Tuesday 23 December 2014

RadioNowhere's Best of 2014

RadioNowhere's Best of 2014

Compiled by the staff at RadioNowhere.org: Christopher Laird, Judy Neuhaus, Jessie Ward O’Sullivan & Jessica 6. 

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‘If it’s good, they’ll find it’ ~ The New York Times 

‘Songs from the best new independent artists’ ~ The Guardian

RadioNowhere’s Song of the Year - BEVERLY: All The Things 

RadioNowhere’s Album of the Year – DUM DUM GIRLS: Too True 

(complete running order) 

WARPAINT: Disco/Very (Rough Trade)

SLOW CLUB: The Pieces (Caroline/Wichita)
HAUNTED HEARTS: House Of Lords (Zoo Music)

LINDA GUILALA: Verano (Elefant)

THE PRIMITIVES: Spin-O-Rama (Elefant)

HOSPITALITY: Going Out (Merge)

DEAN WAREHAM: Heartless People (Double Feature/Sonic Cathedral)

THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS: Champions Of Red Wine (Last Gang/Matador)

WILD BALBINA: Such A Jerk (Elefant)

STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS: Lariat (Matador/Domino)

SEPTEMBER GIRLS: Black Oil (Fortuna Pop!/Kanine)

THE #1s : Heartsmash (Static Shock/Deranged)

BEACH DAY: Pretty (Kanine)

EX HEX: Waterfall (Merge)

QUILT: Tired & Buttered (Mexican Summer)
LA BIEN QUERIDA: Poderes Extraños (Elefant)
TANYA DONELLY: Lucky Love (Self Released)
DUM DUM GIRLS: Cult Of Love (Sub Pop)

BEVERLY: All The Things (Kanine)

Saturday 20 December 2014

Hip Auntie 20.December.2014

Little Toy Trains – Nick Lowe
16 Tonnes – Tennessee Ernie Ford
The Golden Vanity – Lionel Long
Twinkle Little Christmas Lights – JD McPherson
Billy The Kid – Marty Robbins
The Lion & Albert – Stanley Holloway
North Pole Express – Nick Lowe
Bling Bling Christmas – The Silvertones
Little Man You've Had A Busy Day – Paul Robeson

The Doggone History of Country Music 20.December.2014

Louvin Brothers - It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
Bill Monroe - Christmas Time’s A Comin’
Johnny Cash - Blue Christmas
Buck Owens - Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy
Dolly Parton - Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Skiffle and the Piffles - Just Because It’s Christmas
Gene Autrey - Frosty The Snowman
The Kentucky Colonels - Footprints In The Snow
Tex Ritter - Old Tex Cringle
Brenda Lee - Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
Noel Steven and the Darlings - Be My Electric Blanket
Gene Autrey - Santa’s Coming In A Whirly Bird
Faron Young - You’re The Angel on My Christmas Tree
The Allisons - Oh Christmas Tree
The Fontane Sisters - Nuttin’ For Christmas
Loretta Lynne - Country Christmas
Kitty Wells - Dasher With The Light Upon His Tail
Mary Gauthier - Christmas in Paradise
John Graboff - Sleigh Ride ?
John Prime - Christmas in Prison

Tuesday 9 December 2014

WILD BALBINA serve time in The RadioNowhere Vinyl Dungeon

The RadioNowhere Vinyl Dungeon
special guests: WILD BALBINA

THE SHANGRI-LAS - Out In The Streets
DEPECHE MODE - The Meaning Of Love
101 STRINGS - I Remember
JAMES LAST - Teenage Love
THE BEAT - Mirror In The Bathroom
CHRISTOPHER SCOTT - What's New Pussycat?
WILD BALBINA - Stoned Heart
NIRVANA - Drain You




Gracias por la camiseta fabulosa!
Wild Balbina at The Lexington, London

Wild Balbina at The Lexington, London

Friday 5 December 2014

Love Action's Friday Fix - It's Christmaaaaaaasssss!! 5.December.2014

Love Action's Friday Fix - It's Christmaaaaaaasssss!!

It's the first Friday in December, which means it's time to jingle those bells, nogg those eggs and deck those halls. It is also a month filled with Christmas music, which can drive a normally sane person bonkers, but this Friday Fix is deeming to instead bring you festive music that doesn't suck - and will hopefully give you that Friday feeling with a side of mince pie.

On the show this month
I Want You Back (For Christmas) - September Girls featuring The #1s
Little Drummer Boy - Dengue Fever
Ain't No Chimneys In The Projects - Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
Funky Christmas - James Brown
The Proper Ornaments - Free Design
A Yuletide Tune (To Clap Along To) - Bobby Harlow
Christmas Party - Dr. Dog
All I Want For Christmas Is Halloween - Happy Fangs
Kitty On Christmas - Apache
Christmas In Suburbia - Cleaners From Venus
Holiday In The Sand - Naive Thieves
I'm Going Christmas Shopping - Horace Williams
Jing A Ling - Honey & The Bees
Santa Claus Is Skaing To Town - The Granville Williams Orchestra
Love For Christmas - The Gems Ft. Minnie Ripperton
Merry Christmas Baby - Ike & Tina Turner
A Wonderful Christmastime - The Shins
And Anyway It's Christmas - !!!
Merry Little Christmas - The Silhouettes

Don't forget to visit radionowhere.org and hit the DONATE button to keep truly independent radio on air. You can also get in with me touch via jessie@radionowhere.org! and of course you can follow me on twitter at twitter.com/jessieluvaction

Saturday 22 November 2014

Hip Auntie 22.November.2014

The Race Is On – George Jones
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood – Jamie Cullum and Gregory Porter
Leave My Dog Alone – Nancy Sinatra
Crazy Dog – The Beans
Here Comes The Hotstepper – Ini Kamoze
Casey's Last Ride – Kris Kristofferson
Me And Bobby McGee – Roger Miller
Hiccups – Roddy Jackson
Snorin' – Little Jimmy & The Sparrows
Get On The Floor – CW Stonekin

Tuesday 18 November 2014

TANYA DONELLY serves time in The RadioNowhere Vinyl Dungeon

The RadioNowhere Vinyl Dungeon
special guest: TANYA DONELLY (Throwing Muses/The Breeders/Belly/solo)

FLOWERS - Be With You 
RIA BARTOK - C'est L'amour
TANYA DONELLY - The Bright Light
SYLVIA SMITH - Don't Mistreat My Babies
GO-GO'S - How Much More
COLOUR ME WEDNESDAY - You're Not My Number 1 Bastard 
THE BREEDERS - Do You Love Me Now?
ANDY GIBB - Shadow Dancing (Special Disco Version)
BELLY - Low Red Moon


The Waterfront - Norwich 2014

The Waterfront - Norwich 2014

The Waterfront - Norwich 2014

The Bottleneck - Lawrence, Kansas 1993



Saturday 15 November 2014

The Doggone History of Country Music 15.November.2014

Feel It All - Feist
Blackwind - Patrick Watson
Lightshow - Plants and Animals
Heart of Gold - Neal Young
Dents - The Acorn
When The Day Is Short - Martha Wainwright
The Weight - The Band
Early Morning Rain - Gordon Lightfoot
Chelsea Hotel #2 - Leonard Cohen
Lost In The Light - Bahamas
Death of a Tune - Hidden Cameras
The Admirable Admiral - Ruth Minnikin
Swimming Song - The McGarrigle Sisters
Big Yello Taxi - Joni Mitchell
I Shot Your Dog - Fred Eaglesmith
Caught - Steelism
The Littlest Birds - The Be Good Tanya

Friday 14 November 2014

Love Action's Friday Fix - September Girls & CMJ Special Edition 14.November.2014

Love Action's Friday Fix - September Girls & CMJ Special Edition

Morning all, yes this Friday Fix is coming to you a week later than normal, but hopefully I've made up for it by making it a SEPTEMBER GIRLS/CMJ Music Marathon Special. All of September Girls helped out to choose the tracks featured this month. Music that they've loved for years, or music they can't get enough of right now... as well as a large chunk of new and upcoming bands who made their way to CMJ last month. Also featured, the brand new track from September Girls, Black Oil, from our 'Veneer' EP, which is released later this month. Enjoy!

On the show this month
Black Oil - September Girls
Madora - Beverly
Comfort - Flowers
Blood Buzz Ohio - The National
Be Mean - Tweens
Mad Mary Jones - The Vacant Lots
Cellophane - King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Statue of Liberty - XTC
All My Friends Were Punks - Beach Day
Touch The Leather - Fat White Family
Beehive Queen - The Wytches
Brains - Lower Dens
Come Back - PINS
Tommy's Congo - Steve Gunn
New York City - They Might Be Giants
DaDaDa - Bo Ningen

Plus, wishing a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Radio Nowhere! Don't forget to visit radionowhere.org and hit the DONATE button to keep truly independent radio on air. You can also get in with me touch via jessie@radionowhere.org! and of course you can follow me on twitter at twitter.com/jessieluvaction

Thursday 13 November 2014


Track-Composer/Artist - Film
Ecstacy of Gold/Gustavo Santaolaya
New Anzania/Paul Hepker/Kite
The Little Fire Engine/Gary Newman & Gary Newman/From Inside
The Idol/Johnny Dankworth/The Idol
The Scavangers/Mario Marionelli/The Boxtrolls
Opening Titles/John Barry/Mr Moses
Opening Titles/Lucio Godoy & Federico Jusid/La Vida Inesperado
Entracte - Menu - Tutorial & Elegant Suite/Bart Dellissen/Bouden
Our Man Flint & Man Does Not Live By Bread Alone/Jerry Goldsmith/Our Man Flint
Odin, Dva, Tri, Kick/Jerry Goldsmith/In Like Flint
Lift/Robert Coudert/Horms
Hostage Crisis/Graeme Revell/The Negotiator
Move Over Darling/Joe Lubin & Hal Kanter & Terry Melcher & Doris Day/Move Over Darling
Cambridge 1963/Johan Johannsson/The Theory of Everything
Robot On Fire & Jacq Apologises/Zacarius de la Riva
Who Dares Wins/Roy Budd/The Final Option
Vanzatti Finfs A New Home & Vanzatti's Past/Nuno Malo/No God No Master
You're So Cool/Hans Zimmer/True Romance
Silent Movie March/John Morris/Silent Movie

What film have you just seen? Tell and request a track:-
ley at radionowhere dot org 
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Tuesday 11 November 2014

Happy 12th Birthday RadioNowhere!


As RadioNowhere turns 12, I wanted to say a few words about the station Bruce Springsteen so lovingly wrote about.  Well, I’m assuming he wrote the song about us since we were broadcasting under the name RadioNowhere 5 years before he penned his song!

RadioNowhere was created because there was music that just wasn’t being played anymore.  Here in the UK, everything is so pigeonholed. If you don’t fit in a scene or they can’t put a label on you, you’re just ignored. I find this tribal attitude fascinating and frustrating in equal measures.  I wanted to hear The Sisters Of Mercy, followed by Les Baxter, followed by Earth, Wind & Fire, followed by Hans Zimmer, followed by Wild Balbina, followed by Waylon Jennings.   What’s wrong with that?  Everything, apparently.  RadioNowhere was, and still is, designed to be ego free, no celeb Disc Jockeys, no pretentiousness – a station to be enjoyed by people who truly love music.  RadioNowhere is not for scenesters, hipsters, bandwagon jumpers, people who need to be told what to listen to – it is designed for people who like to dig a little deeper and find that forgotten gem or hear that band no-one else will play.

The first song I can ever remember singing along to was oddly enough ‘Sing’ by Joe Raposo.  It was featured on my favourite show, Sesame Street, which of course is still my favourite show, so you can imagine my delight when my father brought a copy of it home for me, only this version was by The Carpenters.  I remember playing it (most probably ad nauseam) on my little orange and white General Electric Record Player. My father worked for Columbia Records at the time, so not only did he pass along promos to me from CBS, but promos from all the labels via his friends in the biz and, needless to say, our home was always filled with music.  From Percy Faith to Johnny Cash, from Hugo Montenegro to Bob Dylan, from The Flying Burrito Brothers to The Beatles, from Peter Pan ‘ding!’ turn the page read-a-long books to Carpenters.  I listened to them all.  Each new record was a new adventure, a completely new sound, and thus began a journey for me that continues to this day.  I was an only child in the sense that my brother and sister were much older than me and had at that point already left the nest.  My little GE record player was my surrogate sibling; I spent hours on my own introducing each record as if millions were listening, but of course I was talking to no-one… kind of like I do today in the Vinyl Dungeon!  I’ve always had ‘eclectic’ and ‘eccentric’ tastes in music; things no-one else appreciated or enjoyed. Whether it be heavy, jazzy, orchestral or electronic, I’ve never judged music too harshly as I just love a great melody.  So what’s been popular or fashionable has never really been of any concern to me, only if I liked the music. To this day, when I listen to anything new it’s always the music first, the lyrics are secondary, but that’s just me.  You see I love analyzing the structure of the bass line to a pop song or the 2nd & 3rd trumpet arrangements in an orchestral piece.

  Music played a huge part in my childhood – as I mentioned earlier, my father worked for Columbia Records and in her youth my mother was on the verge of becoming a professional musician before her mother put a stop to it as she said that lifestyle was not befitting a lady.  In those days it just was not the done thing, and moreover you did what your parents said!  I know my mom never got over that and always wondered what may have been.  When I began playing music (believe it or not, I was a classically trained trumpet player once upon a time) I was so grateful to my mom for not living through me but being so supportive, and encouraging me all through school.  I remember the tears in her eyes when I told her the news that I had received a music scholarship to university. I knew she was so genuinely proud that part of her, her son, was able to fulfil what she was so cruelly denied by her mother.

Music, in my opinion is a human right and I’ve always felt that way.  Iggy Pop said at a speech last month that 'music was never a for-profit enterprise' and, you know, I couldn’t agree more.  This is evident in RadioNowhere.org being a not-for-profit station. Of course I support musicians who are grafting a living through music, that’s why we are always asking for donations so that we can meet the costs of royalty payments, and all the other financial responsibilities of staying on the air, and running a non-profit entity.  But, at the same time, I curse those in the music world who squabble over every last penny, as to me they are simply capitalists, not artists or musicians or lovers of music.

Music is so much more than sound, it’s friendship, laughter and love.  It knows no borders as a melody can engage anyone from any land or language. I met my wife through music. Remember mixtapes?  They were a great way to start friendships and open new worlds, and through my launching of RadioNowhere 12 years ago I’ve tried to keep the spirit of the mixtape alive through constantly changing programming and playlists

Music is such a beautiful thing, you can read it from every quarter note to coda.  You can write it from the first half note on a staff, or the chords from the sounds in your head, to the last line of text reviewing the latest release from your favourite band.  You can look at it in the form of a music video or perhaps as the sheet music in front of you. You can feel it as the pounding bass piercing your chest at a live gig, to the physical satisfaction of playing an instrument, to a tear rolling down your cheek from a melody that touches your heart.

I will forever be grateful to my parents for introducing me to the beauty of music, a gift that has lasted my entire life. When I put on a Beach Boys or Statler Brothers record I can see my dad bellowing along behind the wheel, or when l put on Neil Young or Colourbox (yes my mom really loved Colourbox) I can see her shimmying across the living room. The people I miss and love are always with me through music.

So on this our 12th Birthday here at RadioNowhere we would like to extend our immense gratitude to all our presenters past and present and to all those who have believed in us, spread the word about us, DONATED to us in any manner of ways, and, most importantly, sat back and listened to the music we’ve played. Thank you.

Sing a song
Make it simple to last
Your whole life long
Don't worry that it's not
Good enough for anyone
Else to hear
Just sing, sing a song.
~ Joe Raposo

Saturday 1 November 2014

Jessie Love Action photo update from CMJ

Jessie Love Action's CMJ Photos

I managed to squeeze my nice DSLR into my hand luggage to record a few proper photos of our week at CMJ. So here you go! 
Our pals The #1s and our friend Moulsey hanging out in the East Village
Boyd Shropshire at Cake Shop 21/10

Cake Shop Day Showcase 21/10

Flowers at the Kanine Showcase at Pianos 22/10

Port Juvee at Culture Collide/ Dr. Marten's Showcase; Knitting Factory Brooklyn 23/10

Gringo Starr at Culture Collide/ Dr. Marten's Showcase; Knitting Factory Brooklyn 23/10

Hunters at Culture Collide/ Dr. Marten's Showcase; Knitting Factory Brooklyn 22/10

Pinact at Rough Trade day showcase 24/10

September Girls hamming it up at Rough Trade NYC 24/10

Oscar at Rough Trade day showcase 24/10

Beverly at the Kanine InSound showcase at Brooklyn Nite Bazaar 24/10

Fat White Family at the Brooklyn Vegan Showcase at Baby's All Right 25/10

East Williamsburg, our home for the week - and a bit of the Baby's All Right crowd

Till Next time NYC

x Jessie

Wednesday 29 October 2014

Jessie Love Action at CMJ - Day 5

CMJ Saturday - Day 5

Day 5 of CMJ was Saturday... and admittedly, after playing 3 gigs with September Girls, we were pretty burned out. The Brooklyn Vegan day showcase was on later that afternoon at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn, which was literally across the street from where we were staying, and the bands on offer promised a good show. However, myself and Caoimhe from the band decided to have a little day off for ourselves first. We headed to the East Village and found ourselves instead in the midst of the Halloween Dog Parage in Tompkins Square instead. 

After a spot of ridiculous dog watching and a refreshing mimosa we popped along to The Deep End Club, Tennessee Thomas' shop of wondrous wares. At this late stage in the trip all we could fit in our cases was some badges, but we left with them proudly in our biker jackets. We then wandered and shopped for hours, ate some delicious pizza in SoHo and realised the day had gone by and we had already missed Bo Ningen and Girlpool at the Brooklyn Vegan show. We hoofed it over the Williamsburg Bridge to try and catch The Fat White Family, expecting a massive impossible queue (certainly after our sxsw and Great Escape experiences). Amazingly, we made it in without bother, and even had a good view of the stage. The show was crowded, but not uncomfortable, and we knew from experience we didn't want to be at the front and covered in beer.

Fat White Family

As usual, The Fat White Family did not disappoint. Brash, sweaty, noisy garage rock from a bunch of lads who look like they need a good feed. They give the work shambolic a good name, with the singer jumping into the crowd, the bassist, without a guitar strap, pulling serious moves and holding his bass at the same time... and of course, all members of the band eventually stripping down to chest. Not a band for the faint hearted, but definitely an experience worth wading through.

And with that, we were too wrecked to find any more music despite there being a full evening left of showcases. An absolutely great few days of playing and listening to music, and much more accessible and (to sound cliché) real, compared to the sprawling sponsor-fest that sxsw seems to be. 

The #1s

A few honourable mentions should go to The #1s, our pals from Dublin, who also made the journey - they played loads of shows, many of them before CMJ officially started, including a great set at The Grand Victory on Monday night. Also, according to Sarah and Paula, who were at Baby's All Right on Thursday night, Bo Ningen and The Wytches were unbelievably good.

I'll be posting a few other photos from the week tomorrow.
x Jessie

Tuesday 28 October 2014

Jessie Love Action at CMJ - Day 4

CMJ Friday Day 4

Day 4 of CMJ promised to be our most hectic, as September Girls were booked to play 3 shows in both Manhattan and Brooklyn over the course of the day. Lucky for us, the first show was near our apartment at the new(ish) Rough Trade NYC branch in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The shop is massive and wonderfully laid out. A brick warehouse styled up with its warehouse roots, with shipping containers being used as walls and dividers and lots of space to browse and listen to music. 

The shop also features a venue... not a little shop stage mind, but an actual venue with a tall roomy stage, great sound and lighting system, balcony and bar. We enjoyed our set as the sound was good and the Tecate was refreshing.

Up after us were Pinact - a duo from Glasgow... though as we were told, the drummer didn't make it through immigration and the singer/guitarist had a friend filling in on drums. You'd never know anything was amiss however, as they were incredibly fun and brash indie punk. There was a real 90s Alternative sound, with Nirvana as an obvious reference, but it wasn't just simple aping, as they had an incredible energy and were a really enjoyable watch.

Oscar were up next, and were certainly something different, but also enjoyable. Genre defy-ing but a bit indie-alternative with guitars, keys and no drummer. The songs I heard reminded me of The Drums, fun pop, but with a underlying bitter edge.

Unfortunately we weren't able to stick around for the "secret surprise guest" who turned out to be 90s Manchester greats, James. Oh Well.

We headed back over the Williamsburg Bridge to The Delancey, where the Music From Ireland was due to begin. September Girls were up first, and admittedly had a little bit of a struggle with our sound as we were rushed onto the stage as the previous showcase was running around an hour behind schedule. Yikes. Despite this we let loose and just went with it.

After us, Dott, from Galway, popped onto stage and sounded great. They've got a harmonious beachy sound, similar to Best Coast, and they looked like they were truly enjoying the show, smiling and joking about out of tune guitars. They were quite good at recreating their recorded sound, which is certainly worth checking out. We had to head back to Brooklyn for our next gig so I didn't make it through to the end of the set, but I can imagine the rest of it went swimmingly.

Our next stop was Brooklyn Nite Bazaar - an indoor shopping market complete with stalls of homemade trinkets and food stuffs like Korean Tacos and Meat Cones (still not sure what that is). My bandmate Lauren described it as "Hipster Chuck E Cheese" and indeed it had a real cool, grown-up fun fair vibe.

We arrived in time to catch Beverly, another Kanine Records band (it was a Kanine party after all) and they absolutely blew me away. Harmonious indie pop as you'd expect from a band whose original members included Frankie Rose, but Rose was not missed, as the band were dreamy and fun. Really looking forward to having a proper listen to their album.

September Girls turn next, and being our last gig, we let loose, headbanged a bit and screamed for our lives at the end of our last song, Sister. New York had been very good to us and we enjoyed every minute.

After us, once again, were Flowers. Having seen them at least three times in the last few days, they were noticeably also more confident and having fun. The crowd seemed to really get into it and it topped off a great night, and a great festival overall.


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