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This week we're going to be playing some tracks from the new Maxïmo Park album, Nature Always Wins. It's a pleasing outing for the band, now reduced to three members, as they show themselves still in touch with their sound and making compelling tunes. Enjoying the show? Please support BFF.FM with a donation. Playlist 1′34″ Price Of Blue by Flock Of…
 
Welcome back to No Magic, where this week we're featuring Death in Vegas sophomore The Contino Sessions. Enjoying the show? Please support BFF.FM with a donation. Playlist 1′34″ Caterpillar by Hamish Hawk on Caterpillar (Self Released) 🆕 6′53″ Michelangelo by Cassandra Jenkins on An Overview on Phenomenal Nature (Badabing) 🆕 10′17″ The Art of Losin…
 
Once more around the sun. Maybe a year ago I thought to myself that the pandemic might be over. Or… that it would be different at least. We're rolling up on a full year of this now, so besides a little maudlin indulgence, I'm also taking the opportunity to celebrate some very satisfying indie rock from my youth — Feeder's aptly named Yesterday Went…
 
This week's show features the gripping and brilliant new record from Anna B Savage. Enjoying the show? Please support BFF.FM with a donation. Playlist 3′48″ The Rise and Fall of The Plague by Rats on Rafts on Excerpts from Chapter 3: The Mind Runs a Net of Rabbit Paths (Fire) 🆕 8′40″ Follower by Steven Wilson on The Future Bites (Arts & Crafts) 🆕 1…
 
It's the final day of the Trump presidency. That's a relief to write. It wasn't really supposed to be the theme of the show, but it's distracting so here we are. No featured record this week, instead we play a lot of brand new 2021 releases, including two stand out bits of electronic dance from Blanck Mass and Hannah Peel. Enjoy! Enjoying the show?…
 
The calendar ticked over and we're here in 2021. A new dawn, birds are singing, our averted coup count has reset to… oh, wait, time is a continuum after all. Anyway, we're back. There's a vague intent on my part to retool the show a bit for the new year, bring some new features, try and add a little variety, maybe redo the logo. But for now, we'll …
 
It's the end of the year as we know it, and if we feel anything at all at this point, it's barely “fine”. And yet. “And yet” being perhaps a more passive call to defiance than we might once have hoped for, were we not so tired. And yet, here we are. It's an end. While we are all walking wounded out of this year, I've felt somewhat compelled to try …
 
The nights are dark, the chill is closing in around us, and it makes me look for familiar music that some how captures the feeling of cosy warmth against the cold backdrop. Mogwai's Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will (phenonemal title) and its close-companion EP Earth Division both came out in 2011 and really encapsulate a lot of that sound for …
 
Radiohead's Kid A is a seminal record, one of great import and influence over me, and has always felt a bit “obvious” as a feature choice. I guess not as obvious as OK Computer, but… still. Less to teach about it, perhaps. Although, maybe that's presumptive in itself, since it's a record whose revolutionary impact in Radiohead's career is through i…
 
In this week's episode of “Global Pandemic” I got sad. Real sad. You're not my therapist, so we needn't go into details, but point is, I'm trying to be honest about my feelings and this is where I'm at, and where I'm at is deflective humour and multi-tasking on art projects. While working on the show prep I joked (with myself, obviously) about play…
 
This week features The Cooper Temple Clause' debut See This Through and Leave, because it's an energetic, brash, expulsion of angst and energy at a choice moment in my musical adolencense. A little extra in places? Sure. But the record pulls influences from all over the rock and electronic spectrum in a way that's really exhilerating. We'll indulge…
 
Welcome back, we're live tonight with a new show featuring a bit of Patti Smith's seminal Horses, which is 45 years old today — and really the only good reason to think about the number 45 at all at this particular juncture. Enjoying the show? Please support BFF.FM with a donation. Playlist 1′33″ I'm So Tired by The Beatles on The Beatles (White Al…
 
Good evening! This week's No Magic is recorded in advance, because it's Election Day here in the USA and though I can't vote, the show goes out right around the time that things start getting very, very tense. Therefore, this mix was prepared in advanced. It's most electronic, mostly ambient, and if you're in need of a way to not look directly into…
 
This week week feature Loma's new record Don't Shy Away. Enjoying the show? Please support BFF.FM with a donation. Playlist 1′15″ The Lady is a Ghost by Flashy Python on Skin and Bones (Self Released) 🆕 One of two new solo releases from Clap Your Hands Say Year's Alec Ounsworth. 10′40″ Chrome Dynasty by Gone From My Sight on Twenty Twenty (People D…
 
My introduction to Open Mike Eagle was his A Special Episode Of EP back in 2015. We played it on Eclectic Kettle, and opening track Dark Comedy, Late Show's astonishing agility between deadpan, wry humour and razor sharp skewering of our societal malaise boggled my mind so much that I proceeded to stutter over his name (“Open Eagle… Mike?”) but, re…
 
This week's show features the excellent new record Under the Spell of Joy, from LA's Death Valley Girls. A remarkably tight set of psych, rock, stompy crunch riffs, saxophone of Roxy Music-evoking class… all packaged together with remarkable aplomb. Otherwise, I took last week off so there's a goodie bag of other new tunes to play, and there's a mo…
 
On this week's show we're featuring the new record from Cults. Host is one of those records that actually works really well on thsi show; it's full of charm and great songs, and it also sets up and compliments a whole host of other music. A whole host of other music of which there is plenty this week: new recordings from Grandaddy, Sufjan Stevens, …
 
This week's show features the brand new Fall to Pieces from Tricky. Enjoying the show? Please support BFF.FM with a donation. Playlist 2′02″ Hold My Hand by Death Valley Girls (Suicide Squeeze) 8′40″ The Pilot (Acoustic) by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah on The Tourist (Bonus Tracks) (Self Released) 🆕 11′27″ Child of the Flatlans by Maxïmo Park (Prolific…
 
It's been a bit of a time, in San Francisco. What with blocking out the sun, and then the horrendous smoke, on top of …everything else. But today the cloud literally lifted and we got to go outside again, wearing only one mask. It was simultaneously pathetic and yet also everything. With this strange levity, with the feeling of fresh air moving thr…
 
This week we're featuring the genre-bending and weird Stainless Style from Neon Neon, the collaboration between Boom Bip and Gruff Rhys. “We wanted the tracks to sound like a new version of something familiar but also hit hard on a sound system, so it was a careful process of making sure some sounds were full and warm while others were thin and pin…
 
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