Three great things I heard in the last 24 hours…


1. Matthew Bannister in for Jeremy Vine on R2 talking about Chav’s. (from 1.41 – end)

2. Everything on Oldham’s 96.2 The Revolution
Super local, alternative, passionate, knowledgable. I’ve never hear an alternative, local independent station before; the lineup is like a who’s who of Manchester talent. It’s brill!

3. Kiss
Driving out of London up the M1 while amazing classics played on Kisstory, desperately trying not to loose the signal (up to about as far as Newport Pagnell I think!!!) Best bit – the baleric mix of Chic ‘I Want Your Love’!

Back To The Future


I’ve been in a bit of a desperate gig seeing state recently as being on air until 10pm isn’t really conduscive to seeing many people live, but this past 10 days I’ve more than made up for it attending the 46664 concert, The Police at Hyde Park, Wireless Jay Z day and Cut Copy day and Girls Aloud at Warwick Castle.

Gigs are funny things. Sometimes you go and see a band and they’re cool, but nothing special. Sometimes someone you love is outrageously disappoiting live; but other times, the best times, you’re left filled with a sense of overwhelming joy and happiness that you were there. The Knife at Scala, Robyn at Cargo, Kaiser Chiefs at Manumission, Amy Winehouse at Koko, Sons & Daughters at ULU, The Pierces at Water Rats, The Cardigans at SBE, Mylo at Barfly, Rilo Kiley at Islington Academy, CSS at Popstarz are but a few of these occasions; and Sunday gave me another one – Neon Neon at Cargo.

A band put together by Super Furry Animals Gruff Rhys and LA bleepster Boom Bip, their debut album ‘Stainless Style’ is a concept album about the life of car designer John Deloreon. The music is insanely 80s with swirling synths and shoulder rolling beats, and live it translated even better than on record thanks to cleverly thought out visuals and a really up for it crowd. I’ve mentioned their excellent I Lust You before so make sure you check it if you haven’t already. Question is – can it be Mercury nominated when only 1 half of the group is British? I don’t know.

James has reviewed the show properly right here.

Solange Vs Imani

The retro vibe is still flying high, and if you’re after the song of the summer you could do worse than these two…

Flying in the big budget corner is by Solange Knowles, who no matter what she’ll do in life, will always be known as Beyonce’s little sister. A pretty simple track based mainly around a drumbeat, ‘I Decided’ been remixed (and labelled Pt 2) for the European audience by The Freemasons who have added strings and trumpets and given it a fuller sound.

It’s totally inspired by The Supremes, and it’s fair enough to say that the original represents the original 60s group (with the Baby Love beat in particular), whereas Pt 2 is 80s disco Diana. The video lives this up even more with the girl group stylings, costumes and hair. On a bad note, it ends with a terrible fade.


In the indie corner, it’s the return of Imani Coppala who you may remember from her 1998 hit ‘Legend of a Cowgirl’. She’s back with producer Adam Pallin under the name ‘Little Jackie’ and has managed to create a song with a perfect summer vibe and a real life attitude.

We had it as our record of the week last month and it was added to lots of playlists last week. It reminds me of Lily Allen’s ‘Smile’ in the sense of it being massive in the sunshine and having a real city vibe. The video has some great shots of Brooklyn in it. Plus who can resist a song with such a brilliant title as ‘The World Should Revolve Around Me’.

Miss-Shapes Setlist

After a fun day at Wireless, here’s what we played tonight:

1030 – 1145
Feist – 1234
Lykke Li – Little Bit
Leon Jean Marie – Bed of Nails
Hercules & Love Affair – Blind
MSTRKRFT – Easy Love
Chromeo – Needy Girl
Cut Copy – Hearts on Fire
Roisin Murphy – Moviestar
Dragonette – I Get Around
Soulwax – E Talking
CSS – Alala
Clik Clik – Did you Wrong
MGMT – Kids (I realise I’m late on this, but how amazing)
LCD Soundsystem – Tribulations
Kate Nash – Caroline is a victim
Annie – Chewing Gum
Robyn – Who’s That Girl
Long Blondes – Giddy Stratospheres
Tegan & Sara – Back of Your Head (Rec mix)

Taio Cruz – Come On Girl
Girls Aloud – The Show
The Bravery – Honest Mistake
Reverend & The Makers – Heavyweight Champion
Black Kids – I’m Not Going To Teach
Klaxons – Golden Skans
Ronson / Lily – Oh My God
Katy Perry – I Kissed A Girl
Alphabeat – Fascination
CSS – Let’s Make Love
Ting Tings – Shut Up & Let Me Go
Miley Cyrus – See You Again
Tatu – All The Things
Fall Out Boy – Beat It
Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence
Gloria Jones – Tainted Love
George Baker – Little Green Bag
Amy Winehouse – Rehab (Jay Z Remix)

My Heart Can’t Rest Till Then

Miley Cyrus’ ‘See You Again’ has been one of my favourite songs over the last 6 months, and has to be one of those pop songs to go into the annals as a classic. Now LA punk disco band have covered it in their own psychadelic way. There’s no live lounge irony here, it’s just full on fun with swirling synths, banging drums and Muse-esque roaming chords; and it makes me very happy because I now have a version I can play at Popstarz.

Download it here.

Whedon Whedon Whedon

I bemoaned to my spiritual tv buddy Abby the other day that I was out of things to watch. My new loves of the fabulous Gossip Girl and the fantastical Pushing Daisies (neither of which the UK really seemed to ‘get’) will return in the Autumn and after next week I’m looking at a pretty Doctor Who / Torchwood lite time until 2010.

In the meantime I’m amusing myself with this:

Yup it’s How Do You Solve A Problem like Maria (in Canada!). Loser!

Tonight though I’m enthused about what’s coming because the brilliant Sizemore has posted the trailers for not one, but two new Joss Whedon projects, including the forthcoming Dollhouse. It’ll be joining American schedules mid season in January and stars Buffyverse alumni Amy Acker and Eliza Dushku. Mike’s got it covered so go see him. In the meantime I guess I should use the time to finally watch Firefly.

Cherry Chap Sticks

You might have heard about Coldplay getting the transatlantic double by scoring #1 in both America and the UK with ‘Vida La Vida’ last week. A cool feat but their success may be shortlived all thanks to a girl called Katy Perry.

Katy went to #1 in America this week and has been causing a storm in the states with her 2nd single ‘I Kissed A Girl’. She’s 23 and as seems to happen quite a lot with America stars, has transformed from a sweet, polite Christian gospel singer into a right little madam!

The song is written by UK pop goddess Cathy Dennis and American producer Dr Luke who’s the man behind Sugababes ‘About You Now’, Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Since U Been Gone’ and P!nk’s ‘U + Ur Hand’ to name but a few. Basically if you hear anything big and bouncy with a powerful female singer, he’s more often than not behind it.

I heard the song a month or two back but couldn’t really decide what I thought of it. It’s sure as hell a trashy grower, but deep down I think it’s just ok, nothing mindblowing. I think it would have been much funnier had Miley Cyrus sung it in any case. Ooh imagine the controversy.

Now we’ve started playing it at Capital so it’s no doubt going to explode over here also.

Check out the video:


Via Katy, my friend Ben introduced me to Jill Sobule who had a minor hit with a song of the same name in 1995. It was featured in Clueless but I’ve never heard it before. The video is cute, and it’s a fun song from a girl Whigfield obviously took style inspirations from!


Pot Kettle Black!

Various people have mentioned Tilly & The Wall to me over the years, but I’ve never payed much attention other than to the fact that apparently they tap dance on stage. Now they’re releasing their 3rd album nicknamed ‘O’ and I can’t get enough of lead single ‘Pot Kettle Black’. It’s shouty, devastatingly catchy and makes me want to stomp the floor. Plus check the cute video: