Taking the snow to the very core of my heart this week’s show (Jan 21st, I mean) had an element of shivering wonder, beautiful snow crystals, light and fluffy lay softly against the intermittent roar of sound. Blanketting everything in sounds awash with beauty. Forgetting nothing. You can check out the track-list below.
- Mercury Rev Snowflake in a Hot World
- Nebraska The First Great Russian Winter
- Interpol Take You on a Cruise
- Kate Bush Under Ice
- The Glove Looking Glass Girl
- Led Zepellin When the Levee Breaks
- Coldplay Violet Hill
- Ebb Silent Lucy
- Simian The Wisp
- Strangelove Sixer
- The White Stripes In The Cold, Cold, Night
- Sigur Ros Saeglopur
- Apparatjik Snow Crystals
- Joy Division I Remember Nothing
- Echo & the Bunnymen Ocean Rain
- Sonic Youth Theresa’s Soundworld
- Elastica S.O.F.T
- Special Needs A Town Called Angelica
- Radiohead Nice Dream
- Depeche Mode Leave in Silence
- Bjork Human Behaviour
- Mazzy Star Be My Angel
- Dandy Warhols Mohammed
- Divine Comedy Tonight We Fly
- The Tears Apollo 13
If any of this is your cup of tea then you can always tune into The Rare Owl Times on Barricade Radio, every Monday 6-8pm GMT.
The Rare Owl returned last week after an extended Christmas break. I was really over the moon to be back and showed my appreciation by bringing what I think was the best show yet. If you missed out, then don’t make the mistake again this week. I’m on every Monday 6-8pm GMT, with the best of my treasure chest. It’s a show full of dreamy guitars, playful synths, catalytic riffs, melancholic wonderkins and so much in between. Take last week’s show for example:
- Turn Another Year Over
- The Fall Das Boot
- These New Puritans Orion
- Sonic Youth Skink
- Mogwai Letters to the Metro
- British Sea Power Once More Now
- Maximilian Hecker I Am Falling Now
- Suede My Dark Star
- The Crash Furous Boy
- JJ72 Snow
- Radiohead Stop Whispering
- Ham Sandwich St. Christopher
- Ooberman Bluebell Morning
- New Order Jetstream
- Placebo English Summer Rain
- Bloc Party Helicopter
- Billy Idol Dancing with Myself
- Foo Fighters The Pretender
- Marion Sleep
- Mansun She Makes My Nose Bleed
- Manic Street Preachers Intravenous Agnostic
- Joy Formiddable Greyhound in the Slips
- BRMC Whatever Happened to my Rock n Roll
- White Lies E.S.T
- Bjork and PJ Harvey Satisfaction (I Can’t Get No)
- Cat Stevens If You Want to Sing Out
So that’s me and my little Rare Owl. Why not join us at barricade.heliohost.org ?! I’ll see you on The Other Side!
If you missed out on the show tonight then you can check out what I played below. It’s a good taster of what I do every Monday 6-8pm over on Barricade Radio. I play to keep the cold at bay, digging through some of my favourite records, the occasional new tune and some new old favourites.
- New Order Regret
- Cure 10:15 on a Sasturday Night
- Interpol Pioneer to the Falls
- Joy Invisible Austere
- !Foreward Russia Nineteen
- Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Supernaturally
- Television Personalities Look Back in Anger
- Galaxie 500 When Will You Come Home?
- Rumour Cubes Rain on Titan
- GY!BE Mladic
- Radiohead All I Need
- Glavegas No Her No Hymn
- Manic Street Preachers She is Suffering
- British Sea Power No Lucifer
- House of Love The Girl with the Loneliest Eyes
- The Choir Invisible Overseas
- Morrissey Let Me Kiss You
- Joy Division Inside the Line
- Bloc Party Flux
- Robyn Be Mine
- Ash Burn Baby, Burn
- Klaxons It’s Not Over Yet
- Leftfield Phat Planet
- Vuvuvultures Alt Ctrl Mexicans
- Suede Stay Together (Extended Mix)
If you fancy a shout-out, want to make a request or have some music you think I should be checking out then drop me an email at therareowltimes dot gmail dot com.
Till next week!
I’ve been thinking about the phrase “Dumb as a Dodo” today and have decided that it’s unfair. So here I am - an owl in defence of a dodo. First let’s have a little background. The dodo was discovered on the Island of Mauritius in the 16th century. By 1681, less than a century later the poor bird was declared extinct. The dodo was, as the picture above demonstrates, a bit of a dopey looking bird. They were roughly the same size as a turkey but were more closely related to the pigeon family. Pigeons, as we all know, are terrible at chess, a fact which can only have helped fuel the speculation of the stupidity of its cousin, the dodo.
The Dodo had wings but could not fly, not unlike the Emu. They built their nests in convenient locations on the ground, laying and hatching one egg at a time. They were chilled. They had no fear because there was nothing for them to fear. That was, of course, until the Humans came along and decided the Dodo looked tasty. But it wasn’t just the appetites of Man that the bird had to contend with, but also the appetites of the animals man brought with them. The sly cat with his gleaming eyes and sharp claws. The idiot dog, all slobbering jowls, gnashing teeth and never-ending hunger. The monkey, cousin of man and grinder of organs.
The Dodo, unused to hostility, having lived its entire existence in peace and tranquillity on the beautiful island, didn’t hide when Man invaded. They trusted Man, for they knew no reason not to. Within 80 years of introduction to Mankind the Dodo was dead.
Perhaps the Dodo should have learned to adapt. Evolved in that relatively short space of time. People have argued that the Dodo must have been dumb not to have sharpened up quickly and figured out a better defence system against their neighbours. But isn’t that just victim bashing? Transfer it to the modern day and call it people versus people. The origins of modern conservation can be traced back to the same period of time and yet 400+ years later, thousands of species are on the brink of extinction due to the acts of Mankind. Our own habitats threatened due to overpopulation, greed and denial. If the Dodo is dumb for not wising up to the selfishness of man over the course of 80 years, how stupid does that make man for the 500 years since?
For those who missed today’s messy Monday of a show, here’s what I played tonight over on Barricade Radio.
- Placebo Pure Morning
- Strangelove Time for the rest of my life
- Klaxons Isle of Her
- The Racounteurs Steady as she goes
- Mew Am I Wry? No
- JJ72 Oxygen
- T Rex Get it On
- The Cult She Sells Sanctuary
- Deus The Architect
- Devo Whip It
- Kula Shaker Hush
- East 17 House of Love
- New Order True Faith
- Sigur Ros Gobbledigook
- Pixies Monkey’s Gone to Heaven (BBC)
- Filter Take My Picture
- Radiohead Just
- Richard Hawley Tonight, The Streets are Ours
- Bernard Butler Stay
- Andreas Johnson Glorious
- Nebraska Secrets for Cigarettes
- Brakes I Can’t Stand to Stand Beside You
- The Cure Lovesong
- The Smiths You’ve got Everything Now
- Ian Brown FEAR
- Idlewild Last Night I Missed All the Fireworks
- Postal Service Such Great Heights
- Dan le Sac & Scroobius Pip Angles
- Franz Ferdiand Ulysses
- Plan B Prayin’
So I haven’t done a show update in a few weeks. Shame on me and my sloathenly ways, eh? Anyhow, for those interested this is what I played on my show tonight!
- Primal Scream Come Together
- Radiohead Feral
- British Sea Power Mongk II
- Stellastarr Somewhere Across Forever
- Catatonia Road Rage
- JJ72 Sinking
- My Life Story Sparkle
- Kenickie Punka
- Magazine Shot by Both Sides
- Ash A Life Less Ordinary
- Manic Street Preachers Found that Soul
- Mansun Everyone Must Win
- Blur Beetlebum
- Bloc Party Like Eating Glass
- Feeder Waiting for Changes
- Black Keys Lonely Boy
- My Bloody Valentine (When You Wake) You’re Still a Dream
- Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1
- Interpol NARC
- The Smiths What Difference does it Make?
- Dandy Warhols Not if You Were the Last Junkie on Earth
- New Order Perfect Kiss
- Ladytron My Little Runaway (James Zabiella mix)
- Shakespeare’s Sister Stay
- The Cure The Walk
- Mew The Zookeepers Boy
- Spiritualized Come Together
It’s Peel Week all next week over on Barricade Radio and we’ll all be playing in tribute to the best DJ to ever grace radio, the late and great Mr. John Peel. So tune in for some fantastic music. I’ll be back Monday 6pm-8pm GMT, so tune in! Feel free to leave requests or shout-outs below.
So tonight I did my very first solo broadcast over on Barricade Radio. The Rare Owl Times is basically my chance to play lots of muisc that I love. The songs that got me through, gave me a way to vent, to celebrate, to dream and a thousand other emotions. The bands that brought me to the people I know and love and the ideas that shaped my oddly wangled mind. A soundtrack to my life, if you will. If you didn’t get to tune in tonight here’s what I played, which will give you a taste as to what sort of thing I might play in future weeks.
- The Cure - The Hanging Garden
- Morrissey - Irish Blood English Heart
- Mansun - I Can Only Disappoint You
- Interpol - Obstacle 2
- B-52’s - Mesopotamia
- British Sea Power - Spirit of St. Louis
- Rumour Cubes - Rain on Titan
- David Bowie - Life on Mars
- Mercury Rev - The Dark is Rising
- Thom Yorke - Harrowdown Hill
- Doves - There Goes the Fear
- House of Love - Shine On
- Monaco - What do You Want From Me?
- Pulp - Misshapes
- Deus - Instant Street
- Nebraska - Anhedonia
- Warsaw - No Love Lost
- The Fall - Hit The North
- Dead Weather - Treat Me Like Your Mother
Third Man Records
- Jimmy Eat World - Sweetness
- The Verve - Love is Noise
- David Devant and His Spirit Wife - Ginger
- Suede - Killing of a Flashboy
- Super Furry Animals - Man Don’t Give a Fuck
- Leftfield ft. John Lydon - Open Up
- Flaming Lips - Race for the Prize (Part 1)
Tune in same time next Monday (18:00 - 20:00 GMT) and drop me a line if you like.
Owl Inside a Dream xxx
03 Jul 2003 06:42 PM
Bassist seeks artistic musicians
Hello .20 year old female bass player here, Looking to form an intelligent, visionary band. Somewhere in the unfilled void between sigur ros and the smashing pumpkins (circa Anne Rice influence.) …All influences welcome. Experience not essential, but drive, ambition and vision is a must. Don’t be shy! Thanks.
23 Nov 2003. 17:51
LONDON Singer wanted
Preferably male; emotive vocalist wanted to join new London based band with own rehearsal space, post-rock sound with a variety of influences including Smashing pumpkins, mogwai, sigur ros.
ALL INFLUENCES WELCOME.
07 Dec 2003
Creative, original artists wanted to form band in London. Guitarist and Bassist seek Drummer, keyboardist, guitarists, vocalists to begin a new journey in sound.
Our influences include Sigur Ros, Smashing Pumpkins, Mogwai, Mercury Rev and Pink Floyd.
Must have own instruments.
02 Sep 2004 01:16 PM
Bass playette is bored.
Very bored and very interested in meeting new people. Influences include; The Cure, Smashing Pumpkins, Mew, Interpol, Suede. Aged 21, lives in Dublin.
I never did find that band.
Oh dear. I’ve only just figured out how to respond to this yoke and you wrote it a year ago! Will do better in future. I think it’s your turn for the hourly kiitten update now! x
see, see, see. And all that he could, see, see, see,
was the bottom of the redundant sea, sea, sea.
So the results are in and my job is off for the chop(chop, chop). They’re reducing staff by half and restructuring all departments. Unfortunately in uncertain times as these the luxury of having a semi-inhouse designer becomes unneccesary. I have the option to apply for some of the new positions but many will be part-time and wouldn’t pay enough to make the commute into London financially viable. I’m not throwing in the towel and I won’t know more specifics about the jobs till next week. Applyng may not be seen as optional but I doubt I’d get a chance over many of my colleagues who are all more suited to the new tasks ahead.
More to the point; I don’t want to. I’ve been unhappy for ages now. In fact I’ve been unhappy in varying degrees since the day I began working there but then the world went into a recession and just having a job where they were tolerant, if not understanding, of me and my unique mind made an attempt to leave seem illogical. I know it’s desperate out there but I’m hopeful. I’ve grown alot in the years I’ve been with the company but I’ve never been able to show that progression at work. So those hours in the office became a kind of hell where I lived in the shell of a version of me that only ever slightly existed, her odd character flaws and traits exagerated with the discomofort. I’m looking forward to a chance at moving forward. I know it’s going to be hard work and I know that I may crash down an unemployed, drooling mess longing for the safety of a job she was stuck in, but progression s a key to life and I’ve been treading water for a long time.
I’m more ashamed to be a part of this society today than I was on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday. 10000+ people and their reactionary hatred. The rioters and looters share something in common with all who signed that petition: a vitriolic hatred which blinds them to consequence and disables their compassion.
It goes beyond empathy. If this reactionary stupidity was to pass through the house of Commons it would make things worse for everyone. Where on earth do you think people will go when they’ve hit rock bottom? What do you think more homeless people on the streets will mean? You’ve seen the anger as it stands now, so what do you think someone who has nothing left to lose is capable of? You think it’s dark now but how much darker do you think it would be if this motion was passed? You’d need more than a baseball bat. Is that the world you want to live in? One of fear and hate?
Think a bit. Do you want a solution? Do you want to feel safe? Or do you just want to pass judgement and vent your justified anger. I’m not saying that this horror doesn’t deserve punishment, I’m distraught at the damage done and the people hurt and killed. But it can only get worse if you fight hate with hate. Why not petititon to have those convicted repay their debt with community service? Earn their benefits sorting out the streets and helping others. Making amends for their actual crimes. Earn their benefits by attending classes and learning. No class or work, no payment. Then again who can afford to be educated in this country now? But if a pipedream is what you seek then why not raise your voices to seek a smarter form of punishment. You may think it only helps them, but it helps us all. A penalty which addresses the crime and hopes to stop the person ever wanting to do it again. Don’t follow the darkness. Anger is a natural emotion but if we let it rule then we will all fall.