They say good things come in threes, and so it is that I have the honour of taking on Bido’s third ever staff recommender playlist. Now let’s be clear here: I’m new round these parts – both Liverpool and Bido – so a lot’s riding on this. If Craig, Chris and co. find out that really all I’ve been listening to of late is You Can’t Handcuff The Wind from Mindhorn (what a film, just re-watched it hence the obsession) things could get awkward. Enjoying and learning all the words to spoof 80s power rock might even be a sackable offence; I’ve not checked my contract. So… Mindhorn aside, here are some other sonic nuggets I’ve been enjoying lately.
I caught the third episode of Reginald D Hunter’s Songs Of The South this month, in which he travels through the American south to explore its musical heritage. This episode is all about the birth of the blues and has some brilliant interviews. The wonderful Irma Thomas features which was a good reminder that I really ought to check out more of her back catalogue. I’ve included her version of Fancy on the playlist. It’s just incredible. Love it.
Roya’s self-titled 2017 debut is one that I continually rinse. Habibi’s Rahill Jamalifard fronts the Brooklyn band and she’s just the coolest. Go look her up. A great album if you dig post punk and effortless lyrics that are bleak, hopeful, sweet, funny. You get it, it’s very good.
Onto more artists who haven’t got new releases but are very much on my listen-til-even-the-neighbours-get-sick-of-it list: (Queen) Cate le Bon, Angel Olsen and Shannon and The Clams.
Aside From Growing Old is taken from Cate’s Rock Pool EP, a collection of songs that didn’t quite make it onto Crab Day. It’s classic Cate in all its weird, off-kilter but catchy glory.
The Angel Olsen track I’ve chosen is from My Woman, which I’ve always got on repeat. I love its epic, sprawling nature. It’s a pretty guitar-indulgent album and live, it takes on so many more layers: I love that. And then of course there’s Angel’s voice…
Above: Irma Thomas
Speaking of voices, I can’t get enough of Shannon Shaw and Cody Blanchard’s respective vocal cords. If you’re not aware of Shannon and The Clams and you enjoy rock ‘n’ roll, doowop and ‘50s oldies then I implore you to check them out. They truly inhabit their own weird universe and hey if John Waters is a fan, then you know you’re onto something unique.
Elsewhere, I’ve got some of my girl group faves (The Shangri-Las and The Ronettes) and a fun ‘n’ surfy Ramones track that will resonate with anyone who has ever felt out of place at a traditional 9-to-5 (yup I totally blasted it out in my kitchen the day after I got the Bido gig).
New releases-wise, there’s the new EP from Sunflower Bean. I truly love the genre-spanning vibe of this band and the fact that Julia Cumming can sound like a sweet folk singer on Twentytwo but come over like a wild and raspy Joan Jett on King Of The Dudes. There’s also the self-titled album in from Paint, aka Pedrum Siadatian of Allah-Las. It was released in November so I’m a little late getting to it, but it’s a gorgeous bunch of songs to chill out to while you patiently wait for signs of a new Allah Las release.
To round things off, there’s a classic Mazzy Star track, a Sam Cooke live and full throttle rendition of Bring It On Home To Me (if there’s one thing you need to watch on Netflix right now, it’s The Two Killings of Sam Cooke) and addictive tracks from Aussie bands The Murlocs and The Preatures. And of course, two artists who you’ll know and love from these pages but who were new to this Londoner: She Drew The Gun and our cover stars Eyesore & The Jinx.
That’s it from me, tune in below and I hope you enjoy listening. Do let me know on our socials if you’re digging any of this – Mindhorn too! Roll on next month’s selection…