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UNDER THE RADAR: DALE GOODRIDGE - "Swimming After Dark" (Official Video)

UNDER THE RADAR: Dale Goodridge. The video was shot in Venice Beach and Santa Monica in Los Angeles.

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HOW TO MAKE AN ACID HOUSE CLASSIC: BRITISH DOC LOOKS AT THE BUSINESS OF HAPPY MONDAYS’ ‘BUMMED’ (2/2)

Factory Records released the Happy Mondays’ second album Bummed, which was the band’s first real breakthrough, and the Granada TV show Information Technology in the U.K. released an episode depicting the business decisions that went into what proved to be one of the touchstones of acid house culture. The documentary, which lasts about 20 minutes, takes us through three “Decisions,” those being “Recording Budget,” “Promotion Budget,” and “How Many to Make.” The strategy the filmmakers adopt is mostly fly-on-the-wall, so viewers have to glean information as best they can. The affable Tony Wilson is our guide through some of the process, during which we see Tony Michaelides, Factory head of PR, grumbling about Shaun Ryder and Co. failing to appear for a radio interview; the esteemed producer Martin Hannett twiddling knobs at a console while the band lays down tracks; and manager Nathan McGough patiently explaining that Happy Mondays are worth the trouble even though they are a pain in the ass. We also see the band and their friends at Central Station Design deciding on the album artwork as well as what the first single should be. (It was “Wrote for Luck.”) The program ends with a glimpse of the band playing a show at Dingwalls on January 9, 1989. In the clip, the song they are singing is “Do It Better.” Features some decent footage of Bez doing his Bez “freaky dancing.” 

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The Happy Mondays on the Staten Island Ferry, New York, 15th August 1987

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UNDER THE RADAR: Foreign Architects - "Sometimes I Run"

Foreign Architects, from Perth, Western Australia, formed in 2013, are Matt Burke and Andrew Barnett, singer-songwriter and drummer respectively. Foreign Architects are just the latest in the great indie sounds coming out of Western Australia. ‘Sometimes I Run’ is an autobiographical song about knowing your own worth, and lyrically it explores the headspace, psyche, and contradictions that you know are illogical, but at first find easy to ignore. ‘Sometimes I Run’ was initially recorded at A Sharp recording studios, following a performance at the Oxford Art Factory, in Darlinghurst, Sydney. Tracking for the single was finished off at Matt and Andrew’s home studio, while the mastering was done by Andrew Edgson, at Sydney’s Studios 301. 


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LIVE SESSION: Peter Hook and The Light - "Love Will Tear Us Apart"

The crowd at @Rock City, Nottingham on Saturday were in fine voice...

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Buggles - "Video killed the radio star"

One of new wave's most charming singles, the Buggles' prescient 1979 hit "Video Killed the Radio Star" is also one of the most knowing and ironic: A pop song about pop itself, it celebrates the golden days of radio with shiny, futuristic synths and then-contemporary studio techniques. The irony was complete when the song's video became the first clip aired on MTV. Fortunately, "Video Killed the Radio Star"'s ironies work in the song's favor. With its broadcast-quality vocals and bouncy rhythm, the song plays like an extended jingle, delivering hooks and sonic flourishes at every turn, appropriately enough for the story of a singer made obsolete by TV. The breathy, girlish backup singers, twinkly synths, and other intricate layers in "Video Killed the Radio Star"'s arrangement and production also foreshadow Trevor Horn's evolution into a first-rate producer. But just as the song looks back on the radio songs of the '50s and '60s, now "Video Killed the Radio Star" can be looked on as a perfectly preserved new wave gem. It still sounds as immediate as it did when it was released, however, and that may be the song's greatest irony. 


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The Pastels shot by Jim Barr outside Rough Trade in 1986

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Television - "Marquee Moon", Live At CBGB, New York City, NY 04/17/75

THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Television - "Marquee Moon", Live At CBGB, New York City, NY 04/17/75.

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Impact TV Show - The Damned, The Rich Kids, Generation X, The Adverts Live 1977

THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Impact TV Show - The Damned, The Rich Kids, Generation X, The Adverts Live 1977.

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Dr Feelgood - "Down At the Doctors"

 "Down at the Doctors" was recorded in 1978, and appeared on Private Practice, an album by Dr. Feelgood that was released in October that year.

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HOW TO MAKE AN ACID HOUSE CLASSIC: BRITISH DOC LOOKS AT THE BUSINESS OF HAPPY MONDAYS’ ‘BUMMED’ (1/2)

Factory Records released the Happy Mondays’ second album Bummed, which was the band’s first real breakthrough, and the Granada TV show Information Technology in the U.K. released an episode depicting the business decisions that went into what proved to be one of the touchstones of acid house culture. The documentary, which lasts about 20 minutes, takes us through three “Decisions,” those being “Recording Budget,” “Promotion Budget,” and “How Many to Make.” The strategy the filmmakers adopt is mostly fly-on-the-wall, so viewers have to glean information as best they can. The affable Tony Wilson is our guide through some of the process, during which we see Tony Michaelides, Factory head of PR, grumbling about Shaun Ryder and Co. failing to appear for a radio interview; the esteemed producer Martin Hannett twiddling knobs at a console while the band lays down tracks; and manager Nathan McGough patiently explaining that Happy Mondays are worth the trouble even though they are a pain in the ass. We also see the band and their friends at Central Station Design deciding on the album artwork as well as what the first single should be. (It was “Wrote for Luck.”) The program ends with a glimpse of the band playing a show at Dingwalls on January 9, 1989. In the clip, the song they are singing is “Do It Better.” Features some decent footage of Bez doing his Bez “freaky dancing.” 


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LIVE SESSION: The New Pornographers - "High Ticket Attractions" (Live at SXSW)

 The New Pornographers performs "High Ticket Attractions" live at Hotel San Jose. Recorded 16.03.2017.

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MIXTAPE: Footnotes by Little Records

 "Footnotes" is our episode dedicated to obscure bands that were barely more than blips on the radar. Consider this a tour of the cut-out bin in which we unearth some real highlights from groups that should've been better known. We'll hear from The Martyrs (pictured), who called Champaign, IL their home, plus Snips, Bangtails, English Evenings, The Moss Poles, Fatal Microbes, The Moderns, The Prisoners, Strapping Fieldhands, Plasticland, Nice, The Perfect Disaster, The Pencils, Native Tongue, and many more.

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UNDER THE RADAR: Foreign Architects - "Poisonous Pill"

Perth Western Australia duo, comprising singer-songwriter Matt Burke and his percussionist cousin Andrew Barnett, Foreign Architects’ style is an infectious blend of indie pop, with an alternative twist. ‘Poisonous Pill’ has a psychedelic sound, and shows their diverse creative influences. The song is accompanied by a video shot along the Perth shoreline, which has been bleached out in such a way as to convey the long hot summers of Western Australia. It’s harsh and bright, and adds to the 60s feel of the song, albeit in a modern setting. 


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Sufjan Stevens, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith - "People Have the Power" (Tibet House Benefit)

At 2017 Tibet House Benefit Concert, also featuring Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard, Philip Glass, members of New Order, Ben Harper, Laurie Anderson, and more.

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MIXTAPE: Under the Radar #115 (19.03.2017)

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THE CLASSIC L.A. PUNK TV SHOW ‘NEW WAVE THEATRE’ - Episode 13

New Wave Theatre had an frenetic DIY vibe that perfectly mirrored the energy of the L.A. punk and new wave scenes.
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