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    Dan Hegarty - The Alternative Thursday 27 August 2015


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    Call them a supergroup if you like, but in a time where that description can often lead to disappointing results, perhaps it's better just just call the The Dead Weather. The Jack White-fronted band are back with one of their strongest tunes to date. 'I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)' is Thursday's Twist...



    Becoming a name that almost anyone will recognise is the objective of so many bands, yet very few ever reach that goal. alt-J certainly have, and in a relatively short space of time. The UK act played a phenomenal set at the Montreux Jazz festival last month, and Dan has highlights of this for you on The Alternative.






    There is a degree of expectation and pressure on any artist making music, but there aren't many that will have it to the extent that Foals have. With their fourth album 'What Went Down', Foals have successful navigated their way to a new creative peak. The songs are big without being overblown stadium anthems, yet it is anthems that many of them are likely to become. 


    A few years ago people were going on about how young and talented The Strypes were. Time has moved on, and the fixation on their age has thankfully moved with it. 'Little Victories' is a big jump forward from their solid debut. Everything is better here; the songs, the playing, and the overall sound. Let's just hope enough people hear these songs, which with a bit of luck will serve them well over the coming years.


    If you don't believe that music can lift you, and give you a positive feeling on one of those overcast days, then listen to 'Music For Wood & Strings' by Bryce Dessner & So Percussion. There are so many thing that can be written and said about this wonderful album, but nothing that will encapsulate how special it is as much as listening to it from start to finish, and then perhaps on repeat.




    If you’re looking for a band that who’s career burnt bright and fast, then (sic) would be a great example. They formed in 1996 when Ricky Warwick moved to Dublin. With the help of Ciaran McGoldrick (bass) and Gary Sullivan (drums), (sic) was born. The band released one EP (‘Eyeball Kicks’) and this excellent self-titled album, and then broke up in 1999. The good news is that they’re now writing material for what will hopefully become a second album. Dan features this debut album as this week’s Buried Treasure.

    Playlist - The Alternative (with Dan Hegarty) – Thursday, August 27

    Moby – ‘Find My Baby’
    Jungle – ‘Julia’ (Soulwax Remix)
    Plutonic Dust – ‘Losing Control’
    Tame Impala – ‘Solitude Is Bliss’
    Tame Impala – ‘The Less I Know The Better’
    The Jezebels – ‘City Girl’
    Kevin Shields – ‘City Girl’
    Jamie XX – ‘I Know There’s Gonna Be Good Times’
    The XX – Intro’
    Bel Esprit – ‘Loose My Mind’
    4hero – ‘Les Fleur’
    Haelos – ‘Cloud Nine’
    Ghost Capsules – ‘Inside’ (Makossa & Megablast Remake)

    Hour 2:

    The Cure 'Lullaby'
    Laura Moody - 'Cello Song’
    The Beatles – ‘All You Need Is Love’
    The Strypes – ‘Cruel Brunette’
    The Cramps – ‘Garbageman’
    Royal Blood – ‘Little Monster’

    alt-J live at the Montreux Jazz Festival:
    'Left Hand Free'

    Santigold – ‘Radio’
    Ibeyi – ‘Ghosts’
    Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip – ‘Waiting For The Beat To Kick In’

    Hour 3:

    The Rocksteady Crew – ‘(Hey You) The Rocksteady Crew’
    El-p (feat: Paul Banks) – ‘Drones Over Brooklyn’
    Saul Williams – ‘Black Stacey’
    Foals – ‘Give It All’
    (sic) – ‘Pocket Rocket’
    The Dead Weather – ‘I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)’
    Jane’s Addiction – ‘Jane Says’
    Satellite Party – ‘Wish Upon A Dog Star’
    Years & Years – ‘Ties’
    Girl Band – ‘Paul’
    Sufjan Stevens – ‘Chicago’
    Bryce Dessner & So Percussion – ‘Section 5’

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