The show: Spring is round the corner

Lovely new single from Tommy Ill – “Robot”. Catch Tommy Ill at Goodbye Blue  Monday on Saturday 11 September. Fingers crossed we can get him into the show for a quick chat.

Simian Mobile Disco have been busy. Their new Delicatessen & Delicacies singles series features food in the titles. The first two singles are Aspic/Nerve Salad and Cazu Marzu/Thousand Year Egg. Casu marzu (Sardinian sheep’s milk cheese riddled with insect larvae) could well be the world’s deadliest cheese.

OMG FTW?!? The Fall have been confirmed for Monday 13 December at The Powerstation in Auckland. See you there.

And here’s the playlist in full…

12pm – 1pm

+ Download 12pm – 1pm – 77Mb mp3

1pm – 2pm

+ Download 1pm – 2pm – 85Mb mp3

John Safran vs Chris Morris

Sunday Night Safran

This one almost slipped below The Joint radar. It’s the match-up we’ve all been waiting for as Australia’s answer to Chris Morris takes on John Safran’s British mentor.

By match-up I mean invites on Sunday Night Safran as a guest, and by takes on I mean cordially interviews about his film Four Lions.

The head to head starts at about the 31 minute mark.

Download mp3

Never quite understood the appeal of Father Bob though…

Box(set) of Orange Juice

Orange Juice - Coals To Newcastle

The NME reported yesterday that Domino Recordings are set to release an Orange Juice 7 disc boxset on the 8th of November, possibly due to overwhelming public demand after The Joint played the title track of Edwyn Collins’ new CD “Losing Sleep” last Saturday. Possibly.

Entitled “Coals To Newcastle”, the release will comprise their entire discography plus video footage.

I’m particularly looking forward to the latter because it will include the official promo for “What Presence?!” – which I reckon to be the best Orange Juice single and a piece of video I’ve never seen. Derek Jarman directed to boot.

Sure, you can stream it online at or or some other off -the-beaten-track video site but NOT if you live in New Zealand. We have to put up with some dodgy VHS footage of an Old Grey Whistle Test appearance or one of those motionless YouTube tributes…

The show: Reduce me, seduce me, dress me up in Stüssy*

secrets - Hell is round the corner
secrets - Hell is round the corner

1995 seems like such a long time ago.

That’s when Tricky released his debut album “Maxinquaye“. At the time it was released it was a dark, brooding, decaying and paranoid affair. I listened to it the other day and it has aged quite well.

The closest I have ever heard anyone get to its moodiness are the M.I.A., Burial, and Kode9 albums. Tricky is also the only artist I have ever heard cover a Public Enemy song (“Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos”) and match it (and arguably surpass it).

In a way, Tricky seems like an impossible artist to cover.

But you’d be wrong. I was.

The other day I was lurking around and noticed that secrets aka Fraser Austin had done a cover version of “Hell is Round the Corner”. Damn well shat myself when I discovered that it was true in spirit to the original. Must be something about the Christchurch winter that lends itself to paranoia. Or secrets is taking lots of cough syrup at the moment.

*ERRATUM: Curses. As ever I got the lyric wrong. Instead of “Seduce me, seduce me…” it should have been “Reduce me, seduce me…”. THX Hairdresser on Fire for inadvertently alerting me to my error.

And here’s the playlist in full…

12pm – 1pm

Download 12pm – 1pm here (m4a / aac file) – Technical difficulties for the second week in a row. So, apologies, no spiffing m4a / aac formats. Scroll down to get the mp3 version instead.

1pm – 2pm

Download 1pm – 2pm here (m4a / aac file) – Technical difficulties for the second week in a row. So, apologies, no spiffing m4a / aac formats. Scroll down to get the mp3 version instead.

Alternatively, this is the raw, unpasteurized version of the show in mp3 format. No chapters, pictures or links. Slightly less quality. Otherwise the audio content is the same as the two files above. The choice is yours…..

Technical difficulties also meant the first song on today’s show is missing from the podcast.

Download 12pm – 2pm here (mp3 file)

Mount Pleasant “The Flood” LP

Mount Pleasant "The Flood" LP

On the show last Saturday I was being a little bit cheeky when I described the new Mount Pleasant LP “The Flood” as being the perfect soundtrack for David Lynch’s remake of “American Psycho”.

In hindsight I don’t think I was too far wrong. This album pushes my buttons. Jonathan Phillips is sneaky like that. “The Flood” comes across as more of a sketchbook than the final, finished article and that’s why I like it.

With woozy cover versions of songs that I really hated in my childhood (Bruce Springsteen’s “On Fire”, Stevie Nicks’ “Sara”, and Phil Collins’ “Sussudio”) but now sort of like (not in an ironic way – it’s more like Stockholm Music Syndrome), lots of loud/quiet dreamy pop (“In The City”), dropouts and cutouts, glitches, snares and keyboards this is my kind of (un)easy listening.

The kicker for me is the final track on the album – a cover of Roy Orbison’s “In Dreams” – one of my favourite songs of all time. I can still remember the first time I saw Dean Stockwell camply and menacingly mime the song in Blue Velvet. I was terrified and had strange dreams for weeks afterwards. It was my initiation into the weird universe of David Lynch. I have a hunch that Jonathan Phillips resides in a corner of that same universe.