERS OF DARKNESS – Drifting
PUNCHES – Downtown
MALE BONDING – Before It’s Gone
London noise-pop three piece Male Bonding’s sophomore album Endless Now released on Sub Pop. This is a single from the album that was released as a split 7″ with Dum Dum Girls for International Record Store Day last year.
WHIPPING CATS – Carrot Gum
Here’s a clip (not of Carrot Gum) of Whipping Cats live at Edens in 2006 from local live music TV show SOMETHING ON TV
MOUNT PLEASANT – Florida
LANA DEL RAY – Blue Jeans
TASHAKI MIYAKI – Something is Better Than Nothing (Alt Version)
VERONICA FALLS – Bad Feeling
London’s Veronica Falls debut single from their self titled debut album – just released in NZ; Veronica Falls is made up of former members of The Royal We and Sexy Kids.
THE GOLDEN AWESOME – Highlife
WAVVES – Destroy
BEIRUT – My Night With The Prostitute From Marseilles
TRADIS TIME – THE YEAR 1992
MANIC STREET PREACHERS – Motorcycle Emptiness
Released on 1st June 1992
It was the fifth single to be lifted from their debut album Generation Terrorists which was released in February of that year. It was to become the song that truly defined Manic Street Preachers in my opinion. Indeed, when I spoke with James Bradfield of the band recently in an interview, he cited playing the song live at festivals in Europe and the response from audiences as a defining moment where he knew that they had captured the imaginations of many.
It was written by Bradfield and Nicky Wire (lyricist) – the lyrics inspired in part by S E Hinton’s 1975 novel Rumble Fish (she also wrote the outsiders; Francis FOrd Coppola adapted the novel, Rumble Fish, into a film in 1983) – but the band also interpreted the lyrics as a discussion of hollowness of the consumer lifestyle offered by capitalism, describing how society expects young people to conform. Some of the lyrics are taken from the poem “Neon Loneliness” (the first line of the chorus, “Under neon loneliness,” is a direct lift) by Welsh poet Patrick Jones, the brother of MSP bassist and lyricist Nicky Wire.
On 1 February 1995, Edwards disappeared from the Embassy Hotel at Bayswater Road in London after checking out at 7:00 am. His car was found abandoned 17 February 1995 at the Severn View service station near the Severn Bridge. Edwards was never seen again, although the band have kept a percentage of the royalties aside should he return. He was declared presumed dead on 28 November 2008 by his family. The band commented that they respect their decision. Manic Street Preachers was put on hold for six months and disbanding the group was seriously considered, but with the blessing of Edwards’ family, the other members continued.
The 1992 single carried the quote “I talk to God but the sky is empty.” – Sylvia Plath on it’s cover.
TOY – Left Myself Behind
Currently touring with The Horrors
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VERONICA FALLS – Beach Head
DRMCNT – Ballin’
FLEET FOXES – He Doesn’t Know Why
THE UNFAITHFUL WAYS – Yesterday I Love You But Today I Just Don’t Care
BEACH PIGS – Cigarette
I BREAK HORSES – Wired
GAY KINGS QUEEN – No Church on Sunday
THE CHECKS – Dogs of Perfection
BLACK KEYS – Run RIght Back
b-side to the single Lonely Boy from the forthcoming album El Camino
THE BROTHERS AND FRIENDS – Who Is It