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Here’s some of what I’ve been listening to over the last couple of weeks, and how you can listen to it too.

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“My understanding of British radio is you can use the colloquial word for excrement but you can’t use the colloquial word for intercourse.”

David Ford talks about what swearwords make it onto BBC Radio, and plays acoustic versions of songs from his brilliant album I Sincerely Apologise For All The Trouble I’ve Caused. On KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic show. Listen here.
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“In one of them, she’s kind of topless, got a suspender belt, these black knickers and this was in the pre-Brazilian era, you can see these great tufts of pubic hair sprouting out on either side, quite erotic if you’re into that sort of thing.”

Author Toby Young (How To Lose Friends and Alienate People, The Sound of No Hands Clapping) further alienating Liz Hurley, talking to his friend and mine, Michael Petracca/Dusty Wright, on the Culture Catch Podcast 030. Listen here.
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The World Saxophone Quartet’s stunning ‘Spy On Me Blues,’ plus Lambchop, Mountain Goats and the Radio Dread rendition of ‘No Surprises.’ NPR’s All Songs Considered July 20 edition. Listen here.
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“He joined the band to get a girlfriend. And he got a girlfriend and left. So it was definitely a success.”


Art Brut
explain why they first guitarist came and went, on KEXP’s Live Performances iPod. See if you can find it here.
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Brilliant new singles by Badly Drawn Boy (‘Born In The UK’), The Rapture (‘Get Myself Into It’), XPress 2 (‘Kill 100’), Tone 396 (‘Pass The Rizla’), and Basement Jaxx (‘Hush’). The Blue Room of Sunday July 23, hosted by Rob Da Bank. Listen here.
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“I’m so hot. It’s just hot over here. It’s just really hot. You understand heat. You’re used to it, aren’t you? “

For the first time in living memory, a clearly over-heated Steve Lamacq does NOT respond to expat Brit Ric Harcourt’s question “How are you Steve?” at the start of KCRW’s Music Exchange program by saying “Not too bad, actually.” Listen to this broadcasting breakthrough, discussion of my Palace-supporting friend James Endeacott‘s new label 1965 Records and the single ‘Wasted Little DJs’ by The View here.
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“I hold the pen while God writes it. It comes through me, not from me, to be honest.”

Mary Gauthier talks about the songwriting process, while discussing the Best Living (not Looking) Songwriters special. (This is the show where I heard John Prine’s ‘Sam Stone’ along with Gauthier’s own Mercy Now. My life has not been the same since. NPR’s All Songs Considered June 29 edition. Listen here.
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Rogue Wave, Spoon, Cancer Rising, Common Market, The stunning Freeform remix of Jamie Lidell’s ‘When I Come Back Around in a Minor Key,’ Cloud Cult, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, Jose Gonzalez and The Emergency, all on a preview of Seattle’s Labor Day Weekend Bumbershoot festival on KEXP’s Music That Matters. Listen here.
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“There’s a public hearing set for August 23rd, which is a wonderful time in the middle of summer. The 60 day comment period, considering the scale of the project and how long ESDC has been working on this is an insult. By comparison, there’s a project up in the Catskills that is proposing to build hotels and golf courses, the Belleayre Project. That project had a 140 day comment period.”

Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn lawyer Jeff Young comments on New York State’s long-awaited Environmental Impact Study of the Forest City Ratner’s Atlantic Yards Project. Atlantic Yards Development Group President Jim Stuckey claims in his own interview that taller builders cast smaller shadows than lower ones. Really. On the Brian Lehrer Show of July 19. Listen here.
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“We can bomb the world to pieces but we can’t bomb it into peace.”

Spearhead’s Michael Franti talks about his visit to Iraq, how he filmed a documentary there, and the songs it inspired him to write for his new album “Yell Fire.” The KEXP Music That Matters Podcast 21. Listen here.
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Singles from 1980 by Pauline Murray and The Invisible Girls, The Motors, Iron Maiden, Girlschool and Suicide (!!), all on Stylus Magazine’s Stycast 307: Slumberland. Listen here.
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