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    Dan Hegarty - The Alternative Tuesday 18 February 2014


    Dan Hegarty - The Alternative

    DAMON ALBARN - BACK & FORTH BURIED TREASURE - CAP PAS CAP 'HAUNTED LIGHT' The Alternative To Sleep! Alt Rock, Metal, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Electro, plus the RTE 2fm studio sessions,


    Once on the receiving end of trouncing in the Battle of Britpop, Damon Albarn's career has seen him do all sorts of wonderful things since the aforementioned mid 1990s. Whether it's Blur, Gorillaz, The Good, The Bad & The Queen, or his production work on Bobby Womack's album 'The Bravest Man In The Universe', Albarn has proven to be a far greater creative force than anyone could have imagined when Blur formed in the late 1980s. 

    His off-beat approach to music continues with the imminent release of his debut solo album 'Everybody's Robot'. The lead single of the same name grows, grows, and grows on you; it's safe to say that Albarn is a special talent. Dan looks Back & Forth through his catalogue of work on The Alternative.






    The Dutch/Irish connection of House Of Cosy Cushions has come up with another strong album with ‘Spell’. HOCC was formed by Dutch-English musician and visual artist Richard Bolhuis. So where does the Irish connection come into it? Bolhuis lived in Ireland for many years, and will be back for live dates next month. ‘Spell’ is HOCC’s best work; diverse, clever, and extremely infectious.

    Illum Sphere is Manchester DJ/Remixer/Artist Ryan Hunn. The wonderfully off-kilter ‘Ghosts Of Then And Now’ is like a bold middle-fingered salute to a lot of what’s going on in music right now. It’s electronic eclecticism at its very best.

    Scarlet Chives’ sound is located somewhere between Fever Ray and Bjork. The Danish act will unleash the beauty that is ‘This is Protection’ on March 21st. It’s been called Dream Pop, but there’s something a bit more sinister going on here! ‘Hunting’ is an album that you should track down at all costs.





    Irish act Cap Pas Cap released their debut (and so far only) album in 2010. Call is Dark Pop, but this only tells you part of what makes ‘Haunted Light’ such an outstanding album. The album’s sound was likened to Ladytron and Ladyhawk, but there’s something slightly grittier about it. You could call this a classic that never was; this would be the best description perhaps.


    Playlist - The Alternative (with Dan Hegarty) - Tuesday, February 18

    Jagwar Ma – ‘Come Save Me’
    Austra – ‘Beat & The Pulse’
    The Prodigy (Feat: Kool Keith) – ‘Diesel Power’
    The Dead Weather – ‘Rough Detective’
    Pearl Jam – ‘Mind Your Manners’
    Pearl Jam – ‘Not For You’
    Go Swim - 'Call Sign’
    Delakota - 'C’Mon Cincinnati’
    Soak – ‘Blud’
    Ash - 'Burn Baby Burn'
    Ash - 'Twilight Of The Innocents'
    The Altered Hours - 'Sweet Jelly Roll'
    Bantum – ‘Roll Pt. II’ (Live at Mabos)

    Hour 2:

    Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip - 'Letter From God To Man'
    Ananda Shankar - 'Jumpin' Jack Flash'
    Thom Yorke - 'Harrowdown Hill'
    Solar Bears - 'The Girl Who Played With Light’
    Scarlet Chives – ‘Others Are The Force’
    Bjork – ‘Headphones’
    Kormac - 'Rainstorm’

    Damon Albarn – Back & Forth:
    Blur – ‘There’s No other Way’
    Damon Albarn – ‘Everyday Robots’
    Gorillaz (Feat: Mos Def & Bobby Womack) – ‘Stylo’
    Blur – ‘This Is A Low’
    The Good The Bad & The Queen – ‘Kingdom Of Doom’
    Rocket Juice & The Moon (Feat: Erykah Badu) – ‘Hey Shooter’
    Blur – ‘Song 2’

    And So I Watch You From Afar – ‘A Little Bit Of Solidarity Goes A Long Way’

    Hour 3:

    Pulp – ‘Common People’
    Cap Pas Cap – ‘Friends’
    Prince & The NPG – ‘Get Off’
    Prince Rama - 'Blade Of Austerity’
    Illum Sphere – ‘Sleeprunner’
    Primal Scream – ‘Kowalski’
    Ghost Estates – ‘In Waves’
    Casi Wyn – ‘Grace’
    East India Youth - 'Looking For Someone’
    U2 – ‘The Ground Beneath Her Feet’
    House Of Cosy Cushions – ‘Girl With The Insect Dress’
    Grinderman – ‘No Pussy Blues’
    Fox Jaw – ‘Kerosene’
    Neil Young & Crazy Horse – ‘Walk Like A Giant’

    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: C'Mon Cincinnati
      Composer: Browne/Murphy/Nicholls
      Performer(s): Delakota
      Performer(s): Delakota
      Album: One Love, Go Beat Records, 557861-2
      Duration: 6:13
    • Title: Twilight Of The Innocents
      Composer: Wheeler, Tim
      Performer(s): Ash
      Performer(s): Ash
      Album: Twilight Of The Innocents, Infectious, 2564698565
      Duration: 6:20
    • Title: Hey Shooter
      Composer: N/A
      Performer(s): Rocket Juice And The Moon
      Performer(s): Rocket Juice And The Moon
      Album: Rocket Juice & the Moon, Honest Jon's
      Duration: 4:05
    • Title: Call Sign
      Performer(s): Go Swim
      Performer(s): Go Swim
      Duration: 4:41
    • Title: Jumpin Jack Flash
      Composer: Jagger/Richards
      Performer(s): Ananda Shankar
      Performer(s): Ananda Shankar
      Album: Warner Music TV, WEA International, WWMTV008
      Duration: 3:52

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