Well it’s that time of year – the lists are being drawn up left right and centre, and heck – who are we to buck a trend? Dionne still has a lava lamp for goodness sake. So this week we have the first of two shows dedicated to the best stuff that came out in 2009; this week, it’s albums. If you’ve been listening regularly, you’ve probably got a good idea of what’s going to be in there, but you may also be surprised at one or two decisions…
The show wouldn’t be complete without some more ‘best of’ stuff from the show, so there’s lot’s ill-preparadness from Matt, and from Dionne there’s the usual spectrum of idiosyncrasies, including silly voices (“Nuuuuumber thureee”), giggle fits and crazy dance moves. These were just for the best of show you understand – not any other reason like unprofessionalism or the like, goodness me no…
Stay tuned, because next week we’ve got a whole show of the best TRACKS of 2009. Merry Christmas, and happy listening!
It must be the time of year – the heady mix of mulled wine and brandy butter in the bloodstream – but this week, Totally Wired flew by in a storm of OfCom-baiting guffaws and woops. In order to not preempt next weeks (first of two) Best of 2009 show (more of which later), you’ll hear a fair smattering of oldies from such disco wizards as Siedah Garrett, The Units, Lisa, Comateens and Stargaze. It wouldn’t be Totally Wired though if there wasn’t a whole raft of up to the minute works of minor (and major) genius, and filling that particular niche this week were newbies from Yeasayer, Hot Chip (two big albums coming early next year from them), as well as Appaloosa, Foreign Born, Chapel Club, Silje Nes, Slow Club and Cinnamon Chasers.
The headline news however is not one, but two amazing bands, interviewed this week just for us. The first is Sweden’s oddball popsters Little Dragon, who spilled the beans to Dionne after their triumphantly sweaty sold-out show this week. Topics covered included meeting at school, the music scene in Gothenburg, and a February sea swim in Brighton. Scandinavians are CRAZY.
Next in the interview hotseat were Brighton super-pop synthsters :Kinema:, who we caught up with before they soundchecked for their Little Dragon support slot. They told us all about the roadtrip of their conception, about searching for a producer only to find him in the band all along, about their upcoming Circles EP and about their love for Ne-Yo. Neato!
Well, this is our last normal (so to speak) show of the year. Next week we’ll be rounding up our favorite albums of the year, climaxing in a countdown of the top ten of 2009, and the week after we’ll do the same for our fave standalone track of the year. Give the show a listen right here – it’s a bloomin’ corker!
On these occasional weeks in the month where we don’t have a show, and you all get so musically parched you start wondering whether Steve Wright in the Afternoon is really as bad as you remember it being (it is), we thought we’d do the humanitarian thing and post some of the interviews we’ve done, so you can listen to them as nature intended, without being cut to fit on the radio show.
We also have some pretty excellent sessions that we’re dying for you to hear, so we’re going to pop them up here too whenever there’s a down week.
First in the series are the charming Wave Pictures, who came in and chatted about their most recent album If You Leave It Alone, about recording it in 2 days in Berlin, and about egg mayonnaise. They also did a super acoustic version of their track Now You Are Pregnant. Goosebumps!
Wave Pictures Interview
Now You Are Pregnant by The Wave Pictures, live acoustic session