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    Dan Hegarty - The Alternative Monday 31 March 2014


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    Ghost Maps is the current guise for Jeff Martin of Halfset. Martin has been largely missed by the 'wider' audience for many years. His 2005 album 'Spoons' is perhaps one of the best albums that you've never heard.


    With Ghost Maps he brought out 'The Ocean From The River' late last year; this is the sound of an artist that has challenged themselves, and succeeded on every level. Hear Ghost Maps in session with Dan on The Alternative.



    Youth Mass are back with a new album ‘Morning Run Evening Sun’. They’ve always put together good tunes, but with this they’ve got so much better. Will it gain them global adoration or a huge bank balance? That’s not the point; simply put this is a seriously strong album.


    ‘Saudade’ is the latest chapter in the story of Thievery Corporation. The duo (Eric Hilton and Rob Garza) enlisted a cast of vocalists and musicians to create this dreamy beauty. You don’t often use the word straightforward when talking about Thievery Corporation, but ‘Saudade’ contains some of their most accessible work. A stylish piece of work with a mixture of languages that suits the mood perfectly.


    ‘Range Of Light’ is a striking album. Not in the conventional decibel-grabbing way though; it’s hard not to notice how simple and uncluttered the songs are. Followers of Bon Iver will be well aware of who Carey is from their work together in the past. There aren’t any major surprises here, but that doesn’t matter; it’s easy to listen to rather than easy listening.



    Cast your mind back to Ireland in the 1990s; the name Rollerskate Skinny might sound familiar. The band toured extensively, and gave us two outstanding albums ('Shoulder Voices' and 'Horsedrawn Wishes'). After they split up, vocalist Ken Griffin moved to New York where he recorded an album under the name Kid Silver.


    'Dead City Sunbeams' was heralded as one of the albums of the year in 1999. It received huge support from US College Radio, and remained near the top of the CMJ (College Music Journal) Album Chart for months (ahead of established names like The Roots, and Van Morrison). It never received a full release in Europe, so therefore didn't the impact that it might have.  'Dead City Sunbeams' is this week's Buried Treasure.

    Playlist - The Alternative (with Dan Hegarty) – Monday, March 31


    LCD Soundsystem – ‘North American Scum’
    Royal Blood - 'Little Monster'
    T.Rex - 'Children Of The Revolution'
    Queens Of The Stone Age - 'If I Had A Tail’
    HamsandwicH -  'Illuminate’
    Air (Feat: Jason Falkner) – ‘Radio #1’
    Gesaffelstein - 'Trans’
    Atoms For Peace - 'Judge, Jury, & Executioner’
    Youth Mass – ‘Morning Run’
    Elastic Sleep - 'Leave You’
    Elastica – ‘Waking Up’
    East India Youth - 'Dripping Down’
    Foals – ‘Spanish Sahara’
    Daft Punk – ‘Around The World’

    Hour 2:

    Daft Punk (Feat: Julian Casablancas) – ‘Instant Crush’
    Culprit 1 – ‘River Shifts’
    Sleep Thieves – ‘City Of Hearts’
    Djaikovski (Feat: MC Wasp & Ghetto Priest) – ‘Lion’s Den’
    Ghost Maps – ‘Vanilla’ (Session)
    The Black Keys – ‘Fever’
    The Black Keys – ‘Everlasting Light’
    Taste – ‘Blister On The Moon’
    2:54 – ‘Sugar’
    Kid Silver – ‘Hey Tresspasser’
    Soak – ‘Blud’
    Echo Lake – ‘Swimmers’
    Arcade Fire – ‘No Cars Go’
    Arcade Fire – ‘Refektor’

    Hour 3:

    Sinead O’Connor – ‘You Made Me The Thief Of Your Heart’
    B. Dolan – ‘Earthmovers’
    Beastie Boys – ‘Shake Your Rump’
    Ghost Maps – ‘Hollow Castles’ (Session)
    Bent – ‘Private Road’
    Thievery Corporation – ‘Firelight’
    Kingston - 'Weird Dreams'
    Porno For Pyros – ‘Pets’
    Jennifer Evans – ‘Way To Go’
    Ghost Maps – ‘The Ocean & A Lover’ (Session)
    Thus Owls - 'How, In My Bones'
    Pixies – ‘Silver Snail’
    Stereolab – ‘Silver Snails’ (Emperor Machine Mix)

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