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 

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:  

Playlist, Kaleidoskop, www.byte.fm, 5 till 6 pm CET, Dec 17th 2018

Artist                    Track                              Album                             Label

Victory Chimes EmiliaSpinning Wheel victorychimes.ca
The Golden RailDon’t Let Go Of The Light 7”thegoldenrail.bandcamp.com
The Good, the Bad & The QueenMerrie Land 7”Studio 13
The Magnetic NorthRemains Of Elmer Prospect Of Skelmersdale Rough Trade 
Seamus Fogarty Seems Wherever (James Yorkston Remix)The Old Suit EPDomino
Yorkston/Thorne/KhanRecruited CollierNeuk Wight Delhi All-StarsDomino
James YorkstonMy Mouth Ain’t No Bible7”Domino
Ally KerrAs Far As I Can SeeUpgrade Memuchobligedrecords.com
Hank TreeOn The WayHank Tree EPUva Robot
Connan MockasinLes Be HonestJassbustersMexican Summer
Public EnemyParty For Your Right To FightIt Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us BackDef Jam Records
Sara ForslundWhen Love Was Sweet Summer Is Like A SwallowKAIP
Dominic Carlton JonesForward MomentumSalford Punk Poetry Sadness Death New Life German Shepherd Records
Leslie Graves ProjectionYou Are Melesliegraves.bandcamp.com

Playlist Offbeat, www.novumfm.de, 8 till 10 pm CET, 13th Dec 2018

Artist                                                         Track / Album / Label

Perpacity Feat. Neil Francis Words Are Faith And Water / 7″ / perpacity.bandcamp.com
Y E G G M E NYou Are Lost / Together In The Fullness Of A Solar System / yeggmenmusic.wixsite.com/yeggmen
Faye WebsterKingston / 7″ / Secretly Canadian 
Gretchen’s WheelTatyana / Black Box Theory / gretchenswheel.bandcamp.com
Bob MouldSunshine Rock / 7″ / Merge Records
Burning HouseMirror Song / 7″ / burninghouse.bandcamp.com
The Golden RailDon’t Let Go Of The Light / 7″ / thegoldenrail.bandcamp.com
Alison Cotton36 Dramatic Situations / All Is Quiet At The Ancient Theatre / Cardinal Fuzz – Feeding Tube Records
Ally KerrUpgrade Me / Upgrade Me / muchobligedrecords.com
Cat PowerYou Get / Wanderer / Domino
Dan ManganNever Quiet / More Or Less / City Slang 
DeusInstant Street / The Ideal Crash / Universal Island 
Richard SwiftWendy / Hex / Secretly Canadian 
Dylan MondegreenGolden Days / A Place In The Sun / Skypop
Ed Harcourt Faded Photographs / Beyond The End / Point Of Departure 
Liela MossNew Leaves / My Name Is Safe In Your Mouth / Bella Union 
Pale LightsThrough The Lychgates (Lake Ruth Cover) /Only An Ocean – Through The Lychgates / lakeruth.bandcamp.com
Night HeronLying Too / Might Be Lost EP / nightheron.bandcamp.com
Tones On TailBurning Skies / Everything / Beggars Banquet
Seamus FogartySeems Wherever (James Yorkston Remix) / The Old Suit EP / Domino
James YorkstonMy Mouth Aint No Bible (Radio Edit) / 7″ / Domino
Steve MasonWalking Away from Love / 7″ / Domino
Gwenifer RaymondThe Three Deaths of Red Spectre / 7″ / Tompkins Square
Leslie Gravesyou are me / You Are Me / lesliegraves.bandcamp.com
Twilight FieldsMaximum Darkness / Songs from the Age of Ruin / twilightfields.bandcamp.com
victory chimesBubbles / Spinning Wheel / / victorychimes.ca
Two MedicineAstropsychosis / Astropsychosis / Bella Union