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Sunday, 3rd of January, 2010

Playlist 03.01.10 (11:17 pm)

G’day 2010! New decade eh! (YES IT IS)
I saw Andrew Bird at the Sydney Opera House tonight, so I was an hour late! Thanks heaps to Brooke Olsen for excellent sounds continuing out of Sunday Night at the Movies!
Courtesy of a couple of long tracks and the fact that we started an hour late, this looks like a short playlist. Lots of lovely musics, which you can LISTEN AGAIN to soon!

After Brooke’s selections, tonight I started with a beautiful remix from Oren Ambarchi of Paul Duncan‘s “Parasail” – unreleased until Oren’s recent Intermission 2000-2008 CD.
Sydney improvising string quartet The Noise made their (presumably) radio debut from a recent demo I was handed today! I saw them play one of their first gigs and am very glad they’re finally getting some initial recordings out there.
Andrew Bird had to make an appearance in tonight’s playlist. As I mentioned on air, when I saw him play this song tonight it occurred to me that it would have to make my “top N songs of the ’00s” list — not that I’m likely to ever make one.
Eskmo has been one of my major discoveries of 2009, first with his amazingly heavy dubstep anthem (if only it had been), “Agnus Dei”, and then with the wonky sounds of its b-side and various other tunes. His first 12″ on Planet µ keeps the wonky going, and “Let Them Sing” is another little masterpiece that you need to hear.
London’s Three Trapped Tigers put out one EP in 2008 that I only just got hold of, along with their EP2 from 2009 — another 2009 release that just slipped through the cracks (with more later tonight). They do the live Squarepusher/AFX thing impeccably, but the inclusion of piano along with the live drums and synths and the like makes for something special. I’m thinking we’ll be hearing a lot more from these guys in 2010. I hope so!
David Grubbs’ 2004 album A Guess at the Riddle was another of my purchases while in the US in November. Excellent stuff, and this is one of the tracks featuring Matmos!
Tonight’s track from Au’s Versions has always reminded me (in the vocals at least) of John Cale, and I couldn’t resist playing his exquisite LCD Soundsystem version from a few years back. More Cale next week, I think, in anticipation of his Sydney Festival show!
Finished with a couple of very late 2009 purchases that I was ultra-keen to get out there. Andrea Belfi & Machinefabriek’s collaboration is one of Rutger’s best releases of this year – beautiful textures and guitar playing with Belfi’s percussive soundscapes.
And finally, we heard the entire half-hour of Peter Broderick’s beautiful “Music for a Sleeping Statue of Peter Broderick”, written for the launch of an exhibition featuring none other than a statue of Peter Broderick, reclining in bed :) It’s lovely sleepy music with lots going on if you tune your ears in to it…

Oren Ambarchi – Iron Waves (remix of Paul Duncan‘s “Parasail”) [Touch]
The Noise – Moths and the Moon [unreleased]
Andrew Bird – A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left [from the self-released fingerlings 3]
Eskmo – Let Them Sing [Planet µ]
Three Trapped Tigers – 5 [Blood and Biscuits]
Three Trapped Tigers – 6 [Blood and Biscuits]
David Grubbs – Hurricane Season [Drag City/Fat Cat]
Au – Ida Walked Away [Aagoo Records]
LCD Soundsystem – All My Friends (John Cale version) [DFA Records]
Andrea Belfi & Machinefabriek – Pulses & Places 3 [brombron]
Peter Broderick – Music for a Sleeping Statue of Peter Broderick [Slaapwel Records]

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