Playlist Offbeat, www.novumfm.de, 8 till 10 pm CET, 27th Dec 2018

Artist Track Album Label

ColossousWrach Robotig (Robotic Witch)7″colossous.bandcamp.com
O Lake Holocene7″soundcloud.com/olakemusic
Go By OceanFading7″artist-stores.com/pages/go-by-ocean
Bad SavPetsBad SavFishrider Records
NoctorumA Girl With No LoveA Girl With No LoveSchoolkids Records
Comet GainIf Not TomorrowIf Not Tomorrow/I Was More Of A Mess ThenTapete
The FernwehThe LiarThe FernwehSkeleton Key
Echo And The BunnymenRescueOriginal Album SeriesKorova
Echo And The BunnymenClayOriginal Album SeriesKorova
Dan Amor Penwythnos HeulogAfonydd a DrysauCae Gwyn Records
Anna St. LouisDesertIf Only There Was A RiverWoodsist / Mare
FoxwarrenI’ll Be AlrightFoxwarrenANTI-
Howe GelbMy Little WorldGatheredFire Recordings
Red TelephoneVictoria Park7″Libertino Records // Ghost Disco Singles Club
Jake Xerxes FussellJump for JoyWhat in the Natural WorldParadise of Bachelors
The Jim Mitchells Mind ReaderPlanet Absorbed EPCardinal Fuzz
Marble SoundsThe Advice to Travel LightThe Advice To Travel Lightmarblesounds.bandcamp.com
Lake RuthThe Cross Of LorraineBirds Of AmericaFeral Child
Mountain ManFishMagic ShipBella Union
Nathan BowlesUmbraPlainly MistakenParadise of Bachelors
Rob NoyesSoft As LightsThe Feudal SpiritPoon Village
RosaliTrouble AnywayTrouble Anywayrosali.bandcamp.com
Wooden WandSchool’s OutClipper ShipThree Lobed Recordings
Steve GunnNew MoonThe Unseen In BetweenMatador
TomberlinYou Are HereAt WeddingsSaddle Creek
TrookersMinute SteakThe Temporarywww.trookers.co.uk/
Sam TudorNew ApartmentQuotidian Dreamsamtudor.bandcamp.com

Playlist, Kaleidoskop, www.byte.fm, 5 till 6 pm CET, Dec 24th 2018

Artist TrackAlbumLabel
Marble Sounds Leave A Light On Dear Me, Look UpZealrecords 
Davey Woodward And The Winter OrphansBuilt A BoatDavey Woodward And The Winter Orphans Tapete
Mr. Ben And The BensWinter & Rough WeatherThe Owl Serviceitsmrben.bandcamp.com
David KittWinter SongYousAll City 
The Durutti ColumnOne Christmas For Your Thoughts LCFactory 
The Pictish TrailWinter Home Disco (live from the Planet Eigggg version)Clumps: Lost Map Sampler 2014Lost Map
Seamus Fogarty Christmas Time On JupiterThe Curious Hand Domino
Woods Christmas Time Is Here (Vince Guaraldi Cover)7”Woodsist
State Broadcasters All Our Christmas Days From Olive Us To Olive Youolivegrove.bandcamp.com 
The OlmsChristmas ThymePaste Holiday Sampler 2013Paste Magazine
Glenn Jones A Different Kind Of Christmas Carol The Giant Who Ate Himself And Other New Works For 6 & 12 String Guitar Thrill Jockey 
Low Some Hearts (At Christmas Time)7”Sub Pop
Frightened RabbitCheap Gold Home For The Holidays: A Christmas Songbookhomefortheholidays.bandcamp.com 
Kristin HershChristmas Underground Wyatt At The Coyote Palace Omnibus Press
The Chills Christmas Chimes (18/12/1988)The BBC Sessions Fire Records 
Campfires In WinterChristmas SongFrom Olive Us To Olive Youolivegrove.bandcmap.com
CalexicoGreen Grows The HollyChristmas Rules Hear Music 

Playlist Offbeat, www.novumfm.de, 8 till 10 pm CET, 20th Dec 2018

Artist Track Album Label

Ben Taylor & Sophie Hiller feat. Carly SimonThe Night Before ChristmasChristmas Is Family EPBirdstone Records
Ed RomanoffEveryday is Christmas 7″Birdstone Records
Davey Woodward And The Winter OrphansBuild A BoatDavey Woodward And The Winter OrphansTapete
David KittWinter SongYousAll City
The Durutti ColumnOne Christmas For Your ThoughtsLCFactory
Frightened RabbitCheap GoldHome For The Holidays: A Christmas Songbookhomefortheholidays.bandcamp.com
James ElkingtonChristmas Is Now Drawing Near At Hand A Few Days of XmasBloodshot Records
CalexicoGreen Grows The HollyChristmas RulesHear Music
Arthur FiedlerCarol of the BellsChristmas ClassicsBMG
The Last BisonCarol Of The Bells Paste Holiday Sampler 2013Paste Magazine
Beta RadioCarol of the BanjosThe Songs the Season Brings: Vol. 3betaradio.bandcamp.com
Katrina StoneDeck The HallsHGTV + NoiseTrade Ultimate Holiday Soundtracknoisetrade.com
Campfires in WinterChristmas SongFrom Olive Us To Olive Youolivegrove.bandcamp.com
The ChillsChristmas Chimes (18/12/1988)The BBC SessionsFire
David AllredThe Mirror of TimeThe TransitionErased Tape Records
Glenn JonesA Different Kind Of Christmas CarolThe Giant Who Ate Himself and Other New Works For 6 & 12 String GuitarThrill Jockey Records
Half Man Half BiscuitAll I Want For Christmas Is A Dukla Prague Away KitBack In The D.H.S.S./The Trumpton Riots EPProbe Plus
The ImmediateThe Stars Shine At Christmas The Stars Shine At Christmastheimmediate.bandcamp.com
Kristin HershChristmas UndergroundWyatt At The Coyote PalaceOmnibus Press
LowSome Hearts (at Christmas Time)7″Sub Pop
Marble SoundsLeave A Light OnDear Me, Look UpZealrecords
MeursaultNo Christmas In KentuckyHome For The Holidays: A Christmas Songbookhomefortheholidays.bandcamp.com
Mr. Ben And The BensWinter & Rough WeatherThe Owl Serviceitsmrben.bandcamp.com
The OlmsChristmas ThymePaste Holiday Sampler 2013Paste Magazine
PhosphorescentChristmas Down UnderC’Est La VieDead Oceans
The Pictish TrailWinter Home Disco (live from the Planet Eigggg version)CLUMPS: LOST MAP SAMPLER 2014Lost Map
Rufus WainwrightBaby, It’s Cold Outside [feat. Sharon Van Etten]Christmas RulesHear Music
Seamus Fogarty Christmas Time On JupiterThe Curious Hand Domino
State BroadcastersAll Our Christmas DaysFrom Olive Us To Olive Youolivegrove.bandcamp.com
Meg Baird and Mary LattimoreDamaged SunsetGhost ForestsThree Lobed Records

A few precious words about Precious Few

Having gone to see Marble Sounds twice, I remembered fondly the time when Precious Few played support for them.  I recently had the opportunity to witness a wonderful set by Precious Few again and want to recommend them warmly to you again. They tour a lot in Germany but you might also catch them supporting bands like Desperate Journalist, The Wedding Present or – like last autumn – Precious Few’s Barbara joining Downpilot at some concerts. So keep your eyes peeled abroad as well if you are into music that is bittersweet and tender, perfectly written and rendered. 

When I attended their gig last month, the timing could not have gone more wrong. Rememberance day, St. Martin (a lantern parade for kids) and the start of Carnival and the most gruesome weather out of all days on a Sunday evening all coincided, so the attendance at the concert was sparse. What a shame, because co-organiser Hugh Featherstone delivered a fine support set and a lively introduction to the band as well as an interview with them.

Barbara has an amazing voice (still, despite the cold she suffered from) and this seemingly easily soaring voice fits the melancholic, very personal songs perfectly. Just accompanied by Chris on guitar is the usual setup even though you won’t miss the drums and bass at all – it is somehow all there in Chris’ guitar playing. Once in a while, Barbara picks up a melodica (yep) and that instrument fits into their music so very well, accentuates the lightness in the shade, the shrugging off the burdens of life. I cannot put it any better: You feel at home in Precious Few’s songs and as touching most of them are, them being so personal and intense, they are delivered in a perfect pop and indie pop way that – despite not on the happy clappy side – makes you feel comforted and lifted. Chanson? Maybe. 

A few precious words about Precious Few

That night, the duo were joined by Paolo who added blues harmonica and would you believe it, it counterpoints Precious Few’ music amazingly. 

So, catch Precious Few if you can at a live performance and/or listen in for example here and here: