Radio Show: December 20th, 2009 // Best of the Year Part 1: ALBUMS

December 21, 2009

Totally Wired Best Albums of 2009

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!

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Passion Pit Little Secrets Columbia
Micachu & The Shapes Golden Phone Rough Trade
Get Back Guinozzi Baby Baby FatCat
Animal Collective Summertime Clothes Domino
Golden Silvers Arrows of Eros XL
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Dull Life Dress Up
The Maccabees No Kind Words Fiction
The Fiery Furnaces Even in the Rain Thrill Jockey
Dirty Projectors No Intention Domino
James Yuill This Sweet Love Moshi Moshi
Iamundernodisguise School of Seven Bells Full Time Hobby
Super Furry Animals Inaugural Trams Warner Bros
The Field I Need Your Loving Kompakt
Girls Lust For Life Fantasy Trashcan
The Very Best Warm Heart of Africa Moshi Moshi
Yacht The Afterlife DFA
The Invisible London Girl Accidental
Fever Ray When I Grow Up XL
Horrors Sea Within a Sea XL
The Drums I Wanna go Surfng Moshi Moshi
Phoenix 1901 V2
Whitest Boy Alive Courage Bubbles

Radio Show: December 13th, 2009 // Little Dragon + :Kinema: interviews

December 14, 2009

Little Dragon

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!

J*Davey Outta The Window Sony
Cold Cave Life Magazine Matador
Appaloosa The Day (We Fell In Love) Kitsuné
Foreign Born Early Warnings Moshi Moshi
Hot Chip One Life Stand XL
Comateens Nightmare Cachalot
Yeasayer Madder red Secretly Canadian
Siedah Garrett Do You Want It Right Now Gordy
Stargaze You Can’t Have It TNT Unlimited
Little Dragon Interview +
Constant Surprises
Little Dragon My Step Peacefrog
Chapel Club Surfacing East City
Kinema Interview +
My Girls
Kinema Circles Hot Pockets
The Units High Pressure Days (Headman Rework) Gomma
The Whitest Boy Alive Dead End Bubbles
Silje Nes Third Remove Fat Cat
Little Dragon Stormy Weather Peacefrog
Slow Club It’s Christmas and you’re boring me Moshi Moshi
Medium Medium Hungry So Angry Cachalot
Lisa Sex Dance Moby Dick
Cinnamon Chasers Minimalia Modus

Interview and Session: The Wave Pictures

December 8, 2009

The Wave Pictures session and interview on Totally Wired

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

New show up on Monday!