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Methodrone album cover

Radio Show – 26th August 2020

The latest show features Methodrone by the Brian Jonestown Massacre as the Album of the Week. Released exactly 25 years ago this week. Also on the show we have new releases from I Like Trains, Secret Machines, bdrmm, Ceremony and Dean & Britta. We also remember the 1990 Reading Festival ...
Pygmalion sleeve

Radio Show – August 19th 2020

Slowdive's third album Pygmalion is the featured album of the week. Released in 1995 at the height of Britpop, the album sounds absolutely nothing like other albums of the year with an ambient and experimental approach. Pygmalion is a timeless album. There's also a Peel Session track from Broadcast recorded ...
Ringo Deathstarr - Colour Trip

Radio Show – August 12th 2020

This week's show features Ringo Deathstarr with their 2011 album Colour Trip as our featured album of the week. Chapterhouse are live at the Marquee in London recorded in 1991. There's a John Peel session track from The Telescopes recorded in May of 1989. Also on the show there's the ...

Radio Show – 5th August 2020

Our album of the week is from Seefeel, Quique was released in 1993 on Too Pure. The album adds ambient and dub sounds alongside shoegaze and dreampop elements. You can hear recent releases by Vinyl Williams, the Flaming Lips, Andy Bell, Tennis System and the BMX Bandits with Anton Newcombe ...

Radio show – 29th July 2020

This show features the soundtrack album to Lost in Translation as our album of the week. We'll be playing tracks from The Jesus & Mary Chain, Death In Vegas and Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine. Also on the show we'll be playing new tracks by Zoon, EEP, Archie Sagers, ...

Shoegaze Electronic special – part 2

This show is the second and final part of our exploration into the world where shoegaze meets electronic music. Our guest on the show is Joe Clay of the Bytes and we discuss and play tunes by Kelly Lee Owens, Daniel Avery, Future Sound of London, Seefeel, Global Communocation, Chapterhouse, ...

Electronic shoegaze special with Joe Clay

For this week's show I am joined by journalist, blogger, label owner of Bytes and shoegazer... Joe Clay. This is the first of two shows where we explore the relationship between electronic music and shoegaze. We discuss and play tracks by the likes of Glok, Slowdive, Ulrich Schnauss, Casino Versus Japan and ...

Radio Show – 8th July 2020

Another week, another show and on this one we celebrate Adorable's debut album from 1993. Against Perfection was the right album released at the wrong time to be successful, too late to be part of the Shoegaze scene and too early (and too good) for Britpop! Netherless it's a great ...

Radio show – 1st July 2020

This week's show features the debut album from BDRMM as our album of the week. Bedroom is one of the most exciting debut albums in recent times and we play a couple of tracks. We also preview a track from the forthcoming Dissident Remixed album by Glok due out in ...

Radio show – 24th June 2020

On the show this week our featured album is Spooky by Lush. Released in the spring of 1992 a whole 2.5 years after their debut EP, Spooky is one of the definitive albums of the era. We play a couple of tracks from the album. There's a live track from ...
DIIV album sleeve

Radio show – 17th June 2020

On this week's show our featured album of the week was from DIIV. Released in 2016 their second longplayer Is The Is Are was a double album from a band that was struggling at the time dealing with drug issues. It's an album that even the band never knew if ...
The Engineers

Radio show – 10th June 2020

The latest radio show features The Engineers 2005 debut as our featured album of the week and we play a couple of tracks from the album and brioefly discuss the NuGaze scene created by the NME. We also have a bunch of electronic tracks with Ulrich Schnauss covering a Slowdive ...
Fields - Everything Last Winter

Radio show – 3rd June 2020

On this week's show our featured album of the week is the 2007 debut from Fields. Everything Last Winter was released on Atlantic Records and blended shoegaze with folk. Also on the show we have the Andy Bell (Ride) remix of the latest BDRMM single. We play a John Peel ...

Shoegaze on TV – Pale Saints on Snub

This appearance by The Pale Saints on the BBC2 alternative music TV show Snub was broadcast the same month the band's debut album was released ...
Darklands

Radio show – 27th May 2020

This week's show covers a mixture of old and new releases. Album of The Week is The Jesus & Mary Chain's Darklands from 1987, we play a couple of the tracks from the album during the show. There's new releases by Dean & Britta alongside the Stephen Morris remix of ...
Festival line-up poster

A shoegazers memory of Reading Festival 1992

Disclaimer: I first wrote this blog post back in 2010 so some details may be incorrect/out-of-date especially as a lot of these bands are now touring again. 1992. This was the year Reading went BIG!!! I first went in 1988 and it was utter rubbish. We all went just to ...
Every Heaven EP sleeve

Shoegaze on TV – The Boo Radleys

On last week's show we looked back at the year of 1991. Long before Britpop, The Boo Radleys were signed to Rough Trade and turning out some absolutely amazing records. The interview below was broadcast during this era before they later signed to Creation Records and features tracks from the ...
Pentamerous Metamorphosis sleeve

Pentamerous Metamorphosis to be repressed

This is an album I've wanted a copy of for a while, any original copies cost an absolute fortune so am glad to see it has been repressed. In 1993 upon the release of their second album Chapterhouse asked Global Communication to reinterpret their new album and Pentamerous Metamorphosis is ...