The Show: We see this thing going zip zap, zap zip, stay there, flash flash flash, zoom, stay there, flash flash flash, zoom zoom zoom zoom, and then off…

After the endless rain and gloomy midwinter, the new Violet French track “I Want the Sky to be Crying” has somehow undampened our spirits.

By the way, today’s blog title was inspired by Shaun Ryder reminiscing about seeing UFOs in his home town of Salford on the way to the bus stop.

And on with the show…

Direct download: The Joint – 04 July 2020

Notebooks out completists, here’s the playlist in full…

  • PLACES FOR PEOPLE – Sunset Park
  • LOW END ACTIVIST – Game Theory feat. Flowdan
  • RIDER SHAFIQUE AND THE BUG – Burn
  • NAVY BLUE – 22!
  • THE KOREATOWN ODDITY – Weed in LA
  • HADE – Jeep Cherokee XJ
  • SILENT FREEWAY – Ground Floor
  • VIOLET FRENCH – I Want the Sky to be Crying
  • MAG – So Low
  • VANESSA WORM – Heaven To Hell
  • PEAKING LIGHTS – Traffic
  • ANA HELDER – Boleto 101
  • YUNA LESCA – meandtheboys
  • SPECTRAL FEATURING SHAUN RYDER – Zip Zap Zoom (feat. Shaun Ryder) (Mybroken101 remix) *
  • FANTASTIC MAN – Lather of Heaven
  • LEWSBERG – Cold Light of Day
  • THE DWARFS OF EAST AGOUZA – Black Sun of Intent
  • FELIPE GORDON – Acid Horizontal Polka
  • RED AXES – Moonlight Ride
  • DONNA SUMMER – I Feel Love (Special New Version by Patrick Cowley)
  • ÇAYKH – Mogadishoù
  • AREA 3 – Bubble
  • SEI STILL – Tácticas de Guerrilla Urbana

* The source of this week’s lyrical heading.

The Show: Anger Is An Energy

In keeping with the global zeitgeist today’s show contains some very angry songs.

Direct download: The Joint – 13 June 2020

Notebooks out completists, here’s the playlist in full…

  • TERRACE MARTIN  –  Pig Feet (featuring Denzel Curry, Daylyt, Kamasi Washington & G Perico)
  • ARCA  –  Nonbinary
  • WILMA ARCHER  –  Last Sniff (featuring MF Doom)
  • 10TIGERS  –  PLACES STRANGE
  • RUN THE JEWELS  –  Walking In The Snow
  • RUFF SQUAD  –  R U double F
  • TERRY EDWARDS  –  Everything’s Alright When You’re Down
  • JENNIFER TOUCH  –  Daria
  • NOVO LINE  –  Never Going Back
  • 1975  –  People
  • TKAY MAIDZA  –  Shook
  • THE RHYTHM METHOD  –  Nightmare (Lockdown Mix)
  • RICHARD BONE  –  Alternative Music For The Hindenberg Lounge
  • ORIELLES  –  Son Of A Preacher Man
  • VCRNOT  –  Touch
  • BISHOP NEHRU  –  Meathead (featuring MF Doom)
  • LIMOUSINE  –  Run The Juuls™ (featuring waterfront dining)
  • PLACES FOR PEOPLE  –  High Speed Elevators
  • BROCKHAMPTON  –  Things Can’t Stay The Same
  • CUPCAKKE  –  Lemon Pepper
  • SUPREMES  –  Going Down For The Third Time
  • BLEACHING AGENT  –  Rowing In Eden
  • MIKE MILLRAIN  –  Eyes Open Wide
  • AUTOMATIC  –  Too Much Money (Peanut Butter Wolf Remix)
  • PUBLIC PRACTICE  –  Compromised
  • BC CAMPLIGHT  –  Shortly After Takeoff
  • CINDY  –  2y & 6m (Part I)
  • JPEGMAFIA  –  CUTIE PIE!
  • ELEC PT.1  –  Jack The Groove
  • ALL THE DAMN VAMPIRES  –  Saturday
  • SOFIE  –  Asleep
  • BEASTIE BOYS  –  I Don’t Know
  • JUICY J  –  Hella Fuckin’ Trauma
  • MEDHANE  –  Allegedly
  • ASIAN DUB FOUNDATION  –  Youthquake Pt.1 Greta Speaks
  • DAUGHTERS OF REYKJAVIK  –  THIRSTY HOES
  • BOB VYLAN  –  We Live Here

The Show: Plot. Plan. Strategise. Organise. Mobilise.

And now for a public service announcement from RTJ’s Killer Mike on the matter of the killing of George Floyd

On with the show…

Direct download: The Joint – 6 June 2020

Notebooks out completists, here’s the playlist in full…

  • KILLER MIKE – Plot. Plan. Strategise. Organise. Mobilise. (Speech at Atlanta Mayor’s press conference 29 May 2020)
  • RUN THE JEWELS – Never Look Back
  • PLACES FOR PEOPLE – Wake-up Call
  • LOGIC SYSTEM – Be Yourself
  • DAVID & STEPHEN DEWAELE – EMS Synthi 100: Movement 6
  • DESOLATE TESTAMENTS – orbitals
  • GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE – Past Time
  • JAGĀ – We Once Knew
  • KEANU RAVES – Floor Support (Social Sport remix)
  • BUTCH SUNDANCE – Tank Vs Humans
  • CAPTAIN MUSTACHE – The Love Song
  • KATE CARR – Shimmers Rising
  • CUCINA POVERA & ELS – Marmori
  • SNOWGOOSE – The Making of You
  • JOE SAMPSON – This Has Been An Issue For As Long As I Can Remember
  • KOOBA TERCU – Cemento Mori
  • THE DEEP SIX – C Word
  • THE TRENDEES – Dad Sneakers
  • DISTANT STARS – Ünterbrix
  • DLINA VOLNY – Do It (Drumappella)
  • CHICKEN LIPS – Goldenlips (DJ Sotofett’s Golden Funk Mix)
  • DOCTOR ECHO – Polka Dub
  • DXNO – Deal
  • JOONE – Uncertainty
  • RETINA​.​IT – Apeiron
  • ASTEROID ANXIETY – Lyalin

* The source of this week’s lyrical heading.

The Show: Ding dong

R.I.P. Florian Schneider (1947-2020) a founding member of Kraftwerk. The breakthrough was perhaps their fourth album “Autobahn” released in 1974 but a bit of delving reacquainted us with their first two albums (efficiently titled “Kraftwerk 1” and “Kraftwerk 2”) and a reminder of the gentle beauty that is the epic Klingklang. A nice way to start a contemplative show.

And later… down the YouTube rabbit hole we went discovering live footage from 1970 of Kraftwerk at Rockpalast. We thought we were big deal going to house discos and raves in 1989 and had no idea how far ahead of us those crazy German kids were. Keytars, synths, multimedia, a motorik beat we can bug out to, and a stylish crowd. Minds blown…

And those interludes today? That was Phoebe Waller-Bridge recounting to Deborah Frances-White in episode 199 of The Guilty Feminist her Covid-19 lockdown experiences with the three neighbourhood cats: Good Cat, Bad Cat and Mystery Cat.

And on with the show…

Direct download: The Joint – 09 May 2020

Notebooks out completists, here’s the playlist in full…

  • KRAFTWERK – KlingKlang
  • BLAIR PARKES – turn off turn on
  • REVBJELDE – SWAMP GAS vert_x remix
  • AUDIO ARCHAEOLOGY – Pegasus Bay
  • PHOEBE WALLER BRIDGE – Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s good cat
  • DESIRE – Black Latex
  • LAURA LEE LOVELY – Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Beyond The Rain – Remake)
  • MANFREDAS & FANTASTIC TWINS – Gimme Pizza
  • PLACES FOR PEOPLE – Atrium
  • PLACES FOR PEOPLE – Conference Room
  • PLACES FOR PEOPLE – Do Not Disturb
  • DLINA VOLNY – I’m Not Allowed (Drumappella)
  • T. G. SHAND – Fields to Flower
  • PHOEBE WALLER BRIDGE – Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s bad cat
  • CLEAR PATH ENSEMBLE – Inner Space
  • FALLE NIOKE & GHOST CULTURE – Barké
  • DAMU THE FUDGEMUNK, ARCHIE SHEPP & RAW POETIC – Learning to Breathe
  • R.A.P. FERREIRA – RO TALK
  • HOLLY AFOA – mum, dad, I’m lesbian
  • C.A.R. – Becoming Strangers
  • THE_UNDERSCORES – Xi Wang-mu Tessera
  • PETER WRIGHT – The Föhn Brings The Fever
  • PHOEBE WALLER BRIDGE – Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s mystery cat
  • MADELEINE COCOLAS – A Basic Understanding
  • ANDREA LASZLO DE SIMONE – Immensità
  • JUNUS ORCA – One Arm Pack
  • THE TRENDEES – TV Presenter Stupid Loins
  • MNTTAB – Iss Eine Ratte
  • KRAUS – An Arrow in the Haunch
  • CARAMEL SMOOTH HEAVEN – Axed The Angel (2XM Remix)
  • JAGĀ – Inter Alios

* The source of this week’s lyrical heading.

The Show: It’s not me but the world that needs help…

Who needs cabin fever? Definitely not you! In these times of self-isolation heed this sage advice from PETSHOP OX: “It’s not me but the world that needs help…”

And on with the show…

Direct download: The Joint – 28 March 2020

Notebooks out completists, here’s the playlist in full…

  • EVIE SANDS – I Can’t Let Go
  • CYENCE – Non Stop (Damon Jee & Darlyn Vlys Remix)
  • FILMMAKER – Outlaw
  • EARTH TRAX – I’m Not Afraid
  • PLACES FOR PEOPLE – Premium Check-in
  • HAMERKOP – Remote
  • YUMI ZOUMA – Lonely After
  • MAD FRANK – Lonely Boy
  • LAUMĖ – Klara (z Bydgoszczy)
  • HANNAH EVERINGHAM – My Feelings Aren’t My Fault
  • THE ORIELLES – Whilst the Flowers Look
  • FRENCH_CONCESSION 法國租界 – End Of Time (Junus Orca Remix)
  • BRODINSKI X LOW JACK – Armor Sunken
  • MAOCHIE FEMCHAIN – The Vanishing Point
  • CHROMATICS – The Runner
  • NOCOW – Far Voices
  • COSMIN TRG – Having Said That
  • GRANDMASTER MAHI – T-RAPANUI HOUSE
  • NAVY BLUE – Simultaneously Bleeding
  • R.A.P. FERREIRA – Big business (feat. Mike Ladd)
  • BYRELL THE GREAT – Holy Heels
  • PAPLOCO – PAPANUI STATE OF MIND
  • MACKENZIE – Rangi
  • LIGHTNING DUST – Devoted To
  • I BREAK HORSES – Neon Lights
  • THOMAS ISBISTER – Itching A Dream
  • PETSHOP OX – Count Yourself Lucky *
  • DESMOND CHEESE – I Was There (feat. Ofa Fanaika)
  • ATLETAS – Cedros

* The source of this week’s lyrical heading.