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The best shoegaze album or EP by year

The rather wonderul EEP have been running various twitter polls over the last few weeks to find the best shoegaze release for each year since 1988. The shortlist for each year was picked by their followers to go into a poll and the winners are all listed below and rather ...
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Radio show – Alternative Christmas tunes

It's that time of year again where you hear the same songs in every shop and on every commercial radio station. We hear them every year and those songs by Shakin' Stevens, Mariah Carey, Slade, etc... can really drive you mad. For this week's show there's a selection of alternative ...
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Radio show – 9th December 2020

In this show we look back at the Minor Victories album of 2016. A collaboration between Rachel from Slowdive, Stuart from Mogawi, Justin from Editors and his brother James. We'll be playing a selection of tunes from the album throughout the show including their collaboration with James from The Twilight ...
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Radio show – 2nd December 2020

It's not often I'll have a 'featured album of the week' that has made the national top 20 album charts on both sides of the Atlantic, but Beach House achieved just that with their album 7. Released in May 2018 and co-produced with Sonic Boom, the album was (unsurprisingly) their ...
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Radio show – Creation Records special

26th November 2000 was the date I first launched the www.creation-records.com website.   The month before there were two books and a compilation album on the subject of Creation Records released but there was still very little information about the music online. The legacy Creation left is probably bigger now ...
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Radio show – 18th November 2020

30 years is a bit of a theme this week... firstly it was November 1990 when Galaxie 500 released their final album This Is Our Music and toured the UK. That album is our featured album of the week and we play several tracks during the show. It's also 30 ...
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Swervedriver cover

Radio Show – 11th November 2020

Another show packed with new releases and classics this week. The featured album of the week comes from Swervedriver, nearly 30 years after those early EPs they released their sixth album Future Ruins on the Rock Action label. We play several tracks from the album throughout the show. There's new ...
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The Boo Radleys

Radio show – November 4th 2020

What a week... a new lockdown in England, the US elections and the announcement that The Boo Radleys are (kind of) returning. Sice Boo & The Radleys have announced a gig next autumn and whilst we have no idea what their setlist will include, no doubt it will focus on ...
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Spacemen 3

Radio show – October 28th 2020

The clocks went back this weekend as British Summer Time drew to a close so I picked one of my favourite albums of all time as the featured album of the week to cheer myself up. Spacemen 3's Playing With Fire was the soundtrack to the summer of 1989 for ...
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Radio show – October 21st 2020

This show features The Radio Dept's debut Lesser Matters as the album of the week, we play a selection of tracks. We also look back at the 30th anniversary of Ride's debut album Nowhere and the tour which included support slots from Bleach and Slowdive. Creation Records signings Meat Whiplash ...
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Contino Sessions sleeve

Radio show – October 14th 2020

We go back to 1999 for this week's featured album of the week. Released in September of that year the second album from death In Vegas was shortlisted for the Mercury Music prize. The Contino Sessions featured a whole range of guests from Dot Allison, Jim Reid, Matt Flint (Revolver), ...
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Andy Bell's The Songs From Halfway Down

Radio Show – Andy Bell’s Songs From Halfway Down

This week's show is a special with our guest Andy Bell from Ride discussing the influences and events that lead to his debut solo album The View From Halfway Down. We've handed the tracklisting of the whole show over to Andy (hence we've called it The Songs From Halfway Down) ...
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Quarantine Tapes sleeve

Radio show – 30th September 2020

Dean & Britta's latest release the Quarantine Tapes is our featured album of the week on this show. The album is a compilation of tracks recorded during the lockdown and some were recorded as part of their live streams during the spring of 2020. We play a handful of tracks ...
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Ride - Today Forever sleeve

Watch Ride at London’s Town & Country Club

In March of 1991 Ride set off on their second large tour of the UK in less than six months. Following the huge success of their debut album, released just five months before, the band followed it up with an EP that crashed into the UK top 20. The concert ...
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Medicine - Shot Forth Self Living

Radio show – 23rd September 2020

Maps, Andy Bell, Boards of Canada, Haai, Asteroid #4, Indian Wells and Nothing feature on the latest show. There's a Peel Session track from Swervedriver recorded in 1990 alongside a live track from the Brian Jonestown Massacre recorded in 2008. We also play Slowdive with the exciting news that they ...
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Watch – How Shoegaze Became Shoegaze

A new short documentary has uploaded to YouTube which is well worth a watch, whilst there are a few inaccurate facts its still a great watch. The thing I loved about this documentary is it mainly focuses on the era before the name shoegaze was created. Whilst many people still ...
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Boards of Canada

Watch fan-made Boards of Canada documentary

I often say that fans sometimes understand bands better than the band or the team behind them ever could because they observe and obsess over every detail. My theory has been proved right with a new fan-made Boards of Canada film. This is Hexagon Son is a film about the ...
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Heaven & Hell sleeve

Radio Show – 16th September 2020

Chapterhouse, The Telescopes, The Motorcycle Boy and Ride all feature on our album of the week this show. Heaven & Hell was a compilation album of Velvet Underground covers released in 1990. The album also featured Nirvana, James, The Wedding Present and Screaming Trees. You can hear a selection of ...
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